Bring Fido along for a dog-friendly weekend in West Virginia!In the Mountain State, festivals, restaurants and adventures give a whole new meaning to family-friendly, Fido included.These places are top dog:1. HuntingtonCasual and tasty, Huntington’s West Virginia Hot Dog Festival in July is an enormous picnic party. Top hot dog vendors and chefs cook, and you can compete in zany contests all day.Cheer on dachshunds at the wiener dog race. Enjoy live music, a dog parade, car shows and crafts.Ritter Park’s rose gardens, trails and dog park have lots of exciting new scents and sensations for canines, too. Teach Rover some agility with obstacles like a tire jump and stay table.The Econo Lodge Hotel and Red Roof Inn welcome pets, so plan on extending your stay!2. CharlestonLeash up Fido and marvel as Charleston “becomes a work of art” for 10 days in June with 100+ art exhibits, a chili cook-off, photography, bands and more.Hang around and watch FestivALL’s Woofstock & Wieners race, a goofy competition for dachshunds. You can also enter your dog in sprints or show off his tricks and obedience skills.Share a nature walk with Rover at Kanawha State Forest and look for vibrant warblers and burbling streams. For river views, walk along Kanawha River Trail. It’s especially attractive in the evening, when sunsets settle over the city.For lunch, soak up beach-front ambience at Tricky Fish, which has a pet-friendly patio. Speaking of dogs, order a customized hot dog— grilled or deep fried. Plus, the dog park’s just down the block!Then, book a stay with pet-friendly hotels like Red Roof Inn and Residence Inn.4. New River GorgeYou and your dog can conquer the rapids together! The New River Gorge boasts some of the world’s best whitewater. Be gentle with your pet and try the mild (but still peppy) Upper New River.For lunch, bring your pooch to Vandal’s Kitchen, which has an outdoor patio and picnic table. Or, sprawl on Mackie’s Biergarten’s deck and order some Asian fusion goodness.Plenty of campgrounds and cabins are pet friendly, too! Check out Hemlock Haven Cabins, which has fenced-in backyards for pet owners— no need to get up early for a walk! You can also bring your dog to Country Road Cabins and New River Cabins.5. Harpers FerryThis atmospheric Antebellum town is the perfect backdrop for Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry, the oldest of its kind in America. Leash your dog and listen to its eerie stories.Ready to hit the trails? Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has some of the most scenic paths in America. Centuries of history, lore and natural beauty guide you for miles along towpaths.When you’re done exploring, grab some BBQ and fries at Hannah’s Train Depot, where pets are welcome outside.The Clarion Inn Conference Center has pet-friendly rooms.6. Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, WestonIf your pooch is small enough to fit in a stroller, he can join you for some ghost tours! Or, carry him in your arms as you stroll through this historic building.7. Mountain State Brewing Co, Morgantown: Unwind at one of West Virginia’s oldest breweries. Sit with your dog on the lower patio or upper deck and order flavorful brews that go from Cold Trail blonde to dark, creamy Miner’s Daughter stout.Where are you going to take your dog?You and your canine navigator can plot a journey together or find nearby attractions with WV’s “Best of Summer” map:Get a free summer guide to West Virginia’s best for you and the whole family (Fido included).
THE Fourth edition of the Annual East Bank Football Association (EBFA) / Ralph Green-sponsored Under-11 League came to an exciting climax yesterday afternoon at the GFF National Training Centre when Vurlon Mills Academy stormed to the championship trophy ahead of Riddim Squad.One of three teams invited which are not members of the EBFA, Mills Academy boys stormed back from being a goal down to wrest the title, 2-1. The Third place match saw immediate past champs, Timehri Panthers defeating Kuru Kururu Warriors 3-1.Scoring for the Panthers were Estaban Medina in the 3rd minute, Shaquan Kaleb in the 14th and Jadan Tasher, their most consistent scorer sealing the deal with the third in the 15th minute; his sixth of the tournament. Warriors got their consolation goal off the boot of Levi Madison in the 20th minute. The final turned out to be an exciting match-up, as predicted, with both teams evenly matched, however, a few errors by Riddim Squad allowed Vurlon Mills Academy to drive home their advantage and eventually lift the championship trophy.Riddim Squad’s leading player and captain, Jaheam Lewis, who took away the plaques for being the Most Disciplined and Most Promising Player, handed his side the lead with a well-placed cross which he tapped in at the last post in the 5th minute of play.The Mocha-based side was looking good and matched the Academy boys up until the 14th minute when Mills Academy was awarded a free-kick just outside the box after a hand-ball.Riddim Squad failed to set up a wall and this excited the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Malcolm Hendricks, who blasted the ball into the back of the nets with goalkeeper, Joseph Magaram and two defenders being left awe-struck as did their teammates and fans.On the other hand, the powerfully-struck goal resulted in Hendricks’ teammates and supporters, which included many parents, including fathers, erupting in joy as the game was now level at 1-1.On