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
Four West Virginia communities have been recognized by the state Department of Environmental Protection for environmental stewardship in 2013.
The DEP’s Make It Shine Program has awarded Clean Community Awards to New Cumberland, the Village of Beech Bottom, Alderson and Fayetteville.
Fayetteville was the grand prize winner and will receive $500 to apply toward additional cleanup/beautification projects. Fayetteville was recognized for efforts that
include conducting environmental education on recycling and anti-littering in the local schools; hosting an annual Earth Day celebration; and passing a dilapidated housing ordinance to reduce the number of nuisance properties in the town.
Clean Community Awards are presented annually. Each municipality’s application is judged in several categories, including cleanup, recycling, youth participation and
For more information about the Clean Community Awards, contact Travis Cooper at 1-800-322-5530 or by email at Travis.L.Cooper@wv.gov.