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Tues. Feb. 21, 2017 Hinton News - 5 In an oo[ In Participation West Virginia Leads The Nation For Third Straight Year Online Fundraiser Started to Rebuild TurkeySpur Over-15 Glen Jean, WV - A fundraising campaign to re-open, the Turkey Spur Overlook is continuing with Friends of New River Gorge National River opening an online drive last week. The project has been well received with over $5,000 in donations coming induring the group's first fundraising event, a dinner and silent auction that was hosted in November. The local community can contribute to the project by visiting:www,gofundme.com/ rebuildturkeyspur. "Every single dollar helps", says Friends President, Anna Zeigler, '~rurkey Spur is a local spot and we all need to come together as a community and get it reopened so that we can continue to visit this special place." Located in the Grandview ares of New River Gorge National River (NR), the Turkey Spur overlook has been a local favorite for years, offering stunning wews 1,000 feet above the New River. The National Park Service (NPS) made significant improvements to the overlook's boardwalk and steps in 2015, only to have them burned a few months later. The Turkey Spur Fire started as arson and quickly spread, burning 35 acres of hardwood forest. The fire wiped out much of the newly improved overlook, leaving charred remnants of the agency's hard work. NPS employees spent 4 months on the project, hiking lumber and tools into the site every day by hand. It would take a minimum of three years for the NPS to request federal funding for a rebuild of the iconic boardwalk. Park budgets are doled out annually at fixed rates to cover routine operational expenses only. " Any projects that exceed typical ope~rations are handled differently, through fund sources that operate. on a three-year cycle. The total estimate to rebuild the overlook comes in at about $50,000, Friends are hopeful that enough money can be raised locally to leverage matching funds from various grantsources. Friends of New River Gorge National River, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization that provides valuable support to all three national parks of southern West Virginia. To learn more about Friends, or to become a member, visit www. friendsofnrgnr.org. Additional information on New River Gorge NR can be found by visiting www.nps.gov/neri. Charleston, W.Va. - The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) announced that for the third year in a row, West Virginia is ranked first in the nation in school breakfast participation. The School Breakfast Scorecard releasedtoday ranks states on participation of low income children in the national School Breakfast Program. "Children perform 'at their best when they receive proper nutrition, said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano. "We must continue to ensure our children are well fed and ready to learn. Part of our success is that our school breakfast and lunch programs are not viewed as an interruption to the school day, but rather, an integral part of the education process." Nationally, on an average school day, 56 low income children participated in the School Breakfast Program for every 100 participating in the National School Lunch Program, up fr0m 54.3 the previous school year and 50.4 percent in the 2011-12 school year. The report finds that 83.9 low income children in West Virginia ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced price school lunch during of the efforts of Office of Child the 2015-16 school year. ThatNutrition, the federal revenue for exceeded FRAC's goal of reaching 70 the School Breakfast Program in low income children with school West Virginia has increased by over breakfast for every'100 who ate $6.4 million. Schools have school lunch. "The West Virginia implem~.nt~d innovative breakfast Department of Education has delivery strategies such as Grab-N- partnered with legislators, community members and schools to ensure that every child receives the nutrition they need to succeed in school," said Amanda Harrison, the West Virginia Department of Education's Executive Director of the Office of Child Nutrition. "Better nutrition for West Virginia's children doesn't just impact their school performance; it impacts their overall health and well being. We will continue to work closely with schools to remain leaders in breakfast participation, and help our state's children thrive." During the past several years, the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition has focused on increasing school breakfast participation. West Virginia schools provide students with a minimum of two nutritious meals per day and, where feasible, at no cost to the student. As a result Go Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom and Breakfast ARer First Period. Many schools have doubled their breakfast participation rates, dramatically increasing federal reimbursements and improving food service operations. About the School Breakfast Scorecard The School Breakfast Scorecard measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2015-16 school year nationally and in each state based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation. On an average school day, 12.1 million low income children participated in the School Breakfast Program in school year 2015-16. Participation among low income children increased by just over 433,000 students, or 3.7 percent, over the previous school