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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 Raleigh County



    Register for Feb. 18 session on Business Fundamentals

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, 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 in the WorkForce West Virginia building, 299 New River Drive, 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 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 Joe Carlucci at 304-767-8127 or email Joseph.F.Carlucci@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: Jan. 29, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 aA 9:14 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for Feb. 19 session on business fundamentals

    FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, in Pendleton 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 Pendleton County Economic Development Authority conference room, Pendleton Business Center (Old Hanover Building), 100 Thorn Creek Road, Franklin.

    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, Feb. 17. 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: Jan. 29, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 aA 9:32 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Feb. 20 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 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: Jan. 30, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, January 30, 2015 aP 2:43 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Feb. 26 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 26, 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 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 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: Feb. 5, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, February 5, 2015 aP 1:49 PM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for Feb. 24 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Monongalia 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 WVSBDC office, West Virginia University, Chestnut Ridge Research Building, 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown.  

    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.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org and click on “training calendar” or contact Sharon Stratton, 304-293-5839, Sharon.J.Stratton@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 Morgantown WVSBDC is hosted by the WVU Research Corporation. 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: Feb.6, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, February 6, 2015 aP 3:43 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for March 3 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 3, in Ohio 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 West Virginia Northern Community College B&O Building, 1704 Market Street, Wheeling.

    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 required at least two days in advance. To register, call Donna Schramm at 304-214-8973 or email Donna.L.Schramm@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: Feb. 10, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 aP 2:57 PM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County

    Register for March 10 session on Business Fundamentals

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 10, in Wood 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 on the main campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, in Room 2209, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg.

    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 required at least two days in advance. To register, call Marsa Myers at 304-424-8213 or email Marsa.C.Myers@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: Feb. 17, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015 aP 2:34 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for March 10 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 10, 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: Feb. 17, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015 aP 2:47 PM
     

  10. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Encourages Exploration of State's Culinary Offerings

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 30, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) encouraged visitors and residents to explore the state’s culinary offerings and highlighted the 10th Annual Cast Iron Cook-Off, which begins today.

    “Our state is known for great local food.  Whether you’re looking for a farm-to-table experience, international fare or comfort food, the Mountain State is home to many local favorites that will both excite your palate and indulge your appetite,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    “The last bastion of true Americana is the cuisine of Appalachia.  Every West Virginia native remembers fondly their grandmothers’ soulful use of the cast iron.  The Cast Iron Cook-Off is a nod to that tradition,” CEO and President of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau Alisa Bailey said.  “This year's friendly competition between Southwest Virginia and West Virginia will make the Appalachian focus on this year's competition exciting.”

    “The Cast Iron Cook-Off reminds me of traditions that go back a century or more—families gathering in the kitchen, working together to prepare a meal or turning a reunion into a festival of food,” said Cast Iron Cook-Off committee member Jack Cipoletti.  “I love the term ‘New Appalachian Cuisine.’  I may not know exactly what's on the menu, but I know it will be contemporary creations using recipes steeped in history.” 

    One of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia’s most popular guides, “101 Unique Places to Dine,” has been referred to as a culinary bucket list.  The guide highlights local restaurant offerings throughout the state and will be available in both print and digital in the coming weeks.

    The GoToWV team has also worked with the Appalachian Regional Council (ARC) to launch the “Bon Appetit Appalachia!” map guide – an agritourism campaign designed to increase tourism to Appalachia by highlighting its distinct local food destinations—including farmers markets, wineries, distilleries and craft breweries.  The map guide is available online: http://visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia. 

    Wild Wonderful West Virginia will show its support for the Cast Iron Cook-Off, a celebration of food—rooted in tradition and prepared with a modern twist. The cooking style, known as New Appalachian Cuisine, builds on the region’s cultural roots using healthy, fresh local ingredients. The event was founded by the Collaborative for a 21st Century Appalachia. For more information, visit http://castironcookoff.org.

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Friday, January 30, 2015 aP 12:08 PM
     

  11. Adventure Advisory: February Fun

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), 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. 

    Feb. 13: Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg 
    304-645-7917; www.carnegiehallwv.org  
    Enjoy a show by Peter Madcat Ruth, Joel Brown and Chris Brubeck, collectively known for the joy, virtuosity and American spirit they bring to the folk, blues, jazz and classical music they perform.

    Feb. 13: Father Daughter Valentine Dance, Camp Mad Anthony Wayne Lodge, Huntington 
    304-696-5954; sleep@ghprd.org  
    Create cherished memories at the Father Daughter dance.  Portraits, crafts and tasty treats will be provided.  Tickets are $10 per pair.  Hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Feb. 13-15: 46th Annual WV Sports Show, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston 
    304-345-1500; www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com 
    The annual Sports Show will feature the area’s largest indoor displays of RVs, fifth wheels, motorhomes, trailers, toy haulers, pop-ups, recreational vehicles, personal water crafts, and ATV’s.

