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March 30, 2020

OLLI Spring Opportunities!

In the interest of encouraging continued learning and social engagement in our communities during this difficult time, OLLI at WVU is waiving all registration for the spring term. Although some classes and opportunities will be limited to OLLI members only, current membership is not required to participate in most online classes and opportunities at this time.  Check out the link https://olliatwvu.wpcomstaging.com/category/charleston/ for OLLI opportunities in the Charleston area.

February 27, 2020

Need to satisfy your curiosity about Corona Virus? We have some resources just for you! KVVP member Sandra Mitchell has been doing some research in this area and says:

I’ve found a number of helpful websites to better understand the Covid-19 disease and to follow the dynamic changes in the data. Here are some excellent resources:

1) CDC – Centers for Disease Control: Early on the CDC posted general information for the U.S. public about the disease, recommendations for travel, as well as data on the number of cases in the U.S.


2) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – Coronavirus tracking map and data. This site posts the number of cases by country, sourced by data from WHO and CDC. Fascinating to observe the international spread of the epidemic. Hopkins has done an amazing job of making the data tell the story of Covid-19, and the site is interactive. It also has good links to other resources.


3) WHO  – World Health Organization site devoted to Covid-19 data and WHO’s analysis and strategies to control the epidemic. Note that even today they’ve been reluctant to officially call it a pandemic.


4) The Index Project  – An international panel assessment of preparedness for global health security. In short, this tool gives a picture of a nation’s capacity and ability to respond to catastrophic events such as the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. They’ve assessed and ranked nations, and it will be interesting to see how Covid -19’s spread and mortality rates may vary greatly relative to a nation’s capacity and abilities. I also think we will learn why it’s so important to help poorer nations develop the capacity to manage an epidemic within its borders. Really Fascinating site!


February 26, 2019 – In Memoriam

On Monday, February 26th we lost a KVVP Board Member and good friend, Dr. Charles H. Daugherty.  We extend our deep sympathy to his wife, Christine, and their family.  Perhaps, family friend Ann Garcelon said it best: “Chuck was a wonderful man who leaves a positive footprint on anyplace he ever stepped. Our community is diminished by his death. May light perpetual shine on him and may Christine find peace.”  Click here for the full obituary.

November 11, 2018 – Message from Our Partner Faith in Action

Hello, all!

We’re heading straight into the heart of the season of gratitude, and I’ve got an abundance of it this year. I try to start each day with a grateful heart. As I lift up the people and things that fill me with thankfulness, each and every one of you is on the list.

I turned in all of our Senior Christmas wish lists to the Salvation Army last week. We received 76 applications this year. As I read them over and compiled wants and needs, I was overcome with wonder at the largess of our community in helping us bring holiday joy to seniors in need We invite you, as always, to be part of this fulfilling effort. There are many ways you can participate:

  • Adopt a senior angel to buy for by selecting one from the Salvation Army Senior Angel Tree at Charleston Town Center starting on November 9th
  • VOLUNTEER TO WRAP & STAGE the gifts on December 14th
  • Sign up to be a DELIVERY ELF – a great opportunity for families or small groups
  • Donate HERE to help offset the associated costs of the program

If you have any questions about this effort, please feel free to contact me directly at 304-881-7253!

Thank you all for making every season happy and bright.  Thanks everyone!

Jennifer Waggener

Greetings, Fellow KVVPers!

What an opportunity for KVVP to show how much they appreciate their most valuable Partner, FIAGKV! Please, consider that FIAGKV has 76 applications for Christmas gifts from clients that they serve throughout the year and then sign up to help FIAGKV make this a joyous Holiday Season by signing up with the Salvation Army Senior Angel Tree at the Charleston Town Center Mall, by agreeing to wrap gifts at the Ronald McDonald House, by agreeing to deliver gifts, or by donating to FIAGKV to make this happen.

It would be really great to see many of our KVVP members wrapping gifts on Friday, 14 December 2018.

Please, sign up and let me know if you have and what you have agreed to do to help FIAGKV Hope to see you on 14 December 2018. (Donna and I will be  there between 0900 and 1200.)

Thanks; Later; and Best Regards;

Ron Graham

October, 2018 – The National Village Gathering

The National Village Gathering was held in San Diego, CA this year.  Our delegates, Ron and Donna Graham, decided to get there by driving cross country.  They’ve provided snap shots of their journey including the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Sedona, and San Diego.  Click here to see some amazing landscapes.

September 30, 2018

Good weather, good food, good friends all came together for the Faith in Action of Kanawha Valley/KVVP Picnic at Coonskin Park.  Here’s a shot of some of the happy – and full – picnickers.


Starting October 7, 2018

A new Lay Academy Lecture Series, Making Stress Work for You, begins on Sunday, October 7th, from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Charleston.  The series will run through the winter and into Spring with video lectures an in-person discussions with local community leaders.  Click here for the details.

September 6, 2018 – Governor’s Service Awards

Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley (FIAGKV) and a KVVP Partner was one of the recipients of the Governor’s Service Awards during a dinner / ceremony at the WV Culture Center on Tuesday, 06 September 2018. Jennifer Waggener accepted the award, attended by some of FIAGKV’s volunteers.

Faith In Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley supports the independent living of seniors throughout Kanawha and Putnam Counties. Volunteers make friendly phone calls and visits, provide transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store, and help with household chores and tasks. In 2018, over 200 volunteers helped 500 seniors remain independent in their community.

