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Oglebay is proud to announce that all the displays at this year’s Winter Festival of Lights, which begins next week on November 9, will be using energy-efficient LED lights. Four years ago the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED. “We expected the conversion to take five years so we are actually ahead of schedule,” said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director for Oglebay. LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer.
The use of LEDs at the Festival of Lights is just one of the many green initiatives that Oglebay has implemented in the past few years. “Oglebay has 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and picturesque natural beauty, and the resort is committed to preserving and sustaining this natural beauty for generations to come,” added Knoyer.
A committee of key personnel at Oglebay meets regularly to research and discuss new ways to reduce the resort’s environmental footprint and oversees long and short-term stewardship programs.
Penny Miller, director of the Good Zoo at Oglebay said more than 4,600 pounds of electronic items were collected at the Green Halloween Recycle Day held at the zoo on October 13. “Visitors were invited to bring in unwanted electronics free of change for recycling,” said Miller. “Electronics Recycling Services of Ohio collected the discarded PC’s, workstations, servers, laptops, printers, VCR players, cameras and other electronics, and therefore kept all these items out of the waste stream.”
The golf department at Oglebay recycled 2,400 pesticide containers last week. Nick Janovich, Superintendent of the Jones Course at Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club said a company from Texas comes in at the end of every golf season with a tractor trailer and grinds the material here on site. “This keeps the plastic container and any residual chemical out of the landfill,” said Janovich. “Our containers were ground here on site and are destined to be the plastic blocks that are used between roadside guardrails and the posts that they are attached to. The recycled plastic absorbs impact better than the treated lumber that is traditionally used and is also a great use for pesticide-contaminated plastics.”
Janovich added that this Texas company specializes in the recycling of pesticide containers. “I call other courses in the area and they bring their containers, too,” said Janovich. “We’ve seen great participation from other golf courses. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture got us involved in the program a few years ago and it is free in exchange for the recycled material.” The material from the pesticide containers has been recycled as drainage pipe in the past but this time it was headed to be made into plastic blocks for guardrail posts.
For a complete list of our green efforts please visit www.oglebay-resort.com/green_flyer.pdf.
Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks plus new Drool in the Pool Dog Swim
An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3. “The most-anticipated event, Wheeling Symphony’s free performance, ‘Music Under the Stars’, will take place on Sunday,” said John Hargleroad, Director of Operations for the Wheeling Park Commission. The Suzuki Strings will perform at the amphitheater on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheeling Symphony’s performance at 7:30 p.m. A brilliant fireworks display will take place at the amphitheater at the conclusion of the symphony.
A Labor Day weekend favorite, “Fort Henry Days”, returns to Site One at Oglebay on Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. A battle reenactment will be held at Camp Russel at 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Oglebay Woodcarver’s Show, another long-time favorite Labor Day event, will be held at the Pine Room on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.
Hargleroad noted that there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days and the Woodcarver’s Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarver’s Show.
Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day. The inflatable rides are $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00 for each climb.
Daily Activity Wristbands will be available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center all three days. The wristbands provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes. One free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.
“The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. “The zoo will offer a ‘Creature Feature’ on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.”
The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and features 50 different species including zebras, Komodo dragons, kangaroos, wild African dogs, lemurs, otters, spectacled bears and more. Admission to the zoo is $8.00 for non-member adults and $5.50 for ages 3-12. Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.
New this year is “Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay outdoor pool on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. “Dogs, like humans, can enjoy the refreshing water and exercise a public pool provides and many areas across the country allow dogs to swim in a public pool after the pool season is over,” said Hargleroad. “We are excited to offer this special dog swim when the outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday at 4:00 p.m.” There is no admission to “Drool in the Pool” and complete rules are listed below:
- All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
- All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
- One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
- No human swimming – wading only.
- No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
- Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
- No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
- Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
- Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
- Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
- Retractable leashes are not permitted.
- Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
- Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
- Participants must bath after the event.