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Chamber Preparing for July 4 Celebration

May 24, 2008
By WAYNE SHEETS, Contributing Business Writer
Plans for this year’s July 4 celebrations are well under way, according to Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce President Kathy Leombruno and Executive Director Ellen Spears. More than 150 entries have already registered for the Friday evening cruise-in, which will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Jim Knicely, who is overseeing the event for the 24th consecutive year, said that over the years this number has proven to be about one-fifth of the total that will eventually register and participate in the state’s largest car show. The evening’s entertainment will include live music in front of the Elkins Depot, fun and fellowship. The car show in Elkins City Park on July 5 will get under way at 9 a.m. with nearly 700 participants expected.

This year’s program, in addition to the cruise-in and car show, will feature free entertainment on July 5 at the D&E Outdoor Amphitheater, military events between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. including a low-altitude C-130 cargo plane flyover. The Colgate Country Showdown will commence at 7 p.m. and conclude shortly before the fireworks begin at approximately 9 p.m. The third annual Patriot Poker Run and Bike Show registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on July 5 at the tennis court in City Park. Bikes will be out and on the run by noon. Entry fee for the competition is $10 per hand with additional hands for $5. The winning hand is worth $1,000. Numerous door prizes will also be presented.

On July 6, activities will get under way around noon and conclude with the presentation of awards to the winners of the car and bike shows, and the announcement of the winners of the door prizes.

The chamber will feature a concession stand adjacent to the amphitheater where soft drinks, hot dogs and many other snacks will be available.

Special thanks are extended to the many sponsors of the event including Mike Mullens Law Office, Kathy’s Decorating and Design and Beander’s. Appreciation is also extended to the Mountain Chapter of Brothers of the Wheel for its assistance with the events.

For more information and or to register, call the ERCCC office at 636-2717 or e-mail chamber@elkinsrandolphcountywv.com.

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I’d like to remind everyone of the memorial services that will be conducted at the All Veteran’s Memorial at 2 p.m. Monday. This year’s speaker will be Larry McArthur, U.S. Army National Guard (Ret.). The title of his remarks will be “Life Goes On” and the theme, he said, “Will be that we can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to guarantee our way of life by living in their footsteps and by living a life of service to their memory and honor to our country.”

This annual occasion is our opportunity to express our thanks and gratitude to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the many wars and conflicts in foreign lands, and to those who are serving today to protect our liberties. They are also ensuring that if conflicts must occur they will take place in the land of those who oppose our way of life.

Come out and join with everyone else in a display of respect, honor and gratitude to our men and women in uniform.

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National Trail Day, June 7, will be celebrated with activities beginning at the Elkins Depot, marking efforts to make the depot the trailhead for the Highland Trail. Studies are currently under way to determine the most efficient and safe route to extend the trailhead from its current location on Parsons Road to the depot. This is another of those projects that won’t be completed overnight, but when it is, it will bring another venue of outdoor entertainment to the city. The trail is currently open from Highland Park to Parsons; and a short section is open from Bretz to Hendricks.

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For the fifth consecutive year, Sue Pifer, owner of Elkins Sewing Center, will participate in what is an exciting and fun-filled four-day event in June called “Shop Hop.” Thirteen West Virginia cities are scheduled to participate in this year’s event from June 11-14. I don’t think it can be better said than what is in the promo literature: “Come join us for a winding adventure through the hills of West Virginia. This four-day event filled with fabric, fun and prizes will challenge your love of quilting while you enjoy the natural beauty of our state. Each of the 13 quilt shops will have a different quilt pattern and fabric kit. When you have collected all 13 patterns and kits, you will be able to create a wonderful quilt as a memory of your journey.”

Sue said, “Last year we had inquiries from as far away as Mexico and Canada, and visitors from many states including Florida and Arizona. It gives those who have ties to the Mountain State a reason to come back and visit.”

For more information on what sounds like great fun for the quilting enthusiast, give Sue a call at 636-9480.

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Here’s a bit of information I received from a lady who works at the Division of Highways concerning the use of credit/debit cards at the gasoline pumps.

A co-worker of my informant mentioned that she had used her credit/debit card to purchase gas at the pump. She received her receipt as normal; however, when she checked her billing statement, there were two $50 charges in addition to her purchase. Upon investigation, she discovered that because she did not press the “clear” key on the pump when she was finished refueling her car, the employee inside the store was able to use her card to purchase his/her own gas. To keep this from happening, after you get your receipt you should press the “clear” key or your information will be stored until the next customer inserts his or her card.



During this weekend as we celebrate the beginning of summer, let us not loose sight of the real purpose of the occasion. In all the weekend fun making and anticipation of the many adventures of the summer to come, may I encourage everyone to stop for a few moments and contemplate the countless wonders of the material things we enjoy and, most of all, our way of life that would not be possible were it not for those that made the ultimate sacrifice. Let us not loose sight of the value of our freedom and its costs.

Have a safe an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

 
 
 

 

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