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FSU Seminar Teaches How to “Handle the Heat and Take Care of Your Feet.”

Now that warmer weather has arrived, a presentation at Fairmont State University will offer tips on how to “Handle the Heat and Take Care of Your Feet.”
 
Dr. Jessica Brown, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, and Jan Kiger, a new faculty member in the School of Education, Health and Human Performance and Program Director of the Outdoor Recreation Leadership minor, will share their knowledge from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in Room 320 of the Education Building. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact Brown at (304) 333-3649  or jbrown56@fairmontstate.edu.
 
“While it is important to get out and exercise this summer; high temps, humidity and exercise can be a dangerous combination. I will review important physiological responses of the body when exercising in the heat and what you can do to maximize performance and minimize your chances of becoming susceptible to heat illness,” Brown said.
 
Kiger will follow up with a discussion of the appropriate attire to wear while exercising in the heat and how to take car
e of your feet while exercising.
 
“Whether you’ve never experienced any foot-related problems or you’ve got the most difficult feet in the world to fit, chances are you can improve your fit as well as your foot health and performance,” Kiger said.
 
Brown earned her Ph.D. in Physical Education with a Specialization in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College in Massachusetts. She also received an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College and a B.S. in Physical Education with specializations in Exercise Physiology and Applied Health and Fitness from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. At Fairmont State, Brown teaches underg
raduate courses including Clinical Applications of Exercise Physiology, Research Methodology and Research Design, as well as graduate courses including Laboratory Techniques and Graduate Seminar. Her research experience has been in the areas of sports performance and performance in the heat.
 
Kiger brings a wealth of information from many worlds. She has been a basketball coach, specialty outdoor store owner and adventure guide. During her tenure as a store owner, she became a Phil Oren certified boot/shoe fitter. Kiger has years of experience fitting footwear and outfitting extreme athletes and everyday individuals with the proper gear and clothing.
 
For more information about the Master of Education degree with a concentration in Exercise Science, Fitness and Wellness, including admission criteria, visit http://www.fairmontstate.edu/graduatestudies/grad_programs.asp.
 
Editor's Note: Photo of Jan Kiger courtesy of FSU.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 18, 2014 EST


Carey Adds Morton to WVU Women's Basketball Team's Roster

West Virginia women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announces the addition of Jessica Morton to the 2014-15 roster.
 
“We are very excited to have a player of her caliber. Jessica is going to give us much-needed scoring from the perimeter,” Carey says. “She is a combo guard that can play several positions and can score. The other things I really like about her is that she likes to play defense and is a leader on the floor. We’re very excited about her.”
 
Morton is a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard out of Gulf Coast State College. She guided the Commodores to a 21-7 overall record last season, making it to the 2014 FCSAA Semifinals. Morton started all 28 games, leading her team with 16.4 points per game and was the fourth-leading rebounder with 5.6 boards per game. She closed out her sophomore season as a two-time All-Panhandle First Team Conference Selection and was named to the FCSAA/NJCAA Region VII All-State Team each season with Gulf Coast.
 
As a freshman, Morton averaged 15.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as the Commodores’ leading rebounder. She earned 26 starts in 31 games, helping Gulf Coast to a 28-6 overall record, and a share of the Panhandle Conference Regular-Season title.
 
 “I’m really proud of where Jess has come from in her development on and off the court,” Gulf Coast Coach Vernette Skeete says. “She has an unlimited amount of potential and we’re excited that she’s going to a place like West Virginia because over the course of the years, Mike Carey has kept his kids in the top 25 and they’ve all graduated. Those are the same things that drive and push a kid like Jessica Morton to be successful.”
 
All-Star Girl’s Report ranks Morton as the 12th-best junior college player nationally, while Dan Olson’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report lists Morton as the 10th-best juco player nationally. Morton joins Gulf Coast teammate Kayla Montgomery on the Mountaineers’ roster, as Montgomery signed with West Virginia in November.
 
A native of Augusta, Ga., Morton was a four-year letter winner on the girls’ basketball team at Glenn Hills High, named 2009 4A All-State Honorable Mention.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 17, 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 Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 17, 2014 EST


Baseball Travels for Big 12 Series at Oklahoma

The West Virginia University baseball team is set to meet Oklahoma this weekend in a three-game conference series at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman, Okla.
 
Thursday’s opener will begin at 7 p.m., Friday’s game is set for 7 p.m. and Saturday’s finale will be at 1 p.m. All times are Eastern.
 
