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Page 8 - Thursday, April 9, 2015 - The Glenville Democrat Abandoned Buildings: Help Arriving for Communities Nine communities in West Virginia will receive expert help addressing the issue of abandoned and dilapi- dated buildings in their main streets, business districts and neighborhoods courtesy of the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center at West Virginia University. The communities of Moundsville, Parsons, Hamlin, Thomas, Whitesville, Terra Alta, Glenville, Charleston (West Side Main Street) and Morgantown will receive techni- cal assistance grants, valued at $10,000 each, providing technical assistance and expertise to identify, research, and prioritize their aban- doned buildings and create redevel- opment plans to turn problem proper- ties into community resources. "Everyone will have a voice at the table because everyone is being im- pacted by these abandoned and di- lapidated properties," a spokesperson for the center said. The grants are part of the Brownfield Assistance Center's BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapi- dated) Buildings Program. According to Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager at WVU, each community will now examine a variety Of potential solutions and de- termine which ones will actually work in their setting. "All of the work will be done in collaboration between local elected officials and community volunteers- everyone will have a voice at the table because everyone is being impacted by these abandoned and dilapidated properties," Elser says. Funding for the BAD Buildings Program is being provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foun- dation through the West Virginia University Foundation. For more information about the BAD Buildings Programor the North- em WV Brownfield Assistance Cen- ter, visit www.wvbrownfields.org, or contact Luke Elser, Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center, 304- 293-6990, luke.elser@mail.wvu.edu. CANSTRUCTION PROJECT -- The Braxton County Convention & Visitors Bureau presents Wild, Wonderful West Virginia with a $300 check for the purchase of canned food to be used to "canstruct" the Braxton County Monster at the Canstruction competition April 11 at the Charleston Civic Center. The completed design calls for 600 cans, which will be donated to Covenant House Food Pantry following the competition. Pictured from left: Andrew Smith, Braxton County Convention & Visitors Bureau Director; Loarie Butcher, Deputy Commissioner of Tourism; and Jamie Cope, Canstruction team leader and Location Services Coordinator for the West Virginia Film Office The Glenville Pathfinder - Glenville, WV 26351 GSC Education Students Give Presentation in Charleston Members of Glenville State College's Early Education Student Group recently gave a presenta- tion at the 2015 Celebrating Con- nections Conference held at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The presentation, Enhancing Young Children's Curiosity Through Exploration and Discov- ery Activities, allowed the stu- dents to share a variety of hands- on learning activities to enhance cognitive development in elemen- tary-age children by building curi- osity through exploration and dis- covery. "Our presentation at Celebrat- ing Connections was an amazing experience. It was great to be able to share information With veteran teachers and to receive feedback and suggestions. I am thankful that I was able to be a part of this experience and would recommend it to all future and current educa- tors," said GSC Elementary Edu- cation K-6, Early Education PreK- K,and Math 5-9 major Sarah Lane. The GSC students also shared ideas for connecting children's lit- erature to activities in order to encourage and build curiosity, both in the classroom and at home. The conference was presented in part by West Virginia Early Childhood Training Connections and Resources, a statewide pro- gram designed to provide profes- sional development opportunities for early care and education com- munities. For more information about the GSC Early Education Student Group's participation in the con- ference, contact GSC Director of Field Experiences Connie Stout O'Dell at (304) 462-6209. Corridor H Authority Members Meet Dominion Accepting Applications for with WV Congressional Delegation $1.5 Million in Educational Grants Educators and faculty at schools DominionFoundationencourageseli- based in lart On having immediate Members of the Corridor H Au- thority today completed a two-day "Washington, D.C. education tour" that included meeting s between Au- thority members and West Virginia's congressional delegation. Corridor H Authority President Robbie Morris, Upshur County EDA Director Rob Hinton and Tucker County Commissioner Patrick Darlington visited West Virginia's Washington delegation because of the pending vote on the U.S. Sur- face Transportation Bill. "We felt we needed to meet with our U.S. senators and representa- tives in order to leave no doubt how important it is to West Virginia and Corridor H that the level of funding for Appalachian Development High- way System roads remains consis- tent," Morris said. "We have made considerable progress in the past few years to- ward completion of this critical high- way, and we intend to keep pushing until Corridor H is complete from Weston to Front Royal, Virginia." The Authority members drove to Washington, D.C. on Corridor H, including the two-lane roads that connect completed sections of the Corridor. Corridor H is 75 percent either complete or under construction. The highway is scheduled to be 87 per- cent finished within the next three years. "It was imperative that we had the opportunity to explain our local Do Yourself a Favor: Call 811 Before You Dig