On Tuesday, July 28, Visit Mountaineer Country CVB (VMCCVB) officially launched its “Mountaineer Country Pledge to Prevent” program, in conjunction with the existing “Mountaineer Country Commitment to Safety” program, where individuals and families may pledge to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the region by abiding by current health guidelines.
In order for Mountaineer Country residents to make the pledge, they must go to VisitMountaineerCountry.com/Safety-Commitment/People and review the official Pledge guidelines. These include:
Following current CDC guidelines.
Maintain proper social distancing from others.
Wear a mask or face covering where social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and frequently clean any surfaces you touch.
Monitor your health daily for symptoms of COVID-19 and notify the county health department if you exhibit symptoms.
To complete the pledge process, individuals should review the Pledge guidelines and submit the “Make the Pledge” form. All those who submit the form will receive a URL via email to the official Visit Mountaineer Country Pledge to Prevent Facebook Frame that can be used along with their current profile picture. This is a free and voluntary certification program administered by VMCCVB and any Mountaineer Country resident is eligible.
VMCCVB encourages pledge participants to comment on your newly posted profile picture who you wear the mask for and tag them (example: “I wear the mask for …”) as well as use the hashtag #VisitMountaineerCountry to show support for the community.
Finally, pledged residents can stop by the Mountaineer Country CVB to pick up their “Mountaineer Country Pledge to Prevent Coronavirus” sticker. This sticker can be displayed as a sign of your pledge to follow the guidelines and keep the region safe.
To promote these efforts to the community, VMCCVB’s marketing agency of record, BlaineTurner Advertising, created “Pledge to Prevent,” which is a video that will be shared on VMCCVB’s website, social media, and via email.
For more information, go to VisitMountaineerCountry.com/Safety-Commitment/People or contact VMCCVB staff at [email protected]
Friends of Cheat Completes Preston County Master Trail Plan
On Monday, July 20, Friends of The Cheat (FOC), alongside Downstream Strategies and Preston County Parks & Recreation Commission (PCPaRC), released the first comprehensive trail plan for Preston County. This plan is the first in a series of county-level plans for the Mountaineer Trail Network (MTN). Created by legislative action in 2018, MTN encompasses a 15-county region across northern West Virginia. The goal is to help leaders, trail advocates, and MTN representatives in Preston County guide local trail development in a way that maximizes economic and community benefit.
Current limitations on public gatherings have delayed public meetings. However, FOC and project partners have planned alternative methods of dissemination and gathering comments, such as adding an option to do so on the plan’s website. Stay tuned for more information regarding how residents in Preston County and the region may comment on the plan.
This plan was made possible by funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), which was by means of a 2019 POWER Technical Assistance Grant awarded to FOC.
To download and view the plan, visit Cheat.org/Recreation/Preston-County-Master-Trail-Plan.
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