The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad opens their 2014 season Saturday, April 19 with a spring time excursion on the Cottontail Express -- A fun event for the kids! They can meet Peter Cottontail and look for other surprises on this one and a half hour train trip! The train leaves the Elkins Depot at 11am and 1pm. While next Saturday, April 26, The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad celebrates the annual Ramps & Rails Festival at the train depot in Elkins, the event takes place from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Local food vendors will be on hand with delicious ramp dishes as well as craft and artisan vendors set up in the town square. Enjoy live music throughout the day. Attendees vote for their favorite ramp dish. One-hour train trips on the New Tygart Flyer will depart at 12:30pm and 3pm, reservations are now open at: http://mountainrailwv.com/special-trains
ELKINS COMMON COUNCIL
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
401 Davis Avenue
Council Chamber, 2nd Floor
April 17, 2014
1. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
2. Call to order and roll call
3. Agenda adjustments
4. Public comment
5. Employee Recognition
a. Employee of the quarter.
6. Informational presentation
a. Dave Clark, Woodlands Development Group.
7. Consent calendar
a. Minutes proposed for the regular council meeting of April 3, 2014.
b. Minutes proposed for the special council meeting of April 10, 2014.
c. Minutes proposed for the special council meeting of April 15, 2014.
8. New business
a. Resolution 577: In support of a Woodlands Development Group project near Highland Meadows.
b. Resolution 578: Authorizing draft on the Ohio Valley Bank line-of-credit for the water system improvement project.
McNeer, Highland, McMunn, & Varner, LC (for land acquisitions)
c. Ordinance 174: Zoning a Housing Authority property near North School. (Second and final reading.)
d. Ordinance 179: Annexation and zoning of a Woodlands Development Group property near Highland Meadows. (Second and final reading.)
e. Request from mayor and treasurer for retroactive authorization of travel to Charleston in support of HB 4339, March 7-8.
f. Consideration of candidates for police chief.
9. Approval of vendor invoice payments
The list of proposed vendor invoice payments will be available for public review in the city clerk’s office two business days before this meeting.
10. Committee reports
Building permits issued since the previous regular council meeting.
11. Administrative officer reports
a. Operations Manager
c. Police Chief
d. Fire Chief
12. Mayor’s comments
Teenagers and children looking for a special summer week will want to check out Horseshoe’s summer schedule. Horseshoe camps are interactive, hands-on, and fun with a purpose. Teen camps include the Teen Entrepreneurship Summit, June 8 – 14, a high school Leadership Summit on June 15 - 21, and middle school Leadership Summit on June 22 - 28. Youth are enabled to “unplug” from the daily distractions and re-focus on the essentials of leadership, teamwork, and community. Adventure Camps for boys and girls ages 7 – 12 have four weeks to choose from, June 29 – July 5, July 6 – 12, July 13 – 19, and July 20 - 26. For more information about any of these programs, please contact Sharon at Horseshoe Leadership Center, (304) 478-2481 or e-mail email@example.com
The City of Elkins will begin curb-side Yard Waste Collection on Monday, April 14th; monthly collection will then be held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month on the following dates this year: May 6th, June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, and September 2nd. Yard waste will be collected as quickly as possible but it varies from month-to-month as to how much time it takes in each ward – due to this fact, residents of all wards are being asked to have their yard waste out by the curb by 5:30 a.m. on the above-stated collection dates; if we don’t get it that day, we will get it in the next day or two - depending on how much time the current collection is taking.
Acceptable items include: grass, tree, & shrub trimmings; vegetative landscaping materials; leaves & hay; plant debris; branches & brush up to 2” in diameter and 8’ in length tied with a string or twine in manageable bundles (no wires or plastic ties).
Unacceptable items include: plastics; treated wood; construction/demolition debris; household trash; animal waste; non-organic material; yard waste containing concrete, rocks, sod, or dirt; anything over 50 pounds.
Residents may also take Yard Waste to the Waste Water Collection & Transmission Department (located at 31 Jones Drive / 304-636-2058) Mondays – Fridays from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
As we prepare for Easter, kids are ready for the Easter Bunny. Elkins ON TRAC will hold their second annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Saturday at CJ Maggie’s. ON TRAC volunteers will serve pancakes and sausage links with orange juice, coffee or tea at the restaurant located at 309 Davis Avenue from 8 to 10 a.m.
