Green Efforts Continue

Ferris Wheel Display at the Festvial of Lights

All displays at the Winter Festival of Lights use energy-efficient LED lights.

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.

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Annual Boo At The Zoo Features Costume Swap and Pumpkin Carving Contest This Year

Boo at the Zoo, an annual fundraiser at the Oglebay Good Zoo in Wheeling, will be October 12 through 14, October 19 through 21 and October 26 through 28. The event is 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each night but the doors will open at 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays.


Costume Swap at Boo at the Zoo

New this year at Boo at the Zoo is the Costume Swap on October 13 from 11am-3pm. Drop off a used, clean, complete costume at the Good Zoo admission gate now through October 13 and get a ticket to choose a different costume at the swap.

“Put on your costume and join us for our 2012 annual Boo at the Zoo celebration!” said Penny Miller, director of the Good Zoo.  All participants receive bags at the door and collect treats at nine stations scattered throughout the zoo.  The zoo is again offering their popular advance tickets sales at a reduced rate.  Advance tickets are $1.00 off the regular price and can be purchased at the zoo office daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


“New this year is the Costume Swap on Saturday, October 13,” added Miller. “Drop off a used, clean, complete costume at the Good Zoo admission gate now through October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and get a ticket to choose a different costume at the swap.”  The Swap runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 13 and zoo admission fees will apply to non zoo members to attend the Swap.


Saturday, October 13 will also be Green Halloween Recycle Day at the Zoo. From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. old computers, monitors and other electronics will be collected by Electronics Recycling Services in the upper parking lot of the Good Zoo. “Bring in your unwanted electronics free of charge for recycling,” said Miller. Visit the Good Zoo website  or call 304-243-4030 for a complete list of electronics that will be accepted at Green Halloween Recycle Day.


Pumpkin Carving Contest at Boo at the Zoo

Also new this year at Boo at the Zoo is the Pumpkin Carving Contest.

Also new this year is the Pumpkin Carving Contest.  “The first 100 carved pumpkins entered in the contest can be swapped for an uncarved pumpkin that you can then carve for your own family,” said Miller. Two pumpkin carving competitions will be held and entries can be dropped off at the Good Zoo admission gate from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily from October 5 through 17.  Entries received by October 10 will be eligible for both contests and entries received after October 10 will be eligible for the second contest only.  Judging for the first contest will be October 11 and the second contest will be judged on October 18. There will be two age categories: age 14‐adult; and youth; 13 and under. Prizes will include Oglebay gift cards, Good Zoo membership and Animal Encounters.


For complete rules for the Costume Swap and the Pumpkin Carving Contest visit the zoo website or call 304-243-4030. 


Admission to Boo at the Zoo is $6.50 for non-members and $5.25 for members. Boo at the Zoo also features a Spooky Train Ride for $2.00 and tickets for the train ride are available at the zoo’s train station.


A special overnight package is available at Wilson Lodge at Oglebay for Boo at the Zoo.  The package is $199 and includes one night lodging in a traditional room for two adults and two children, admission to Boo at the Zoo, costume party for the kids, a pizza and soda, plus all the lodge amenities including the indoor pool, fitness center and Jacuzzi. For overnight lodging details call 800-624-6988.