What’s better than a fresh-cut tree at Christmastime?
How about knowing that tree will go on to help nature for many months to come? For those with live-cut Christmas trees, disposing of them after the holiday season can be beneficial for animals.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Tygart Lake has started its Christmas Tree Recycling Program and will collect trees through Jan. 31, 2014.
The recycled trees help fish attractor projects at Tygart Lake.
The donated trees will be anchored to cinder blocks along the shoreline of Tygart Lake in February when the lake level is low. When the water rises in the summer, the submerged trees will provide habitats for the lake’s fish.
“It will provide insects for the fish to eat, spaces for little fish to hide and hunting grounds for our larger fish,” said Christine Renzoni, natural resources specialist.
Merchants with unsold trees and residents can drop off their unwanted trees under Bridge Street, near the Grafton City Garage in Grafton. All that is required is that they be free of decorations.
It helps the fish population, but the people who use the lake will benefit as well. Tygart Lake has become quite an attraction for bass fishing.
“It’s at the point where Tygart Lake is one of the top 100 bass fishing lakes in the country now,” Renzoni said.
And the tree collection will benefit those fishers without boats, too. While it’s difficult to fish from the shorelines of Tygart Lake, these habitats will draw fish toward the shoreline.
We’d be hard-pressed to think of a better example of a situation where everyone wins, from the fish to the fishers. We encourage those with live-cut trees to make that short trip to Grafton to help the environment, the community and the fishing industry.
What’s better than a fresh-cut tree at Christmastime?
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
Relish the rich bounty of state’s diverse, unique food traditions
This week, a group of federal officials on a three-day culinary tour of the state visited the Greenbrier Valley to find out what most of us here already know — we have a rich food tradition in West Virginia.
The group was made up of officials from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Soup Opera in need of your support again this time of year
It’s happening again.
It usually always happens about this time each year. Sometimes it’s a little earlier and sometimes a little later.
But Soup Opera executive director Shelia Tennant knows it will come — usually in July. And she’s never that surprised about it.
County honors men who gave all in helping their community
The next time you’re driving in the Rivesville area, you might notice new signs on two of the area’s bridges.
Those signs, which bear the names of Alex Angelino and Denzil O. Lockard, were unveiled Saturday in honor of the men whose names they display, two men who died while serving their communities.
The bridge on U.S. 19 over Paw Paw Creek was named to honor Lockard, while the bridge on U.S. 19 over Pharaoh Run Creek was named to honor Angelino. Lockard, a former Rivesville police chief, died in 1958 at the age of 48 while directing traffic. Angelino, a Rivesville firefighter, died at the age of 43 of a heart attack while fighting a fire in 1966.
State must learn to keep costs down and perform more efficiently on less
The West Virginia state government began its budget year last Tuesday with a small surplus of $40 million — less than 1 percent of its annual tax revenues — thanks only to dipping into its savings.
Let’s not do that again.
Long-range vision with transportation has been made to be thing of proud past
Last week’s closure of Fairmont’s Fourth Street Bridge is a symbol of a problem that must be fixed.
The United States should be proud of the vision its leaders once displayed to address the country’s transportation needs.
Back in 1954, for example, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced his goal of an interstate highway system — something that transformed the country.
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