POINT PLEASANT — At the recent Point Pleasant City Council meeting, recognition was given to the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation.
“I would like to honor an organization that has done a lot for this city, as you all know, the walking trail at Krodel Park, the gazebo at Krodel Park, the playground at Krodel Park,” said Mayor Brian Billings. “As a member of the Mason County fair board…my main area there is the stage, the beautiful stage, the bleachers this year for the demo derby and tractor pulls and I know there have been other things that the Claflin Foundation has done over the years here in Mason County, not only for health and wellness, but the arts, education, beautification…we should be so blessed. Steve and Gary, I speak on behalf of all the council, we thank you so much for your kindness, the organization, what you’ve done for Mason County, but tonight I speak strictly about Point Pleasant and what you’ve done for us.”
Billings presented Claflin Foundation President Stephen Littlepage and Vice President/ Secretary Gary Fields with a plaque stating a proclamation from the city of Point Pleasant honoring the Claflin Foundation.
Littlepage wished to recognize a few individuals including Fields, who came up with the idea for the gazebo at Krodel Park after the dedication of the walking trail as he as had experience with gazebos, and Bob Rulen.
Littlepage said, “Without the efforts of Bob Rulen, I’m not sure the walking trail or the gazebo would’ve come to a wonderful conclusion. He’s been a delight to work with us, we’ve worked with him for so long. He was very tireless on this most recent project of the gazebo.”
Littlepage shared future plans for the gazebo such as adding shrubbery and other plants with the help of the Tu-Endie-Wei Garden Club, a permanent picnic table and grill, and lamp posts. Also, he said Jan Haddox will be making a sign to signify Claflin Corner and the Robert and Louise Claflin Walking Trail.
Fields commented the lamp posts will be added to accent the gazebo. Littlepage said there will be also be a lamp post added where the picnic table and grill will be located as well as one near the front of the gazebo.
Littlepage shared he will be storing the proclamation in an honored location, the Claflin Room which he maintains at his law office.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.