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We Want Your Youth Spring Sports Photos

It’s spring time and with the winter we had everyone is itching to get outside and enjoy the warm temperature, especially kids. Now that the weather is nice, youth sports are in full swing and so are your cameras! Connect-Bridgeport is asking you to send us some of your favorite photos of the current youth sports so we can put them in a Youth Spring Sports Photo Gallery!
 
Please send your photos to info@connect-bridgeport.com
 
Update: The community has already started sending their photos in. Click here to check out all of the photos that have been added to the Youth Sports Galley so far.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 24, 2014 EST


VTC Announces New Summer Shakespeare Program

Tuesday marked the 450th birthday of the world’s most important and influential playwright, William Shakespeare.
 
The Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young is taking advantage of this anniversary to proudly announce their newest and largest entertainment venture, SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS.
 
West Virginia is one of only two states in the USA that does not have an established, annual summer Shakespeare event. The Vintage Theatre Company is hoping to begin filling that void this summer with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
“There are some theatre companies in the state that routinely program excellent productions of Shakespeare’s plays into their seasons, sometimes annually,” said Young. “Our goal is for SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS to eventually grow into something closer to the Shakespeare Festivals that exist in other states, with one big difference.”
 
Borrowing from a model made popular and successful in Montana and utilizing Vintage Theatre’s VTC to GO program, SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS will move throughout the state making quality, live theatrical productions of Shakespeare's plays accessible to communities in West Virginia, with an emphasis on underserved rural areas who would not otherwise have this opportunity.
 
“With the current lack of Shakespeare being produced in West Virginia, I am not convinced that any one community in our state is ready to host a large-scale, multiple week, multiple venue festival,” said Young. “However, we can put a production together that is able to be performed on any flat patch of grass that we can find. Then we can move that production from community to community and create events that feature more activities than just the show where families, friends, and neighbors can gather year after year.”
 
This summer will be a small, test balloon version of SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKS, as performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are scheduled in Shinnston, Grafton, and Fairmont throughout the month of July.
 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare's most popular comedy, was written around 1594 or ‘95. It portrays the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors and their interactions with woodland fairies and a duke and duchess. Taking place in a mythical Athens and an enchanted forest, there are a handsome fairy king, a misguided parent, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who's transformed into a half-donkey, wood sprites, and elves. This work is widely performed around the world, and no wonder - it's about the world's most popular pastime, falling in love. But as Puck knows, falling in love can make fools of us all.
 
“We went back and forth between several of Shakespeare’s comedies before making our decision,” said Young. “But, we think this is the best choice to start off this new adventure. This show is a romantic comedy with plenty of physical humor and fantasy; it really has a lot of great ingredients.”
 
Auditions for this summer’s production will be held by appointment May 12-14 at The VTC Academy Studio in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Actors interested in auditioning are encouraged to contact Vintage Theatre by email at VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com to request a complete audition notice and to secure an appointment.
 
The performances will be held on July 12 and 19 at The Ferguson Park Performance Center in Shinnston, West Virginia; July 18 at the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, West Virginia; and July 20 at Heston Farm Winery in Fairmont, West Virginia.
 
Young says that VTC is still looking at the possibility of adding some additional performance opportunities for the show this summer.
 
“We would like to add at least one, maybe two more performances of the show, but we need to keep the program small this summer so we can keep the quality high and not move too fast too soon,” said Young. “It will take time for SHAKEASPEARE IN THE PARKS to become what we are all hoping for, but we are confident we can get there.”
 
Community Leaders and Civic Groups interested in bringing a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to their community this July should contact VTC to GO by emailing VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com or calling 1-855-VTC-8588.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 24, 2014 EST


BHS Student Among 20 Bucklew Scholars at WVU

West Virginia University’s 2014 class of Bucklew Scholars had so many universities to pick from.
 
These 20 top-performing West Virginia high school seniors had the chance to spend their next four years at Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown or Notre Dame, among others. They’re much happier as Mountaineers, however, as many of them say WVU feels like home.
 
Ahmed Haque noticed a distinct difference between WVU and other universities he visited. He said WVU works toward a greater good.
 
“WVU is all about family and more about the collective group instead of an individualistic approach. At WVU, the goal of the faculty and students is for the betterment of all instead of the betterment of one,” said the future engineer, who was impressed by the nanotechnology developments going at the University.
 
