Stonewall Resort Hosts Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue Event

Come join us on Saturday November 15, for a special evening of classic American food and drink as Stonewall Resort presents a tribute to Bourbon, Beer and Barbecue, resort officials announced.
Richard Ebright, director of operations at Stonewall Resort, said “those attending the event are in for a real treat as our culinary team prepares a cornucopia of barbecue bites accompanied by an extensive selection of beer, bourbon and even moonshine.”
Ebright said this is an opportunity for guests to sample the best of American classic foods and beverages during a fun, casual dine-around culinary event.  The evening will feature a wide range of small bites and select beverage samples in a stand-and-dine setting.
According to Ebright, some of the menu items include: house smoked beef brisket, sweet tea-brined turkey breast, braised pork belly sliders, beer braised angus beef short ribs, beer bratwurst, hickory smoked baby back pork ribs, wild boar sausage and an assortment of vegetables along with desserts, including warm peach cobbler and bittersweet chocolate mousse cups with moonshine cherries.
Beer samples will include selections from Yuengling, Rivertowne, Mountain State and Green Flash Brewing Companies. Also featured will be stations where guests can sample Moonshine as well as bourbons such as Basil Hayden’s, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark and Woodford Reserve.
The event requires an overnight stay and the price is $189 per couple which includes one night lodging, dine-around dinner and beverages for two. To make reservations, contact the resort at (304) 269-7400 or visit the website at  
“This will be a unique and exceptional culinary event.  Surprise that special person in your life with an invitation to join you at Stonewall Resort’s tribute to the best of American food and drink.” Ebright said.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 31, 2014 EST

UHC Holds Annual Celebration of Life for Cancer Survivors

From family members to friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. At 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the Bridgeport Conference Center, the Cecil B. Highland, Jr., & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center will hold its 15th annual Celebration of Life.
Since the events inception in 1999, cancer survivors, their family members and close friends, along with physicians, nurses, social workers and other cancer caregivers at UHC have helped to raise awareness about the battle against cancer.
“This poignant event allows those living with cancer an opportunity to share their stories, learn from oncology experts at UHC and spend time discovering how to enjoy life after the diagnosis of cancer,” said Linda Carte, RN, MSN, AOCN, director of cancer services.  “At the same time we will be honoring these cancer survivors, patients and their guests with the inspiration that truly there is life after a cancer diagnosis—and it’s worth celebrating.”
Cancer survivors and cancer patients from UHC are invited to attend with a guest this event that is held in their honor.  The complimentary program of information, inspiration, laughter, brunch and fellowship will feature Hampstead Stage Company, a national touring theatre company from New Hampshire.  They will be performing Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. 
Each year the cancer center recognizes an individual at Celebration of Life with the Guardian Angel Award.  This is a person who provided significant support to a cancer survivor throughout the survivor’s diagnosis and treatment. 
“The Guardian Angel Award has become a cherished, annual honor. It is the one day each year that we pause to recognize that special person who has helped a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker,” said Carte.  “A nominee is someone who has provided significant support throughout the survivor’s diagnosis and treatment.” 
If you would like to nominate someone, please send a description of the nominee’s qualifications.  The nomination should be 250 words or less and should reflect how the nominee comforted, uplifted and supported someone who has battled cancer.  Be sure to include your name and a daytime phone number, as well as the full name of your nominee.  Send nominations to Public Relations, United Hospital Center, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.  The deadline for entries is Wednesday, November 12.
Both the event and award provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize the healthcare providers, family, and friends who have supported them along the way. It is a day for cancer survivors to stand together and show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive and even inspiring.
Cancer survivorship is an important issue as it affects nearly 14 million people in the United States.  An individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnoses, through the balance of his or her life.  “Celebration of Life ‘puts a face’ on cancer, while at the same time providing hope to all that fight it,” Carte said. “No longer do we need to think the worst when we hear the word ‘cancer’, but rather we need to remember that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before.”  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 31, 2014 EST

