Front Row-Matthew Shrewsbury and Colt Shaddix.
Back Row-Michael Shrewsbury, Ronnie O'Neal, Jeff Simmons, Dakoda Shrewsbury, Chris Hicks, Barbara Lester, Charlene Cook, Kneeling Austin Shrewsbury.

Charlene Cook and her “MOC ACTION TEAM” lay out the Mini Museum/Tourist Information Center in front of the Mullens Opportunity Center. The building is a replica of the Gulf Junction Telegraph office that served the Virginian Railway for half a century. The structure, that is designed to float in the event of flooding, will provide information to guide those interested in local history, landmarks, or wishing to purchase local crafts and specialty agricultural products.

The “MOC ACTION TEAM” is made up of seven bright High School students working through the Region 1 Human Resource Development Foundation. The program gives young people an opportunity to practice job skills and ethics. In the picture above the Team is learning basic surveying and how to square up a building. They will experience first-hand building of the MMTIC from the layout through finishing and furnishing. Ronnie Oneal and Barbara Lester, MOC Staff provided through Experience Works, assist Charlene in assuring the Team has a well-balanced program.

Gary Runion and his volunteers that include Pete Kirk, David Worley, Reece Neely, and a host of other community stalwarts will have the foundation and sub floor installed when an AmeriCorps NCCC Team arrives October 12 to help construct the building. Dedication of the building is scheduled for noon October 22 at the MOC. A luncheon is planned and the public is invited. Funding for the structure is provided through a West Virginia tourism development grant on the recommendation of Senator Richard Browning.

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In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community

March 18, 2011

Alternative Spring Break
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