the resumption, the game ebbed and flowed at both ends with sponsor, Ralph Green and GFF Executive Member, Dion Inniss enjoying the proceedings. As the minutes ticked away and the game seemingly headed towards extra time, Hendricks, who was present in the box, delivered the knock-out punch and winning goal.He was positioned at the last post at the right time to punch in a well-directed pass in the 28th minute to seal the match and ink their names on the championship trophy which was presented to the team by sponsor, Ralph Green.Innis and Green, in brief remarks before the presentation, complimented the association for the sterling work it has been doing to promote youth football. Inniss stated that in a few years time, many of the players on show in the tournament would go on to represent Guyana once they remain focused and disciplined.He also complimented the EBFA for inviting teams from outside the association and commended the many parents who took the time to be at the matches on a weekly basis. Green committed to his investment in youth development and also thanked the parents for coming out and showing vital support to their kids, consistently.Ending as the tournament’s leading goal-scorer with a total of seven (7) goals was Diamond United’s Rick Ramatar; his tally included a helmet-trick. Copping the Best Coach plaque was Vurlon Mills while the Team Sportsmanship Award went to Riddim Squad.Vurlon Mills Academy’s Shakel Marshall was named the Best Goalkeeper and received a plaque and pair of goalkeeping gloves, compliments of National Goalkeeping Coach, Ian DeViera.Riddim Squad’s goalie, Joseph Magaram also received a pair of goalkeeping gloves compliments of GFF Executive Committee member, Dion Inniss.
Thomas was in the final season of a contract that paid him a little more than $6 million for 2017-18. He signed the deal while with the Boston Celtics, who traded him last Aug. 22 to the Cavaliers, who then dealt him to the Lakers on Feb. 8.Was there enough time in purple and gold to gauge Thomas’ value to the Lakers?Walton seemed to think so.“He was great,” he said. “What a tough player he is. Never complained. Every time I asked him how he was feeling, he said, ‘I feel great, coach.’ I told him if he ever needed practices off, take them, just let me know. He was in here every day doing his thing. He was in pain, had some discomfort. I didn’t know about it because he was always saying how good he felt.”Thomas averaged 15.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 5 assists in his short stint with the Lakers. His impact with the team went far behind mere statistics, however. He played a key leadership role despite starting only one game and playing a backup’s role for only the second time in his career. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORELegendary Mater Dei football coach Dick Coury dies at age 91 LOS ANGELES — Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right hip on Thursday, ending his injury-shortened season and perhaps his Lakers’ tenure, too. He played just 32 games in 2017-18, including 17 with the Lakers after a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the deadline last month.“We’re, obviously, hoping for a quick recovery for him and for him to get back and play at the level that he’s used to playing at,” Coach Luke Walton said after the team’s shootaround in preparation for Wednesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center.Dr. Bryan Kelley was scheduled to perform the surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Kelley said in a statement that the procedure “would clean up the (hip) joint of all inflammatory debris related to his injury from last season.” Thomas was sidelined for eight months last year after an earlier surgery.Walton said the doors to the Lakers’ facility would be kept open for Thomas for as long as his recovery and rehabilitation require. The Lakers would like to re-sign Thomas to a free-agent contract, according to an ESPN report. “The things he does from a point guard’s position, where he’s constantly telling other guys on the court where to be, how to set the screen, which is valuable for young players who do that for you,” Walton said. “I was very pleased with the time he was with us this season.”Thomas’ ball handling and passing helped to enhance the play of several Lakers, including Julius Randle, who is on pace to establish a career high with an average of 16.2 points going into Wednesday’s contest against the Mavericks.“The team’s agenda always came first,” Walton said. “Him and Julius had a good connection going. I loved the banter between him and (Kyle Kuzma) out there on the floor. He was great. You could go down the line. He affected all the guys who played for us, the young guys, in a positive way.”Said Brandon Ingram of Thomas: “He’s been a really good leader for us. He’s kind of been our vocal guy going into every single game, every single day, giving us pieces of advice in how we can be better every single day and have a good mindset going into every single day.”MEDICAL UPDATESJosh Hart sat out for the 14th straight game Wednesday because of a fractured left hand, but Walton said he could be available to play Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center. … Alex Caruso joined the Lakers from their G League team, the South Bay Lakers. He cleared concussion protocol and was available to play against the Mavericks.Staff writer Bill Oram contributed to this report.