The Russell High School Alumni Association will have the Annual Meeting with election of officers on Wednesday, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. in the Russell High School Media Center. . The main purpose of the meeting will be to elect officers for the new year. ALL Alumni Association members are invited to attend and cast a vote!!!!
Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) has awarded its inaugural DAISY Award to Pamela Workman, BSN, RN.
The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. As a DAISY Award partner, OLBH will recognize one of its nurses with this special honor every other month. DAISY Award honorees consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and extraordinary compassionate care. They are recognized as outstanding role models in the nursing community.
Workman is a nurse in OLBH’s Pediatrics Department. She has been an employee of OLBH for seven years and a nurse for three. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Ashland Community and Technical College and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. Workman is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing education at Indiana Wesleyan. She resides in Ashland.
The DAISY Award originated from The DAISY Foundation. The foundation was formed in November, 1999, by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. The Foundation, in Barnes’ memory, was established to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.
For more information about The DAISY Foundation, visit daisyfoundation.org. For information concerning OLBH, visit olbh.com or call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273).
For the seventh straight year, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) has received Healthgrades® Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and for the fifth straight year the hospital placed in the top five percent in the nation for outstanding patient experience. OLBH was identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of positive experiences for patients during their hospital stay, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.
To be eligible for the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, 3,582 hospitals were evaluated by Healthgrades on submitted patient surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from March 2012 – April 2013. Of these hospitals, 3,000 hospitals met additional clinical quality requirements to be considered for this Healthgrades distinction. The top 15 percent of this group or 447 hospitals achieved the award. OLBH is in the top five percent in the nation.
“At OLBH, we consider no honor higher than being recognized by our patients,” Kevin Halter, OLBH CEO, said. “It is very rewarding that those we care for have once again reported we are accomplishing our goals in terms of providing a higher level of patient experience. Thank you to OLBH’s hard-working employees and physicians for making this award possible.”
Healthgrades evaluated OLBH’s performance as assessed by the hospital’s patients across 27 different questions that roll up to ten distinct measures. Ranging from cleanliness and noise levels in a patient room to factors such as pain management and responsiveness to patient’s needs, the measures also include whether a patient would recommend this hospital to friends or family.
“As consumers are becoming more active participants in their healthcare, measured performance surrounding the patient experience at a hospital is an increasingly important consideration for patients in choosing where to receive their care,” said Healthgrades’ executive vice president of Informatics and Strategy Evan Marks. “Consumers can rest assured that those hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades 2014 Patient Experience Award demonstrate a commitment to exceptional focus on the needs of the patient during their stay at the hospital.”
For more information about Healthgrades, to download a full copy of the report or to receive information concerning hospital and physician quality, visit www.Healthgrades.com. For information concerning OLBH, visit olbh.com or call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273.)
KYOWA will host a local celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day in the lobby of Guardian Animal Medical Center on April 24, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Local authors will be on hand and do mini seminars and/or readings, for discussion and book signing. This is an informal way for readers to meet local authors and for authors or aspiring authors to meet others. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Kentucky Writers’ Day celebrates the Commonwealth’s strong literary tradition and the birthday of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.
Kentucky Writers’ Day activities are free and open to the public.
The 2014 Dogwood Writing Conference will be held at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park on Saturday May 3. There is a Friday night get-acquainted creativity session. The $50.00 fee includes continental breakfast and Saturday buffet lunch. Speakers will include Hallee Bridgeman, Christian fiction author, Cindy Nord, historical romance author and SG Redling, mystery author. Join local writers for a day of learning and get a few steps closer to publishing your book. All levels of writers or aspiring writers are welcome. Register in advance and pay on-site email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail check to KYOWA Writers Conference, 920 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101
Spring Clean-up week is set April 21-24 in the City of Flatwoods on the regular pick-up day.
Items not to be picked up: oil cans, paint cans, tires, rubber, or any items containing Freon.
Any yard debris must be in the three foot lengths and bundled.
The Northeast Head Start Flatwoods Center is now recruiting children for the 2014-2015 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 years of age on or before October 1, 2014 are welcome to apply. The Flatwoods center services children who are living in the Raceland/Russell school districts.
Children who apply must meet income guidelines set forth by the Department of Health & Human Services. Parents/Guardians should bring with them the child’s certified birth certificate, KY immunization certificate, social security card and proof of income (W-2, tax return, latest check stub) with them to apply.
