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1C - Mountain Messenger- December 17, 2011 -The Weekend Paper For The Greenbrier Valley Opening Day Photos attached Snowshoe Mountain Resort open for 2011-2012 ski season Snowshoe Mountain kicked off its 2011-2012 ski season on Dec. 9 with blue skies, 30 acres of terrain and hundreds of excited skiers and riders. and riding. The resort made snow on Skidder, Spruce Glades, Powder Monkey and Whiffletree throughout the day. Snowshoe will be open Snowshoe opened with more acres of terrain than any other ski resort in the East Coast aside from Killington. Thanks to cold weather and round the clock snowmaking, the resort opened additional terrain to the Snowshoe area and Powder Monkey lift on Dec. I0 bringing the total to 40 acres of terrain, 11 trails and five lifts for skiing from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Silver Creek from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For up to date slope openings and snow conditions, visitwww. snowshoemtn. corn or call 304-572-INFO (4636). For reservations and more information, please call 1-877-441-4386 or visit www. l The Holiday by Design event that was graciously held at the Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown Lewlsburg concluded on Friday, Dec. 9. The event was sponsored by FirstEnergy Foundation. The event included a silent auction for tabletop trees and wreaths, a live auction for large trees and voting for your favorite tree for $1 to be in a drawing for a TV that was donated by John Eye's Big Sandy Superstore in Lewisburg. All of the proceeds from the event benefitted United Way of the Greenbrier Valley initiatives and their partner agencies. The evening started off beautifully with Leah- Trent playing the harp_ George and Barbara Williams were recognized as Lifetime Honorees of United Way of the Greenbrier Valley. Everyone enjoyed the food that was donated by Bells Casa owned by Brian and Donna Williams. Ralph Nash won the 46" TV. Jill Allman at Greenbrier Real Estate Services received the most votes for favorite tree and also her tree received the highest bid at $700. Her tree was then donated to Hospice Care in Fairlea. Jessica Roczniak-Grist's .tabletop tree "Shiny Bright" and the State Fair of West Virginia wreath "State Fair - Memories That Grow...Year after Year" also received top bids. United Way The North House Museum currently caries a variety of beautiful Colonial Candies available for purchase in their newly named Star Tavern Gift Shop. While these candies are widely known in Greenbrier County, they are no longer widely available. Find new holiday styles and colors, available only at the Star would like to thank all the designers for their remarkable displays and contribution. The highlight of the evening included eight Out of the 12 trees that were purchased and donated to a nonprofit organization, a business or a family. The displays at the Visitors Center were spectacular with many individuals enjoying the local talent of these designers: George and Barbara Williams (left) were honored with a proclamation as Lifetime Honorees of United Way of the Greenbrier Valley. Paul Grist, UW Board President, presented the honor and was auctioneer for the live auction, Businesses represented: Lesia Campbell Interiors- Melanie Congdon, First National Bank, Suzanne Perilli Hancock Interiors, Gillespie's Flowers & Productions - Melinda Workman, The Greenbrier Christmas Crew - Betsy Conte, RE/MAX- Martha Hilton & Meg Hewitt, Monroe Day Care Center, Greenbrier Tavern Gift Shop located in the North House Museum. While you're there, visit the museum's beautiful History of Christmas exhibit featuring a 1920's Nutcracker Christmas as you enter through their newly renovated front doors. Travel through time to see Christmas evolve in America from an 1820's nonexistent holiday, to a Real Estate Services -Jill Allman, Foxfire Mountain Properties - Jessica Roczniak- Grist, Howes' Things - Lynda Howe, Show Your Colors - Tony Hill, Mountain State Land & Timber- Mary Grist & decorated by Jan Russell; Wiseman Florist, State Fair of West Virginia, Fortunate Finds, High Rocks for Girls, MeadWestvaco, Greenbrier Cut Flowers - Chris Glover, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center - Melissa Wicldine, Mountain Heritage Florist - Donna O'Dell and Jim's Drive-In. School Organizations represented: Greenbrier East Future Educators of America, Greenbrier East FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), Greenbrier East High School - Prostart Culinary Arts Class, Greenbrier West High School, and GEHS - Spartan Spirit Club. Clubs represented: Ronceverte Development Corp., Lewisburg Cub Scouts Pack 122, Blue Bell Garden Club, Black Diamond Girl Scouts-Eastern Greenbrier Service Unit, Pocahontas County Senior Citizens, Inc., Lewisburg Home and Garden Club, and Greenbrier Valley Kiwanis Club. Individuals represented: Barbara Williams and Safiya Bakari. United Way of the the 1860's where it became a true American Christmas. Join the North House Museum to see this unique evolution of a holiday loved by many and get into the spirit of giving. The Star Tavem Gift Shop, featuring Colonial Candles in a variety of colors and sizes is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday along with the North House Museum. l Greenbrier Valley would like to formally thank everyone who had taken the time to come to the Greenbrier Valley Visitor's Center and Jill AIIman of Greenbrier Real Estate Services "Peace & Joy at Christmas" tree received most votes for favorite and highest bid. The tree was donated to Hospice Care. participate in this event. We would to especially thank all staff and management at the Visitor's Center, FirstEnergy Foundation, Glenn Ellison at John Eye's Big Sandy Superstore in Lewisburg, and Brian and Donna Williams and Chris Mines at Bells Casa. United Way is already planning for next year's Holiday by Design event. If you would like to participate, please contact UW at 304- 647-3783. 