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Know Your Options For Home Cooling Systems (NAPS)--When the weather heats up, many homeowners crank up their central air conditioning or turn to multiple noisy window units. Unfortunately, neither option is ideal: central air, wastes energy by its all- or-nothing nature. Window units, in addition to being cumbersome, diminish a room's attractiveness and obscure its views. Luckily, there is a third option: mini-split systems. Up To 25 Percent Savings Mini-splits are ductless heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in indi- vidual rooms rather than the entire house. You're not only customizing your comfort, you're saving consid- erable energy, and up to 25 percent on utility bills. Overall, mini-split provider Fujitsu General offers the most energy-efficient lineup. Advantages Over Window. Mounted AC & Central Air Compared to window units, mini- split systems are more attractive, qui- eter and more energy efficient. Plus Wall-mounted indoor units are sleek and can be installed high on the wall. they're set higher on the wall or ceil- . rag, freeing up living space. Central air systems require expensive, intru- sive ductwork and they're not scal- able, so they can't be easily extended to previously unfinished living spaces such as attics, basements or three- season rooms. Mini-splits don't require complex, expensive ductwork and can be installed to cool and heat newly converted spaces. Mini-splits also allow for tem- perature control by individual room for maximum comfort and energy Floor mounted indoor units are excellent solutions for rooms with minimal wall space. efficiency. You can keep different rooms at different temperatures a solution to tlTe thermostat wars waged by so many families, espe- cially those with young children or senior parents. And while central air systems and window units can be noisy, mini-splits are whisper quiet indoors and out. Maximum Flexibility, Minimum Space Mini-split system compressors are outside the house but there's no need for a basement or attic evapo- rator unit, thanks to thin copper tubing that pumps refrigerant directly to discreet evaporators inside. In cold weather, the same unit works in reverse, absorbing heat from the outside air and mov- ing it indoors. The result is efficient cooling and heating for year-round, whole-house comfort. Finally, mini-split systems come in all shapes and sizes for a refresh- ing amount of choice. Wall-mounted systems rest well above eye-level, while floor-mounted systems, with their compact size, are excellent for residential radiator replacements or any room with limited upper wall space, such as a kitchen or sunroom. Slim duct systems are ideal for home- owners who want units completely out of sight, since they're concealed in a ceiling or framed enclosure below a ceiling. For a nearby Fujitsu General con- tractor, call (888) 888-3424 or visit www.constantcomfort.com or www. fujitsugeneral.com. e e e Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R- W.Va.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, participated in a hearing focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Senator Capito was joined by Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community & Technical College Education, who was invited to serve as a witness. Dr. Tucker's remarks highlighted how STEM programs and business and industry partnerships are helping West Virginians get the education and training they need'to succeed in today's evolving economy. "Investing in STEM education holds such promise and possibility," said Senator Capito. "I was glad to have the opportunity to discuss this important topic during today's hearing, which highlighted how STEM can strengthen our economy by creating more jobs and improving health and well being. These are the jobs of the future and we must continue investing in this field so we can attract, retain and help West Virginians reach their full potential." "Our typical community college students in West Virginia have families to feed, mortgage and car payments, childcare issues, and sometimes parents for whom to care. Many are either out or work or MASONIC MEETINGS Hinton Masonic Lodge # 62 meets 1st. and 3rd. Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. The pink and white lady's slipper is the state flower of Minnesota and one of its rarest wildflowers. They can take up to 16 years to produce their first bloom. are under-employed," Dr. 'lhcker told the committee. "These circumstances often cause our students to need to get into and out of a program that will lead to a high wage career as quickly as possible. In West Virginia, nearly all of those careers are in the STEM fields." Through her position on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Capito has supported increased funding to expand STEM research at community colleges and other institutions in West Virginia, such as West Virginia University and Marshall University. Additionally, the Senator helped provide $19 million for dislocated worker training specifically for areas adversely impacted by the downturn in the coal industry. The ability to retrain workers, learn new skihs, and study areas, particularly in the STEM fields, are critical to West Virginians ability to adapt in a diverse economy. Oak Tips ForParents Juggling College, Career And Family (NAPS) Balancing work and family is a familiar challenge for many parents, but when you add college classes to