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/i iii i!iiiiili!iiiii!iiii!iil iill iiiiiil !i!i iiilii17!77!i! iii!!i!iii!ii? iill %!11 ii!!iiiil i Yi!!iiiiii  i!iiiiiiii:ii;i:i! iii:i !> State's Reunions' Program extended to include the 'Fall Homecoming Season' Due to the overwhelming popular- ity of its reunion campaign, the West Virginia Department of Commerce recently announced they are extend- ing the summer promotion through October, to include the fall Home- coming season. Fliers and billboards promoting "Come Home for the Reunion and Stay for a Lifetime" first appeared state-wide in early May. Within the first week, most of the original 10,000 kits were spoken for. Since then, demand has remained steady and the department has kept pace, printing material for another 10,000 kits. "West Virginians are all about fam- ily, and even when they leave, they maintain their strong ties to home. It's what makes us special," said Gov. Joe Manchin. "There's been a lot of posi- tive changes and growth in our state in recent years, and I truly believe that now is the best time to come back home. We are delighted with the positive feedback and the opportu- nity to provide information about West Virginia's tourism and economic op- portunities into so many hands this summer." The free reunion kits are part of an initiative launched last year to en- courage people to come back to the Mountain State. The "Come Home to Wst Virginia" campaign has targeted former residents who have relocated to surrounding metro areas. The cam- paign encourages them to take an- other look at their home state, and perhaps see new opportunities for themselves in West Virginia. "Businesses locate where they can find good talent, and if we can get more people with the skills and tal- ents to come home to join the people who are already here - there is no end to how the state can continue to diver- sify and prosper," Manchin said. Commerce Cabinet SeCretary Kelley Goes agreed, adding that friends and family influence decisions to move home. That's why the re- unions effort is a natural fit for the "Come Home" message, she said. For instance, Goes explained that if someone left the state 10 or 20 years ago, they may be surprised that West Virginia is attracting billions in new business investment in fields like bio- metrics, technology and advanced energy research. Or they may not know Morgantown and Charleston have among the lowest unemploy- ment rates in the country or that, ear- lier this year, NBC Nightly News called Morgantown a'Boomtown' and Forbes. corn listed Charleston, Wheel- ing and Morgantown among the country's "best" for job growth. "Sponsoring reunions is a triple- win. The planners get great, free West Virginia-themed materials to distribute to their guests. We get our message out about West Virginia's advantages for business and quality of life. And the guests get a fresh perspective on a place they love," Goes said. Because each reunion averages about 60 people in size, this "grass- roots" multiplier of enlisting 250 West Virginia reunion planners has allowed Commerce to reach tens of thousands of people efficiently, including those living out of state. The campaign is hoping to capitalize on this by build- ing a talent database to stay in touch with people who would like to come home, given the right opportunity or. timing - or who would at least like to stay informed about the state. The reunion kits include West Vir- ginia travel guides, business climate brochures, state park coupons, scenic postcards and "Come Home" logo hats (although items may vary). The kits also include registration forms for chances to win one of four week- end getaways to West Virginia state parks. Each contest registrant will receive the special issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, which has a reunion focus, too. Commerce is accepting applications for reunion kits through Labor Day, for reunions scheduled through Octo- ber 30. To qualify for free reunion kits, family and school reunions must take place in West Virginia. Each reunion must register with Commerce and complete an application form. Officials also are discussing con- tinuing the promotion in 2010. For more information, to complete the online application or view a com- plete list of rules, visit www. hometowv, corn or call 304-558- 2003. ! l , ! Jackson s Mill Jubilee to replace faltered Stonewall Jubilee at Weston over Labor Day i Sec. B: Society  The Gilmer's Social Scenes & Other News The Glenville Democrat www. Glen villeNews, com 'THE RED ROOSTER' RESTAURANT & LOUNGE' -- Downtown Gassaway has recently become the beneficiary of a new, exciting, and fine dining