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Spirit of the Mountains Winner Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Rabbi Urecki, & Pickens Maple Syrup Festival

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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Thursday night, Sylvia Mathews Burwell will receive the annual Spirit of the Mountains Award from the Youth Leadership Association at a reception to be held at the Governor's Mansion in Charleston. An interview with Rabbi Victor Urecki continues our series on the Jewish experience in West Virginia, as he tells the story of what brought him to Charleston and the B'Nai Jacob Synagogue 28 years ago. And our friends at Traveling 219 detail the Pickens Maple Syrup Festival in Randolph County.

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.