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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Rural Development Authority building, 223 North Main Street, Suite 102, Moorefield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 24. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, May 30, 2014 aP 2:38 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County


    Register for Nov. 13 session on business fundamentals

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Region 8 Planning and Development Council, Grant County Industrial Park, 8 Airport Road, Petersburg.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required in advance. To register by Tuesday, Nov. 11, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. Business coach Beth Ludewig provides assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

     

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aA 11:19 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Nov. 18 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 28, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aP 12:14 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC names Lisha Conny as new business coach

    Serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lisha Conny has joined the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) as a business coach. The new business coaching position is hosted by the City of Parkersburg through a partnership agreement with the WVSBDC.

    Her office in the City of Parkersburg administrative building serves small businesses in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties.

    “We are excited to have Lisha join the SBDC network. She will work with existing and growing businesses in the Parkersburg region and brings great experience to the position,” says Kristina Oliver, state director of the WVSBDC.

    Conny graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business management and in marketing. She entered business and held product management and marketing roles with companies in fields such as thermoplastics, energy and computer hardware and software.

    Currently Conny is co-owner of several entrepreneurial companies in sectors that range from cellular and fiber optics, agriculture, real estate and apparel.

    She is scheduled to receive her master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston in December 2014.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aP 12:23 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC selects David Ramsburg as new business coach

    WVSBDC and WVU partnership supports business coach position  

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), in partnership with the West Virginia University College of Business & Economics BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, announces the appointment of David Ramsburg as business coach. His office, housed at the WVU LaunchLab in Hodges Hall on the WVU campus, will serve a multi-county region around Morgantown.

    He received his Master of Business Administration from Duke University, North Carolina. Ramsburg’s career spans more than 17 years in engineering and management positions with startups, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

    A self-described “entrepreneur by nature,” Ramsburg has worked in fields such as wireless telecommunications, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He has experience in government contracting and has led research and development programs for various federal agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    The WVU LaunchLab is a start-up resource center located at Hodges Hall on the main campus of West Virginia University. The center provides in-house mentoring, legal, marketing, and financial services to innovators and entrepreneurs.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

    For more information, visit www.WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 31, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, October 31, 2014 aA 9:13 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    egister for Nov. 20 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 20, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith Street, Room 310, Charleston.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, November 7, 2014 aP 12:29 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Raleigh County

    Register for Nov. 25 session on Business Fundamentals

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Raleigh County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the WorkForce Career Center Conference Room 100, 200 New River Town Center, Beckley.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is recommended at least two days in advance. To register, call Joe Carlucci at 304-767-8127 or email JCarlucci@nrgrda.org.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 17, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340

    posted Monday, November 17, 2014 aA 9:24 AM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Dec. 9 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 9, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 18, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, November 17, 2014 aP 4:03 PM
     

  9. WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF TOURISM HOSTS “GO OUTSIDE AND FLY FISH” IN GRANT COUNTY

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Tourism hosted “Go Outside and Fly Fish” at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in Grant County, West Virginia. Curtis Fleming of the Outdoor Channel’s popular TV show “Fly Rod Chronicles,” his pro staff and the West Virginia University Fly Fishing Club joined the Division to teach Petersburg High School science students and Chestnut Mountain Ranch School students the science and techniques of fly fishing and tying.

    “Learning the art of fly casting alongside Petersburg High School and Chestnut Mountain Ranch School students—and having the opportunity to meet and speak to each of them about West Virginia, was truly an amazing experience,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “What I learned today—many thanks to Curtis, his pro staff and the WVU Fly Fishing Club— is that fly fishing is much more than going out and catching a fish. It’s art and science in one—the physics behind casting, the biology of insects and fish behavior, the right way to tie a knot and, of course, the design.”
        
    In addition to the North Fork River, other fly fishing spots include: New River, Shavers River, Cranberry River, Elk River, Dry Fork River, Gandy Creek, Cherry River, Williams River and the South Branch of Potomac River. For an interactive map of fishing streams in West Virginia, visit: www.mapwv.gov/huntfish. 

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-225-5982. You can also join the conversation and share your wild and wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gotowv or on Twitter and Instagram @gotowv with #GoToWV.

    PHOTO GALLERY: bit.ly/GoOutSideandFlyFish 

    Contact: 
    Tina Stinson
    Division of Tourism
    304-957-9338
    tina.l.stinson@wv.gov 

    posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 aP 1:37 PM
     

  10. Adventure Advisory: Honoring Our Veterans

    Adventure Advisory: Honoring Our Veterans 
    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at bit.ly/WVListings.