“I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else,” said Tanner Filben, a future chemical engineer from John Marshall High School. “Both of my parents attended the University, I have lots of friends who attend WVU, and I just love the campus … the people here are so friendly.”
 
The esteemed Neil S. Bucklew Scholarship is valued at $30,000 and provides students with more than $7,500 per year toward educational costs during four years at WVU and is able to be used in addition to the state’s PROMISE Scholarship.
 
Some, like Daniel Berrebi, grew up in Morgantown and knew from very early on they’d be Mountaineers.
 
“I want to stay in West Virginia and give back,” said Berrebi, who will be a biology student in the fall. “My heart is here. I’ve grown up watching sports here. My dad is professor here. I feel like I’m part of this community. When I visit these other places, it doesn’t feel like me. I feel like I belong in a way.”
 
Cassidy Bland, who plans to study biomedical engineering in the fall, said: “Ever since I was little, I have loved the school spirit at WVU. My dad brought me to my first basketball game when I was just 7-years-old, and that is when I fell in love with the school spirit here.”
 
Others, like Patrick Thomas, were sold by their experiences last summer during Governor’s Honors Academy on campus. For three weeks, high school students stay in Honors Hall and get a taste for what life would be like as a college student in Morgantown.
 
“Honestly, I didn’t want to go to WVU for a while. But, over the summer, I went to Governor’s Honors Academy and saw the campus and met with so many of the professors. It opened my eyes to what an amazing school WVU really is,” said Thomas, who will major in chemical engineering. “After learning more about the campus, it started to feel like where I belong. I’ve toured other places, but it just didn’t feel right.”
 
Peter Welker, an aspiring general practitioner or family doctor, had a similar experience with Governor’s Honors Academy.
“The folks there really encouraged me to apply to WVU,” he said. “My sister, who currently attends WVU, gave me a glowing recommendation, as well. Of course, WVU is the best college in the state, and I want to be part of it.”
 
Cassidy Seamon said the opportunity to take part in WVU’s new biomedical engineering program, which was approved by the Board of Governor’s in 2013, made her decision relatively easy about where to spend her next four years.
 
“I can grow as this new program grows,” said Seamon of University High School. “It will be fun to research and meet new people, and I’ll be comfortable, because family and friends will be close.”
 
Kensey Bergdorf, who would like to be pathologist or surgeon, became interested in WVU when she received a pamphlet for the school’s immunology program at a college fair.
 
“I’ve been crazy about that since I could remember,” she said. “There were no other schools that I applied to that I looked at that had that major … The more I come up here, the more I fell in love with it.”
 
Elizabeth Blankenship will study literature, linguistics and secondary education with a focus in Chinese. She fell in love with the University’s Chinese studies program, which began in 2008 and has produced multiple Critical Language Scholars. WVU is also the only school in the state that Blankenship looked into that offered Chinese.
 
“I met with the Chinese teacher in the Honors program on a tour, and they were just so welcoming,” she said. “I felt like it was a good place to call home for four years.”
 
Nathan Spencer, like many of this year’s Bucklew Scholars, felt like WVU’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, which is ranked in the top 50 of engineering schools in enrollment and graduation, was the best to further their education. A total of 12 Bucklew Scholars this year want to major in an engineering field.
 
“I wanted to stay in West Virginia, and WVU’s engineering program is top notch. That’s what sets WVU apart from the other schools where I applied,” said Spencer, who will major in computer engineering and computer science. “The labs are incredible.”
 
Weekly emails from faculty in the Statler College that helped Corey Crumm make his choice.
 
“They were filled with tips for coming to college. I haven’t received individual attention like that from other schools,” said Crumm, who would like to earn his master’s degree and then work in the green energy technology field. “It felt like home in that regard, and a place that I could see myself living in for the next four years.”
 
The engineering faculty were also open to Caroline Wylie’s idea of sports engineering, as well, which made her feel comfortable that the University could give her the opportunities she expected from a higher education institution.
 
“Everybody was very excited for me, and that was great, because nobody had really heard of it yet,” said Wylie, who will graduate a year early from Hampshire High School and major in mechanical engineering and sport management. “I needed somebody that I knew would support me the whole way, and I think WVU can give me that support.”
 
