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“You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are.” Jeph Jacques
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On the Cover Photo submitted by Mike Schroyer A beautiful view of Cheat Lake during the summer months.
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Lisa is a freelance writer, photographer and multimedia producer. She was born and raised in Northern Virginia and lived briefly in New York, NY where she was part of the editorial teams at PointClickHome.com and Waterfront Media. In addition to CheatLake.com, Lisa currently writes for The Dominion Post and AllAboutSnow.com. Lisa is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Journalism at West Virginia University. She hopes to graduate in 2010 and return to New York to continue her fabulous career.
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Danny is a licensed agent for New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation, and a Registered Representative of NY Life Securities. In addition he has a number of other health, life, and disability companies he can represent to provide the best options for clients. He is also licensed in WV, PA, OH, and KY. With general offices in Pittsburgh and Charleston, Danny can service a large area, but focuses on north-central WV. Danny’s practice specializes in business, family, retirement, and estate planning. A client’s needs or goals come first whether it is to provide protection, accumulation of assets, or guaranteed income.
A native of Morgantown, Vickie is the Director of Alumni Affairs for WVU’s College of Business & Economics and owns and operates Celebrations Unlimited. Her extensive community involvement includes serving on the board of directors for M. T. Pockets Theatre, and Mountaineer Wellness Center as well as serving as a committee member for Main Street Morgantown’s Promotions Committee, the Arts Collaborative committee for Arts Monongahela, the GMCT Arts Fund Committee, and Generation Morgantown. Vickie also serves is the Vice Chair of the Ambassador Committee for the Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce and she is a graduate of Leadership Mon’s Class of 2009.
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WVU Children’s Hospital is proud to be a member of the Children’s Miracle Network. CMN is a group of 170 non-profit children’s hospitals that provide premium care, highquality research and excellent community outreach programs to help millions of children who have diseases or injuries.
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Jessica Harner Hello 2010! The years go by so quickly (Ah, the old cliché) . Allow me to pose a question to all you Cheat Lake.com readers. What will you do to make 2010 the best year yet? Yes I know, we will make a few well intentioned resolutions. Some of us will go so far as to purchase a gym membership, swear off late night snacking, and ,while we’re at it, vow to get organized. Some will vow to work harder, put in longer hours, and make more money. Others intend to spend more time with family. May I make a suggestion? Let’s stop with the empty promises and make a decision to act.. Of course we all want flatter tummies and fatter wallets. But do we honestly expect maximal results with minimal effort? It would be wonderful, but I’m sure
we can agree it’s not practical. Try instead to set measurable, obtainable goals. Decide what your priorities are and map out your path to success. Why all the talk of goals and achievement? The most obvious answer is the New Year… time for new beginnings, time to make changes, blah, blah, blah. The real reason for my soapbox, however, is to introduce you to some new businesses that are making a name for themselves in Morgantown. The soapbox connection? Change...stepping outside the box...taking chances. These business owners did more than resolve to someday start their dream businesses; they set clear goals, planned their steps carefully, and then went for it. I am very excited to be showcasing these local business owners in this, as well as in upcoming editions of Cheat Lake. com. Like me, they are committed to showing the world just how awesome our little Morgantown, West Virginia is. Some hail from this area, others from across the country. All the same, they chose Morgantown to house their dreams. I hope you will help me in patronizing these businesses. What would Morgantown be without these folks? Once again, thanks for visiting CheatLake.com, your #1 source for what’s happening in Cheat Lake.
How to shovel snow safely The first question is: Why shovel at all? You could “Wovel” instead. The Wovel has a 3-foot high wheel. Push the device like a baby buggy, and it will clear the snow off your driveway or walk. It costs $120 at wovel.com. If you want to shovel the snow, here’s how to do it safely if you are a generally healthy young or middle-aged person.
*Warm up by stretching your arms, legs, and back before you begin.
* Go slow and take plenty of breaks so you won’t be come exhausted.
