Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Davis, West Virginia

first_imgDavis is perhaps the region’s best year-round adventure hub, in the heart of Tucker County, West Va. During the winter, the town and surrounding Canaan Valley receives around 150 inches of snowfall, making it one of the top snowsports destinations in the South. Two of Appalachia’s best resorts are within striking distance of Davis.During the warmer months, Davis is a world-class mountain biking and hiking destination, with epic singletrack in Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, and Monongahela National Forest.At an elevation of 3,200 feet, the small mountain town of Davis, West Virginia, was once home to a bustling logging industry. Today outdoor recreation and tourism drives Davis’s economy and attracts visitors from around the world. It’s also an up-and-coming microbrew scene.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? The Dolly Sods Wilderness area, a crown jewel of the Monongahela National Forest, affords hikers entrance into a remote wilderness setting where elevations vary from 2,700 to over 4,500 feet, and the ecosystems are more reminiscent of those found in southern Canada.Vote now at!davis-trail-sign-ablast_img read more

Bar seeks members who want to help educate the public about merit selection

first_imgBar seeks members who want to help educate the public about merit selection If you’d like to play a part in educating the public about merit selection versus election for trial judges, The Florida Bar is looking for you. Board of Governors member Jack Brandon, outgoing chair of the Bar’s Special Committee on Merit Selection and Retention Implementation, told the board at its Naples meeting the committee is proceeding with its 10-point plan for educating voters. The November general election ballot will offer voters an option of choosing all county and circuit court judges by the merit selection and retention process or continuing to elect them at the polls. The board has endorsed the merit system, and is launching an informational campaign for voters. “We are looking for people to work with local area team captains who are willing to go out and speak to local groups about this issue, to meet with newspaper editorial boards and go to local TV stations,” Brandon said. “We are still striving toward an education approach. We admittedly have a position, but we are trying to get the word out so voters will be educated on this issue.” He also invited board members and voluntary bar leaders to work with the team captains in the campaign. Anyone interested in helping should contact Bar Communications Director Park Trammell at (850) 561-5669 or preparing materials for the campaign, Brandon said the Bar’s Citizens Forum, created last year to provide lay input on various issues, has been invaluable. He said the committee presented its 10-point plan to the forum and “they really opened our eyes on how to communicate. Their comments were most helpful. We’re going to rework our video script, we’re going to rework our pamphlet so it’s more user friendly and we can get our point across.” The videotape and pamphlets are expected to be ready by mid-July. Brandon said the committee is working on two versions of the video: a 15-minute version that can be shown by itself and a shorter segment that can be used by speakers to civic or other groups. In addition, the committee is developing relevant statistics, including the number of contested judicial elections involving incumbents under the current system. Preliminary figures show “relatively few judicial elections throughout the state,” Brandon said. Bar seeks members who want to help educate the public about merit selection July 15, 2000 Regular Newslast_img read more

Connecting credit unions to serve Hispanics

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A program that brings together credit unions committed to serving the Hispanic market is expanding nationwide with the goal to provide financial products and services in a safe, trustworthy environment.Created in 2005 by the former Texas Credit Union League, Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) works to ensure credit unions have adequate policies, procedures, products, and services to meet the financial needs of Hispanics, a growing—and underserved—group, says Pablo DeFillipi, vice president of membership and business development for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.Last September, the Cornerstone Credit Union League and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions announced they would begin working together to bring the program to interested credit unions across the country.“The national expansion of Juntos Avanzamos is the result of the convergence of two credit union organizations committed to financial inclusion and who recognized the need for a national framework to connect credit unions serving the Hispanic market in general and the immigrant market in particular,” DeFillipi says. continue reading »last_img read more