ELK GARDEN – “Anybody is welcome to come,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman as she invited everyone to Saturday's second annual Easter Parade.

By Ronda Wertman
Tribune Correspondent
ELK GARDEN – “Anybody is welcome to come,” said Elk Garden mayor Marian Droppleman as she invited everyone to Saturday’s second annual Easter Parade.
Parade line-up will get underway at 1:30 p.m. with the parade to roll off at 2 p.m. immediately followed by egg hunts.
One thousand treat-filled eggs will be hidden with children ages 1-4 hunting eggs at the Elk Garden United Methodist Church, 5-8 years olds at the Elk Garden Fire Hall and 9-12 year olds at the Elk Garden Town Park.
Droppleman also had good news for the council during the April meeting, reporting on efforts to secure a medical provider for the currently vacant clinic site at the town hall.
“I was all excited about that,” said Droppleman as Grant Memorial Hospital CEO Bob Milvet responded to the town’s letter sent to area providers.
“They are very interested,” she said, noting that Milvet assured her, “they would see what they could do.”
She also reported that the picnic table has been built for the park and that students at the Technical Center are working on the bench.
Resident Ruby Mayles met with the council seeking to bring resources through Blessings of Hope.
“I would like to get it to come to our town,” she said, noting a recent food donation program that was feeding families in Romney.
Blessings of Hope works in connection with grocery stores, manufacturers, and other food banks to distribute excess food to people who need it, rather than have the food end up in the landfill.
“They are trying to get 500 people to come get this food,” she said, adding that local volunteers would be needed to help carry donations for those who needed assistance.
Mayles explained that all participants needed to receive a food donation is an identification card. “Everybody gets the same,” she said of the donation boxes.
Elk Garden’s town election is set for June 11 and ballot places were drawn during the meeting. Both mayor Marian Droppleman and recorder Brandi Paugh are unopposed in the election bids.
Appearing on the ballot for council will be Gary Wildman, Charles Welch, Dave Tichnell, Kevin Broadwater, Jody Paugh and Michael Droppleman.
In person early voting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 1 and June 8.
As the new elected officials take office in July, the town also needs to appoint a member to the Mineral County Development Authority to start in July.
“You have to care for the county,” said Councilwoman Jean Braithwaite of the requirements for the position.
The town received an update from grant writer Ralph Rice that he has applied for five Wal-Mart Foundation Grants each for $5,000.
With warmer weather, the council is seeking bids for mowing at the town park, town hall and cemetery. Bids are due May 4 and those submitting bids must by 18 or older and provide their own equipment and fuel.