* Lift the shovel-full of snow with your legs by bending at your knees.
* Turn your whole body to face where you want to throw the snow and step in that direction. Don’t twist your back.
* Use a smaller shovel. If the snow is deep, just pick up a few Inches at a time.
If it’s not too deep, push the snow with your shovel instead of lifting it.
Arts & Culture “From public venues staging full-blown, professional theatrical productions to private galleries and intimate club settings, the Greater Morgantown Area’s arts community’s reputation for presenting the liveliest performing and visual arts is well-earned.” CVB Visitor’s Guide
West Virginia Public Theatre will launch its 22nd season at the new 1,500 seat performing arts center in Morgantown’s Wharf District. Known for bringing the best of Broadway to North Central West Virginia, WVPT’s 2010 lineup will include “Hairspray”, “42nd Street”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Will Rogers Follies”, “The Full Monty”, “Always Patsy Cline”, and “Carousel”. Visit www.wvpublictheatre.com for show details and performance times. Billed as “West Virginia’s most beautiful playhouse” when it opened July 24, 1924, the landmark Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown is currently closed for additional renovations that include plaster repair and painting and several other projects that were recently made possible by a generous donation from Ben & Jo Statler. Under the management of the City of Morgantown’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commission (BOPARC), the historic structure is reclaiming its status as a popular venue for live theatrical productions, musical and dance performances, classic film presentations, concerts and community events. Community theatre has a strong tradition in the Greater Morgantown Area as well, with the Morgantown Theatre Company, located at the MET Theatre, and M. T. Pockets
Theatre Company, located at the Monongalia Arts Center (MAC), showcasing talented local performers of all ages in intimate surroundings.
STUFF TO DO IN JANUARY Jan. 13 - “The Drowsy Chaperosne” - WVU Creative Arts Center
Jan. 15-17 - Annual Festival
of Food & Wine - Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa
Visual artists can display their creations year round at a variety of local display spaces that includes the MAC’s Benedum Gallery, the Morgantown Art Association’s gallery in the Mountaineer Mall, the Jackson Kelly Gallery at Arts Mon, ZENCLAY, Appalachian Gallery, Tonique’s Trilogy and Contemporary Graphics in downtown Morgantown.
Jan. 15-30 - Yesterday and
Founded in January of 1994, the Morgantown Writers Group (MWG) assists area writers in improving their writing craft, getting published, and providing “critical” positive feedback on manuscripts. The group, which includes published and awardwinning writers who share their experiences on publishing, writing, and new markets, meets regularly at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at the Morgantown Public Library, then go to the Blue Moose Cafe afterwards for coffee. MWG workshops draw 8 to 12 active writers each session from a membership list of 44 local writers. This year they will host the 3rd Literary Arts Day in Spring, 2010. Started in 2008, the event includes workshops, literary talks, networking, and manuscript critique.
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Today (Religious symbols of the Old Testament) Exhibit - MAC
Jan. 17 - Mountain Stage with
Larry Groce - WVU Creative Arts Center
Jan. 19 - Small Business Council
“Personal Genius” presented by Grant Stewart at Lakeview Golf Resort (Morgantown Chamber of Commerce 304.292.3311)
Jan. 20 - “The Opera Show” Jan. 21-23 - “Love’s Looking
Good on You” - M. T. Pockets Theatre (www.mtpocketstheatre. com | 304.284.0049)
Jan. 21 - Morgantown Poets
spring kick-off event featuring three authors: T.W. McNemar, president of WV Writers, Inc. and author of the novel, “Ragdoll Angel,” and poets Matt Anserello of Morgantown and Isaac Pressnell of Keyser.
