Glynis Board http://wvpublic.org en Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students http://wvpublic.org/post/wheeling-italian-festival-celebration-all-ethnicities-and-students <p></p><p>Folks in Wheeling are ramping up for the annual <a href="http://www.italyfest.com/">Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival</a>. It’s one of the largest Italian Festivals in the country, but it’s not all cannoli and spaghetti. Organizers have worked to make ethnicities from across the region feel welcome in their celebration of heritage.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:59:05 +0000 Glynis Board 15849 at http://wvpublic.org Wheeling Italian Festival: Celebration of All Ethnicities, and Students DHHR Warns of Possible HIV Exposure at Northern Panhandle Pain Clinic http://wvpublic.org/post/dhhr-warns-possible-hiv-exposure-northern-panhandle-pain-clinic <p></p><p></p><p>Health officials are advising patients of a clinic in in the northern panhandle to be tested for some infectious diseases after an investigation discovered questionable practices.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:02:32 +0000 Glynis Board 15748 at http://wvpublic.org DHHR Warns of Possible HIV Exposure at Northern Panhandle Pain Clinic W.Va. Rural Roads Continue to Crumble, Highway Workers Face Possible Lay-Offs http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-rural-roads-continue-crumble-highway-workers-face-possible-lay-offs <p></p><p>More research has surfaced indicating the abysmal state of rural infrastructure these days, especially in West Virginia, and shortfalls in federal funding for highway maintenance could make the problem worse as well as leave many road workers filing for unemployment.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:14:07 +0000 Glynis Board 15648 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Rural Roads Continue to Crumble, Highway Workers Face Possible Lay-Offs Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-Das http://wvpublic.org/post/stakeholders-meet-ginseng-summit-discuss-industry-dos-don-ts-ta-das <p></p><p>Ginseng annually brings millions of dollars in revenue into Appalachia. But its future as a revenue option, or even its existence at all in these parts is far from certain. Growers are struggling to conserve the plant and ensure the vitality of the industry. Those concerns as well as new research that sheds light on the therapeutic qualities of the plant were discussed at the 2014 Ginseng Summit.</p><p>A small gathering of key stakeholders in the ginseng industry gathered at the Golden Seal Botanical Sanctuary just outside the small town of Rutland, in Meigs County Ohio, to discuss important topics surrounding the medicinal root.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:18:54 +0000 Glynis Board 15488 at http://wvpublic.org Stakeholders Meet for Ginseng Summit, Discuss Industry To-Dos, To-Don’ts, Ta-Das New Book Discovers Where Wheeling (Place of the Skull) Got Its Name http://wvpublic.org/post/new-book-discovers-where-wheeling-place-skull-got-its-name <p></p><p>The name Wheeling is a very old word. While there’s some dispute, it’s most commonly translated from the indigenous Delaware language to mean “Place of the Skull.” That’s the name and subject of a recently published book written by Ohio Valley resident Alan Fitzpatrick.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 05:46:30 +0000 Glynis Board 14390 at http://wvpublic.org New Book Discovers Where Wheeling (Place of the Skull) Got Its Name National Education Association Meets to Discuss Common Core, Standardized Tests http://wvpublic.org/post/national-education-association-meets-discuss-common-core-standardized-tests <p></p><p>Educators from across the country are meeting over the next two weeks for the National Education Association’s 152nd annual meeting. West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee will be one of the Educators at the meeting discussing issues facing such as Common Core State Standards, and standardized testing.</p><p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 23:09:04 +0000 Glynis Board 14175 at http://wvpublic.org National Education Association Meets to Discuss Common Core, Standardized Tests New Children's Theater Work Premiers at WVU http://wvpublic.org/post/new-childrens-theater-work-premiers-wvu <p></p><p>An original children’s theater show debuts this weekend in Morgantown. The production comes from the Mountain State Rep, the professional summer theater company out of West Virginia University’s School of Theatre and Dance.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:34:13 +0000 Glynis Board 13983 at http://wvpublic.org New Children's Theater Work Premiers at WVU Environmental Quality Board Hears Complaints Against DEP Revocation Order in Fayette County http://wvpublic.org/post/environmental-quality-board-hears-complaints-against-dep-revocation-order-fayette-county <p>The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board is reviewing an order issued by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection that revokes a waste disposal permit. Attorney Tom Rist is representing groups concerned about Danny Webb Construction's waste disposal operation in Fayette County.