Head Start offers services that include nutritious meals, educational activities, visual, speech/language, hearing and developmental screenings, health checkups/follow-ups, dental services, social services, parent involvement, family engagement and services to children with special needs. Transportation services are not offered at Flatwoods center.
Northeast Head Start does not discriminate against gender, race, national origin, disability or religious beliefs. Head Start participates in the federal CACFP meal program for all children enrolled.
Super recruitment day is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.
Please contact the Flatwoods Family Advocate, Gail McClurg at 606-834-9312 to schedule an appointment. If unable to reach the center, please call the Northeast KY Community Action Agency at 1-800-817-4443 or 606-286-4444 for further information.
In addition, applications will be taken from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the centers located at Greysbranch Elementary, Argillite Elementary, McKell Middle School and Wurtland Elementary. If you are unable to come to the centers on this date please call Tereasa Fore, Greysbranch Family Advocate at 606-473-0767, Connie Boyles, Argillite Family Advocate at 606-473-9689, Becky Greene, McKell Family Advocate at 606-932-9467 or Doretha Carroway, Wurtland Family Advocate at 606-834-8070 to schedule an appointment.
If unable to reach any of the centers, please call the Northeast KY Community Action Agency central office at 1-800-817-4443 or 606-286-4444, extension 2248, or ask for Melinda Rodgers, ERSEA/Family Services Manager.
Greenup Christian Church is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19 at 4:00pm at Greenup City Park.
Children ages 12 and under are invited to attend. Candy, prizes and refreshments will be available to children in attendance.
Greenup Christian Church is located at 711 Main Street in downtown Greenup. For more information, please contact Greenup Christian Church at 606-473-9477.
Greenup Christian Church is celebrating Easter with special services on Friday, April 18 and Sunday, April 20.
“Real love is our theme for Easter this year at Greenup Christian Church.”, says Mike Dennis, minister at Greenup Christian Church. Dennis adds, “Love is what the Easter Story is all about. Today, our generation needs the same real love, by the same Lord.”
Good Friday Service is Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m.
The service will include a message of “Real Love Sacrifices” by Mike Dennis, minister at Greenup Christian Church. Also featured during the Good Friday Service wil be the GCC Choir in “Rise Up.”
On Sunday, April 20, a SONrise Service will begin at 8 a.m. at the church. During the service, Dennis will present a message of “Real Love Drives Out Fear”. Following the SONrise Service, those in attendance are invited to a continental breakfast.
Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and offers classes for infants, children and adults. Easter Morning celebrations will continue with Morning Worship Services at 10:30 a.m.
During the worship hour, the GCC Choir will present an encore performance of “Rise Up” and a message of “Real Love Produces Life” will be delivered by Dennis.
Greenup Christian Church is located at 711 Main Street in downtown Greenup. For more information, please contact Greenup Christian Church at 606-473-9477.
Hop on over to beautiful B.F. Crager Flatwoods Community Park on Thurs., Apr. 17 from 6:30 - 8 p.m. for a free Family Easter Egg Hunt.
Prizes, light refreshments, and Hunt for the Golden Egg. A special night-out with your neighbors hosted by Tammie Womack, Democratic Candidate for Greenup County Constable District 3. Celebration is paid for by Tammie Womack for Greenup County Constable District 3.
Boyd County Public Library staff will show people how to make environmentally friendly cleaning products from common household items at the April adult craft programs.
Patrons will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations, and take home “green” recipes and product samples.
The program will be held on three different occasions; beginning on Saturday, April 19, at 2 p.m., and again on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m. at the Catlettsburg Branch. A new date and location has been added to the adult craft program schedule: Thursday, April 24, at 6 p.m. at the KYOVA Branch.
The Catlettsburg branch is located at 2704 Louisa St., and the KYOVA Branch is in the KYOVA Mall, across from Elder-Beerman.
The library will provide all the supplies and instruction. No registration is required, but seating is limited.
For more information, call Amanda Clark at (606)329-0518, ext. 1140.
Reasonable accommodation for people with special needs should be requested at least 48 hours prior to a program.
The Russell High School Class of 1964 is looking for some classmates. The reunion is planned for September 26 and 27. Those missing are: David Adams, Gary Blevins, Lynn Lutz, Doug Hennig, Carolyn Price Stevens, Jim Weeks, Shirley Shuck Turner, Roger Willis, Kathy Hamra Brickles, and Evelyn Diamond Bobolo. Contact Sandy Thornberry: email@example.com
Kentucky high school juniors and seniors may apply for a scholarship to help pay for dual credit classes taken at a Kentucky college or university.