Jan. 22 - Morgantown Area Chamber Annual Dinner at Waterfront Place Hotel (304.292.3311)
Jan. 30 - Southern Italian Wine
Dinner (featuring Tre Amici Wines plus Special Guest) - Cafe’ Bacchus. For more details on this and other events, subscribe to the email list at www.cafebacchus.net
In the spotlight Children’s Miracle Network By: Jessica Harner
vote anonymously for their ten favorite pictures. The pictures that receive the greatest number of votes are ones we use for the cards. The cards are the main resource for the Cure Kids Cancer Fund, a project developed by WVU Children’s Hospital. The Fund ensures that patients and their families receive state-of-the-art medical care, as well as psychological and social support. The money advances the pediatric hematology & oncology team’s mission by providing state-of-the-art research and supportive services that enhance the quality of life of our patients and their families.
Cards of Hope™ is celebrating its eighteenth year. The 18th annual Cards of Hope™ Cash Bash and Auction was held November 14, 2009, at Lakeview Golf Resort and Conference Center. The Cash Bash is an annual fund-raiser that benefits young cancer patients and is open to the public. All of the children’s original card designs were on display and auctioned during the Cash Bash. “These pictures are truly amazing, and one year we had an original print sell for over $2300!” said Lora Edgell, Children’s Miracle Network director. The evening also included a buffet dinner and entertainment. Cash prizes were given away throughout the evening, including a $1,000 grand prize drawing at 10 p.m. Last year, 33,000 Cards of Hope were
printed and sold in sixteen states throughout the country: including California, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and New York. Cards of Hope™ are holiday greeting cards designed by West Virginia University Children’s Hospital cancer patients, survivors and their siblings during an annual summer party. This project is open to children with cancer, their siblings and children whose brothers or sisters may have passed away. This project has been great therapy for everyone who has participated. Children who cannot attend the party have materials delivered to them at home or in the hospital. We want to ensure that anyone who wants to participate can. Once the pictures are collected, a committee of physicians, nurses, and business people throughout the community
Psychosocial services funds are used for special events like holiday parties, camps, activities/crafts; educational and resource materials; or services to support the care of patients while they are in clinic or during hospitalizations, for example drinks for patients in clinic, new patient handbooks and more. WVU Children’s Hospital would like to thank Aker Construction Inc. for underwriting the 2009 Cards of Hope project. Thanks to the generosity of Aker Construction, 100% of the proceeds of every package of Cards of Hope cards sold will go directly to help patients and their families battling cancer.
In the spotlight Coca-Cola and Our Community Corporate leaders at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) firmly believe that good corporate citizenship is based on stewardship, the careful and responsible management of that which is entrusted to our care. As stewards, everyone in the CCBCC family is responsible for being an integral and caring member of the community and being accountable for conservation of our valuable natural resources. From it’s beginning in 1902, CCBCC has proudly been an active part of the communities it serves, striving to reach-out to those in need through philanthropic and serviceoriented programs. Of particular concern are those programs focused on meeting the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and families. They continue to be a proud sponsor of youth programs, local YMCAs and educational and recreational programs in schools, colleges and universities in their sales region.
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CCBCC’s corporate Stewardship Program manages and coordinates numerous educational, community service and assistance programs that encourage employee volunteers to utilize their time and talents even if it means using time during the regular work day. CCBCC employees, supported by corporate sponsorship, have spent countless hours in such activities as making home repairs for senior citizens who cannot do the work themselves, building affordable housing through Habitat for Humanity for their low-income neighbors, as well as completing community and park beautification projects that benefit everyone. CCBCC teams and individual employees continue to volunteer at hospices, homeless shelters, prisons, community centers, retirement homes, youth shelters and assisted living facilities, to name a few, always bringing a smile and a comforting hand to those in need. Local CCBCC employees and their family members recently spent the morning painting the first floor of the 8000 square foot Administration Building at the Chestnut Mountain Ranch. The Ranch is currently under construction five miles east of Morgantown on Kingwood Pike. It is a Christ-centered school and home for boys. The objective of Chestnut Mountain Ranch is to assist boys in crisis and in need of hope and healing.
