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WVU student taps University resources to build beekeeping business into success

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Morgantown, W.Va. – Many West Virginia University students have busy lives, balancing their studies, social activities and family obligations. However, for one student, in addition to all that, there’s 960,000 employees dependent on him to maintain maximum efficiency in his business. The employees? Well, they’re honeybees, and not only is his profit margin at stake, but also an increasingly critical part of ecology — pollination.

WVU Jackson’s Mill continues holiday tradition

Morgantown, W.Va. – Celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Lights Buffet and Breakfast with Santa held in the historic Mount Vernon Dining Hall at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill near Weston.

The Winter Lights Buffet takes place Friday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Baked steak, turkey and traditional sides will be served. The price is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for children age 3 and under. Visitors may receive $1 off the buffet price by bringing a nonperishable food item for donation to the local pantry.

Alexandria Straight named Extension agent in Hampshire and Hardy counties

West Virginia University Extension Service has appointed Alexandria “Alex” (Straight) Smith as agricultural and natural resources agent in Hampshire and Hardy counties, effective November 15, 2017.

Straight joined WVU  Extension Service in 2007, most recently serving as the agricultural and natural resources agent for Ritchie County. Prior to that, she served as the agriculture and natural resources Extension agent for both Doddridge and Ritchie counties. Straight began her career with WVU Extension as a research assistant where she worked on a variety of experimental projects including soil compaction, mine reclamation soils and farmland fertility on permanent restoration pastures.

WVU Extension’s Families and Health program efforts nationally recognized

Morgantown, W.Va. -- West Virginia University Extension Service’s Families and Health faculty were nationally recognized for their dedication and commitment to meeting the needs of West Virginia individuals, families and communities at the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Session.

The organization educates and recognizes Extension professionals who improve the quality of life across their states by providing education on food preparation, food safety and nutrition, financial management, healthy lifestyles, relationship and parenting skills, and more.

WVU Fire Service Extension provides free fire training during West Virginia State Fire School

Morgantown, W.Va. – The West Virginia State Fire School is returning this year to ensure that West Virginia’s firefighters, from volunteer to full-time, get the most up-to-date training and certifications to keep their towns and communities safe. Best of all, it’s free to those firefighters that meet individual class prerequisites.

Hosted and organized by the West Virginia University Fire Service Extension, the school runs from Friday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 3 and will take place in the Morgantown area. Organizers claim the school is an opportunity for growth for all firefighters, with classes that cover everything from self-contained breathing apparatus to helicopter firefighting.

WVU Jackson’s Mill invites community to 2017 Thanksgiving Buffet

Morgantown, W.Va.— Bring friends and family to enjoy a seasonal feast at the 2017 Thanksgiving Buffet in the historic Mount Vernon Dining Hall at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill from 4:30 - 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17.

Admission is $14 for adults and $7 for youth ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and under eat free. Those who bring a canned food donation will receive $1 off per person.

WVU Extension Service agent appointed to board of national professional development association

Morgantown, W.Va. – WVU Extension Service’s McDowell County 4-H Agent, Donald Reed, has been elected to the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents board of trustees as the vice president of finance and operations.

In this appointment, Reed will oversee the expenses, income and investments of the association while continuing to serve in his current role in McDowell County. The organization reports over a million dollars in assets, and Reed will help three different conference groups maximize their professional development efforts while staying in budget.