Quispe said that when he arrived in Logan he saw a very old picture of the town and noted how different it was than the Logan of today.
“That picture impacted me,” he said. “I realized people are very proud of Logan. When we lived in Tennessee there was a photo contest done in a city there which was open to the public. Whoever submitted the nicest photos they could find in the city had their pictures blown up and put on permanent display at city hall. It said something about their community and it gave future generations something to see.”
Quispe said he would like to know if the City of Logan would be interested in such a project and noted that it would not cost much to operate.
“And it would help show pride in your community,” he added.
“That sounds great to me,” Mayor Serafino Nolletti said.
One person present noted that perhaps sponsors could be found to come up with extra prizes to encourage people to participate and noted that with an active Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary they might be good places to start.
Quispe said the Seventh Day Adventists were doing nicely with their local operations and had around 600 people come to them for help from their food pantry or visiting their thrift store.
“We are really excited and we are getting more volunteers coming in,” he said.
The council also heard from Steven Hall of LEAD who spoke about the volunteer organization's hopes and plans for Logan. Hall said LEAD came about when several people got together to discuss how regular folks could do some projects to benefit the county.
Hall said LEAD had several projects in the pipeline, including helping to clean up the city, a proposal to help with a stream clean up and other ideas.
“Most of us don’t live in the city, but when we come to town, we come to Logan,” Hall said, noting LEAD had been approached about several projects of importance. “This is now a tourist's city, and it is important to clean it up and to install pride in the people who live here and show them the importance of keeping it clean,” he said.
LEAD has had public meetings across the county to get volunteers and momentum.
“We have people who came to us, and asked about food pantries and
clothing for the needy. There are resources available but some people do not know where to find them. We are working with the Family Resource Network to get together an up-to-date guide. We are also working with Haley’s Helping Hands to get donations for a food pantry up and going.”
Hall said one of LEAD's upcoming projects is a graffiti clean up this weekend and that LEAD is looking at working with local Boy and Girl Scouts on projects.
“We know you guys cannot do it all, and we feel that unless we are all working together we are working against each other,” Hall said.
LEAD will have another meeting on Feb. 20 at Southern West Virginia Community Technical College’s Logan campus where one topic of discussion is expected to be the stray animal population.