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News in brief — 4/9/13

Body identified as missing man

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a body found along railroad tracks has been identified as that of a missing Huntington man.

Family members reported 55-year-old Kenneth Nash missing on April 2.

Huntington Police Sgt. John Williams tells media outlets that a resident found Nash’s truck in heavy brush on Saturday. Nash’s body was found about 15 feet away from the truck.

A cause of death hasn’t been determined but foul play isn’t suspected.


AAA7 Wheelersburg office sets open house for April 17

WHEELERSBURG — The community is invited to a special ribbon cutting and open house event to mark the relocation of the Area Agency on Aging District 7’s Scioto County Office to Wheelersburg.

The office, that was previously located in Portsmouth, is now at 8058 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg, beside Little Caesar’s Pizza. The AAA7 covers 10 counties in southern Ohio and also has office locations in Adams County (West Union), Gallia County (Rio Grande – Administrative Offices) and Pike County (Waverly).

The AAA7 is working jointly with the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce for the official ribbon cutting that will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the AAA7 office.

After the ribbon cutting, an open house will take place until 5:30 pm. Light refreshments, information, giveaways and tours of the office will be available.

Those planning on attending the ribbon cutting event are asked to RSVP to the AAA7 by calling toll-free at 1-800-582-7277.

The Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently at home and in their community through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, other federal and state resources, as well as private pay.

The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., the resource center is a valuable contact for learning more about long-term care options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Those interested in learning more can call toll-free at 1-800-582-7277 (TTY: 711). Here, individuals can speak directly with a nurse or social worker who will assist them with information surrounding the programs and services that are available to best serve their needs.

The agency also offers an in-home assessment at no cost for those who are interested in learning more.

Information is also available on www.aaa7.org, or the Agency can be contacted through e-mail at info@aaa7.org.


Corps seeks volunteers for East Lynn Lake cleanup

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Volunteers are being sought for the annual cleanup at East Lynn Lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says this year’s cleanup will be held April 21. Volunteers can help corps employees pick up trash on the lake shore and do other cleanup activities. Garbage bags will be provided.

The corps says volunteers should bring work shoes or boots and work gloves.

Volunteers are asked to sign in at the East Lynn Lakeside Marina Area Boat Ramp.


New BCPL initiative launching during National Library Week

ASHLAND, Ky. — Boyd County Public Library is announcing its new Check Out Your Community initiative just in time for the community-themed National Library Week.

“Communities Matter” is the theme of National Library Week 2013, which takes place April 14-20. It’s a time to celebrate libraries and their importance in their communities.

“We are fortunate to be part of such a great community,” said BCPL Director Debbie Cosper. “We see one of the library’s roles as being a liaison between our patrons and the rest of the community.”

The sixth annual BCPL Community Fair starts the week off, a day early, on Saturday, April 13. This year, it will be held at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, 1620 Winchester Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.

Representatives of various community groups will be there to answer questions and pass out giveaway items. It’s an ideal time for groups to get new members and volunteers, and vice versa.

Patron Appreciation Day is Monday, April 15, at all BCPL branches. There will be refreshments throughout the day, and everyone who checks out will get a small token of thanks.

The week also marks the start of BCPL’s new Check Out Your Community program, an innovative way to introduce library card holders (BCPL has more than 40,000) to the community’s activities and organizations by allowing them to check out a pass or equipment to try an activity that interests them.

Many of the new items that will be available for checkout can be used in Ashland’s Central Park, just adjacent to the main branch, including volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, tennis rackets and pedometers. There will also be fishing poles, binoculars and Frisbee golf equipment. All of the items can be checked out for a maximum of seven days. And, of course, the library has books on all of these topics — for those who need some instruction before they play.

Outside groups and organizations are also an important part of Check Out Your Community. Those already involved include: the Ashland Tennis Center (court time); Ashland Area YMCA (family pass); and Neon Links mini golf at the Kyova Mall (discounted family pass). Also, the Ashland Fire Department and Ashland Police Department will give tours to anyone who checks out a pass from the library, and calls to schedule it.

“We hope this is just the beginning,” Cosper said. “We are excited about all the possible partnerships we can have with this.”

The idea for Check Out Your Community came from the library’s ongoing partnership with the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, which includes allowing library card holders to check out family passes to the museum. The response to the museum pass checkout has been tremendous.

The initiative compliments BCPL’s mission, which is “to provide quality resources and access to information for all users.” The community is full of quality resources, and many people, for whatever reason, cannot afford to explore those resources, or simply haven’t taken the time, Cosper said.

Library card holders can place a hold on any of the items or passes by searching “Check Out Your Community” in the BCPL catalog, which can be found at www.thebookplace.org

To find out more about Check Out Your Community, or become a part of it, please call Circulation Supervisor Ben Nunley at (606) 329.0518, ext. 1210.