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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
Apurvi Chandela on Sunday won the gold in women’s 10m air rifle at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. The 26-year-old shot 251 points in the final to pip China’s Luyao Wang’s score of 250.8. This was Apurvi’s second gold of the year, having won the first at the Delhi World Cup in February.Her compatriot Elavenil Valarivan, however, narrowly missed out on a medal after finishing fourth behind China’s Xu Hong. The 19-year-old, who won gold in the junior event of the Sydney World Cup in 2018, shot 208.3 while Xu Hong finished with a score of 229.4.Indian shooters are competing for 12 of the 17 Tokyo Olympic quotas available in Munich, having already secured five quota places in rifle and pistol competitions.Chandela and Anjum Mudgil were the first to secure their places. Saurabh Chaudhary then sealed the third quota place with a world record score at the Delhi World Cup in February.The fourth and fifth spots were taken by Divyansh Singh Panwar and Abhishek Verma, respectively, at the Beijing World Cup.Indians therefore had to forfeit their right to quotas in the women’s 10m air rifle and men’s 10m air pistol events. Panwar’s victory in Beijing means that only one Olympic quota is available for the Indians in the men’s 10m air rifle event in Munich.Also Read | Boxing league likely to happen in August or September: BFI president Ajay SinghAlso Watch: read more
TORONTO – A proposal for a hovercraft service across Lake Ontario made progress in the Niagara Region this week, but may be dead in the water in Toronto.Beamsville, Ont., resident Bruno Caciagli has been pitching the service that would operate between St. Catharines, Ont., nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and Toronto as a way to help travellers beat traffic. This week, his plan for a daily service across the lake received approval in principle from St. Catharines’ city council.Caciagli reckons that his maiden voyage could be as soon as nine months from now, but his company, Lake Ontario Express, would need to get approval from Toronto and the federal government, and Toronto’s ports authority has some concerns.Ideas for a cross-lake commuter service have been floated for years, but none has ever found success. A fast-ferry service from Toronto to Rochester, N.Y., ran briefly in 2004, but eventually failed due to financial troubles.But St. Catharines Coun. Carlos Garcia says that using a hovercraft instead of a traditional boat changes the situation.“The hovercraft is much more flexible because it can crawl up on land and doesn’t need docking facilities as other vessels do,” said Garcia. The hovercraft is also able to traverse ice during the winter, and doesn’t create a large wake in the water like larger ferries.The idea has been met with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism in Toronto’s municipal authorities. PortsToronto said it has no current plans to proceed with the hovercraft service due to noise concerns. However, Caciagli says that the hovercraft would only create as much noise as an idling semi truck.Caciagli says he’ll continue to push forward with the plan despite the roadblock with PortsToronto. He says he’d also consider nearby alternate ports, if need be.Toronto Coun. Michael Thompson, on the city’s economic development committee, says he’d consider that level of noise “reasonable.” Hovercraft or not, he says that getting transport on Lake Ontario is the right idea to relieve congestion and save travel time.“We don’t use (our waterways) enough,” he said. “If we can take more people off the roadway and get more people into the city in a safe way and also a way that minimizes the emission of noise into the city, then clearly we’d want to take a look at it.”But he dismissed the idea of it operating by next June.“I suspect that it may take a little bit more than a year,” Thompson chuckled.The hovercrafts also have yet to be built. Kingston, Ont.-based company MetalCraft Marine has been tapped to manufacture the initial two hovercrafts.Caciagli’s goal is to operate seven round trips a day with a capacity of 40 seats on each hovercraft. read more