Reason to shine

The city of New Cumberland, once again, has been recognized for its continuing efforts to beautify the community and encourage pride in its citizens.

The city recently received first place honors from the West Virginia “Make It Shine” program, as well as a cash gift of $500.

The award was accepted by Community Projects Director George Hines during a conference in Morgantown.

It is the latest in a line of awards recognizing New Cumberland’s efforts to enact programs fostering efforts in beautification, recycling, litter control and more, although it is the first time it has achieved the top honor.

The community previously received four national recycling awards from Keep America Beautiful. To qualify for the award, a community must participate in several “Make It Shine” activities, with 10 possible categories.

New Cumberland actually has one of the longest-running Make It Shine programs in West Virginia, always finding ways to encourage its residents to get involved, whether through a litter collection project, landscaping or community garden.

We applaud the efforts of Hines and all those involved in these programs in New Cumberland, and encourage them to continue growing their wonderful programs while making their community a better place to live.

We also hope this award, and New Cumberland’s example, serves as an inspiration for other communities in our area, on both sides of the Ohio River, to step forward and organize similar projects.

Even if they never receive an award, any work to beautify a community and make it a better place for its residents will be worthwhile.