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Ohio Offers Appalachian Businesses Loan Help During COVID-19 Disruption

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Small businesses in Ohio’s Appalachian counties may receive help offsetting losses due to the state’s attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. JobsOhio is infusing Appalachian Growth Capital, LLC (AGC) with $2 million to secure loans for companies in eastern and southern Ohio. According to a press release, AGC is a… Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

Women learn how to weld

Ladies’ Intro to Welding


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This ladies-only class has the laid back feel of a girls’ night out. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves. Hair should be pulled back…. Read More

Someone operates a welding machine

Intro to MIG Welding


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This class is for anyone [18 and older] who wants to learn how to weld! In this class participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves…. Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

Women learn how to weld

Ladies’ Intro to Welding


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This ladies-only class has the laid back feel of a girls’ night out. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves. Hair should be pulled back…. Read More

People work in the open metal shop

Open Metal Shop Hours


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Open shop class is a time for members who have gone through the metal shop orientation to come and work on their own projects with a metal shop instructor present. It is perfect for those who are not very familiar with the tools or have only used them during orientation. New members are strongly encouraged… Read More

A wooden bench

How to build a comfortable 2×4 bench


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Are you looking for a way to get into woodworking? Need a comfy bench but would rather make than buy? Come on out to this basic woodshop class at Athens Makerspace. In this class you will learn how to make repeated cuts to the specified dimensions and safe operation of woodshop power tools. You will… Read More

A Biochar Kiln

Weld a Biochar Kiln


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Want to learn about making your own kiln for biochar? We will start the class by talking a little bit about what biochar is and how the kiln works. We will spend the rest of the class practicing the skills you will need to make one: cutting metal and welding. You will not each leave… Read More

Morsbags

January Pod Meetup


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In case you hadn’t heard, in May 2019 we launched a Morsbag ‘Pod’ at Athens Makerspace. What is a Morsbag, you ask? An international movement known as Morsbags has formed ‘pods’ of sewists all over the world who meet up to sociably upcycle fabrics into reusable bags that are then given away for FREE! At… Read More

Basic electronics

Basic Electronics


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The first in a series, in this class participants will learn about the most common components: • Resistors • Capacitors • LEDs • Transistors • Inductors • Integrated Circuits This will include how they are used in a circuit, and shown put in use on a breadboard. Participants will also learn how to Use Ohms… Read More

A Beginning Sewing kit

Beginning Sewing


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Always wanted to learn how to sew? Come learn at Athens Makerspace in this friendly 3-hour class! This class is suitable for those who have never sewn anything, but when you leave, you will have the skills to take on more advanced projects, such as in our Intermediate Sewing Part I – Apron class. Students… Read More

Someone operates a welding machine

Intro to Welding


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This class is for anyone [18 and older] who wants to learn how to weld! In this class participants will learn different MIG weld techniques and basic troubleshooting of common welding problems. Participants are encouraged to learn from each other as well as the instructor. Participants should wear close-toed shoes, denim pants, and long sleeves…. Read More

An upcycled Christmas tree

ReUse on Union December Open House


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Come on out to our holiday Open House 12-5 Saturday, December 21st! We will be featuring all our consignment artists’ talent. Many will be in attendance, and will have brought in lots of new goodies to peruse – come enjoy refreshments and shop for locally made gifts! Live music on site – stay tuned for… Read More

A giftbag

Last Minute Gifts and Gift Bags!


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Need wrappings for that gift, or haven’t yet found something for the people on your list? Come to our drop-in time at Athens Makerspace and whip up a lovely reusable gift bag or choose from our array of sewn project ideas for practical last-minute handmade gifts. These include homemade produce bags, napkins, pot scrubbers, placemat/utensil… Read More

Holiday Stockings

Make Your Own Upcycled Holiday Stocking


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Come learn how to craft your very own Upcycled Holiday Stocking – just in time to use it this December or give as a thoughtful handmade gift to a special person! In this 3 hour class, participants will learn how to create a fully-lined, one-of-a-kind stocking [with a secret pocket, for extra special gifts!] out… Read More

Aluminum Can Wind Chime

Aluminum Can Cutting and Upcycling!


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Are you amused by the big upcycled windchime by Dan Laurence at ReUse on Union? Come learn how to make one for yourself! In this introductory class, Dan will show you all his best tricks for efficiently cutting common aluminum beverage cans to best utilize their bottoms, sides, and unique design elements. Students will then… Read More

A patterned cutting board

Patterned Cutting Board Workshop


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Make your very own patterned cutting board to keep or give in this popular workshop. No woodworking experience necessary! Participants will create their own custom designs and be able to take home 1-3 cutting boards! Athens Makerspace will provide a variety of attractive hardwoods already planed and cut into strips, including walnut, oak, cherry, ash,… Read More

Mittens

Upcycled Mitts from Sweaters


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Want to make something cozy and upcycled for your loved one this year? Come out to Athens Makerspace to learn to make ‘mitts’ from sweaters! Participants will leave with one pair of comfy embroidered arm warmers, lined or unlined, to wear themselves or give as a gift. You will not only learn how to craft… Read More

Mittens

Upcycled Mitts from Sweaters


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Want to make something cozy and upcycled for your loved one this year? Come out on this Small Business Saturday to Athens Makerspace to learn to make ‘mitts’ from sweaters! Participants will leave with one pair of comfy embroidered arm warmers, lined or unlined, to wear themselves or give as a gift. You will not… Read More

ARC Federal Co-Chair Tim Thomas addresses the crowd during a stop of a listening tour in Portsmouth.

ARC Awards Nearly $7 Million For Projects in Appalachian Ohio


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ATHENS, Ohio — Projects in areas including The Plains, Gallipolis and Marietta are among those receiving nearly $7 million to help advance economic development in a region dealing with a changing economy. The Appalachian Regional Commission announced the $6,708,794 as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative Tuesday. “The… Read More

Matt Hepler of the advocacy group Appalachian Voices.

Idle Lands: Justice Coal Group Top User Of Loophole Allowing Mine Lands To Sit Idle

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Standing at an overlook on the top of Black Mountain — the tallest point in Kentucky —  the wooded Appalachian mountains stretch on like a sea of green for miles. For many, this mountain is synonymous with the coal industry. It straddles the state line separating Harlan County, Kentucky and Wise County, Virginia, two communities… Read More

Tennessee Push Wants State Book to Cover Appalachian Dialect

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – It’s pronounced “app-uh-latch-uh,” not “app-uh-lay-sha.” Tennessee lawmakers give the pronunciation lesson in a resolution calling for the state’s Tennessee Blue Book to discuss how people in Appalachia talk. A Senate panel advanced the proposal Tuesday. The push by Republican Sen. Steve Southerland says Appalachian people are often misrepresented and misunderstood by… Read More

Wild About Winter!


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Join the Hocking College Natural and Historical Interpretation Capstone students for a FREE event at The Market on State Street celebrating the wild and wonderful workings of the winter world. The event will feature fun, educational activities for younger members of the family and will take place at the same time as the Athens Farmers… Read More