WHEELING - Former 6th Ward Wheeling councilman Barry Crow, who helped organize the Elm Grove Business Association nearly 14 years ago, believes staying involved with local community activities is essential.
Crow, who served as a councilman for the Elm Grove section of the city from 1998 to 2008, is not only a current member of community's business association, he has also been an active member of the Osiris Shrine Center since 1998 and a member of the Elm Grove Lions Club for nearly 40 years.
Crow has also served as a past commander of the Legion of Honor, a veterans' group, for the Shrine Center on three separate occasions and currently serves as the fraternal organization's publicity chairman.
Former 6th Ward Wheeling councilman Barry Crow, who helped organize the Elm Grove Business Association nearly 14 years ago, stands in front of the Osiris Shrine Center in Elm Grove. He is the current publicity chairman for the Shriners.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
The primary mission of the Shriners is to support and help raise funds for 22 Shriner Children's hospitals located throughout North America that help children with burns or orthopedic problems, regardless of their ability to pay. According to its website, all Shriners are dedicated men with a common goal of helping children.
"We been fortunate here while our kids were growing up," said Crow, who resides in the Springdale neighborhood of Elm Grove with his wife Joyce. "It's a safe community."
He said not only is Elm Grove a great place to visit, shop and dine - it's a location that provides quick access to other areas of Ohio County.
"If you want to go somewhere, you're 10 minutes from downtown and you can be at The Highlands in 10 minutes," said Crow, while pointing out the easy access to Interstate 70, I-470 and National Road from Elm Grove. He said the small community with a great history has a lot to offer.
He said he stays involved with other community events throughout the year as well, like the local "Cleanup - Adopt a Highway" program.
"You'll see me out there picking up trash about four times a year. ... I try to stayed involved," he added.