01 Bring your family and friends who might be in town visiting. The North House Museum and Star Tavern Gift Shop will be closed Saturday, Dec. 24, Monday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Dec. 31 in observance of the holidays. Call 304-645-3398 for more information or email info@ North Bend State Park is encouraging people to visit and enjoy the park in the winter months with special off-season rates. 'q'he hik- ing trails are open, the lodge, cabins and restaurant are open year-round," said Kristi Steed, Group Services Coordi- nator. Steed works with front desk clerks to craft what she calls "better-rates packages" for North Bend. She sees af- fordabflity as a service to in- troduce visitors to West Vir- ginia's state parks. The most popular win- ter rate at North Bend is the Great Getaway. "It isn't a spe- cial event with entertainment, but it is a nice night out with dinner and breakfast for two while staying at the lodge," Steed said. The package cost is $99, which includes taxes and gratuities. "It's an afford- able night off and a getaway. Goodness knows, folks need a little time away these days." This rate is even better dur- hag the Christmas shopping season. The park staff sells the same package for $75 when the call for reserva- tions is received before Dec. 24, and purchasers may stay anytime until Feb. 28. "It's a way to use even better rates North Bend has several scheduled special weekends upcoming. Those include: New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance on Dec. 31; Little Prin- cess Ball, Jan. 7 for dads and their daughters age 5-12; Winter Wonder Weekend, Jan. 20-22; and Sweetheart Week- end, Feb. 10-12. Package rates at North Bend include The $99 Great Getaway, The Door Buster, and the Leap-In, a leap day offer Feb. 29. Steed has created a variety of sea- sonal packages that includes History Traveler Packages: The Voyage and The Frontier. Each combines an overnight stay at North Bend State Park lodge and activities at Blenne- rhassett Island Historical State Park for Voyage and with Prickett's Fort State Park for the Frontier. These sum- mer packages have Steed's favorite package pricing: $99. North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County close to Harrisville and Cairo. Campgrounds are open mid- spring through mid-autumn. Hiking and biking trails, North Bend Lake. and fishing, and the North Bend Raft Trail are available and open to the pub- lic. Fishing requires a fishing license. Open year-round the Jefferson Square, Lewisburg 304.645.6646 Can't think of a what to get that Special Person - let us help! Give the gift of fitness. Short or Long Term Membership Gift Certificates, to encourage reservations park features a lodge, meet- Personal Training Sessions as well as Class Card during slower park use time,ing facilities, cabins and res- Stocking Stuffers and One day Passes. after Thanksgiving and the taurant. For rate information, day before Christmas. It's areservations or to learn more good deal if folks will makeabout events and activities at the reservations during these North Bend State Park, call GI ENBR.IER V EY dates.' The $75 deal is called 304-643-2931 or visit www. the Door Buster. I(K( PHYSICAL. THERAPY" & PITNESS I ~.'~ ) 540 N. Jefferson St., Suite Y, Lewisburg 304-645-4000 ~ 7)?4 I I 1.DavisStuartRd.,Ronceverte 304-647-3982 I -OPEN ON MONDAYS- Rt 219 N., Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg, WV (304) 645-2723 Open 7 days a week, 8:30 am to 9 pm. Serving Breakfast, Lunh & Dinner. TGGVCF Honors Those Who Enrich Our Community The Old Greenbrier Baptist Church was established in 1781 by Elder John Alderson and twelve dedicated members. It was the first Baptist church in Southern West Virginia. John Alderson was given the title "elder" because in colo- nial times, Baptists were discriminated against and could not obtain licenses to ~reach. The first house of worship built by these intrepid settlers was constructed of logs and was only 25 feet long and 17 feet wide. It was replaced three times. The current church building was completed in 1935. It is built of Indiana limestone and has many interesting features including a complete pipe organ, beautiful stained glass windows, a ladies parlor, and a tiny door for children to use to enter the nursery. Throughout its long his- tory, the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church has aided or been instrumental in the establishment of at least twenty other Baptist churches. Its present membership is approximately 450 Aldersonians who care deeply about their community. Under the guidance of Dr. Bill Bryan, the church provides spiritual and physical comfort to many. Julia Alderson Retcher was a direct descendent of Elder John Alderson. She devoted her 102 years to helping others. Mrs. Fletcher served as secretary to the Adjutant General of West Virginia and was a faithful member of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church. She served as church clerk for 24 years. In 2004, she established the Julia Alderson Retcher Memorial Fund with the Greater Greenbrier Valley Foundation (TGGVCF). This endowment fund will assist the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church and the town of Alderson for generations to come. The Greater Greenbrler Valley Community Foundation was created to help the region remain an endching community where organizations like the Old Greenbder Baptist Church and Individuals like Julia Alderson Retcher will always have the resources needed to continue the work they are pesslonate about. It creates ~'~ (;~AT~ and administers funds that distribute money to the COt~tMUNtTY[GL~NDATION community. For more Information call 304-645- 5620 or visit