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FRIDAY, MAY 30 - MAPPING THE MOUNTAIN STATE
Bill Yearout, President of the Eastern Panhandle Trailblazers, will in Charleston to participate in a round table geared to creating an accurate inventory of trails in West Virginia. Besides mapping, topics include Health Benefits of Trails, Connecting Communities, State and Federal Funding.
Major presenters include the West Virginia Division of Tourism (host), the WV GIS Technical Center, WVDOT, and the Rahall Transportation Institute.
TO SEE WV'S CURRENT INVENTORY OF TRAILS > CLICK HERE
SATURDAY, MAY 10 - IN THE HEART OF MARTINSBURG'S HISTORIC DISTRICT
HERITAGE DAY KAYAK ADVENTURE ON TUSCARORA CREEK
Put-in location was at Matthews Foundry (300 block of North Queen St) next to railroad underpass.
Take-out location is about 0.75 miles downstream at 300 East JOHN St (near Adam Stephen House).
TO SEE VIDEO POSTED ON FACEBOOK, CLICK IMAGE BELOW TRAILBLAZER CURRENT EVENTS & ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST are posted regularly on our Facebook page. TRAILBLAZER ACTIVITIES FOR BERKELEY, JEFFERSON AND MORGAN COUNTIES ARE IN THE WORKS. Details usually posted here AND on our Facebook Page.
- Go to our Resource Center to check out the action with our great partner organizations.
THE EASTERN PANHANDLE RECREATIONAL TRAIL (EPRT) -
NOT JUST A DREAM. IT'S A TRANSFORMATION!
Consider the consequences -
- of trails that provide free, safe, and convenient recreation (and access) to our schools, work, stores, parks, libraries and other public facilities by wide range of citizens and visitors - without motorized transportation.
- of trails that enhance local tourism by attracting adventurous visitors of every age and skill level (hikers, runners, cyclists, history buffs, naturalists, special events and more) to our towns, restaurants, hotels, inns, shops, resorts, colleges, galleries, museums, theatres, performing arts, spas, golf courses, race tracks, casinos, sports facilities, treatment centers, training centers and other attractions.
- of trails as they attract the most skilled professionals, more high-income taxpayers, and the very best employers to our region.
- of trails as they TRANSFORM the Eastern Panhandle into a region branded nationwide for its exceptionally healthy lifestyle.
The EPRT provides a giant step forward toward improving the quality of life for our current residents, for vitalizing our downtown areas, and for establishing the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia as a major destination for eco-tourism. We also recognize the value of attracting more high income taxpayers to our region - and attracting employers who will move here, grow here, and provide well paying jobs. Easy access to high quality trails is essential to this process.
How serious is the issue of well-paying jobs in our area? Here is a link to a rather sobering article by John McVey published recently in the Journal about the growing problem of low wages in the Eastern Panhandle.
TRAIL CEREMONY - A HUGE SUCCESS
Thanks to everyone who braved the weather on Thursday to dedicate the new name, signs, mileposts.
Very special thanks are due to -
- Commissioner Lyn Widmyer for doing most of the 'legwork' on the signs;
- Senator Unger for gaining approval for the Senate Community Participation Grant for cover much of the cost of the signs;
- Anna Stead and her team at the Harpers Ferry Job Corps for their great work in installing all of the signs and making the mile posts.
The Eastern Panhandle Recreational Trail - Not just a dream. It's a transformation.