Step Back in Time on the C&O Canal

first_imgThe accommodations range in location from just a few miles outside of Washington, D.C. to Williamsport, Md. Visit different parts of the trail when you stay at each of the houses. You can download the C&O Canal Explorer app on your phone for more hiking trails, parking lots, history, and nearby amenities.  Looking for a unique place to have a socially distant vacation? Book a stay at one of the historic C&O Canal Quarters where lock keepers and their families once lived as they tended to the canal.  Choose from a variety of amenities depending on what kind of experience you are looking for. The full amenity houses are outfitted with central air conditioning, heat, electricity, and running water. The rustic lockhouses are similar to when they were first built, allowing you to truly experience life as the lock keepers did. Without the modern amenities, it’s like camping but with a sturdy roof and a comfy bed. Don’t forget to bring your own linens, pillows, towels, and food for your stay at all of the lockhouses. The C&O Canal will be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a National Historical Park in 2021, and there will be a lot of fun activities to explore. Our ten Canal Towns, quaint towns that line the Park, will be offering a variety of festivals to celebrate this milestone. Go for a boat ride across a restored aqueduct at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport. Walk through the Paw Paw Tunnel, a 3,118-foot tunnel that took almost 14 years to build, or take the two-mile trail over the tunnel for stunning views of the area. Discover ghost stories from Haunted House Bend and Edwards Ferry or go rock climbing at Carderock. Explore canal towns like Harpers Ferry, W. Va. and Cumberland, Md. for a deeper dive into the regional history and culture.  Step back in time as you getaway to the C&O Canal Quarters, exploring the past and present while surrounded by nature. Visit canalquarters.org to make your reservation today as availability goes quickly.  Along the towpath in the C&O Canal National Historical Park, you’ll have easy access to the 184.5-mile trail and the Potomac River. Spend your days, hiking, biking, fishing, and paddling before settling in for a cozy night at the lockhouse. center_img Since 2009, more than 20,000 guests from 46 states and four countries have gotten a taste of life along the canal. All of the revenue generated from the program goes back into preserving these historic lockhouses. You will have the lockhouse to yourself, offering a safe place for your family to get away from the crowds and enjoy the outdoors. The lockhouses are being professionally cleaned between guests. All seven locations sleep up to eight people and are less expensive than a hotel, quaint, peaceful, historic, and steps away from the scenic nature that lines the Potomac River. It’s the perfect choice for whatever vacation you have planned, from a romantic getaway to a family reunion.  Each of the seven lockhouses has been preserved so you can experience what life was like during the construction and height of the canal. Each house is furnished with a different time period in mind, telling the history of the canal as its story intertwines with the  Civil War, railroad industry, Civilian Conservation Corps, National Park Service, and more.  “What a gift for all of us,” said guests Terri and Alan. “The scenery, the wildlife, and the peace and quiet made for a well-earned respite.”  “Walking through the front door transports you back in time 60 years,” said guests John and Matt. “Remove all the technological trappings and you are left with peace and solitude that is rarely experienced this close to the nation’s capital.” last_img read more

Citing Texas Hold ‘Em, Booker places all his chips on Iowa finish

first_imgDES MOINES — New Jersey Senator Cory Booker says he’s taking a gamble that he’ll be among the top three candidates when the Iowa Caucus results are announced.“We’ve said from the beginning that this is our state, that this is going to be the determining factor for us,” Booker told Radio Iowa. “…We’re playing to keep here in Iowa, kind of Texas Hold ‘Em in some ways.”Iowans who watched seven of the Democratic Party’s other 2020 presidential candidates debate in December saw Booker’s first campaign ad. He’s spending far more to buy time on Iowa TV stations this month.“I’m going to confess we have taken a risk in Iowa by pushing a lot of our resources that we might need to continue on into getting up on TV to compete with those people who are millionaires or who have more resources than us,” Booker said.Booker has not joined former competitor Julian Castro in criticizing Iowa’s role as the first voting event in the 2020 presidential selection process. Booker just launched “Black Americans for Cory” with a gathering of about 50 women in Des Moines and he said Iowa’s minority voters may be the deciding factor on February 3rd.“In a Caucus where the difference between finishing fifth and second is probably going to be a few thousand votes, those who appeal to the Sudanese community or can appeal to the Latino community, the black community, if you can generate support in those communities,” Booker said, “it’s the diversity that swings the hinge one way or the other.”Booker has been urging voters to pick the candidate who is best able to motivate Obama-level turn-out among diverse communities. Booker’s duty as a U.S. Senator to sit as a juror in the expected impeachment trial for President Trump will take him off the Iowa campaign trail. He is also unlikely to meet Friday’s deadline for a strong enough showing in public opinion polls to be included in next week’s televised candidate debate in Des Moines.Booker returns to Iowa today with events scheduled in North Liberty and Mount Vernon.last_img read more