WVU is well known for offering undergraduate research opportunities from the start of a student’s career at the University. That’s what former Foundation Scholars told Amrita Valluri during the college search process.
 
“They encouraged me to apply,” said Valluri, a Cabell Midland High School senior. “The top-rated exercise physiology program is what appealed to me … I am really looking forward to the research opportunities the exercise physiology program offers.”
 
Similar research opportunities in engineering impressed Anna Cokeley, as well, especially since she plans to research new sustainable energy sources.
 
“As a growing world, we’re going to confront energy issues. We’re going to need other forms of energy, and at WVU it gives me the opportunity to be that person to help,” she said.
 
Some Bucklew Scholars said WVU’s tuition and scholarship opportunities give the University an edge over others. In fact, the University was ranked as the sixth most-affordable in-state institution in the country, according to the College Board last year.
 
“The opportunities at WVU are incredible especially for the value. I especially like the personal care you get from faculty. I just don’t know how WVU does it and remains so affordable,” said Hannah Minihan, who will study biology beginning in the fall. “The faculty do such a great job in making students comfortable and important.”
 
Aspiring oncologist Savannah Lusk said: “I applied to WVU, because it’s the best value for your money. What could be better than staying in your home state and getting a great education?”
 
Karen Laska can’t wait to study abroad while at WVU. She said the affordable opportunities to do so are much greater than at other schools she visited.
 
“It’s a tremendous opportunity that I’m really looking forward to. My mom is from Ireland and her alma mater is University of Ulster, and WVU has a program with them,” said Laska, who would like to work in the government and in international relations.
 
For all of the 2014 Bucklew Scholars, though, WVU felt like the right fit. 
 
“It’s always been where I knew I wanted to go. I had one brother that went here, my mom went here, but growing up I was always a Mountaineer sports fan. It’s just the right fit. I was always up here with my brother, and it just seemed like the right place for me to go,” said Joel Bracken, a future pharmacy student from Oak Hill High School. “West Virginia has a pull to it. When you’re from here, a lot of people will go around the world but they’ll come back and it’s where they like it best.”
 
Nanda Siva, an aspiring radiologist and research scientist from Parkersburg, said: “My family is close by, and I know friends, and it just makes me feel more at home. It’s not home, but I’ll have an easier time calling it home.”
 
For some, like Nicole Hegele, moving onto college will give her the challenge she’s been waiting for from a University.
 
“I’m leaving everything I’ve known, and that’s something that’s huge … I’m excited for someone to look at me and wonder if I can figure it out instead of them expecting me to. I want that challenge – the next level,” said Hegele, who wants to be a politican. “WVU will offer me that.”
 
Neil S. Bucklew, the scholarship’s creator, served as WVU’s 20th president from 1986 to 1995. The scholarships are part of the University’s comprehensive awards program and are supported, in part, by the WVU Foundation, the private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for the benefit of WVU.
 
These students are now eligible for WVU’s top academic award, the Foundation Scholarship, which is awarded to five of the Bucklew Scholars. The Foundation Scholars will be announced in May.
 
“The WVU Foundation, through the generosity of many donors, is pleased to have a role in providing funding for this award,” said Cindi Roth, Foundation president and CEO. “Donors tell us they give to WVU because they want to see the lives of students transformed and their experiences at the University enriched.  It is our hope, through this award, that doors will be opened and opportunities to excel both inside and outside the classroom will abound.”
 
The 20 scholars, their high schools and hometowns, are:
•             Kensey Bergdorf, Ripley High School, Evans
•             Daniel Berrebi, Morgantown High School, Morgantown
•             Cassidy Bland, Brooke High School, Wellsburg
•             Elizabeth Blankenship, Point Pleasant High School, Point Pleasant
•             Joel Bracken, Oak Hill High School, Fayetteville
•             Anna Cokeley, Ritchie County High School, Harrisville
•             Corey Crumm, Elkins High School, Elkins
•             Tanner Filben, John Marshall High School, Glen Dale
•             Ahmed Haque, Bridgeport High School, Bridgeport
•             Nicole Hegele, Shady Spring High School, Shady Spring
•             Karen Laska, Wheeling Park High School, Triadelphia
•             Savannah Lusk, Wyoming East High School, Covel
•             Hannah Minihan, Huntington High School, Huntington
•             Cassidy Seamon, University High School, Morgantown
•             Nanda Siva, Parkersburg High School, Vienna
•             Nathan Spencer, University High School, Morgantown
•             Patrick Thomas, Hurricane High School, Hurricane
•             Amrita Valluri, Cabel Midland High School, Huntington
•             Peter Welcker, Parkersburg South High School, Parkersburg
•             Caroline Wylie, Hampshire High School, Romney