The Mary Jo Young Scholarship, named for a former member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), provides assistance with tuition and textbook expenses for up to two classes each semester. Scholarships can only be used in the fall and spring semesters.
To be considered, students must be in grades 11 or 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year. They must have at least an 18 ACT composite or earn at least a 2.5 GPA during the 2013-2014 academic year. Priority is given to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Ashland Community and Technical College offers three choices for summer classes: a full summer term from May 19 to July 31, Summer Session I from May 19 to June 19, and Summer Session II from June 30 to July 31.
Application deadlines are May 12 for both Summer I and the Full Summer term and June 23 for Summer II. Admission forms and class schedules are on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu. For more information, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2114.
In-state Kentucky tuition for summer classes is $144 per credit hour, and residents of neighboring Ohio and West Virginia counties qualify for in-state tuition. Financial Aid is available for summer classes. Go to” www.fafsa.gov for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or call the Office of Financial Aid, 1-855-246-2282.
ACTC will host this summer’s Camp Invention June 23 to 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camp Invention is a weeklong summer day experience for children entering grades one through six. The program is designed to inspire creativity and inventive thinking through loads of hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Spaces are limited on a first come basis. For more information or to register, call 800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.
ACTC Theatre will present a Festival of Local Plays Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m.
The ten scenes, monologues and short plays and one-act productions were written by ACTC students, faculty and staff, and they reflect a local flavor and approach to life.
For this special production, all tickets are general admission tickets for $5. Tickets may be reserved with a major credit card through the college bookstore, 606.326.2014.
As part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Community Hospice will host an informational session about Living Wills on Wednesday, April 16 at 2 p.m. at the Community Hospice office, 1480 Carter Avenue, Ashland. They will present an overview of living wills, answer questions and will also have living will forms available.
Community Hospice representatives are also available to speak to any club, group, church, organization or business with details about living wills. For additional information or to schedule a presentation, please contact Beth Taylor at 606-329-1890 or 800-926-6184.
“Cooking Smart—A Healthy Alternative to Your Everyday Meals” will be offered as a 6-class series at the Greenup County Extension Office. The 6-class series will cover preparation of healthy meals from breakfast to dessert.
Classes will be held on consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 15 through May 20 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for the classes, but registration is required since space is limited.
Contact the Extension Office at (606) 836-0201 to register.
The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Mammography Unit schedule for the month of April has been released. The unit will visit the following locations with all times 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Boyd County Senior Center, 3015 Louisa Street Catlettsburg- Tuesday, April 15
Office of Dr. Sanjiv Gupta, 300 St. Hwy. 1947, Grayson – Wednesday, April 16
Star Elementary School, 8249 U.S. 60, Rush - Thursday, April 17
Bellefonte Primary Care- Grayson, 100 Bellefonte Drive, Grayson – Monday, April 21
Cannonsburg United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 11620 Midland Trail Road, Cannonsburg – Tuesday, April 22
Walton Chiropractic, 4360 13th Street, Ashland, Wednesday, April 23
Valley Medical Center, Ironton Hills Plaza, Ironton, Ohio- Thursday, April 24
Safe Harbor, Ashland – Monday, April 28
Lewis County High School, Lions Lane, Vanceburg – Tuesday, April 29
Ironton High School, 1701 South 7th Street, Ironton- Wednesday, April 30
Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).
Kentucky State Parks will be serving their annual Easter buffets April 20, and several parks are planning other special events.
The menu includes beef carved on the line, baked country ham, golden fried catfish and hushpuppies. The meal will also include fresh fruit, a cheese bar, garden vegetables, salad and desserts.
Several parks are planning egg hunts and other activities for guests. For more information, or to make lodging reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov. Here are Easter weekend events:
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Children’s Egg Hunt, April 19
More than 2,000 eggs filled with candy or toys will be hidden for children under age 12. Four age categories; 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Eggs in each group will be hidden in different locations surrounding Pioneer Museum. Prizes awarded. Egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. in the front of the museum. Call 1-800-443-7308.