First Row:  Bethany Hall (volunteer), Patty  (volunteer), Jennifer Waggener, Executive Director, FIAGKV, Donna O’Field (volunteer), Second Row: Ron Graham (volunteer) and KVVP President, Donna Graham (volunteer) and KVVP Member

Others receiving service awards included the following:

The Ash Family, Clarksburg, WV, The Rotary Clubs of Martinsburg and Shepherdstown, Elkins Depot Welcome Center,  Kiara Stevens of Wellsburg, WV,  Melodee Price of Elkins, WV,  Kandi Habeb of Wood County, Ken Springer of Pocahontas County / Watoga State Park, Jo Ann Harmon of Grant County, Paula Osborne of Morgan County

WV Volunteer Leadership Awards were awarded to the following:

 Chuck Clegg, Disaster Leadership, Day to Serve, Servant Leadership, Save the Children, Red Wagon Award

August 21, 2018

KVVP Meet Up at Power Park

It was a somewhat dark and rainy evening at Power Park for the KVVP meet up at the ball game.  But Barbara Hutchinson-Smith, Donna Graham and Ron Graham made it to the Park.  The game, scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm, hit a rain delay with the first pitch moved to 8:40 pm.  Because the trio had already chowed down on hamburgers and fries, they decided the evening was complete about 7:50 pm with the appearance of a rainbow over the Capitol and went home – where it was both dry and cool!

June 10, 2018


Nahla Nimeh-Lewis has agreed to coordinate these activities going forward, but Nahla needs your input in order to serve your needs best. The focus is on downtown venues for the coffee / walking. Please, see the attached *.pdf for more information.

As regards coffee / walking: if you have interest in reinventing the KVVP Kaffee Klatsch / Walking Group, please, e-mail Nahla with your thoughts at mailto:nnimehlewis@yahoo.com.

We hope to see you there!

May 6, 2018

KVVP’s Annual Meeting gives us new Board members and officers.  The two new Board members – elected by acclimation – are Dr. Charles Daugherty and James Thibeault.  Our new officers are:
President – Ron Graham
Vice President – Terry Pickett
Treasurer – Barbara Hutchinson-Smith
Secretary – Sandra Mitchell

We extent congratulations to all – and you can read more about these fine folks by clicking here!

April 22, 2018

KVVP Survey Ready to Read.  Think back to when you renewed your membership with KVVP and maybe you’ll remember completing a satisfaction survey.  Well, the results are in!  You can now check out what your fellow members liked most about KVVP, what we might want to look into for future programming and other statistically interesting pieces of information.  Click here to see the complete survey results.

April 2, 2018

Events, Inc. has partnered with KVVP to provide some organized trips and adventures.
Be sure to take advantage of travel opportunities with Events, Inc.’s day trips and multiple-day trips.  You can see the flyer of upcoming opportunities here.
For day trips, Events, Inc. offers KVVP members $5 off per trip as long as individuals identify themselves as KVVP member when they make a reservation and as long as payment is by check (not by credit or debit card of any kind).
For multiple-day trips, Events, Inc. offers KVVP members a 5% discount as long as individuals identify themselves as KVVP member when they make a reservation and as long as payment is by check (not by credit or debit card of any kind).
Teresa stocks the coach with water, crackers, and other snacks. Other amenities include frequent restroom stops; a daily lunch stop; showings of PG-13 movies; games of Bingo, etc.
A person interested in a trip usually needs to make a reservation one month in advance of the trip and include a deposit. Exceptions to the time requirement include 70-day advance reservation for the cruise and 60-day advance reservation for the Nashville, TN trip. (See the flyer for details here.)

Teresa’s contact information is as follows:
Teresa Curtis Events, Inc.
Meetings, Events, Group Travel
Phone: +1-304-389-5334
e-Mail: TPlanner2@AOL.com
1521 Autumn Rd.  Charleston, WV 25314

March 31, 2018

SINGLE? NO KIDS? DON’T FRET: HOW TO PLAN CARE IN YOUR LATER YEARS Dan Kurland mailed the article below to some folks who recently attended a meeting (about our Health Care Forum, in fact) at his and Gail Bellamy’s house.  From The New York Times: Older Americans without children to lean on have to make arrangements while they are independent and healthy. See the following website for the complete article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/business/elder-orphans-care.html.

March, 2018 – Sweet Charity

Our partner, Faith in Action held their major fundraiser, Sweet Charity, a marvelous dessert orgy.  KVVPrs Donna and Ron Graham were in attendance and survived the dessert onslaught.  They are pictured here with Jennifer Waggener.



February 18, 2018 – Salt and Slavery in the Kanawha Valley

In case anyone does not know, the Salt and Slavery in the Kanawha Valley lecture  at the African Zion  Church in Malden was a resounding success.  Standing room only; people standing outside as well.  Bill Hairston gets a standing ovation for his banner work at promoting KVVP as he talked from the podium, introducing the event.  The speaker Cyrus Foreman, did a spectacular job at educating the crowd about the issue of slavery in West Virginia from about 1800 until well after the Civil War.  You can see a photo album of the event here.

February 6, 2018

KVVP sadly reports the passing of our friend and colleague Karen Glazier.

Karen was the only remaining Director who had also served on the KVVP Transition Board of Directors during 2013 – 2014. At the time of her death, Karen was serving her second three-year term on the KVVP Board of Directors. Karen co-chaired the KVVP Hosting Committee for general meetings and quietly maintained the Hale House / KVVP headquarters facility. Karen will be greatly missed by family, friends, colleagues, and the KVVP community.

For those who wish to attend the service to honor Karen’s life and the reception to commune with her many friends, a “A Celebration of Life“) for Karen will be held in Hunter Hall at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1105 Quarrier Street, Charleston WV 25301), on 10 February 2018 (Saturday) at 1600 (4:00 pm) followed by a reception.

December 12, 1017

Today, NPR’s (National Public Radio) All Things Considered began a three-part series on the Village movement.  You can read a transcript here of the first installment.  Be sure to tune in to NPR the next two episodes and learn more about villages around the country.

November 7, 2017 – Applause, please!

KVVP’s Ron Graham has been selected as a Village Volunteer of the Year through the Village to Village network.  The award will be acknowledged at the National Village to Village gathering later this month.  Ron, who is Board Secretary and sends out your eBulletin and eBlasts, among other things,  was nominated by Mel Cann, the nomination supported by the KVVP Board of Directors.  (You can read Mel’s nomination here.) Please join with us in celebrating Ron’s fine achievement


September, 2017

By now you’ve probably heard about the Equifax data breach involving the theft of personal information for nearly half the country.  WV attorney General Morrisey says at least 730,000  people in WV are affected by the data breach involving the unauthorized release of name, address, birth date and social security number for each.  So.  What can you do about it?  Equifax has set up a website: https://www.equifaxsecutiry2017.com (Note the https at the start of the address) where you can check to see if your personal information is involved.  You will enter your last name and the last 6 digits of your Social Security Number.  If your data is involved in the release you can sign up for a free year of identity theft protection and credit monitoring services.

