W.Va. leads the nation in AmeriCorps volunteers

MORGANTOWN — LeJay Graffious is a retired teacher and school administrator immersed in a different learning environment these days.
He’s the director of The Old Hemlock Foundation, an expanse of land, complete with a Colonial cabin, near Bruceton Mills on the original Brandonville Pike.
For years, that cabin was home to George Bird Evans, an acclaimed outdoors writer and magazine illustrator who moved to the Mountain State from Manhattan in the late 1930s, with the expressed intent of living as far off the grid as he could get.
Evans and his wife, Kay, never had children, so they left provisions in their estate to keep the land as preserved as when they bought it.
The resulting foundation is dedicated to keeping Evans’ artistic legacy alive, while also doing environmental outreach, historical preservation and the like.
That’s where AmeriCorps comes in.

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