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Mtn. News: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bodies, & Summer Celebrations

Mtn. News: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bodies, & Summer Celebrations

In this episode we bring you stories about cultural and healthcare related events happening in Letcher and Perry Counties in late May and early June.

First, we’ll listen back to Ohio Valley Resource Managing Editor Jeff Young’s December 2018 interview with longtime NPR Reporter Howard Berkes.  In the interview Young asks Berkes about his career, his work in Appalachia, and his then-upcoming retirement.  Berkes is screening Coal’s Deadly Dust a PBS/Frontline investigation into the rise of Black Lung in our region at Appalshop, Friday May 31st at 7pm.  The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Berkes, radiologist Dr. Brandon Crum, NIOSH epidemiologist Scott Laney, Miners Danny Smith & Greg Kelley, and Marcy Tate from New Beginnings Pulmonary Rehab.      

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is hosting a Regional Community Health Forum and Workshop at CANE Kitchen on Thursday June 6th starting at 11:30am.  WMMT’s Rachel Garringer was joined in the studio by Ben Chandler, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, who tells us about the event. The day begins with lunch and networking at 11:30 am and includes a community forum from 12-1:30pm, followed by a workshop called “Building Healthier Communites” from 1:30-4:30.  Stay for a free dinner from the CANE Kitchen and the Letcher County Farmers Market from 4-7pm. For more information phone Mary Jo Shircliffe at 877-326-2583. 

Then, from WMMT’s Sydney Boles an update about a weekend of free medical, dental, and vision care provided by Remote Area Medical. at East Perry Elementary School in Hazard, KY June 8 & 9th, 2019.

Last but not least: it’s almost Seedtime!!  WMMT’s Rachel Garringer brings us an update about Appalshop’s 33rd Annual Seedtime on the Cumberland festival, including songs from several of the performers: Amythyst Kiah, Larah Helayne, John Haywood & more!  Plus interviews with Seedtime Coordinator Pierceton Hobbs about the lineup, and Appalshop’s Marley Green about the brand new Solar Pavilion that will debut this Seedtime!  The festival runs June 7-8, 2019!






appalachian history,
arts & culture,
black lung,
coal industry,

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