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 24, 2014 EST


Wesleyan Spring Choral Concert to be Held April 27

The West Virginia Wesleyan College spring choral concert "Glory and Honor" will be performed on Sunday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Wesley Chapel.  It will feature the Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale, and Concentus Vocum.
 
Under the direction of R. Daniel Hughes, the choirs will perform several choral works, including Vivaldi's Gloria, which will feature student soloists Mary Simms, Molly Summers, Laura Mekhail, Brooke McVaney, Lily Kurfman, and members of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  The concert will also feature David Conte's Elegy for Matthew, a work written for the memory of Matthew Shephard; two of Ron Nelson's Three Mountain Ballads; Lee Hoiby's Last Letter Home, a setting of Private Jesse Given's last letter to his family; Monteverdi's Beatus Vir; and several other works.
 
The concert is free and open to the public.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 24, 2014 EST


Traffic Delays Between Joyce Street and West Pike Street

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that there will be a Traffic Delay on US Route 50, both Eastbound & Westbound on Thursday, April 24, 2014 through Friday, May 23, 2014 starting at 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. An alternate route will be County Route 20.
 
The purpose for delay is dismantling of the existing railroad bridge structure located just past Sycamore Street Exit going west. Both Eastbound and Westbound lanes from Joyce Street to West Pike Street will have intermittent lane closures during daylight hours. Motorists are advised there will be traffic delays and are encouraged to utilize alternate routes and allow additional time for their commute. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 24, 2014 EST


Bridgeport Police Advising Residents of Potential Scam Involving Salesman

According to the Bridgeport Police Department Facebook page, Bridgeport residents are advised that a man claiming to be selling magazines on behalf of Bridgeport High School is not representing the high school.
 
The post says that Bridgeport City Clerk Andrea Kerr received phone calls today regarding the individual going door  to door Tuesday evening. The man claimed to be a student at BHS.
 
The post said Kerr has talked with officials at BHS. Kerr said the school confirmed no one is selling magazines on their behalf. The department asks that if anyone sees any suspicious activity to contact the Bridgeport Police 304-842-8260. After 4:30 p.m., call headquarters at 304-623-6559.
 
Bridgeport Police are asking for individuals to share this warning via social media.
 
Click HERE to read about a traffic project causing delays on one of the city's busiest roadways.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 23, 2014 EST


Traffic Delays Between Joyce Street, West Pike Street on Rt. 50 Thursday

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that there will be a Traffic Delay on US Route 50, both Eastbound & Westbound on Thursday, April 24, 2014 through Friday, May 23, 2013 starting at 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. An alternate route will be County Route 20.
 
The purpose for delay is dismantling of the existing railroad bridge structure located just past Sycamore Street Exit going west. Both Eastbound and Westbound lanes from Joyce Street to West Pike Street will have intermittent lane closures during daylight hours. Motorists are advised there will be traffic delays and are encouraged to utilize alternate routes and allow additional time for their commute. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 23, 2014 EST


Skin Cancer Screening at UHC

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidences of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. The American Cancer Society provides that more than one million cases of skin cancers are diagnosed annually. 
 
Summer is just around the corner; the best way to lower your risk of skin cancer is to practice good sun safety and have your skin examined on a regular basis. United Hospital Center will be offering skin cancer screenings at no charge on Friday, May 16 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Cecil B. Highland, Jr. & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center.
 
"This is one of UHC's most successful annual screenings," said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN and director of oncology at UHC. "We are delighted to provide this important free service. We hope to reach even more people this year and continue to educate the public on the importance of prevention."
 
Protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation is important all year round, not just during the summer or at the beach. UV rays from the sun can reach you on cloudy and hazy days, as well as bright and sunny days. UV rays also reflect off surfaces like water, cement, sand and snow. Indoor tanning (using a tanning bed, booth, or sunlamp to get tan) exposes users to UV radiation.
 
The hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Daylight Saving Time (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. standard time) are the most hazardous for UV exposure outdoors in the continental United States. UV rays from sunlight are the greatest during the late spring and early summer in North America.
 
Recommended, easy options for protection from UV radiation—
•             Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
•             Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs.
•             Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade your face, head, ears, and neck.
•             Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block both UVA and UVB rays.
•             Use sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection.
•             Avoid indoor tanning.
 
This at no charge skin cancer screening is being offered as a community service of the Cecil B. Highland, Jr.  & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at UHC, which is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons. 
 
Pre-registration for this program is required, for more information contact 1-800-607-8888.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 23, 2014 EST


City's Holiday Inn Express Site of Vendor Show Benefitting Suicide Prevention

The Holiday Inn Express in Bridgeport will be hold a Vendor Show this Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby and breakfast area of the facility. The event is open to the public.
 
Although the vendors will focus primarily on craft, there is a bigger purpose for the event, said Shari Ebaugh, general manager of the facility that is situated off of Interstate 79’s Jerry Dove Drive exit. The show will benefit Suicide Awareness and Prevention.
 
Ebaugh said funds raised during this event will be donated to Messages For Hope - North Central West Virginia and Project SLB Foundation for Team Vanessa Lyon. Team Vanessa Lyon is a group that will be walking in the Walk for Suicide Prevention being held in Fairmont June 7 at noon at Palentine Park. Lyon is a local resident who lost her life to the cause that this will be benefitting.
 
For those that attend, some of the crafters will be Origami Owl ( Independent Designer Shari Marie), Thirty One with Misty Haught, Hair Bows, Scentsy and more. Gift baskets donated by the vendors will be raffled during the event. There will be a concession stand available as well.
 
For those wishing to contribute to the cause or donate an item to raffle, contact Ebaugh at 304-290-7427 or Kayla Lasko at KaylaLasko126@gmail.com. Organizers are hoping to turn this into an annual event.
 
Editor's Note: Pictured above are members of "Team Vanessa Lyon," which will be involved in the vendor show. Photo courtesy of Shari Ebaugh.

by Jeff Toquinto on April 23, 2014 EST


Used Book Sale Under Way at Library

The Bridgeport Public Library is hosting a used book sale beginning Monday, April 21, 2014 and running through Saturday, April 26, 2014! Sale hours are 10:00am to 7:30pm, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the sale is open for $1.00 Bag Day from 12:00pm to 4:30pm. Regular sale prices vary from $0.10 to $2.00 on items such as magazines to hardcover, paperback, and children’s books!
 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 is the Friends of the Library Preview Sale and a membership is required for entry.
 
 
Volunteers are always needed to set up, tear down, and work the sale. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 304-842-8248 or stop by the library’s front desk to register.
 
If you have questions about this event, please contact Natalie Fox at 304-842-8248. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 22, 2014 EST


Southbound Fearing to Open Tour in Harrison County

Red Cord recording artists "Southbound Fearing" has announced Shinnston as the opening city on their 2014 "Undefeated" Tour.  This tour is in support of their new album which hits stores May 27th. 
 
The show is scheduled for May 29th beginning at 6:30 p.m.  and features four bands, including Shinnston's own "Last Year's Model." 
 
The other bands are Alpha Union and Random Hero.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 22, 2014 EST


Earth Day Creations at the Bridgeport Public Library

All children are invited to celebrate Earth Day at the Bridgeport Public Library by creating seed paper bookmarks on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 6:00pm! After serving as a bookmark, this biodegradable craft can go into the ground and produce sprouts for your child to enjoy! Registration is required for this event and can be easily done by calling 304-842-8248 or by stopping by the library’s back desk.
 
If you have questions about this event, please contact Amy Eakle at 304-842-8248.
About Earth Day
 
Every year on April 22, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, clean up their communities, contact their elected officials, and more—all on behalf of the environment.
 
Like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. With smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future. Nothing is more powerful than the collective action of a billion people.
 