Buckhorn Lake State Resort, Buckhorn
Egg Hunt, April 19; Easter Lunch, April 20
Buckhorn will host an Easter egg hunt on the Marina Road, April 19 at 2:30 p.m. There will be eggs and Easter bags stuffed with candy and toys for girls and boys in age categories 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance during the festivities. An Easter lunch feast will be Sunday, April 20, from noon-4 p.m. For additional questions, call 1-800-325-0058.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Easter Weekend Getaway, April 19-20
The park will have family-oriented recreation programs throughout the weekend. Egg coloring, scavenger hunting and other fun recreational program opportunities are planned. The Easter buffet will be served Sunday, and the park will have its annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Carter Caves Homemakers, with more than 1,000 eggs for children ages 12 and under. The egg hunt will start promptly at 2 p.m. at the welcome center. Tours of Cascade Cave and X-cave will be on a regular schedule. Call 1-800-325-0059.
Grayson Lake State Park, Olive Hill
Easter Weekend, April 18-19
Campers can participate in a campground decoration contest on Friday. There will be a junior golf clinic and putting contest for adults Saturday morning. The Easter egg hunt will be at noon for children ages 12 and under. Afterwards, enjoy a cake at the campground shelter to celebrate the Kentucky State Parks’ 90th birthday. Events are free and for campers. Call 606-474-6856.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Easter Egg Hunt, April 19
Come to the campground for the annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Candy and prizes will be in the eggs. For kids ages 12 and under. Enjoy the annual Easter buffet on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Call 1-800-325-0142.
Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Easter Eggstravaganza, April 19
Rough River Dam State Resort Park and the Friends of Rough River Lake Inc. will host the annual Easter Eggstravaganza on April 19. Bring the kids out to visit the Easter Bunny and hunt for hidden eggs. The Easter Eggstravaganza will begin at 2 p.m. Please contact the park for more information at 1-800-325-1713.
The Greenup County Board of Education has amended the current school calendar. The last day for students is June 6. School will be in session both Election Day and Memorial Day to make up for missed days. The GCHS graduation ceremony will take place Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at GCHS.
Shawnee State University and the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association present the classic Broadway musical hit “West Side Story” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
Tickets may be purchased at the McKinley Box Office in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts at Shawnee State University from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, online through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com/West-Side-Story-tickets/artist/844724, at any Ticketmaster Outlet, or by calling 740-351-3600. Student and senior discounts are available. For more information, go to http://www.sopaa.org.
May 1 is the deadline to apply for admission to the Pharmacy Technology at Ashland Community and Technical College.
Pharmacy Technology offers a quick path into health care employment and can sometimes be the first step in becoming a pharmacist.
“Of my 12 students who graduated last year, 10 had jobs in the field as soon as they graduated, and the other two went on for associate degrees,” said Linda Tiller, ACTC Pharmacy Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator.
At ACTC, Pharmacy Technology is a one-year diploma program, and a Community Pharmacy Assistant Certificate is also available.
Pharmacy Technology is a selective admissions program, and the application deadline is May 1. New students will need to submit both ACTC and Pharmacy Technology applications, which are available on line at: ashland.kctcs.edu.
For more information, contact Tiller at 606.326.2154 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation is excited to announce SpringFest, May 2-4, 2014. This year’s festival includes the Sounds of Spring Conference, SpringFest 5K, and the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party.
Join one of today’s top contemporary Christian artists, Grammy-nominated Newsong (Arise, Rescue, Swallow the Ocean), as they headline Ashland’s first Sounds of Spring Conference. Enjoy dynamic speakers and worship featuring Daniel Lucas, Stephen Salyers, Render the Hearts, Truth and Nails, Oasis Worship and more. The Sounds of Spring Conference is being held at the Boyd County Community Center. Doors open Friday evening, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning, May 3, and 9:30 a.m.
SpringFest will feature the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party on Saturday, May 3, at 5:30 at the Kyova Mall. Take part in sampling specials from your favorite local restaurants and diners. The event will feature hot air balloon rides as well as inflatables for children.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is in desperate need of foster families for children in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence Counties. Children are being placed in foster homes far from their homes, families, schools and communities as there are not enough homes locally to provide for their care. This makes an already difficult situation worse for children in foster care. Currently, these counties have 445 children in foster care, and there are only 84 CHFS foster homes in this service region.
We also have a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families. We have children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. These children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues that desperately want a loving home.
To become a foster parent you must attend 30 hours of training, complete background checks, have personal and credit references, meet health and financial requirements and pass a home safety audit.
If interested in attending the next class offering or for information please contact Mary Sparks at 606 474-6627 or Liane Detty at 920-2130.