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The News From Sam's Branch

In the Charleston Gazette this morning was a front page article (which I could not find on the Gazette website) headlined with “United Way aims to supplement lost wages.”
“John Ballengee, president of the United Way of Central West Virginia, said the agency is establishing a West Virginia Emergency Fund for workers who have lost 30, 40 or even 50 hours of work during the emergency….We want to be able to ask the community–neighbors helping neighbors kind of thing to assist people who have lost wages as a result of the water crisis….It will be interesting to see how actively engaged the community becomes in reaching out to help each other….” also the article said that Charleston Councilman Andy Richardson…Delegate Skaff, Nelson, Palumbo and Senator Chris Walters hope to “encourage affected residents to ‘Turn Up The Tips’ at restaurants that were closed by the chemical leak.”

Now is the time…

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About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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