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NEWS IN BRIEF – 7/11/10

First Friday event set for July 16

ASHLAND, Ky. —Ashland Main Street’s “First Friday” events will be held on Friday from 5-9 p.m.

The change in date is due to Summer Motion taking place the first week of July.

Events scheduled are the Car Cruise In, the Art Walk, Christ Temple Choir, Christian rap singer Morgan George (The Lyrica Preacha) and inflatables for the kids.

Boating classes set for Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — Ohio’s mandatory education law requires anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1982 who operates a vessel powered by more than 10 horsepower to successfully complete a boating education course or a proficiency test.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Watercraft is offering the Ohio Boating Education Course at Shawnee State Park Marina in Scioto County on Saturday Aug. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at Rocky Fork State Park in Highland County on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Topics covered in this course include: required equipment, safe boating practices, Ohio Boating Laws, rules of the road, aids to navigation, and commercial traffic. The cost of this course is $5.00 per person.

Anyone interested in attending either the Ohio Boating Education Course or the Proficiency Testing must register by calling the Portsmouth Office of the Division of Watercraft at 740-353-7668, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

East Lynn Lake beach reopens

Huntington, W.Va. — The Wayne County Health Department has approved the reopening of the East Fork Beach at East Lynn Lake in East Lynn, W.Va. The beach was closed for the past week because of a high bacteria count. Recent tests by the Health Department indicate the water is safe for swimmers.

For more information, call East Lynn Lake Resource Manager Mike Smith at 304-849-2355 or the Wayne County Health Department at 304-272-6761.

OLBH Hosts Blood Drive July 22

RUSSELL, Ky. — Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH), in conjunction with the American Red Cross, will conduct a blood drive Thursday, July 22 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Bellefonte Pavillion on the campus of OLBH.

Donating blood is safe and relatively painless. Trained nurses conduct the donation process and sterile equipment is used. Donations can help people suffering from a variety of health problems including anemia, bone diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, leukemia and many others. Donors should be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Refreshments will be provided to participants.

Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, contact the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).

Community Hospice seeks volunteers

ASHLAND, Ky. — Community Hospice has scheduled a new Volunteer Orientation course. The three-day session will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, July 20-22, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Community Hospice office located at 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland.

If you are interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer or to reserve your space, contact LuAnn Vance, Volunteer Coordinator, at 606-329-1890 or 1-800-926-6184.