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The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, July 26, 1990 1B By JAMES CREWS Two-Day Bike Set For Snowshoe committee set up by Depart- of Natural Resources Director ~mrick has come up with a few lea in the hunting and fishing "The proposed license, to in January 1991, will be of a credit card and printed cardboard. The appli- form will include instructions simple, five-step process so men have the option of com- the application at home. Un- present system, application are contained only in agent's book, sometimes the completion of the form a tg task. he new form will provide valu- information to DNR in a more ent way. An optical character nor will be used to record data Completed application forms. Current system is labor inten- o administer. iP!~R officials are now discussing :~oposed application and report- ~forms with license agen!s ~hout the state Approximately ~ents attended a meeting June ~ Cacapon State Park. ~mrlck praised the committee ~ers for the many hours of hard ~they devoted to streamlining ?J ense system 'The major por- ~fif the Work is completed and Ine tuning is needed before the ~forms can be printed,' he sa=d. ihe proposed license will cost a more to produce but costs will te Passed on to sportsmen. The is currently seeking advert sers ttSprting goods businesses to printing costs and is hopeful !,othey can eventually eliminate '~ cost to DNR by approach- iPOnsors and advertisers," lhope the new system will help LII fishWthe difficulty in buying a hunting ~L"~'L'ing license. It is good to ~'-~'m~at.the DNR is listening to ~_sr~en across the state to get problem corrected. On the Local Front eorge Patterson is shown with Jeremy Lucas has a big bluegill that he caught on a nightcrawler. The fish weighed 7 ounces. Selwyn Vanderpool is shown with a nice gobbler he got during the spring season. George Patterson The first annual Mountain Bike Stage Race will be held August 11 and 12 at Snowshoe. The two-day event will feature a 30-K Pro/Expert class, 20-K Inter- mediate and Veteran Classes and a 10-K Novice Class while offering over $3000 in cash and prizes. The 20-K and 10-K races will have men's and women's divisions. On Saturday, August 11, the race will begin at 2 p.m. near Shavers Centre on top of Snowshoe Moun- tain with racers descending into the basin slope system before climbing 800 vertical feet back to the top of the mountain. On Sunday, August 12, Snow- shoe Hill Climb/Event will begin at 10 a.m. and follow a different course than Saturday's race. The Snowshoe Mountain Bike Stage Race will give the best racers a test in high altitude training as the course for both events is set about 4,000 feet elevation. Frankford Ruritan Softball Tourney Jeremy Lucas The Frankford Ruritan Club will sponsor a Softball tournament at the Frankford Elementary School Au- gust 4 and 5. There is a $60 entry fee with a deadline of July 27. TbL will be a double elimination tourna- ment with trophies going to first, second, and third place teams. Teams will be limited to a 15-man roster and you will hit your own balls. Pairings will be drawn at the Frankford Elementary School July 28 at 7 p.m, with a limit of 15 teams. For more information please call 497-2399 from 8 a.m, to 6 p.m. or call 497-2373 after 6:30 p.m. All money raised goes to improving the Frankford Community through our many ongoing projects. Ronceverte Pool Reunion August 2 first fish. The smallmouth lhed4 pounds, 12 ounces and Did you learn to swim in the :cu Inches long. The fish was area's first public swimming pool at Ronceverte in the 50's? If so, you are invited to a swim and refresh- ment party at the present Roncev- erte Municipal Pool at Island Park Thursday, August 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Rain date, August 3.) | THE MOUNTAINEER 80% RELAXATION Ill special guests will be the man- ager and life guards at that time, [ Eric's Archery Supplies III Morris.SnnyLeist' Pearl ReedandVenita | 1 mile North of Alderson on Rt. 63 , III t 445"7580 III Enjoy an e~ening of reminis- A/so: BEAR-JENNINGS, Xl, AND ASTRn "~'"-~~HII cence and rekindle old friendships in Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6-9 PM Sat. & Sun. 1-6 PM~"f~I "~t~.lll,, I the friendly river city -- Ronceverte! I Let the Know About Your Sports Some of the prizes include: cash for the Pro Division, Snowshoe ski vacations, dinners, Elk River Tour- ing Center vacations and Mt. Bike Accessories. Registration is $15 if the form is postmarked by August 4 or $20 after August 4 (or the day of the race). The fee includes a Stage Race T- shirt and an awards ceremony party after each day/s events. Also avail- able wilt be camping on Skidder Slope, lodging at Timberline Lodge, Skidder Restaurant, showers and lockers. Helmets are required for this non- sanctioned event and a complete list of rules and regulations will be avail- able upon registration the day of the race. All participants must be at least 18 years old. For further information, contact Snowshoe Mountain Resort. P. O. Box 10, Snowshoe 26209 or phone 572-1000. Volleyball Standings Won/Lost 1 - Straight Down 5 - 0 2 - Flyers 6 - 3 3 - Bank of WSS 5 - 2 4 - Rowdies 3 - 2 5 - FPC #2 2 - 2 6 - FPC #1 1 - 3 7 - 'A' Team 1 - 4 8 - Thunder Cats 0 - 6 Women's Softball League Results Crawford's Club put another win under their belts July 17 at Dorrie Miller field in Lewisburg as they met Alderson for the second time this season. For the first three innings, Crawford's Club dominated the scor- ing as Karen Goodall hit a triple/RBI, and a single/RBI to score tour runs. Angle Morris complemented Crawford's team effort by hitting a double/RBI combo as well: Vet Calhoun-Erskine, Kelly Livesay, Beverly Smith, and Debbie Wanzer hit RBrs scoring two runs each for Crawford's, while Lucy Marshall added a run with her RBI. Although Alderson came back from a 13-0 shut out to score five runs, Crawford's won the game 5-t8 with- out taking their final bat. "Your New Connection To Better Lighting , , ,,,, Escape to the mountains... Experience nature... ... Expect LOW COST The Old (304) 799"6377 - Reduced Rates Blktr and Canoe Rentals Available Women's Softball League Tournament (Round Robin) Saturday July 28. 