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    1. Education News


      Carnegie Hall Classes and Workshops continue in December with a Sugar Skull Masks workshop on Saturday, December 9, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. This class is open to students six years of age or older and class size is limited.
      Students will watch brief demonstrations by the teaching artist Amie Durrman throughout this guided workshop, so they can explore a hands-on experience using a slab roller. Participants will create and mold their sugar skull masks using surface tools and various easy to learn techniques. Underglazes will be applied the same day, and projects will be left to be fired in the kilns at the Hall. 
      The cost is $35 for members and $55 for an adult/child pair. To register or for a complete list of classes and workshops visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

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      As part of Carnegie Classrooms and thanks to generous funding from the Nicholas County Community Foundation, Carnegie Hall’s Cosmodome, along with Teaching Artist David Buhrman, travelled to Summersville Middle School in early November to present a week of enlightening education for all students in grades 5-8.
      Carnegie Hall’s portable Cosmodome demonstrates how Earth’s spin and tilt influence the apparent motions of celestial objects we see in the sky above. Accurate simulations inside the dome help students become acquainted with the lockstep progression of the basic constellations, the changing phases of Earth’s Moon, the life cycle of stars and the significance they have played in creating the basic elements that make up living cells.
      Carnegie Classrooms are STEAM based workshops presented in the classroom that infuse the arts into multiple disciplines by making authentic connections to content standards. Led by professional teaching artists, Carnegie Classrooms encourage student understanding, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, and a deeper appreciation of the arts while helping teachers balance core curricula being studied.
      Carnegie Hall’s Cosmodome is available for public or private educational workshops that can be tailored to most age groups and time frames. For more information, contact Education Director Harmony Flora at 304 645 7917, or by email to [email protected].

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    3. Education News


      Carnegie Hall Classes and Workshops continue during November and December with four new creative classes: Tree of Life Jewelry and Suncatchers, Creative Dreaming, Layered Art Journaling, and Creative Paper Crafting. Students must be 12 years of age or older and class size is limited.
      On Friday, November 17, or Friday, December 15, from 6 – 9 p.m., Anne Hunter will teach students how to make beautiful Tree of Life Jewelry and Suncatchers using precious stones and metal wire. Options will be available to create jewelry sized pendants and earrings or larger trees for suncatchers. A limited supply of specialty beads such as leaves, birds and flowers will be available. This project would make an amazing gift or a home accent. Cost is $65/members and $75/nonmembers.
      Next up will be Creative Dreaming on Saturday, November 18, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. In this introductory class, teaching artist Jan Darrah will discuss the key methods of lucid dreaming. The class will be followed by crafting an herbal dream tea, calming salve, and herbal pillow to promote the process. Cost is $55/members and $65/nonmembers.
      Layered Art Journaling taught by Kathleen DeRouen will take place on Wednesday, December 6, and Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. This creative and relaxing class will teach how to make beautiful, layered journal pages with overlapping patterns and designs that can reflect mood and help direct thoughts towards a constructive and artistic process. Time will fly as students experiment and create, leaving them with a clearer mind and a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of art. All materials are provided, and no experience is necessary.
      Rounding out the group is Creative Paper Crafting taught by Cris Bartlett and Cyla Allison of Wannabe Farm. Explore the world of handmade paper through a step-by-step process on Friday, December 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will learn to transform paper shreds into custom made, beautifully textured paper. Selection of seeds, dried flowers and herbs will be available to create one-of-a-kind paper creations. Artwork may be transformed into greeting cards, prints, special event invitations, and more.
      To register or for a complete list of classes and workshops visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

