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Wood County GOP readies town hall events

Wood County GOP readies town hall events

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Republican Party Executive Committee will hold five town hall meetings for the public to hear and question Republican candidates in Wood County.

The first meeting will be held 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Mineral Wells Community Building, GOP Chairman Roger Conley said.

Republican candidates will speak and residents can participate in a question and answer session, Conley said.

Other meetings will be held:

* Sept. 22: Woman’s Club in Williamstown.

* Oct. 4: community building in Washington Bottom.

* Oct. 18: Parkersburg City Council Chambers.

* Oct. 27: Vienna Community Building.

For more information contact Conley at 304 991-8899, Scot Heckert at 304 424-7000, Warren Bigley at 304 588-1556, Gladys Lemley at 304 482-1162 or Terri Goodnow at 304 615-2020.

The general election is Nov. 8. Early voting is from Oct. 26 to Nov. 5.

Among offices in Wood County in the election are the U.S. House of Representatives District 2, state Senate District 3, House of Delegates Districts 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, county and circuit clerks and county commission.

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First annual off-road motorcycle event coming to Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

First annual off-road motorcycle event coming to Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo

Richardson Backcountry in Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo
“Photo provided by Ride North Moto”

Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development & Tourism (FMWBEDT) has teamed up with Ride North Moto, to deliver their first-ever off-road motorcycle event to the area.

Together, they’re launching “Boreal Royale”, a dual-sport motorcycle adventure taking place June 24-26.

Tyler Cole, Sports & Events Economic Development Officer with FMWBEDT describes it as not being a race, but more of an opportunity to responsibly welcome the motorcycle community to the beautiful backcountry areas of Wood Buffalo.

The event includes four nights of camping at the motocross track and three days of competition that will see competitors use the WANDURO app to find waypoints and collect Quest Points.

The press release describes the event as being similar to geocaching, which is where individuals hunt for hidden objects by using GPS coordinates, but with motorcycles.

“We are working towards this event becoming a staple in the dual-sport and adventure sport motorcycling event calendar going forward,” explained Cole.

McMurray Dirt Riders Association and the WANDURO Adventure Moto Navigation events team from British Columbia will also be hosting Boreal Royale in partnership with the event.

Mike Haberoth, Founder of Ride North Moto says, “We are very excited to see the 1st Annual Boreal Royale come together and to share our passion for motorcycle sport with others in the community. Our local partners have been the key to helping us explore the region’s backcountry and inspiring us all to be proud of the place we call home.”

FMWBEDT stated in a press release that the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation has given permission to the group to allow competitors on their traditional territory in the Richardson backcountry north of Fort McMurray.

An introductory video for the event can be viewed at Boreal Royale – Teaser Video – YouTube.

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