The Easter Bunny will welcome children of all ages and pose for photos with youngsters. Those who want photos must bring their own cameras. A limited number of Easter-themed door prizes will be available for children aged 12 and younger. Prizes will be distributed to youngsters on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last.
Priced at $5 per person, ticketsmay be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit Elkins ON TRAC and support the organization’s work to revitalize downtown Elkins.
Karen Carper from Elkins ON TRAC will be our guest on Talk of the Town Friday just after noon on 1240 WDNE.
The Organization Committee plans fundraising activities and events to help support this work. New members are welcome to join ON TRAC committees, which also include Design, Economic Restructuring and Promotion. Volunteers serving on these committee work together to improve downtown Elkins for the entire community.
“Reel ‘Em Boys, Reel “Em,” a film produced by The Mountain Dance Trail that documents Appalachian dance traditions, will premier at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 as part of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College’s Spring Music Week. The free showing open to the public will take place in Eshleman Science Center room 400 on the College campus.
In 2013, Mountain Dance Trail Coordinators Rebecca Hill and Gerry Milnes were awarded a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to create the film. The Mountain Dance Trail is a cultural heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center and Davis & Elkins College that preserves and promotes the tradition of old-time square dancing in rural communities throughout West Virginia.
The film celebrates the exceptional endurance of traditional dance in West Virginia, while discussing and revealing centuries old dance customs as they exist today.
“Reel ‘Em Boys, Reel ‘Em” features West Virginia traditional square dancing and step dancing, and follows The Mountain Dance Trail as it winds across the Mountain State. Interviews with square dance callers, old-time musicians, dancers and dance historians, along with current square dance footage and archival footage from Augusta Heritage Center, are combined to create a film that celebrates the importance of old-time music and dance.
The Mountain Dance Trail kicked off its third season in February with more than 100 square dances and live music slated every weekend. The program works with 16 communities extending from just over the Virginia line to the Ohio border. Square dances this week are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Randolph County Community Arts Center and at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Ireland Community Center in Lewis County. To learn more about community square dances throughout the state, visit www.mountaindancetrail.orgor to request a 2014 brochure, call 304-637-1209.
A Center of Excellence for more than 40 years, Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College offers several week-long programs featuring instruction in many traditions of music, dance, craft and folklore. Concerts, dances, a summer festival and other heritage arts events are part of the Augusta experience. Augusta Heritage Center is also home to significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments and Appalachian art.
Support for The Mountatin Dance Trail project is provided by the West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the Country Song and Dance Society and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.eduor call 304-637-1243.
Randolph / Tucker Children’s Advocacy Center’s Third Annual Champions for Children Event is April 11... Social hour at 6pm, Dinner to follow at Orchard Hall in Elkins. Tickets $20 per person or $250 per table (seats 8 people) Tickets can be purchased at www.rtcac.com or call CAC at 304-630-2214 Spaghetti dinner provided by St. Patrick’s Church of Coalton. Entertainment provided by the West Virginia Highland Dancers & Chelsea McBee. Live auction items from local artists, crafters, and more! Proceeds benefit the Randolph - Tucker CAC Lydia Johnson Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center will be our guest today at Noon on Talk of the Town on 1240 WDNE.
One of West Virginia's top attractions, the American Mountain Theater in Elkins, will be premiering the eighth season of their award-winning, music & comedy variety show on April 4 at 7:30 PM.
The American Mountain Theater’s eighth season promises to bring an uplifting feeling to people who visit the theater by delivering the absolute best in entertainment, with amazing music and great comedy routines, like you might find in Branson, MO, Pigeon Forge, TN, or Myrtle Beach, SC.
In the past seven years, AMT’s talented cast has brought home four awards from the West Virginia Division of Tourism and in 2013 AMT was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making AMT one of the top-performing 10% of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.
An entirely new Premier 2-Hour Show production will greet new and repeat customers alike when the cast begins on April 4 and the performances will run through the end of October.
AMT features live music & comedy variety shows that are “guaranteed to entertain guests of all ages while remaining entirely family-friendly.”
AMT offers a variety of vacation packages, from a “date-night” dinner and a show package, to exciting excursions that can fill a long weekend with scenic train rides, unique local dining, and comfortable lodging.