August 8, 2017

Eight of us enjoyed the KVVP Dutch Treat Dinner at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday, 08 August 2017.  What a wonderful evening for a night at the ball park!  The weather was most cooperative, with temperatures in the 70s and little humidity – no sultry night, no sweltering bodies!  But, nonetheless, with a full moon, it was reasonably romantic!  And, to top it off, the WV Power WON! 2-1 over the Lakewood (NJ) Blue Claws.  As always, the Toast Man put on quite a show for us.  If we had not already eaten our hamburgers, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, etc. and drank our beers, the wafting aroma of the toasted bread may have led some of us to pick up the tossed toast from the ground and eaten it!  The really sad thing was there were only five occasions on which the Blue Claws struck out (two of those in the 9th inning) – not much toast on the ground to fight over.

KVVP Fans (L to R, Second row) Mile Harman, Barbara Frierson.  (L to R, Front row) Donna Graham, Marilyn Wilburn (Guest), Barbara H. Smith, Leslie Bakker (Guest), Gerry Bakker (Guest).  Not pictured: Ron Graham (Behind the camera…)


June 29, 2017 – OLLI Update

This spring KVVP member Mel Cann taught an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) class on the development of the Village movement.  Mel is sharing her Power Point presentation detailing the Village movement and you can see it here with one fine click on the following link: The Village Concept – OLLI class condensed Spring 2017.  “The Village Concept,” is a good introduction to what the Village Model is all about, how it grew from the Beacon Street Village to a nationally used model, and samplings of what villages do and are about. The materials utilized resources available from the Village to Village Network (VtVN) website, from VtVN member villages, and from the WV Partnership for Elder Living (WV PEL). Mel also developed a handout with links to Villages, related organizations and videos.  To get your very own copy, click Links to villages and videos – OLLI class – May 2017 .

May 21, 2017 Annual Meeting

Three new KVVP Board members were elected at the May 21st Annual Meeting.  They are W.I. “Bill” Hairston, Sandra Mitchell and Terry Pickett.   Following the Annual Meeting, the Board of Directors met to elect officers for the coming year. Our Officers are:  Joe Jarrell, President; Susan Mollohan, Vice President; Ron Graham, Secretary; Barbara Hutchinson-Smith, Treasurer.  Karen Glazier is a returning Board Member and rounds out the Board for 2017.  You can read all their bios here. 

May, 2017 – Candidates for KVVP Board Membership

It’s that time of year again.  We’d like you to meet the three candidates for the Board of Directors whose nominations you’ll be able to vote for at the May 21st Annual Meeting.

Terry Winston Pickett is a native Charlestonian. She is a graduate of Charleston High School and Oberlin College (History) and received her Elementary Teaching Certification from the University of Iowa and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from COGS. Terry (or Ms. Pickett…whichever you prefer) was married to Dr. George Pickett, State Health Director in Governor John D. Rockefeller’s first administration, for 32 years. Individually and together they lived in places as diverse as California, Scotland, Alabama, Michigan, New York and Wales before returning to Charleston in 1997. Terry’s favorite position in that time was ‘Special Assistant to Long Beach (NY)’. She worked with all levels of government to help bring programs and projects into Long Beach…from immunizations to mammography to low-income housing. She drew on that experience to help spearhead a community project to bring a Media Studies Center into the downtown to increase the population and quality of life in Charleston (to be continued). Recently, in conversation with others, she became sharply aware of the need for housing and resources for middle-income seniors. She hopes to work with KVVP to help fill that need.

W. I. “Bill” Hairston has broad experience in management, leadership development, marketing, youth development and community relations. Bill completed his undergraduate work in Sociology at Morris Harvey College. Currently he serves as the Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church and Director of Social Service for RCCR, Inc. For several years he worked as a management consultant and leadership development specialist for grassroots non-profit agencies throughout the Appalachian region of the United States. He is an experienced facilitator and trainer. His past work includes West Virginia University Extension Service, The United Methodist Church, Children’s Therapy Clinic, Shawnee Hills, Inc. and a fifteen-year career in the insurance industry. Over the years Bill has been a featured keynote speaker and motivational speaker for many gatherings including youth events, nonprofit organization conferences and educational organization functions throughout the state of West Virginia, the region and the country.

Sandra Mitchell is a life long resident of the Kanawha Valley. She completed her undergraduate studies in Business Administration and Finance and her MBA from the University of Charleston. Sandra also completed additional graduate work in public health at WVU, and completed certificate program in Health Administration from UCLA. With 30+ years experience in health care management, Sandra retired from Cabin Creek Health Systems in 2015, having served as the Chief Operating Officer and Quality Director. Improving quality of care and patient education and engagement in self care management were Sandra’s primary areas of interest. Evidenced based care and experience, with use of data and analysis are tools that Sandra has an interest in helping KVVP maximize services and value to their members and community. Sandra is the grandmother four grandchildren …a set of triplets plus one…all amazing and great fun.

In the meantime, be sure and mark your calendars to be at the May 21st Annual meeting, 3 pm at African Zion Baptist Church (4104 Malden Dr. in Malden).  You’ll get updates on KVVP activities as well as the opportunity to vote for new Board members.  Hope to see you there!

April, 2017 – Proposed By-law Changes for Consideration at the May 21st Annual Meeting

The agenda for the Sunday, May 21st Annual Meeting lists proposed By-law changes to our KVVP By-laws. You can check out the proposed changes by clicking here.  Then, come vote your mind at the Annual Meeting or be sure to return your Proxy by the deadline.  If you need a Proxy, click here.

