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

DILG SACKS WV FIRE CHIEF | Año orders probe on BFP staff’s protocol breach

first_img“Titiyakin po natin ang medical needs ng mga fire personnel na ito na maaaring na-expose sa COVID-19 subalit mananagot din sila sa anumang maging resulta ng imbestigasyon nila na ipinag-utos ni Secretary Año kaugnay sa posibleng naging kapabayaan,” he added. He was referring to the 26-year-old female BFP-6 personnel (Patient No. 144) whom the city government placed under quarantine late night on June 14 after hours of searching for her. “Puspusan na po ang contact tracing na isinasagawa ng BFP-6 at mayroon na pong koordinasyon sa DILG Region VI at Police Regional Office,” Malaya said. Department of Tourism (DOT) secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, in a separate statement, confirmed that the COVID-19 positive BFP staff and her 27 co-workers held a “despedida party” in Boracay in Malay, Aklan last week. “Panahon ng pandemya ngayon at hindi puwede ang mga palusot. As law enforcers, we must set a good example to our people and the breach of quarantine protocols sets a very bad example,” Año stressed. Aguto’s firing came after a BFP-6 personnel allegedly roamed around the tourist destination while awaiting the result of her reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test for COVID-19 that later turned out to be positive. ILOILO City – Interior Secretary Eduardo Año has ordered the relief of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 6 director Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto after one of his personnel – who later tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – breached quarantine protocols along with 27 colleagues by going to Boracay Island. Año has also ordered an investigation into the incident. So far, a total of 196 BFP-6 personnel have undergone rapid testing for COVID-19. “Nabigla ako…Isa po doon ang babae na umalis ng Iloilo (City), na-swab…Hindi pa lumabas ang result (but) pumunta (na) ng Boracay at noong huli ay nag-positive,” said Bautista in a press conference. DILG spokesman Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, meanwhile, tasked BFP chief Fire director Jose Embang to immediately investigate the matter and conduct contract tracing. BY ADRIAN STEWART CO AND RUBY SILUBRICO “We will never tolerate any wrongdoing by our BFP personnel or any other DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) personnel for that matter because lives are at stake here,” said Año, who announced Aguto’s sacking on Wednesday. Fire Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido, director for logistics of BFP-National Headquarters, has been appointed as BFP officer-in-charge in the region. According to the Department of Health, only 28 of the 196 were subjected to RT-PCR and were advised to undergo quarantine pending results of their tests on Friday. Acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista criticized the trip as an “irresponsible and blatant disregard of quarantine protocols.” Bautista said the patient’s name was listed in the port manifest. The patient’s positive test result was released on June 13. She and her BFP-6 group took a boat to Boracay on June 12 at around 5 p.m. via Tabon-Tambisaan Port. The BFP regional and city offices have been placed under lockdown and were advised to observe strict sanitation and disinfection efforts./PNlast_img read more

Young defensive line shines in rout

first_imgEntering last Saturday’s game against Hawai’i, USC fielded a starting defensive line with three players earning their first career starts. The fourth player, sophomore defensive tackle George Uko, despite forcing two fumbles and registering 1.5 sacks in 2011, only had two career starts to his name.Young guns · USC used young defensive linemen against Hawai’i on Saturday including sophomore defensive tackle George Uko (90), redshirt freshman Antwaun Woods (99) and junior college transfer Morgan Breslin (91). – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanThe depth behind them was even more tenuous, with three freshmen and junior defensive end Kevin Greene comprising the second rotation.No one quite knew how five of the eight defensive linemen making their USC debuts would fare and many anticipated prolonged growing pains, much like the Trojans experienced last season when introducing three new starters to their offensive line.“There were a lot of question marks [on the defensive line] coming in,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “It seems like they made a bunch of plays up front. The defensive linemen that played [Saturday] were a lot different than last year.”USC’s defensive linemen performed well Saturday in its 49-10 win, combining for four of the team’s five sacks and rendering Hawai’i quarterback Sean Schroeder’s passing pocket virtually non-existent for most of the game.“The whole [defensive line] got pressure, especially up the middle,” sophomore J.R. Tavai said, who converted from nose tackle to defensive end early in fall camp because of depth concerns at the position.After playing in seven games at defensive tackle last season, Tavai, who recorded three tackles against Hawai’i, has found the transition to defensive end challenging, but more suited to his strengths and 260-pound frame.“Rushing and more one-on-one [battles have been the biggest adjustments],” Tavai said. “There’s more responsibility to get to the quarterback.”Senior defensive ends Wes Horton and Devon Kennard were slated to wreak havoc on opposing offensive tackles this fall, but Kennard tore his pectoral muscle lifting weights in July and Horton only participated in fall camp sparingly while rehabilitating for an undisclosed injury. Though Kiffin is not providing a timetable for Horton’s return, the general sentiment is that it’s not something that will sideline him long-term.With their absences and the departures of defensive end Nick Perry and defensive tackles Christian Tupou and DaJohn Harris to the NFL, USC needs some of its younger talent to mature and contribute immediately.Last Saturday, two newcomers in particular flashed disruptive capability along the line: freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams and junior defensive end Morgan Breslin.Perhaps the defensive highlight of the night occurred when sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard intercepted a pass and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown.A closer review of the play revealed that Williams, a native of Daytona Beach, Fla., hit Schroeder during his follow-through to force the errant throw. Not merely satisfied with the interception, Williams continued the play and bulldozed a path for Pullard to follow into the end zone, finishing with a punishing block on a Warrior defender.The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman also recovered a fumble, registered a sack and broke up a pass. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron compared the freshman to former star defensive tackle Shaun Cody in fall camp.“The [defensive line] really stepped it up today,” Williams said. “I had a really good time playing with them.”Not to be outdone, Breslin was often in the Hawai’i backfield pressuring Schroeder. He finished with five tackles — an impressive total for a defensive end — and one sack for a loss of two yards. Those figures fail to capture, however, the sheer number of times Breslin hurried the quarterback and forced off-balance throws.“I was very proud of those guys,” Kiffin said. “I have to look at the film [to describe their play in more detail], but [Breslin] and [Williams] really flashed.”USC’s young defensive line must create similar penetration against better future competition and still hold up against the run — the team gave up only 1.75 yards per rush against Hawai’i. If the Trojans can produce similar performances, the team defense might be the best it’s been since 2009, the last year USC won the Rose Bowl, which was a 38-24 victory over Penn State.For now, the young defensive linemen are hoping their play will soon inspire more outside confidence in the unit.“A lot of people, they look down on us, like they aren’t really encouraged about us,” Williams said. “We just have to get ready for the next game.”last_img read more