Performances are every Friday and Saturday night in April, with the schedule increasing as they move through the season. Visit www.americanmountaintheater.com or call the box office at 1-800-943-3670 for the full schedule and to purchase tickets or get vacation package information.
The American Mountain Theater can also be seen each week on West Virginia PBS. Their 30-minute television program airs at 6:30 pm every Saturday night, providing just a small sampling of what their live performances bring to audiences. Check your local listings for details.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today encouraged West Virginians to check whether they are among the nearly one million taxpayers who have not claimed $760 million in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If left unclaimed, these tax refunds will become government property. The money comes from people who didn’t file tax returns in 2010, but were eligible for tax refunds. The final deadline for reclaiming tax refunds is April 15.
“When so many families continue to struggle to make ends meet, every penny counts. I strongly encourage all West Virginians to take a look at their records to see if they are eligible to collect tax refunds from the IRS,” Senator Manchin said. “Please check to see if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans missing a refund that you deserve.”
Taxpayers in West Virginia are one of eight states missing out on the most money. The IRS estimates that approximately 4,100 West Virginians are eligible to receive tax refunds, averaging $626 per refund.
Taxpayers can receive refunds directly into their bank account, split a tax refund into two or three financial accounts or buy a savings bond. Current and prior year tax forms and instructions are available on the Forms and Publicationspage of IRS.gov or by calling toll-free 800-829-3676. Taxpayers who are missing Forms W-2, 1098, 1099 or 5498 for years 2010, 2011 or 2012 should request copies from their employer, bank or other payer.
Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College Spring Music Week isn’t just a daytime learning experience. Three mini-courses will be offered for the week’s participants or those who would like to take an evening class only.
Dulcimer Ensemble Playing, Banjo from Scratch and Yoga will take place from 6:30-7:45 p.m. each day Monday, April 7 through Thursday, April 10. Tuition is $55 and registration is open at augustaheritagecenter.org. For more information, call 304-637-1209.
Participants in the Dulcimer Ensemble Playing course, instructed by Lorinda Jones, will enjoy the thrill of playing in an ensemble of mixed instruments. Unlike a jam, music will be provided and a director will conduct. Jones teaches private and group lessons on mountain dulcimer and folk harp, and performs at camps and festivals throughout the United States. She has authored numerous books and recordings and is a board certified music therapist. Musicians will play tunes arranged for two dulcimers and a melody instrument; baritone and soprano dulcimers; two soprano dulcimers; and two sopranos, baritone and bass dulcimers. Different parts will allow multi-level players to enjoy the sound of a dulcimer orchestra. Participants should bring all their dulcimers. Other melody and chord instruments are welcome as well.
No experience is necessary for those interested in the Banjo from Scratch course instructed by Matthew Kupstas. Participants will learn to break down the right- and left- hand techniques of clawhammer banjo into manageable and specific pieces. Good form will be emphasized to give everyone a solid foundation to play with comfort and confidence. Students will also learn how to tune their banjos, and how to play at least one Old-Time tune at a moderate tempo by the end of the class. A limited number of banjos are available to rent. Kupstas is a singer, dancer, dance caller, multi-instrumentalist and teacher. He is an adjunct instructor of Heritage Arts at Davis & Elkins College and has taken part in Augusta as a student, instructor or year round staff member each year since 2001.
The Yoga mini-course is geared toward beginners, although intermediate and advanced yogis are welcome to attend to deepen their practice. Instructed by Susan Krakoff, the course will provide a solid foundation in which to learn new poses and practice safely. Participants will mix individual poses with some basic flowing sequences that will help get the heart rate up without overexertion and incorporate breathing and relaxation techniques.
Krakoff received her 200-hour Yoga Teaching certification through the Yoga Alliance at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in India. She teaches yoga at Jivaka Wellness Center in Elkins and offers classes at Davis & Elkins College for faculty and staff.
The three mini-courses are just one part of the Spring Music Week sessions. The weeklong event, April 6-11, also includes some the finest musicians and teachers instructing mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, acoustic guitar, fiddle and autoharp. Class sizes are limited to allow personal attention. Reserve your spot online at augustaheritagecenter.org or call 304-637-1209 for more information. Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.