Mayor’s Corner May 5th, 2022

Family has always been important to the people of West Virginia. It is very fitting to remember, St. Andrews Methodist Church in Grafton was the site of the first Mother’s Day celebration in 1908. Now you have no reason to forget. This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. - - - To help emphasize the possibilities of building on a recreation economy, the following is an introduction developed by Downstream Strategies and will be used to explain what is at stake by including the recreation economy planning for future development: “Located on the banks of the Greenbrier River, Marlinton, West Virgin-ia, [...]

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Mayor’s Corner April 28th, 2022

Pocahontas County and the SHARC are setting the bar for regional efforts around mountain bike trails and outdoor recreation. Lots of great news will be shared in the near future about projects that are underway.  A recent funding opportunity will provide two new positions in the county to assure trail maintenance going forward. This is an exciting time for SHARC and our community. Last Friday, the Marlinton Water Plant Open House was a huge success. The kids had fun with the fishing derby and other games. The weather could not have been better, and everyone had a good time. Hopefully, [...]

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Mayor’s Corner April 21, 2022

DID YOU KNOW: Marlinton is not the only city which is older than the state. There are a total of 42 such cities in West Virginia. But, Marlinton remains the oldest continuous settlement west of the Alleghenies.  NOTICE TO ALL: Be advised the Discovery Junction committee met last week and decided not to host a First Friday event in May. The tilled and re-seeded portions of the grassy area will not be ready for traffic. That, as well as concerns that there would be a lot of things going on, as the event would be around the end of the [...]

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Mayor’s Corner April 14, 2022

Attention: Dog Owners  You are responsible for your dogs. See that they are contained when you are away from home, and on a leash when walking them.  The following is another reason why:  At approximately 1:40 p.m. Saturday, April 9, two large dogs were running loose in the proximity of the courthouse. One black dog and one of a lighter color went into a yard where a smaller dog was tied. The larger dogs did not attack the smaller dog, but the owner did not know that. As a matter of fact, when the owner went to rescue her dog, [...]

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Mayor’s Corner March 30 2022

Did you know? The first brick pavement in the United States was laid in Charleston in 1870.  Last weekend brought in true March weather. The old saying of “in like a lamb, out like a lion” holds true. But, it is spring and as warmer wea-ther approaches, the warm days will beckon us to be spending more time outside. More people out and about also mean more opportunities for accidents and injuries. With that in mind, adults should be on the lookout for kids playing on the sidewalks and crossing the streets. Young adults need to be aware that the [...]

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Mayors Corner March 24 2022

In 1849, many families moved west in search of gold. In 2022, many are working to bring GOLD here, to the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center and Pocahontas County. The stakeholders see the opportunities that Gold can bring to Pocahontas County. Gold can do the same thing here that it did for places like Oakridge, Oregon. Oakridge stood out to me because of some similarities with this area. A place where citizens hold their timber history and culture close. Events are held all year long. They have a Pioneer Picnic that celebrates the families of early pioneers who settled in what [...]

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Mayor’s Corner March 10 2022

A representative from the town of Clay recently inquired about our splash pad.  When other towns, news organizations, broadband groups and architecture and biking magazines are calling Marlinton, we must be doing something right, or at least different.  Over the past nine months, Marlinton was one of two towns in the nation targeted as communities working to secure broadband in Rural America. BikeTown magazine sent a team from Bellingham, Washington, last fall to focus on the Mountain Biking product in Marlinton and Pocahontas County. More recently, an architectural magazine from Chicago was doing an article on alternate land use in [...]

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Mayors Corner March 3 2022

The multiple benefits of trails are well-known and begin by having sustainable and engaging experiences where people live. Our Pocahontas County SHARC group and specifically WVU Extension Services have identified the benefits of IMBA Ride Center designation to the local economy. As Senior Program Officer for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Mary Hunt has served West Virginia and its communities for 22 years. She has helped leverage and direct funding across the state and has been an avid supporter and thought leader in the growing trails movement. As Mary’s retirement was announced last month, WV TRAIL and dozens of local [...]

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Mayors Corner Feb 24 2022

Last week, I shared some programs and activities that are go-ing on in our area, all of which are aimed at building upon a recreation economy, which is evolving in Pocahontas County and the region. This week, the following provides more insight into how we got here and why continuing to support these efforts will benefit the region. The Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center (SHRC) first applied for Ride Center designation in late 2018. In spring 2019, IMBA provided the site visit to evaluate trails for basic criteria. Following the visit, IMBA awarded SHRC a Bronze level designation. In 2020, SHRC [...]

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Mayor’s Corner February 17 2022

This week, I wanted to start by thanking the staff at the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the local businesses, who participated in the Valentine’s Day Appreciation program. The CVB put together a special recognition of county DOH workers, Mon Power crews, and workers in Healthcare and Hospitality, by providing free sweet treats and coffee on Valentine’s Day. What a generous gesture by all involved. The Town appreciates you, too. For your information, the Mon-Forest Town Partnership is using what is known as a Just Transitions Fund (JTF) grant to help formalize the Partnership’s structure. The plan is [...]

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