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Pickens Family Develops Decades-Long Connection With Lost Family Member In Austria

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we start in an old farmhouse in Pickens, home to the Nestor family in the latter part of the 20th century. A lot has changed in the past 50 years. But perhaps the biggest difference since their childhood isn’t the kids and grandkids they’ve gained -- it’s the sister they met 30 years ago, from Austria. Emily Allen joined up with the family at a recent reunion to hear their story.

Emily Allen is a Report for America Corps member. That story is part of this weekend's episode of Inside Appalachia. Listen Sunday morning at 7 and again Sunday evening at 6, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

Also on today’s show, a treasure of West Virginia flat picking and old-time music, Robin Kessinger, first met Tyler Grant in 2005 at the Wayne Henderson Festival and Contest in Virginia.  Kessinger was a judge for a flatpicking contest that Grant won that year. The pair developed a friendship and, eventually, made some duo arrangements of classic material connected in some way to the Kessinger family. We hear them performing “My Blue Ridge Mountain Home” as our Mountain Stage song of the week.

West Virginia Morning is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, which is solely responsible for its content.

Support for our news bureaus comes from West Virginia University, Concord University, and Shepherd University.

Our Appalachia Health News project is made possible with support from CAMC and Marshall Health.

West Virginia Morning is produced with help from Caitlin Tan, Jessica Lilly, Kara Lofton, Liz McCormick, Dave Mistich, Brittany Patterson, Eric Douglas, Cory Knollinger, Emily Allen, and Roxy Todd.

Our news director is Jesse Wright, our producer is Glynis Board and our host is Teresa Wills.