    Feb. 13-15: Sweetheart Weekend, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    Enjoy a two-night stay at McKeever Lodge—including desserts and more Friday evening and buffet dinner and a Sweetheart Dance Saturday. The Beach Nite Band (Former Collegians) will play Saturday, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.

    Feb. 14: Elvis Valentine Weekend, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan
    304-855-6100; www.chiefloganlodge.com  
    Enjoy a dinner featuring Wrenn Mangum from 5-7 p.m., ‘Elvis’ and an Elvis, Johnny Cash/1950’s show at 8 p.m., and overnight accommodations at Chief Logan Lodge.  Reservations required.

    Feb. 14: Winter Tree Identification Workshop, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs
    304-258-1022 ext. 5209; www.cacaponresort.com  
    Beginning at 10 a.m., join West Virginia state forester Ben Kunze for a family-friendly event that will teach you how to identify trees. In the event of snow, please contact the Front Desk at Cacapon at 304-258-1022 for cancellations. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing. 

    Feb. 15-20: Quilter's Retreat, North Bend State Park, Cairo
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com  
    Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of North Bend State Park while working on some long put off quilting projects. Spend your days quilting and your nights relaxing by the fire in the lodge lobby. 

    Feb. 20: River City Youth Ballet Presents Pinocchio, Charleston Civic Center Little Theater, Charleston 
    304-925-3262; www.rcyb.org  
    Bring the family and join the beloved wooden boy as he learns to make wise choices! Performance time is 7 p.m.

    Feb. 20-22: 18th Century Firearms and Accoutrements Show, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com  
    Join us for a fun and educational experience provided by some of the best craftsmen in West Virginia—in addition to Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. Admission is $3 at the door.

    Feb. 21: “D” Street Art and Music Series presents: The Bob Thompson Quartet, LaBelle Theater, South Charleston 
    304-744-9711
    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this art show and music performance. Admission is $15. 

    Feb. 21: Discover Engineering Day, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, Charleston 
    304-561-3500; 304-561-3570; www.theclaycenter.org  
    Local engineering firms, colleges and universities will be on hand to demonstrate the latest and greatest engineering feats—including hovercraft, chemical reactions and much more! All activities are included with Museum gallery admission (free for members or $7.50 - adults/$6 – children).

    Feb. 21: 2015 West Virginia Winter Warmer, The RailYard, Bluefield 
    The event will include funky tunes, nippy drinks and crafty foods and include musical performances by JC/BC, Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen, Delnora Reed, and Jakobs Ferry Straggler. Hours are from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

    Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1: The Elves and the Shoemaker, Wonderment Puppet Theater, Martinsburg 
    304-258-4074; http://www.wondermentpuppets.com/Pages/default.aspx  
    Experience the story of a shoemaker who receives much-needed help from elves.  Matinees are Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.  Doors open twenty minutes before show time and admission is $5 (ages 2 and under free).
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    Feb. 22: Lecture Series: “Margaret Mitchell---Gone With the Wind,” Blennerhassett State Park, Parkersburg 
    304-420-4800; www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com  
    Debra Conner will be the guest speaker/performer for this lecture. Seating is limited and reservations are required for the lecture series.

    Feb. 28: “Silent Night, Deadly Night” Murder Mystery, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton
    304-265-6144; www.tygartlakesp.com  
    Join us for a dinner theater of murder and mystery at Tygart Lake State Park. The 'whodunit' event begins at 6 p.m. Ticket price includes mystery theater and dinner. Reservations are required.

    Feb. 28: Cardboard and Duct Tape Sled Racing, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis
    304-259-5216; www.blackwaterfalls.com  
    Design and construct a person-powered, cardboard or corrugated cardboard sled able to withstand the descent down the sledding hill of the Blackwater Falls sled run using only cardboard and duct tape. Awards will be presented for best design, top speed and team spirit.

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Monday, February 2, 2015 aP 1:31 PM
     

  12. Adventure Advisory: St. Patrick's Day Preview

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), 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.

    March 5: “Broadway at the Capitol Theatre: Flashdance,” Wheeling

    304-233-4470; www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com/

    “Flashdance-The Musical” includes the biggest hit songs from the movie. In addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. 

    March 6-7: The Charleston Ballet Presents “Swan Lake,” Charleston Municipal Auditorium, Charleston

    304-342-6541; info@thecharlestonballet.com; www.thecharlestonballet.com

    Prince Siegfried encounters a beautiful princess, Odette, who embodies a woman for a brief time due to a spell cast over her by the evil Von Rothbart. Only his declaration of true love will save her from the spell that keeps her a swan. This dramatic love story is the most popular of all classical ballets, presented with guests from the Columbia Classical Ballet.