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    4. Education News


      As part of its commitment to lifelong learning, Carnegie Hall offers a series of classes and workshops to enlighten and inspire learners of all ages. In November, Carnegie Hall will offer a pair of free music classes presented by American Federation of Musicians Local 674. Sound Reinforcement: Set Up, Adjustment, Settings, Pitfalls will take place Saturday, November 4 and Singing: Vocal Coaching and Technique on Saturday, November 18. Both classes begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.  
      Hosted by the AFM Local 674 Music in Education Series, the Sound Reinforcement workshop will teach the basics of running sound and will feature guest teaching artists Thomas Taylor and Gary Williams.
      Sound reinforcement involves the use of microphones, mixers, amplifiers, speakers, and other equipment to capture, process and reproduce sound signals. Sound reinforcement can be used for various purposes such as music concerts, public address systems, theatre productions, conferences and more. Sound Reinforcement requires careful planning and execution to achieve the desired quality and volume for the listening public.
      The Singing: Vocal Coaching and Technique workshop will be hosted by guest teaching artist Jordon Stadvec. This free workshop can help singers of any level, genre, and style to achieve their musical goals and experience the enjoyment of singing.
      Singing is a skill that can be improved with proper vocal coaching and learned techniques. Vocal coaching is the process of teaching singers how to use their voice effectively, expressively and in a healthy way to prevent injury while technique is the set of principles and practices that guide singers on how to produce sound, breathe, articulate, project, control pitch, tone, blending, dynamics, vibrato and more.
      A light lunch will be provided during both workshops. Registration is required as class size is limited. Students must be 14 years of age or older.
      To register or for a complete list of classes and workshops visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.
      Carnegie Hall is a nonprofit organization supported by individual contributions, grants, and fundraising efforts such as TOOT and The Carnegie Hall Gala. The Hall is located at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV.  For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

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    5. Education News


      Carnegie Hall-O-Ween celebrates Halloween with a week’s worth of special family fun events and classes. Running from October 23 through October 28, Carnegie Hall-O-Ween offers exciting and informative opportunities to get you ready for Halloween and Trick or Treat.
      On Monday, October 23, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., learn to construct a spooky hidden Halloween themed scene in the Altered Art: Graveyard Book Dioramas workshop led by Carnegie Hall Teaching Artist Teri Hartford.  For students 13 years of age or older. 
      This fun class will teach participants how to create custom dioramas using a hollowed book and a spooky collection of die cuts, mini lights, and specialty papers. Haunted houses, bats, ravens, ghosts, witches, and tombstones abound in this creepy and creative seasonal workshop. Registration is $18 and all materials are provided.
      For more information on Carnegie Hall-O-Ween or for a complete list of classes and workshops and to enroll visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

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    6. Education News


      As part of its commitment to lifelong learning, Carnegie Hall offers a series of classes and workshops to
      enlighten and inspire learners of all ages. These unique learning opportunities are taught primarily in
      small group settings at the Hall. The Fall 2023 Classes & Workshops options are now available.

      Starting in September and continuing through December, the Fall lineup includes a diverse and creative
      selection of classes for learners of all ages. The Pottery Studio will offer a return of the popular hand
      building and wheel throwing clay classes with Instructor Sean O’Connell, as well as a wide range of single
      event hand building workshops with Instructor Amie Durrman, including ceramic wind chimes, fun
      seasonal classes like Hanging Owl Tiles and Pumpkins and Ghosts, and the three-week Saturday series,
      Clay for Youth.

      Also, in the Pottery Studio this Fall will be the first sessions of the new Raku program, which offers
      experienced students the opportunity to participate in a dynamic live firing process that heats clay
      bodies to 1800 degrees before submerging them in closed containers of combustible materials. Every
      piece is unique, and the excitement of unveiling the finished work is an amazing experience.

      Other workshops available throughout the season include an introduction to Weaving on a Loom, a Tree
      of Life jewelry making class, open studio Leather Shop classes, Perfume Making, Art Journaling, an
      outdoors Watercolor class, and a whole series of fun and festive events for the family, Carnegie Hall-O-
      Ween week.

