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2016 Carbide Camps Reunion bound for Blue Creek

Rekindling 20th century memories and reviving relationships born decades ago, the 2016 Carbide Camps Reunion is scheduled for July 15-17 at Blue Creek in Kanawha County.

Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity
Eric Douglas: Fight poverty by fighting obesity

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the obesity problem, and one way to determine if you are at an elevated risk for heart disease by measuring your waist size.

Barn Time Horse Day Camp to be offered

Barn Time Horse Day Camp, for ages 5 and up, will be offered this summer at Tyler Mountain Stables in Cross Lanes.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

St. Albans Riverfest underway
St. Albans Riverfest underway

St. Albans’ Riverfest 2016 is in progress through Sunday, June 26.

Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program
Amateur radio operators to host emergency field communications program

Soon, the spring air will be filled with hams.

Well, technically, and technologically, the spring airwaves.

Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad
Farmer’s Table: Blueberry Romaine and Grain Salad

Sweet, luscious, locally grown blueberries have arrived at farmers markets, and 2016 is proving to be a bumper year.

Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer
Tri-County YMCA opens Camp High-Tor for summer

Now through mid-August, the Tri-County YMCA’s Camp High-Tor will be open for children finishing kindergarten through age 17.

General Hardware opens in Winfield
General Hardware opens in Winfield

When Winfield Hardware, a neighborhood staple for more than 40 years, closed in 2014, it meant that local residents had to travel to big box stores in Teays Valley for their hardware needs.

‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties
‘Walk with a Doc’ program begins in Putnam, Kanawha counties

Area doctors aren’t exactly making house calls in a new, free health initiative, but they are stepping out from their offices, aiming to make great strides with their fellow Kanawha and Putnam countians.

Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s
Spring lively into summer dance classes at January’s

Providing dance education for the past 30 years, the Academy of Arts at January’s is warming up for another summertime season of instruction, engagement and involvement.

Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below
Eric Douglas: 40 inches or below

I’ve always heard it said that the most militant anti-smokers are former smokers who have quit.

Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy
Eric Douglas: Leaving a legacy

A few weeks ago, I was running around town with my youngest daughter. We were in Dunbar and had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, so we stopped by the Dunbar City Building to take a picture. I knew what we would find when we got there, but...

Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education
Toyota Manufacturing WV donates check for local summer camps to state Board of Education

The West Virginia Board of Education recognized two outstanding programs that have received statewide recognition from policymakers and other industries, on May 9 in Charleston.

Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts
Farmer’s Table: Romaine Salad with Quinoa and Hazelnuts

I allocate one small row at the end of a raised bed each year for growing romaine lettuce. I usually buy small plants at the greenhouse, since that will provide an ample springtime supply. I try to find assorted heirloom varieties, which add visual...

St. Albans High School to induct new members into Hall of Fame

A new class will be inducted into the St. Albans High School Sports and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, July 23.

Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July
Princess Summer Camp coming to Bancroft in July

Scott Depot-based Putnam Princess Parties LLC will host the inaugural Princess Summer Camp in Bancroft.

West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes
West Teays Elementary’s artist-in-residence leads pottery classes

In the waning days of the school year, clay was on the minds -- and in the hands -- of fourth-graders at West Teays Elementary School.

Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016
Cruises, Olympics among desired destinations for 2016

If you’re looking for a vacation getaway this year that maximizes your leisure time and travel budget and minimizes the headaches that sometimes accompany getting there and back, a local expert has some timely tips to consider.

KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips
KC Ready app provides emergency assistance at your fingertips

The recently launched KC Ready phone app supplies free, virtually instantaneous information on how to more safely respond to severe weather conditions and other disasters and emergencies when they occur -- often with little to no warning -- in the...

Kanawha Players to present ‘The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’’

The Kanawha Players will present West Virginia playwright Jean Battlo’s “The Little Theatre’s Production of ‘Hamlet’,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. June 9 in the LaBelle Theater on D Street, South Charleston.

