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News in Brief – 7/12/09

Ironton in Bloom to meet July 14

IRONTON — Ironton in Bloom’s monthly general meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, at the Ironton City Center on Third Street.

Plans for current and future projects will be discussed.

The public is invited to attend. If further information is needed phone Carol Allen, co-chairman, at 740-532-4495.

Clear Channel hosts hot dog festival

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Clear Channel Radio will present the 5th West Virginia Hot Dog Festival, Saturday, July 25 at Pullman Square in Huntington from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year the event will feature 12 area hot dog vendors, multiple displays and booths, contests and entertainment, including the crowd favorite “Wiener Dog Races,” as well as new events. The new events are the “Buns on Bikes” Bicycle Tour and Radio Car Races.

Other events and competitions include a 5K Run and Walk, a classic and custom Car, truck and motorcycle Show, the dog costume contest and pooch parade, the owner/dog look-a-like contest, the top bun homemade hot dog sauce contest, a hot dog eating contest, a root beer “chugging” contest and the West Virginia Harmonica Championship. A kid’s zone with Inflatables will be open at 10 a.m.

For a complete schedule of events please visit www.wvhotdogfestival.com .

All proceeds for the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival and related events benefit the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Joan C. Edwards’ Comprehensive Cancer Center at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.

AAA7 still offers Passport program

LAWRENCE COUNTY — The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. (AAA7) provides information, resources and education to the community, as well as services for older adults to continue living independently in their own homes.

One of many programs offered by the Area Agency is the PASSPORT Program. PASSPORT provides an in-home alternative to nursing home care for those 60 and over.

Services available include homemaker, transportation, personal care services, home-delivered meals, emergency response systems, adult day services, and case management.

PASSPORT is also referred to as Ohio’s home and community based Medicaid-waiver program for older adults.

To be eligible, a person must be 60 years of age or older, meet both the financial requirements and have qualifying Activities of Daily Living/Instrumental Activities of Daily Living functional impairments, as well as other admission criteria.

PASSPORT is available in all ten counties serviced by the AAA7.

In addition, those who are eligible for PASSPORT receive a Medicaid card to cover the cost of medications and health care.

For more information call the Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-582-7277.