April, 2017 – Village to Village Network News carries KVVP Hiking Story

Village Stories: KVVP Hiking Group   The Kanawha Valley Village People (KVVP) is a rural-urban Village, covering the capitol city of Charleston and the surrounding communities in the Kanawha River valley. The KVVP Hiking Group is blessed with an abundance of fantastic hiking opportunities in Charleston and in the surrounding region. Typically, the Hiking Group takes 2- to 4-hour hikes in the nearby Kanawha State Forest (KSF). KSF is located 7 miles south of Charleston and provides unique opportunities for hiking through a 9,300-acre forest that offers over 15 miles of trails that cover some of West Virginia’s best hiking terrain. The Forest is blessed with a wide variety of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and birds. Black bear are known to inhabit the Forest. In addition to these local hikes, KVVP members have enjoyed day-trips to regional points of interest that travel through fantastic mountain vistas and along majestic rivers and beautiful, bubbling brooks heavily invested with fascinating water features, as West Virginia is thoroughly blessed with rugged mountains; rushing streams; and royal beauty defined through diverse microclimates, rugged geological features, indigenous hard- and softwood forests in which the deciduous trees provide a blaze of multicolored glory in the autumnal months. These day-trips are usually highlighted by a three- to five-mile hike to a unique feature, such as the rocky plateau at the end of the Long Point trail (a view that is reproduced on the West Virginia state quarter) or the Glade Creek Trail near Prince, WV. Two- or three-day events can be planned to take in several regional venues that pique the varied interests of our members. In early October, seven avid adventurers enjoyed Cranberry Glades; the NRAO at Green Bank (National Radio Astronomy Observatory); Seneca Rocks; Smoke Hole Caverns; the North Fork Mountain Trail; and Dolly Sods. The Smoke Hole Caverns tour included interesting views of unique stalagmites and stalactites, including the world’s longest ribbon stalactite. The six-hour long North Fork Mountain hike included an initial 1,200-foot ascent of the Landis Trail, followed by a transverse hike and a 1,900-foot descent along a four-mile section of the North Fork Mountain Trail. While elevations along the North Fork Mountain hike ranged from 1,660 feet to 3,065 feet, the one-half mile Cranberry Glades Boardwalk loop had a change in elevation of only 13 feet (at an average of 3,370 feet elevation). written by Ron Graham

KVVP at the Legislature

On Thursday, February 16th, several members of KVVP met with Delegate (and KVVP member) Larry Rowe for breakfast at the Capitol Cafeteria prior to meeting with other delegates and learning some of the ropes of legislative action.  A second Day at the Legislature is set for Wednesday, March 1st.  We’ll join with AARP at 10 am on the House side of the Upper Rotunda for presentation of the Capitol Caregiver Award to Delegate Amy Summers.

National Village Gathering Report

Columbus, Ohio, was the site of the National Village Gathering October 16 – 17, 2016.  KVVPers Ron Graham, Christine and Chuck Daugherty, Ruth Zika, and Alice Hypes made the pilgrimage .  Ron Graham has put together a day-by-day report of his activities while at the Gathering.  Click any selection to catch up on all the action: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, day 4 .  Presentations, hand-outs and other conference materials are available through the Village to Village website.

Epic, Herculean (Epicurean?) Hiking Excursion – Cranberry Glades, Green Bank, Smoke Hole Outing – September 30 – October 2, 2016

The outing was blessed with cool, but wet (sometimes, very wet), weather. The outing included a visit to Cranberry Glades (a guided boardwalk tour), lunch at the Dirty Bean Restaurant in Marlinton WV, a visit to the NRAO at Green Bank (National Radio Astronomy Observatory), a quick stop at the fogged-in Seneca Rocks parking lot, dinner at Mallows Restaurant in Cabins WV, overnighting at various venues near Cabins WV*, breakfast at Mallows Restaurant in Cabins WV, a tour of Smoke Hole Caverns (by three members of the group), a 5 ½ hour hike up-across-down part of the North Fork Mountain Trail (by four members of the group), dinner at O’Neills Restaurant in Moorefield WV, overnighting at various venues near Cabins WV, breakfast at Mallows Restaurant in Cabins WV, and a drive to / short hike at Dolly Sods.

* Including Breath of Heaven Bed and Breakfast and Smoke Hole Caverns & Log Cabin Resort Family Cabins and Log Motel.

Those enjoying the outing were James Thibeault, Karen Glazier, Barbara Smith, Ann Mathews, Wayne Hile (from Grayslake IL), Donna Graham, and Ron Graham.

Rosanna Springston was the Guide / Park Ranger, who provided instruction and commentary during our 1-hour long Cranberry Glades Boardwalk excursion (in the rain that had been falling for a week when we got there).

Karen Glazier, Ann Matthews, and Donna Graham toured Smoke Hole Caverns. The tour was very interesting and beautiful, with lots of stalagmites and stalactites, including the world’s longest ribbon stalactite (which looked like bacon hanging). The tour guide had lots of puns and aptly compared many of the formations to ordinary objects. The group experienced total darkness, although we were quite glad that concern about a small girl in the group prompted the guide to turn the lights back on rather quickly!

According to the one Fitbit on the North Fork Mountain hike, we took a total of 23,814 steps during the 4.95-mile excursion (about 1.1 feet / step! – or close enough for “government work”).

The 4.95-mile hike along the North Fork Mountain Trail included an initial hike up the Landis Trail (1.35 miles long), during which the elevation rose 1,191 feet and a transverse hike and descent along the North Fork Mountain Trail that was 3.6 miles in length and which had an elevation change of 1,905 feet back to the trailhead near the Smoke Hole crossing of the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. Elevations along the hike started out at 1,662 feet, rising to 2,854 feet at the top of the Landis Trail, then on up to 3,065 feet (the highest point of our North Fork Mountain Trail hike), before descending back to 1,160 feet.

The Cranberry Glade Boardwalk was a loop of 0.53 miles in length that had an astounding / astonishing change in elevation of only 13 feet (with an average elevation of about 3,370 feet).