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary
Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrates second anniversary

Go Red Girlfriends Teays Valley celebrated its second anniversary recently at Gritts Farm in Eleanor.

PCTC students among culinary arts award winners

ProStart teams from James Rumsey Technical Institute and Carver Career Center in Malden placed first at the 2016 Hospitality Cup-West Virginia’s State ProStart Competition in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively.

WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life
WVSU Cold Chain Initiative seek to help farmers prolong crop life

A new initiative by West Virginia State University Extension Service seeks to create longer-lasting fruits and vegetables by providing the state’s small farmers with education and resources regarding cold chain technology.

WVSU 4-H youth camp connects STEM learning, transportation careers

Trains, planes and automobiles will come into play during the annual National Summer Transportation Institute 4-H Camp at West Virginia State University.

W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July
W.Va. Senior Sports Classic comes to Charleston in July

The West Virginia Senior Sports Classic is back in Charleston this year for a grand, three-day event of running, throwing, jumping, riding and shooting.

Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday
Motorcycle ride for fallen service members Sunday

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will serve as the Special Guest Road Captain for the second annual Ride for Fallen Service Heroes on Sunday, June 12.

Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week
Rack ‘em up!: Ribfest revisits the valley this week

A seasonal feasting favorite is back in all of its saucy, glorious, smoke-filled splendor this week, when Ribfest returns from Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12, at Oakes Field in South Charleston.

Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13
Tri-Y’s Camp High-Tor to open June 13

The Tri-County YMCA in Scott Depot has announced its summer camp, Camp High-Tor, will open on Monday, June 13 and continue through mid-August.

Applicants sought for W.Va. Food and Farm Trail

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages industry partners to submit events, attractions and/or destinations to be considered for the West Virginia Food and Farm Trail which will highlight agritourism in the state.

MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project
MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project

She may be several years away from applying to medical school or even college, but Lakshmi Sundaram, a sophomore at Hurricane High School, is well on her way to a science career.

Entenmann’s Bakery joins Salvation Army to mark National Donut Day Friday

Entenmann’s Bakery, a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, is again partnering with the Salvation Army for National Donut Day, celebrated this year on Friday, June 3, at the Transit Mall in downtown Charleston.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

Christian’s Sports Beat: Back At The Plate
Christian’s Sports Beat: Back At The Plate

CHRISTIAN’S SPORTS BEAT

By: Christian Deiss

Back At The Plate

Outdoor camps enrolling throughout the Mountain State

Below is a sampling, with some capsule descriptions and contact information, of camps that offer a variety of outdoor recreational and educational opportunities this spring and summer:

Rising country stars, rodeo show among 2016 Putnam County Fair entertainment fare
Rising country stars, rodeo show among 2016 Putnam County Fair entertainment fare

Plans are coalescing for the 2016 Putnam County Fair, the always highly anticipated, generously attended summer favorite at the county 4-H Fairgrounds in Eleanor that is a little more than a month away.

Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist breaks ground for new addition
Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist breaks ground for new addition

Parishioners at Forrest Burdette Memorial United Methodist Church in Hurricane gathered on Sunday, May 22, to break ground on a new addition to the 100-year-old church.

Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole
Farmer’s Table: Chicken Lombardy Casserole

Customers often go to the farmers market to find foods reminiscent of their childhood. Producers hear complaints that modern foods just don’t taste like they used to. Many say store-bought chickens lack flavor.

From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine
From cornstalk to bottle, Ripley distillery specializes in W.Va.-made moonshine

Not quite two years ago, a coal miner traded his underground drills and skills for an above-board still to launch the Appalachian Distillery in Ripley, specializing in original Appalachian Moonshine products for those of legal age and resolute...

Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...
Eric Douglas: When one door closes ...

This week, I’ve completed my cardiac rehab and I feel ready for the next phase of my life.

Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners
Buffalo, Poca seniors named DAR Good Citizens winners

For more than 80 years, the Kanawha Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution has participated in the NSDAR Good Citizens program to recognize and reward male and female high-school seniors who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen:...

Putnam County Library Summer Reading sign-ups begin June 1

“On Your Mark, Get Set -- Read!” is the theme of the Putnam County Public Library system’s Summer Reading program, which begins with sign-ups on June 1.

Poca High hosts Lab Day
Poca High hosts Lab Day

A potato launched from a special cannon at Poca High School didn’t quite make it to Idaho, but it did make it to a field next door.

Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home
Eric Douglas: Everyone has memories of home

No matter where you grew up, you have memories of home.

GKV Foundation, Extension Service bringing STEM programming to youths this summer

A grant provided by The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will give college students in seven West Virginia counties, including Fayette, Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell, the opportunity to educate and mentor youths this summer through the West Virginia...

Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream
Farmer’s Table: Strawberries with Tequila Cream

Several years ago, I attended a series of workshops on small fruit production, provided by West Virginia State University Extension Service.

Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade
Applications being taken for Hurricane Fourth of July Parade

Entries are being accepted for the City of Hurricane’s annual Independence Day Parade on Monday, July 4.

Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe
Eighth-graders dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe

More than 200 eighth-grade students, from across West Virginia, were dubbed Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe, during a May 6 recognition ceremony at the state Capitol Complex in Charleston.

UC ‘Pharmacy Bootcamp’ slated in June

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is inviting high school juniors, seniors and college undergraduates to a “pharmacy bootcamp” in June.

Registration underway for WVU summer Engineering Challenge camps

Registration is open for this summer’s West Virginia University’s Engineering Challenge Camps.

Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston
Vandalia Gathering returns May 27 to Charleston

West Virginia’s yearly, home-grown homage to its heritage, the Vandalia Gathering, will take place Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 throughout the grounds of the state Capitol Complex on Charleston’s East End.

Boots to Bees helps veterans and bees thrive
Boots to Bees helps veterans and bees thrive

When Stacey Neece left the Air Force after serving nine years, she returned to West Virginia seeking her place in a different kind of environment.

Mountain State offers abundant habitats for bird watching
Mountain State offers abundant habitats for bird watching

ou might not see the elusive Swainson’s Warbler when you head into the woods, but, according to local experts on bird watching, there are plenty of species in West Virginia to delight eyes and ears.

American Red Cross hosting Women Who Care reception

The American Red Cross West Virginia Region will host its annual Women Who Care Networking Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the University of Charleston’s Riggleman Hall Rotunda.

Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer
Energy Express program seeking helping hands this summer

To counteract the effects of the out-of-school “summer slide” learning lag or lapse -- and give children in the county a memorable and productive summer experience, the Energy Express program is seeking mentors and other helpers in...

Mary Fletcher Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Sunday in Cross Lanes

Mary Fletcher is described as an inspiration to those who know her -- and with good reason. She is a cancer survivor.

Winfield students to host Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk Saturday

Teacher Jessie Hescht’s fifth-grade class at Winfield Elementary School will host the second annual Lemonade Day Fun 5K Run/Walk at Snap Fitness in Winfield on Saturday, May 21.

Fruth baby contest raises estimated $4,700 for children’s charities

Twenty-three Fruth Pharmacy locations held a baby contest recently to raise donations for local area charities.

Christian Deiss: Sprint to the finish
Christian Deiss: Sprint to the finish

A few times this track season when I have arrived at the Hurricane High School track for Middle School training, I noticed what I thought was just a blur running sprints for the high school team.

Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically
Eric Douglas: Being outraged, critically

Now that the primary election is over, I have to quote that sage for the ages Charlie Brown by saying, “Good grief!”

Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms
Farmer’s Table: Wine Cap Mushrooms

Only cultivated mushrooms can be sold at West Virginia farmers markets, which greatly restricts the number of varieties available to the consumer. The most prevalent types found at local markets are shiitake and oyster mushrooms.

