June 16, 2011

Manchin Encourages West Virginians to Vote for Ripley's Alpine Theater

The Alpine Theater in downtown Ripley is the only location in West Virginia selected to compete in the National Trust For Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” Challenge”

**Video, Audio Available**

Washington, D.C. — In a YouTube video today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is encouraging all West Virginians to go online and vote for the Alpine Theater in downtown Ripley in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s second “This Place Matters Challenge.” This innovative competition allows communities across the country to compete through photos and stories for money to save a place that matters to them. 

“I just voted for Main Street in Ripley,” Senator Manchin said. “The Alpine Theater in Ripley has been a mainstay for many, many years. It reopened in 2003, and it’s now a hub of activity. There are so many good things happening in Jackson County and in Ripley, West Virginia, I would hope that everyone would go to the Alpine Theater, see what is today and learn about what it means to the community and West Virginia. So please go online and vote for Main Street Ripley in the ‘This Place Matters’ Challenge.” 

The challenge will award three prices: First Place $25,000, Second Place $10,000, and Third Place $5,000. The voting contest, made possible by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and National Trust Insurance Services, LLC, will run through June 30. 

West Virginians are able to vote by visiting http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/community-challenge

Then, click “List of Places” on the right-hand side of the page and scroll to find “Main Street Ripley” on the list. 

Manchin’s video message to West Virginians is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3dFiKuYHx4&feature=channel_video_title

Audio of Manchin’s message is available here: http://demradio.senate.gov/actualities/manchin/061511_MANCHIN.mp3