Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
The father of one of four children killed in a West Virginia house fire says his daughter’s donated organs are keeping three transplant patients alive, so she continues to bring joy to other families.
Dmitriy Bolgar said during a Monday night vigil in Elkins that 11-year-old Katie Bolgar’s liver went to a 1-year-old girl. Her kidneys went to two other people. All are doing well.
Bolgar is from northern Virginia.
Hundreds paid their respects to Katie Bolgar, 29-year-old Alan Chamberlain and his three children, 4-year-old Isabella Chamberlain and 2-year-old twins Brianna and Alanna Chamberlain. They died in the Oct. 28 fire in Elkins.
The children’s mother and uncle – 34-year-old Jennifer Chamberlain and her brother, Jeff Hyde – remain at the West Penn Burn Center in Pittsburgh.