year. Purpose And Passion May Prolong Life by Emilio Pardo (NAPS)--The winter season and the beginning of a new year is often a period of reflection for many. It's an ideal time to take a step back and evaluate your goals, choices, priorities, career and relationships to determine whether you are truly happy with the life you are living. By focus:"~Tife~Map is the first and only per- ing on what needs improvement sonal GPS that can help you find and reprioritization, you can ensure 2016 is both meaningful and aligns with your passions and purpose. This is critically important given the numerous studies that have shown the health and well-being benefits of discovemng and living with a sense of purpose. In fact, a 2013 study titled Pur- pose in Life and Reduced Stroke in Older Adults, led by Dr. Eric Kim, Ph.D., research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, found that those living with pur- pose lived healthier, longer lives. "Scientific data has shown that a greater sense of purpose and meaning is associated with long- . ~erm health benefits, including an increase in longevity and a reduced risk of Alzheimer's, heart attacks and strokes," said Dr. Kim. Whether it's spending more quality time with your loved ones, finding a sense of community with" new friends, helping those in need or further developing your hidden talent, it's important to live the life that makes you smile, laugh and be optimistic for the future. There are great benefits to finding your purpose and doing more of what makes you happy. "Research has also shown that having strong social connections, volunteering, and thinking in an optimistic manner are also associ- ated with better health outcomes," Dr. Kim adds from his recent Har- vard study, Changes in Optimism Are Assocmted With Changes in purpose and develop a map to what's next. Health Over Time Among Older Adults. "When you're optimistic, you have a better sense of your goals and have a healthier lifestyle, including the type of food you eat and the amount of exer- cise you engage in." Uncovering your purpose can be a daunting task and is easier said than done, but there are sev- eral resources you can enlist to make this process comfortable, attainable and inspiring. Life Reimagined is one such resource that offers online and off-line ser- vices to help you navigate through life transitions, providing tools that encourage its participants to take small steps one day at a time. LifeMap is the latest tool from Life Reimagined, which acts as a personal guidance system that enables individuals to easily design a custom path while giving them access to certified personal coaches and interactive programs. It helps individuals discover their gifts, passions and purpose, and gives them the keys to what's next in their lives. Learn More For further information or to sign up, go to https://lifereimag ined.aarp.org or https://lifereimag ined.aarp.org/lifemap-go. About the Author Emilio Pardo is the president of Life Reimagined, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of AARP. 9 LAMP LAMP also offers free group and one-to-one tutoring by trained instructors and tutors to prepare adult learners to pass the West Virginia High School Equivalency test. Group evening classes are available from 4:00 - 8:00 pm in math on Tuesdays and Thursdays and reading and writing on Wednesdays. For more information, call Shalom at 304-466-4490 or visit us on the 3rd floor of the Library. We look forward to helping you reach your goals for a better life! DONATIONS OF BOOKS Ascension Episcopal Church is in need of books for their Free Books For Kids program. We would appreciate any donation of books for children of all ages, from pre-school to high school. No text books please. We have served Summers County with this program since August of 1993, and have given over 20,000 books to children of all ages. All donations would be greatly appreciated. Call Joanne Duvall at 304-466- 3358 for infe VA Brings.Mental Health Support Closer To Home For Rural Veterans (NAPS)--When Jesse* moved back to North Carolina after serv- ing in the Vietnam War, he grew out his hair and pretended to be a war protester. "I didn't want to say I was a Marine," he said. He struggled with depression and feelings of shame. Later, nightmares got worse and other mgns of post-traumatic stress dis- order affected his marriage. One in five Amemcans face mental health challenges, accord- ing to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Because of stigma, many people--especially veter- ans-who need mental health support remain hesitant to talk openly about it. Only about half of those who are affected receive treatment. "l felt like an outsider," Jesse said. "People couldn't understand me, and I couldn't open up to them. I kept everybody at arm's length." Only years later did Jesse seek help for the mental health issues that resulted from his mil- itary service. Although the majority of Amer- ica's 22 million veterans do not have a mental health issue, the number of veterans receiving mental health treatment from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was 1.6 million in 2015. Many of those veterans live in small communities, far from mental health specialists. To serve the growing need, VA is expanding access to mental health services, especially in rural areas where fewer clinicians prac- tice. VA increased resources and staffing, allocating more than $24 million from VA's Office of Rural Health toward innovative mental health