Thursday’s game will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest, while Friday and Saturday will be televised on Fox College Sports. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.
 
The Mountaineers (17-15, 2-6 Big 12) are 1-4 in their last five games and currently sit in eighth place in the Big 12 standings. Most recently, WVU defeated Ohio State, 4-1, on Tuesday evening in Morgantown. In his first career start, sophomore left-hander Ross Vance struck out 14 batters in a complete game effort, allowing one run on eight hits with two walks.
 
It’s going to be tough from here on out with Texas, Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas coming up. There probably the four best teams in the league that we’re getting ready to play,” Coach Randy Mazey says. “Everybody is going to have to be on top of their game. It’s going to be a great opportunity for our guys to go down there and play on one of the biggest stages in the country.”
 
“Pitchers are unique characters to say the least and you don’t want to mess with their routines that much,” Coach Randy Mazey says. “Harrison pitches on Friday, and if you push Harrison to Thursday, it changes his routine a little bit. We’re going to keep him on Friday. We skipped last weekend with Means, so we’ll flip him to Thursday and hope for the best.”
 
Junior left-hander John Means (4-1, 1.72 ERA) will start game one on the mound Thursday for the Mountaineers, followed by junior left-hander Harrison Musgrave (3-2, 1.73 ERA) on Friday and senior right-hander Sean Carley (5-1, 2.73 ERA) on Saturday.
 
Musgrave is No. 2 in the Big 12 in innings pitched (62.1), No. 2 in strikeouts (56), No. 4 in opponent batting average (.198) and No. 5 in ERA (1.73). Means is No. 4 in ERA (1.72) and No. 6 in opponent batting average (.208).
 
Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes is unsure of who will see the mound after the Sooners were forced to send seven pitchers to the mound in an 18-inning, 12-9 victory over Oklahoma State on Tuesday evening.
 
WVU is sixth in the Big 12 with a .274 team batting average and seventh with a 3.60 team ERA. Oklahoma is ranked third in team batting average (.286) and team ERA (3.24).
 
The Mountaineers are led at the plate by junior center fielder Bobby Boyd, who is hitting .353 with five doubles, one triple and 12 RBIs. Senior first baseman Ryan McBroom is hitting .352 and leads WVU with six home runs and 36 RBIs. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming is batting .349 with three doubles and 12 RBIs.
 
Oklahoma junior catcher Mac James is hitting .372 with 13 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBIs, while sophomore outfielder Haley Hunter is batting .315 with seven doubles, five triples, five homers and 26 RBIs. Freshman infielder Sheldon Neuse is hitting .306 with 16 doubles, five triples, four homers and 31 RBIs.
 
Last season the teams met in Charleston with WVU winning two of three.
 
Editor's Note: Photo provided by Ben Queen of benqueenphotography.com

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 17, 2014 EST


Still Time to Place Orders for BHS Alumni & Friends Strawberry Sale

If you think fresh grass, baseball and shorts are the only signs that spring is at hand, then you’ve forgotten the annual Bridgeport High School Alumni & Friends Foundation Strawberry Sale. And if you've forgotten, you need to realize time is running out to order. 
 
According to Foundation President Alan Dye, the orders are already piling up and there’s still a few days to get your order for strawberries in place. The sale will run through Friday, April 18, for those who want to guarantee they can have some of the fresh strawberries that will soon be delivered.
 
“Our delivery day has become a traditional delivery day,” said Dye. “We deliver the Thursday before Mother’s Day, which is May 8. The delivery is geared to those businesses that order and those who place significantly large orders.”
 
The individual pickup site will remain the same. On the same date – May 8 – those who have pre-ordered can pick up their strawberries at the concession stand at Wayne Jamison Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. That is also the location to pick up strawberries if you did not order any in advance.
 
“We order a limited number of extra strawberries for those who may have forgotten to pre-order,” said Dye. “Those are on first-come basis. I think every single year, with perhaps the exception of one year, we’ve sold out of the extra strawberries we order.”
The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the alumni group. The other fundraiser is the annual BHS Hall of Fame dinner; along with donations the group receives annually.
 
“Through the proceeds raised, we’re able to give out scholarships,” said Dye. “We’re going to give out upwards of $30,000 in scholarships this year, which we believe will be the biggest ever. The scholarship total keeps growing and that’s something the Foundation wants to see continue.”
 