The Public Service Commission wants West Virginians to know that April is Safe Digging Month, so as you consider outdoor home improve- ment projects such as planting trees or shrubs, installing a fence or mailbo post, digging a French drain, building a deck or patio or putting in a garden be sure to call 811 before digging. The free utility line location service protects your safety and the integrity of underground utility lines near your home. Remember that utility lines including water, sewer and gas pipe- lines as well as communication facili- ties can sometimes be just a few inches below the surface because of erosion and other topography changes. If outdoor projects that require digging are in your spring plans, call 811 at least 48 hours before you dig. Digging without knowing the ap- proximate location of underground utilities increases the likelihood of unintentional damage, causing seri- ous injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs. Don't assume you know where the utility lines are lo- cated. When you call 811 you will be connected to a local notification cen- ter that will take your information and communicate it to local utility com- panies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark,the approxi- mate location of tmdergroun utility lines with spray paint or flags of vari- ous colors marking the different utili- ties. Forty-eight hours after you call 811 you can begin your project with confidence. In West Virginia, you can also call 800-245-4848 or visit www.WV811 .com for more informa- tion. The Public Service Commission urges citizens to always: Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an up- coming weekend, providing ample time for all appropriate utility compa- nies to mark the approximate location of buried lines. Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings. If a contractor is doing the work, confirm that a call to 811 has been made. Don't allow work to begin if the lines aren't marked. If you do hit a buried utility line, especially gas, call 911 immediately. needs to our federal delegation in the nation's capital," said Darlington. "Congress is working toward a new six-year budget plan, and it is absolutely necessary that the Appa- lachian Development Highway Sys- tem is a key part of that package." Hinton echoed Darlington's as- sessment regarding the importance of the six-year plan. "Finishing Corridor H by 2020 positions North-Central West Vir- ginia to capitalize on many opportu- nities that will present themselves in the near future," Hinton said. "These opportunities include expan- sion of plastics and petrochemicals created by the ethane cracker in Wood County and the expansion of natural gas production throughout the region." Corridor H is the final ADHS project under construction in West Virginia. Authority members have targeted either completion or scheduled completion by2020. and colleges in the Dominion Hope and Dominion Gas Transmission ser- vice areas now can apply for $1.5 million in educational grants to fund energy, environment and workforce development programs. Applications must be submitted online by May 15 for the 2015-2016 school year. Addi- tional information, the application form and a list of eligible locations, are available on Dominion's website at www.dom.com, search: grants. "Encouraging and investing in our youth, especially through educational programs that help improve the envi- ronment, advance energy technolo- gies and promote the workforce of the futUre is an essential part of the Dominion's mission," said Jeff Murphy, Dominion Hope vice presi- dent. The grants are given by the Domin- ion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Dominion East Ohio, Dominion Virginia/North Carolina Power, Dominion Hope, Dominion Gas Transmission, Dominion Caro- lina Gas Transmission and Millstone Power Station in Connecticut. The gible educators in Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Caro- lina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, West Vir- ginia and the District of Columbia, to apply. The K-12 Educational Partnership grants are available in awards up to $10,000 each. These awards help stu- dents strengthen their mathematics and science skills by studying energy and the environment. The majority of the grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000, with a few grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for exceptional projects. Information is available online at https://www.dom.com/cor- porate/our-commitments/community/ charitable -giving-and-the-dominion- foundation/dominion-k- 12-educa- tional-partnership. The Higher Educational Partnership grants are for programs in business, skilled craft, energy, engineering, en- vironmental and technical studies and for student-led conservation programs in colleges, community colleges and post-secondary training schools. Grants up to $50,000 each will be awarded for exceptional programs, benefits for students, the campus and the community. Information is avail- able online at https://www.dom.com/ corporate/our-commitments/commu- nity/charitable-giving-and-the-do- minion-foundation/dominion-higher- educational-partnership. Dominion, headquartered in Rich- mond, Virginia, is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation are dedicated to improv- ing the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia/North Carolina Power, Dominion East Ohio, Domin- ion Hope, Dominion Gas Transmis- sion, Dominion Carolina Gas Trans- mission and Millstone Power Station in Connecticut. Dominion and the Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human ne.eds, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information about Dominion and the Dominion Foundation, visit www.dom.com. Contact: Gina Palmer 304-627- 3656 