The mission at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated is to be a leader in service to their communities and responsible stewards of the God-given natural resources they use. Their continued success lies in being responsive to the needs of the consumers while being good stewards as they strive to be “The Real Thing” not only in terms of refreshment but in good corporate citizenship.
The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Duty and Goals The “Sandwich Generation” is the largely unheralded group of adults who find themselves raising and providing for young children while also caring and providing for aging parents. If you are a member of this generation, it might seem like there is no safe or reliable investment to protect your family and address your specific needs. But there are more options than you may realize. Preparing for the Future One of the greatest concerns for anyone with the responsibilities of caring for parents, children or spouses is, ‘What will happen to them if something happens to me?’ Fortunately, there are several precautionary steps you can take. First, it is important to prepare a will, and to update it as often as circumstances change. An estate-planning attorney can help you navigate your options. Another prudent step to think about is life insurance, which can be tailored to the needs of you and your family. For instance, a term life policy can provide affordable death benefit protection for a certain period of years. It may also be eligible for conversion to whole life policy at a future date, which can provide financial protection
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later in life. Additionally, a whole life policy can be borrowed against* as needs arise. There are some events you can anticipate and plan for, such as your own retirement and your children’s education. Caring for an elderly parent, however, can be unpredictable and requires a higher level of planning. While savings and investment accounts can provide some assistance, so can the right insurance.
Simply put, members of the sandwich generation do not need to go it alone. Term, whole life and long-term care insurance are three strong solutions that can help provide financial protection for their changing needs. This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by Danny Fisher, a Financial Services Professional for New York Life. For additional information on the information or topic(s) discussed, please contact Danny at (304) 552-5445 or dwfisher@ ft.newyorklife.com. * Loans against your policy accrue interest at the current rate and decrease the cash value and death benefit by the amount of the outstanding loan and interest.
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MONEY Tax Talk Did you know that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allows taxpayers to deduct the sales taxes paid on vehicles purchased between February 17th and December 31, 2009; even if you don’t itemize your deductions. If your vehicle was purchased in a state that doesn’t assess sales taxes on vehicles, you may still be eligible for a deduction! This could be a wonderful way to upgrade your vehicle and see tax savings also! There are limitations and restrictions, so it is important that you are aware of what qualifies and what does not and also of how to take the deduction on your 2009 tax return. For more information on this tax saving information or any other tax or accounting advice, please feel free to contact me.
Ask the Expert Have a question for Mr, Chicarelli? Send an email to taxtalk@ cheatlake.com with the subject line Ask the Expert. Josh will answer all of your questions. Some will be posted and shared with all of our readers here.
Do you know a local hero? What is a her? Usually people think of heroes as people who fight crime in movies or comic books, but those people don’t exist in the real world. In our world, anybody can be a hero like police officers, firefighters, doctors, or people you walk by on the streets. A hero is an everyday person that you pass on the street, who can change the world for the better. It could be simple like helping one person out or by helping millions. Do you know someone in the area whose story is worth sharing with the world? Someone who has done something amazing; something that has changed the life of another for the better? Then we want to know about it! Cheatlake.com is currently looking for heartwarming stories about our local heroes. We want to talk to people who
are willing to let us showcase their acts of kindness. Please send us a brief summary of how your hero came to the rescue along with your name and email so we may follow up with you. If we choose your hero submission, we will contact you for the rest of the story. Please be sure the hero you nominate is a local resident, even if their selfless act occurred elsewhere. If possible, we would prefer to interview the hero in person. If not, please specify how you are connected to the hero and their story so we can make the best selection for our hero segment. If you are the recipient of a heroic deed we would love to hear your story as well. Submission deadline for February issue of Cheatlake.com is January 20th. Please send your Name, E-mail (required), and Phone Number (optional) to Info@cheatlake.com.