Change Your Clock and the Smoke Alarm on November 2

City of Bridgeport West Virginia, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs bring an
Important Reminder: On November 2, Change Your Clock Change Your Battery®
Let Daylight Saving Time serve as a reminder for fire safety and prevention
City of Bridgeport West Virginia 10/30/2014 — Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2, and marks the 27th year of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, sponsored by Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® Program reminds us to change and test the batteries in our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.
The Bridgeport Fire Department reminds our residents that one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they “gain” from Daylight Saving Time to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.
“Eighty percent of child fire fatalities occur in homes without working smoke alarms. It’s a tragic statistic that could be reduced by adopting the simple habit of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program,” said Robert Seccuro, Fire Chief.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries.
Why This Program is Lifesaving
“The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping,”
Said Robert Seccuro “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”
Tragically, home fires injure and kill thousands each year. Those most at risk include:
• Children — Home fires kill 500 children ages 14 and under each year. Roughly three?quarters of
child fire fatalities under age 15 occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.
• Seniors — Adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.
Pass it On
Twenty?seven ago, Energizer and the International Association of Fire Chiefs recognized a disturbing trend that many home fire fatalities were taking place in homes without working smoke alarms. So through the years, the two have worked together along with thousands of fire departments nationwide on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program to help reduce and hopefully, someday eliminate this number by reminding communities to check, change and test their smoke alarm batteries.
Twenty-seven years ago, we did not have Facebook, Twitter, email and other tools to quickly and easily share this kind of information. Now we all have countless ways to spread the word, so activate your network of friends and connections to help save lives in connection with the time change.
A working smoke detector doubles your chance of surviving a home fire. In addition, people are encouraged to use their extra hour gained to help out at a local fire department. Eighty percent of fire departments are volunteer fire departments and they can often use extra hands to help with non-firefighting related tasks. Reach out to your local fire department and see how you can help.
For more information about fire safety, call the Bridgeport Fire Department at (304)-842-8252 or contact your local fire department.
Source: Fire statistics were obtained from reports by the Fire Analysis and Research Division of the National Fire Protection Association. See for more information.
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by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 31, 2014 EST

Water Leak Results in Service Outage in Residential Areas

A water leak on Main Street/Route 50 near the Bridgeport city garage has resulted in a water outage for customers in an area from Twin Oaks to Foley Street. City crews are on site to make repairs. Estimated time for restoration of service is six to eight hours. The city apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Questions can be directed to Bridgeport Public Works at 304-842-8206.  

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 31, 2014 EST

Local Roads Closed Today, Remainder of Week for Various Upgrades, Repairs

Public Works will have Hall Street closed from Johnson Avenue to Brightridge, due to a storm drain upgrade all week.  The work began at 8 a.m. and is expect to last until 3:30 p.m.  Also, Third Street will be closed all week from 8 a.m. until 3:30 pm.  Residents and commuters may want to take alternate routes during the project hours.
Contact the City of Bridgeport at 842-8206 with any questions or concerns. The city apologizes for any inconveniences. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 27, 2014 EST

Frontier Communications Opens Customer Retail Center in Clarksburg

Community and business leaders joined Frontier Communications (NASDAQ: FTR) officials today to open a new customer retail center at 428 West Main St.
Area General Manager Chip VanAlsburg said the center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“With the opening of the Clarksburg retail center, local residents have an opportunity to speak directly to our team about the services Frontier offers in Harrison County and surrounding areas,” VanAlsburg said. “The new downtown center gives us another way to make customers aware of the leading-edge services and great values available to local residents and businesses.”
VanAlsburg said Frontier has invested heavily in its broadband network and provides local residents and businesses access to leading-edge communications services.
“We are eager to let local residents know about the communications technologies and services available in our area,” he said.
VanAlsburg said Frontier offers broadband and telephone services that can be bundled with DISH Network television service at substantial savings.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 24, 2014 EST

WVWC Office of Admissions to Hold First Fall Open House November 1

The Office of Admissions at West Virginia Wesleyan College will be hosting its first fall open house on Saturday, November 1 beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts. 
The benefits of attending a collegiate open house are tremendous.  Wesleyan’s open house will give prospective students and their families a chance to tour the beautiful 102-acre Georgian campus, make connections with professors from their intended major, learn about the Admissions and Financial Aid processes, chat with admissions counselors, and hear from current Wesleyan students about what it is really like to live, eat, and study on campus.
Wesleyan strives to provide students and their families the entire experience, and this will become a vital piece while exploring college options. Choosing a college is a difficult decision, and attending an open house is the best way to capture a glimpse of what it is like to be a student on campus.
The Office of Admissions is accepting student reservations for the November 1 visit.  Call (800) 722-9933 or visit to register by Friday, October 31.  The College will offer two more open house dates on November 15 and December 6.  If you are unable to attend these days but would still like to visit Wesleyan, please contact us to schedule a weekday visit.
Located in Buckhannon, West Virginia Wesleyan College offers 47 undergraduate majors along with graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, education, English creative writing, and nursing.  During the past eight years, thirteen Wesleyan students have been named Fulbright Scholars, while four others have won international scholarships through the U.S. Department of State.

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 22, 2014 EST

Sewer Line, Storm Drain Work in Residential Area May Lead to Traffic Delays

Starting today until October 31, 2014, Bear Contracting will be working on Ritter Street, installing a sanitary sewer line and a storm drain in the road.  Work will be between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Please be reminded this will affect traffic with possible delays and stoppage.  When and if possible, residents and commuters may want to consider taking alternate routes during the project hours.
The city apologizes for any inconveniences. 

by Connect-Bridgeport Staff on October 21, 2014 EST