Americorps VISTA volunteer Tom Myslinsky appeared before the Wetzel County Commission Tuesday morning to seek approval of a memorandum of agreement between the commission and Appalachian Coal Country, which is supporting Myslinsky's VISTA status at the county commission. The memorandum of agreement outlines the areas of responsibility of the commission, including the commission's responsibility of funding a budget, providing an office space, and providing technology for Myslinsky.
The Appalachian Coal Country Team describes itself as an "umbrella organization, providing watershed/ community groups in Appalachia with OSM/VISTA Volunteers, Summer Interns, and Summer Associates to promote economic development and environmental change at the grassroots level." ACCT is a partnership among the the Office of Surface Mining (OSM), AmeriCorps VISTA, and watershed/community organizations.
The commission voted to fully fund Myslinsky's VISTA position for $12,991. These funds help to pay for expenses that include additional marketing, supplies, and traveling. This amount also enables Myslinsky to attend a number of conferences, as well as speak at two. Myslinsky will be able to use the allotted funds for necessary supplies such as seed and topsoil, which are used for his Grow Local, Go Local organization.
As for Grow Local, Go Local's achievements thus far, Commission Vice President Bob Gorby mentioned that he had been at the Paden City Senior Center just a few weeks ago and thought the Paden City gardens looked very nice. Myslinsky agreed, saying the seniors had "really gotten engaged," with the Grow Local, Go Local project. Myslinsky also spoke of his future Grow Local, Go Local plans, stating that a farmer's market is planned for each Thursday from Aug. 30-Oct. 4, 4-7 p.m., at Bruce Park. Myslinsky hopes to eventually have farmer's markets at additional locations, including Shortline, Paden City, and Hundred. He hopes to have public meeting as well as six-week educational programs for the public, to teach them about canning, gardening, and preparation of simple foods.
Myslinsky said that overall, "engaging (the commission), as representatives of the county, just really helps me out."