Looking for local resources to help make your holidays merry and bright? The West Virginia University Extension Service offers tips on everything from holiday home safety to purchasing local Christmas trees on its website, http://ext.wvu.edu.

Features include information on events, like Breakfast with Santa at WVU Jackson’s Mill near Weston. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, and features an all-you-can-eat buffet for $7. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/1aqslkU.

Looking for other ideas for holiday day trips? WVU Extension Tourism Development Specialist Doug Arbogast shares a list of spots that are perfect for everything from skiing to sightseeing at http://bit.ly/1glTjlZ.

Arbogast explain that approximately 90 percent of businesses in West Virginia are small businesses. Spending at a local establishment not only contributes to that business, but starts a “ripple effect.” Funds are spread throughout the community that benefit the entire town.

And spending locally doesn’t have to be for gifts alone, in fact, WVU Extension offers a list of area Christmas Tree Farms at http://bit.ly/1isJNPG.

Finally, if decking the house and halls is still on your to-do list, follow tips from WVU Safety and Health Extension to make sure you prevent falls and fires this season.

According to WVU Extension Agent Travis Cullen, each year in the United States, holiday activities result in more than 90,000 emergency room visits and $16 million in property damage from fires. To view safety tips visit http://bit.ly/1eut1dN.

For more seasonal tips, contact your local county office of the WVU Extension Service, or visit ext.wvu.edu.



CONTACT: Cassie Waugh, WVU Extension Service
304.293.8735, Cassie.Waugh@mail.wvu.edu

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