Scott Depot church collecting 7,500 shoes

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is trying to obtain 7,500 pairs of lightly used and new shoes to help an entrepreneur in an underdeveloped country begin a shoe sales business which will create a micro-economy there.

Putnam introduces new ‘Seed Library’ for gardeners
Putnam introduces new ‘Seed Library’ for gardeners

The “seed” of an idea has taken root at the main branch of the Putnam County Public Library.

Small business workshop slated May 26
Small business workshop slated May 26

A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 26, in Charleston.

‘Rocking the Kanawha’ presentation set for Thursday

Terry Lowry, historian and musician, will present “Rocking the Kanawha: The Golden Age of Music in the Kanawha Valley” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, on Thursday, May 19.

Free arts event set for St. Albans Saturday

Maranatha Fellowship, 2910 Kanawha Terrace in St. Albans, will be the site for Arts in Action’s Arts Celebration on Saturday, May 21.

Newcomer to join school board

As reported in the May 11 Charleston Gazette-Mail, Bruce Knell defeated an incumbent for a spot on Putnam County’s Board of Education during the primary election held the day before, marking the first time an incumbent county Board of Education...

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

Alban Arts Center presenting new monthly series featuring creative thinkers

The Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans, is embarking on a mission to expand the understanding of the arts in the community and to showcase the talents of those living and working here.

Installation for new Presbyterian pastor Sunday in Scott Depot
Installation for new Presbyterian pastor Sunday in Scott Depot

An installation service for Dr. Kyle W. Key will get underway at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, 5339 Teays Valley Road, Scott Depot.

Community participates in countywide Drug Take Back Day
Community participates in countywide Drug Take Back Day

Members of the Putnam Wellness Coalition partnered with local and county law enforcement officials to help with collections during the National Drug Take Back Day held in Putnam County on April 30.

Scott Depot church collecting 7,500 shoes

Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot is trying to obtain 7,500 pairs of lightly used and new shoes to help an entrepreneur in an underdeveloped country begin a shoe sales business which will create a micro-economy there.

Hurricane student receives Cam Henderson Scholarship
Hurricane student receives Cam Henderson Scholarship

Marshall University men’s soccer redshirt junior midfielder Trevor Starcher, of Hurricane, received the Cam Henderson Scholarship on April 23 at the 79th Annual Marshall Alumni Awards Banquet.

Toyota workers volunteer for Arbor Day
Toyota workers volunteer for Arbor Day

“How’s this for an action shot?” joked Tim Hollander, as he leaned against a shovel in front of Eleanor Town Hall.

Eagle Scout blazes hiking/running trail in Scott Depot
Eagle Scout blazes hiking/running trail in Scott Depot

R.J. Weiford, a senior at Winfield High School and active member of Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, found a way to bless his church and community through his Eagle Scout project.

Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies
Farmer’s Table: Lavender Brownies

I have always enjoyed the scent of lavender, but have never had the greatest luck growing it. To my surprise, all of my plants survived this winter. One clump is quite vigorous and healthy.

Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash
Eric Douglas: Picking up other people’s trash

I recently joined a group of my neighbors for a roadside clean-up on Reunion Road in Pinch.

MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project
MU School of Medicine researcher sponsoring Hurricane High student for project

She may be several years away from applying to medical school or even college, but Lakshmi Sundaram, a sophomore at Hurricane High School, is well on her way to a science career.

Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars
Kanawha Valley students among 2016 WVU Bucklew Scholars

The students in the 2016 class of Bucklew Scholars are all tireless workers, curious explorers and analytical thinkers, bound by a love of their home state and a fierce determination to make a difference in the world in which they live.

Annual Rotary benefit 5K run/walk slated for May 28
Annual Rotary benefit 5K run/walk slated for May 28

The Putnam Rotary Club’s annual Chet Marshall Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held this year at Valley Park in Hurricane on Saturday, May 28.

Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’
Kanawha City Orthodox church hosting ‘Big, Fat Gyro & Baklava Sale’

Gyro lovers, rejoice -- you can eat gyros, just for one day.

