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December 06, 2007

Toby Keith's guitarist appears at Kahuna's



Rich Ekhardt, lead guitar player for country music artist Toby Keith, appeared at Kahuna's Nite Club in Hagerstown Nov. 23 with local classic rock band Sister Mary Elephant.

Ekhardt was in Maryland visiting family on the Eastern Shore, including his brother Paul, who is the bass player for Sister Mary Elephant.

Ekhardt is originally from Prince George's County, Md. He appears in the Toby Keith movie "Broken Bridges" as a guitarist backing up Toby Keith, Willie Nelson, and other cast members.

Growing up in the Washinton area, Ekhardt played with several Top 40 bands before moving to Nashville in 1989.




New rail trail brochure available



The Western Maryland Rail Trail has a new brochure that includes Phase Three of the recreational trail. The map shows the recently added soft trail and a parking lot at Pearre Station.

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"The new map features the 22-and-a-half-mile, all-paved trail," said Hancock Chamber of Commerce president Penny Pittman. "It includes where the crossovers are located to the C&O Canal and also shows the parking areas at Big Pool, Hancock, and Pearre."

In 2005, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. awarded $5 million to extend the trail to Little Orleans, Md. in Allegany County, with access through the 4,000-foot Indigo Tunnel. Construction could begin as soon as 2008.




W.Va. artists' works on display



PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia artists and crafts-people received 16 awards totaling $29,000 at the opening of the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2007 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The exhibition, presented biennially by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, will be on display through Feb. 8. Local artists include:

· Susan Carney of Shepherdstown ? "Cat's Cradle," which won the $2,000 Award of Excellence, and "Swing"

· Sarah E. Dolecki of Shenandoah Junction ? "A Long Time"

· Frank P. Herrera of Martinsburg ? "Volcan Pua 2006"

· C. Mason of Martinsburg ? "The Life and Death of C. Mason"

· Michael C. Mendez of Martinsburg - "Ten Year Chip," which won the $5,000 Governor's Award.

For information, call 304-558-0220, ext. 128 or call 304-485-3859.

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