    Nov. 1: Gold Star Family Monument Dedication, Hartford
    304-206-6065; james261968@gmail.com 

    This is the state’s second Gold Star Family Monument and the third in the nation. The dedication ceremony will take place in front of the Hartford Post Office at 1 p.m. 

    Nov. 6: West Virginia Voices of War: Oral Histories from West Virginia War Veterans, Archives and History Library in the Culture Center, Charleston
    304- 558-0230; http://www.wvculture.org/history/workshops/douglas110614promo.html 

    West Virginia Voices of War is a documentary weaving together the thoughts of 46 West Virginia war veterans on leaving for war and fighting to get back home afterward. The documentary includes veterans from World War II to Afghanistan. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Nov. 8: AMVETS Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Point Pleasant 
    304-674-3663; www.masoncountytourism.org 

    Lineup starts at the north end of Main Street in front of the Mason County Board of Education office at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m.  

    Nov. 8: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, downtown Elkins 
    304-636-1414; 304-635-7021; pblosser@cityofelkinswv.com 

    Parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends at City Hall. A ceremony will follow at 11 a.m.

    Nov. 9: Annual Veterans Day Concert: Bluefield Performing Arts Center at Bluefield High School, Bluefield 
    304-325-9117; 800-221-3206; info@visitmercercounty.com 

    The East River Mountain Town Band will perform at 3 p.m. Admission is free. 

    Nov. 11: 6th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Ripley
    304-514-2609; Director@VisitRipleyWV.com; www.CityofRipley.org

    Ripley's 6th annual Veterans Day Parade will include the first-ever Military Honor March with 90 posters of Jackson County veterans. The 10 a.m. parade will include the John Marshall Fife & Drum Corps. The parade will be followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse.

    Nov. 11: 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Dinner and Show, Oceana 
    304 923-2713; 304 682-4859; talitgc@hotmail.com 

    Parade lineup begins at noon in front of the library with a start time of 1 p.m., followed by a dinner and show at Westside High School. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

    Nov. 11: 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Commemoration Ceremony, Matewan 
    606-427-8892; walked_on2002@yahoo.com; www.walked_on2002@yahoo.com 

    The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Bridge and Mate Streets and end at Matewan City Hall. Following the parade, there will be special singing and poem recitations at Matewan City Hall at 1 p.m. 

    Nov. 11: 37 Fallen, Capitol Theatre, Charleston 
    304-222-3363; shodge@wvstateu.edu; stephkenz@gmail.com
     
    “37 Fallen” is a West Virginia State University student documentary about West Virginia’s fallen soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan. At 7 p.m., there will be a symposium on the research as well as an extended clip of the film.

    Nov. 11: 72nd Annual Veterans Day Parade, Charleston 
    304-545-4057; post20wv@aol.com 

    The parade lineup begins at 9:15 a.m., at the intersection of Capitol Street and Kanawha Boulevard, with the parade starting at 10 a.m. A Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Haddad River Front Park following the parade.

    Nov. 11: 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Open House, Welch 
    304-436-4957; 304-436-3113; reba@mcswv.net 

    American Legion Post 8 will host the longest running Veterans Day Parade in the country beginning at 10 a.m. and ending approximately 11 a.m. American Legion Post 8 will host an open house.

    Nov. 11: Annual Veterans Day Parade, Uptown Beckley 
    304-237-5614; http://beckley.org/community_calendar/index.html 

    Organized by the American Legion, the parade assembles at Park Middle School on Park Street at 10 a.m., starts at 11 a.m., and ends at the Federal Building on Prince Street around 12:30 p.m.

    Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, Fairmont 
    304-365-4207; cbakerjk1748@yahoo.com 

    Annual Veterans Day Parade from Palatine Park to Veteran’s Square, with a ceremony to follow. Hours are from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, Princeton 
    Parade: 304-425-5653; Ceremony: pfccoulbourne@gmail.com; 304-320-6032

    The Veterans Day parade begins on Mercer Street at 11 a.m., followed by the unveiling and dedication of the Veterans Always Free Walk of Honor Memorial at 1 p.m. in front of the Memorial Building, directly across the street from the Mercer County Courthouse.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-225-5982. You can also join the conversation and share your wild and wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV. 

