It’s an opening bonanza
South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens is scheduled to participate in four ribbon-cutting ceremonies this morning.
At 10 a.m. he will officially open Brenda Thompson's This and That Shop at 209 D St. At 10:30 a.m. he will preside at the opening of the Appalachian Coin Shop at 616 D St. At 10:45 a.m. there will be a ceremony at Yen Nguyen's Vietnamese sandwich shop, Yen's Sandwiches, at 606 D St. And at 11 a.m. Mullens will cut the ribbon at Risin Goddess Goods, a variety store at 310 7th Ave.
"It's the first time ever we've had four ribbon-cuttings in one day," said South Charleston business recruiter Bob Anderson. "The mayor also will cut the ribbon at 1 p.m. Friday at the Regulatory Training Center. That will make us five this week and we have seven more to come."
ALL Crane & Equipment Rental of Nitro is supplying the cranes needed to rebuild Dominion Energy's aging high-voltage transmission line between Dominion's Mt. Storm power plant and a substation near Frederick, Md.
The project involves the construction of 458 new transmission line towers over 96 miles through the Allegheny Mountains.
Gary Dodd of ALL Crane said in a prepared statement, "Setting high line towers in the mountains is a huge challenge. Getting the cranes and counterweights up the mountains involved a crew from the contractor cutting roads and paths and sometimes even pulling our equipment up and down with dozers.
"The uncertainty of the terrain and the weather up there, especially with winter coming, contributes to the difficulty. But our guys have worked together in these mountains for years, and we make a great team. It's all about the right people and the right cranes. We are moving Dominion's project along right on schedule."
Retired Charles Ryan Associates founder Charlie Ryan has written his first book.
"It's a golf story," Ryan said Tuesday in a phone interview. "The title is 'Dead Men's Clubs.' It's about a guy who is the world's worst golfer. He plays better after he buys some used golf clubs that were once owned by good, dead golfers."
For more details, buy the book. "It should be out in November, just in time for Christmas," Ryan said.
"I really enjoy the writing and to actually get one in print is a great feeling," he said.
Ryan has finished another book. It is about kids, "The Maple Avenue Gang," who grow up in Keyser. That's Ryan's hometown.
BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. has several autumn harvest displays on its grounds at the corner of Court and Quarrier streets. They are lovely seasonal additions to the downtown.
It's become normal to see Christmas decorations earlier every year, but I must admit surprise at the number of such displays already in stores at the Charleston Town Center.