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News in Brief — 6/3/12

Ham radio class offered

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Examinations for people who wish to be granted a new or upgraded amateur radio “ham” license from the Federal Communications Commission will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the Museum of Radio and Technology in Huntington, W. Va.

These exams are sponsored by the Tri-State Amateur Radio Association (TARA) but any qualified candidate is invited to attend and be tested.

The museum is located on Huntington’s west side at 1640 Florence Ave., off Harvey Road. All examination elements will be offered for all amateur radio license classes. A fee of $15 will be charged per test.

Pre-registration is not necessary but applicants must complete FCC Form NCVEC 605, available at the exam session, and must bring required documents with them.

Two forms of accepted identification (including one picture ID) must be presented. Also, an applicant must bring the original and a copy of any ham radio license currently held and of any certificate of successful completion of examination (CSCE) which he or she claims for credit from a previous exam.

Garry Ritchie, leader of the TARA Volunteer Examiner team, may be contacted for further details at (304) 733-1300.

The TARA group plans future testing in Huntington on the second Saturday of all even- numbered (alternating) months.


Boating safety course offered

FRANKLIN FURNACE — The Ohio Boating Education Course will be offered June 9 at Shawnee State Park Marina meeting room, U.S. Highway 52 in Stout, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft.

The fee for the course is $5 and this covers the cost of course materials. Interested persons may register to take the course by calling (740) 353-7668.

The Ohio Boating Education Course covers a variety of boating topics such as the navigation rules of the road, boating and personal safety equipment, navigational signage, Ohio boating laws and much more.

Ohio law requires any person born on or after Jan. 1, 1982, to be able to show proof they have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course if they operate any watercraft powered by a motor greater than 10 horsepower.


Blackburn Ave. paving project begins in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ky. –—Motorists using Blackburn Avenue in Ashland should expect one-lane work zones from U.S. 23 to 13th Street for the next three weeks as work begins on a $772,000 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project that includes paving and other improvements along six miles of the busy highway.

Contractors are expected to begin work today on the installation of handicap-accessible ramps on Blackburn Avenue sidewalks, working from 13th Street toward South 29th Street. Installation is expected to take approximately two weeks, with milling and paving operations to follow by mid- to late-June.

During that work, Blackburn Avenue will be one lane in work areas from about 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday with traffic controlled by flaggers.

Also, paving operations are expected to start by the week of June 11 for the remaining section of KY 168 — from US 23 to the South 29th Street area — and will include daily lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers.

During all construction, efforts will be made to keep lane closures short and minimize delays.

However, motorists should be prepared for longer drive times, especially in heavy traffic, and should plan routes accordingly. Motorists are advised to slow down in work zones, remain aware of workers and construction equipment and remember that construction schedules are dependent upon the weather.

This work is being done under a $772,298.10 low-bid contract between the Transportation Cabinet and Mountain Enterprises Inc.


BCPL summer reading program offered Saturday

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library is sponsoring the Creatures of the Night program, in conjunction with the “Dream Big: READ” summer reading program, on Saturday, June 9.

The program will take place at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, located at 1620 Winchester Ave., starting at 2 p.m.

“Creatures of the Night” is one of two special programs that will take place at the Highlands museum for kids this summer. It looks at the geological wonders known as caves. Participants will also learn about bats, and create a craft with bats in their natural habitat.

Participants in “Dream Big: READ,” can pick up free museum pass for themselves and a guest at any BCPL branch, anytime before the program.

The second program, “STARLAB Planetarium,” is on July 16.

The library is also sponsoring two events at the museum as part of “Between the Covers,” the adult summer reading program. They are: “Introduction to the Solar System,” on August 23, and “Nightscapes” photo exhibit, throughout August.

For more information on Summer Reading 2012, call (606) 329-0090 or visit www.thebookplace.org.


Children’s art festival set for Saturday

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The 2012 Children’s Art Festival Extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heritage Station in downtown Huntington.

This event is free and open to children ages 3 to 12.

More than 13 art stations will be provided by Marshall University’s Department of Art and Design, the Huntington Museum of Art and other organizations.

There will also be music, face painting and performance art.

The event is sponsored by the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Live Committee of the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce.


John Preston Smith to visit BCPL

ASHLAND, Ky. — Huntington author John Preston Smith will visit Boyd County Public Library on Saturday, June 9, along with Writer, his Labrador friend.

Preston will be at the main branch starting at 1 p.m. The main branch is located at 1740 Central Ave. He will have copies of his current book, “The Bog,” available for sale and signing.

“The Bog” answers questions that many of his fans have asked him over the years. He is the author of six other books, including “14,000 Dogs,” which explains his work with training more than 14,000 dogs over the past 48 years.

Preston is a graduate from Marshall University, from where he went on to work in press relations for Kent State University for many years. In the past, he has handled media relations during the funerals of two U.S. Presidents, as well as General Douglas MacArthur. He is an insurance agent in Huntington.

For more information, call Amanda Clark at (606) 329-0518, ext. 1140. To learn more about this or other library programs or services, visit the online branch at www.thebookplace.org


Heritage Station to host ‘Party on the Patio’ event

HUNTINGTON, W.V.a — The Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District is gearing up for “Party on the Patio” on Friday, June 8 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Heritage Station.

This month’s featured band is Jabberwocky.

This group of young performers blends groove, rhythm and style into their soulful sound. Jabberwocky incorporates many styles of music into their performance including country, rock, pop, rap, gospel, blues and funk.

The “Party on the Patio” series provides opportunities for family and friends to get outdoors, socialize, enjoy live entertainment, food, drink and fun.

For more information visit the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District’s website at www.ghprd.org.


D-B grad completes basic training

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Air Force Airman Avery T. Spencer graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Spencer is the son of Ruth Carter-Crist of Wesley Avenue, Bryan.

He is a 2008 graduate of Dawson-Bryant High School.