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Mighty Pen Project: Documenting Stories of Virginia’s Veterans

Earlier this year, Richmond author David Robbins partnered with the Virginia War Memorial on an intensive writing program for veterans and active duty military. The Mighty Pen Project had a big influence on participants and has since expanded. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find out about the Mighty Pen and other Virginia War Memorial programs. For information on future Mighty Pen Project classes, contact Jim Triesler at jtriesler@vawarmemorial.org or 804-786-2060.

Master Food Volunteers Expand Nutrition Outreach and Education

A Virginia Cooperative Extension program is training community members to become ambassadors for a healthy lifestyle. Master Food Volunteers combine their passion for food and health with a commitment to help others. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find out more about the Master Food Volunteer program with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

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UCI Legacy: Accessible Trails & the Richmond Regional Ride Center

The UCI World Championships in Richmond have ended, but the event helped bring lasting improvements to the region. Bike lanes are growing and the 50 mile Capital Trail is complete. Another initiative expanded off-road bike trails and created some of the first in the country designed for people with disabilities. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Pedal-Powered History and a Passion for Bikes

The UCI Road World Championships has sparked an interest in the history of cycling, from the high-wheeled “penny farthing” to high tech racing bikes. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp met with bike historian Jesse McCauley to learn about his passion for these human-powered vehicles and the exhibit he curated at the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design.

Virginia Community Colleges Building Degrees with No Textbook Costs

College students can spend more than $1000 each year on books and supplies. Virginia’s Community Colleges are addressing that burden by offering courses that don’t require pricey textbooks. The goal is to build entire degrees with zero textbook costs at each of the 23 colleges across the state. Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents.

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