The four hikers completing the North Fork Mountain Trial hike were James Thibeault, Barbara Smith, Wayne Hile (from Grayslake IL), and Ron Graham. All four hikers (three male and one female) completed the 4.95-mile long hike in about 5 ½ hours! The heroic efforts of all who completed this herculean task are applauded!  Click here to see some great pictures of the trip!

OLLI Fall Term Launches in Charleston

The Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering a selection of 21 courses in the Charleston area in October and November.  OLLI offers educational, recreational, social and volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and older.  Taught by volunteers including teachers, business leaders, and other professionals, classes are offered during four terms each year.  Membership in OLLI is $25 per term and allows participants to enroll in as many classes as they wish.  Fall term classes begin October 3rd and may range from one to six sessions.  For more information about this term’s class offerings, visit olliatwvu.org or call 304-293-1793.

July 17.2016 – Fall Hike Planning

Dear Friends; Colleagues; Fellow Hikers; Greetings!

We are planning another hiking adventure that will be a 3-day outing for the period between Friday, 30 September 2016 and Sunday, 02 October 2016. I have set the dates above to avoid Columbus’ Day holiday (when there may be a lot of “leaf-peepers” on the roads) and to avoid the National Village Gathering in Columbus OH. Also, during the above dates, specifically on Friday, the Green Bank Science Center will be presenting “Star Lab” on Friday, 30 September 2016, 1400 – 1500 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET). Every Friday at 1400 (2:00 pm ET), guests to the Green Bank Science Center can gather under a planetarium balloon for a fascinating look at the night sky. Space is limited to 15 participants per program. Cost: $3 per person, reservations recommended. Time: Approximately 1 hour. Location Green Bank Science Center, Green Bank, West Virginia.

If we wish to schedule for this Star Lab, we need to decide to go and then to see if we can book all of us who are going into this Lab, which is limited to 15 persons. It is not too early to decide and to register / reserve space at this Star Lab event.

Additionally, the outing will tentatively consist of the following activities:

Day 1 (Friday, 30 September 2016)

  • For those departing from Charleston, WV, there will be an early morning departure from the Kanawha Mall parking lot (which departure time is to be determined).
  • Drive to Cranberry Glades and take a walk around the boardwalk.




The drive time from Charleston WV is 2:30 (hr:min).

  • Visit / tour the National Radio Astronomy Observatoryat Green Bank WV (including a 30-minute lecture at the Science Center and a 30-minute bus tour)


+1-304 456-2150

Tours are given hourly, starting on the hour, from 0900 (9:00 am ET) through 1800 (6:00 pm ET), with the Observatory Science Center doors closing at 1900 (7:00 pm ET). The Observatory is open 7 days per week, until 06 September 2016, when the Observatory will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Tour fees: General (Ages 11-64), $6; Seniors (65 and up), $5; Children 10 and under, FREE; Veterans and Active Service Members, FREE.

The drive time from Cranberry Glades is 1:40.

  • Site and / or climb Seneca Rocks



+1-304-567-2827 or +1-304-456-2150 or email gbt-tours@nrao.edu

The drive time from Green Bank is 1:00.

  • Overnight at Smoke Hole, Cabins, or Petersburg WV.

Overnight lodging is to be arranged by individual participants.

See a list of some of the local hotels / cabins (Appendix A).

The drive time from Seneca Rocks is 0:30.

Day 2 (Saturday, 01 October 2016)

  • Take a spectacular hike up North Fork Mountain(near Smoke Hole WV)


  • Alternative or additional event: Tour Smoke Hole Caverns


+1-304-257-4442 or +1-800-828-8478

  • Cook out at the cabin / camp site / wherever …. (the location of the cook out is to be determined)

Note that there are a lot of other hiking trails available in the Monongahela National Forest ,especially at Dolly Sods, which is just across the river from North Fork Mountain.


Day 3 (Sunday, 02 October 2016)

  • Break camp.*see final note on this at the end of this email message!
  • Drive back to Charleston WV


Additionally, Ann Mathews had a great suggestion for a planned hike at Dolly Sods on DAY 3 morning – hiking at Dolly Sods prior to a return home.

I will make a suggestion for such a hike at a later date – do any of you have any suggestions? Check out the website http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/eastern/DollySods/index.shtml.

See http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5090664.pdf.

See http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mnf/recreation/recarea/?recid=12366.

See the Dolly Sods trail map at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5152038.pdf.

*FINAL NOTE: While DAY 3 says “break camp”, I was being “artistic / poetic” and not literal – I, like many of you, think of camping only as a last resort. The proposed lodging is all rooms and / or cabins. I am not camping during this event. 

Please, let me know if you require any additional information. Thanks; Later; and Best Regards;

Ron Graham
P O Box 4256
Charleston WV US 25364-4256
Phone +1 304 400 8710
eMail: rongraham.crw@suddenlink.net

June 22, 2016 – Group Serial Novel Writing Event

Enjoy creative writing with tongue firmly in cheek?  Here’s a chance to belly up to the bar (the writing bar, that is)!

KVVP Member John Palmer’s Invitation:

Greetings KVVPers,

At the recent soiree at Grumpy’s, the serial novel we wrote (do you recall “Cliffedge Summit”?) was described to some newbies who liked the idea.   If KVVP wants to do it again I am willing to write the the first chapter if it can be a fairly hard edged spoof on the WV legislature.  I would also need help in recruiting writers for successive chapters.  RSVP

There are 3 ways we can get the project under way (that is get enough writer PARTICIPATION):

1) Personal appeals

2) Meetings

3) Appeals through the KVVP newsletter and eBulletin.

I feel the number of chapters needed should be in the teens.  If it appears that the number of willing writers is in single digits then I guess we will not do it – so we need to hear from those who want to participate!  Oh and interested writers, each of whom will write a chapter, should let me know.  We will find a mutually acceptable date to go over such ideas as length of chapter, ground rules etc.

