By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Burlington United Methodist Family Services cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Alkire Mansion Friday afternoon, paving the way for the residents of Craig House on the BUMFS Burlington campus to begin moving in soon.
BUMFS purchased the historic mansion at auction from the City of Keyser in October, and multiple crews have been working ever since to renovate the badly deteriorated structure.
Bringing the mansion back to life and putting it into service for the BUMFS residential program had been a vision of CEO Mike Price, and Friday’s ribbon cutting came just one week before Price officially retires.
Pictured, Price cuts the ribbon, along with (front, l-r) incoming CEO Chris Mullett, president of the board of trustees Roy Knight, board of trustees member Kim Rolls, and Keyser mayor Damon Tillman. Also pictured are: Board of trustees members Jean Ryan, Pat Rogers, Barbara Rexrode, Brenda Rankin, Jim Chaney and Donna Burdock; BUMFS management team members Gary Croston, Angel Alt, Sandra Stump, Cindy Pyles, Matt Everline and Barry Lancaster; Mineral County Chamber of Commerce president Randy Crane; Mineral County Historical Foundation president Frank Roleff; Del. Ruth Rowan and Del. John Paul Hott.