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2017 RegattaFest Plans are Underway and Growing

By Staff | May 3, 2017

Photo by Sherron Winer The Wetzel County Commission recently received this special memento of appreciation from Sherron and Sam Winer, of RegattaFest.

Sam and Sherron Winer, of RegattaFest, thanked the Wetzel County Commission, at its April 25 regular meeting, for its continuous support of the annual riverfront event.

Sherron noted that plans for the sixth year of the RegattaFest were underway; she added that the event has grown “a little” each year. Sherron said that the RegattaFest committee wants to clear Main Street of the event this year so that there is “less of a public safety concern.” The committee wants the event to be held primarily on the dock and river area.

“That area is beautiful,” she said.

Possible changes include moving the concessions to the area behind the American Legion and moving the entertainment closer to the river, in hopes of moving the event off of Main Street. River Lane would also be closed to vehicles. The RegattaFest committee is requesting $12,000 from the commission, for this year’s event. The Winers did note that the RegattaFest is now officially listed as a non-profit.

Also, Gloria Cunningham, representing the Assumption Food Pantry in Littleton, requested $10,000 for the pantry.

Cunningham said the pantry currently helps 55 families, comprising of 150 individuals. St. Peter’s church in Farmington, and St. Patrick’s in Mannington, both donate food to pantry, which is operated out of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, which is no longer in operation.

Cunningham said 20 individuals volunteer to the cause; some reside in Littleton. She noted that the church is old, needs painted, and the rectory is in need of repairs. She asked for $10,000 to paint the church building, for repairs, and to pay costs to rent the U-Haul, to deliver the food, from the Mountaineer Food Bank, to the pantry.

It was noted that the commission cannot give county funds to paint a church building. Cunningham was advised to reorganize the request for the pantry.

In another matter, Rick Healy of Belomar Regional Council, spoke to the commission regarding the Hundred-Littleton Public Service District project. The commission approved a drawdown of funds for the project.

Healy noted that as of April 13, the Hundred-Littleton project was 82 percent complete.

In another matter, the Wetzel County Commission, at its April 18 meeting, approved the sole $63,050 bid from Casto and Harris for restoration and preservation of deed books.

County Clerk Carol Haught recommended the acceptance of the bid, noting that the county has worked with the company before, when it was under different names. The work by Casto and Harris will include deacidifcation of sheets, bounding of books, archival sleeves, and more.