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November 14, 2011

NEWS from 

Rainelle LOOK HERE Committee

c/o Monica S. Venable, CHAIR

1109 Main Street

RainelleWV 25962

Phone: 304.438-6141

Fax:  304.438-6492

Cell: 304.660-8172



November 2, 2011




RAINELLE,WV.  Rainelle merchants and business people have organized an effort to lure local shoppers into the town’s stores during the holiday shopping season.


Volunteers are presenting the project to Rainelle merchants and other businesses this week.


“We hope that people will LOOK HERE before hitting I-64,” Monica Venable, chair of the group, said.  “Local stores will offer incentives for people to just come in and look at what they have to offer.”


Venable said that people may register at every participating merchant for prizes to be offered throughout the town.  “We hope that people will register in every store,” Venable said.  “The prize awarded from entries in any particular store may or may not be donated by that store.”  Some stores, she said, are offering additional promotions.


LOOK HERE kicks off on the first Bright Saturday, November 19, and continues through Bright Saturday, December 10.


The group is also offering free gift wrapping with proof that the item was purchased at a Rainelle store.


“Volunteers are out now personally presenting the LOOK HERE project to every business in Rainelle,” Venable said.  “If we miss anybody or if any local business wants more information, they may pick up a letter at Town Hall or contact me.”


The LOOK HERE project came from a lunch meeting with Greenbrier Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Ickes and the Chamber’sVISTA, Allender Stewart.


Rainelle business people attending some of the groups meetings or involved in other ways  include Monica Smathers Venable, Smathers Funeral Chapel; Ron Fleshman and Rosalie Ross of Ron Fleshman Insurance; Sandra Sorrells, Manager, Rainelle City National Bank; Becky Redden, Manager, Summit Community Bank; Dave Grimmett, Park Center Sporting Goods; Amanda Reed, Photographer; Sharon Selbe, The Carriage Café; Patrick Smith, Administrator, Heartland of Rainelle; William “Bill” Wallace, Wallace & Wallace Inc. Funeral Home; John Woodrum, MeadWestvaco; Steve Carr, Cornerstone Inn; Mary Beth Surbaugh, Rainelle Medical Center; J. W. Puckett, Plum Creek; Deborah McCall, member of Rainelle Area Planning Commission; Mayor Andrea Pendleton; Roxie Hume; and Joan C. Browning, Special Assistant to Mayor Andrea Pendleton.


“A strong business community is essential for a vital town,” Mayor Andrea Pendleton said.  “The Town is solidly behind this LOOK HERE project and we urge everybody to look in our local stores first.”


For further information, contact Monica S. Venable, Chair, LOOK HERE committee, 1109 Main Street, Rainelle WV  25962, Phone: 304.438-6141, Fax:  304.438-6492, Cell: 304.660-8172, Email: or The Hon. Andrea Pendleton, Mayor, PO Box 223, Rainelle WV  25962, 304/438-7191 or 304/667-9233 or

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