I was standing in the living room of "The Katherine" in the newly open housing development Colonial Estates admiring the decor, functionality and beautiful craftsmanship when a lady turned to me and said, "I never thought I'd ever see anything like this in Elkins." I was somewhat taken aback.
I hadn't thought about the development as being anything more than another place for senior citizens to live a quiet and peaceful life amongst their own. Her statement put me to thinking and I realized that the development is something very special. The development, I suddenly realized, resembles those we've heard so much about out west, especially in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz. So I went back to The Clubhouse where Sharon and Lloyd Teeter, the developers, were entertaining guests at their Business After Hours and asked Lloyd what inspired them to such an undertaking when they could just as easily retire and cast aside the challenges and hard work of putting such a huge project together.
"We love Elkins and Randolph County," Lloyd said simply, "and we like doing things that bring long-term benefits to our people and our area. Besides, we need this in our community. We have assisted living facilities and apartment complexes for our seniors, but we didn't have a community like this where they can purchase their own home and live in quiet serenity and security in view of our lovely mountains.
"The development is conveniently located close to shopping and medical care facilities. It is a gated community where they can enjoy security and peace of mind," he said. "Simply put, this is Sharon's and my way of showing our community that we care about it and our people. Nothing ever gets done unless someone steps up and takes the risk of making it happen - that's how dreams are made to come true and goals are realized."
The Teeters have always been actively engaged in working to make our community a better place in which to live, work and relax. They are yet another couple who are helping the area become a destination - a place to come back home to for those who were raised here, went away to make their mark on the world and are now looking to come home in their retirement, as well as those who are looking to get away from the hassles of living in large metropolitan areas.
What a wonderful place Colonial Estates is to come back to. The development offers countless amenities including a beautiful recreational and meeting place called The Clubhouse. Opulent and comfortable with an open beamed ceiling and two stone fireplaces, The Clubhouse is a welcoming oasis offering enjoyable amenities and social functions of nearly every description. It has 4,500 square feet of entertainment, exercise and relaxation space for the exclusive use of the residents.
Five homes are available ranging from 1,771 square feet to 2,783 square feet of living space. The builders also offer many customer modifications to the interior design of the homes. The homes and The Clubhouse are truly beautiful places. What a great addition to our community.
For those who may have missed the announcement, West Virginia's business newspaper The State Journal recently named the American Mountain Theater as one of 55 outstanding attractions in the Mountain State. Each year The Journal selects 55 outstanding attractions, one from each county, as "must see" for tourists and residents.
Kenny Sexton, AMT's president and producer, said, "Even before groundbreaking for our sleek new facility, we were certain that this venture would succeed and that we would provide an enormous boost to the area's economy.
"Now that we have achieved this prestigious recognition, there is no doubt that we have provided Randolph County and, in fact, the whole state with the kind of boost it can take to the bank," Sexton said. "To be so recognized by The State Journal is further proof that we are a viable tourism entity. ... We are extremely happy to be among the recognized successes."
Some of you may already know about the Davis Health System's third annual golf tournament coming up on Aug. 7 at Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, but I promised them that I would mention it in this column today. Registrations fees are $100 per golfer. This donation includes green fees for 18 holes, a shared electric cart, lunch, golf balls and tees. Mulligans will be sold two for $10. Participants may register beginning at 9 a.m. The tournament kicks off at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start golf scramble.
Davis Health System Special Projects Director Dan Bucher said that expectations for this year's event are high in terms of participation and fundraising. "We've had excellent turnout for the golf tournament for the past two years and expect even more involvement this year. Many of our golfers have a personal interest in developing our health care system and see the value in participating in this fundraiser," Bucher said.
Golfers will compete for first- and second-place prizes. Prizes will also be awarded for longest drive, longest putt and closest-to-the-pin. Special prizes will be awarded for a hole-in-one.
The event is being sponsored by Allegheny Insurance Services Inc. In business for more than 100 years, Allegheny Insurance provides commercial, personal and life and health insurance as well as worker's compensation insurance to customers throughout West Virginia.
With offices located in Elkins, Philippi and Beckley, Allegheny is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the state.
For more information, or to pre-register, call Jennie Raines at 304-637-3152 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a little tidbit of trivia I'd like to share with everyone about the coming 2010 census. According to The Week Newsmagazine, the first census, in 1790, was a modest affair, costing only $45,000 and employed 650 marshals and their assistants. The 2010 census will cost upward of $15 billion. Questionnaires will go to 145 million households, and those who do not respond can expect a visit from one of the 140,000 census workers who will try to ensure that everyone living in the U.S. - an estimated 305 million people - is counted.