</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 04:36:00 +0000 Glynis Board 13919 at http://wvpublic.org Environmental Quality Board Hears Complaints Against DEP Revocation Order in Fayette County Reclaiming the Abandoned: Ohio Valley Grows Local Food Economy http://wvpublic.org/post/reclaiming-abandoned-ohio-valley-grows-local-food-economy <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154081313&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like many towns across much of the state, Wheeling is home to a lot of abandoned, depressed, impoverished areas susceptible to crime and drug epidemics. The region has depended largely on the coal and steel industries, which are declining. The population is decreasing along with the economy and the vitality of the communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A small group is tackling several major projects with the hope of changing all of that. The projects all center around infusing the town with locally grown foods, and educational opportunities to teach residents how these foods are grown. There are eight initiatives already in motion and the fledgling non-profit, Grow Ohio Valley, has raised more than $200,000 so far to support their efforts.</span> They hope that instead of being known as a dying town, Wheeling can become a regional food production hub.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:23:26 +0000 Glynis Board 13613 at http://wvpublic.org Reclaiming the Abandoned: Ohio Valley Grows Local Food Economy Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking? http://wvpublic.org/post/was-fayette-county-waste-pit-leaking <p></p><p>Danny Webb Construction began shutting down above ground pits last month in Fayette County that held oil and gas waste. The waste likely came from horizontal drilling operations.</p><p>In a more recent development, the DEP says a tank that was holding some of that waste, leaked during the process, but was cleaned up.</p><p>Concerned citizens have been expressing concerns with this particular operation for years.</p><p>Environmental groups ran some tests last year and while results have turned up inconclusive, it still raised red flags.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:22:20 +0000 Jessica Lilly & Glynis Board 13518 at http://wvpublic.org Was This Fayette County Waste Pit Leaking? Harvard/Syracuse Study: West Virginia Among Those to Benefit Most from Proposed Carbon Regulations http://wvpublic.org/post/harvardsyracuse-study-west-virginia-among-those-benefit-most-proposed-carbon-regulations <p>The Harvard School of Public Health together with Syracuse University released a <a href="http://eng-cs.syr.edu/carboncobenefits">study </a>of potential air quality benefits based on the first-of-their-kind carbon dioxide emissions reduction proposal the Environmental Protection Agency revealed this month. According to researchers, West Virginia is among the state's to benefit most from the proposed rules.</p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 16:26:05 +0000 Glynis Board 13360 at http://wvpublic.org Harvard/Syracuse Study: West Virginia Among Those to Benefit Most from Proposed Carbon Regulations Monongahela National Forest Gets New Federal Designation http://wvpublic.org/post/monongahela-national-forest-gets-new-federal-designation <p></p><p>The West Virginia Division of Forestry just got a major tool to help combat forest disease and invasive species. Through an act of congress, the Monongahela National Forest has just been designated an “Insect and Disease Area.”&nbsp; The designation is designed to streamline efforts to combat insect and disease threats.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:38:02 +0000 Glynis Board 13159 at http://wvpublic.org Monongahela National Forest Gets New Federal Designation Want to Help West Virginia Honeybees? Here Are Five Gardening Tips http://wvpublic.org/post/want-help-west-virginia-honeybees-here-are-five-gardening-tips <p></p><p>While Honeybee <a href="http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=15572">Colony Collapse &nbsp;Disorder (CCD)</a> is relatively uncommon in West Virginia, bees and pollinators are still threatened in the region and all across the country. About a third of all of our foods (and beverages) come from crops pollinated by these insects. There’s growing concern that pesticides and certain farming practices are at the heart of the crisis, so more and more gardeners are stepping up to support pollinators in their own yards and fields.</p><p></p><p><br /> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 03:24:16 +0000 Glynis Board 13004 at http://wvpublic.org Want to Help West Virginia Honeybees? Here Are Five Gardening Tips Morgantown Restaurant Agrees to "Show More Skin" http://wvpublic.org/post/morgantown-restaurant-agrees-show-more-skin <p></p><p>Over the Memorial Day weekend in north-central West Virginia, a lot of skin was on display in one restaurant. But it might not be the skin you’re thinking about.