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‘Appalachians Writers of Color’ to showcase state’s diverse talent

Appalachian writers whose experiences are different than those most often portrayed in the media will be featured in three events that examine what it means to be a person of color in a region that is stereotypically portrayed as white. The first event, “A Reading by Emerging Appalachian Writers of Color,” is Wednesday (Dec. 2) at 7 p.m. and is presented by the West Virginia University Humanities Center.

Tips for safely enjoying a fresh-cut Christmas tree this holiday season

The holiday season is now upon us, and many West Virginia families will be decking their halls with garland, tinsel, lights and most commonly, the Christmas tree. While some opt for the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree, others prefer the authentic look and smell of a fresh-cut Christmas tree. A fresh-cut tree does require a bit more attention and care, but according to West Virginia University Extension Service expert Dave McGill, if you take a few simple precautions, you and your family can safely enjoy your tree all season long.

Leftovers? Store them safely this Thanksgiving

It’s important to keep food safety in mind when storing your leftover turkey, dressing and other Thanksgiving fixings. Molly Poffenbarger, health educator with the West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, offers some tips on safely storing leftovers.

Properly thaw your frozen turkey for a perfect Thanksgiving feast

Preparing a Thanksgiving turkey requires planning. Thaw your frozen bird too early and you could unknowingly serve your guests a foodborne illness. Leave it in the freezer too long and it won’t be ready for the big day. Molly Poffenbarger, health educator with the West Virginia University Extension Service Family Nutrition Program, shares tips on how to properly thaw your frozen turkey.

Navigating holiday celebrations, traditions in the midst of a pandemic

What should be a happy, joyous time of celebration with friends and family is being met with challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. WVU Extension Service Family and Community Development agent, Ami Cook, offers advice on how you, with a positive attitude and proper planning, can make the most of this year’s holiday season and do it safely.

WVU experts available to weigh in on U.S. Supreme Court hearing on Affordable Care Act

Anne Lofaso of the West Virginia University College of Law says it will be important to watch how the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court interacts with Chief Justice John Roberts as the high court hears arguments beginning Tuesday (Nov. 10) that could decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare challenging its constitutionality. Meanwhile, WVU health policy expert Christopher Plein of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences notes the ACA has been a “game changer” for West Virginians and the state’s health care system.

Beyond Bars Summit provides a new voice on mass incarceration in West Virginia

Popular and familiar voices who have endured the prison system will provide a fresh perspective and give a voice to the voiceless for those still incarcerated as part of West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media Beyond Bars Summit. Piper Kerman, author of the memoir turned Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, and Dwayne Betts, author of Felon, with a series of 10 breakout sessions led by West Virginia experts on Thursday (Nov. 12).