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 will receive federal funds to help eliminate “forever chemicals” from drinking water.
The Department of Environmental Protection will receive $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address PFAS in drinking water sources.
The state agency will use the funds to engage with communities in the Northern and Eastern panhandles and develop PFAS Action Plans.
PFAS are a group of around 10,000 manmade chemicals that have been used to manufacture both industrial and consumer products.
The U.S. Geological Survey found them in 67 of the state’s 279 raw water systems, with clusters in the Eastern Panhandle and Ohio River Valley.
The EPA has proposed legally enforceable limits for PFAS in water systems nationwide.