      Carnegie Hall employs over 30 teaching artists from the community, and this seasons Instructors include
      Teri Hartford, Kasadi Shock, Karen Leland, Brenda Harman, Jenn Hevey, John Coffey, Anne Hunter,
      Kathleen DeRouen, Cris Bartlett and Cyla Allison, Bob DuCharme, Aletta Cherry, Luke Davis, Kathy Talley,
      and members of the Fiber Arts Network.

      For a complete list of classes and workshops and to enroll visit carnegiehallwv.org/classes-and-
      workshops or pick up a Classes & Workshops brochure at 611 Church Street, Lewisburg, West Virginia.

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    7. Education News


      Carnegie Hall is recruiting volunteers for its 2023-2024 season and will conduct two volunteer orientations and training sessions on Thursday, September 21. The first session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the second session will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
      Trainees will learn all aspects of volunteering at Carnegie, as well as take a tour and learn more about the Hall. Volunteering is fun and a great opportunity to meet new people while making an impact on Carnegie Hall’s ability to continue providing quality programming. The training is mandatory if you would like to usher for performances.  
      During last season over 180 volunteers logged more than 2600 hours at Carnegie Hall by volunteering as ushers, ticket-takers, administration assistants, poster distributors, archivists, Kids’ College helpers, exhibit assistants, special events assistants, and committee members. By volunteering, you help keep the arts and education thriving at Carnegie Hall.
      For more information and orientation sign-up, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Teri Hartford, at 304-645-7917, [email protected], visit www.carnegiehallwv.org/support/volunteer, or stop by 611 Church Street in Lewisburg.

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    8. Education News


      As schools kick off a new academic year today, the return of school buses to the roads comes with a pressing reminder for all drivers: exercise utmost caution around children waiting for their rides and adhere to the proper protocols when encountering a stopped school bus. Ensuring the safety of young students is a collective responsibility that demands attention and adherence to traffic regulations.
      Children Waiting for School Buses: A Vital Focus
      With the start of the school year, many children will be found waiting at designated bus stops along roadways. These students are often excited or preoccupied with their surroundings, which means it's crucial for drivers to be particularly attentive in these areas. Slow down when approaching bus stops, stay alert for any signs of movement, and prepare to come to a complete stop if the bus displays its stop sign or flashing lights. Children may unexpectedly step onto the road while waiting for their buses, and it is the responsibility of drivers to ensure their safety.
      Stopping at a School Bus: The Correct Protocol
      When a school bus halts to pick up or drop off students and activates its flashing lights and stop sign, drivers behind and approaching the bus must come to a complete stop. This rule applies on both sides of the road, unless there is a physical barrier such as a median. Failing to stop for a school bus is not only illegal but also endangers the lives of young passengers who may be crossing the road.
      What to Do When Stopped Behind a School Bus
      Stay Patient: School buses make frequent stops, and children may take time to board or disembark. Exercise patience and avoid honking to ensure a calm and safe environment for everyone. Maintain Distance: Keep a safe following distance behind the school bus. This provides you with ample reaction time if the bus suddenly starts moving or if a child crosses in front of the bus. Wait for Signals: Wait until the bus resumes motion, retracts its stop sign, and turns off its flashing lights before proceeding. As we embrace a new school year, it's vital for drivers to internalize the significance of responsible driving around school buses and waiting students. These young individuals rely on us to ensure their safety during their commute to and from school. By diligently adhering to traffic rules and exercising patience, we can collectively create a safe environment for our community's most vulnerable members.
      Let this be a reminder that safety starts with each of us. Let's drive cautiously, be vigilant, and make this school year a safe and successful one for all.

