Inside Appalachia- Oct. 19, 2013


A new Kentucky café caters to Alzheimer’s patients and their families.

Arts and Culture provide economic development in one Kentucky county.

A new book profiles one of West Virginia’s most picturesque river valleys.

And ink lovers turn out for the first WV tattoo expo.

KY Memory Café: In Kentucky, Louisville has joined a growing number of U.S. cities creating a place for people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their caregivers to socialize and share a meal.   As Kentucky Public Radio’s Rick Howlett reports, it’s called the Memory Café.

WV Inspiring West Virginian: In a final installment of Inspiring West Virginians, we meet a woman from Beckley who has distinguished herself on a global stage in science, technology, engineering, mathematics AND business.  Jean Snedegar visited Linda Powers, a bio-engineer, and builder of ground-breaking scientific instruments.

KY Elliot County Economic Development: In the 1990s, Elliot County Ky. was declared the poorest county in the nation. But rather than going the usual route and focusing efforts on recruiting outside companies to come in, leaders in Elliot County took a different approach to the problem, and looked towards their own strengths.  Many years later, these efforts are paying off, and Elliot County is making a name for itself in asset based approach to rural economic development through Arts and Culture. WMMT’s Sylvia Ryerson reports.

WV Cacapon River Valley Book: Stories and photographs from West Virginia’s Lost and Cacapon River valley are featured in a book just released by West Virginia University Press. Listening to the Land features the stories of several owners throughout the watershed who have chosen to preserve their land through the Cacapon and Lost River Land Trust.

PA Perch and Climate Change: A favorite entrée at fish fry’s is the yellow perch. And that fish on the dish might have come from the Great Lakes. But warmer lake waters and a changing climate threaten the population of perch as well as other species- like walleye. The Allegheny Front’s Jennifer Szweda Jordan headed out with researchers on Lake Erie to learn more.