BUCKHANNON — Several individuals were recognized guests at the last City Council of Buckhannon meeting that took place on Thursday, July 7. The recognized guests included Lyndon Reinking, Robin Oldaker, Rhett Dusenbury and Jewel Fisher.
The first guest Lyndon Reinking took his Official Oath as a Probationary Firefighter. Mayor Robbie Skinner invited Buckhannon Fire Department Chief J.B Kimble to the podium. Chief Kimble said, “Good evening everybody, tonight’s a great night we’re here to basically celebrate being fully staffed at this point in time it took a little while but tonight Lyndon will be taking his oath to provide service to our community and county.”
Mayor Skinner presided over the ceremony, instructing Reinking to raise his right hand and state, “I, Lyndon Reinking, swear to abide by the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution of the State of West Virginia and the city’s charter, ordinances and resolutions and that, as a member of the Buckhannon Fire Department, my fundamental duty is to serve the people I swear to protect, to safeguard and preserve life, health and property against fire and other perils and to maintain proficiency and professionalism in fire service. I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith and trust and I accept so long as I am true to the ethics of the fire service and make these promises so solemnly, freely and upon my honor.” Reinking was joined by his wife Brittany and other family members. His fellow firefighters from the Buckhannon Fire Department were also present for the ceremony and to provide congratulations to Reinking.
The second guest was Robin Oldaker, who serves as Chairperson for the Upshur County Relay for Life. She was present for the proclamation. Mayor Skinner read the proclamation aloud while Oldaker stood by his side.
“Whereas the people of Upshur County have been affected by the devastating disease of cancer.
“Whereas Relay for Life is the signature activity of the American Cancer Society; and
“Whereas Relay for Life of Upshur County is not just a fundraiser, it is a unique activity that offers an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer, to honor cancer survivors and remembers those lost to the disease, to build a network of businesses and health organizations to address community cancer issues and to recruit new volunteers to deliver American Cancer Society programs and services; and
“Whereas Relay for Life of Upshur County has had a significant presence in our community for the last 25 years, has touched thousands of our residents and has raised over $2.2 million to help fight the battle against cancer; and
“Whereas Relay for Life of Upshur County invites cancer survivors, their caregivers and the community to the 25th annual Upshur County Relay for Life on July 16 at Jawbone Park with the theme Cheers to 25 Years.
“Now therefore be it resolved that I, Robert N. Skinner, III, Mayor of the City of Buckhannon, do hereby proclaim the month of July in the year 2022 as Relay for Life Month in the City of Buckhannon and urge individuals, families, businesses, schools, service organizations, churches and neighbors to unite in the fight against cancer, to honor cancer survivors and to remember those we have lost to cancer. Given under my hand and the official seal of The City of Buckhannon, this 7th day of July 2022. Robert N. Skinner, III, Mayor”
The Upshur County Relay for Life will take place at Jawbone Park on Saturday July 16, 2022. The event is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until 10:30 p.m. Fun activities and entertainment will be part of the event as well. Relay for Life teams often sell items to raise funds during the event. A Survivor Round, a Caregiver Round and a First Round are aspects of the event. A Luminaria service at nightfall will conclude the event.
The third guest was Rhett Dusenbury who is the District Representative for Congressman Alex Mooney. Dusebnury began by stating, “Mr. Mayor, council persons, distinguished guests. First of all, I’d like to on behalf of Congressman Alex Mooney and thank you for allowing me to address the Buckhannon City Council. Also thank you for allowing us to provide constituent services over many past years and also this summer.” Dusenbury also noted that this is where a representative of a congressman or a United States Senator will set up a location and advertise in the local media about the location and also help constituents if they have an issue with the federal government that they can possibly be assisted with by their legislator.” The Constituent Services Table will take place Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 on Main Street in Buckhannon.
The final guest was Jewel Fisher who serves as the Assistant Coordinator for the Buckhannon Police Department Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). Fisher was present to obtain funding for the first combined EMS and Fire Services Recognition Banquet. “This will cost about $1,500 for the food and the plaques. I am asking $750 from the city,” said Fisher. Fisher also requested $750 from the County, which was approved at the County Commission meeting that took place on Thursday, June 30. The meal is noted to consist of spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, Italian bread and dessert. The EMS and Fire Services Banquet will take place at The Brushy Fork Event Center on Saturday, July 30. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:30 p.m. and award ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The next regular scheduled City Council meeting with take place in Council Chambers on Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m.