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News in Brief – 4/18/10

Author discussion set for April 27

SUMMIT, Ky. —Paranormal Romance Author Christine Feehan is in the spotlight at this month’s author discussion program at the Summit Branch of Boyd County Public Library.

Spotlight on the Author takes place Monday, April 27, at 5:15 p.m. at the branch, 1016 Summit Road.

A different popular author is in the spotlight the fourth Monday of each month, and participants can talk about their favorite work, or just come learn about a new writer. The May 24 author is Nicholas Sparks, followed by Patricia Cornwell in June.

For questions, contact Allison Scarberry, at 606-928-3366.

The library has three book clubs that discuss specific books each month, and are always open to new members. The one at Catlettsburg meets on the second Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The book club at the Main Branch meets on the final Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Another group, Novel-Tea, also meets at Main, on the last Monday at 1 p.m.

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

Town hall meeting set to discuss underage drinking

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — On April 26, the Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership (CCSAPP), in collaboration with the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, will host an Underage Drinking Prevention: Town Hall Meeting.

Hundreds of communities nationwide are holding these meetings in furtherance of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to discuss and raise awareness about the issue of underage drinking.

The town hall meeting will be held at the Marshall University Student Center on April 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 2w16 (second floor).

The meeting will focus on underage alcohol use in our community and include a presentation by Huntington Middle School Student members of CCSAPP.

The meeting will conclude with a public discussion regarding policies and practices in our community that contribute to underage drinking and prevention strategies.

Sponsors of the event include CCSAPP, Marshall University and the WV Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Huntington Region.

Make a memory board April 24

ASHLAND, Ky. — Tweens can come to Boyd County Public Library on Saturday, to make a photo memory board.

The program, for kids ages 8-12, starts at 2 p.m. at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. in Ashland. The library will provide materials, but participants can bring photos and/or other personal items they would like to use.

For more information, call the youth services department at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1300.

To learn more about the library’s many programs and services, visit the online branch at www.thebookplace.org.

Soldier with local ties serving in Haiti

Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven J. Brown is supporting the mission of Operation Unified Response, an international disaster relief effort underway in Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean nation on Jan. 12.

The focus of the mission is to alleviate the suffering of survivors and support humanitarian relief efforts.

U.S. military servicemembers’ operations are in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the government agency responsible for overseeing the relief efforts.

U.S. military members transport, deliver and distribute food, water and medical aid. They are involved with port operations and rehabilitation, air operations, airfield management, security, engineering, logistics and structure assessments. They also provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief efforts to orphans and children whose parents and families were lost in the earthquake’s devastation.

Brown, a maintenance supervisor, is normally assigned to the 377th Theater Sustainment Command at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans, La.

The sergeant has served in the military for 17 years.

He is the son of Mavis I. Brown of Wesley St., Malakoff, Texas, and Robert E. Brown Jr. of Whipple Eight Road, Lowell.

He is the brother of Susan G. Insco of Huntington, W.Va., and C. Shane Sloan of South Point.

After-school movie showing at BCPL

SUMMIT, Ky. — The monthly After-School Movie at the Summit Branch of Boyd County Public Library is “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

The movie starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the branch, 1016 Summit Road, across from Boyd County Middle School. Admission is free and some refreshments are provided. Additional snacks can be purchased.

In the film, rated PG, the world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio returns to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes.

The monthly After-School Movie (third Wednesday) at Summit is held in conjunction with the 21st Century Community Learning Center at the middle school.

There is also a monthly book club and craft programs geared toward middle school students.

The May after-school movie is “Bandslam.” The program is not held in the summer months.

Outside groups can host movie showings at either the Main or Summit branches, using the library’s license. For more information call Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140.

For a full movie schedule, visit any branch of Boyd County Public Library or visit www.thebookplace.org.

Amputees, Limb Loss support group meets April 22

ASHLAND, Ky. — King’s Daughters Medical Center will host a new support group for people who have had an amputation or have lost a limb.

The group meets Thursday at 6 p.m. at the King’s Daughters Rehabilitation Unit Family Resource Room (second floor). Light refreshments will be served.

The group is being formed as a result of patient requests for support, encouragement and information after an amputation.

For more information about the support group or to make a reservation, please call 1-888-377-5362.

Most people who have had an amputation have the potential to attain a high degree of function and a satisfying quality of life.

Although amputees may start with crutches and wheelchairs, the use of prosthesis or artificial limbs can assist with walking, driving and other normal activities.

Limb loss affects approximately 1.7 million in the U.S.

The main cause of acquired limb loss is poor circulation in a limb due to arterial disease, with more than half of all amputations occurring among people with diabetes.

Amputation of fingers, toes or a limb also may occur after a traumatic event or for the treatment of a bone cancer.