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4B - Mountain Messenger- May 7, 2011 -The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Valley www.mountainmessenger.com Morns, family and friends who want a good meal and interesting things to see and do this Mother's Day Weekend can fad them at West Virginia state parks and forests. Sun- day, May 8, is Mother's Day and many families take ad- vantage of Sunday meal buf- fets at state park restaurants. "Parks with lodges have res- taurants and each food ser- vice manager makes special arrangements for this special Sunday of the year - Moth- er's Day," said Ken Caplinger, chief of West Virginia's state parks system. "Rain or shine, restaurants are popular at our state parks on Mother's Day." At Twin Falls the buffet in- cludes catfish filets; Blackwa- ter Fails includes salmon and seafood manicotti; Chief Lo- gan Lodge restaurant is serv- ing Marinated chicken; and those enjoying Pipestem will t'md Prime Rib of Beef in ad- dition to other entrees, sides, desserts and salads. Reserva- tions are available and recom- mended. State Parks restaurants of- fering Mother's Day buffet and Mother's Day buffet times Blackwater Falls (1-8 p.m.) Blackwater Falls also has a breakfast buffet every Sunday of the year. Cacapon Resort, (Noon - 6 p.m.) Canaan Valley Resort (Noon - 6 p.m.) * Chief Logan (12:30-3:30 p.m.) Hawks Nest (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) North Bend (11 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Pipestem Resort's Blue- stone Restaurant (11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) Stonewall Resort's Stillwa- ters (11 a.m. -- 5 p.m.) Reser- vations required. Twin Falls Resort (reser- vations available at 1 and 3 p.m.) Tygart Lake (brunch buffet 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.) State parks with seasonal restaurant operations and serving meals on Mother's Day also include Holly River State Park. Watoga State Park restaurant will open Memorial through Labor Day and The Last Run Restaurant at Cass Scenic Railroad opens Memo- rial Weekend. Activities at North Bend State Park on Mother's Day include music by JD Vaughn and Redd Brand from Noon - 2 p.m. in the lodge lob- by. Hawks Nest State Park has an open house planned from 1 la.m. - 3 p.m. which includes door prizes, lodge tours, children's crafts and other family activities. Pipe- stem State Park has a walk to Pipestem Knob Lookout Tow- er beginning at 11 a.m. led by Naturalist Erin Cockerham. Twin Falls features a 2 p.m. Spring Walk led by Ken Vance that starts at the new Twin Falls Lodge. For information about West Virginia's state parks and for- ests, visit the website www. wvstateparks.com and find a park by name or by map. To make reservations or to re- ceive specific park information by phone, call 1-800-CALL- WVA and ask for the park by name. for 100 REGISTER NOW for 24th Annual Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek The American Lung Association in West Virginia (ALAWV) is excepting registrations for its 24th annual Greenbrier Trial Bike Trek. Mountain biking enthusiasts won't want to miss 100 exciting miles of mountain biking along the scenic Greenbrier River Trail in West Virginia on May 13-15. The Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek will kick-off Friday morning, May 13, at The Inn at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. Bikers will ride off of Snowshoe Mountain and will spend the next three days peddling along the Greenbrier River through Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties ending the trek 100 miles later at the Greenbrier Youth Camp in Anthony on Sunday, May 15. Food, refreshments, accommodations, gear truck, sag wagon and entertainment are all included in the Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek package. The trek is supported with mechanics, guides, medical personnel and a communications network. Each participant will receive an official 2011 Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek T-shirt and a group photo. "The trek is designed for beginning as well as experienced mountain bikers," says Chantal Fields, Vice President of Mission, ALAWV. "It is a great way for families to spend a weekend together." Companies are encouraged to enter teams of four or more riders in the corporate team division. Trophies and prizes are awarded to top individual and corporate team fundraisers. All proceeds from the trek will benefit the American Lung Association in West Virginia's fight against lung disease in the mountain state. There is a $45 non- refundable registration fee for the Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek and trekkers are required to raise a minimum of $450 each in sponsorships. Riders are encouraged to compete against one another for the honor of being the highest fundraiser. In fact, those who raise more than $1,000 become a member of the Winners Circle and receive special prizes. "The Greenbrier Trek is very popular and participation has grown every year, especially our corporate team division," says Fields. "We are excepting 100 riders this year and we are already at 50 percent capacity." The trek registration deadline is May 1. To register or obtain more information about the trek please call Chantal Fields at 304-342-6600 or 1-800-LUNG- USA or go to www.lunginfo.org/ trek. Serving_ the area since 1995 DOWNTOWN LEWISBURG 304-645-7770 Locally Owned & Operated by Gary Cook Hinton Used & New Furniture Warehouse Large Selection of Quality Used Household Furniture New Double Sided Mattresses * New Sofas, Loveseats & Recliners .... :.,: : ~ .......... * Uniques and Antiques ":i uo' err MArme S TS L~ WE ACCEPT VISAAND MASTERcARD '=;~ :: Located in Hinton at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Rt. 20. HOURS: TUESDAY - SATURDAY 10 AM - 5 PM 304-466-2777 304-923-1089 Virq inia y competition, The 2011 Virginia High- lands Festival is pleased to an- nounce its call for entries and the schedule for the 2011 lec- ture Series. The call for entries will be June 25 starting at 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. atthe Room 103. Prints may marled to: Virginia Highland$~":t~ ~ Office L/" :e# Attn: Christopheri P.O. Box 801 Abingdon, VA 24212 This year the ing at 6 till I0 gallery opening of the body work received by the competi tion will be held. The event ~ ~ be held in The Grand Hall the Southwest Virginia Education Center in don, VA. The event is the public and asked to attend. Saturday, July 23 starting at 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. will be a lecture with world renowned Misadventures of a National Geographic Photographer." The event will be held in the Grand Hall of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Tickets are available at www.vahighlandsfes- Photo Lab is provid- cards to all attend- lecture. Tickets are and $i0 for college stu- contact from a at world Chris : be held of Higher are are $5. 