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Steeped in history, Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest city, but in relatively recent years it’s become a hub for the arts and an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. One factor that makes the town so endearing to outdoor enthusiasts is its quick and easy access to the C&O Canal Tow Path. Originally constructed to enable horses to tow coal and other goods down the canal toward market, the C&O now serves as a 185 miles bike path connecting Cumberland, Maryland to Washington, D.C. From Shepherdstown you can hop on the C&O, and, within a few miles, find yourself at one of its unique, biker-only campsites.In addition to its bike-friendly nature, Shepherdstown is also situated at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, and easy paddling access to the Potomac can be obtained via the Princess Street boat ramp.Did you know? This area is home to the annual Run Through History 10K, which traverses a scenic path through the historic Antietam National Battlefield.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com! read more
By By Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity October 07, 2016 AMERICA PARA LOS AMERICANOS, AUN CON LAS DESGRACIAS NATURALES QUE LLEGAN AL GRAN PAIS DEL NORTE, ESA MANO AMIGA DE APOYO Y ALIANZA NO FALLA. QUE EL ETERNO SIGA BENDICIENDOLOS CON PROGRESOS Y EXITOS. U.S. military assistance is on the ground in Haiti to assist and support the Caribbean island nation with the impact felt from Hurricane Matthew on October 4th and 5th, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters on October 6th. Cook said as the team is stood up, the United States and Defense Department will coordinate needs for U.S. military assistance with interagency partners and the Haitian government, he added. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is getting regular updates, Cook said. “He and the rest of DoD are tracking the hurricane … as it threatens the U.S. East Coast,” he added, noting that the U.S. Agency for International Development sent a request for assistance, and the secretary has given approval to U.S. Southern Command to spend up to $11 million in overseas humanitarian, disaster, and civic aid funds for disaster relief. The funding includes transportation in the Caribbean, airfield support assessment and airfield operation support, he said. read more
Following the successful hosting of two state events – the National Flag Raising Ceremony and the Jubilee Float Parade – organised as part of the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations, the Ministry of Public Security said it is pleased that the events were “generally” incident free.In a statement on Friday, the ministry commended the general public and the Guyana Police Force for their display of good citizenship. It was observed that the Police Force, supported by the Guyana Fire Service and the Health Services, coordinated efforts to ensure the general safety and security of the public.According to the ministry, while citizens were in celebratory mode, “our officers were working beyond the call of duty to deliver first-class operational and security support to the major events over the last two days.These efforts included crowd control, traffic management, protection against possible terror threats and general public safety.”“The Ministry wishes to offer special commendation to the traffic ranks who executed a well put together plan to minimize inconveniences to the traveling public. It is heartening to note that we were able to celebrate our Golden Jubilee almost without incident,” the statement detailed.In addition, the ministry said citizens of Guyana and visitors who attended these mega events conducted themselves in a manner that is praiseworthy. Nevertheless, as there are a few more events remaining on the official Jubilee Calendar of events, the ministry calls upon the general public to continue to demonstrate good citizenship and the security forces to continue to demonstrate resolve and dedication.On another note, the Public Security Ministry extended condolences to the relatives of the late Roxanne Mitchell, who died as a result of a vehicular accident while returning home from the flag raising ceremony. “This loss of life is regretted.The Ministry takes this opportunity to call upon the traveling public to obey the rules of the road and take care and caution when traversing our roadways,” the statement read. read more