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    9. Education News


      The State Fair of West Virginia played host to an engaging and informative live glass blowing demonstration by the Hot Glass Academy. The event, held at the fairgrounds, featured skilled artists showcasing the intricate process of transforming molten glass into intricate sculptures.
      The demonstration commenced with the Hot Glass Academy's artists skillfully utilizing blowtorches and furnaces to manipulate molten glass. Attendees watched as the artists deftly gathered molten glass from the furnace, employing precise movements to craft the material into intricate shapes.
      Amidst the eager crowd, a glass sculpture of a brachiosaurus, a prehistoric creature, was brought to life by the artisans. The artists meticulously shaped and manipulated the glass, applying spot heating and stretching techniques to achieve the desired form. The sculpture exhibited a color palette of light blue and green, showcasing the artists' adeptness at working with different glass components.
      Throughout the process, the artists employed various tools, including diamond-shaped steel tools, to carefully shape and mold the glass. Attendees observed the meticulous attention to detail required to craft the sculpture's intricate features.
      One highlight of the demonstration was the creation of a specialized attachment point, called a "punny," which allowed the glass sculpture to be handled and manipulated during the process without compromising its form. This temporary connection point was strategically attached to the sculpture and would later be detached to ensure the sculpture's stability.
      As the live demonstration reached its conclusion, the artists expertly separated the glass sculpture from its temporary holding rod, ensuring that the sculpture's delicate features remained intact. Attendees observed the artists' deliberate and precise movements, a testament to their extensive experience in the craft.
      The demonstration not only captivated fairgoers but also provided insight into the complexities of glass blowing as an art form. The audience gained an appreciation for the delicate balance of heat, timing, and technique required to shape molten glass into intricate sculptures.
      As fair attendees departed, they left with a deeper understanding of the intricate artistry involved in glass blowing and the dedication of the Hot Glass Academy's skilled artists. The live demonstration offered an educational and engaging experience that resonated with those who had the opportunity to witness the fusion of creativity and craftsmanship in action.
      To learn more, you can check out their website at https://hotglassacademy.com/

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    10. Education News


      Greenbrier County Public Schools have just made the announcement that they are eagerly looking forward to the 2023-2024 school year. School is expected to start back on August 28th for grades 1 through 12. Kindergarten is scheduled to start on September 5th, with pre-kindergarten beginning on September 7th.
      Open House events will commence on August 21st for Smooth Elementary, August 23rd for Alderson Elementary, Frankford Elementary, White Sulphur Springs Elementary, and Western Greenbrier Middle School. On August 24th, Crichton Elementary, Rainelle Elementary, Ronceverte Elementary, Rupert Elementary, Greenbrier Eastern Middle School, Greenbrier Eastern High School, and Greenbrier West High School will have their Open House events. August 25th is designated for Lewisburg Elementary School.

      Source: https://www.greenbriercountyschools.org

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    11. Education News


      Carnegie Hall is hosting a FREE Needle Felting workshop on Saturday, August 26, from 1 - 4 p.m., with Kids’ College instructor Karen Leland. The class will be held in the Old Stone Room located on the ground floor.
      In continuance of the “pay it forward’ spirit that prompted the original needle felting donations at this summer’s Kids’ College summer program, Carnegie Hall is hosting a workshop for anyone that would like to make a felted ornament or animal to be auctioned off to provide scholarships for children to attend Kids’ College in 2024. Participants are welcome to make their own special creation to take home as well. All materials are provided.
      If you would like to attend, please RSVP to [email protected]. For more information, please call 304.645.7917 or visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.

