How will you Get Tucker’d this winter in Tucker County, West Virginia? With everything this high-mountain paradise has to offer throughout the season, it’s no wonder it has become the go-to destination for those who want to get the most out of winter.Snow sports in Tucker County are legendary, and with good reason. All the necessary natural ingredients are here in abundance to assure the ultimate winter playground. Snow, and lots of it, blankets the region amply in all its sparkling glory. The area’s premier resorts, Canaan Valley, Timberline, and Whitegrass are situated within five miles of each other and enjoy average snowfall ranges between 150 and 180 inches! The lofty mountains embrace the sky with summits that exceed 4,260 feet.Over 80 slopes and trails, eight lifts, terrain parks and a snowtubing park offer fun for every level of thrill seeker, from novice to expert and everything in between. At Canaan Valley Resort, downhill skiers and snowboarders of all levels love its 43 slopes and trails. With a vertical drop of 850 feet, adventurers of all ages enjoy snowboarding, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snow tubing.Timberline Resort offers some of the longest runs in the South, nearly two miles long. The resort’s 1,000-foot rise and 41 slopes and trails are evenly divided among easiest, intermediate and expert terrain. Skiers and boarders of all abilities, from snow angel to daredevil, have a satisfying way to get to the bottom.For more than 30 years, White Grass Cross Country Touring Center has been offering cross country skiing, snowshoeing and telemarking. With a well-maintained 50-kiolmeter trail system, lessons are offered for all levels and specialties, and rentals are available for all types of cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Full moon night tours offer a breathtaking winter experience. Home to those iconic falls, Blackwater Falls State Park also offers cross country skiing and sledding. A conveyor transports riders to the top of the sled run before the thrilling ride down. The park also offers equipment rentals, a warming area and refreshments. Not geared up for snow sports? No problem! A wide selection of the latest gear is available for both sales and rental at the Driftland Ski and Sport in Davis. The Ski Barn in Canaan Valley also offers extensive equipment rental and sales and a staff of pros who know exactly what you need to make the most of your winter adventures. Don’t just get Tucker’d. Get wild at the Wild Things Weekend, March 4th – 5th, at Canaan Valley Resort. Head out to the slopes to enjoy family friendly activities, contests, and the Governor’s Cup Ski Race—the longest running ski race in the Southeast! The annual Snowy Luau, March 11th and 12th, at Timberline Ski Resort is one of the area’s favorite events. Contests, games, food, fireworks and ski races highlight this high-energy, family friendly festival. Don’t forget your favorite Hawaiian shirt!Winter in Tucker County is much more than snow sports. From diverse music performances and special events to legendary libation, it’s also a great place to play 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 in a lively atmosphere. Whether you need the warmth of a gourmet coffee or the invigorating bite of a Moscow Mule, the Tip Top Coffee Bar is always a good choice for a great time. Or sample some interesting brews at one of West Virginia’s largest full-scale microbreweries, Mountain State Brewing Company.In nearby Davis, don’t miss Blackwater Brewing or a Holy Citra Double IPA at Stumptown Ales. 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. Canaan Valley 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, featuring its own in-house pastry chef. And full-service dining by the fireplace at Canaan Valley Resort is always in good taste.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 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. If you decide to stay for life, there are six real estate agencies in Canaan Valley to help you find your new home in paradise. Visit GetTuckered.com or call 800-782-2775 to Get Tucker’d this winter.
Facebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Sitara Nath“And what makes this country great for me, as an immigrant and now, a United States citizen, is really that America is a place I can finally call home,” said Meenu Nath, a local Olympia constituent and one of the 12 community members who lobbied Congressmen Denny Heck’s Lacey office for compassionate immigration reform on Thursday, May 18. The combination of leaders, local activists and faith-based organizations came together to ask Representative Heck to cosponsor the BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill which will protect young, undocumented immigrants if their protected status is revoked.Along with Charo Portaro, CIELO’s Director of Educational Programs, a team from the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, and local activists, Representative Heck’s conference room was entirely filled by the Olympia advocacy network. Photo courtesy: Sitara NathThe visit was organized by Sitara Nath, a local community organizer who takes part in the Advocacy Corps Intern Program with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, a DC – based Quaker lobbyist group in the public interest. Last year, after attending a conference in Washington D.C. just days after the presidential election, Nath’s interest in compassionate immigration reform grew stronger as anti-immigrant rhetoric continued emanating from the White House. Now back in Olympia, Nath has teamed up with the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, a local coalition of faith activists who seek to support immigrant communities in the area. Dallas Roberts, the congressman’s district representative, met with the constituents and reiterated the power of stories in immigration advocacy.“What we really need is people like all of you out there and sharing these stories with other members of Congress as well – it would really support the Representative if other Washington leaders were united on this issue,” said Roberts, who also noted that the Representative is supportive of the BRIDGE Act but, due to the bipartisan nature of the bill, needs a Republican congressional member to sign on alongside him.At the visit, the constituents discussed their personal stories in relation to the BRIDGE Act in an effort to bring politics back to personal roots. Beth Halpern, a member of Strengthening Sanctuary and an ally through the Temple Beth Hatfiloh, shared a moving story of a young woman she is acquainted with who has excelled in her education but is restricted from further pursuing her dreams due to her undocumented status.Charo Portaro, the Director of Educational Programs at CIELO (Central Integral Educativo de Olympia) also joined the visit to discuss how the Congressman’s legislative decisions impact the immigrant communities she works with.“We are working to change lives through education,” said Portaro of the programs which CIELO offers, including English classes, GED preparation courses and sewing classes, to build support for immigrant families in Olympia. Portaro concluded firmly that, “This is an issue which comes down to our basic humanity and that’s why I am here – that’s why we want the Representative to support this issue.”You can learn more about CIELO and their volunteer-based programs by visiting the CIELO website or by emailing email@example.com. You can also find information regarding the Strengthening Sanctuary Faith Network, which provides ‘Know Your Rights’ training and Family Safety Planning, through the local Interfaith Works newsletter. To contact Sitara Nath about local lobbying opportunities for compassionate immigration reform, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook76Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of LaceyCity Manager Scott Spence announced today the appointment of Candice Bock as the new Administrative Services Director for the City of Lacey. Her first day with the city will be October 3.Candice Bock is the new Administrative Service Director for the City of Lacey. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey“Candice comes to the City of Lacey with a broad background in public service,” said Spence. “Her tenure at the Association of Washington Cities, as well as local government executive experience, makes her uniquely qualified to assume the duties of the Director of Administrative Services.”Bock served as Government Relations Advocate for the Association of Washington Cities and was responsible for guiding development of policy encompassing a wide range of fields, including personnel and labor relations, criminal justice, public safety, and emergency management. In addition, she served as the City Manager of the City of Carnation, and as the Assistant City Manager and Government Relations Director of the City of Lakewood.Bock earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a member of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).The Administrative Services Director is responsible for managing the city’s public affairs, human resources, and city clerk functions. The position serves as a member of the executive team and reports directly to the City Manager. Twelve full-time employees assist the director in carrying out responsibilities of the city’s employee recruitment, training, and compensation programs; risk management and safety initiatives; public information and outreach programs; citizen assistance efforts; public records management; and intergovernmental and legislative relations activities.