gina.m.palmer@dom.com SBA Launches 2nd Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Administrator Maria Contreras- startups: a physical infrastructure to is looking to support the develop- Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Busi- work in their infancy, mentoring, ness Administration (SBA) was in business-plan assistance, network- Brooklyn today at Manufacture New ing, opportunities to obtain venture York to announce that for the second capital, and introductions to poten- year, the SBA is launching an Accel- tial customers, partners and suppli- erator Growth Fund competition for ers-- all critical elements to ensuring accelerators and other entrepreneur- ial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $4 million. The application period is from April 10-June 1 and information about the application process can be found at: www.sba.gov. "We're launching a second Accel- erator Growth Fund competition to spur even greater opportunities for America's small businesses," said SBA Administrator Contreras- Sweet. "Last year's event was so successful, we're looking forward to discovering and empowering the next trailblazers. Accelerators provide valuable resources to potential that small businesses flourish and succeed." Similar to last year's competition, several panels containing expert judges from the private and public sector with collective experience in early stage investing, entrepreneur- ship, academia, start-ups and eco- nomic development will select the winners. The competition includes accelerators, incubators, co-working startup communities, shared tinker- spaces or other models. The panel will give particular attention to, ap- plicants that fill geographic gaps in the accelerator and entrepreneurial ecosystem space. Through this competition, the SBA ment of accelerators and their sup- port of startups in parts of the country where there are fewer conventional sources of access to capital (i.e, ven- ture capital and other investors). In addition, the SBA is also seek- ing accelerators headed by women and those that support them or other underrepresented groups. Thirty-two percent of last year' s accelerator win- ners were run by women and 14 percent were classified as underrep- resented groups. Manufacturing accelerator mod- els will be given special consider- ation during this year's competition, because they are critical to job growth and strengthening the nation's economy. "I recommend all West Virginia accelerator's and applicable organi- zation to take advantage of this com- petition," states SBA's West Vir- ginia District Director, Karen Friel. GSC Land Resources Dept. Sponsoring Golf Tournament Faculty and staff in the Depart- ment of Land Resources at Glen- ville State College are making plans for their 17th annual golf tourna- ment. The tournament will tee off at noon on Friday, April 24th at the Bel Meadow Golf Club in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Entry fees for the scramble golf outing are $80 per person or $320 for a team of four. The entry fee includes green fees, cart rental, and lunch which will begin at 11:00 a.m. If you are not inclined to par- ticipate as a golfer, you or your organization can participate as a hole sponsor. By sponsoring a hole, start- April Adventure Advisory The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happen- ing across the Mountain State. Addi- tional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Cal- endar tab. Event organizers and pro- moters are encouraged to submit items electronically at GoToWV.com/List- ings. April 16: Charleston ArtWaik, Downtown Charleston 304-340-4253; www.artwalkcw- v.com This is a free self-guided walking tour of Downtown Charleston's shops, galleries and businesses featuring a variety of art - from paintings and sculptures to photography and music. ArtWalk is typically held the third Thursday of each month. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 17-18 at 7 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m.: "A Year with Toad and Frog," McCoy's Grand Theater, Moorefield 304-530-7115; webmaster@mcc- oysgrand.com; www.mccoysg- rand.com "A Year with Frog and Toad" is based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale. This whimsical story follows two great friends - the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad- through four fun-filled seasons. April 17-18: Wild Edibles Festi- val, Hillsboro Public Library and Hillsboro Elementary School, Hillsboro 304-799-4766; info@pocah- ontascountywv.com; www.pocahon- tascountywv.com Get a"taste" of Pocahontas County ! Choose from a variety of workshops and walks led by knowledgeable in- structors and guides. Learn how to identify, collect and prepare the tasty and nutritious bounty of our wild ed- ible plants. Make and sample wild- flower teas, main dishes, desserts and more. April 18: 16th Annual Chocolate Lovers' Day, Morgantown 304-292-0168; www.downto- wnmorgantown.com This chocolate extravaganza takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Downtown and Historic Wharf Down- town. Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sample tasty chocolate treats at each business while accumu- lating points toward the grand-prize drawing. Registration $5. Children under 5 are admitted free. April 18:2015 Feast of the Ramson and Arts and Crafts Show, Richwood High School and Richwood Jr. High Gym,Riehwood 304-846-6790; rwdchamber@fr- ontier.om; www.richwoodcham- berofcommerce.org This wild leek grows in the rich woods of upper elevations in West Virginia and is usually served with potatoes, ham or bacon, and cornbread. