True Winter: Only in Tucker County, WV

first_imgRise and shine, gear up, hit the slopes (or trails), spend the day with the youthful side of Old Man Winter, then raise a pint to starry sky and toast True Winter—in Tucker County. Nestled on the tip-top of West Virginia with elevations jutting over 4,250 feet, and with an annual average snowfall of up to 180 inches, Tucker County is winter the way nature intended—wild, intense and invigorating.Canaan Valley Resort offers downhill skiing and boarding with trail ratings ranging from beginner to blow-your-mind. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing on miles of marked, ungroomed trails provide interaction with nature. And if you’re more snow angel than conqueror, you’ll love Canaan’s tubing park and ice skating arena with its own outdoor fireplace. With an expansive, untamed backcountry, White Grass Ski Touring Center is one of the premier touring centers in the east. Nordic centers provide tours, lessons, maps, backcountry information and equipment rental. Blackwater Falls State Park, with its six-story waterfall that is stunning whether flowing or frozen, offers over ten miles of trails, many groomed for cross country, and a quarter-mile sledding hill. Looking to extend mountain bike season year-round? The all-terrain fat bikes offered at Blackwater Bikes in Davis allow the biking enthusiasts to ride even with snow on the ground.pg.15 tline option coverAs great as they are, snow sports are just the beginning of Tucker’s True Winter experience. From fresh music performances and special events to legendary libation, you’ll be glad you played up an appetite and a thirst. There are plenty of local favorites to please the palate and warm the soul. The always-happening Purple Fiddle in Thomas offers great brews and live music and floorboards that never stop shaking. Whether you need the warmth of a gourmet coffee or the bracing bite of a Moscow Mule, the Tip Top Coffee Bar is always the right choice. Or sample some interesting brews at one of West Virginia’s largest full-scale microbrewery, Mountain State Brewing Company.0950In nearby Davis, an authentic taste of New York awaits at Sirianni’s Pizza Café, with mouthwatering pizza, pasta and sandwiches. As its name implies, Hellbender’s Burritos can conquer even the most serious appetite. Stop in to experience Tucker’s newest brewpub, Stumptown Ales, or grab a cold one at Blackwater Brewing Company to complete the true Tucker County pub crawl. Canaan Valley also offers several great dining choices. Enjoy casual dining in a pleasant atmosphere at White Grass Café, or savor a homemade meal at Amelia’s Restaurant. Big John’s Family Fixin’s offers up hardy fare and the area’s largest arcade. And full-service dining by the fireplace at Canaan Valley Resort is a good place to start, or continue, a tradition. Whether you’re staying the weekend or a week, lodging options are diverse and the hospitality is warm and inviting in Tucker County. Canaan Valley’s new 160-room lodge offers luxury and great views, while cozy Bed and Breakfasts offer intimacy and charm. Or choose a quaint rental cabin or accommodating house, many with slope convenient slope access. There’s winter, and there’s True Winter, only in Tucker County. Begin your authentic winter adventure at wvmountains.org or 888-975-SNOW. unnamedlast_img read more