The scholarship winners will be announced next month. The winners will be named at the BHS Senior Assembly on May 14.
 
For those looking to order, there are two numbers to call. Contact Charlotte Cathell at 304-842-3474 or Fay Jamison at 304-842-6510.
 
A half flat, which is six pints, costs $14. A whole flat, which costs $22, gives you 12 pints. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. The checks, Dye said, should be made out to BHS Alumni & Friends Foundation.

by Jeff Toquinto on April 17, 2014 EST


Bridgeport's "Library-in-a-Box" Program at City's Muncipal Complex Launched

The Bridgeport Public Library is now offering a program that increases the flexibility of item availability! 
The new Library-in-a-Box program uses a locker located at City Hall to fulfill patron requests. Busy library patrons may use this library service to lessen their trips around town!
 
Library patrons may request an item via email prior to the library’s closing at 8:00pm and the item will be in the locker afte
r 12:00pm on the following business day. An email will be sent to the patron with pick up instructions once the request is fulfilled. Patrons may pick up their items at any point during the standard two week checkout period.
 
Program limitations:
  • Requests made after 8:00pm will be available in two business days.
  • Library-in-a-Box will not be loaded on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Audio/Video items are not eligible.
  • Oversized items are not eligible.
  • All items must be returned to the Bridgeport Public Library.
 
If you have questions about Library-in-a-Box, please contact Sylvia Elzner at 304-842-8248.
 
If you’d like to submit a Library-in-a-Box request, please send an email to libraryinabox@bridgeportwv.com.
 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 16, 2014 EST


Sprouse; Pinti Take Second Place in WV State Social Studies Fair

Johnson Elementary fifth graders Audrie Sprouse and Annamarie Pinti won second place in the West Virginia’s State Social Studies Fair held at the Civic Center in Charleston on Friday, April 11, 2014.  The girls’ project was “The Government Shutdown of 2013” which was centered around all aspects of the government shutdown including economic effects and personal accounts of the shutdown. Audrie is the daughter of Doug and Kim Sprouse and Annamarie is the daughter of Steve and Cara Pinti.
 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 16, 2014 EST


Scott S. Smith Named Special Agent in Charge of Pittsburgh Division

Director James B. Comey has named Scott S. Smith special agent in charge of the FBI’s Pittsburgh Division which covers Bridgeport and West Virginia. Mr. Smith most recently served as chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
 
Mr. Smith began his career as a special agent with the FBI in January 1996. He was first assigned to the Cleveland Division, where he investigated violent crimes and general criminal matters and served as a member of the Safe Streets Task Force targeting local and Mexican drug trafficking organizations.
 
In 2004, Mr. Smith was promoted to supervisory special agent in the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. While there, he was responsible for the program management of the FBI’s efforts targeting ongoing international terrorism investigations in several field offices. Mr. Smith deployed to Iraq in 2005 and led a contingent of special agents, analysts and language specialists in support of the FBI’s counterterrorism program.
 
In 2006, Mr. Smith became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Cleveland Division’s Toledo, Sandusky and Lima Resident Agencies. In this capacity, Mr. Smith was responsible for the FBI’s resources and counterterrorism investigations in 19 counties surrounding the three offices. Mr. Smith also supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force in Toledo.
 
In 2008, Mr. Smith was again deployed to Iraq, this time as the deputy on-scene commander. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Dallas Division in April 2011 to manage the Intelligence and While Collar Crime Programs.
 
Prior to his appointment with the FBI, Mr. Smith served as a deputy sheriff in Lake County, Ohio, with the Lake County Narcotics Agency for seven years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 16, 2014 EST


Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled at Stonewall Jackson Resort

Gather up the kids and head for Stonewall Resort on Saturday, April 19 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and a whole host of other family activities. 
 
According to Mike Hager, General Manager of Stonewall Resort, “the fun begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Roanoke Activity Plaza on the State Park grounds when the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance as the kids search for the thousands of Easter eggs hidden on the property.  Last year, we estimate around 400 children participated.”
 
Hager added that the Easter Bunny will also be overseeing the hunt and mingling with participants.  The Easter egg hunters will need an Easter basket and will be divided into groups according to age (i.e., one to three, four to seven and eight to eleven).
 
“After the hunt, I encourage everyone to stick around for other family fun activities including a giant egg race, duck pond, scooter race, among others.  Great prizes will be offered and there will also be a balloon artist, rock climbing wall and an indoor bounce house for kids to enjoy,” he said.
 
