West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Provide Free Summer Youth Camps

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CHARLESTON, WV – The 2015 Performing Arts Sampler for Kids and the Historic Preservation Summer Camp are two upcoming youth programs held by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The Performing Arts Sampler for Kids is a free camp where aspiring young performers can expand their knowledge and ability through classes in theater, music and dance.

This four-day camp is set for June 29 – July 02 from 9 AM to Noon.

Campers will learn from local community arts instructors and division staff.

The camp concludes with a showcase performed by participants in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater.

The Performing Arts Sampler for Kids will accept up to 45 campers, ages 8-16. Preregistration is required.

The Historic Preservation Summer Camp invites kids to learn about historic preservation, architecture, archaeology and history.

Campers will enjoy activities and discussions on these topics and participate in a mock archaeology dig.

On the last day of camp, students will visit the Historic Glenwood Estate on Charleston’s West Side to learn about this historic home and the people that lived there.

The instructor of the Historic Preservation Summer Camp is Historic Preservation Office Education and Planning Coordinator John Adamik.

Alison Thornton, a program associate for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA) AmeriCorps Program, will lead the archaeology activities.

Camp is free and runs from 9 AM to Noon July 13 –16.

Space is limited to 20 students ages 10-12 with preregistration required.

For more information and to register for the performing arts camp, contact Bethany Cline at 304.558.0220 or .

For the historic preservation camp, contact John Adamik at 304.558.0240 or .

West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers preparing for Operation Dry Water 2015

Concentrated effort to curb drinking and boating scheduled for June 26-28, 2015
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The Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 26-28, 2015, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence (BUI). The mission of Operation Dry Water also brings awareness and education to recreational boaters about the dangers of alcohol and drug use on the water.

During Operation Dry Water, West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will be out in force looking for boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds the state limit of .08. This weekend will include increased patrols as well as boater education on impaired boat operations. Impaired boaters can expect to be arrested or face other serious penalties.

“We are dedicated to keeping boaters safe on our waters. Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules,” said Col. Jerry Jenkins, Chief of the DNR Law Enforcement Section. “You will see our officers out on the water looking for boaters who are operating a vessel under the influence.”

Boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol continues to be a major problem across the nation. U.S. Coast Guard data reveals that alcohol is the primary contributing factor in recreational boating fatalities. Intoxicated boat operators and passengers run a significantly increased risk of being involved in a fatal boating accident.

Operation Dry Water is a nationwide education and enforcement initiative launched by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Operation Dry Water 2015 is a joint program of West Virginia, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information, visit

WVU Extension Service to Host North Central WV Pasture Field Day

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Pasture is the most utilized crop in West Virginia to feed livestock for a large majority of the year. Many pastures can be improved and provide a higher quality forage diet to our livestock with a few management changes. If you would like to improve your pasture and learn about these management techniques WVU Extension Service will be hosting a North Central Pasture Field Day, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at Roger Nestor’s Farm in Belington, WV. The field day will cover a wide range of topics from fencing techniques, pasture utilization, weed identification and sprayer calibration.

Bill Iams with the Log Cabin Fencing Company from Amity, PA will be discussing fencing techniques and demonstrating several fencing tips to help producers build safer and more durable fences for their livestock. The field day will also cover the following educational topics: GPS Tracking of Sprayer/Spreader, Calibrating Bloomless and Backpack Sprayers, Pasture Utilization, H & N Farm Story, Weed Id and an update of Ag Enhancement and NRCS Programs. Lunch will be served around noon and has been sponsored by Farm Credit of Virginia.

The field day is free to attend thanks to the following assistance from Tygart Valley Conservation District, West Fork Conservation District, Roger Nestor and Family and Farm Credit of Virginias. Please RSVP to WVU Extension Service- Gilmer County, 304.462.7061 or WVU Extension Service- Calhoun County, 304.354.6332 by Monday, June 22, 2015.

Directions: H&N Farm is located on Audra Road in Belington, WV.

Contact the WVU Barbour County Extension Office for directions at 304.457.3254.

Fishing at Lake Erie, PA

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Lunker Winner 20 inches 4.8 lbs.

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