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Youth Science Camp delegates study radio astronomy in Green Bank

By Heather Niday / July 3, 2006

A small group of delegates to the National Youth Science Camp, going on right now in Pocahontas County, spent their Saturday night camped out at the 40-foot telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Sunday morning, operating on zero to three hours sleep, these dedicated 18-year-olds used their observations to come up with a theory about the rotation of our galaxy.

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No answers on Slatyfork Sewer Project

By Heather Niday / June 28, 2006

The Pocahontas County Public Service District would like some concrete answers on where they could find the two to three million dollars they say is needed to change the plans for the Slatyfork Sewer Treatment Plant and move it off of the Sharp Farm. State Senator Walt Helmick would like some concrete answers on why the project is not moving forward. Helmick said Wednesday morning he would like to see a consensus on the plant location and to see the project move ahead.

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Tour showcases Monterey homes and gardens

By Heather Niday / June 26, 2006

“It’s a way of sharing our beautiful community,” says Chris Elliot, of the Monterey Garden Club. The club is sponsoring its eighth House and Garden Tour, July 8-9. The theme this year is Birds, Bugs, Botany and Beauty. A featured topic will be how to design a garden that attracts birds. The tour is held every other year and each one features different houses and gardens than the tour before.

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Tour showcases Monterey homes and gardens

By Heather Niday / June 26, 2006

“It’s a way of sharing our beautiful community,” says Chris Elliot, of the Monterey Garden Club. The club is sponsoring its eighth House and Garden Tour, July 8-9. The theme this year is Birds, Bugs, Botany and Beauty. A featured topic will be how to design a garden that attracts birds. The tour is held every other year and each one features different houses and gardens than the tour before.

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Virginia first responders prepare for disaster

By Heather Niday / June 19, 2006

What would happen if an airplane carrying the pneumonic plague landed at Ingalls Field in Bath County? A team from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management was in Bath County Saturday for an extensive disaster drill to find out.

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Skaters get $10,000 closer to a skate park

By Heather Niday / June 16, 2006

“There’s nothing to do in the northern part of the county.” Those are the words of one Durbin teenager trying to get a skateboard park built on an old tennis court at Widney Park, near Durbin. The young skaters are getting close to their goal, after Tuesday night’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation board.

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Virginia emergency services will test their mettle this weekend in Hot Springs

By Heather Niday / June 16, 2006

The Bath County Local Emergency Planning Committee is organizing a regional emergency services drill for this Saturday. It involves first responders from Bath, Highland and surrounding counties. Becky Armstrong, the chair of the LEPC, says it’s an effort to find out what really happens in an emergency and what needs to be changed.

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Durbin Turns 100

By Heather Niday / June 16, 2006

“I just think it’s been a hard year, with the war, and people getting sick,” says Thelma Smith, of Durbin, “We just need to have a good time, and this is a good reason.” Durbin will celebration its Centennial anniversary this weekend with a celebration, including a bonfire, a band, a community pot-luck, and free train rides on the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad.

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Christy’s Place will be open soon

By Heather Niday / June 9, 2006

The new restaurant, opening on Main Street in Marlinton, boasts a fresh menu to choose from and fresh, local meat and produce. With its all-new, homey interior hidden from sight by shaded windows, the new gathering place has created a lot of buzz on the street. Owner Robert Cutlip hopes Christy’s Place can turn that buzz into a satisfied clientele.

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Flag Day

By Heather Niday / June 8, 2006

“We even saw the question on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” says veteran Harlan Whiting, “and people did not know what to do for proper disposal of the American flag when it’s worn, torn, tattered, and shredded to pieces.” The Pocahontas County Veterans Honor Corps will give worn-out American Flags a fond farewell Sunday afternoon at Allegheny Lodge in Minnehaha Springs. Flag Day is Wednesday, June 14.

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