There is no charge to participate in the Easter egg hunts; however, there is a $3 per car fee for those not staying at the resort to enter the State Park grounds. 
 
Easter Sunday (April 20) begins with a non-denominational church service at 10:00 a.m. in the library in the resort lodge.  From 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the resort will host a lavish Easter Brunch.  The menu includes a variety of sides, salads, entrees and desserts, to include carved honey glazed spiral ham, .hickory smoked whole turkey with giblet gravy, roasted cod with fresh tomatoes, fennel and saffron, herb roasted pork loin with bacon-onion jus, three cheese ravioli with baby spinach and marinara, and much more.
 
The cost is $32 for adults, $16 for children ages 6-12, and free for those age 5 and under.  Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304.269.8880.
 
For additional information and reservations, contact the resort at 888-278-8150 or visit the website at www.StonewallResort.com.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 14, 2014 EST


Road Work Causes Road Closure Starting April 14

The West Virginia Division of Highways advises motorists that there will be a Road Closure on County Route 17/ Oral Lake Road on Monday, April 14 through Friday, Aug 29 starting 7 a.m. until 7:00 a.m. (24 hr/day). Alternate routes will be County Route 77/4, County Route 5 & County Route 76.
 
The purpose for the road closure is construction of a new bridge structure at the intersection of County Route 17 & County Route 5. Traffic will be detoured on County Route 5 across the Taylor county line back to County Route 76. WVDOH Maintenance Division has performed repair work (pot holes, ditching) on County Route 5 (Detour Route). Flaggers will be provided at the intersection of County Route 5 & County Route 76 to allow safe passage for school buses. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and allow additional time for their commute.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 13, 2014 EST


Infrastructure Work in City to Continue Next Week; Areas Impacted Included

Infrastructure work that has been taking place this past week on Davisson Street by Dominion has moved to Stout Street and will continue for perhaps another week or more and go to at least one more road, according to an official from Dominion.
 
Bob Fulton, with Dominion, said gas lines have been replaced on Davisson and will continue to be worked on in that general area. Along with work that began on Stout, Fulton said that Water Street will also see work done in the days ahead.
 
As earlier said by Bridgeport Engineer Tom Brown, D&M Contracting is handling the line replacement. Fulton said that residents may experience a few hours without gas service as the replacements are done and the connections are made.
 
Heavy equipment, gas lines and other materials have been visible in the aforementioned areas for the last several days. D&M Contracting is also using a vacant lot beside Bethel Temple on Johnson Avenue to store materials needed for work and for a staging area. The project, on more than one occasion has prompted the closing of sections of the roads in question.
 
Editor's Note: Contractors gather material from the staging area near Bethel Temple.
 

by Jeff Toquinto on April 11, 2014 EST


FREE eBooks Available at YOUR Public Library

Public Libraries in Harrison, Taylor, Doddridge, and Gilmer counties offer their patrons access to FREE downloadable eBooks! eBooks are digital copies of books accessible through either the WV DELI or West Virginia Reads – online databases available to library card holders, depending on their library’s membership. Library eBooks are circulation items for patrons to borrow. At the end of the checkout period, the eBook expires and is automatically returned to the online database for others to use. Your library card gives you 24 hour a day access to best sellers in a digital format for you to read on your eReader, tablet, or phone for FREE!
 
Most libraries in West Virginia are members of either the WV DELI or West Virginia Reads. Their membership requires their contributing purchase of eBooks to the collection. The entire collection is available to library patrons of any of the member libraries. As a result, patrons holding a card with a WV DELI member library have access to over 30,000 downloadable items. Card holders of a West Virginia Reads member library have access to over 17,000 downloadable items, respectively. Ask your library how to access their eBook collection today!
 
Technology training courses focusing on downloading eBooks will be offered in libraries in Harrison, Taylor, Gilmer, and Doddridge counties throughout May, June, and July. Stay tuned for dates of these events!
 
This press release is part of the new Technology Training program made possible through the West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant Program.
 
If you have questions about this program, please contact the Technology Trainers, Cheryl Cohen or Meredith Hankins, at chpltechtrainer@gmail.com.
 
