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Day trips

February 04, 2007

Audubon Society organizes field trip



Potomac Valley Audubon Society invites its members and the public to a field trip with members of the Baltimore Bird Club. The groups will go birding on the Eastern Shore from Cape Henlopen, Del., to Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The trip will offer an opportunity to see loons, gannets, sea ducks, great cormorants and purple sandpipers. Razorbill sightings also are possible.

The group will meet between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Lewes-Cape May Ferry passenger parking lot in Lewes, Del., and leave from there.

Some participants may choose to go to Delaware on Friday and stay overnight. Some may choose to stay in or around Ocean City on Saturday night and continue on to Assateague on Sunday.

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Participants should be prepared to bundle up, and should bring binoculars and scopes if they have them.

For information and to register, call Nancy Kirschbaum at 304-876-6881 or e-mail nancyk500@adelphia.net, so PVAS can contact participants if inclement weather forces cancellation.




Cedar Point coaster will be ready in May



SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - Construction on Cedar Point's new roller coaster is on schedule and it will be ready for opening day in May, according to the Sandusky Register.

The steel coaster called "Maverick" will have a 100-foot first drop and launch riders through a tunnel at speeds of 70 mph. It also will turn them upside down three times.

The park opens on May 12.




Coal mine attraction closed for renovation



BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) - The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, one of West Virginia's most popular tourist attractions, will be closed this year while a new visitors center is built and other improvements are made.

The new 14,000-square-foot visitors center will replicate a coal company store and will house an extensive collection of coal camp artifacts, according to a report in The Charleston Gazette.

New parking, pedestrian areas and outdoor exhibits also are planned.

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