The novel will assume the WV legislature passes the bills it wanted, now…

1)  Freedom of religion must include the freedom to sacrifice a virgin … but how to find (let alone define) a virgin in WV

2)   Guns should be allowed / encouraged for all high school personnel including students

…and other writers should embellish / add / detour as desired.

Interested in being a writer on the team? Contact John Palmer at drsjhp@aol.com as soon as possible!

May 2, 2016 – Annual Meeting News

Just in case you missed the KVVP Annual Meeting yesterday afternoon, we’ve posted the 2015 Year in Review slideshow here.

May 1, 2016 –  KVVP’s Annual Meeting

We are trying something different this year – meeting followed by Dutch Treat Dinner! At Hardings Restaurant off the Mink Shoals Exit of I-79, we have reserved their private dining room, but because it is Sunday, we could not reserve earlier than 3 p.m.

Therefore, the meeting will begin at 3 p.m. with sign in starting just before. We have arranged to sponsor some beverages for our members (coffee, tea, ice tea, water) during the meeting. Since we are told that these drinks are ‘bottomless,’ you’ll get as many refills as you like and if you are staying for dinner, no need to order separate drinks!

Service and food is home-style (think Southern Kitchen) which should be enjoyable for those interested in staying to socialize and dine!

Please plan to attend the meeting or plan on sending your proxy vote for elections of new Board Members (three vacancies will exist with expiring terms). Click here for the bios of our three candidates.  Click here for a copy of the Proxy form if you cannot attend the meeting. Just contact KVVP Board secretary Mel Cann at our email – kvvillagepeople@gmail.com – to make your reservation for the Annual Meeting and we’ll be tickled pink to see you there!

April 2, 2016 – Resource Committee Presentation.  The KVVP Resource Committee presented a panel presentation and discussion on Senior Services and Referrals available to KVVP members on Saturday, April 2nd, 1:30 pm, at the South Charleston Public Library.  This was the first of two panels on the subject of general services and specific options for in-home assistance and care.  More than 50 people were in attendance for the presentation. Click here to see photos from the event.

November 16, 2015 – National Village to Village Conference.  The 2015 National Village to Village Conference was held in October in Seattle Washington.  Our delegates, Christine and Chuck Daugherty have now filed their reports detailing their highlights from the conference.  Click here to read Christine’s report.  And click here to read Chuck’s report.

September, 1 – 18, 2015 – Go4Life!

This September marks the first annual Go4Life Month, in collaboration with the White House Conference on aging, to promote the health benefits of exercise and physical activity for older adults. “The overarching goal of Go4Life Month is to entice, encourage and enable older adults to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives,” said NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes. Our theme for the first Go4Life Month is : Be Active Every Day! Throughout September, Go4Life Month partners across the U.S. will host a variety of FREE events to get older adults moving more and to share tips for safely exploring four different types of exercise: ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, BALANCE AND FLEXIBILITY.

Cabin Creek Health Systems, Kanawha Valley Village People and the YMCA of the Kanawha Valley are partnering to offer an Exercise Challenge  September 1st through September 18th.  You can read or download the Go4Life Informational flyer here.  And you can download your daily tracker log here.  For more information on Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, click here.

Join the movement and get on your way to a healthier YOU!

July 17, 2015 – Summer Students Help in June, 2015

HH sign with group artists from Ebenezer UMC youthworks - web

Hundreds of youth from all over the east are headed towards the West Virginia Hills for a week of work with local community organizations .  Good Living Assisted Living in Malden is a local sponsor that will work with over one hundred middle, high school, and college students over the next six weeks.  In preparation all hands are on deck with residents cutting fresh fruit and baking for their visitors; a grandchild painted a  WELCOME sign and son-in-law is ready to get in and work alongside the group. The groups will work at Good Living, The Hale House and the African Zion Baptist church.  Kanawha Valley Village People has assisted with financial support. West Virginia State University and the Law Offices of Larry L. Rowe are coordinating on the community effort.
KVVP Treasurer Christine Daugherty describes the organization’s involvement: “James and Hale House have hosted these young people in Malden for a long time.  We (KVVP) are paying for the paint to paint Hale House as agreed in our last budget for 2015.  They will be painting and mowing the lawn with the lawn mower that we bought last year.  This is some of what the KVVP, with help from these young people, is doing for the privilege of using WVSU property. “Karen Glazier MSW and Director at Good Living says, “at any age, stimulation and a change can benefits us.”  The first group of 12 will arrive tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00 and will work in Malden till noon.  James Thibeault adds, “Intergenerational work is, or should be, important  to our KVVP membership. Leadership in historic preservation says we value history and significant landmarks.  Coordinating and collaborating we obviously value because we are community players. The African American piece with attention to the Church is good for all of the above. Now, to get it done!”

June 14, 2015 – Get ready to learn new things! OLLI (the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) has announced the Summer 2015 schedule for Charleston with five courses ready for your enlightenment and enjoyment. You can join OLLI for a year-long access to any Charleston class that strikes your fancy.  Or you may choose to give OLLI a try with a trial membership costing $25 for the Summer Session.  Click here to see courses available in Charleston this summer.  Click here to go to OLLI’s website to read full course descriptions and to register.

April 16th, 2015 – A panel of Village members from SAIL (Shepherdstown Area Independent Living) in Shepherdstown and KVVP here in the Valley presented a range of information on the Village movement to participants in a National Association of Social Workers workshop.

(Left to Right) Vicky Thomas (SAIL); Christine Daugherty, Barbara Frierson (KVVP); Jack Young (SAIL); and Susan Mollohan (KVVP) comprised the Villages 101 Workshop Panel.

(Left to Right) Vicky Thomas (SAIL); Christine Daugherty, Barbara Frierson (KVVP); Jack Young (SAIL); and Susan Mollohan (KVVP) comprised the Villages 101 Workshop Panel.

April 15th, 2015 – The OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) Open House was held at the WVU Building on CAMC’s Memorial Campus with several KVVPers in attendance. The Summer Session will begin soon here in the Valley and will cost $25 as a trial membership.   Click here to visit OLLI’s website and learn more about the program.