Morgantown Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council Discover your Personal Genius! Presented by Grant Stewart of Performance Matrix. The next breakfast will be held on January 19, 8:30 am at Lakeview Golf Resort. Within each individual exists a unique untapped potential. Nature and nurture working hand in hand provides an opportunity to unleash your personal genius! “Discover your own Personal Genius - and the personal genius of your employees - and unleash your full potential”. For more information contact the Chamber office at 304-292-3311. Please RSVP by Friday, January 15, 2010.
Cheat Lake residents can appreciate the convenience factor offered by the new shopping center at Pierpont Landing. But with ample room for boat trailers to maneuver around the fuel center lot, Long believes he and his business partners have done their very best to offer everything they believe their Cheat Lake patrons could ask for. It truly is a unique shopping center.
“... a convenient community center for Cheat Lake, different than anything else...”
Pierpont Landing By: Lisa K. Brown and Jessica Harner After a lot of work by developers, and much anticipation on the part of Cheat Lake residents, things are taking shape at Pierpont Landing. The 22,000-square foot facility will soon be a new place for residents and visitors to eat, sleep and shop. Located at the Pierpont Exit off I-68, Pierpont Landing will be a welcome addition to the Cheat Lake area. It will offer an exciting assortment of restaurants, as well as a hotel, a car wash, and additional retail and office space. BB&T will be opening a new branch in the development as well. Also a part of Pierpont Landing is Mid-Atlantic Sports Cars, which has already opened for business. More information about the dealership can be viewed at www.midatlanticsportscars.com. Wayne Long, co-owner of the development, says the rest of the construction should be complete by summer of 2010.
Long and the other owners, Rick Biafora and Dave Biafora, planned for the development to have a “family-style resort look”. Long said, “We want to make this a convenient community center for Cheat Lake, different than anything else in the area. We want to have big city amenities and be able to live in the town of our choice.” Perhaps most exciting, Peirpont Landing will also be adding an upscale fuel and market space. Aptly named Mid-Atlantic Market, this is a new concept for the area. Resembling Arrowhead Market at Deep Creek in Maryland, Mid-Atlantic Market will offer an assortment of groceries and prepared foods. It’s going to have a nice deli,” said Wayne Long. This much anticipated Market boasts seating with a flat-screen TV over a fireplace. A fuel center will be an added feature as well as Belldina’s pharmacy, which will be attached to the side of the building.
So What Do You Think . . . So you talk to friends and co-workers, and most have the same opinion as you. You are bothered by the way an organization doesn’t seem to care about you, doesn’t have your best interest in mind, or cares more about the bottom line than the consumer. Well then tell us about it! We would love to hear from you on anything from the service you received at a particular restaurant, to the issues you have with local politicians. We want you to have the chance to be heard. When in conversation you find yourself saying “but I don’t know what we can do about it” that’s when you need to write to us. Sometimes you just have to get their attention to start making change happen. We want to pose the question to you “So What do You Think?” and use your feedback to initiate change. You can even send us your “So What Do You Think?” questions. We will post them so fellow Cheatlake.com readers can respond. Let’s find out what the rest of the community thinks.
So what do you think. . . Should West Virginia use contractor’s to clear the roadways in the winter like some other states do?
