ELK GARDEN – Sunny days are lingering, but Elk Garden is winterizing its park following a recent incident where people were living in the playhouse at the park.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – Sunny days are lingering, but Elk Garden is winterizing its park following a recent incident where people were living in the playhouse at the park.
“Too many of these people come into town and live off the street and live off the park,” said mayor Marian Droppleman.
The town received a water bill in excess of $100 for the park so both the water and electric have been turned off and cameras will be recording future activity.
“It’s for the kids to play,” said Droppleman of the park, noting that the play equipment must be pressure washed before children can play again because squatters were sleeping in one of the tubes and using the other for a bathroom.
Droppleman noted that children playing at the park must have adult supervision with them at the park, not watching from a distance.
Elk Garden has set its Trick or Treat for Saturday, Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Plans are underway for Christmas with a new tree to be planted at the town hall for the tree lighting and additional pieces for the nativity on order.
The second annual Christmas parade is set for 3 p.m. Dec. 8 with an inclement weather date of Dec. 15.
The parade will be followed by the tree lighting at the town hall and refreshments.
“I never expected to have that many people here,” said Droppleman of last year’s celebration which packed the town hall. “It brought us all together young and old.”
Another event which brought residents together was the recent Energy Expo.
John Lecky of the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce was on hand to recap the event.
“I just want to say the Energy Expo and Miners’ Museum turned out great,” he said, noting that there are a lot of people who never see a senate president or one of the wealthiest men in Mineral County or the West Virginia Energy Office, all who were in Elk Garden for the expo.
“These are really good things. There’s a need to dream beyond where we are,” said Lecky, announcing that his year as president of the Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau is up Oct. 12 and that he will be resigning as president effective Nov. 1.
He noted that Randy Crane will be the new president of the Chamber of Commerce, while Debi Cruz will head up the Convention and Visitors Bureau and that he plans to bring them to Elk Garden for the November council meeting.
“If your dreams continue and you want to look at buildings for the Miners’ Museum. I will stand with you to find resources,” said Lecky. “I want these things to be yours.”
Droppleman noted that Lecky is “such an asset to our county.”
In other business the town is getting brackets to mount street signs, continuing to look for a building to be used as a garage and getting equipment ready for winter.