Enmore Association of NY celebrates elderly, children

first_imgFor the 17th successive year, the Enmore Association of New York (EANY) staged its annual Christmas party for the elderly and children of the East Coast Demerara community.The event, held on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the residence of Ayube Mohamed (Wise Man), catered for over 500 persons, who were treated to lunch and the presence of Santa Claus bringing holiday cheers and gifts.They elderly folks also received a hamper and a monetary contribution, compliments of members and well-wishers of the EANY. The celebration was once again made possible through the collaborative efforts of former residents of Enmore, residing in New York.The individuals and families graciously and generously donated financially and otherwise to make the event a reality, while several persons in Enmore did the coordination on the ground to ensure it was a success.Manzoor Rahaman, a member of the association, told the gathering that the EANY is extremely happy to be the bearer of glad tidings at this time of the year.“One of the things that I find quite interesting is that we’re able to serve you and give back to you because the older folks, if it wasn’t for you we would not be here…so we owe you a debt of gratitude, and because of that we try as much as possible to make sure you’re comfortable and taken care of too,” Rahaman said.One of the contributors to the event, Seeratan Persaud, said the contributions the older folks have made to the community cannot be overemphasized.“You guys have done a tremendously good job in raising kids in this community, and we’re proud of what you have done. Hopefully, we can replicate what you guys have done, although that would be a really uphill task,” Persaud stressed.Journalist Avenash Ramzan, who also delivered remarks at the event, echoed similar sentiments.Enmore Association of New York members pose with some of the invitees“I’m proud to see so many of the older folks here, whom I believe, and a lot of us would agree, are the heroes of this community. You are the reason Enmore is what it is today – you’ve produced doctors, lawyers, teachers, salesmen and you’ve put Enmore on the map, and I think you should all be proud of yourselves and the contributions you’ve made,” Ramzan noted.A raffle was also held and six lucky children won backpacks and school supplies ahead of the new term.The event was made possible through contributions from Sheila Shakoor and family, Steve Kim, Yuri Chandisingh, Elaine McKee, Gavin Anthony, Ravi Etwaroo (Cricket Zone USA), Tina Singh, Aleesha Mohamed, Randolph and Anjanie, Fazal and Shamin Haniff and family, Amar, Salina and Jennifer Prashad, Central Plumbing Specialities, Kim Clarke, Lena Pinto, Geeta Nathai, Art Denson, Prakash and Sirmati Persaud, Balraj Khemraj, Zabida and Romeo Sue, Amna and Jonathan Jagroop, Sam and Safoora Ali, Rennie Bacchus, Abbas family, Seeratan Persaud, Jimmy Baichand, Suresh Persaud, Naresh Persaud, Lawrence Mootoo, Ricky and Sharon Persaud, Hamid family, Ramesh and Lily Lall, Madho Singh, Steve Toor, Jennifer Selberstein, Elegant Hardware of the USA, Nick and Sham and Shano and Julie.The executive members of the EANY (Ayube Mohamed, Debbie Singh, Roupchan Hardowar, Amar Prashad, Surujpaul Singh, Akbar Khan, Rudy Persaud and Prakash Persaud) would like to express immense gratitude to all the donors and wish everyone in Enmore a Merry Christmas and a productive 2019.last_img read more

Fatal fire in Dawson Creek

first_imgAn 83 year-old Dawson Creek woman has died after a fire Friday afternoon.A fire at the Selwyn Place apartments on 10th street, started at around 5 p.m. Friday evening.   Dawson Creek Fire Chief Gordon Smith says the fire started in the kitchen.   Fire fighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to any of the other units in the building.The 83 year-old woman suffered third degree burns and was rushed to the Dawson Creek Hospital where she later passed away from those injuries.- Advertisement -The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.last_img read more