The numbers are in for this year's Relay for Life fundraising efforts and they are quite impressive.
According to information furnished by Deanna Armentrout, accounting and online chairperson, a total of just more than $107,000 was raised for the period ending Aug. 31. Based on the 2000 census, that amounts to $3.79 for every man, woman and child in Randolph County.
The top five individual fundraisers were Lola Thompson, $5,858.08, Deidre White, $4,049.83, Carris Griffith, $3,333.00, Sue Sheets, $3,175.28 and Judy Ritchie, $2,434.69.
The top five teams were Wal-Mart Trotters, 30 members, $17,773.08; Friends for a Cure, 19 members, $14,821.94; Armstrong World Industries, 58 members, $12,054.48; Allegheny Allnighters, 14 members, $10,677.79; Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 25 members, $7,658.27.
Armentrout extended her sincere appreciation to all those who worked so hard to make the campaign a success. "We couldn't have done it without everyone's help," she said. "Every dollar will go toward the continuing battle to find not only a cure for those that are afflicted with the dreaded disease, but for finding ways of preventing it as well. It is very gratifying to work for a cause that our citizens support so freely with their hard-earned resources. We thank each one of them."
It was interesting to see the novel and unique ways devised to raise "money for the cause." Women, for the most part, took the lead in the efforts and I suspect many husbands were up much earlier than usual several mornings or were kept up late at night helping wives with their fundraising projects. I know I was. The biscuits and gravy we cooked up here at the house and served for breakfast down where Sue works were pretty good if I do have to say so myself. I gained about 10 pounds during the height of the campaign. It was worth it though.
Jerry and Joanne Pastine are busy organizing the second annual Fall Foliage Finale Bike Tour. This year's tour will depart the Econo Lodge on U.S. 33 east at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11. The first stop will be at the Gateway Restaurant near Judy Gap on U.S. 33 south of Seneca Rocks at noon for lunch. After lunch, the tour will continue on to the summit of Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia. On leaving Spruce Knob, riders may return to Elkins or continue on to Green Bank then to Elkins. This portion of the trip will be decided either prior to departing the Econo Lodge or prior to leaving Spruce Knob.
The road from U.S. 33 to Spruce Knob was blacktopped within the last two or three years and makes for a comfortable and scenic ridge. The rain date will be Oct. 17.
Last year, the troupe of 35 toured U.S. 219 south to the scenic highway, state Route 150, which took them through the Williams River Wilderness Country to the Cranberry Glades visitor center and on to Marlinton where they stopped for a mid-afternoon lunch. From there they rode the Pocahontas County Back Country along the scenic Greenbrier River to Stony Bottom, Clover Lick and Cass. After a short ice-cream break at Cass, it was back to Elkins.
If, on some early Sunday afternoon, you happen to find yourself wanting for some place different to dine and relax, you should drive over to the Boyer Station Restaurant in Pocahontas County. The meals are always delicious but Sunday dinners are special - and the price can't be beaten anywhere.
For at least three generations, maybe more, the little building that is now a restaurant served the local residents as their post office, general store and railroad depot. It continues to serve the local community, but those who first served their neighborhood from what was then the center of the community would be astonished to know that it now serves travelers from all across America and many foreign countries. Many who dine there these days are visitors to the Cass Scenic Railroad in Cass, and those who visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank.
If one studies the tastefully displayed memorabilia, it is easy to believe that he or she is dining in the long passed and romantic age of the steam engine and hearty "wood hicks" who extracted countless millions of board feet of virgin timber from the hills and valleys of northern Pocahontas County. Studying the history displayed on the walls also makes the wait for the food seem incredibly short - barely enough time to finish the salad.
Boyer Station Restaurant is located about three or four miles south of Bartow on state Route 28. In addition to the restaurant, the owners also offer motel accommodations.
No need to take your cell phone though because nearly the entire county is designated a "quiet zone" because of the NRAO located another five or six miles on down the road.
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Trick or Treat for the downtown business district will be on Oct. 30. Ed Griesel, president of the Downtown Merchants Association, said the hours have not been definitely established, but will probably be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The hours will be confirmed at the next merchants meeting on Sept. 22. By the way, everyone is invited to come join in and then enjoy breakfast prepared by Elaine after the meeting is over.
The West Virginia Railroad Museum has launched its latest fundraising campaign. Members have assembled a 4-foot-by-8-foot model railroad "community" with tunnels, bridges, businesses and homes "along the tracks." Valued at more than $1,000, the HO gage, working model contains the engine, rolling stock, caboose and power supply.
Merchants may purchase miniature buildings to be used as part of the scene as a means of advertising their business. The buildings will not necessarily look like that of the business but will represent their business with the business' name on the building. The model will be on display at various business locations until about a week before Christmas at The Davis Trust Co., Ceramics with Class and the Rails and Trails stores in Elkins and Durbin.
Chances go on sale next week and are $5 each or five for $20. To purchase chances, contact any museum board member or visit the displays. For information regarding purchasing a model building to represent your business, call Ed Griesel at 304-636-2903.