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Rotary Club sponsoring concert to help end Polio

Business Short Takes

October 30, 2010
By WAYNE SHEETS Contributing Business Writer

In its continuing efforts to help Rotary International's campaign against the deadly polio virus, the Rotary Club of Elkins is sponsoring a "PolioPlus Concert" at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis and Elkins College on Nov. 11. Billed as "A Concert to End Polio," the extravaganza will feature approximately 20 local musicians, singing groups and musical-comedy groups from Elkins and Randolph County. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m.

Kenny Sexton has agreed to serve as master of ceremonies introducing each singer or singing group. A complete list of the performers and acts will be published prior to the Nov. 11 date of the concert.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Advance tickets may be obtained from any member of the Elkins Rotary Club and at Davis Trust Co. by contacting Hoy Ferguson, 304-636-0991, Ext. 276; the Elkins Sewing Center, 304-636-9480; The Inter-Mountain, 304-636-2121; at D&E College by contacting Pat Schumann, 304-637-1340 or 304-642-9431; the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, 304-636-2717; or at the Randolph County Development Authority, 304-637-0803.

According to information furnished by Rotary International, since it joined other organizations in the worldwide efforts to eradicate the dreaded disease, there are some 5 million people walking who would otherwise have been paralyzed - more than three times the number of people who live in West Virginia. More than 2 billion people, mostly young, have been immunized since 1985 when Rotary joined the international efforts to eradicate the disease.

Efforts to wipe out the disease has left only five endemic countries with the disease: Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Nigeria. As long as there is one case of the disease in existence the rest of the world is not without danger.

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar announced Oct. 21 that it is honoring the men and women who have or are currently serving our country in the military by accepting messages and posting them on its "message support" section of its web site. You can leave a message honoring somebody you know or just honor our military by telling them how much their dedication means. A few short words can mean a lot. To post your message, e-mail

Applebee's also invites veterans and active duty military to eat free on Veterans Day. You may peruse the Veteran's Day menu online at

The Smith Travel Research hotel and motel statistics for August 2010 show that travel in the Mountain State is on the increase. Occupancy rate averaged 71.9 percent, up 11.8 percent. The average daily rate was $82.81 per night, up 3.5 percent. Revenue per available room was up by 15.7 percent to $59.56. Room demand increased by 14.5 percent to 601,156 rooms.

On a similar note, according to a recent USA Today article, room rates are on the rise as more people are traveling. Smith Travel Research found average rates in the top 25 U.S. markets up 3.5 percent in August.

"Many seem to wonder if the economic recovery has any strength and if there is a risk of a double dip," says Arne Sorenson, Marriott's president. "There's nothing in our business that indicates this. Business and leisure travel are strong."

It appears that people are beginning to move but statisticians warn that the recession is not over yet regardless of what the politicos are pumping out in their election campaign propaganda.

Here's a bit of interesting news for rail fans that enjoy luxury train excursions. In a recent article by Travel Weekly, it was announced that the Greenbrier is planning a luxury excursion train to the resort from Washington, D.C. Greenbrier owner Jim Justice reportedly said that the train is being decorated in the style of the resort. He said he hoped to have the trains ready to carry guests on a five-hour-plus scenic train ride from Washington through the mountains of West Virginia by next spring.

Justice was quoted as saying, "We are building a train called the Greenbrier Express. It will leave from Union Station (in D.C.) and when you get here (at the Greenbrier) we'll pick you up in carriages with Clydesdale horses. It gives you a real slice of Americana."

Bridge Day was selected by Road Trips for Families on its list of the Top 10 Fall Festivals for families. The article stated, "The state's largest festival, Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world and celebrates big parties, big bridges and BASE jumping with a little zip lining and funnel cake eating tossed in for good measure."

Civil War Trails application deadline has been announced. In October, sites in Wood, Monroe, Wirt, Jackson, Barbour and Ohio counties became part of the multi-state Civil War Trails program. A total of 70 markers have now been installed throughout West Virginia and several more are being developed. The Division of Tourism is paying for the purchase and installation of 150 Civil War Trails markers throughout the Mountain State. The deadline to submit completed materials for this program is January 11, 2011, but you are encouraged to act soon because availability is limited. Contact Justin Gaull for more details at

It would seem that this is a program in which Randolph, Barbour and Pocahontas counties might want to get involved. We have a lot of Civil War history right here in our own back yards.

Morgantown receives more national acclaim. Budget Travel has named Morgantown to its list of eight of "America's Top College Football Towns." Budget's website,, description of Morgantown, includes information on tourist attractions and lodging. It describes the home of the WVU Mountaineers as an "unassuming city" that is "far from stuck in the past."

We've known that for years - about time the word is put out.

The West Virginia Division of Tourism is currently updating the 2011 calendar of events. If you'd like to have your event published in the calendar, please submit your facility or event information by e-mail at, fax 304-558-2279, or phone 1-800-225-5982.

I was unable to attend the Downtown Merchant's meeting on Tuesday but from what I can gather from talking to some of those who were there, the major subject of discussion was Christmas advertising. There being 55 days until Christmas, I'm sure we'll be hearing more about the advertising strategies being planned by the merchants.



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