NEWS in Brief – 10/11/09

Published 10:50 pm Saturday, October 10, 2009

BCPL family history programs continue

ASHLAND. Ky. — Programs on genealogy and family history continue through the end of the month at Boyd County Public Library.

All programs are free and open to the public. They will be held in the meeting room at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave.

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Oct. 14, 6 p.m.: Using Maps in Genealogy

Oct. 17, 10 a.m.: Using DNA in Genealogy

Oct. 21, 6 p.m.: Beyond the Death Record

Oct. 24, 10 a.m.: Anatomy of a Furnace Ledger Page

Oct. 26, 6 p.m.: Boundaries: They Are A Changin’!

October is Family History Month, a time when libraries and other organizations promote the importance of genealogy and tracing your family roots. Boyd County Public Library staff are also giving tours of the Minnie C. Winder room all month – just ask! – and check out the genealogy book sale.

Double horror films at the Paramount

ASHLAND, Ky. — The original Frankenstein and WolfMan movies will be shown on the big screen Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m.

Each movie is approximately one hour. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased day of show.

The movies are part of the Paramount’s Second Sunday Film Series. For more information and to see schedule of all films, go to or call 606.324.3175.

Special program for tweens Oct. 17

ASHLAND, Ky. — Tweens (ages 8-12) can learn how to decorate with flowers at a program being held this month and next at Boyd County Public Library.

Flower Power! takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. in Ashland; and again on Monday, Nov. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at the Summit Branch, 1016 Summit Road.

Participants can decorate various items (bookmarks, picture frames, etc.) with pressed flowers. The Library will have a huge selection of flowers to choose from – including some tweens have probably never seen before.

For more information, call (606) 329-0518, ext. 1300.

Festival of Trees and Trains calling for decorators

ASHLAND, Ky. — Paramount Arts Center volunteers are gearing up for the 25th annual Festival of Trees and Trains and are looking for participants.

There are opportunities to decorate a tree, design a wreath or centerpiece, sponsor or volunteer.

The event is Nov. 21-29 and kicks off with a sneak preview party and continues with a variety of entertainment and activities throughout the nine-day event.

If you would like to participate, please go to the website and download the registration forms at or call the box office and request a packet be mailed to you, 606.324.3175.

SSU to host first fall commencement

PORTSMOUTH — Shawnee State University is holding its first fall commencement on Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Vern Rife Center for the Arts.

“This is one of the signs of growth for us,” Dr. Rita Rice Morris, SSU President, said. “This is the first year in our history to offer both a fall and a spring graduation. It’s an important step for our institution and an important milestone for our students.”

The fall commencement is an opportunity for students who finished their coursework during the summer semester or are graduating this fall to have the chance to walk through commencement immediately after graduation rather than coming back in the spring for commencement.

Graduating students say they appreciate the opportunity to graduate earlier.

Symphony offers Lawrence discount

Huntington, W.Va. — The Huntington Symphony Orchestra would like to express its appreciation and to say “thank you” to all senior citizens of Lawrence County.

As part of its appreciation, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra would like to extend an exclusive discount on our already discounted season tickets to anyone 55 years of age or older living in Ironton, Coal Grove, Proctorville or anywhere in Lawrence County Ohio.

Special Price of $90 (4 concerts) which is over 25 percent discount off of the normally season tickets price.

“We understand that the majority of senior citizens are on a fixed income and when it comes to spending, entertainment becomes one of the main items to be cut,” HSO director Hogan Haas said.

“That’s why the Huntington Symphony Orchestra is extending this exclusive tremendous offer for you to attend all four of our Winter Season concerts of quality orchestra music. This is our way of showing support to the people which build and developed our history.”

Simply call 304-781-8343 or e-mail the Huntington Symphony Orchestra office, stating you are a senior citizen of in Ironton, Coal Grove, Proctorville or anywhere in Lawrence County to receive either offer.

Silly Symphonies offers family fun

Huntington, W.Va. — The Huntington Symphony is collaborating with the nationally acclaimed Red Herring Puppets to create a unique blend of sound and sight for the Silly Symphonies concert on Sunday, Oct. 25.

Red Herring Puppets is designing an original shadow puppet play to accompany Ravel’s orchestral arrangement of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

This special afternoon concert will be performed at 3 p.m. at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.

The animation is achieved through a modern adaptation of traditional shadow puppetry.

Red Herring Puppets creates backgrounds by drawing onto acetate cels and manipulating jointed puppet figures on overhead projectors.

The moving images resonate with the documented works of Victor Hartmann, whose sketches inspired Mussorgsky.

Red Herring specializes in creative collaborations with museums, symphonies, theaters, schools, film and television projects and community and corporate events.

Red Herring has been awarded an UNIMA citation of excellence (the highest honor in American puppetry) and is also the recipient of a California Emmy and several grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and the Puppeteers of America.

Red Herring is currently building puppets and costumes for a new production of “The Magic Flute.”

In addition to the world premier puppet show, there will be a musical petting zoo and other family activities.

This special concert is only $5 for high school and under students.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 304-781-8343.

KDMC cardiologist accepting patients at South Point

SOUTH POINT — King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) cardiologist Richard Ansinelli, M.D., now is accepting patients at the KDMC Family Care Center in South Point.

Dr. Ansinelli is a 1976 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus. He continued his medical education by completing an internship (1977), a residency (1979) and a fellowship (1981), all at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

He is affiliated with Kentucky Heart and Vascular Physicians and the Kentucky Heart Institute.

Recent studies show that more than 80 million people in the United States have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease. Better lifestyle habits combined with early medical intervention may help reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.

For an appointment, call 606.324.4745 or toll-free at 1.866.973.6655.