6 s~g at p~- The Parks Nevada Moun- tain Siggins. The event will be held in the Executive Auditorium of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Tickets are National Geographic photog- available at www.vahighlands- rapher, Bob Krist, entitled festival.org. Tickets are $5. "Behind the SceneS: Real L'ffe'~: '~'~ winners of Young Writer's Contest Kindergarten through 12th grade winners were recognized at Time Out For Applause at the Apr. 12 Board of Education meeting. The kindergarten level is a county competition in which students dictate a story for their entry. First place winners in grade level 1-12 attended the West Virginia Young Writers' Day at the University of Charleston. on May 6. They were recognized as county winners and enjoyed a keynote presentation by Ron Sowell of Mountain Stage and participated in Young Writers Workshops with Cheryl Ware, Colleen Anderson, Anna Smucker and Ron Sowell. Young Writers Contest Winners are: Kindergarten--'~he Cat" by Anna Toothman, Lewisburg Baptist Academy/Connie Comer teacher I st-2nd--"Bflly, The Friendly Sea Monster" by Grace Morgan, Ronceverte Elementary/Deborah Johnson teacher 3rd-4th--"The Silver Star" by Aaliyah Painter, Crichton Elementary/Ann Foley teacher 5th-6th--"A Fishing Trip Gone Wrong" by Sierra Mutter, Western Greenbrier Middle/ Megan Kirkwood teacher 7th-8th~"Most Memorable Trip" by Katelyn Fields, Western Greenbrier Middle/ Sandra Hicks teacher 9th-10th--"My Memory" by Faith Galford, Greenbrier East /Juanita Spinks teacher 11th-12th--"My Dream" by Megan Sullivan, Greenbrier East/Juanita Spinks teacher Honorable Mention: Kindergarten--"My Little Dog" by Josfly Stalka, Lewisburg Elementary/Debra Johnson teacher lst-2nd--"Through the Jungle" by Ella Kate Goodwin, White Sulphur Springs Elementary/Sandra Mathena teacher; and "Flower for a Friend" by Altar Morgan, Lewisburg Baptist Academy/ Angela Van Natter teacher 3rd-4th--"The Lonely Jelly beans" by Zachary Barnett, Frankford Elementary/Sherry Hawver and Amber Workman teachers; and "Destiny" by Shaylen Lafferty, White Sulphur Springs Elementary/ Heather Hefner teacher 5th-6th--"Joey and the Ghost" by Hunter Seal, Ronceverte Elementary/Cathy Byers teacher 9th- i 0th--"Imperfect" by Rayven White, Greenbrier East/Juanita Spinks teacher gard your Container Headquarters! 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West Virginia also ranked in the top 10 for percentage of 3-year- olds enrolled in state-funded preschool. In addition, the state ranked 10th in the nation in terms of spending per child in pre-K, moving up from 13th last year. West Virginia's pre-K program met eight of 10 quality standards benchmarks, gaining one benchmark over the previous year as the provision of meals is now one of the standards. "All indications point to West Virginia keeping on schedule as it marches toward universal access to pre-K in 2013," said W. Steven Barnett, co-director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and author of the survey. "West Virginia has experienced a long history of supporting high quality pre-K, most notable is our journey to offering universal access by 2012-13," said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. "Compared to children denied high- quality preschool, children who attend are more likely to graduate high school and go on to higher education. They are less likely to require special education or repeat a grade, become teenage parents, or commit crimes as teens or adults, all at great savings to taxpayers. As adults, they are more likely to be qualified to ~lll the demand for skilled workers that will keep America competitive in the global economy." In working toward universal access, West Virginia counties, are required to share their plans for expanding preschool access with the state each year. Since July 2004, only 3-year-olds who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can receive state funding for preschool. Public schools receive funding for the West Virginia Universal Pre-K System directly, though these schools may subcontract with other agencies to provide services. Half of the programs are required to operate in collaborative settings with Head Start agencies, child care centers and private prekindergarten centers to facilitate expansion of the pre-K program. The state revised its funding calculations in the 2008- 2009 school year so fu11-timC equivalency is now based on the hours of instruction for all children, regardless of location. As a result, more children are enrolled in full- day programs throughout the state. "When the legislature began: this process in the late '90s and early 2000s, being ranked in the top 10 in expenditures was only a dream," said state Sen. Bob Plymale, D-Wayne,i "The NIEER report validates our policy efforts have beel~~ effective. I am proud to have been part of this progressive change in West Virginia." In 2009, the West Virginia Board of education made policy revisions to require meals, regardless of the hours of instruction, and to establish a process for phasing in a requirement for lead teachers in community partnerships to have a bachelor's degree. 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