KVVP at OLLI 2015_Web


(Left to Right) Kanawha Valley Villagers Christine Daugherty, John Palmer, Hazel Palmer, Barbara Hutchinson-Smith and Ann Mathews gather OLLI materials.



March 13th, 2015 – The new and improved Med Information Form and Med Card are now available through the Member Benefits link on the website menu.  Both forms can be downloaded, completed, saved on your computer and retrieved at will!  These forms are very handy when you need to have all of your medical information available in one place right now.  Click here to download your copies.

March 11, 2015 – OLLI is coming to Charleston!  OLLI is the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute based within the School of Public Health at WVU, a community of adults aged 50 and older who wish to stay mentally alert and active through opportunities for social interaction as well as mental and cultural stimulation.  Courses such as Harp Music in Latin America, Exploring the Lap Dulcimer, Help with Your Electronics, and How Engineers Solve Problems were among the more than 50 learning opportunities available through OLLI’s Winter 2015 session.  OLLI will hold a Charleston “Kickoff” on April 14th, 5 to 7 pm, in the WVU Building on the CAMC Memorial Campus.  There will be three mini-lectures available, refreshments and information on how to become a part of OLLI in Charleston.  Watch for more information through the website and eBulletin.  In the meantime, click here to visit OLLI’s website and learn more about the program.

January 21, 2015

KVVP has been selected to participate in The National Evaluation of Villages Feasibility Study, funded by The Retirement Research Foundation and conducted by the Center for the Advanced Studies of Aging Services, School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley.

We are one of 20 Villages all over the country selected to be a part of this 18 month study.  Early research results from the 9 SF Bay Area Villages is reported in the Power Point presentation noted in the last sentence.  Now expanding to the whole country, we will be collecting data from you, our members.  We will learn more about deadlines and the scope of the initial interviews on a February 9th webinar, hosted by the Village to Village Network in which we are members.  This is a great way for each of us to contribute to a body of knowledge, and to support the Village movement.  So, get ready for taking part in an initial interview in the next month.  We will set up convenient times for each of you, either in person or by telephone.  Most of the Board of Directors will be conducting the interviews and, of course, all interviews will be confidential with the interviewer entering your information into the online portal for the study.  Click here to view a Power Point Presentation giving more information about this study.

November 1, 2014 – At the KVVP Membership meeting held at the South Charleston Public Library, KVVP members Marilyn Witbeck and Barbara Frierson presented a reprise of what they had learned at the 2014 National Village Gathering, September 29th through October 1st in Washington, D.C.  Click here to view a slide show of the high points.  Click here to review Barbara Frierson’s notes from the sessions she attended during the gathering.

September 20, 2014 – Click here for the President’s Corner, a new page by Marilyn Witbeck describing current happenings at KVVP.

September 7, 2014 – A review of Fran Simone’s new book titled Dark Wine Waters was in the Charleston Gazette today. Click here to read it.

August 7, 2014 – GOOD NEWS!!!   In our PO box today, was a letter from the IRS saying that we have our 501c3 status.  We are now tax-exempt!!!!  This is very exciting!!!

 “The Kanawha Valley Village People, Inc. is a West Virginia, IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.”

croquet players at the lenox - July 24, 2014 - courtesy of chuck daugherty

                 July 22 – 27,  2014 – KVVP Members summer in the Berkshires

James Thibeault and Karen Glazier extended an invitation to KVVP members to join them in late July at the Lenox Club in Massachusetts where they have been members since 2011. Read more about the club by clicking here. The club began as a men’s literary group in 1864.  In 1914, the club moved to the then president’s mansion called Windyside.  At that time, it opened its doors to women as well.  In the late 19th century, the club boasted one of New England’s first golf courses. At present, the grounds of the Lenox Club encompass more than 150 acres of woodland, a gold course plus croquet and tennis courts. The club counts 160 art, music, literature, croquet and tennis devotees as members.  Several KVVP members were able to make use of James’ and Karen’s offer.  To read Chuck Daugherty’s review of his week in the Berkshires, click here.

June 7, 2014 – The Kanawha Valley Village People (KVVP) celebrated summer with a picnic social at South Charleston’s Little Creek Park on Saturday, 7 June 2014. The KVVP is a senior group which works to help their members as they age-in-place, independently in their own homes. Click here to see the photos.

May 4, 2014 – The first annual meeting of KVVP was held at the African Zion Baptist Church in Malden followed by a social reception at Hale House. Elections were held for the first regular Board of Directors. Read the story in the latest Villager, our newsletter here. Also read the State of the Village report and the names and photos of the new Board members and officers.

April 19 2014 – Two new areas were added today – both about walking. Click here for a story of what happened at the Eleanor City Park walk and here for the photos.

April 15, 2014 – Three new photo albums were added today – ‘Vinyl Night’ and the meetings at Temple Israel and Kenna Homes. See them by clicking here.

March 12, 2014 – A long page was added today called ‘Walking’ an activity we are presently exploring so people can enjoy themselves and get to know one another outside of meetings. Click here to see it.

February 20, 2014 – We added a discount list to the website today. Check it out here We also added an informational brochure to the site today. Check it out here

February 10, 2014 – An article by Tara Bahrampour published February 6, 2014, in the Washington Post entitled “Through a growing number of senior villages in the D.C. area, aging in place becomes easier” follows some of the activities of half a dozen senior villages that have sprung up in the D.C. area since 2010 when there were just 5 villages in the area to the more than 40 that are in development or up and running today. Click here to read it.

January 31, 2014 – An article entitled Virtual  village gives seniors what they need to stay in their homes in the Orange County Register (California) tells about what goes on in the ten villages in that area. Take a few minutes and click here to read it – it is well worth your effort. At the end of the article is a survey of 400 residents which is particularly interesting. I have posted the survey here.

