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McKinley "Shocked" by Sen. Rockefeller's About-Face on Fly Ash Issue WV Congressman Issues Statement in Response to Rockefeller's Opposition to Coal Ash Provision Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) is- ing, 'coal defines us.'" sued the following statement Thurs- day in response to Sen. Jay Rockefeller's (D-WV) comments concerning the Senator's flip flop on coal ash. "I was frankly shocked at his public statement saying the coal ash lan- guage is 'going down' and how he will work to remove it from the trans- portation bill, "said Rep. McKinley. "Currently, coal fired power plants in 48 states around the country create coal ash everyday but there are no federal standards for safe disposal of the product. This is the first time in 30 years that Congress is offering envi- ronmentally safe standards for the disposal of coal ash." McKinley was quick to point out that the EPA has previously conducted two studies on coal ash and determined t was not a hazardous material. "This amendment to the transpor- tation bill is a real bi-partisan solu- tion, addressing the coal ash issue; but suddenly Sen. Rockefeller has a change of philosophy," McKinley added. "I don't understand that from a man who once was quoted as say- Rep. McKinley's strong remarks come on the heels of an interview Rockefeller conducted with  reporter from Politico. Rockefeller was asked about the coal ash provision, he had previously supported as a cosponsor, making it through the House-Senate talks on the transportation bill. Rockefeller was quoted as saying, "it's going down.'" "If this goes down, it puts this issue and others like it in the hands of unelected bureaucrats to make deci- sions that will ultimately affect all of us. This bill protects jobs and public health by ensuring that needed provi- sions are put in place so that the 48 states around the country can con- tinue recycling coal ash," said McKinley. "This is just another example of how the fossil fuel industry is under attack." said McKinley. "This legis- lation will protect upwards of 316,000 jobs and prevent a 110 billion in- crease on road construction costs. We can prevent a cost increase in cement by including the coal ash language in the transportation bill." An Eco-ldea HeMS Art Sculpture at Coopers Rock State Forest A giant rests against a tree in the picnic area at Coopers Rock State Forest. He began his nap on Earth Day, Apr. 22, 2012, and will remain in place until nature reduces him to his components of woven twigs, grass, mud, moss and natural materials. "The Sleeping Giant is an eco-sculp- ture," explained Forest Superinten- dent Matt Baker. "'The Giant' group project is an art concept of West Vir- ginia University art sculpture major Ben Gazsi and was created by Gazsi and group members Amanda Stayer and Taylor Bray." The sculpture was unveiled to the public on Earth Day and is located next to the main overlook parking lot of Coopers Rock State Forest. in the picnic area. rill 11 ill 11111111111iii Senior Olympics in Mineral County Senior Olympics, sponsored by the Aging and Family Services of Min- eral County, will be held in Keyser, Tues., June 5, to Fri., June 8. Hun- dreds of seniors from all across West Virginia and surrounding states par- ticipate in a variety of competitions. The event is held at Potomac State College and other locations in the Keyser community. Events run the gamut from horse- shoes, basketball, softball throw, flower arranging, baking, bowling, track events, ping pong, poker and many more. For entertainment there will be a picnic, bingo and a dance. A talent competition is also included. Registration for this years's event will be $25. All participants will re- ceive a t-shirt and goody bag. Lodg- ing is available at the newly con- structed dorm at Potomac State for as low as $25 per night. Transportation will be available if needed. The Lewis County usually has around 25-30 people participate each year. When asked why do you com- pete, Witma McClung said, "I go to meet new people, to fellowship and because it is a great deal of fun." Alberta Dennison commented, "It is fun and we go to win the gold!" If you are interested in attending please contact the Lewis County Se- nior Center for additional informa- tion and for a registration form. Please talk with Clara Atchison or Dinah Mills at 304-269-5738. The sleeping giant eco-sculpture is approximately six feet tall by four feet wide and 10 feet long and was constructed of natural objects found on the forest. The art project was an assignment for WVU art students to make a piece related to human form and designed to be displayed in public for viewing. Gazsi, who assists the Coopers Rock Foundation in trail maintenance work, contacted the forest superintendent and gained permission for the sculpture placement and creation. The sculpture will remain in place until nature re- turns the grant to the forest floor. Coopers Rock State Forest is 13 miles east of Morgantown and 8 miles west of Bruceton Mills. Its 12,713 acres are bisected by Interstate 68. Coopers Rock offers hiking and biking trails, rock climbing, camping and pic- nicking areas for outdoor recreation. For more information about the for- est and activities, visit www.cooper rockstateforest, corn Vote For... Democrat for Matlistrate Good People of Gilmer 6ou#ty. I thank you for opening your homes to me this spring. We have aiscussea issues, given each other opinions, lauohea anajoked. You let me feet comfortable in your homes. I met a tot of oooa people anajust wantea to let everyone know that I appreciate your hospitality ana support. ~Alto# 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 "in the past, I've stood up for the county children, but now I want to stand up for YOU- the people- in this important public office." Thursday, May 3, 2012 -- The Glenville Democrat/Pathf'mder -- Page 13A WV Home to One of the World's Coolest Zip Lines, According to Travel + Leisure Magazine Online Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Divi- sion of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver applauded Gravity New River Gorge Zip Lines for being recognized as one of the "World's Coolest