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No. 12 2003 Second Section of The Pocahontas Times Serving Snowshoe Mountain, Slaty Fork, Green Bank, Cass and tourism throughout Pocahontas County "News you can resort to! " Post Office No. 436=640 ISSN No. 07388373 Decq.,mber AROUND THE COUNTY Dec. 5 Patron Apprecia- tion and Christmas Party, Pocahontas Coun- ty Historical Museum Marlinton. Old Christmas items will be displayed, 31US an exhibit of vintage 3hotos by Cal Gay, an early 1900s photogra- 3her who took )anoram- ic 3hotos around the county of reumons scenery, towns and buildings. Music md re- freshments round out the fun. Hours are Friday, 5-7 3.m. before the Christmas Parade); Satur- day, 10 a.m.-5 ).m.; and Sunday, -4 ).m. No ad- mission charge. Dec. 5 Christmas Pa- rade, Marlinton. 800- 336-7009 Get into the spirit of Christmas, er oy the )arade and watch Santa arnve into town. You can do some shop- ping and visit the local craft show while enjoying all the lovely Christmas decorations. Dec. 5 Visitor's Bureau Open House - Mudinton depot. Com by the depot and celet)rate the holiday season with us m the beautifull', decorated historic de 3ot on Fourth Avenue in Madinton. Enjoy all the lovely Christ- mas decorations watch the Christmas Parade md have a cup of egg nog or hot ,pple cider, Then head over to the Poca- hontas County Opera House and :heck out the arts and crafts ;how. Dec. 5, 6 Christmas Arts and Craft O )era House, Downtown Mar. linton. You'll be able to stock up on Ireat gifts before, during md after the Marfinton Christmas Parade The craft show will atso be open ;atur- day Dec. 6. Dec. 5 Science Film in the Science Center Au- see Events pg, G Y ge to rise its ashes Pritt Editor part of tourism's fu- ture m Pocahontas .v is deeply ed in its past. he Allegheny Lodge, a tination for sportsmen their ladies in the early i centurx: is having new breathed into it by State ator Walt Helmick. lmick purchased the erty two years ago. plans to rebuild the on the existing foun- n and build the AI- benv. Lodge back to its aer grandeu Tim four- lodge burned in Octo- 1983. All that remains four cabins, a garage an apartment, the cellar a shell of the original that held the lodge. first floor had two be- double fireplaces was essentially one obviously segregated then-gender-specific in- ts a piano and dainty iture on one side, a bar, (in later days) and rStuffed furniture on the r. Taxidermied wildlife I bear to deer and asants to blue heron :found throughout the e's main floor. Elk hung on the porches. liture from antique to ern graced the pine rs and the staircases t exceptional wood- ngs of art. The large, porches were won- breezy escapes with views. The sec- third floors were for The kitchen, din- game room and room were in the And at the top of lodge was a widow's walk where the scenery of the Knapps Creek Valley was visible for miles. Helmick plans to have the first floor much like it was and have 12 guest rooms, each with a private bath- room, on the second floor. The third floor will house the restaurant which Helmick plans to be up- scale. The view from the lodge as it is now is pretty. A view from the third floor will be spectacular. The senator en- visions a covered porch adja- cent to the restaurant for outdoor dining in appropri- ate weather. Right nox, the main activ- ity on the 200 acre property is refurbishing the three guest cabins and the one where Helmick and his wife, Rita, will live. Ceilings and floors in all the cabins are pine and in excellent condi- tion. The Helmicks have re- searched paint colors and The waterworks. Minnehaha Mist will be bottled on the premises. fixtures so that the cabins will reflect the era in which they were built. Construc- tion on the main lodge building will begin next summer, Helmick said. Helmick is also bottling water from the lodge's re- mote spring. "Minnehaha Mist" will make its debut  imlm comwsy of MIAO wh opened in The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank movmt00 object on kind fully   in the world. ) Center's exhibit hall wel- iii i i! i i I ...... Photo courtesy William P. McNeel Oh, give me a home where the buff...er...elk roam... In its heyday, the Allegheny Lodge crowned a hill outside Minnehaha Springs. These elk are descendants of the original herd brought there from Yellowstone National Park in 1912. The last elk was killed in 1990. sometime early next year. The senator said it will be sold pri- marily at the lodge when it opens and the label will fea- ture the lodge's impressive orig- inal gate. The water will be bottled in the refurbished garage in back of the l.d(:. His interest in the property and its histo- are evident in the was" he can cite the lodge's past from the re- search he has recently fin- ished. He even ants to re- store the telephone number the lodge once had and has contacted its current "owncr." The Allegheny Lodge was begun in 1912 and complet- ed in 1913 at a cost of $20,000. The lodge was called the Allegheny Sports- photos by Carol Moore and Pare Prttt men's Club in its early days It looks like a scene from the South during tim Reconstruction Era. and was primarils' a private All that remains o! tim lodge now are the winding stairs to tim front hunting and fishing preserve porch and the empty Immanent. Tim game room was imnmalataty tO the right, the dining room on the left. The kitchen and locker rooms See LODGE. pg. B were in the rear. Green Bank Science Center invites you to 'Catch the Wave' this winter Barbara Eiliott Writer hen you ask someone directions to the National Radio Astronomy Ob- servatory (NRAO) in Green Bank and they say, "You can't miss it.  believe me, take their word for it. The Green Bank Tele- scope (GBTL the prima instrument at the facilit); looms over the tranquil Deer Creek Valley like an enormous satellite dish trained to pick up television transmissions from Mars. But the GBT twhich true scientific types like myself know really stands for Great Big Telescope) has a much more worthwhile pur- pose than receiving Martian sitcoms. It's there to help us gain a better understanding of the Universe. Scientists from around the world use NRAO telescopes to study virtually all wpes of astronomical objects known, from planets and comets in our own Solar System to quasars and galaxies billions of light-years away, The science of radio as- tronomy is a relatively new one, having its origins in the accidental dis- covery of a naturally oc- curring radio signal by a Bell Laborato- ries scientist named Karl Jansky in 1932. Un- like optical astronomy, which is what typically comes to mind when we think of radio astronomy allows tures" of objects too far with the most powerful capturing and amplifying incredibly weak radio signals and converting them into digital infor- mation, they are able to map objects in space that have never been seen before. The Green Bank Observatory" took a giant leap forward in public education earlier this year with the addition of its new Science Cen- tel which is dedicated to educating the public about the field of radio astronomy. Its center- piece is a 4,) square foot exhibit hall filled with interactive displays based on the theme Catch the Wave." The center also houses a beautiful auditori- um, a gift shop featuring cosmically creative items, and a car6 where snacks and box lunch- es can be purchased. Massive windows on one end of the building reveal an awesome view across a Star Party Patio lance. The building classrooms used for NRAO's own purposes and which are .sometimes used by community groups for classes and meetings. Tour Dr Cara Rose is ve' excited that Xhe new center has allowed NRAO to expand its free public tour program to a year-round op- eration. From now through May, the Science See g. 7 IN ISSUE Allegheny Lodge .... 1,8 NRAO ............ 1, 7 Things to do ....... 11 8 Personality Profile ..... 2 Making Snow ......... 2 Dining Review ....... 3 PCCVB column ....... 3 B&B Review ........ 4 Snowsh0e Firetower., .4 New shop in Durbin ...5 Quarter Sharing ....... 5 New CVB staffer ...... 6 Exploring Outdoors ...6 Village Rail Competition6 Ski Pass Insurance ..... 6