By Wayne Sheets
Contributing Business Writer
The centennial celebration of the Elkins Railroad Depot continues with planning by the Randolph County Development Authority for its Labor Day "Ribs and Rails Gala" weekend at the town square on Sept. 1. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and last until 7 p.m.
The program will feature several recipes of barbecued ribs by local chefs. In fact, RCDA Executive Secretary Nancy Barlow, the one who is doing the planning and organizing for the event, said she would like to have at least eight or 10 vendors serving a variety of ribs. Connie Townsend and Dave Parker's band The GinSangers and The Falling Branch String Band of Elkins will provide live music. Barlow said she would like to have at least two more bands to provide entertainment between the hours of noon and 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Judges will determine the winning recipes and prizes will be awarded. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the festivities.
The event is being sponsored by the RCDA. Barlow said more information will be available soon.
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According to Carol Schuler, Davis & Elkins College director of communications, the college will have a giant yard sale on Aug. 9 at the old gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Schuler said they have quite a variety of items for sale including antiques, office equipment, supplies and furniture, shelving, fitness equipment, books, cameras and many other items donated by campus offices and D&E employees. The sale will coincide with the annual Augusta Festival and Craft Fair in Elkins City Park.
"This sale will help beautify our campus and also benefit the community," said Kevin Wilson, chief operating officer and vice president for enrollment management. "It's going to be a win-win project and also a lot of fun,"
For more information, or find out how you can help, call Kara Fisher at 637-1301.
Student orientation will begin at Davis & Elkins College on Aug. 23, and school officials are hoping the local business community will take an active role. According to Schuler, local merchants and service providers are encouraged to represent themselves at the orientation as a means of letting students, especially new students and their parents, know what services and businesses are available for their convenience and well being.
Schuler said each merchant will have a display table on the plaza next to the chapel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those wishing to participate, or obtain additional information, may do so by calling Dr. David Sneed at 637-1211.
Many of you may have already received the message from United Parcel Service warning of fraudulent e-mails that lead recipients to believe that a UPS shipment could not be delivered. In case you haven't, here's what the warning contains.
Recipients are advised not to open their e-mail message telling them that their shipment could not be delivered. The message contains an attachment reportedly containing a waybill for the shipment to be picked up. This e-mail attachment contains a virus. UPS recommends that the attachment not be opened, but deleted immediately.
According to the warning, UPS may send official notification messages on occasion, but they rarely include attachments. If you receive a notification message that includes an attachment and are in doubt about its authenticity, contact UPS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In their bulletin, UPS advises that the company takes customer relations very seriously, but cannot take responsibility for the unauthorized actions of third parties.
I received one of these messages on my home PC on Tuesday. Fortunately, I had received the warning prior to receiving the message and avoided the virus. My wife works for DOH and her department has also received the messages.
Fundraising activities for the 2008 Randolph County Relay for Life will end on Aug. 30. If you would like to contribute, donations may still be made by logging at http://relay.acsevents.org, or by contacting the team captain at your workplace.
According to Deanna Armentrout, chairwoman for this year's event, the amount raised as of July 24 was $103,429.63, and still growing.
"Not bad for 20 teams," she said. "Each team should be very proud of their accomplishments. There were 116 cancer survivors registered online and 82 of them enjoyed dinner catered by Davis Memorial Hospital and served by the Cancer Care Center on July 20 at the Elkins High School Track Field."
At 6 p.m., the survivors walked the survivor lap.
"The luminaria ceremony started at 9:30 p.m. Over 400 luminaries lit the track in honor or memory of family members, loved ones and friends who are battling, overcome or succumbed to the dreaded disease," Armentrout said.
During the all-night vigil of June 20-21, fundraising participants and cancer survivors took part in games, karaoke, entertainment and special ceremonies.
The top fundraising team at the close of activities at 6 a.m. on June 21, was the Wal-Mart Trotters, captained by Deidre White raising $15,888.61, with the Allegheny Allnighters, captained by Angela Cunningham, coming in second having raised $11,810.72. The DMH Chatters pushed hard coming in at third place. Captained by Barbara Miller, they raised a total of $11,361.96.
The top three personal fundraisers were RaEllen Sue Sheets, who raised a total of $2,908.29. Coming in second was Judy Ritchie, raising $2,767.14, and in third place was Carrie Griffith, who raised $2,450.
The American Legion Post 29 will host its first craft fair during the Mountain State Forest Festival the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. Set up will take place on Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. until noon. No one will be permitted to set up sooner for any reason, according to Mike Cardinal. The Legion will provide coffee and donuts to vendors during this period. Each vendor will receive up to two vouchers (one per person) for a meal provided by the American Legion Auxiliary. The fair will be open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 30. From Oct. 1-4, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Only handmade items are to be displayed and sold. The organizers reserve the right to ask vendors to remove items which they feel are not made by the vendor.
For additional information, call Mike Cardinal and Shannon McCauley at 636-3930, or visit the American Legion Post 29 at 326 Railroad Ave. in Elkins.
Not wishing to "rain" on your weekend, but for those who may not have heard, Exxon-Mobil, and some of the other Big Five oil companies, reported their earnings for the second quarter of 2008 this week. Exxon-Mobil's profits were an unprecedented $11.68 billion yes billion. That amounts to $1,500 per second. Reports are that more than 90 percent of those profits are going into the pockets of shareholders. You are free to draw your own conclusions.