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Feb 22 2011

Manchin Launches "Commonsense Connections" Week, A New Constituent Outreach Initiative

As the Senator is in the Middle East on a fact-finding mission, Manchin staff will visit more than 80 locations in West Virginia this week

**Audio, Video, Photos and New Logo Available**

Charleston, W.Va. – Representatives from the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today launched an unprecedented statewide tour that will reach West Virginians in every part of the state as the Senator is traveling on a fact-finding mission in the Middle East.

In a press conference today, State Director Kelley Goes introduced “Commonsense Connections Week,” a series of informal gatherings during which staff will be available to meet with West Virginians to discuss their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. More than 80 events have been scheduled just this week.

Senator Manchin also joined the press conference with a video message, which is available on the Senator’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ib-mS2JQAI.

An audio recording of his message is available here: http://demradio.senate.gov/actualities/manchin/022211_MANCHIN.mp3

Senator Manchin is in the Middle East on a fact-finding mission and has visited with military commanders, diplomats, local leaders and West Virginia troops in countries including Afghanistan and Pakistan. Senator Manchin is overseas to see and learn more about the vital issues on the ground there, and to meet the brave men and women from West Virginia who are serving the nation.

“While I am on this important fact-finding trip abroad, where I will be listening to West Virginians who are serving, meeting with our commanders on the ground, and key local leaders, the important work of serving West Virginia continues,” Senator Manchin said.

“I am proud to announce the launch of ‘Commonsense Connections Week,’ where my hardworking staff will be crisscrossing every corner of our state to reach out to our veterans, seniors, small businesses, parents and all hardworking West Virginians to listen to your commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns.”

“Senator Manchin believes that West Virginians shouldn’t have to go to Washington to communicate with their Senator, and that is why we’re launching this never-before-seen effort,” added State Director Goes. “Our staff will blanket the state to make sure we are available to hear the concerns, priorities and commonsense ideas from West Virginians while the Senator is on his important fact-finding trip in the Middle East.”

Manchin began the year with a highly successful two-week “Call for Common Sense” tour, during which he visited 11 counties, drove more than 1,800 miles and talked to hundreds of West Virginias about their ideas, concerns and priorities. Following the success of the “Call for Common Sense” tour, Manchin launched “Coffee and Common Sense,” an ongoing series of conversations with constituents. Senator Manchin has already visited Follansbee, Beckley, Fayetteville, Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs for “Coffee and Common Sense.”


Photos: State Director Kelley Goes introduces “Commonsense Connections Week.”


A sampling of scheduled events for the week is included below:
Monday, February 21, 2011
 
 
PUTNAM COUNTY

Location: Putnam County Library
4219 West Virginia 34
Hurricane
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 10:30 a.m.
 
CABELL COUNTY

Location: Marshall University Memorial Student Center 
located on Fifth Avenue
Huntington
Start time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 1:30 p.m.
 
HARRISON COUNTY

Location: Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center
1 Medical Center Drive
Clarksburg
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  11 a.m.
 
DODDRIDGE COUNTY

Location: West End Café
512 W. Main Street
West Union
Start time:  Noon
End time:  1:30 p.m. 
 
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 
MERCER COUNTY

Location: Mercer County Courthouse
1501 Main Street
Princeton
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10 a.m.
 
Location: Mercer County Senior Center
600 Trent Street
Princeton
Start time:  10:15 a.m.
End time:  11 a.m.
 
MCDOWELL COUNTY

Location: McDowell County Senior Center  
725 Stuart Street
Welch
Start time:  Noon
End time:  2 p.m.

WYOMING COUNTY

Location: Pineville Public Library   
Corner of Castle Rock Ave. and Bank Street
Pineville
Start time:  3 p.m.
End time:  5 p.m.
 
MARION COUNTY

Location: Marion County Public Library
321 Monroe St.
Fairmont
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10:30 a.m.

MONONGALIA COUNTY 

Location: Monongalia County Courthouse 
243 High St.
Morgantown
Start time:  Noon
End time:  1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
 
PRESTON COUNTY

Location: Heartland of Preston County
300 Miller Road
Kingwood
Start time:  2:30 p.m.
End time:  4 p.m.
 
Location: Preston County Courthouse
103 West Main Street
Kingwood
Start time: 4 p.m.
End time: 5 p.m. 
 
WIRT COUNTY

Location: Wirt Court House
One Court Square
Elizabeth
Start time: 9 a.m.         
End time: 10 a.m.
 
WOOD COUNTY

Location: Wood County Senior Center
914 Market Street
Parkersburg
Start time: 11 a.m.
End time: Noon
 
RITCHIE COUNTY

Location: Ritchie County Public Library
130 North Court Street
Harrisville
Start time: 3 p.m.
End time: 4 p.m.
 
MINGO COUNTY

Location: Williamson Council Chambers  
107 East 4th Avenue
Williamson
Start time:  9 a.m. 
End time: 10 a.m. 

LOGAN COUNTY

Location:  P.R.I.D.E in Logan County. Inc.    
699 Stratton Street
Logan
Start time:  10:30 a. m.
End time: 1 p.m.
 
Location:  Chapmanville Public Library   
299 Vance Street
Chapmanville
Start time:  5 p.m.
End time: 6:30 p.m.
 
MORGAN COUNTY

Location: Paw Paw Senior Center       
783 Winchester Street
Paw Paw
Start time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 1 p.m.
 
Location: Berkeley Springs Courthouse
77 Fairfax Street
Berkeley Springs
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 3:30 p.m. 
 
CALHOUN COUNTY

Location:  Calhoun County Courthouse
363 Main Street
Grantsville
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 9:30 a.m.
 
Location:  Grantsville Post Office
372 Main Street
Grantsville
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
End time: 10 a.m.
 
Location:  Calhoun County Public Library
North Mill Street
Grantsville
State time:  10 a.m.
End time: 10:45 a.m.
 
Location:  Calhoun County Senior Center
3 Market Street
Grantsville
State time: 10:45 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.
 
ROANE COUNTY

Location:  Spencer Senior Center
811 Madison Avenue
Spencer
Start time: Noon  
End time: 1p.m.

Location:  Roane County Courthouse
200 Main Street
Spencer
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 2:30 p.m.
 
Location:  Roane County Library
110 Parking Plaza
Spencer
Start time: 2:30 p.m.
End time: 3 p.m.
 
Location:  Spencer Post Office
110 Main Street,
Spencer
Start time: 3 p.m.
End time: 3:30 p.m.
 
RANDOLPH COUNTY

Location: Kisselstop Café
3rd Street
Elkins
Start time: 7 a.m.
End time: 8 a.m.
 
TUCKER COUNTY

Location: Parsons Senior Center 
206 Third Street
Parsons
Start time: 8:30 a.m.
End Time: 9:30 a.m.
 
Location: Parsons Five Rivers Public Library
301 Walnut Street
Parsons
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
End time: 10:15 a.m.

PENDLETON COUNTY

Location: Pendleton County Senior Services Center
209 Mill Road
Franklin
Start time: Noon
End time: 1 p.m.

GRANT COUNTY 

Location: Grant County Public Library
18 Mountain View Street
Petersburg
Start time: 2:30 p.m.
End time: 3:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011

MONROE COUNTY 

Location: Betty’s Corner Café
1922 Main Street
Union
Start time:  8 a.m.
End time:  8:45 a.m.
 
Location: Monroe County Courthouse  
216 Main Street
Union
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10:30 a.m.

GREENBRIER COUNTY

Location: Greenbrier County Senior Center
1003 Greenbrier Street
Rupert
Start time:  11:30 a.m.
End time:  1:30 p.m.
 
SUMMERS COUNTY

Location: Summers County Public Library
201 Temple Street
Hinton
Start time:  3 p.m.
End time:  5 p.m.
 
GILMER COUNTY

Location: Council of Senior Citizens of Gilmer County
720 N. Lewis St
Glenville
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10:30 a.m.
 
BRAXTON COUNTY

Location: Braxton County Senior Center
33 Senior Center Drive
Sutton
Start time:  11:30 a.m.
End time:  1 p.m.
 
PLEASANTS COUNTY

Location: Pleasants County Courthouse
301 Court Lane
St. Marys
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 10 a.m.
 
TYLER COUNTY

Location: Tyler County Senior Center
504 Cherry Street
Middlebourne
State time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 1 p.m.
 
WETZEL COUNTY

Location: Paden City Public Library
114 South 4th Street
Paden City
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time:  3 p.m.

MARSHALL COUNTY

Location: Moundsville/Marshall County Public Library
700 Fifth Street
Moundsville
Start time: 4:30 p.m.
End time: 5:30 p.m.

BERKELEY COUNTY

Location: Berkeley County: Martinsburg Public Library                
101 West King Street
Martinsburg
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
End time: 10:30 a.m.

Location: Berkeley County: Berkeley Senior Services                  
217 North High Street
Martinsburg
Start time: 11 a.m.
End time: 1 p.m.

MASON COUNTY

Location: Mason County Senior Center
101 2nd. Street
Point Pleasant
Start time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 12:45 p.m.
 
BOONE COUNTY

Location:  Boone County City Hall             
255 Washington Avenue
Madison
Start time:  8:30 a.m.
End time: 9:30 a.m.

Location:  Madison Danville Community Center     
768 Lick Creek Road
Danville
Start time:  10:30 a.m.
End time:  Noon

LINCOLN COUNTY

Location:  Hamlin-Lincoln County Public Library   
7999 Lynn Avenue
Hamlin
Start time:  2:30 p.m.
End time: 3:45 p.m. 

MINERAL COUNTY

Location: Keyser-Mineral County Public Library
105 Main Street
Keyser
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
End time: 10:30 a.m.
 
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Location: Rotary Meeting
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main Street
Romney, WV
Start time: Noon

KANAWHA COUNTY 

Location: Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Corporation
326 3rd Avenue
Montgomery
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 9:30 a.m.

FAYETTE COUNTY

Location: Fayette County Senior Center
108 Lewis Street
Oak Hill
Start time: 11:30 a.m.
End time: 1 p.m.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

RALEIGH COUNTY

Location: Raleigh County Public Library
221 North Kanawha Street
Beckley
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10:30 a.m.       
                              
NICHOLAS COUNTY

Location: Nicholas County Senior Center
700 Valentine Circle
Summersville
Start time:  11:30 am
End time:  1:30 pm

WEBSTER COUNTY

Location: Webster-Addison Public Library
331 South Main Street
Webster Springs
Start time:  3 p.m.
End time:  5 p.m.

JACKSON COUNTY

Location:  Jackson County Courthouse
214 Main Street
Ripley
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 9:45 a.m.

Location:  Sandyville Senior Center
1350 Gilmore Drive
Sandyville
Start time: 10 a.m.
End time: 10:45 a.m.
 
Location:  Ravenswood Senior Center
511 Washington Street
Ravenswood
Start time:  11 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Location:  Jackson County Library, Ripley Branch
208 North Church Street
Ripley
Start time:  11:45 a.m.
End time: 12:30 p.m.
 
JEFFERSON COUNTY

Location:  Jefferson County Senior Center
103 West 5th Avenue
Ranson 
Start time: 11 a.m.
End time: Noon

Location:  Shepherd University Rams Den, Student Center
210 North King Street
Shepherdstown
Start time: 1 p.m.
End time: 2 p.m.

Location:  Jefferson County Courthouse 
100 East Washington Street
Charles Town
Start time: 3:30 p.m. 
End time: 4:30 p.m.

BROOKE COUNTY

Location: Brooke County Senior Center
948 Main Street
Follansbee
Start time: 10:30 am
End time:  11:30 a.m.
 
HANCOCK COUNTY

Location: Greater Weirton Senior Center
3425 Main Street
Weirton, WV
Start time: Noon
End time: 1:00 p.m.

OHIO COUNTY

Location:  Wheeling Jesuit University, The Alma Grace McDonough Health and Recreation Center
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling
Start time: 3 p.m.
End time: 4 p.m.

WAYNE COUNTY

Location:  Wayne County Community Center 
440 Cleveland Street
Wayne
Start time:  10: 30 a.m.
End time: Noon

HARDY COUNTY

Location: Hardy County Public Library
102 North Main Street
Moorefield
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

LEWIS COUNTY

Location: Lewis County Senior Center Services  
171 West 2nd Street
Weston
Start time: 11 a.m.
End time: 1 p.m.
 
UPSHUR COUNTY

Location: Upshur County Public Library   
West Virginia 20
Buckhannon
Start time:  2 p.m.
End time:  4 p.m.

CLAY COUNTY

Location: Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone (CAEZ)
135 Main Street
Clay
Start time: 9 a.m.
End time: 10 a.m.

Friday, February 25, 2011

POCAHONTAS COUNTY

Location: Dirtbean Ohana LLC   
217 8th Street
Marlinton
Start time: 9:30 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Pocahontas County Senior Center
Route 219 North (two miles out of town)
Marlinton
Start time: Noon
End time: 2 p.m.

OHIO COUNTY

Location: M.J. Viola Senior Center
H.R.C. Building, 51 Eleventh Street
Wheeling
Start time: 10:30 a.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

TAYLOR COUNTY

Location: Grafton Public Library
200 Beech Street
Grafton
Start time:  9 a.m.
End time:  10:30 a.m.

BARBOUR COUNTY

Location: Barbour County Senior Center
101 Church Street
Philippi
Start time:  11:30 a.m.
End time:  1 p.m.

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