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    12. Education News


      The 30th Annual Carnegie Hall Kids’ College concluded yesterday with resounding success, leaving students and parents thrilled with the enriching experiences and creative growth they gained over the two-week program. Running from July 10 to July 21, 2023, the Kids’ College offered an array of exciting classes for rising students in grades K-7, focusing on art, music, movement, and more.
      The program provided an opportunity for young learners to explore their artistic talents and creative abilities through various hands-on activities and interactive lessons. The mornings were dedicated to classes for students in grades K-1, featuring "Music for Kids," "Movement for Kids," and "Art for Kids." These young students engaged in crafts, music demonstrations, and interactive lessons that sparked their imaginations and fostered a love for the arts.
      Meanwhile, students in grades 2-7 had the option to enroll in both morning and afternoon sessions, enabling them to explore their interests more extensively. The morning sessions, comprising three 60-minute classes, allowed participants to delve into various art forms, including acrylic painting, printmaking, clay sculpting, and more. The afternoon sessions, with two 80-minute classes, offered exciting activities such as drama, tie-dye art, leatherworking, and even a pottery studio.
      The Kids’ College also prioritized inclusivity by offering scholarship assistance to qualifying applicants. Those in need of financial aid had the opportunity to apply for scholarships by the June 2, 2023 deadline. This initiative aimed to ensure that every child had the chance to participate and benefit from the enriching experience, regardless of financial constraints.
      Throughout the two weeks, students eagerly learned and honed their artistic skills under the guidance of talented and dedicated instructors. Among them were Dave Buhrman, who shared his passion for astronomy and the wonders of the universe, and Aletta Cherry, who introduced students to making custom skincare products and bath items. The classes were not only educational but also fostered a sense of community and creativity among the young participants.
      The Kids’ College concluded with two Student Showcases held on July 14 and July 21 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., where parents and friends had the chance to witness the impressive talents and creations of the young learners.
      With the conclusion of this year's successful Kids’ College, Carnegie Hall has already begun preparations for the 2024 edition. Parents and students are encouraged to mark their calendars for July 8-12 and July 15-19, 2024, for another exciting and enriching experience at the Carnegie Hall Kids’ College.
      For further information and updates, interested parties can visit the official website at www.carnegiehallwv.org or contact Harmony Flora, the Education Director, at (304) 645-7917 or [email protected].
      Enroll early and secure a spot in next year's adventure of art, music, and creativity!
      Carnegie Hall 2023 Kids' College Brochure


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    13. Education News


      The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is celebrating another notable achievement as one of its esteemed faculty members, Jessica Smith-Kelly, D.O., has been named among the honorees in The State Journal's prestigious "Generation Next: 40 Under 40" class for 2023. This recognition serves to acknowledge and applaud the accomplishments of young professionals in West Virginia. Smith-Kelly received this distinction during an awards ceremony held last week in Fairmont, W.Va.
      Having earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from WVSOM in 2012, Smith-Kelly's dedication to her field and pursuit of excellence in medical education has been exemplary. Her commitment to advancing osteopathic principles and practice has positioned her as an outstanding associate professor within the institution.
      Smith-Kelly's educational journey extends beyond her time at WVSOM, as she completed her internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Ore., in 2015. Additionally, she pursued an osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine plus-one residency at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va., in 2016, further expanding her expertise in this specialized area. Her valuable experiences in diverse healthcare settings have undoubtedly contributed to her well-rounded perspective and comprehensive skill set.
      In July 2016, Smith-Kelly joined the esteemed faculty of WVSOM, where she has made significant contributions to the institution's academic community. As an associate professor of osteopathic principles and practice, she continues to inspire and educate the next generation of healthcare professionals through her exceptional teaching abilities and unwavering dedication.
      The "Generation Next: 40 Under 40" recognition bestowed upon Jessica Smith-Kelly by The State Journal serves as a testament to her exceptional accomplishments and the impact she has made within the field of osteopathic medicine. WVSOM proudly acknowledges her achievements and congratulates her on this well-deserved honor.

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      The community is buzzing with excitement as Greenbrier East High School (GEHS) and Greenbrier West High School (GWHS) proudly congratulate their respective graduating classes of 2023. These exceptional young individuals have exhibited dedication, resilience, and a thirst for knowledge throughout their high school years, and their achievements deserve to be celebrated.
      As these remarkable young individuals bid farewell to their beloved alma maters, the entire community extends its warmest wishes for their future endeavors. With diplomas in hand, they are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives, armed with the knowledge and experiences gained throughout their high school journey.
      To the graduates of GEHS and GWHS, we wish you nothing but success and fulfillment in all your future endeavors. May your dreams be realized, and may you continue to make your schools, families, and community proud.