11 a.m. -- Alderson-FPC Noon -- Roger's Rowdys-Brown's Construction 1 3.m -- Crawford's Club-Alderson 2 3.m. -- Brown's Construction-FPC 3 3.m. -- Roger's Rowdys-Crawford's Club 4 3.m. -- Brown's Construction-Atderson 5 3.m. -- Roger's Rowdys-FPC 6 3.m. -- Crawford's Club-FPC 7 3.m. -- Roger's Rowdys-Alderson 8 ).m.- Crawford's Club-Brown's Construction Fans are invited to support their favorite team. Individual awards to top two teams in tournament. Team awards to top two teams during league. Men's Double Elimination League Tournament July 30, 31, August 1 games at 6:15 pm.-7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Aug. 6, 7 and 8 (if needed) games at 6:15 p.m.-7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Individ- ual awards go to the top two teams in the tournament. Team awards Held For 256..2200 Working To Make 1-800-642-2762 Your Ufe A Little Brighter 456 Ragland Road, Beckley By Jonathan Wright Ninety-five bicyclists from 14 states pedaled the back roads of mountainous northern Pocahontas County June 20-24 for the sixth an- nual Fat Tire Festival. The festival gets its name from the wide tires common to mountain bicycles. "I've never done anything like this before," Julie Owens of Baltimore, Maryland, said. "There are a lot of neat people here from many differ- ent areas, all with the same interest in mountain biking. It's like one big, happy family -- and the scenery makes all the work worthwhile." A highlight of the four-day festival was the 17-mile ride from Slatyfork to Cass June 22. Bikers arrived at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in the late morning. After their bikes were loaded onto a railroad car, the group rode up to 4,846-foot-high Bald Knob, the state's second-high- est peak. Following a picnic on the summit, the bikers descended the mountain and returned to Slatyfork, with a rest stop at Silver Creek Ski Resort near Snowshoe. "This is great," Whitey McDaniel of Chicago, Illinois, said. "My wife and I were in charge of the first aid for the festival. We do a lot of biking around home, but its all flat, and there's a lot of city congestion. Here, though, you have variety in the ter- rain. The remoteness and the moun- tain scenery make this a terrific place to bike." Among the participants in the festival was John Brown, West Vir- ginia Commissioner of Tourism"and Parks. "The Fat Tire Festival is a great event," he said. "Mountain bik- ing is beginning to bring a lot of people into our state, and it contin- ues to grow. West Virginia is a natu- ral place for iL Entire families get in- volved in this sport, so it's creating quite a potential for tourism." Lawrence Cameron, who at- tended the four-day event from Philadeiphia, directed his comments toward the contributions of Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. '1 think this is something the railroad should promote. It would be good if they could rent bikes to people who could ride them at their own leisure around the area." ParR" Superintendent Ivan New- berry said, "Anything that brings people into Cass, rm for. Although we don't make mountain bikes avail- able here now, there's been some talk about it. We're glad to be a part of the Fat Tire Festival this week. This sport is part of the tourism in this area, and we wanted to coEper- ate in whatever waY we ~_ql.d." The Fat Tire Festival is one of. only two annual events in which state park personnel transport bi- cycles in its train. The other is the Mother's Day Weekend Bike Trek in May, Mountain biking is not always as easy at it may look, according to Elaine Wilmoth of Teays Valley, who attended the festival. "It's not so much being in shape that's the chal- lenge of this," she said. "1 came here with my husband and a friend, and we were well prepared physically. The real challenge is staying on top of the bike. On some gravel roads, especially as you travel downhill, you can often run over a large rock, and it can flip you very quickly." Other events during the festival included bike trips on the Greenbrier River Trail and Cranberry Backcoun- try Trail, a ten-kilometer hill climb contest up Sharp's Knob, consid- ered as one of the toughest hill climbs in the East; children's races; instructional clinics; a mountain bicycle equipment flea market; dem- onstrations from mountain bicycle manufacturers; and a 35-kilometer race at the Gauley Divide, a ridge near Slatyfork. Gil Willis of the Elk River Touring Center in Slatyfork was the promoter for the festival. [i,l,i,~.o,eL ......... ' .... iTh r e esNo+ ii Place Like i[ l.;,i HOME If; ........ .:.,','0", ,.: ........ 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