</p><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 04:33:01 +0000 Glynis Board 12727 at http://wvpublic.org Morgantown Restaurant Agrees to "Show More Skin" MIT-Inspired Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab Comes to High School in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/mit-inspired-technology-enhanced-active-learning-teal-lab-comes-high-school-west-virginia <p>Wheeling Catholic High School has decided to take a page from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is renovating the school’s library into a Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) lab.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 03:34:07 +0000 Glynis Board 12421 at http://wvpublic.org MIT-Inspired Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) Lab Comes to High School in West Virginia Scientists Try to Save Endangered Hemlock Trees in West Virginia Swamp http://wvpublic.org/post/scientists-try-save-endangered-hemlock-trees-west-virginia-swamp <p>For the past several decades Hemlock trees across the east coast have become home to an invasive insect that is leaving their host-trees dead in the ground. Efforts to manage the blight continue deep in a Preston County swamp.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 01:16:56 +0000 Glynis Board 11876 at http://wvpublic.org Scientists Try to Save Endangered Hemlock Trees in West Virginia Swamp Morels Galore Displayed on 'WV Wild Pickers' Facebook Page http://wvpublic.org/post/morels-galore-displayed-wv-wild-pickers-facebook-page <p></p><p>It's peak season for morel mushrooms throughout Appalachia. One online site, "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/WvWildPickers">WV Wild Pickers</a>"&nbsp;Facebook page is getting a lot of traffic of people sharing stories and photos from their adventures foraging.</p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 22:22:13 +0000 Glynis Board 11544 at http://wvpublic.org Morels Galore Displayed on 'WV Wild Pickers' Facebook Page Whip-Poor-Wills On The Decline, West Virginia DNR Asks For Help http://wvpublic.org/post/whip-poor-wills-decline-west-virginia-dnr-asks-help <p></p><p></p><p>The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is looking for whip-poor-wills.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">DNR officials are worried that the bird is declining in population and so they are reaching out to the public to get a better sense of Whip-poor-will presence throughout West Virginia.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bird's really hard to spot since its grey, black and brown coloring act as a camouflage. But the call is unmistakable.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 17:20:55 +0000 Glynis Board 11518 at http://wvpublic.org Whip-Poor-Wills On The Decline, West Virginia DNR Asks For Help Volunteer Youth From Milton, Belleville Honored in Washington, D.C. http://wvpublic.org/post/volunteer-youth-milton-belleville-honored-washington-dc <p></p><p></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'">Two youth volunteers from West Virginia were honored in Washington, D.C. They were among 100 kids from across<span style="font: 16.0px Arial">&nbsp;</span>the country recognized for their services in their communities.</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Some of the nation's most outstanding student volunteers were honored with a gala dinner and reception at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and a chance to hang out with the Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. Each also received $1,000 dollars.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px 'Times New Roman'">&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:38:41 +0000 Glynis Board 11513 at http://wvpublic.org Volunteer Youth From Milton, Belleville Honored in Washington, D.C. What is Synthetic Marijuana? http://wvpublic.org/post/what-synthetic-marijuana <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Two businesses in Morgantown are accused of illegally selling a drug known as synthetic marijuana. Law enforcement leaders are working with United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, to investigate but so far no charges have been filed.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/spice-synthetic-marijuana">National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)</a> and <a href="http://www.drugs.com/synthetic-marijuana.html">other sources</a>, synthetic marijuana refers to herbs and plant materials that are sprayed with chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana. It’s often marketed as incense and labeled “not for human consumption.” While not exclusively generated out of Asia, law officials indicate China may be a major source of production.</p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:40:29 +0000 Glynis Board 11329 at http://wvpublic.org What is Synthetic Marijuana?