News in brief – 6/7/11

Published 9:24 am Tuesday, June 7, 2011

ATV safety course offered at WNF

NELSONVILLE — On Saturday, June 18, the Ohio State University Extension will co-sponsor a safety day clinic for 4-H ATV members and their families from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wayne National Forest ATV Trailhead (south of Zanesville) in New Straitsville in Perry County.

Attendees can discover safe-riding skills and complete a community service and environmental activity. A parent track will be offered, as well.

There is a fee of $10 for 4-H members and $5 per family member to attend. Lunch will be provided for everyone. Families are encouraged to take their own correct-size ATVs and gear to enjoy a free one-day ride permit for the Forest trails after the clinic. The clinic is sponsored by the Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio 4-H Foundation, and Wayne National Forest.

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The last day to register is Friday.

For more information, contact Kathy Henwood at Henwood.13@ or call (614) 292-0622.

U.S. Grant bridge to remain closed during overnight

CHILLICOTHE —  Although the U.S. Grant Bridge (U.S. Route 23) in Scioto County was scheduled for daytime-only closure this week, the bridge will be now closed to all traffic during the evening and overnight hours through Wednesday.

Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation have closed the Ohio River crossing in order to seal the towers and deck of the Kentucky approach. In order to allow for multiple coats of the sealant to dry and cure properly, though, it will be necessary that the bridge remain closed through Wednesday night of this week.

In addition to sealing the deck and towers, crews from Advantage Steel and Construction are stressing cable strands and adjusting wind ties on the cables – maintenance items which require crews to work above the structure and that were postponed earlier in the spring due to inclement weather.

Following the three-day closure, the bridge will also be subject to daytime-only closure on Thursday and Friday from approximately 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days. While the bridge is closed, motorists will be detoured by way of the Carl Perkins Bridge, State Route 852 and U.S. 52.

Advantage Steel and Construction, of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded a contract in August 2010 in the amount of $896,008 to complete the project.

Avoiding food and drug interactions

ASHLAND, Ky. — Taking medications as prescribed is one of the most important things you can do to manage heart failure. The more you know about how these medications work, and how they are affected by your diet, the better off you’ll be.

Join us Tuesday, June 21, as Marshall University dietetic interns present, “Food, Medications and Heart Failure,” at the monthly meeting of King’s Daughters Medical Center’s Heart Failure Support Group.

The meeting takes place from 6 to 7 p.m. in the lower level conference room 4 at King’s Daughters Office Park, 835 Central Ave., Ashland.

“When you are a heart failure patient, it is so important to select foods that will not interfere with your medications,” said heart failure nurse Barbara Davis, who facilitates the meetings. “We can help educate you about making the appropriate food choices.”

The support group is free and open to anyone with heart failure and their loved ones. Physician referral is not required, although RSVPs are requested.

Please call (606) 408-6000 or (606) 408-6462 to reserve your seat. Each meeting includes both a formal presentation and an opportunity for members to share their experiences and help one another.

The focus of the July Heart Failure Support Group meeting will be “Keeping a Positive Outlook” and will take place Tuesday, July 19.