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An arts and crafts show will take place in the Richwood Jr. High Gym (Red Gym) and the Richwood High School Gym from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18: Mountain Cascades, Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Rail- road, Elkins 877-686-7245; http://mountainra- ilwv.com/ This family-friendly spring festi- Come and experience springtirne val brings together primitive skills in the mountains with cascading riv- like fire making, edible plants and ers, blooming trillium and dogwood., traditional archery with more modem This is the best time of year to see the High Falls of Cheat full with winter melt. The four-hour round trip in- cludes an all-you-can-eat cold-cut sandwich buffet. The train leaves at 11 a.m. April 18: Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival,Parkersburg City Park Pavilion, Parkersburg 740-777-5793; 304-488-8009; https://sites.google.com/site/ scottishcelticheritagefestival/ The festival will include day-long Scottish/Irish music and dancing, food, raffles, vendors, genealogy, heritage and history information and assistance; Scottish clan display, kids' games and much more. Tickets are $5 per adult and children age 12 and under are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18-19: Irish Road Bowl- ing, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 304-466-1800; 202-387-1680; www.pipestemresort.com; www.wvi- rishroadbowling.com Magnificent views, Appalachian spring colors, and one of the state's very best bowling roads combine for an unforgettable weekend. Competi- tors hurl a 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball the size of a tennis ball down a country lane about 2.5 miles long. The player or team with the fewest shots to the finish line wins. April 18-19: Primitive to Prepper Festival, Hedgesviile 305-797-0414; 910-685-5705; www axmhamericanbushcraftschool om preparation and homesteading skills like food preservation, sustainable gardening, filtration, livestock graz- ing, and packing an emergency first aid kit. April 18 and 25: Annual Spring Bird Walks, Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont 304-363-3030; 304-368-1123; www.prickettsfort.org Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Depart- ment of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual excursion. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. The event is free. April 25: 7th Annual Ramps and Rails Festival, Elkins 304-635-7803; www.elkinsd- epot.com; elkinswelcomecenter@ g- mail.com From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. more than 50 vendors will offer tasty ramp dishes, crafts and local specialties. Three music groups will perform from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will offer train rides at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are highly recom- mended. April 25: 10th Annual West Vir- ginia Kite Festival, Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg 304-737-1236; brookehillspa- rk@swave.net; http://www.brook- ehillspark.corn/ Activities include free kite kits for children (assistance will be provided ( with assembly), kite flying, refresh- ments for purchasing and kite ven- dors. Kite flying will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by the Star Watch for National Astronomy Day at 7 p.m. April 25: Allegheny Outback Bluegrass,Jerry Run Summer The- ater, Cleveland 304-493-6574; reneedustyande- rson@gmail.com; http://membe- rs.citynet.net/jerryrun/ Allegheny Outback is a dynamic bluegrass band based in and around Webster County. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours with an intermission. April 25: Chocolate Fest and Book Faire, Downtown Martinsburg 304-262-4200; www.mainstreet- martinsburg.com Come and experience Historic Downtown Martinsburg, taste some wonderful chocolate, connect with up- and-coming authors on a variety of subjects, and take a tour of an actual chocolate manufacturer's kitchen. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 are admitted free. April 25: Once Upon a Time Prin- cess Party, Putnam County Park, Hurricane 304-562-0518 ext. 11; www.put- namcountyparks.net Come visit with many of your fa- vorite princesses for a morning filled with refreshments, pictures, activi- ties, carriage rides and more. This activity is geared for children ages infant to 12. Dressing in costume is encouraged. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon. Find your adventure in West Vir- ginia at www.GoToWV.com ing at $100, you or your organization's name will be dis- played during the event. Sponsors also will be recognized in a GSC Department of Land Resources newsletter. All checks can be made payable to GSC Land Resources Fundraiser and sent to Glenville State College Department of Land Resources 200 High Street Glen- ville, WV 26351. There will be multiple prizes given at the tournament including two separate hole-in-one prizes ($10,000 cash and a 420 Honda Rancher 4-Wheeler), a Stihl 291 Chainsaw for the closest second shot, cash awards and trophies for the top three teams, and additional prizes for Closest to Pin, Log Driver Champion, Longest Putt, and Long- est Drive. "Proceeds from this golf outing benefit the Environmental, Forestry, Land Surveying, Landman, and other Natural Resource Manage- ment programs at GSC. The num- ber of students in these programs normally reaches 140 each semes- ter and this assistance helps provide extra tools and equipment needed for students to learn and become better experienced in their field of study. We appreciate everyone who plans on coming out to Bel Meadow to support the department and its current and future students," said GSC Professor of Natural Resource Management and department chair Dr. Milan Vavrek. For more information about the GSC Depaltment of Land Resources golf tournament, call (304) 462- 6370. Photo Caption: Participants of last year's GSC Land Resources De- partment golf outing