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News in Brief – 5/08/09

New discussion

format at Summit

SUMMIT, Ky. — A new book discussion group, called Read & Tell, starts this month at the Summit Branch of Boyd County Public Library.

The group will meet on the fourth Thursday (May 28 this month) at 5:30 p.m. Discussion leader and library information specialist Allison Scarberry said the discussion will be informal, and participants should bring a favorite book, magazine or other reading material. “It’s a great way to meet fellow readers, find new authors and expand your reading interests,” Scarberry said.

The library has three book clubs that are always open to new members. The one at Catlettsburg meets on the second Tuesday at 5 p.m. The May 12 selection is “Stuffed: Adventures of a Restaurant Family” by Patricia Volk, and the book that will be discussed June 9 is “A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier,” by Ishmael Beah.

The book club at the Main Branch meets on the final Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The May 26 selection is “Robinson Crusoe” by Daniel Defoe, and the book for June 30 is “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro.

The Novel-Tea senior women’s book club also meets at Main, on the last Monday at 1 p.m. This month’s session is a week earlier (May 18) because of Memorial Day. The group will be discussing “There’s a Slight Chance I Might be Going to Hell,” by Laurie Notaro. For the June 29 meeting, the selection is “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

To find out more about all library programs and services, visit the online branch at www.thebookplace.org

SSU to mark Spring Commencement

PORTSMOUTH — More than 550 students will be graduating at Shawnee State University this weekend. The 23rd annual Spring Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. on the Alumni Green at SSU.

SSU President Rita Rice Morris will give the commencement address. Graduates will be required to meet in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts lobby at 9 a.m.

No tickets are needed for graduation and seating for family and friends is on a first-come basis. There will be 3,000 seats available.

If it is raining, the ceremony will be delayed until the rain lessens.

For more information, call the Office of the Registrar at (740) 351-3377.

OLBH to host elder abuse rally

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) will host an elder abuse awareness rally, Wednesday, May 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the 5th floor of Bellefonte Centre (1000 Ashland Drive) on the OLBH campus.

The free event is organized by the Local Coordinating Council for Elder Maltreatment.

Refreshments will be provided, courtesy of the OLBH Foundation. To RSVP for the event, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273.)

Area students to compete in state science fair

COLUMBUS — Among the participants in Saturday’s state science fair will be students from South Point and Fairland school districts.

The fair to be held on The Ohio State University campus is the last step in a series of competitions that began in late January at the district fair at Fairland High. Entries run the gamut of topics, but all require a demonstration of the scientific methods. Those receiving a superior at Fairland went onto the regional fair at Shawnee State University.

“This is like their going to a state tournament in basketball and football,” Ron King, science teacher at Fairland, said. “The main reason they are going is they can win different awards and scholarships.

Participating from South Point will be Brianna Barnes and Macy Powell, both juniors, and Alex Cass, a sophomore. From Fairland will be Dalton Froehlich, a junior, Jenna Hannon and Robbie Hinshaw, both sophomores, Vidhee Patel, a senior, and Shefali Shah, a freshman.