Errands Plus, LLC By: Vickie Trickett Errands Plus, LLC is a Corporate and Personal Concierge and Errand Service located in Cheat Lake, WV. They provide service to all of Monongalia County. They also service as far south as Clarksburg and Bridgeport, and as far East as Deep Creek, Maryland. They are currently working on expanding into Washinton, Pennsylvania and eventually into Pittsburgh. “We hope to be in these areas by late 2010” said Jessica Wolfe, Owner of Errands Plus, LLC. What can they do for you? Jessica says “We provide our clients with a sense of accomplishment. We help you complete those tasks, and run those errands that keep you awake worrying when they don’t get done day after day. All you have to do is just send us your ‘to do’ list. Call us, Text us, fax us, E-mail us, whichever you prefer. We start immediately to complete everything on the list. If you’d like, you can start at the top and we’ll start at the bottom and meet you in the middle. That way by the time you get home everything is crossed off you’re to do list.” Jessica says she is asked everyday “So what kind of stuff do you do?” Her response, “What kind of stuff do you do? If you need it done, we most likely do it. We can Walk the dog today, and file papers at the courthouse tomorrow. We can shop for gifts for that special someone, or just shop for your groceries. Don’t think your request is too strange for us. We have had plenty of odd requests; most we could fulfill, and a few so strange we don’t really know if we can tell the stories in mixed company.” Jessica joked “If it’s legal and ethical we can do it, and if not we may consider doing it anyway.” As the sole proprietor, Jessica is a Nurse by trade. She decided to start Errands Plus after struggling to balance life as a full time Nurse as well as a single mother to her elementary age son. “I needed a way to generate more income that didn’t include working more overtime. It’s difficult to struggle with the choice of missing a day of work to attend a school function.” Jessica says she did a lot of homework before starting Errands Plus. “I found there were many types of Concierge services in the country, each with
its own specialty. I went so far as to call other Concierge companies in places like Los Angeles, California, Glendale, Arizona, and Boston, Massachusetts and spoke to the owners to find out what worked for them. I wanted to be certain I could provide the level of service my clients deserved or I otherwise wouldn’t open the business.” After 2 years in business, Errands Plus now has five consultants that work with their clients. Jessica says “They [the consultants] all provide exceptional service, otherwise they wouldn’t work here. This industry is obviously built on customer service. If we aren’t providing exceptional customer service at all times, then we aren’t doing our jobs.” Errands Plus offers gift certificates as a way to give a unique gift to someone who could use a little more free time, or just an extra hand. Contact Errands Plus today to start saving time, simplify your life, and finally complete your to do list.
Arts & Culture, cont’d from Page 7 For more info, end email to: George. Lies@mail.wvu.edu or Patricia.Patteson@mail.wvu.edu. Morgantown Poets, an informal notfor-profit, all-volunteer community group that meets from 7-9 p.m. the 3rd Thursday of each month at the MAC, provides literary enthusiasts in north-central West Virginia the opportunity to express themselves, share their work, network and to connect up-and-coming writers with more established authors. New writers are welcome. Join the group on Facebook by entering “Morgantown Poets” in Facebook’s search. Or join Morgantown Poets mailing list by writing to email@example.com or the listserve at http://groups.yahoo.com/ group/motownpoetry.
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By: Jessica Harner Invitations are the first element of your wedding that your guests will see and they set the tone for your wedding. Undoubtedly the bride wants them to be very, very special. If you’ve priced invitations, however, you were probably surprised at some of the costs, particularly when you factor in envelopes, postage, RSVP cards and any “little extras”. And to top it off, the average wedding guest throws it away not long after the special day has passed. This is the reason behind the beginning of Celebrations Unlimited, a Morgantown-based company that offers invitations and social stationery for every reason to celebrate. Celebrations Unlimited owner, Vickie Trickett, started the business with the goal of offering quality invitations and social stationery that would fit into any budget. Trickett says “I started by offering only custom-designed products, however I quickly began getting requests for the higher-end, “fancy” products as well.” To meet these requests, Vickie became a vendor of Carlson Craft products. This allowed her the opportunity to expand her product base and continue to provide affordable invitations and social stationery. It also allowed her to expand into the business side of the market and offer a full line of stationery, marketing materials, and promotional items to businesses clients. In 2010, Celebrations Unlimited looks to expand to offer event planning, decorating, and linen rentals for social occasions. Trickett says, “We’ve planned a few weddings and parties for friends and feel that its time to officially add that to our services. In 2008 a good friend was getting married and asked me to do her wedding invitations and help with the planning. It was a destina-
