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" kOUIAI[II TIgf December 2003 pie You Meet Lauren Stanfield Bennett Age: 39 Born: Randallstown MD Husband: Steven W. Ben- nett Children: Amy, 9, Kristen, 6, Kevin, 4 Education: Degree in Recre- ation from WVU Occupation." Director, Parks and Recreation Hobbies: Floating on the river, basketmaking and possibly caning chairs Favorite 31ovie: The Sting Favorite Author: Tom Clancy or Ken Follett Philsophy of Life: Enjoy it! Float when you can! " auren Bennett was | working in Bartow in .JL...A1989 for the USDA Forest Service when she read about a job with Parks and Recreation in The Pocahontas Times. Since she was sup- posed to be a Wilderness Ranger instead of being on a trail crew, she was ready to head back to Montana where she'd been a River Ranger for the Bureau of Land Manage- ment, a cook at a ski resort and an outfitter with a fly fishing company. She took the chance and landed the job. Since then, Parks and Rec has been infllsed with enthusi- asm offering programs such as swimming, Santa's Workshop, swing dancing, basket making, caning chairs, felting and more. Her first years were spent planning activities and getting much-needed publicity for the ..--'program. She rode a bicycle in Lauren Bennett Philsophy of Enjoy it! Float when you can! an early Autumn Harvest pa- rade in which she pulled a canoe full of children. When she left the parade and went to town to take in other Autumn Harvest activities, she found none. Lauren collaborated with then-Tourism Commission di- rector Cara Hefner Rose and at the next Autumn Harvest Fes- tival, Marlinton residents made a 12-foot pumpkin pie. By the next year, Lauren added harvest-time contests like apple peeling and hay bale throwing. And then came the famous--or infamous--Road- kill Cookoff. She's certainly jumped right in and made things happen. In addition to her job, she also volunteers in a number of organizations, most notably the Opera House Foundation where she is treasurer and chair of the programming com- mittee. That committee is re- sponsible for booking the qual- it3" acts and shows that Marlin- ton has been privy to for the past two years. The West Virginia Universi- ty Percussion Ensemble, in- eluding Pocahontas County High School grad Robert Alon- so, of Green Bank, recently performed there to a nearly full house. John McCutcheon drew people from all over the state to the Opera House in Marlin- ton. The Preternatural Players gave a rousing comedic per- formance of Shakespeare's Compleat Works (Abridged} and the multi-talented Mar- garet Baker did her hilarious one-woman act. In addition, Baker brings an annual dra- matic performance using local acting talent and works with kids as they write, stage and perform their own work. Music performances from rock to reg- gae and classical to bluegrass have all graced the stage at the Opera House thanks to I,auren and her diverse committee. "\\;\e all have different inter- ests," she said. It's worked so well that now people want to book the Opera House in addition to the com- mittee seeking acts. "That's been pretty." neat," she said. A year ago an audience of 80 was a thrill, she said. Now the Opera House draws from 165 to more than 200 people for some shows, with the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys one of the top draws so far. The Opera House is certain- ly affordable entertainment. Most shows are $7, some as lit- tle as $5 and some are just by donation. "We like to keep the prices down," Lauren said, "so that a typical family of five can come out and enjoy them- selves." Since she's a member of "a typical family of five," she knows of what she speaks. 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The Pocahontas County resort is home to more than 4(10 snow guns, the largest collection in the southeastern United States. With 1(10% snowmak- ing capabilities at the Silver Creek, Snowshoe and Western Territory areas, the resort's hard-working crews can cover all 57 slopes on the mountain with soft white flakes at a tremendous pace. And there is nothing fake or artificial about these flakes. Snowshoe Mountain recycles water from the resort's 40-acre, 125-million-gallon Shavers Lake to produce snow the same way Mother Nature does-- just without the clouds. Producing snow for the re- gion's largest four-season resort still requires cold temperatures--anything under 32 = will do. "The beauty of Snowshoe's snowmaking is the recycling process," said Ed Galford, Snowshoe Mountain's vice president of,Mountain Operations. "We use water from Shavers Lake to produce snow on our slopes. When the snow melts, it flows back into Shavers Lake where it is cycled back through the system to make more snow." The continuous water supply combined with the right weather conditions allow Snowshoe's veteran snowmaking crews to make 2,500 tons of fresh snow per hour at full capacity. That's the equivalent of covering five football fields with a foot of snow in since early November, when tern one hourimagine the possibilities! atures began to cooperate. Photos courtesy Snowshoe ldln. Snowshoe has been making snow tbu'll see her. one or more children in tox, at Parks and Rec events all over the county, at the Opera House for nearh every performance and in whatever she can to help out. "Do whatever you can to make things better." she said. And float a little, too, while you're at it. f2 Your Complete Building Center! Monday - Friday 7:30 - 5:30, Saturday 8 - 5 Rt. 219, Marlinton 790-4912 Associate Broker. Pat Dunbrack. Sales Associate - 173.3 :-