Painting the Town at Parsons Community Service Day

Over 50 people came out for the Second Annual Community Service Day. Students from West Virginia University, local high school students, volunteers, and community leaders got to work bright and early Saturday morning.  The volunteers were divided into groups for several projects: washing fire trucks, clearing debris around the pond, repainting the fire hall and the Mill Race Park stage, and working on the downtown buildings.

PRO ON TRAC chairman Jimmy Judy led one group of volunteers as they scraped, primed and painted trim and doorways along Front Street.  The sunny weather (except for one brief shower) made it a great day for painting—the green paint and white trim on the Bank Building door made an especially noticeable upgrade.  The scraping yielded less visible results, but it was an important step toward caulking and repainting the Bank Building windows, which will refresh the appearance of the whole block when completed.

We greatly appreciated the hard work of all the volunteers, and and we hope that the WVU service group will be back again next year!  In the meantime, we'll keep working on downtown.  Expect to see even more fresh paint on Front Street later this week, and look for new glass in the McDonald Building windows soon!

Team picture (before we were covered in sweat and paint).

Team picture (before we were covered in sweat and paint).

Before and After - Bank Building Side Door

Getting started on the Bank Building side door.

Getting started on the Bank Building side door.

Scraping old paint off of these window frames takes a lot of elbow grease.

Scraping old paint off of these window frames takes a lot of elbow grease.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

AmeriCorps member Sydney Haltom applies a coat of primer to the McDonald Building door.

AmeriCorps member Sydney Haltom applies a coat of primer to the McDonald Building door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.

Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.