tion wedding outside of Niagara Falls, New York with a pirate theme. Everyone loved the invitations! We sealed them with wax with the groom’s last initial in the wax, which was a ring that he wore to the ceremony. Guests were encouraged to ‘dress in character’” Although it was not required most did. It was an outdoor wedding with the bride and groom arriving by boat. This is one of the reasons I love what I do. Instead of worrying about pulling this type of event together, the couple was able to sit back and enjoy it almost as if they were guests at their own event.” So many people lead busy lives, and they don’t have time to plan a birthday or anniversary celebration. They need a little help. A bride-to-be may just need a few suggestions on catering, music, etc., or she may be looking for someone to work with vendors, confirm contracts, handle all of the planning details, and be on site the day of the wedding to manage the timeline. Trickett works with couples to create a package that meets their needs, from invitations to turning out the lights at the end of the big day. The full line of social stationery, which includes wedding products, social occasion invitations, graduation products, anniversary and vow renewal invitations, baby invitations, printed napkins, personalized mailing labels, and greeting cards, is available to view and purchase online. Trickett offers, “Our customers can browse the website at their leisure, make a selection, and even place their order, all conveniently from the comfort of their home. If they need help, we can sit down with them, make suggestions and help them choose the invitation that best works for their event and budget. For a custom designed invitation, we get an understanding of the event and how they see the day unfolding. From this we create a unique invitation ensemble that sets the mood and still fits their budget.” To schedule a free, no obligation consultation, contact Celebrations Unlimited at 304.212.4890, or email orders@ celebrationsunlimited.org. To view social products, visit www.celebrationsunlimited.cceasy.com. For business products, more on event planning, decorating services, linen rental and custom designs, visit www.celebrationsunlimited.org.
Cast Your Vote Now! What’s your Favorite Fare?
From Burgers and Fries to Sushi and Sake, we want to know where you love to eat! Nominate and vote for your pick in our Local Restaurant of the Month contest. Every month we will list the top 3 candidates based on reader nominations. Tell us who your favorite is and why. The readers will vote to decide who will reign as Restaurant of the Month. The winning restaurant will be featured “In the Spotlight” and receive a free advertisement in Cheatlake.com E-Magazine for that month. Email your nominations to email@example.com by the 20th of each monht, with the subject, “Restaurant Nomination”.
It’s Back!!!! One of West Virginia’s oldest and most renowned traditions returns after a five year break to entertain and amaze attendees with an endless array of family fun, food, animals, entertainment, exhibits, rides, pageant, music, competitions and more!
ARIES: The New Year gets off to a smooth start for you, Aries. Although things are running well at work, don’t be tempted to take a vacation. Now is the time to push new ideas. TAURUS: With the holiday season over and darker days upon us, the winter blues may set in. If bright lights at home don’t help, a trip to a tropical locale with plenty of sunshine could cure you. GEMINI: The 22nd is the ideal time for a romantic dinner with your partner or significant other. It could also inspire you to concentrate your efforts on finishing work projects. CANCER: Your financial picture comes into clear view this month. Give it a boost by making up for holiday spending. It’s time to sit down and plan a budget for the rest of the year or at least the next six months. LEO: The 8th opens new doors at work for you. Don’t be afraid to take on new responsibilities or apply for a promotion. Outline strategies to implement your dream. VIRGO: You are confronted with a long-standing issue or troubling relationship. Resolve it now with patience and open-mindedness. Remember that aerobic exercise helps to clear the mind. LIBRA: With these cold weather months, the urge to nest at home is strong. It may be the time to upgrade an appliance, start a new decorating project, or look into finer quarters. SCORPIO: The stars predict a year of transition for you, Scorpio. January is the month to harness your ambitions. Expand your mind by taking educational courses that will further your goals. SAGITTARIUS: Creative juices flow better when you are working with a small group of peers. Seek out collaborative efforts that will benefit all involved. The relationships you build will be helpful in the future. CAPRICORN: Although you now feel more secure financially than in recent years, you must still take extra care in entering any financial deals. Weigh major purchases carefully and beware of impulse buying. AQUARIUS: Take stock of what you have learned over the last year and use these life lessons to create a foundation for an exciting year ahead. Be clear about what you want and work toward new goals. PISCES: Go ahead and make that resolution to live a healthier life. Consider pulling together a few friends or family members and make a date to skate, play ball, or exercise together.
