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Friday, July 3, 2015
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by Debbie Frederick
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by Debbie Frederick
“Dog Days” officially arrive today, July 3rd. What exactly does that mean?
Some will say that summer’s “dog days” signify hot, sultry days “not fit for a dog,” while others suggest it is weather where dogs go mad.
But, “dog days’ are actually defined as the period from July 3rd through August 11th when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction (or nearly so) with the sun.
It will be the brightest star in the sky and is called the Dog Star because it is part of the constellation Canis Major - the Greater Dog. At 8.6 light-years distance, Sirius is one of the nearest stars to us after the sun. (A light year is nearly 6 trillion miles!) In fact it is the nearest star easily visible to the unaided eye from most of the northern hemisphere.
So, ancient civilizations thought the appearance of Sirius along with the sun would make it much hotter than normal with two bright stars together. Since that did coincide with hot July and August weather it is called “Dog Days.”
An average yearly income of $1.23 million, a yearly payroll of $316,000 and 70-75 employees during peak season.
This is part of the report from North Bend State Park Superintendent Steve Jones to the Ritchie County Economic Development Authority at their monthly meeting Thursday evening.
Jones thought the EDA members should know how the park affects Ritchie County and the economic development of our area.
Last year, 31,500 people spent the night at North Bend whether in a lodge room, cabin or at the campground. West Virginians accounted for 21,000 and 10,500 were out of state visitors. In 2014, there were 236,000 visits to the park. North Bend State Park is considered an average-sized park for West Virginia at approximately 2,500 acres, plus a 305 acre lake that is 7 miles long.
There are 17 full-time employees and with each summer season the need for campground workers, maintenance workers, restaurant staff, housekeeping, etc. increases to keep the park running smoothly for guests. They begin staffing in late April and several employees stay on until November.
Steve Jones, Superintendent of North Bend State Park addresses the Ritchie County EDA at their monthly meeting.
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Harrisville Municipal Bldg Parking Lot
6:00 p.m. Daisy Westfall Cokeley Bldg.
Our second week at Energy Express was all about family. During this week the students focused on their reading and writing skills and incorporating fun art activities to follow along with their stories for the week. The two young classes read the book, “My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother”, while the older classes focused on the chapter book, “The Star Fisher”. Olivia’s class made 3D rotten redheaded brothers and Adam’s class wrote letters to their most beloved family members. Other art activities included popsicle stick families, toilet paper roll families and paintings of family members.
An open house for Smithville Energy Express is scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd, at 5:00 p.m. with a Back to School Carnival to follow from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. All community members are invited to attend the Back to School Carnival.
Smithville Energy Express is happy to announce that the daily number of volunteers has increased to twelve volunteers. Any middle or high school students needing volunteer hours for Leo Club or Honor Society is encouraged to join us at Smithville. For more information contact Samantha Hornish at 304-477-3273
Olivia Goff's class showing off their rotten redheaded older brothers.
Adam Parsons' class gathers around to share letters they wrote to their most beloved family members.
Family Week At Smithville Energy Express
by Samantha Hornish