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    Oct. 30, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Tina Stinson
    304-957-9388
    Tina.L.Stinson@wv.gov 

    posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 aP 12:51 PM
     

  11. West Virginia Division of Tourism Hosts “Go Outside and See the Lights” in Ohio County

    Division highlights Winter Festival of Lights and holiday light displays throughout West Virginia
     
    HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAY PHOTO GALLERY: http://bit.ly/GoSeetheLights
     
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (November 13, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism hosted “Go Outside and See the Lights,” November 13, at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center (Oglebay) in Wheeling, West Virginia. Following the official opening of the Winter Festival of Lights, Division of Tourism staff hosted the first trolley ride of the season.
     
    “Some of my favorite holiday memories—then and still now—are of my trek through the lights with my children, nieces and nephew,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “While beautiful new displays continue to be added to the Winter Festival of Lights, some of my favorite displays are still the candy canes, the jack-in-the-box and, of course, the downhill skiers.”
     
    The annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay is one of the nation’s largest shows—covering more than 300 acres and a six mile drive.  It has been listed on the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America and AOL Travel’s 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the United States. 
     
    In addition to Oglebay, the following locations also host holiday light displays:  Chief Logan State Park, Bluefield City Park, Fayette County Park, The Greenbrier, St. Albans, Coonskin Park, the West Virginia State Farm Museum, and Cedar Lakes Conference Center.
     
    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-225-5982. You can also join the conversation and share your wild and wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV. 

    posted Friday, November 14, 2014 aA 8:46 AM
     

  12. Adventure Advisory: Holiday Festivities

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at bit.ly/WVListings.

    Now – Jan. 4: Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling 
    800-624-6988; 304-243-4066; marketing@oglebay-resort.com; www.oglebay-resort.com 
    This internationally-acclaimed holiday light show features more than a million lights on a 6-mile drive covering more than 300 acres. The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday from dark until 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from dark until 11 p.m. 

    Nov. 21 – Dec. 31: Christmas Fantasy Light Show, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant 
    304-675-3844; msppdir@pointpleasantwv.org; www.masoncountytourism.org 
    This drive-through light show around Krodel Park features unique animated displays including Santa Claus, Santa’s workshop, gingerbread men, angels, the Mothman, and many more. 

    Nov. 22 – Dec. 31: Holiday in the Park, City Park and Southwood Park, Parkersburg 
    304-480-2655; info@parkersburgcvb.org 
    This holiday light drive-through display at two of the city parks is decorated in celebration of the season with colorful animated and still light displays.

    Nov. 24 – Dec. 31: Yuletide in the Park, Hurricane 
    304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11; www.putnamcountycvb.com; www.putnamcountyparks.net  
    Come to Valley Park in Hurricane for this unique and old-fashioned celebration including animated displays. From Dec. 4-6, special activities and events will include horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, hayrides, Santa visits, and lots of activities for all ages to enjoy. 

    Nov. 24 – Jan. 1: Winterfest at Cedar Lakes, Ripley 
    304-372-7860; info@cedarlakes.com; www.cedarlakes.com 
    Cedar Lakes features more than one million lights and computer animated displays. Winterfest is a month-long holiday event with a craft show, concerts and theater in a festive atmosphere. During Winterfest, lodging rates are half price at Cedar Lakes.

    Nov. 27: Shinnston Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, Pike Street, Shinnston 
    717-259-6280; mariegastonscholarship@gmail.com; www.shinnstonturkeytrot.com 
    This course is a 3.1 mile loop and will begin near the Shinnston Rail Trail head (Near Rite Aid and Auto Zone) on Pike Street. Walkers and runners will finish the 5K on the rail trail. 

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Buffet, North Bend State Park, Cairo
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com 
    Visit North Bend and delight in all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes without all the fuss of preparation. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Grand Vue Park, Moundsville 
    304-845-9810x403; reservations@GrandVuePark.com; www.grandvuepark.com 
    7th Annual Turkey Trot starting at 9 .am. at the Banquet Hall. 

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Dinner at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
    304-269-8880; www.stonewallresort.com
    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family at Stonewall Resort. Stonewall’s Stillwater restaurant will serve a delicious spread, from crisp salads and farm table bounty, to favorite holiday desserts. For larger groups (8-14 people), private dining is available in the resort’s conference rooms.

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Feast at Historic McFarland House, Martinsburg
    304-263-1890; www.historicmcfarlandhouse.com 
    Leave the holiday hustle and bustle behind and savor the sweet and delectable tastes of a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings—and none of the hassle! Reservations required. 

