Advancing the Marlinton Economy Biking Strategy: A team is forming to host the first stakeholders meeting. Doug Arbogast, with WVU, has offered to assist in planning and Anne Mitchell at Knapps Creek Trout Lodge was kind enough to open up the lodge as a meeting location, and it could not be happening at a better time.
Andy Williamson, Director of Outdoor Community Development of the Brad & Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative, wants to be sure Marlinton is prepared to participate in The Advancing Community Trails (A.C.T.) Workshop. This first workshop is scheduled for October 13-14 at Snowshoe Mountain to support the Mon Forest Town area.
This two-day workshop will be led by WVU staff, trail development experts and local stakeholders and will guide participants through all aspects of the lifecycle of a trail project from conceptualization to long term maintenance and operations.
The A.C.T. Workshop is designed specifically for land managers, community officials, recreation professionals, tourism/economic development staff and local advocates as participating attendees.
The Last First Friday of 2022 consisted of various vendor activities with unique musical entertainment provided by the all woman steel drum troupe from Morgantown and was enjoyed by all.
On a local level, the staff and volunteers from Family Resource Network (FRN) are all about family, finding resources, and certainly have developed a network as demonstrated by the work in progress at the First Avenue Mini-Park in Marlinton. A general cleaning, painting of play-ground equipment, replacement of trash receptacles and two picnic tables, among other improvements have made such a difference. Once again, if it were not for the volunteers and dear friends wanting to make a difference we could not have all the good things that are going on now. I cannot pay you what you are worth. All I can do is say “Thank you.”
So, thank you, Laura Young, Becky Campbell, Stacy Vandevender, Sharol Campbell, Daniel Scarboro, Lori Jordan, Tena Bennett, George Sewell, and all who have helped. I hope I have not missed anyone. Also, to my town crew, Josh, Andrew and Haiden.
The word is that kids have been excited about the new equipment and that is a good thing.
A time to remember to never forget:
The annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. at the Gazebo on Main Street in Marlinton.
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 killed 2,977 people and injured thousands at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Commemorative events are held at all three sites and across the country on the anniversary of the attacks.
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