Source: http://www.earthday.org/greencities/earth-day-2014/ 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 21, 2014 EST


Win Big Prizes for Your Special Mom; Connect-Bridgeport Sponsors Mother's Day Contest

Do you think you have the best mom in Bridgeport? Well now is your chance to prove it. Connect- Bridgeport is hosting its first Mother’s Day Contest.  To win your mother some great prizes from local vendors here’s what you have to do:
 
  1. Record a 90 second video describing why you feel your mother should win the prize package.  Feel free to
  2.  tell a story, sing a song, recite a poem, or give an explanation on why your mother should be named the winner.
  3. Submit your videos at www.connect-bridgeport.com/mothers-day.cfm or click here.
 
You can send in your videos starting March 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. until April 28, 2014 at 12 p.m.
 
The public can begin voting on the videos starting April 28, 2014 at 12 p.m.  until May 8, 2014 at 12 p.m.
 
The winning Mother will be announced on May 11, 2014.
 
*Must be a registered member of connect-bridgeport.com
*Mother must have a Bridgeport mailing address
 
Prize Donations courtesy of:
The Nest
$25 Gift Card to Blooms Florist
Cinemark Cinemas
Country Peddler
Just Essential Facial from Riversong Spa
Expressions Salon and Day Spa
$50 Gift Card to Mia Margherita Coal Fired Pizzeria
$50 Farmers Market Bucks
Quick Slick
$500 Teeth Whitening from Wilson Martino Dental

by Hannah Cantrell on April 21, 2014 EST


22nd Annual MVB/FSU Golf Tournament to be Held at Bridgeport Country Club

The 22nd annual MVB/Fairmont State Golf Tournament is set for Friday, May 16, at Bridgeport Country Club. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament is annually one of the top fundraisers for the FSU athletic department with net proceeds benefiting athletic scholarships.
 
“While the Golf Tournament offers golfers a day of fellowship, competition and great food, the real winners of the tournament are FSU’s student athletes,” Director of Athletics, Tim McNeely said. “Proceeds of the tournament will benefit (16) Fairmont State University athletic programs through scholarships. For many students, an athletic scholarship is their best chance to earn a college education.”

 “MVB Bank has been a proud supporter of Fairmont State student-athletes over the years and is delighted to once again sponsor the golf tournament,” stated MVB CEO Larry F. Mazza.
 
The event features a two-person, 18-hole scramble across three flights. All participants will receive a welcome gift, lunch and opportunity to win great prizes. Golf and cart fees are $175 per person.

 Sponsorship opportunities are also available ranging from $200-5,000. To enter or become a sponsor, download an application at fightingfalcons.com or contact Chad Fowler for more information at (304) 333-3650 or by email at chad.fowler@fairmontstate.edu.
 
Editor’s Note: From left to right; Tim McNeely, John Schirripa, Chris Pallotta.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 21, 2014 EST


Win Big Prizes for Your Special Mom; Connect-Bridgeport Sponsors Mother's Day Contest

Do you think you have the best mom in Bridgeport? Well now is your chance to prove it. Connect- Bridgeport is hosting its first Mother’s Day Contest.  To win your mother some great prizes from local vendors here’s what you have to do:
 
  1. Record a 90 second video describing why you feel your mother should win the prize package.  Feel free to tell a story, sing a song, recite a poem, or give an explanation on why your mother should be named the winner.
  2. Submit your videos at www.connect-bridgeport.com/mothers-day.cfm or click here.
You can send in your videos starting March 19, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. until April 28, 2014 at 12 p.m.
 
The public can begin voting on the videos starting April 28, 2014 at 12 p.m.  until May 8, 2014 at 12 p.m.
 
The winning Mother will be announced on May 11, 2014.
 
*Must be a registered member of connect-bridgeport.com
*Mother must have a Bridgeport mailing address
 
Prize Donations courtesy of:
The Nest
$25 Gift Card to Blooms Florist
Cinemark Cinemas
Country Peddler
Just Essential Facial from Riversong Spa
Expressions Salon and Day Spa
$50 Gift Card to Mia Margherita Coal Fired Pizzeria
$50 Farmers Market Bucks
Quick Slick
$500 Teeth Whitening from Wilson Martino Dental

by Hannah Cantrell on April 19, 2014 EST


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