The City of Elkins announces an online survey to gather citizen input for the city’s comprehensive plan. The purpose of a comprehensive plan is to identify issues that residents and business owners believe are negatively affecting the quality of life in Elkins. By completing the survey, you can help shape the future of Elkins. This online survey is designed to take only a few minutes to complete. The final plan, scheduled for completion in Summer 2014, will include an action plan, based on this and other citizen input. This action plan will outline specific steps that City government and other partners can take to address the identified issues and concerns. This plan will provide the foundation for future growth and development in the City.
The survey can be found online at: (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ElkinsComprehensivePlan). Hard copies are also available at Elkins City Hall. Please complete the surveys by Friday, January 3, 2014. The plan is being facilitated by the Elkins Planning Commission. For more information, please contact Sutton Stokes, City Clerk for the City of Elkins, at (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211.
On National Rural Health Day, Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, Thursday announced more than $1.5 million in federal funding for two community health centers in West Virginia. The facilities set to receive funding are Community Care of West Virginia in Rock Cave and Williamson Health and Wellness Center. The funding will help these community health centers strengthen and expand their health and wellness services, and begin to service more than 5,000 additional patients.
The $1,516,667 in federal funding comes from the Affordable Care Act through the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HHS/HRSA) Health Access Point Grant Program. This initiative provides grant funding to community health centers to help increase their ability to provide comprehensive health care, including primary and preventive care, to underserved areas and areas with high numbers of uninsured.
The individual award amounts are:
· $812,500 – Williamson Health and Wellness Center – Williamson, WV
· $704,167 – Community Care of West Virginia – Rock Cave, WV
The Market Place, Heart and Hand’s newest form of ministry in Barbour County, cut the ribbon on Friday, November 15that 106 South Main Street in Philippi. The event brought an enormous turnout of dignitaries, producers, and well wishers, including members of the Tygart Valley Growers Association, the Value Chain Cluster Initiative, the Mon Valley United Methodist Church, Philippi City Council, Philippi Main Street, the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, and the West Virginia University Extension Service.
Brenda Hunt, Director of Heart and Hand, is also President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. Reg Trefethen is The Market Place Manager with Assistant Manager Mike Wells. Trefethen said, “our original plan more than twenty years ago was to provide an outlet for excess fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, jams, jellies, and baked goods as a means of generating additional income for local farmers, growers and gardeners, while offering fresh, nutritious food for our neighbors. We are proud to announce that we now have a permanent building in which to display and sell our products and our donut shop and coffee shop are now open for business.”
The Market Place is central to the county’s “buy fresh – buy local” movement which boasts 93 garden markets around the state and is contemplating locating a government-certified meat processing plant in Barbour County. Walt Helmick, West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture, recently announced a new farm-to-school program where the goal is to have local food on school menus throughout the school year. “Our county school systems spend about $ 100 million each year feeding students, but little of that goes to West Virginia producers. Besides fruits and vegetables, the state’s cattle industry can also benefit from the new initiative. Heart and Hand’s Market Place is an important part of the effort,” he said.
The American Red Cross West Virginia Region is launching a vehicle donation program from now through December 31st, 2013 that converts unneeded vehicles into Red Cross donations to help those in need. “People may think their old vehicle is worthless but the donation could be priceless to someone in need of Red Cross services in our community,” said Erica Mani, CEO of the WV Region. “This program turns clunkers into compassion and care.” The program offers an easy donation process with convenient, free pick-up and towing and a tax-deductible way to dispose of unwanted vehicles. The program accepts cars, trucks, motorcycles, RVs, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, tractors, farm equipment and more, in any condition – even salvaged.
The program provides individuals with an opportunity to easily dispose of a vehicle while supporting the work of the Red Cross. The proceeds received from the sale of donated vehicles provide help for the Red Cross to carry out its humanitarian mission. Vehicles donated through the program will not be used or distributed by the Red Cross. They will be sold by Insurance Auto Auctions. The Red Cross is proud that 91 cents of every dollar goes to fulfill our humanitarian mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.
To donate, contact the Red Cross online at http://www.redcross.org/cardonationor call 1-855-927-2227 to make arrangements. Representatives will pick up your vehicle at a time that’s convenient for you at no cost. They will then sell the vehicle and provide the donor a tax receipt on behalf of the Red Cross. Contact your tax professional for details about tax deductions for vehicle donations.
Playwright Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead will team with the Davis & Elkins College Creative Dramatics class to present a fun and effective way to address bullying. A reading of Halstead’s play “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 21 at the Boiler House Theatre.
The free performance is open to the public, and elementary students are encouraged to attend. A question-and-answer session on bullying prevention in schools will follow the presentation. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended by calling the D&E Box Office at 304-637-1255 or online at www.dewv.edu/arts-entertainment.
“Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” is a modern take on the golden rule with humor, heart and larger-than-life characters. Based on Carol McCloud’s award-winning books, Halstead’s stage adaptation tells the story of Trey, a fourth-grade student who learns about bucket filling from his summer camp counselor and her memorable friends. For the play, Halstead created original characters such as Bucket Filling Fairy (BFF), a magical creature who speaks in rhyme, and Professor Smarty Pants III, a science professor who loves to talk about himself.