Sports Help Wounded Soldiers and Police Officers Recover

first_img“There’s an energy that comes with riding a horse and you become transformed,” said former Colombian National Police Officer Leonardo Fuentes, who lost his left leg after stepping on a landmine during an operation against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group in the Department of Antioquia in 2009. Equine therapy can have a positive impact on an injured person in just a few weeks, Rosas explained. Engaging in athletics is one of the ways injured Troops and police officers participate in their own rehabilitation. The government has spent $35 million dollars to purchase new equipment, such as body armor, to help Troops and police officers avoid injuries from landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Cooperation goes a long way in supporting the injured But they are also making progress in better protecting the members of the security forces. Encouraging the wounded to help themselves through athletics “In my case, I ride without prosthetics, but when I’m on the horse, I don’t feel like anything is missing,” Fuentes said. “It’s as if the horse’s legs were a part of me, as if they were my legs and we have become one. It’s a full synchronization. We are one being.” Playing sports helps wounded Soldiers and police officers regain strength in their bodies and confidence in their physical abilities. Playing sports helps wounded Soldiers and police officers regain strength in their bodies and confidence in their physical abilities. “They are no longer the same people who arrived with a disability. There are many disabled people who stayed locked in their homes. What we see is that sports provide them with a better quality of life,” she said. “There’s an energy that comes with riding a horse and you become transformed,” said former Colombian National Police Officer Leonardo Fuentes, who lost his left leg after stepping on a landmine during an operation against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) terrorist group in the Department of Antioquia in 2009. International cooperation is an important component of Colombia’s fight against terrorists and organized crime groups; it is also a key part of the government’s efforts to provide rehabilitation services for its wounded. Fuentes, 27, now competes as a jockey and is training to represent Colombia in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Riding in competitive races has renewed his self-confidence. “It’s not enough to merely understand the problem, recognize their heroism, or fill ourselves with emotion and possibly tears,” Pinzón said. “We have an obligation to act, to mobilize resources, pass laws, find ways to ensure that these people are not left behind, not even for a second.” “I had never ridden a horse and I don’t know if I would have. Who knows what my life would be like today if I wasn’t disabled,” Fuentes said. “What would I be doing? I don’t think I would be riding a horse. God works in mysterious ways.” For example, the use of technologically-advanced protective gear, like body armor, helped Colombian law enforcement and Military authorities reduce the number of uniformed security officers wounded in combat by 46 percent in 2014, compared to 2013. NGOs such as the Corpoalegría Foundation have joined the effort to provide rehabilitation services to injured Soldiers and police officers via equine therapy, for example, which allows people with injuries to ride horses as part of their recovery. Sports is an effective tool in helping injured people rehabilitate themselves, according to Corpoalegría president Jeannette Rosas. There were 431 uniformed security officers wounded in 2014, a significantly lower number than the 798 who were injured in combat or in terrorist attacks the previous year. There were 431 uniformed security officers wounded in 2014, a significantly lower number than the 798 who were injured in combat or in terrorist attacks the previous year. “I had never ridden a horse and I don’t know if I would have. Who knows what my life would be like today if I wasn’t disabled,” Fuentes said. “What would I be doing? I don’t think I would be riding a horse. God works in mysterious ways.” Engaging in athletics is one of the ways injured Troops and police officers participate in their own rehabilitation. The goal of the Disability Policy for the Defense and Security Sector is to provide wounded Troops and police officers rehabilitation services that allow them to recover from their injuries and succeed in civilian society. The government has spent $35 million dollars to purchase new equipment, such as body armor, to help Troops and police officers avoid injuries from landmines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Equine therapy can have a positive impact on an injured person in just a few weeks, Rosas explained. Fuentes, 27, now competes as a jockey and is training to represent Colombia in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Riding in competitive races has renewed his self-confidence. Colombian Soldiers and police officers that were wounded by landmines or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are helping themselves recover from their injuries by engaging in athletics. For example, the use of technologically-advanced protective gear, like body armor, helped Colombian law enforcement and Military authorities reduce the number of uniformed security officers wounded in combat by 46 percent in 2014, compared to 2013. The support of the Colombian government has renewed his faith in the world and helped him redirect his life, according to Fuentes. SOUTHCOM’s Science and Technology Division began working with JIEDDO experts and Colombia’s Vice-Minister of Defense’s Office, Joint Directorate for Explosives and Demining, and the Army’s Counter IED and Mines National Center to plan collaboratively against the weapon that insurgents and criminal organizations use so frequently in Colombia. International cooperation is key Together with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the Colombian government is providing a broad rehabilitative approach that includes sports to help wounded Troops and police officers. These services allow injured service members return to civilian life in a productive manner. But they are also making progress in better protecting the members of the security forces. During the launch of the policy, on September 2, 2014, Minister Pinzón spoke of the need to provide the best care available to injured Troops and police officers, who are considered “national heroes.” Encouraging the wounded to help themselves through athletics In July 2014, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) joined efforts to collaborate with the Colombian Military and police in search of innovative ways to mitigate IED threats, according to SOUTHCOM information. The idea is to use the painful lessons learned by both countries, the investments made during years in research and development, and the collaborative minds of Colombian and U.S. experts committed to this fight, according to SOUTHCOM’s Public Affairs Office. The goal of the Disability Policy for the Defense and Security Sector is to provide wounded Troops and police officers rehabilitation services that allow them to recover from their injuries and succeed in civilian society. