ELK GARDEN – As another windmill project is poised for the area, John Lecky of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce feels now is the time for Elk Garden and its residents to be ready.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – As another windmill project is poised for the area, John Lecky of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce feels now is the time for Elk Garden and its residents to be ready.
“You need to be smart. You need to research this. We need to stand for something big,” he said despite comments of how past promises to the town and it’s residents never came to fruition.
“If you speak up as a community you are stronger. I can be your voice,” Lecky said to the mayor and town council, stressing the importance of protecting owners and neighbors.
 “You don’t want to damn the future, because of the past,” he added, noting that the area and the county needs to build on its strengths. “This area has sent energy to Washington and all over the east coast.”
Lecky suggested that the area brand itself for its mining, timber, agriculture, stone and energy (coal, natural gas and wind).
“Why not have an energy center here in Elk Garden? That’s your history, not just your present,” he added noting possible museum ideas for mining and logging.
Given massive stone resources, welcome signs could boast the beauty of the native stone with exhibits at both ends of town.
Lecky noted other suggestions for the area including activities for kids, ways to connect with Jennings Randolph Lake, establishing a mountain bike and/or four-wheeler ATV parks and inviting others from the county to visit Elk Garden.
“The Chamber of Commerce is going around the county to try to connect people. We need to have a sense of oneness in the county,” he concluded.