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The cosmetology students of Cutting Edge and South Branch Career and Technical Center have found a great way to showcase their creativity and make a difference in the journey of a cancer patient.

“Project Turning Heads” involves students taking fully shaved mannequin heads and designing them to a chosen theme. The students have used their artistic abilities to display some of the most creative ideas.

Each mannequin is on display in the SBCTC vestibule with a coinciding box for donations. The most money raised per mannequin will decide the first, second and third place winners.

After all moneys have been counted they will be donated to the Catamounts Against Cancer Relay for Life Team of Potomac State College.

The display is open to the public through Dec. 20, Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. at the center.

pill fiend

Grant Memorial Hospital is striving to make it easier for the community to dispose of unwanted pharmaceutical drugs by participating with a consumer drug take back program.

This is not just a one day a year program but a year round commitment. The hospital has installed a container at the D-Wing entrance that will available 24/7 for the public to bring in any unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

Expired and unused medicines that sit in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands.

Many people also do not know how to properly dispose of unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or simply throwing them away – both, a potential safety and health hazard.

This program is a very convenient, easy to use, safe and secure means for pharmaceutical disposal. It is approved through the Drug Enforcement Agency and all containers are tracked from start to finish.

Please feel free to bring in any unwanted or unused pharmaceuticals and deposit in the container and they will be disposed of in the proper manner for you.

If you have any questions, please call the hospital at 304- 257-1026, and the operator can transfer you to the pharmacy during working hours. The pharmacy staff can provide you with additional information on what can and cannot be placed in the container.

Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College recently announced the hiring of Sherry Michael as its new education programs coordinator.

Michael will provide leadership for Eastern’s early childhood development, elementary education and residential care specialists programs. She will develop and maintain relationships with local, state, regional and national education agencies involved in the development and certification of educators, serve as the liaison with Eastern’s partner institution, develop innovative programs and partnerships, teach courses, advise students, certify students for graduation and prepare preliminary class schedules. She will additionally oversee the program advisory committee and be responsible for facilitating adjunct faculty development and performance reviews.

Prior to Eastern, Michael worked at the Hardy County Child Care Center and has been a classroom lead teacher in Head Start, taught Pre-K in the Grant County school system and worked as the behavioral consultant with Mountain Heart Community Services.

“I am very excited to join the Eastern staff and looking forward to working with everyone here,” she said. “I enjoy working with adult students because I can relate to a lifestyle of juggling work, raising my children, housekeeping and going to school. I have been there and can closely relate to what many of our students are dealing with on a daily basis. It can be done. I am proof.”

Michael has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Kaplan University, graduating cum laude and a master’s degree in elementary education with a special needs specialization from Kaplan. She additionally holds an ACDS certification, West Virginia STARS Trainer certification, West Virginia Infant Toddler (WVIT) certificate and Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) certificate.

By Doug Lambert

Holiday Greetings! I hope all had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the Christmas season.

As we enter the end of the first semester, and yes, it ends Dec. 21, we have stressed the importance of finishing strong the remainder of the semester. Students are being asked to stay focused with the task at hand, which simply is, trying their best with the abilities they have.

If you have the opportunity, take a drive by Petersburg Elementary School and view the solar panel field currently under construction. This again is part of our energy savings grant that includes lighting upgrades, water conservation, air conditioning in the gym, and updated controls for school HVAC systems that will enable centralization of heating and cooling in the schools.

Ho Ho Ho We are Santa's elves
Adelei and Samirah Ferguson with their mother, Autumn, attended the event and took the opportunity to meet Santa Claus and his local elf, Grace Mallow.

The annual Community Christmas Concert was hosted by the Landes Arts Center and featured a variety of musical selections such as “Home for the Holidays,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

The choir is under the direction of Rosanne H. Glover, accompanied on piano by Dorothy Harper, assisted by Nan Kesner.

Choir members are Patty Adkins, Linda Carlson, Christina Everly, Danyl Freeman, Dixie Groves, Camille Howard, Connie Keplinger, Linda Kimble, Terry Mongold, Julie Poling, Sharon Prunty, Susie Sherwood, Charlene Alt, Ruth Ann Columbia, Janet Fisher, Martha Garton, Sandy Hartman, Sarah Imboden, Karnsy Kimble, Ellen Kirby, Sandra Mowry, Heidi Pratt, Donna Reckart, Barbara Umling, Josh Alexander, Kent Hudgins, Benjamin Kimble, Jimi Kimble, Rick Freeman, David Imboden, Donovan Kimble, Clint Mongold and Jim Yao.

Also featured that evening were “One Way,” an a capella group of Austin Hartzler, Brandon Weaver, Shawn Weaver and Todd Weaver. The evening also included a visit from Santa Claus and ended with refreshments, compliments of Grant Memorial Hospital.

On Giving Tuesday, musician Tanner Haid released a new album called “The Flood and the Fall.” One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

“The Flood and the Fall” is a concept album written from the perspective of his father, Kenneth Anthony Haid Jr., before, during, and after he passed away. The album is meant to be listened to as a whole, from start to finish, but each song has its own unique story to tell.

Hickory Hill, the magnificent Federal style home between Petersburg and Moorefield, will be the focus of a talk by owner Donna Alexander, on Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m., at Hickory Hill.

Hickory Hill is located nine miles south of Moorefield on U.S. Route 220. Going toward Moorefield, it is on the left.

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