January 29, 2014 – Today, a new page entitled Long Term Care was added to the website under Links. Click here to read it. There is an organization called The West Virginia Aging & Disability Resource Center where anyone can get information that will aid them in negotiating the sometimes confusing process having to do with Long Term Care. In addition, they serve as an entry point for a program entitled Take Me Home West Virginia where they will link up the families of individuals who are able to leave long-term care and return to their communities. If this weren’t enough, they also offer Medicare counseling.

January 25, 2014 – Last night, Brian Williams presented a segment on NBC Nightly News entitled It Takes a Village: Seniors Thrive While Living at Home where he introduced his wife’s parents and told their story of being able to join a village called Staying Put in New Canaan and being able to live their lives in their own home. Click here to read it or here to go to our Video page where there are other videos you might like.

January 16, 2014 – Click here to go to the ‘Video from he Internet’ page where a couple of links about Time Banking were added today.

January 12, 2014 – Walkers Unite!!! or was that Workers Unite?? Well, yesterday it was walkers unite as a half-dozen people from KVVP strolled up and then down the Carriage Trail, a road built during the construction of Sunrise Mansion overlooking Charleston in 1905 by William MacCorkle, ninth governor of West Virginia. The road was originally built so teams of oxen could pull wagons loaded with the stones used to build the mansion. Yesterday, we followed their path on a beautifully clear and cool winter day. See the photos here. It’s the first album.

December 31, 2013 – Here’s a great link to a gazillion articles having to do with old geezers like me. Savvy Senior is a national information service devoted to older Americans and the families who support them. Through a variety of media, Savvy Senior provides information and resources through its nationally syndicated newspaper column, senior newswire service, resource books, weekly radio program and television features on NBC and CNBC. Check here to go to their page. More about them can be found on our internet links page.

December 12, 2013 – I wonder how many of us know what TED Talks are. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.   Right click here to learn about:

The 11 Greatest TED Talks for Anyone Over 50

The TED Talks link was added to the Internet page under Links – click here to go there.

December 7, 2013 – Today, a Video page was added to the site. Found here are several videos highlighting the village concept – how it works, examples of villages around the country, a case study of a village plus the aim of the village movement. Also, I have included here videos which I thought valuable and worthy of being seen by others for one reason or another. The first video of this second type is a time-lapse video of New York City. I will try to find other similarly interesting videos to highlight here. Your comments are welcome – please send them to me at this address – willandlarry@yahoo.com

December 6, 2013 – Today, Links on the main menu was divided into nine sections or pages: Advance Care, Internet, Magazines, Medicare, Newspaper Articles, On TV, Other Villages, Publications and Village to Village Network. This was done so a user could more easily locate a particular area in which he or she had an interest.

December 1, 2013 – A new photo album was added at the bottom of the Photo Albums page showing the photos which are used for the background for the site. Click here to see it.

November 25, 2013 – Several small changes to make the website better – a daily weather report was added at the top of the Upcoming Events page to give you an idea of the local weather a week in advance plus time clocks at the bottom of every page to let you know how much time you have wasted today surfing on the computer or what time it is in LA, New York, Paris or London in case you’re planning a trip and need to make some calls. A new article from the Atlantic magazine entitled The Hospital Is No Place for the Elderly was added to the page where articles from magazines are posted. Click here or on the title to read it.

November 19, 2013 – Read Jim Weiker’s April, 2013, article in the Columbus Dispatch entitled Retirees find help that will allow them to remain at home by clicking here.

November 17, 2013 – A new page entitled By-Laws was added to the site today. KVVP Bylaws were adopted on October 20, 2013, as corrected and accepted by the Board. Click here to go to the page.

November 15, 2013 – A new calendar was installed today – check it out here. You are able to click on a ‘categories’ box at the top right and filter the calendar to whichever category in which you have an interest.

November 3, 2013 – Photos from the October 20, 2013, KVVP meeting at Hale House in Malden appeared in the Sunday Gazette-Mail – view photo album here.

November 2, 2013 – Charter Membership Application added  

Not yet having established dues for a regular membership, KVVP has accepted a Charter Membership in its stead. More news here and at the Membership page under Join Us.

October 20, 2013 – KVVP Meeting 

  BOARD of DIRECTORS chosen today by acclamation

At today’s meeting, we elected an interim Board of Directors who will guide us in establishing a set of by-laws, getting us non-profit status and helping us chart our way forward until a permanent board can be elected in the Spring of 2014.

Those elected to our board are listed below – click here for their close-ups!

Ellen Archibald – a charter member of KVVP, is a retired attorney.

Lonna Barker – business woman in Charleston, member of the board of several community organizations related to seniors.

Melora ‘Mel’ Cann – Chairman of KVVP Communications Committee, editor of the KVVP newsletter, ‘The Villager’, manager of KVVP e-mail and a retired teacher.

Christine Daugherty –  formed several non-profit organizations in WV over 20 years and has provided organizational development assistance as a consultant to national and international organizations and foundations before retiring.

Karen Glazier – Karen is hopeful that her social work background may be useful to the Kanawha Valley Village people as we travel together toward healthful, happy aging!

Larry Rowe – an attorney and local historian for Old Malden.   He is a former State Senator and currently is on the governing boards for West Virginia State University, the Kanawha Valley Historical Society and St. Johns Church.

Sue Westfall – Sue is a family physician at Cabin Creek Health Systems in Dawes. She looks forward to working with the wonderful people of Kanawha Valley Village People as they fashion an interesting, productive and cooperative future.

Marilyn Witbeck – current member of the Steering and Membership Committees, Marilyn is a retired college administrator.

All elected by acclamation on Sunday, 20 October 2013 at KVVP (charter) Membership Business Meeting

October 18, 2013 – ‘Sign me up for the newsletter’ added to each page.

October 17, 2013 – When you scroll through the pages of this website, notice that on the right side bottom of every page, there’s an arrow in a gray box – clicking the arrow will return you to the top of the page.

October 16, 2013 – right-click here to read: How to Build Your Own Retirement Village in USNews  from February 8, 2010. Another article well worth reading at  SHAREABLE is Seniors Reinvent Aging Through Co-housing & Senior Villages  – right-click here to open a new tab and connect to the blog.