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Calling all West Virginians: time to celebrate 151st Anniversary

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To The Daily Sun,

Welcome all transplanted West Virginian's! Come to a celebration of West Virginia's 151st anniversary of when we seceded from Virginia (yes, we really did) and declared ourselves a state. No matter how long you've been gone from the hills and hollows there are some things that draw you back.

So, if you can relate to the following you may be from West Virginia...

— you'd give someone the shirt off your back

— you can pronounce Kanawha and Monongalia and Appalachian

— in elementary you had to learn all 55 countries and their county seats

— you know real barbecue isn't cooked using charcoal or propane

— your grandmother cooked green beans with salt pork in a pressure cooker until they melted in your mouth

— you can sing at least the first verse of "Oh Those West Virginia Hills"

— if you have a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number

— you measure distance in hours

— you know if another Hillbilly (or, being more politically correct, another Appalachian American) is from southern, central, or northern WV as soon as they open their mouth

— your parents have threatened to send you to Pruntytown

— it drives you crazy when people think you're from Virginia

— when you fry bologna, you know where to cut the edges

— when asked where you are from, you name your county

— you wave to 99 percent of the cars you pass on the road

— you are sure that America is a gift from God and this is Almost Heaven

So, if you were born, raised, and went to school or were sent to Pruntytown, West Virginia, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information of our gathering coming up next Friday, June 20 in celebration of the wonderful, wild West Virginia.

P.S. - We are grateful of our adopted State of New Hampshire and relish in the beauty and her people. Thank you for opening your arms to us.

Catherine M. Tokarz