Zip Lines" by Travel + Leisure Magazine Online in its April edition. "This global recognition further confirms what all West Virginians know: Our state's exceptional out- door recreation and adventure indus- tries are second to none," said Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. "The high-flying fun continues to grow in popularity, bringing economic development and strength to the re- gion. I congratulate the staff of Grav- ity New River Gorge Zip Lines for their hard work that led to this worldly title." Gravity New River Gorge Zip Lines are part of Adventures on the Gorge, which features an array of adventure activities from rafting to tree top canopy tours designed for groups, families and individuals. Dave Arnold, one of Adventures on the Gorge partners, said, "Five years ago many people did not be- lieve canopy tours and zip lines would work in West Virginia. Today Ad- ventures on the Gorge is the largest aerial adventure outfitter in the United States. We are honored that Travel and Leisure picked West Virginia and our company for worldwide recogni- tion. " "We are thrilled for Adventures on the Gorge," said Betty Carver, Com- missioner of the West Virginia Divi- sion of Tourism. "The zip line segment of the adven- ture industry attracts visitors from the first-time novice to the high-adrenalin- seeking tourist. This well-deserved recognition by Travel + Leisure Magazine Online is proof positive that West Virginia has world-class outdoor attractions that have the power to draw visitors from across the coun- try and around the globe." West Virginia boasts a number of companies that offer thrill seekers of every level an experience they won't soon forget. In addition to Adventures on the Gorge and their Gravity New River Gorge Ziplines, those seeking excite- ment can choose from venues like Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center that offers spectacular views of the double- fin Tuscarora Quartzite fins of Nelson Rocks, along with a canopy tour, and miles of breathtaking, awe-inspiring hiking trails. Visitors in the Eastern Panhandle will have a blast when they take a trip to River Riders in Harpers Ferry where they can fly above the ground during an exhilarating Zip Line/Canopy Tour. Sporting ziplines from 200 to al- most 800 feet in length, the tour also includes several belayed ladder climbs and two bridges. In addition, River Riders is adding a 60 element aerial adventure park slated to open Memo- "rial Weekend. Along with a variety of family fo- cused activities, Burning Rock Out- door Adventure Park will provide visi- tors with a fantastic zipline experi- ence. The Burning Rock Express Racing Zipline is a rocket twin zipline system that picks up so much speed, the ground below will blur. The dual- racing zipline let friends race each other side by side as they fly with just feet between the racers. A new addition to Adventures on the Gorge is TimberTrek Aerial Ad- venture Park. Opening this spring, TimberTrek is' 63 obstacles, bridges, swings and zip lines high above the forest floor--in the trees. TimberTrek adds almost 2 miles of steel cable and countless board-feet of lumber to an already impressive tally. Beginning in May a new zlpline canopy tour will be offered at Grand Vue Park in Marshall County. This latest addition to West Virginia's out- door adventure segment will feature eight dual lines ranging from 340 to 2,200 feet over a 650 acre park offer- ing scenic views of the valley. Go to http://www.traveland leisure.com/articles/worlds-coolest- ziplines/lO to see the video of Gravity New River Gorge Zip Lines and read the article. To plan your next high adventure vacation, go to www.wv totlrlsnl.com All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. -T. E. Lawrence SBA-Guaranteed Loan Keeps Resort Zipping Along Historically, when Ernie Kincaid and Jerry Cook take on a project at ACE Adventure Resort in Minden, WV, they.approach it a little differ- ently than other business owners might. The owners of the 1,500 plus acres of wilderness nestled along the banks of the New River usually start the project then try to figure out how they are going to finance it. The adventurous duo, who have owned the multi-faceted resort since 1987, were in the midst of construct- ing a new welcome center to replace the old dilapidated trailer/garage struc- ture guests see on their initial arrival to the Fayette County resort, when they realized they probably would need some financial assistance. "You never get a second chance to make a first impression," said Cook when asked why about the decision to build the large log cabin-style structure at the entrance of the resort, behind which is a large lake that incorporates numerous water activities and a zip line. After approaching several finan- cial institutions in search of a loan to finish the project and consolidate some outstanding high-interest debt, Com- munity Trust Bank stepped up to the plate. "Ernie and Jerry have been well established business owners for years and provide employment for over 400 people," said Clovis Lawless, vice president at Community Trust Bank in Summersville. "We looked at the loan as a way to keep a highly productive southern West Virginia business viable and remain a factor to the continual im- provement of the local economy." The loans were approved under the U.S. Small Business Administration's Jobs Act provision which helped both the bank and the borrower. Commu- nity Trust was able to receive a 90 percent 7(a) loan guarantee from SBA on both loans and ACE took advan- tage of the temporary elimination of guaranty fees which saved them over $126,000. Without the increased loan guar- anty and the waiving of the fees, the loans probably would not have been made both the lender and borrower indicated. The debt consolidation loan con- tributed to the increase of cash -flow for the business with the other loan used to cover the costs of capital _im- provements on the property. The business loans that SBA guar- antees do not come from the agency, but rather from banks. The loans are funded by the lenders who make the decision to approve or disapprove an applicant's request. The SBA guaranty reduces the lender's risk of borrower