    Nov. 27 – Dec. 31: Holiday Festival of Lights, Lotito Park, Bluefield 
    304-327-2449; 304-327-2401; info@cityofbluefield.com; info@visitmercercounty.com 
    Tour the beautiful park twinkling with 600,000 lights and wonderful scenes. Special weekend events include a scenic evening walk through the park, music, and a live nativity scene. The Holiday of Lights is open 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    Nov. 27 – Jan. 1: Christmas in the Park, Chief Logan State Park, Logan 
    304-792-7125; www.chiefloganstatepark.com 
    Chief Logan State Park becomes a winter wonderland as the displays light up at dark and remains lighted until 10 p.m. each night. 

    Nov. 28 – Dec. 28: Celebration of Lights 2014, Morris Park, Fairmont 
    304-366-4550; tiffany@uwmarion.org;  www.celebrationoflightswv.com
    Drive through 1.3 miles of Christmas displays. Hours are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 28 (weather permitting). Admission is $5 per car.

    Nov. 29: 21st Annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour, Fairmont 
    304-367-5398; marionhistorical@yahoo.com; www.marionhistorical.org 
    Tour 8-12 beautiful private historic homes are open to the public for this annual self-guided tour. Most are decorated for the holidays and some feature live music and/or refreshments. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Dec. 5-7: Annual 18th Century Christmas Market, Prickett’s Fort State Park
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfort.org 
    Artisans will demonstrate and feature works for sale in Prickett Fort’s Visitor Center, as well as the historic area. Additionally, there will be hot wassail, period decorations and live music. Guided tours will be offered by costumed interpreters for visitors on a set schedule for half-price admission. 

    Dec. 6: Christmas All Around Hardy County—Moorefield/Mathias/Wardensville 
    304-897-8700; 304-874-3605; info@visithardy.com; www.visithardywv.com 
    Christmas will be happening all over Hardy County! Activities will include tree lightings, parade, live music, refreshments, a magic show, and Santa with gifts for children.

    Dec. 6: Heritage Farm Museum and Village—Way Back Weekend Holiday Market, Huntington 
    304-522-1244; hfmv@comcast.net; www.heritagefarmmuseum.com 
    Come and enjoy our Holiday Market where local artisans will be offering their creative handmade items for your holiday shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Dec. 6-7: 15th Annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea, Juliana Street, Parkersburg 
    304-422-9861; sales@juliannsquare.org; www.juliannsquare.org 
    Five historic homes decked out in Christmas finery are showcased in this tour of Parkersburg’s Julia-Ann Square Historic District. Guides dressed in period attire will lead the tours and homeowners will share the history of their homes. Tours and tea will begin at the First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana Street at 1 p.m.

    Dec. 6-7 and 13-14: Colonial Christmas at Adam Stephen House, Martinsburg 
    304-267-4434; 304-264-8801; www.TravelWV.com 
    Observe holiday activities of colonial life in the historic house decorated with evergreens, live holiday music, and refreshments. Hours are 4-8 p.m.

    Dec. 13: Feast of the Seven Fishes, Monroe Street, Downtown Fairmont
    304-366-0468; sevenfishes@gmail.com; www.mainstreetfairmont.org 
    Celebrate an Italian Christmas Eve tradition with shopping, live music, cooking demos, fish, street market and more. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


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  15. Arbor Day Poster Contest Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials and the Urban and Community Forestry Council encourage teachers with fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are … Beneficial!” Contest submissions will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

    The contest is open to all West Virginia fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students. One winner from each grade will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.

    Visit www.wvforestry.com/arbor.cfm  for contest rules, activity guide and other information.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Forestry (see attached photo): Arbor Day Poster Contest entries will be accepted through March 2, 2015. Then-fifth grader Haleigh Henderson of Wheeling won first place in 2014 for her poster that represented last year’s theme “Trees are…alive!”

    News Release: Oct. 29, 2014                  

    Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    Contact: Andy Sheetz, Partnership Coordinator, 304-382-9574 Andy.i.Sheetz@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 aP 4:46 PM
     

  16. Eastern Panhandle Counties Offer Last of Fall Color West Virginia’s fall foliage season coming to an end.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still colorful and plentiful.  Leaves in Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties are hanging tough and remain on the trees despite being past peak. Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, Keyser and Berkeley Springs are recommended places to visit.

    West Virginia Division of Forestry officials thank everyone who posted images to the DOF’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, or tweeted them using #wvfallcolor.

    This is the last fall foliage report for 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still colorful and plentiful as seen in this photo from Cranny Crow at Lost River State Park in Hardy County. 

    News Release: Oct. 30, 2014

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

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