About the West Virginia Technical Assistance Broadband Grant Program
The intent of the Technical Assistance Grant Program is to fund broadband-related train-the-trainer programs, education, and online application development. A total of $677,625 in grant funds, in amounts between $5,000 to $30,000, was awarded in 2012 in a first round of
competitive awards. A second round of competitive awards totaling $842,213 was awarded early in 2014.
The goal of the Technical Assistance Grant Program is to enable education and application development on broadband services and internet applications that are currently available, or due to become available, as broadband infrastructure is installed across the state.
Source: http://www.wvgs.wvnet.edu/bb/grants.html
 
About the Technology Trainers
Cheryl Cohen just returned to her home state after living in Baltimore, Maryland, for 35 years. She is a retired Baltimore County, Maryland, educator where she spent her professional career as an English teacher and a library media specialist. She holds an MA in English Education from WVU and an MS in Instructional Technology from Towson (MD) University. As the head library media specialist in a large urban high school, she was part of technology team that made decisions about the use of technology in the school, as well as instructing both students and faculty on its use. She has an affinity for tech gadgets and a love for learning about the newest thing.
Meredith Hankins is a newcomer to West Virginia after moving here three years ago from the state of Virginia. She is a 2010 graduate from Hollins University, where she received a BA in English. In the course of her college career, she worked for the Tazewell County, Virginia Public Library system where she assisted with public reading programs and circulation. It was there that she was introduced to Overdrive, as the library had just begun to establish an audiobook collection (this was before the time of eBooks). After graduation, Hankins taught middle and high school English in Virginia. Most recently, she worked as an independent contractor serving Consol Energy's three northern West Virginia coal mines in their land department. She is an enthusiastic and experienced eReader user. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 11, 2014 EST


Lady Braves Earn Second Win of the Season

 Submitted by BMS Coaching Staff
 
The Bridgeport Lady Braves traveled Wednesday afternoon to Lewis County to take on the Robert L. Bland Lady Patriots.  For Bridgeport Middle School (BMS) it was their third game of the season and their second road game.
 
The Lady Braves started the game by scoring six runs in the first inning on four hits.  The key hits were singles by Caty Dennison and Starr Pope and a double by Laiken Cook.  Those crossing the plate were Falon Snodgrass, Kat Fortney, Katelyn Stanley, Dennison, Cook, and Pope.
 
BMS scored two more runs in the third inning.  With one out, Pope reached base on a Lady Patriots error.  She promptly stole second and scored on a single by Rahvin Hardman.  Hardman then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Raeanne Beckner was the next batter and she brought Hardman home when she reached on an infield throwing error.
 
In the bottom of the third, the Lady Patriots joined the scoring with three runs.  Back-to-back walks to Hudson and Vandall opened the home third.  They scored on a double by Pritt.  A pass ball and wild pitch allowed Pritt to score.  That made the score 8-3 in favor of BMS.
 
The Lady Patriots continued their scoring in the fourth inning.  Stutler started the frame with a two base hit and advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Post then hit an infield grounder but BMS was unable to cut down Stutler trying to score.  Post moved to second base on a pass ball.  With one out, Hudson then reached base on a BMS fielding error that allowed Post to score.  One out later, Hudson moved to second base on BMS wild pitch.  Pritt followed by hitting a grounder down the first base line that BMS did not field and the ball ended rolling into right field.  Hudson scored on the play while Pritt was thrown out attempting to reach third base on the play.
 
The Lady Braves scored one run in the sixth.  Stanley walked to start the inning.  She advanced to second on a ground out and to third on a wild pitch.  Cook then grounded out to second with Stanley scoring on the play.
 
BMS added five insurance runs in the seventh. Consecutive one out walks to Snodgrass and Fortney were followed by  a triple by Stanley scoring both base runners.  Dennison followed with another walk.  A pass ball allowed Stanley to score and Dennison to move to second base.  One out later, Pope walked and then stole second base.  Hardman followed with a single scoring both Dennison and Pope.  That made the score the Lady Braves 14 and the Lady Patriots 6 and that was the final score.
 
Dennison was the starting pitcher and pitched the complete game victory.  The win by the Lady Braves improved Dennison’s record to 1-1.  In her seven innings of work, Dennison gave up 6 runs, 3 of which were earned runs, 3 hits, 3 walks, and recorded 14 strike outs.  In her 13 innings of pitching this season, she has struck out a total of 27 batters.
 
The Lady Braves return to action with two games next week.  On Monday, April 14, they will host the Lumberport Lady Eagles at the Bridgeport Softball Field.  The next day, they travel to play the Washington Irving Hill Toppers.  Game time for both games is 4:30 p.m.
 
