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
West Virginia American Water’s request for a surcharge for infrastructure improvements has been approved by the state Public Service Commission.
The 1.62 percent surcharge will amount to about $1.01 for the average residential customer using 3,100 gallons a month, the utility said. The surcharge is down from the 2021 average surcharge of about $3.55 a month, West Virginia American Water said in a news release.
The PSC approved the infrastructure replacement program on Monday.
The program includes $32.5 million in systemwide upgrades for 2022. The improvements include $18.6 million to replace or upgrade more than 30 miles of water mains; $9.2 million to replace service lines, fire hydrants, meters and booster stations; $2.5 million to rehabilitate water storage tanks; and $2.2 million for post-acquisition investment in troubled water systems, the company said.
Last week, the PSC approved new base rates for the company, with an average monthly increase of more than $4 for residential water customers.