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón is spearheading the establishment of the Disability Policy for the Defense and Security Sector, which provides funding for the rehabilitation of wounded service members. The policy also provides psychological services. In July 2014, the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) joined efforts to collaborate with the Colombian Military and police in search of innovative ways to mitigate IED threats, according to SOUTHCOM information. The idea is to use the painful lessons learned by both countries, the investments made during years in research and development, and the collaborative minds of Colombian and U.S. experts committed to this fight, according to SOUTHCOM’s Public Affairs Office. Colombia’s sitting volleyball team, which includes Soldiers who lost all or parts of their legs to landmines or IEDS, will also compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. In recent years, the Colombian government has allocated approximately $41 million dollars to provide rehabilitation services to wounded Soldiers, according to the Ministry of Defense. “In my case, I ride without prosthetics, but when I’m on the horse, I don’t feel like anything is missing,” Fuentes said. “It’s as if the horse’s legs were a part of me, as if they were my legs and we have become one. It’s a full synchronization. We are one being.” Cooperation goes a long way in supporting the injured Colombian Soldiers and police officers that were wounded by landmines or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are helping themselves recover from their injuries by engaging in athletics. “They are no longer the same people who arrived with a disability. There are many disabled people who stayed locked in their homes. What we see is that sports provide them with a better quality of life,” she said. Together with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the Colombian government is providing a broad rehabilitative approach that includes sports to help wounded Troops and police officers. These services allow injured service members return to civilian life in a productive manner. In recent years, the Colombian government has allocated approximately $41 million dollars to provide rehabilitation services to wounded Soldiers, according to the Ministry of Defense. By Dialogo February 18, 2015 NGOs such as the Corpoalegría Foundation have joined the effort to provide rehabilitation services to injured Soldiers and police officers via equine therapy, for example, which allows people with injuries to ride horses as part of their recovery. International cooperation is an important component of Colombia’s fight against terrorists and organized crime groups; it is also a key part of the government’s efforts to provide rehabilitation services for its wounded. The government is assisting the wounded with policies that will facilitate their recovery, but also encouraging them to help themselves and become active agents in their rehabilitation. Sports is an effective tool in helping injured people rehabilitate themselves, according to Corpoalegría president Jeannette Rosas. The support of the Colombian government has renewed his faith in the world and helped him redirect his life, according to Fuentes. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón is spearheading the establishment of the Disability Policy for the Defense and Security Sector, which provides funding for the rehabilitation of wounded service members. The policy also provides psychological services. The government is assisting the wounded with policies that will facilitate their recovery, but also encouraging them to help themselves and become active agents in their rehabilitation. Colombia’s sitting volleyball team, which includes Soldiers who lost all or parts of their legs to landmines or IEDS, will also compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics. International cooperation is key “It’s not enough to merely understand the problem, recognize their heroism, or fill ourselves with emotion and possibly tears,” Pinzón said. “We have an obligation to act, to mobilize resources, pass laws, find ways to ensure that these people are not left behind, not even for a second.” During the launch of the policy, on September 2, 2014, Minister Pinzón spoke of the need to provide the best care available to injured Troops and police officers, who are considered “national heroes.” SOUTHCOM’s Science and Technology Division began working with JIEDDO experts and Colombia’s Vice-Minister of Defense’s Office, Joint Directorate for Explosives and Demining, and the Army’s Counter IED and Mines National Center to plan collaboratively against the weapon that insurgents and criminal organizations use so frequently in Colombia.last_img read more

Aug. 15 IMCA Modified winner earns $1,000 at Luxemburg

first_imgBy Greg Aregoni LUXEMBURG, Wis. – The Cory Jonet Memorial returns to Luxemburg Speedway this Friday, Aug. 15. This is the second year for the memorial. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. All five divisions will be in action. Village Kitchen is the sponsor for the evening. The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner will go home with $1,000. Eddie Muenster picked up the win last week in impressive fashion. Jason Czarapata is in search of his first-ever Modified crown at Luxemburg. He owns a 21-point lead on James Tebon.Brandon Czarapata is inching closer to his third straight title in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. He won his fifth feature of the season and opened up a five point advantage over Rod Snellenberger. Lucas Lamberies picked up his second main event win of the season in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division in a season where he has run on a limited basis. Andy Kleczka had another strong top three finish. He now holds court in the standings by seven over Troy DeGrave.Marcus Moede won the opening night IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and finally knocked off another win last week. Derek Moede won last year’s title and is in good shape for number two with a 13 point cushion on Dan Van Pay.last_img read more