 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 10, 2014 EST


Ballena Technologies’ Seats3D Available for Milan Puskar Stadium

West Virginia University Department of Athletics and the Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) are pleased to introduce the online availability of Ballena Technologies’ Seats3D product for Milan Puskar Stadium. By utilizing this product, ticket holders will be able to view their seats online and enjoy interactive views of seat locations throughout the stadium.
 
Ballena Technologies’ Seats3D product allows users to see a virtual rendering from any section and row inside Milan Puskar Stadium. Fans can rotate the view in all directions and zoom in and out from that location. The product has been available for the WVU Coliseum since May 2013. A direct link to this technology is available at the MountaineerAthleticClub.com website.
 
“Seats3D is a great tool for current and future football season-ticket holders,” says Matt Borman, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Executive Director for Development. “Season-ticket holders are very important to WVU Athletics and the Mountaineer Athletic Club, and the Seats3D technology further engages fans who have a desire to obtain more information when making ticket purchases. This technology provides fans an opportunity to get a realistic view from their current or prospective seats, allowing them great involvement and understanding of seat location options.”
 
Prospective WVU football season-ticket holders can utilize Ballena’s advanced Seats3D technology to get a feel for the various seating opportunities available in Milan Puskar Stadium. Current season-ticket holders can view their seat location or consider other views for potential seating upgrades. Fans can e-mail, post on Facebook or tweet their seat location to friends, family members or colleagues to share their view of the action from their seats.
 
Ballena’s online tools have dramatically improved customer service and the purchasing experience for ticket holders at sports facilities across the United States. More than 200 collegiate and professional stadiums and facilities have used Ballena’s online suite of products. To learn more about Ballena Technologies, visit Seats3D.com.
 
To learn more about Ballena’s Seats3D product, please click on the Milan Puskar Stadium 3D Seating button located at the MountaineerAthleticClub.com website. 
 
Season tickets for the 2014 WVU football season are available to all Mountaineer fans who join the MAC by making a gift that directly impacts the lives of 500+ WVU student-athletes. MAC staff members are available to assist in acquiring season tickets by calling 304-293-2294, or by visiting the MAC office in person at the WVU Coliseum. The priority deadline to submit your Season Ticket Request form to the Mountaineer Ticket Office is May 15, 2014.
 
For more information on Mountaineer athletics, follow @WVUSports and @WVU_MAC on Twitter.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on April 10, 2014 EST


Get Your Fruit On: Annual BHS Alumni & Friends Strawberry Sale Under Way

If you think fresh grass, baseball and shorts are the only signs that spring is at hand, then you’ve forgotten the annual Bridgeport High School Alumni & Friends Foundation Strawberry Sale. And once again, it’s already under way.  
 
According to Foundation President Alan Dye, the orders are already piling up and there’s plenty of time to get your order for strawberries in place. The sale will run through April 18 for those who want to guarantee they can have some of the fresh strawberries that will soon be delivered.
 
“Our delivery day has become a traditional delivery day,” said Dye. “We deliver the Thursday before Mother’s Day, which is May 8. The delivery is geared to those businesses that order and those who place significantly large orders.”
 
The individual pickup site will remain the same. On the same date – May 8 – those who have pre-ordered can pick up their strawberries at the concession stand at Wayne Jamison Field from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. That is also the location to pick up strawberries if you did not order any in advance.
 
“We order a limited number of extra strawberries for those who may have forgotten to pre-order,” said Dye. “Those are on first-come basis. I think every single year, with perhaps the exception of one year, we’ve sold out of the extra strawberries we order.”
The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the alumni group. The other fundraiser is the annual BHS Hall of Fame dinner; along with donations the group receives annually.
 
“Through the proceeds raised, we’re able to give out scholarships,” said Dye. “We’re going to give out upwards of $30,000 in scholarships this year, which we believe will be the biggest ever. The scholarship total keeps growing and that’s something the Foundation wants to see continue.”
 
The scholarship winners will be announced next month. The winners will be named at the BHS Senior Assembly on May 14.
 
For those looking to order, there are two numbers to call. Contact Charlotte Cathell at 304-842-3474 or Fay Jamison at 304-842-6510.
 
A half flat, which is six pints, costs $14. A whole flat, which costs $22, gives you 12 pints. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. The checks, Dye said, should be made out to BHS Alumni & Friends Foundation.

by Jeff Toquinto on April 09, 2014 EST


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