ENJOY A WILD AND WONDERFUL CULINARY ADVENTURE AT “A FESTIVAL OF FOOD AND WINES” Explore the seven continents at the Festival of Food and Wines planned for the weekend of January 15-17, 2010 at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown, West Virginia. This will be the twenty-sixth anniversary gourmet getaway planned at the resort, with non-stop cooking classes, seminars and demonstrations by experts guaranteed to wow the many guests for whom cooking is a passion. The festival will feature a “Wild and Wonderful Culinary Adventure” with a palate that spans the continents. Many “ports of call” are planned for this adventurous weekend. The festivities will open on Friday evening, debarking from West Virginia, with a welcome wine and cheese reception featuring a variety of wines and cheeses from the region. This year following the reception, our very own Executive Chef Brian Yarborough will introduce a very special guest (impersonator) with a fun and entertaining “Cooking with Julia Child”! Cuisines from various countries will be showcased Saturday, from Italian Cuisine, through the Tuscan Countryside, mixing in some Savory Chocolates and a whole lot more! Immediately following the morning sessions, will be an afternoon Chef’s Lunch. Included in the package, the buffet luncheon will feature the dishes prepared in the morning classes. The afternoon starts with a repeat of the seminars, followed by more cooking classes. Don’t forget to visit our International Market, various vendor displays for your shopping enjoyment. Each vendor will donate a prize to be given away to a few lucky guests at the end of the Chef’s Dinner on Saturday evening. The premier event of the weekend will be Saturday night’s cocktail reception and Chef’s Dinner. Guests will enjoy a planetary palate at the reception and dinner, with wine pairings. The plated gourmet dinner will feature each chef from the afternoon sessions, who will be offering the items demonstrated in each of the classes, as well as other items prepared by them. Wrapping up the weekend will be Sunday’s Chef’s Brunch. All of the chef’s will be on hand to mingle with the guests and offer one-onone tips. The sweet price for the Festival of Food and Wines is only $415 per couple (plus tax), which includes a double room Friday and Saturday nights, Welcome Reception Friday evening, breakfast Saturday morning, Chef’s Lunch Saturday afternoon, Chef’s Dinner on Saturday evening, Chef’s Brunch Sunday morning, all classes, seminars and demonstrations. Day packages are available for only $125 per person (plus tax). For reservations, please call toll free 1.800.624.8300. The complete itinerary is available on line at www.LakeviewResort.com. *Talent and schedule subject to change
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Easton Elementary School 2901 Point Marion Road Morgantown, WV 26505 Telephone: 304-291-9228 Fax : 304-284-9350 Grades : PK-04 Morgantown High School 109 Wilson Avenue Morgantown, WV 26501 Telephone: 304-291-9260 Fax : 304-291-9263 Grades : 09-12 Technical Education Center 1000 Mississippi Street Morgantown, WV 26501 Telephone: 304-291-9240 Fax : 304-291-9247 University High School 991 Price Street Morgantown, WV 26505 Telephone: 304-291-9270 Fax : 304-291-9248 Grades : 09-12
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Maranatha Christian Academy (Private) 275 Canyon Road Morgantown, WV 26508 Telephone: 304-594-3717 Morgantown Learning Academy (Private) 123 Discovery Place Morgantown, WV 26508 Telephone: 304-296-9554 St. Francis Central Catholic School (Private) 41 Gutherie Lane Morgantown, WV 26505 Telephone: 304-291-5070 Trinity Christian School (Private) 200 Trinity Way Morgantown, WV 26505 Telephone: 304-291-4659
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