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News in Brief – 7/23/09

TV series to film in Huntington

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — ABC is planning to use a West Virginia city once dubbed the country’s most unhealthiest as a backdrop for a television series about healthy food choices.

Supervising producer Joe Coleman said the unscripted show will look at school lunch menus, availability of fresh produce, the rapid growth of fast-food restaurants and food choices available at offices. ­­­

It will be hosted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Coleman said filming is scheduled this fall.

A 2006 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named the Huntington metropolitan area as the unhealthiest of 150 areas studied.

Nearly half the adults in Huntington are obese. The region also leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, including heart disease and diabetes.

Bike Night to benefit Toys for Tots

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A “Christmas in July” Bike Night for the Toys for Tots program will be hosted by Charlie’s Harley-Davidson on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Charlie’s is asking participants to donate unwrapped toys for underprivileged children. Entertainment will be provided by the MoJo King Band.

In addition to the Bike Night, Charlie’s Harley-Davidson will also be holding a “Christmas in July” sale. Stock up on select Men’s, Women’s, Jewelry & Collectibles at 30-75% markdowns. The sale will be held Friday, July 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; just in time for back-to-school or early Christmas shoppers!

Both events are open to the public. For additional information, contact the dealership at (304) 523-1340.