The Parsons Advocate

See b&b page 4 Volume 126 No. 10 Wednesday, March 3, 2021 $1.00 (tax incl.) See museum page 4 See paving page 2 See canaan page 2 Canaan Valley and Timberline Mountain Collaborate in Torch Light Parade By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Finding a way for people to safely come together in spite of Covid-19 while still following the recom- mended social distanc- ing guidelines has led to creative ideas and events. Celebrations are common amongst ski areas to com- memorate New Year’s Eve or the end of a season, though in light of the cur- rent pandemic, why should one need a special reason to coordinate or attend some- thing just for pure enjoy- ment. “We really wanted to do something right now because Canaan Valley is experiencing one of the best winters in years,” said Paige Perfect, Marketing Manager at Timberline Mountain. “Everybody’s been having a great time, so the folks over at Canaan contacted us to do some- thing to celebrate what an excellent season it has been,” she said. Canaan Valley Ski Mountain Manager Adam Cassidy reached out to Timberline Mountain General Manager Daniel “Boonie” Neff to inquire if they would be interested in participating in a joint effort, two-night Torch Light Ski Parade, to be held at each slope. Ski Patrol Director of Canaan Valley Stan White stated they used to have torchlight parades annually, though haven’t had one in the past four or five years. For those unaware of how this proceeding works, road flares are taped to the top of ski poles and are lit at the top, then each par- ticipant snakes down the center of the slopes. “It’s really exciting to be a part of,” proclaimed Perfect, “It’s a very unique type of event to take place at ski areas.” For the Friday night parade, Max With- row, the Terrain Park Man- ger of TImberline lead the line of skiers that included the Timberline and Canaan Valley staff. Saturday’s event at Canaan Valley was led by their very own ski patrollers, ski school instructors, and their fami- lies followed by Timberline staff. Each night the parade consisted of approximately 35 to 40 skiers with several spectators safely positioned to watch the torches slither down the side of the moun- tains. White was concerned that the Saturday night event was going to have to Cary Reed (left) welcomes Patrick McCann to the Snow Sports Museum of WV as the first guest, December 18, 2020. Snow Sports Museum In Downtown Davis High waters roared through the area after heavy snow and rain Submitted by Andy Snyder The Snow Sports Museum of West Virginia (SSMWV) is now open Friday's through Sunday's at 466 William Avenue in Davis 11:00 to 6:00. Masks are required and social distancing is observed. The ini- tial theme is 'Cabin Mt - 6 Ski Areas from Driftland to Timberline'. Seventy years ago this month, Ski Club of Washington, DC (SCWDC) President Gorman Young and member Hal Leich set out to discover the "Drift" on the Allegh- eny Front in West Virginia. The Winter of 1950-'51 the snowfall as limited at the Pennsylvania ski areas the SCWDC B&B Rentals and Gift Shop has opened its doors on Central Avenue offering apart - ment and storage rentals and a gift shop with a variety of merchandise available. B & B Rentals and Gift Shop Opens on Central Avenue By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate A new business has moved into another building that has sat vacant in Parsons bringing economic growth to the city. B & B Rentals and Gift Shop (short for brother and brother and owned by Wen- dell and Greg Cantrell) have turned on the open sign on Central Avenue with a variety of offerings. The Cantrell’s already owned the garage area on the property which serves Gov. Justice announces award of Corridor H paving project from Kerens to Parsons; a Roads To Prosperity project CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice announced today that he has pproved the bid award for paving work on the section of Corridor H (U.S. Route 48) between Kerens and Parsons; a major project in Gov. Justice’s Roads To Pros- perity program. “To say this project is a big deal would be an understatement. We’re upgrad- ing thousands of roads all across the state, but Corridor H has always been my number one priority in terms of our highways,” Gov. Justice said. “Finishing Corridor H will bring more people and businesses through our state than you can imagine, and with them will come more jobs, exposure, and countless other great opportunities.” The contract for the project has been awarded to West Virginia Paving Inc., with a low bid of $29,970,497.14. Work will include 7.5 miles of asphalt paving on Corridor H; from Kerens in Randolph County to where the corridor connects with U.S. Route 219 – just east of Parsons in Tucker County. The winning bid for the project was more than $6.5 million under the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) Engineer’s Estimate of $36,516,269.10. “Time and again, we’re saving West Virginians millions upon millions of dollars on these major projects that we’re und rtaking. I could not be more proud of the efforts of our Department of Transportation,” Gov. Justice said. “I also could not be more excited to get to work on this project. We call our efforts to upgrade our highways our ‘Roads To Prosperity’ program, and this project is truly going to bring a pipeline of prosper- ity to the eastern part of our state.” When Corridor H is fully completed, it will connect Interstate 79 in Weston to Interstate 81 in Strasburg, Virginia. “As the Governor has pointed out, this may be the highest priority project in the state and we are committed to completing the entire corridor,” West Virginia Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jimmy Wriston, P.E. said. “Once that road is complete, it will open up that area of the state to economic opportunities, which lead to true pros- perity. It all works together.” Currently, 101 miles of Corridor H are open to traffic in West Virginia, with 31 miles left to open, including the sec- tion from Kerens to Parsons. To date, an estimated $1.93 billion has been spent on Corridor H. However, an estimated $1.10 billion-worth of work remains. Torch Parades are common at ski slopes and typically occur to close out a skiiring season or during a New Year’s Eve Celebration.