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Rail trail cleanup to be part of local Earth Day events

Tire collection event planned in Elkins April 23

ELKINS — A spring cleanup Earth Day event is planned on the Allegheny Highlands Trail.

Hosted by the Highlands Trail Foundation, the Springtime Rail Trail Clean Up, set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, will “help make the trail more enjoyable for running, walking and biking this spring and summer,” officials said.

“The Allegheny Highlands Trail is a very popular trail in the area. Many people use it for walking, biking, and exercising,” Taira Gainer, the City of Elkins Mon Forest Town representative, said. “After the snow has melted, it’s important for us to have clean up events to pick up litter that has accumulated along the trail. It’s also the perfect opportunity to volunteer your time for a good purpose.”

Both groups and individuals are invited to participate in the cleanup event, and supplies, including bags, gloves and “pickers,” will be provided.

To sign up, please message the HTF at, or email HTF’s AmeriCorps member, Daniel Flood, at

To prevent duplication, volunteers will be assigned a section of trail, typically 1 to 2 miles long. Volunteers are welcome to take more than one section if they wish, but are encouraged to only work on their assigned section(s).

Supplies will be available at the Elkins Depot Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 and 29, and at 10 a.m. April 30. The Elkins Welcome Depot Center is located in downtown Elkins at 315 Railroad Avenue.

Tucker County volunteers can pick up supplies from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and 29 at City Hall in Parsons, or at Mill Race Park on April 30 at 10 a.m. Parsons City Hall is located at 341 2nd Street.

Litter and smaller debris can be placed in the provided orange bags and left along the trail for pick up. Larger items such as tires can be placed alongside the bags. Much of the trash is located in the trail’s ditchline, which can be very mucky. Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, or boots.

The Highlands Trail Foundation is grateful for the support of the West Virginia Division of Highways’ Adopt a Highway program.

A form will be provided with the supplies for volunteers to report the number of bags filled, hours worked and participants. The information will be compiled and reported to the Adopt A Highway Program.

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Dallas Trail Ride Groups Meet with Police In Effort to Make Events Safer After Shooting

Dallas Trail Ride Groups Meet with Police In Effort to Make Events Safer After Shooting

In the weeks since a field party in Oak Cliff devolved into a deadly shooting, the community has rallied to figure out how to make sure it never happens again.

“It was scary. We’re still dealing with it,” said Dwayne Gray.

As the CEO of WolfPack Riding Club, Gray is working with others, like the Owner and CEO of New Era Booking and Management Firm Paul Franklin, on the newly formed Trail Riding Safety Commission.

Through meetings, like one held Wednesday night, their community is working with police to make sure future events for a long-beloved hobby, which grew in popularity during the pandemic, are safe, though they say that the “Epic Easter” party was hosted by someone outside of their association.

“It’s to work, and like I said, to bring all the organizations together so that we do a better job of monitoring and have conversations around just violence, senseless violence. What do we do to prevent these things and not be reactive to them but be more proactive,” said Paul Franklin.

That includes seeking permits, which the City of Dallas has pledged to crack down on, along with obtaining insurance and implementing new security measures to protect their community and to make sure everyone gets home safe.

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EARTH DAY: Cleanups, events, festival fill the April calendar

EARTH DAY: Cleanups, events, festival fill the April calendar

EARTH DAY: Cleanups, events, festival fill the April calendar  The Salem News

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On the comeback trail: Live events take centre stage

Recovery for live events is slower than that of cinemas, as it was the film exhibition industry that first experienced easing of restrictions.

India’s organised events and activations industry, which was estimated to be worth `8,300 crore in 2019 as per the FICCI-EY Media and Entertainment Report 2022, has been among the worst hit by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, the industry could manage a 20% y-o-y revival, clocking a revenue of `3,200 crore. The organised live events industry has its hopes pinned on 2022 to make a healthy recovery.

Several event organisers utilised the Holi weekend to conduct on-ground events and gauge spectator interest. Sunburn, for instance, was held across 10 venues, including in Bhopal, Thane, Chennai, Kasol, New Chandigarh, Pune, and Goa. Yet another music, comedy and gaming festival, BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, was held across 11 cities including Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Shillong, Guwahati, and Goa.

According to the FICCI-EY report, the live events segment will recover to pre-Covid levels by the last quarter of CY 2024 or first quarter of CY 2025, growing at a CAGR of over 30% over the next three years. In 2022, the industry is espected to rake in about `4,900 crore in revenue.

Small is better

In late 2020, when live events were attempting a comeback, the initial events were creator-led shows by performers, singers and stand-up comedians. Two years down the line, that trend seems to continue. “With comedy events still leading the race, techno music is a close second, gaining a niche but strong consumer base. Independent music (Indie) bands with both experienced and relatively new artists have been garnering fans across major cities in India,” says Anil Makhija, COO – live entertainment and venues, BookMyShow.

The Maharashtra government announ-ced lifting of all Covid restrictions in the state from April 2, including celebrations of festivals and events. Live event organisers, though, are being cautious and are running scaled down versions at the moment. “For BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender, we opted to go with just 25-30% of our 2019 capacity,” says Sameeksha Uniyal, consumer marketing lead, BACARDÍ, India and South-East Asia.

Since smaller venues like restaurants have fewer restrictions, event organisers are opting for these as they resume live gatherings. “The most recent trend on the block has been that of small-scale and micro gigs across venues like nightclubs, restaurants, lounge bars and malls,” observes Makhija.  

Karan Singh, chief executive officer, Sunburn, informs that the event this year saw a daily footfall of 4,000-5,000. This is a small number as compared to the tens of thousands of revellers who would attend the festival pre-Covid. While people are keen on experiencing events again, the traction is coming mainly from metro cities. Amar Sinha, chief operating officer, Radico Khaitan — partners to the Sunburn Festival — says that these scaled-down events are experiments to check how hygiene and safety protocols need to be implemented and accounted for, before large-scale events take off later in the year.

Not enough takers?

Recovery for live events is slower than that of cinemas, as it was the film exhibition industry that first experienced easing of restrictions. Industry executives say that live events organisers are awaiting further easing of restrictions on capacity and formats.

As a result, brands are taking it slow, too, when it comes to event sponsorships. “With the festival capacity at slightly conservative numbers, the sponsorship levels are minutely different,” says Akshat Rathee, co-founder and managing director, NODWIN Gaming. Organisers are trying to sell a combination of solutions to brands, including online and offline engagements. “We have added a lot of content and influencers as a part of our offerings to brands, which means the value for brands as well as the festival remains similar to previous years,” he says.

Brands and organisers are also trying to work out deals with safety clauses. “Organisers are trying to figure out new contracts that have shared responsibility between artistes, event organisers and venue owners,” says Roshan Abbas, MD, VMLY&R Commerce Encompass. Another challenge is that the hospitality industry has hiked venue rates to make up for the losses from the previous two years, he adds.

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