programs for rural areas this year. VA leaders say these programs will provide increased access for veterans like Jesse. "Long travel times, harsh weather, stigma associated with seeking services and provider VetsPrevall.org, funded by VA's Office of Rural Health, helps veterans who are suffering from depression and PTSD to overcome mental health challenges uslng interactive online tools. Veterans can log on for cus- tomlzed digltal training, peer-to-peer chats, and expert coaching to work toward personalized solutions. The National Telemental Health Center and VA's Telemen- tal Health Hubs make therapy more accessible using telehealth to connect with medical specialists who are trained and experienced in supporting veterans with their unique mental health needs. In addition to telehealth, VA also supports rural community pro- grams that raise awareness of vet- erans' mental health needs and how to refer veterans and their families to the VA for services and support. Chaplain Keith Ethridge leads the VA Rural Clergy Training Pro- gram, which educates local reli- gious leaders in rural communi- ties on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health issues among veteran parishioners and their families. "The clergy is a trusted source for counsel and often the first-line contact in small, rural communi- ties. The confidentiality it pro- vides is important to veterans, especially when discussing mental health issues," Ethridge said. Veterans can also engage directly with resources online. VetsPrevail.org combines social media and expert mental health support for veterans. Make the Connection--Vb:s national shortages all make it more difficult mental health awareness cam- Mouth of the Bluestone River-3 4th year & 10 immatures). Red for rural veterans to get mental paign--features personal stories of Sharyn Ogden, Julie and CoreySulphur Springs - Redney & Julie health support," Gina Capra, direc- recovery from veterans. Veterans McQuade. 23 BAEA *(3 adults, 2 Bragg. 2BAEA(adults). tor of the VA Office of Rv~ral Health, and their loved ones can visit sub-adults, 4 3rd year, 3 2nd year & * BAEA = Bald Eagle **GOEA = said. "VA is coming at these barri- MakeThe Connection.net to locate 11 immatures). Golden Eagle. ers from all sides to support rural resources and hear from hundreds Also one Peregrine Falcon. Thirteen participants found 50 veterans in accessing the Services of other veterans who experienced Rt. 20 Overlook - Brian Hirt & Bald Eagles(12 adults, 2 sub-adults, they earned and deserve." similar challenges. Doug Sisung. 6 BAEA(2 adults, 1 3 4th year, 5 3rd year, 3 2nd year, 1 The targeted funding will grow "The MakeTheConnecti~n.net 3rdyear, 1 lstyear &2immatures). 1st year and 25 immatures) and 1 telehealth programs that bring website features hundreds of Bellepoint - Jim Golden Eagle(immature). mental health care closer to home other inspiring stories of veteran Phillips~compiler). 1 BAEA(adult), 1 Conditions - 12-22 degrees, 10- for rural veterans. Telehealth uses and family member resilience in secure phone and video technology dealing with and overcoming men- GOEA**(immature). 100% cloud cover, NNW wind 0-8 to link a provider with a veteran, tal health and other life chal- Mouth of Madams Creek- Rodney mph, visibility 2-10 miles and light who might be hundreds of miles lenges," Dr. Wendy Tenhula, VA's Davis. no eagles, flurries with 2-3" snow on the away at a small local clinic or deputy chief consultant for spe- Brooks Overlook- Sam Richmond. ground, even in his or her own home. It cialty mental health, said. 2 BAEA(! adult, 1 immature). Next survey will be March 4, allows for the same quality of For the latest news on VA Rt. 122 - Leigh Prince, David & 2017. care, without the burden some- rural programs, visit www.rural Jim Shrewsbery. 16BAEA(3 adults, times associated with travel, health.va.gov. Style in writing is not just elegance in phrasing; it should mar- shal argument and prose to move or persuade. --William Satire *=1* e Adreanna Finley has been named Teenager of the Month today by Hinton Elks Lodge No. 821. Miss Adreanna Finley, age 13, is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Connie Cotton Edwards of True. She is in the 8th grade at Summers Middle School. The Teenager of The Month Program is sponsored by the Elks Lodge in an effort to bring recognition to outstanding youth in the area. Multiple achievement, citizenship, scholarship, and leadership are the basis for selection as Teenager of The Month. Students are nominated monthly by classmates and teachers in their schools and then screened by a school committee or panel. Nominations for subsequent months' teenager will be accepted after the first Monday each month. Miss Adreanna Finley has been active in the following school and extracurricular activities, Volleyball, Fishing, Basketball, Computers, Bible Club, Peer Mediator, and Honor Student. Scholastically, she has a grade- point average of 4.0, Upon graduation, she hopes to attend Ohio State University and become a Vet. in Loving Memory Of Mary Frazier - Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend Born 2 - 26 - 1935 Went To Heaven On 1 I - I 0 - 2013 saw you2 evcin q re ,, So eput q'lis arms aroundvou andwh"ispered"Come to vte';" with tea'rful eyes we Watchedyou anaC saw you q ass away. 9tltfiough we loved you dearly, we coufd not make you stay. ofaren hearts st.oj ed eatir and fyin Caii, yut to rest. We love andmiss eye,day. We know the ordkn w Best. Happy Birthday in Heaven