Morgantown Summer 2021 Edition

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RESIDENTS OF THE WOODS at the Sum- mit should be proud. Together they raised $500 this past year toward the United Way’s annual campaign. The organization pitted neighborhood against neighborhood in 2020 to see which would be crowned the most generous. The Woods rose above the rest and, for its generosity, the neighbor- hood earned the title of the Most Charitable Neighborhood and was treated to a Kona Ice block party just before Christmas. The funds raised by The Woods most certainly helped the United Way surpass its annual fundraising goal of $1,142,000. The campaign collected more than $1.2 million before it was all said and done. Funds raised through the annual campaign benefit the Mountaineer Area Boy Scouts, Milan Puskar Health Right, Operation Welcome Home, and dozens of other local charities. These funded partners help the community in countless ways making Monongalia and Preston counties even better places to live, work, and play. For more information about the next campaign and to submit your own tax deductible donation, visit unitedwaympc.org . written by holly leleux - thubron The winner is... United Way created a fun challenge to crown Morgantown's most generous neighborhood.

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Moving to Morgantown ➼ MY HUSBAND AND I made the decision to move to Morgantown. Coming from New York, which has its own kind of edgy friendliness, I was rather gobsmacked by the people here. There is an open, trusting neighborliness that is refreshing and welcoming. Under my Covid mask, I found myself smiling a lot; it was just nice to be with nice people.

Here are a few of my other observations: 1 Morgantown is in the mountains and on the mountains and getting comfortable with the hilly roads takes some practice. Most difficult for me has been driving up a steep incline, only to find I can’t see over the front of the car as it points into the sky. I usually inch my way forward, hoping there are no obstacles in my path and that there is indeed a road that continues on and not a cliff. 2 While starting a social life has been difficult due to Covid, the area has a lot of outdoor recreation to offer. We hiked Coopers Rock one snowy, January morning. The peaceful quiet, combined with the fresh snow that had fallen at daybreak eased me right out of my busy mind and into the winter wonderland. I left feeling relaxed, calm and ready for the return to the work week. 3 I’ve been pleased with the range of restaurants in town. Dinner on the back deck at Tropics in Cheat Lake has been a consistent and convenient pleasure as we live on the

Lakeview Golf Course. We just have to walk across the course, sometimes dodging golf balls on the way. 4 It’s easy to support local businesses too. I spent a lovely afternoon shopping on High Street and downtown Morgantown has several darling shops like River Fair Trade, Hoot and Howl, the Old Stone House Gift Shop, and the Appalachian Gallery. 5 Living in a university town is exciting. The forward movement is palpable. Development and construction abound. From what I’ve seen and heard, the future for Morgantown looks to be filled with progressive planning, enticing promotion and big projects that will bring even more excitement to this cosmopolitan patch on the Monongahela river. But something tells me Morgantown, the city that’s stood on that river since 1785, will retain its West by-God Virginia roots. written by barbara dobilas

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