CFA Allbreed Cat Show coming to Charleston

Pedigreed cats from around the country will compete at the Cat Fanciers’ Association’s Allbreed Cat Show on Saturday, May 21, at the Charleston Civic Center.

Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Berry Pie
Farmer’s Table: Rhubarb Berry Pie

Rhubarb is a seasonal herbaceous perennial vegetable that grows from rhizomes. It is one of the first plants to emerge in the spring. It belongs to the same family as buckwheat and sorrel.

Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world
Eric Douglas: Connecting with teens, saving the world

As the father of two teenage girls, I heard something recently that I almost never hear.

Buffalo farm to host ‘Go Red’ fundraiser in May
Buffalo farm to host ‘Go Red’ fundraiser in May

In mid-May, many are expected to kick up their boot heels and “party with a purpose” at Gritt’s Farm.

Putnam Career Center students earn medals in 3D printing competition
Putnam Career Center students earn medals in 3D printing competition

A team of two students from the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor took home silver medals in the first-ever Additive Manufacturing competition at the SkillsUSA state championships in Bridgeport on April 16.

Christian Deiss: Stacking up the competition
Christian Deiss: Stacking up the competition

Usually in my column, the sports topics I write about are sports that most people can easily relate to, such as soccer, football, baseball, running, etc.

Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston
Foam at the Dome brewing in Charleston

More than 40 breweries, offering 150 craft and other beers, will be serving those 21 and older at the Foam at the Dome event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the University of Charleston stadium (former Laidley Field).

Poca Percussion Ensemble wins championship
Poca Percussion Ensemble wins championship

The warmup in the echo chamber that is the Poca Middle School gym got the attention of everyone and whetted their appetites for what was to follow.

Valley Campus church thriving at The Commons
Valley Campus church thriving at The Commons

Two years ago, the Randolph Street Baptist Church on Charleston’s West Side decided to make things easier for its parishioners who were driving to the Charleston church from areas west of the capital city.

Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto
Farmer’s Table: Asparagus Barleyotto

My local discount grocery store continues to offer more organic and healthy food options.

Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’
Charleston Elks Lodge members elect first female ‘Exalted Ruler’

For the first time in its century-plus history, the Charleston Elks Lodge #202 will have a woman leading the herd.

Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’
Eric Douglas: Baseball makes it ‘all right’

I still remember going to Watt Powell Park as a kid to see a baseball game. It had to be in the mid-1970s. The Charleston Charlies took the field that night. (Six different teams called that park home during its lifetime.)

W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday
W.Va. Youth Symphony to perform spring concert Sunday

The West Virginia Youth Symphony will present its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Scottish Rite Temple, 406 Capitol St. in Charleston.

National Travel and Tourism Week events slated around the state

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, in collaboration with local partners, will host a series of events showcasing the many wild, wonderful activities in West Virginia, to celebrate the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week May...

Sponsors sought for Teays Valley cinemas’ free summer kids’ series

The Frank Theatres Free Summer Kids Series is the perfect place for camp field trips and family fun days. This special promotion runs entirely off of sponsorships and gives local businesses as well as national chains the opportunity to showcase their...

Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May
Run For The Wall riders to visit Hurricane in May

Run For The Wall will arrive 400 motorcycles strong at the Wave Pool Park in Hurricane at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 25.

Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests
Putnam Wellness Coalition sponsoring student PSA, billboard contests

The Putnam Wellness Coalition is sponsoring a pair of student contests to counter drug abuse this month.

Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair
Plans unveiled for 2016 Putnam County Fair

“We are the only county fair in the state that runs from Saturday to Saturday -- a full eight days,” Derek Casto told Putnam Rotary members in Hurricane on April 19.

Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July
Arts in Action to host Princess Academy in July

Imagination, creativity, interactive play, movement through dance, crafts and music will all be part of the princess experience at Hurricane’s Arts in Action studios this summer.