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      Eastern Greenbrier Middle School faced a security scare on May 10th when an unloaded gun was discovered in a student's backpack. While no immediate danger was present, the incident has raised questions among parents regarding the school's response and safety protocols. Some parents argue that any weapon discovery should prompt an immediate lockdown until law enforcement gives an all-clear signal. However, the school's handling of the situation did not align with these expectations.
      The incident came just over a month after West Virginia's Attorney General, Patrick Morrisey, visited Lewisburg on April 7th. During a Q&A session with the Greenbrier Journal and other reporters, Morrisey, who is currently running for governor, was asked about school safety. His response emphasized the need for physical defense within schools, stating, "I think we need someone in every school that can rise up and defend if somebody comes in. If we're going to send all of these initiatives to the public schools, we should at least have someone there who can defend them physically on premise."
      The discovery of the unloaded gun at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School has brought Morrisey's remarks back into focus. Some parents argue that having a designated defense presence in schools could have prevented potential harm and ensured a swift response to the incident. They assert that lockdown procedures should be implemented as a precautionary measure until law enforcement clears the situation.
      However, the school's administration did not initiate a lockdown when the weapon was discovered. This decision has left some parents frustrated and seeking answers as to why stricter safety measures were not immediately implemented. It is important to note that the unloaded gun did not pose an immediate threat to students or staff. The authorities were promptly notified, and the situation was resolved without any harm.
      School officials have defended their actions, explaining that the decision not to implement a lockdown was based on a thorough assessment of the situation. They deemed the situation to be under control and felt that a lockdown would have caused unnecessary panic among the students. The school's safety protocols were followed, and appropriate measures were taken to ensure the well-being of all individuals on campus.
      The incident at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School serves as a reminder of the ongoing debate surrounding school safety and the appropriate response to weapons on school property. While some parents believe that immediate lockdowns are necessary in such situations, others argue for a case-by-case evaluation to prevent undue disruption and anxiety among students.
      As investigations into the incident continue, the school administration has pledged to review and improve its safety protocols. They are committed to addressing the concerns of parents and ensuring the utmost security for their students. Collaborative efforts with local law enforcement will also be strengthened to bolster safety measures and emergency response procedures.
      While this incident at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School has been unsettling for the community, it has also sparked important discussions about school safety and the best approaches to protecting students. The incident will likely serve as a catalyst for continued improvements in security protocols and further dialogue among school administrators, law enforcement agencies, and concerned parents.

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      Green thumb enthusiasts were in for a treat last weekend as the WVU Extension Master Gardeners hosted a free pruning workshop. The workshop aimed to educate participants on how and when to trim and shape woody plants.
      Held at the Demonstration Garden on the State Fair Grounds, the workshop was led by Dr. Mira Danilovich, an Associate Professor and WVU Extension Specialist with over 30 years of experience in horticulture. Dr. Mira, as she prefers to be called, has previously led several pruning and grafting training sessions and serves as Consumer Horticulture Specialist and State Coordinator for the WV Master Gardener Program at WVU.
      Participants were encouraged to bring their pruning shears to try out their skills during the workshop. No advanced registration was required, and the event drew in nearly a dozen people who were eager to learn more about proper pruning techniques.
      The WVU Extension Master Gardener Program offers Basic/Level 1 and Advanced/Level 2 training programs that provide in-depth horticultural training to garden enthusiasts. These programs cover various topics, including pest management, plant propagation, and soil health. In addition, Master Gardeners participate in community gardening and beautification projects across the state.
      If you missed the recent pruning workshop, don't worry, the WVU Extension Master Gardener Program will be hosting another one later this fall. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate and hone your gardening skills.

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