The play is Halstead’s first adaptation. It has been performed throughout the United States and in Canada. This summer Halstead traveled to Australia for the international premiere at St. Mary MacKillop School in Queensland. In October, she discussed the bullying epidemic, bullying prevention programming and the play on the international television program “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.”
Halstead is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Performance and Communication Arts Department at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. Prior to teaching at St. Lawrence, she taught at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY, and East Syracuse-Minoa High School in Syracuse, NY.
Halstead holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Pedagogy/Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Secondary Education from Le Moyne College. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Halstead works as an actress and director. She recently starred in the short film “Five Census” for West Field Films, and has performed and directed at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, NY.
The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Program offers courses in theatre and theatre production designed to provide students with knowledge of and experience in an art form which has played a key role in cultural history and contemporary society. Three options are available to students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree: Theatre Arts, Design & Technical Theatre or Theatre Education. The Theatre Arts program prepares and presents three main stage productions and three to five student-directed studio productions every year. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.eduor call 304-637-1243.
The American Mountain Theater in Elkins will be premiering their annual Christmas Spectacular on Friday, November 29. This year’s schedule includes 22 performances of the holiday favorite, including matinees at 2:00 pm on Saturdays, 3:00 pm on Sundays, and 7:30 pm performances Wednesday through Saturday evenings. The final performance of the season will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2013.
Each night during the Christmas season, AMT sets the stage for families to make magical holiday memories and create a family tradition that will last for years to come. The shows feature hilarious Christmas comedy and musical selections from Christmas classics to contemporary favorites that focus on glorifying this most blessed holiday season and the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
American Mountain Theater’s always promises to bring the absolute best in entertainment, with beautiful music, great comedy routines and an uplifting overall feeling to people who visit the mountains of West Virginia. The venue, which has been awarded four WV Division of Tourism awards in the past three years, features live music shows that are “guaranteed to entertain guests of all ages and are entirely family-friendly.”
In addition to their spectacular Christmas shows, AMT offers family-friendly performances from April – October each year, with their Premier 2-Hour Show, History of American Music Show, and Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Concert Series.
Visit www.americanmountaintheater.comor call the box office at 1-800-943-3670 for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. Special dinner-and-show packages or special $99 per person overnight Christmas Getaway Packages are available for those who want to spend time in the mountains during the holidays.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages motorists to be more cautious while driving this time of year, as deer/vehicular collisions increase significantly during October and November.
Several factors contribute to the increase in deer-vehicular collisions during the fall. On average, 40 percent of deer collisions in West Virginia occur during those two months.”
In addition, many hunters take to the woods each fall in search of their quarry and that can influence the movement patterns of deer, making them more likely to cross roadways. The DNR suggests motorists be extra careful during this time of the year and recommends the following driving tips:
·Be aware of your surroundings and what may be in your peripheral vision. If you see deer in the vicinity, reduce your speed and honk your horn using short blasts.
·Drive with your headlights on and use high beams when possible.
·Reduce your speed, especially during early morning and late evening hours when deer movements typically increase.
·Do not swerve and leave your lane to avoid a deer collision. If you encounter a deer, apply brakes firmly and attempt to stop.
Monday evening blaze destroyed the former Runner Funeral Home on Davis St. in Elkins. The State Fire Marshal will investigate to determine the cause of the fire. The building was originally the Elkins United Brethren Church. The building had been empty for several years; no one was injured in the blaze. Firefighters had the blaze under control in about an hour, mayor Van Broughton was at the scene and told us four fire companies responded. “We have Elkins, we have Beverly, we have Belington and Coalton has a vehicle here”. The mayor thanked the first responders, fire, EMS, police and 911. “We’re so blessed to have all of these people in our community and they all work so good together”. Several streets were closed for a time; the building was a total loss. The firefighters worked to keep the fire from spreading to other structures. An apartment behind the building had some heat damage, but no other buildings were affected.
The American Red Cross’ Give Something that Means Something winter campaign runs through Jan. 6, 2014, and encourages eligible donors to give something meaningful this holiday season by donating blood or platelets for hospital patients in need.
“Historically, during the winter months of November, December and January, fewer donors make the time to give blood due to competing seasonal activities, celebrations and holiday shopping,” said Marianne Spampinato, Communications Manager, Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “By doing something that doesn’t cost a thing, you can give an amazing gift – you can offer hope to a patient in need.”
Blood donations can help fathers like Larry. Larry’s premature twins needed blood to survive. Thanks to the Red Cross, it was there. Larry has been a blood donor for more than 20 years and every time he donates, he’s reminded of the opportunity he has to give something that means something. (Clickfor additional blood recipient stories.)
Blood donors are encouraged to invite a loved one to follow in their footsteps and donate blood this holiday season. Visit http://rcblood.org/HolidayPostcardto upload a picture of a Red Cross blood donation and send a postcard to a loved one. For more information or to make an appointment to give blood or platelets, please visit redcrossblood.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.orgor visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossGAR.