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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

From 1985 to 1990 Dan Kincaid’s weekly column, “The Great Outdoors”, appeared in The Marietta (OH) Times newspaper. It focused on hunting and fishing, but also covered various other topics of interest to those who loved the outdoors. Marietta bordered West Virginia, with the Ohio River separating the two states. Many readers lived in the Mountain State as well as Ohio. Thus, the columns covered issues and items from both areas. Come along and re-live those days and topics that were popular over 30 years ago.

Softball in The Villages® Community: 'Senior Softball Heaven'

Softball in The Villages® Community: 'Senior Softball Heaven'

The Villages® Community in Florida is well known throughout the country for its excellent senior softball programs, facilities, and opportunities. With nearly 3,000 current players, both men and women, participating on more than 200 various league and travel teams, this location has often been called ‘Senior Softball Heaven.’ This book gives a brief overview of Village softball for the newcomer, while also providing a glimpse into its 25-year history of phenomenal growth – from one field with a few people playing pick-up games to the current programs played on 15 beautiful, well maintained fields. Kincaid has also provided over 130 individual player Bio’s to give the reader an idea of who is playing softball here; their previous backgrounds; and some of their comments on the programs.

West Virginia Romances: Tales of Young Love in the Mountain State

West Virginia Romances: Tales of Young Love in the Mountain State

Stories of young love abound in the Mountain State. the stories in this book are especially suited to the young reader – both girls and boys. And even to their parents, who very possibly fell in love in West Virginia.

In the first story, a young girl, who is an athlete from out-of-state, comes to Huntington to attend Marshall University on a track scholarship. Though homesick at first, she begins to feel more comfortable in her new town when she finds unexpected love over the Thanksgiving holiday.

In the second story, a summer educational training session at Snowshoe Resort brings together a young couple who share similar hopes and plans for the future.

In the third story, two high school students from the Ohio river towns of Williamstown and St. Marys begin to fall in love after a chance encounter at a basketball game.

The final story involves a girl from Putnam County and a boy from Tucker County who meet at a state science symposium held at West Virginia University in Morgantown.

These stories are fictional, but very similar to situations that happen often throughout West Virginia. I sincerely hope you enjoy reading these “tales of young love in the Mountain State” and telling other readers about them.

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol.I

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol.I

Kade Holley is a Forest Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, managing and protecting the natural resource gems of this country – the National Forests. In this first book Kade is the focal point of a series of five multi-state adventures that will have you eagerly rushing to turn the next page. He has a life threatening float-plane crash on a remote lake in the vast wilderness of northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest; he is faced with a forest fire situation in the pine forests of the North Carolina Piedmont; and he encounters a group of drunken vandals intent on destroying Forest Service property in southeastern Ohio’s Wayne National Forest. There are truck wrecks, encounters with wild animals, and Kade also leads a team of Forest Service specialists on an assignment to Mount St. Helens on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington. Through it all, Kade never waivers in his love for his family, his love of being a Forest Ranger, and his love of the National Forests. He understands that his work is sometimes dangerous, often challenging, and always fun and interesting. “That’s life as a “ranger,” Kade says. This book will take you through a series of adventures that many dream about, but very few ever experience. Written for the Teenage/Young Adult audience.

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol.II

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol.II

Kade Holley is a Forest Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service, managing and protecting the natural resource gems of this country – the National Forests. In this second volume Kade is the focal point of a series of five multi-state adventures that will have you eagerly rushing to turn the next page. He has an encounter with an angry bull moose in northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest; he deals with a black bear that is causing concern to hikers at Brasstown Bald on Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest; and he becomes a witness when he sees poachers illegally shoot a huge buck deer on West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. There is a “smelly” encounter with turkey vultures in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest and Kade participates on a national fire prevention team in Colorado, where he unexpectedly gets to take a “harrowing” practice ride with up and coming race car driver Scott Dixon prior to the 2002 Denver Grand Prix. Through it all, Kade never waivers in his love for his family, his love of being a Forest Ranger, and his love of the National Forests. He understands that his work is sometimes dangerous, often challenging, and always fun and interesting. “That’s life as a “ranger,” Kade says. This book will take you through a series of adventures that many dream about, but very few ever experience. Written for the Teenage/Young Adult audience.

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol. III

Kade Holley, Forest Ranger series Vol. III

The Kade Holley saga continues as the Forest Ranger: 1) takes a soil scientist and a hydrologist to the Monongahela National Forest’s remote Blister Swamp in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, where the trio’s mission to collect data is interrupted by an unanticipated and dangerous event; 2) gets an opportunity to bat against Major League All-Star pitcher Phil Niekro as part of a promotional event put on by an Atlanta TV station; 3) speaks to a high school biology class about some of his most interesting and unusual encounters over the years with birds; 4) leads an effort to have the Marietta Unit of Ohio’s Wayne National Forest selected to provide the Capitol Christmas Tree for the U.S. Capitol in 1987; and finally, 5) recalls several interesting experiences while working at northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, including meeting two famous Minnesotans and surviving a harrowing boat ride across Snowbank Lake during a sudden and fierce summer storm. Although Kade Holley’s work in the outdoors often brings with it an element of suspense and frequent danger, there are also treasured moments that come with being a Forest Ranger with the U.S. Forest Service – and he loves it all. Written for the Teenage/Young Adult audience.

A Gift to The Nation

A Gift to The Nation

In 1987 one of the smallest National Forests in the country, located in the midst of the hardwood forests of southeastern Ohio, was selected to provide the Christmas tree, a Norway spruce, for our nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C. This book details how the Wayne National Forest came to receive that honor and how a small, dedicated group of Forest Service employees, as well as local organizations, agencies, schools, businesses, and citizens rallied around the project to make it one of the most successful in the history of the program. By tying-in the event to the Bicentennial celebrations of the nationally significant Northwest Ordinance and the settlement of the historic City of Marietta, Ohio, the festivities garnered not only local, but state, regional, and national attention.

The Penicillin Kids

The Penicillin Kids

Author Dan Kincaid was a member of the 1966 West Virginia Class AA state basketball championship team at Huntington Vinson High School. He uses newspaper accounts; scorebooks; statistical records; and personal recollections of the players and coaches to capture the essence of that memorable season, when the “Penicillin Kids” won the school’s first state basketball title.

Your…..Chattahoochee National Forest

Your…..Chattahoochee National Forest

The author’s newspaper columns from 1978-80. Topics include natural resources, Chattahoochee National Forest, and related outdoor themes.

Your.....Wayne National Forest, Vol.I

Your.....Wayne National Forest, Vol.I

Selected historical newspaper columns from the author’s weekly writings in 1981 and 1982, which covered outdoor, natural resource, and national forest related topics. These columns appeared in various southeastern Ohio newspapers, primarily The Marietta Times and The Monroe County Beacon.

Your…..Wayne National Forest, Vol.II

Your…..Wayne National Forest, Vol.II

Selected historical newspaper columns from the author’s weekly writings in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1986, which covered outdoor, natural resource, and national forest related topics. These columns appeared in various southeastern Ohio newspapers, including The Marietta Times, The Monroe County Beacon, The Logan Daily News, and others.

Your…..Wayne National Forest, Vol.III

Your…..Wayne National Forest, Vol.III

Historical newspaper columns from the author’s weekly writings in 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990, which covered outdoor, natural resource, and national forest related topics. These columns appeared in various southeastern Ohio newspapers, including The Marietta Times, The Monroe County Beacon, The Logan Daily News, and others.