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West Virginia now ideally suited to solar energy use

“The technology has come leaps and bounds from the 80s and 90s,” says Dan Conant of Solar Holler.
Perhaps surprisingly, much of West Virginia enjoys about 85 percent as much sunlight as Miami, Florida, which means it's ideally suited to solar energy...

Yes, (West) Virginia, there is a native geranium!

Geranium can be found growing wild in West Virginia.
SUNSHINE FARM, W.Va. — When it became my turn to present my current story proposal at our regular editorial board meeting, my pitch was...

Tales of 'Turkey Witches' weren't uncommon in early West Virginia

A wary wild turkey peers across a field in West Virginia.
It wasn't all that long ago that country folk in West Virginia might tell tales of a turkey witch. Of all the forms a...

WVU forestry specialist recommends live Christmas trees

There are good reasons to opt for a live Christmas tree this year, ideally sourced in West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While the ease and convenience of a pre-lit, artificial tree has genuine appeal, a West Virginia University professor and forest resources...

Tale of "Frosty the Snowman" is rooted in West Virginia

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
KEYSER, W.Va. — Relatively few West Virginians may know that the tale of "Frosty the Snowman" came to life in the Mountain State. While...

Christmas in Ripley to feature new city-owned Starcher Mansion

The Toys-for-Tots Train steams through the streets of Ripley during its annual Christmas parade.
RIPLEY, W.Va. — A community known for its events—including the state's premiere arts-and-crafts festival—the City of Ripley is ushering in the Christmas season with...

Harpers Ferry to reenact Christmas as celebrated in 1864

Visitors walk Potomac Street during Christmas in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — On December 3 and 4, 2022, visitors to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are invited to explore a historical reenactment...

Thanksgiving travel to rebound in West Virginia in 2022

More than 260,000 West Virginians are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday in 2022.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Over the river and through the woods, more than 265,000 West Virginians are expected to travel more than 50 miles from...

Six tips for hiking West Virginia in winter weather

At the center of the eastern U.S., West Virginia makes fora popular destination for winter hiking.
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Hiking in West Virginia in winter can prove a transcendent experience. Nothing compares to a stroll through a wonderland of snow...

W.Va. Farm Museum Christmas Light Show runs Dec. 5-20

Displays at the West Virginia State Farm Museum are being readied for Christmas.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Two million lights will twinkle at the West Virginia State Farm Museum December 5-20, 2022, to celebrate Christmas, though volunteer...

West Virginia uniquely tied to Thanksgiving Day celebration

Union soldier Larkin Goldsmith Mead holds a Thanksgiving turkey at Camp Griffin, Virginia, c. 1861.
The anniversary of the first Thanksgiving was not nationally celebrated until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln declared a day of "thanksgiving and praise" to be...

'Old Woman Run' at Sutton bears a unique name origin

A fog settles in the vale of Granny Creek, as seen from Old Woman Run in Braxton County near Sutton, West Virginia.
SUTTON, W.Va. — Sharp-eyed travelers visiting the historic district in downtown Sutton may observe that two streams tumble out of the hills to join...

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