    March 6-14: Ballhooter Spring Break, Snowshoe Mountain, Snowshoe

    877-441-4386; www.snowshoemtn.com/events-and-activities/events/2015/03/ballhooter-spring-break.aspx

    Celebrate spring break the Irish way. Activities include a Kilt Making party, Human Foosball Contest, Irish Spring Games and free concerts in Snowshoe Village featuring headliner the Dropkick Murphys.

    March 7: “Coal Camp Memories,” Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted

    304-658-5212; www.hawksnestsp.com

    Coal Camp Memories is a gentle and poignant story of life in the WV Coal Camps that recreates an era while it delights audiences of all ages. Karen Vuranch portrays “Hallie Marie” as she ages in front of the audience, growing from an exuberant 10-year-old to a demure teenager, then a young wife, and finally an old woman wise with years.

    March 7: Wheeling Celtic Celebration, Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling

    304-232-3087; www.artisancenter.com

    Celtic music, entertainment, dance, culture, vendors and great food offerings will fill the Artisan Center’s three floors.  The Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley will host a children’s activity area on the second floor from noon to 4 p.m.  Entertainment on Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Admission is $6 per person or free to children 12 and under. 

    March 7-8: 14th Annual WV Fishing, Hunting and Outdoor Sports Show, Mylan Park, Morgantown

    304-983-3388; http://wvoutdoorsportsshow.com/

    The show features thousands of products and services including guns and ammo, tackle and bait, outfitters, boats, ATVs, mowers, trucks and much more. Daily admission is $7 per adult; $1 for ages 7-12; children under age 6 are admitted free. The first 50 people each day receive a gift.

    March 8, 13-20: Irish Spring Festival and Irish Road Bowling, Ireland

    304-452-8962; www.angelfire.com/wv/irishspringfestival/

    The Irish Spring Festival is a celebration of Scots-Irish heritage, but just as much a celebration of awakening the Appalachian Spring. Most activities take place March 13-15. Activities and attractions include a costume contest, arts and crafts, harp music, Irish-themed food and drinks, The Lucky Charm Pitch (horseshoes), Tour de Shamrock, Snake Chase (10K walk/run), cornhole and Irish Road Bowling.

    March 13-15: Irish Festival Weekend, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem

    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com

    What a lucky weekend to be visiting Pipestem and the surrounding area. It will be chock-full of Irish Festival shenanigans—including Irish Road Bowling!

    March 13-15: “Journal to the Self--Winter Session,” Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs

    304-258-1022 ext. 5209; www.cacaponresort.com 

    Whether you've written in a journal for years, or are just getting started, the methods taught in this workshop can help you explore various aspects of yourself, your life and your relationships with others. The only skill needed to participate in the workshop is a willingness to be open to self-discovery and personal growth.

    March 14: Indoor Colonial Kids Games and Storytelling, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont

    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com

    Shake off those winter doldrums and bring the kids to enjoy a day full of activities and stories. Play the games and hear the stories that were popular during the time of our founding fathers.


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

     

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  15. Governor Tomblin Recognizes Loggers of Excellence

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized West Virginia Loggers of Excellence during Agriculture and Forestry Day at the Legislature Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Loggers of Excellence are professional loggers and logging businesses that have worked in full compliance with the state’s water quality laws, including having not received a noncompliance order from the Division of Forestry.

    “Professional loggers are the keystone for the entire forest products industry which provides tremendous economic benefit to the state of West Virginia,” Tomblin said.

    Forestry officials named 26 companies as 5-Year Loggers of Excellence for five consecutive years’ work in full compliance with the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act. Another 229 companies earned 2014 Logger of Excellence status for completing a year’s work in full compliance with the West Virginia Logging Sediment Control Act.

    Forestry Day at the Legislature is part of the A.B. Brooks Forestry Symposium held annually in Charleston. The symposium was created in 1986 in honor of Alonzo Beecher Brooks, West Virginia’s first forester.

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    Photo courtesy Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (see attached photo): Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recognized Loggers of Excellence Feb. 3, 2015, during Forestry Day at the Legislature. Pictured from left to right: Greg Cook, Deputy State Forester DOF; Darlene Nicholas, T&D Logging; Jody Meadows, JL Meadows Logging, LLC; Thomas Link, TKL Timber; James Wyant, Top Notch Logging LLC; State Forester Randy Dye; Governor Earl Ray Tomblin; Ronald Heavener, Heavener Logging LLC; Dwight James, Covenant Timber; Ralph Sines, Ralph Sines Lumber; Bill Robinson, Robinson Logging Co. LLC; Allen Robinson, Robinson Logging Co. LLC; Jeremy McGill, Assistant State Forester DOF

    News Release: Feb. 4, 2015                   

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

    posted Wednesday, February 4, 2015 aP 12:43 PM