Thumbs up ... to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, which teaches veterans how to tie flies and build a fly-fishing rod and then how to use them to catch some fish. The national program has been providing these services for almost 10 years and the group recently spent two days being hosted by The Greenbrier. The program started at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2005 and the focus was helping disabled military with their physical rehabilitation. The program also helps disabled veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and a collection of emotional issues that are associated with those traumas.
Thumbs up ... to the fact that the site of a 1972 disaster along Logan County’s Buffalo Creek is having new life breathed into it. When an earthen dam along Buffalo Creek collapsed after heavy rain more than 40 years ago, it unleashed a flood that killed 125 people, injured 1,100 and left about 4,000 homeless. Today, Buffalo Creek is rapidly becoming one of southern West Virginia’s most popular trout streams. A $750,000 stream-restoration project and other ongoing efforts have transformed the creek into a place where trout can thrive and anglers can fish.
Thumbs up ... to the continued popularity of national parks. In 2012, the National Park System received more than 282 million recreation visits and those folks spent $14.7 billion. At the New River Gorge National River near Fayetteville, there were just over a million visitors and about 750,000 of those were not locals. People spent $45 million in the New River Gorge region and $40 million of that was from nonlocals. Nonlocals account for about 70 percent of visits to the New River Gorge area, but they make up almost 90 percent of the money spent in the area. The New River Gorge National River supports 542 jobs.
Thumbs up ... to West Virginia continuing to take steps toward the digital future. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is now active on the social network Pinterest. The department currently has 129 recipes uploaded to the site that include a variety of items ranging from holiday theme dishes to honey to a pumpkin trifle to coconut bars. To share your recipes with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Pinterest users also can use the hash tag “wvag.”
Thumbs up ... to Independence High School, which claimed the Class AA/A state wrestling championship. The Patriots, who last claimed the title in 1996, finished with 181 points. Also winning state titles were Independence freshmen Jacob Hart (126 pounds) and Noah Adams (152 pounds); Greenbrier West senior Malik Boatwright (160) and junior Marquis Frazier (170).