September 2018

Volunteers Impact the Future of The Golden Rule Building
JoLynn Powers


Often volunteers don't get to see the impact they have on a project or a community. This is not the case with the volunteers who have helped begin the redevelopment of The Golden Rule building in Belington this spring. Over 32 volunteers have spent over 220 hours donating their time and skills to bring the 116 year old building back to life.

The Golden Rule volunteers have worked on everything from painting murals for the building windows while the frames are restored, to helping remove up to 6,000 pounds of garbage, and pulling up over 6,000 square feet of old carpet and linoleum on the first floor. The work is hard and dirty but that does not seem to slow the volunteers down.

AmeriCorps Service members volunteer to help remove trash from the Golden Rule: Patrick Facemire and Logan McDonald

Volunteers, Elizabeth Satterfield and Sarah Heuer remove linoleum

Many of the volunteers are local church members have an interest in community service, but others, like Mary Streets, of Belington, remembers her husband working at the Golden Rule in the 60’s and 70’s. She wants to see the building reopen and be an important part of the downtown area again. Mary spent her 83rd birthday with her daughter Stacy Streets and other volunteers at the building on July 21st of this year.

I asked Mary about why she spent her birthday with us at the Golden Rule Building, she shared that the Golden Rule was full of good memories for her. She said, “It was nice to come back and visit a place where she often shopped and bought things for her kids.” She went on to say,” My husband worked here for many years and we all felt like family here.” She was the most joyous member of our volunteer crew and explained that she was happy to be part of the rehabilitation that would make her home town a better place.

Mary Streets and Daughter Stacy Streets help to clean debris at the Golden Rule

 Volunteers like Terri Kittle from the Belington Revitalization Committee have worked for 6 years trying to get the historic building redeveloped. Terri, head of the committee, is passionate about the building and its future for Belington. Terri says, “The Golden Rule is vital to bringing downtown back to life. So working with Woodlands Development Group a non-profit developer in the region just made since.”

 Woodlands Development Group purchased the building in April of 2018 and the work to clean out the building began a few weeks later. Dustin Smith project manager says “The Golden Rule project is a unique case when it comes to volunteerism; it is not often that we use volunteers but everyone is so interested in the project that we are happy to have the help.” 

Volunteers from Mountain Valley Bank of Elkins work with Missionaries from the Church of Latter Day Saints

Volunteer days will continue throughout the next few months until the Fall Festival Open House that will include refreshments, tours and discussions about planes for the building. Many of the antique items found in the building will be on display and some will be for sale to the public. The Open House is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15th at the building at 122 Crim Ave in Belington.

It is hoped that the volunteers that have worked on the project will come to the open house to share their experiences with the community and celebrate their hand in making the Golden Rule a better place for everyone in the community.


Welcoming AFHA's 2018-2019 Americorps Members!

​Phyllis Baxter
New AmeriCorps members from far and wide gathered this month to launch the AFHA AmeriCorps 18-19 year. Thirty-four new members came together at the Darden Mill for orientation on September 6 & 7, then dispersed to start service at their conservation, community development, heritage, and hands-on preservation sites across AFHA counties. There are still 6 positions available, so contact if anyone is interested in joining this exciting team!


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the 2018-2019 AmeriCorps term

There are still four positions to be filled!



Help Clean Up The Rich Mountain Battlefield!
Join Beverly Heritage Center Americorps members clean up trash on adopt-a-highway trash cleanup at the Rich Mountain Battlefield this Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m. Bottled water and a free t-shirt will be provided! Meet at the battlefield at the top of Rich Mountain.

Lantern Tours in Beverly Historic District
Night-time tour of the Beverly historic district with fascinating and spooky, yet true stories along the way. Cost: $10. Tickets at the door each night, October 12th and 13th, 2018 - 7 p.m.

October Old-Time Week at Augusta Heritage Center
Enjoy autumn in the mountains and immerse yourself in West Virginia's old-time music traditions. Learn from the masters, join in lively jams and stay for the W.Va. fiddler's reunion, October 21-26, 2018.

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Celebrate Autumn in Tucker County!
The Leaf Peeper's Festival celebrates fall foliage and the splendor that comes with this magical time of year. The 2018 Leaf Peepers Festival is scheduled for September 28th, 29th, and 30th.

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Autumn Glory Fest returns to Deep Creek Lake, MD!
The annual Autumn Glory Festival is five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of local foliage. From Wednesday, October 10 - Sunday, October 14, 2018, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors and outdoors.

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The annual Forest Fest returns to Randolph County September 29th-October 7th, 2018. Be sure to check out the schedule of events, including the Weavers' Guild and Appalachian Forest Conservation exhibits at the Darden Mill, the Forestry exhibit at the YMCA, and the Conservation Village in Elkins City Park.

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