restaurant and lounge. The upscale eatery is located in the old Midland Store, which was handsomely renovated, in the downtown, just a few miles off 1-79 at the Gassaway exit. The restaurant also offers a competitively-priced, but outstanding Sunday Brunch. The dining experience there is excellent and easy-going, so well worth the trip off the interstate highway. Here, greeting the diners with their wide variety of delicious desserts, are owners, Richie and Vanessa Roach, who are being helped by their daughter-in-law, Heather Roach. Mr. Roach is also the mayor of the city. There will be a jubilee at WVU's Jackson's Mill this year, according to Bill Adler, a member of an Ad Hoc Committee formed in mid-June to organize a Labor Day event. This new festival is being estab- lished in lieu of the long-standing Stonewall Jackson Heritage Arts and Crafts Jubilee that was earlier can- celed by its board members. The announcement that the Stone- wall Jubilee, tong-called the state's premiere Labor Day event, was made at a "town hall" meeting in the West Virginia Building at the Mill recently. The event, renamed the Jackson's Mill Jubilee, will combine some tra- ditional components of the former celebration with new ideas and expe- riences for the visiting public. "The Jubilee will be the same, but different. We will be bringing the jubilee expe- rience into the 21st century," Adler said. Susan Patterson, another of the or- ganizers, stressed, "It will be a family friendly festival, commemorating the past, present and future of our state. It will be put on by the public and for the public. It's about our community and our state. "The event will encompass the whole Jackson's Mill campus. We want everyone to enjoy the Mill." The Jackson's Mill Jubilee will begin at 3 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 4, and continue through 6 p.m. on Sun., Sept. 6. Major music events are planned for Friday and Saturday nights with details to be announced in the near future, with the crafter tents opening at 4 p.m. She continued, "There will be two music venues and there will be dancing avail- able for the public. We will even be using the amphitheater ! "Crafters will be set up on "the ,,reen, that open area that stretches from the dining hall to the historic area. There will be no jurying this year, hut we are looking for crafters of high-end items. We ask that each crafter submit a picture of his or her work. All items must be handcrafted. "There will be living history people in the historic area. The barn will house one of the music venues and as well as animal exhibits and demon- strations." Children three and under will be admitted free. All others will be $3 each if they walk from airfield park- ing along designated paths. Transpor- tation will be provided at the addi- tional charge of $1 per person, total admission with transportation is $4 per person. Both food vendors and crafters will be charged $100 per 10' x 12' space with additional space available for a fee commensurate with the area re- quired. There will be no commissions charged. "Music is another West Virginia tradition that will be continued at this festival," said Dick Harrison, the event's music chairperson. "All musi- cians who have participated in the past are welcome to come join us again." "We plan to incorporate West Vir- ginia musicians of various genres in the program: gospel, folk, bluegrass, country, etc. Anyone interested in participating should call me at 304- 269-7797." Vendors and crafters may obtain applications by calling either 304- 269-7328 or 304-269-4988. Support your Public Library: Read! It will open up new worlds to you and your kids. THE REST AREA ON 1-79 AT FRAMETOWN -- One of the many helpful attendants at the 1-79 Rest Area at Frametown is Arthur Mollohan, of nearby Servia. Arthur has worked at this rest area for 11 years, taking great pride in his work. He doesn't complain if he has to work a second shift, or mind doing the mowing at this time of the year. Additionally, he feels that he's helpful to the truck drivers, who need another hand in changing their flat tires. He says, "1 like helping the public; they give us a lot of good comments." The West Virginia Press Association's Statewlde 2-by-2 Ad Work: Just Ask Us About Them! p i i i i i IIIB in i i mam i i RiO MR i i i I i ii CAR ACCIDEN'I VICTIMS GET A I I I CRASH COURSE ON YOUR RIGHTS! I Charlt,,ston, WV, A new Free Report has ten relead thai merx car laccidenl  iclim should have before lalking to anyone. This Free R@,,rll I revcals inside a'crels insurmce comFufies dtm't want you to know alx)ul I I-'"1 r i jt r. cl mn . 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