non-pay- ment and gives small businesses a flexible financing alternative when funding might not be otherwise avail- able on reasonable terms. "Over the past few years our cus- tomers and philosophy have changed," said Kincaid. "It used to be people came to the area just for white-water rafting. Now they want more adventure, nore options and more things to do. That's why we 'have expanded our offerings to in- clude over a dozen outdoor adventures like zip line ATV and fishing tours, mountain biking, paintball and more." The loans have also gwen ACE the latitude to begin working on projects to add winter activities such as the building of a snow tubing course. Kincaid and Cook have also been formulating ideas to offer even more summer outdoor activities. With the construction of a National Boy Scout Camp opening in 2013 right next to ACE, the future looks very good for Kincaid and Cook. "Not only wilt the Boy Scout facil- ity bring over 50,000 Scouts to the area on a yearly basis,just think of the opportunity to provide their families with alternative activities when they bring them to the camp," said Kincaid. "This plays right into our philoso- phy of making ACE more than a place to spend a day, but make it a destina- tion. Give the customers a multitude of choices of activities to do each day." And if the expansion projects planned by ACE require the use of financial assistance, Community Trust Bank and the SBA will be right there to help the resort fulfill their mission statement which is to give their guests the highest quality outdoor adventure and have a great time doing it! Friendship is held to be the severest test of character. It is easy, we think, to be loyal to a family and clan, whose blood is in your own veins. -Charles Alexander Eastman Spring into Fitness with a Race Whether you are getting ready for a worthwhile cause while getting in tivated and accountable. bathing suit season or looking for a new fitness challenge, spring races offer an opportunity to find motivation and turn workout goals into reality. Signing up for a race is the first step, but once you've decided to par- ticipate, it's important to prepare. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, shares reasons to take part in a 5K or other middle- distance race and offers training tips for the event. Benefits of Races 1. Have a starting point. 5Ks are perfect for beginners, and they are often a stepping stone to future goals - 10Ks, half marathons,and, possi- bly, marathons. 2. Say 'goodbye' to winter blues. Exercising outside will expose you to more sunshine, and running kicks off the production of endorphins, which are associated with positive emotions. Researchers from the American Col- lege of Sports Medicine recommend 30 minutes of cardio activities to re- duce tension, depression, anger and fatigue. 3. Get in shape for summer. Train- ing for a race requires exercising more frequently for a longer period of time. It's a great workout, raising the heart rate, burning calories, relieving stress and toning the body. 4. Workout with a purpose. A train- ing schedule to meet your race goal will keep you motivated and focused. It's essential to have a positive fitness goal to get and keep you moving. 5. Help others and yourself. Many races are hosted by a nonprofit orga- nization or benefit a charity to raise money. It's an opportunity to support shape. Getting Started It's essential to train in advance for a race. "Choose a race that is approxi- mately six to 12 weeks from the start of your training," says Amy Goldwater, M.S., educator, former body building champion and physical fimess expert for TOPS. This will give you time to plan ahead, get into shape and set goals for the race. According to Runner's World, run for three days out of the week, resting' the remaining four, reaching six to 15 miles total each week, for 5K train- ing. Run for five days out of the week, resting the remaining two, reaching  17 to 22.5 miles total weekly, when preparing for a 10K race. Follow these other tips to transition from walking to running and get ready for race day: 1. Start slowly. If you're new to running, startout walking and progress to a brisk walk or run. You can also alternate between running and walk- ing. When you start out running, take it easy. A good rule: you should be able to have a conversation during the workout without struggling for air. 2. Seek variety in a workout. Mix running with walking to change up the workout's intensity. Participate in resistance training. "Weight lifting two to three times per week is another way to improve your 5K run and strengthen your legs to reduce fa- tigue," explains Goldwater. 3. Join a group or do it with friends. Many gyms have walking or running programs that members can join. Par- ticipating in a group or exercising with a friend will help keep you mo- 4. Eat right. It's important to fuel your body properly for a race. Ac- cording to Goldwater, "Individuals should consume a meal of 300 to 400 calories about two hours before the race begins." 5. hzvest in proper gear. Buy well- fitting shoes and comfortable, mois- ture-wicking clothes. If you're not sure where to begin, look for a run- ning store in the area. Many have staff that can assess you and help select the ideal attire. 6. Rest. Respect yourbody. If you ' re tired or sore, you may need a break for a few days. Understand what your body needs, soyou know when it's time to push yourself and when it's time to rest. TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education orga- nization. Founded more than 64 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, non- commercial weight-loss organization' of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a"Real People. Real Weight Loss." philosophy that com- bines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regu- lar exercise and wellness information. TOPS has about 170,000 members - male and female, age seven and older - in nearly 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their 'first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view www.tops.org or call 800-932-8677. ,:i i:l',":,,:T" Ii" ; !:I,T;I1  : 1 , I,[[ ]11 !! II itli[:l I:fi:ll]iTrllTilt: ll]ii]i[i ""  '  ' ; ' '' '" ' "