the mix it can become a real juggling act. According to the I~stitute for Women's Policy Res@arch, parents of dependent children comprise nearly a quarter (3.9 million) of America's 17 million college stu- dents and half of those (1.9 mil- lion) are single parents. For many college-bound parents, career suc- cess depends on advancing their education and refreshing their job skills. "Today's careers are longer and more complex than in the past," says Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, vice president and managing director of Apollo Research Insti- tute. "Continuing education is critical to staying employable over" a career that may last 50 to 60 years and require 10 or more job changes." But don't rush back to college if you. don't have a clear purpose or plan for managing your time. Apollo Research Institute surveyed more than 4.400 adult students and found that 56 percent experi- ence anxiety over not spending enough time with friends and loved ones. Here are some tips to help college-going parents stay the course: Seek a program with flexible class scheduling. Evening classes, online learning or hybrid pro- grams tJ~at combine online and on-campus classes are designed for working adults. Look for programs that use innovative technologies. By build- ing technology skills, you will increase your value to an employer. Don't underestimate the time you'll need to complete assign- ments outside of class. Ask faculty and fellow students about time requirements. Talk with your employer about your goals and educational Online learning can help busy parents balance their classwork with job responsibilities and fam- ily time. plan; explore tuition-assistance programs that your company may offer. Explore resources that your college may provide, such as work- llfe balance consultants to help you locate child care and manage your time. Engage your children in your learning process by taking them to the library or setting up shared space to do homework together. Dialogue with your kids about what you are learning and the role education plays in your lives. Read up on the financial impact of earning a degree. According to Apollo Research Institute, college goers who obtain a degree while employed can expect to increase their salary and lifetime income and earn on aver- age a 22 percent return on their tuition dollars. The return is higher for graduates in high- demand fields such as engineering (53 percent), IT (49 percentl, busi- ness (43 percent) and nursing (36 percent). Consider earning a certifica- tion if you are not sure about a degree program. Certifications are respected and increasingly re- quired in industries such as man- ufacturing and IT. Learn more at www.apollo researchinstitute.org. Tues. March 21, 2017 Hinton News -9 By Austin Persinger Spring is of ficially upon us and it just happens to be one of my favorite times of the year. The feeling of newness and of renewal is all around and anything seems possible. In the spirit of Spring I'd like to unveil two awesome programs that we are starting in March. We are excited to present our newest program: Pokemon (In the Library which will begin Monday (Pokemonday), March 27 at 4 p.m. The program is geared towards elementary age children with an interest in collecting, training, and battling Pokemon. Even though playing Pokemon requires strategic thinking and math skills it is ridiculously fun. So come to the Library and battle Pokemon with your friends! Have your own cards? Great! Bring 'em! Don't have cards? That's OK too, we're happy to share ours! Spring is the time for growth and renewal and we're happy to announce that the Seed Library is back! You know, growing your own food is like printing money, now you can print money even cheaper by taking advantage of our Seed Library. Just stop by the Library and browse our collection of seeds. When you find what you're interested in growing simply check those seeds out and plant them at home. Hopefully they will grow into beautifully delicious vegetables and/or flowers and will bring you happiness as you taste the fruits of your labor. In return all we ask is that you harvest the some of the seeds in the fall and return them to the Library so the program can continue. We have a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers from Arugula to Zinnia. I'm personally very excited, to try the white fleshed Cream of Saskatchewan Watermelon. I've been enjoying Phyllis Campbell Whitley's Barns'of Summers County articles in the Hinton News. The Barns of Summers County is available for only $35.00 at the Library and thanks to Mrs. Whitley's generosity all sales of the book go to the Library. Mrs. Whitley's articles have increased sales and inquiries of the "Barn Book" I would like to thank her for her work on behalf of the Library. The full Color photographs are amazing and rep~'esent a wide variety of barn architecture throughout Summers County stop by the Library and have a look. Sadly, we. recently lost a great friend of the Library and we would like to send our condolences to the family of James "Jimmy" Miller, he will be missed by the patrons, staff, and friends of the Summers County Public Library. We'd love to hear your suggestions for programs, books we should add to ohr collection, and other valuable ways that we can better serve you. Interact with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, call us at 304-466-4490, or stop by and see us in person. Half Of Senior Hospitalizations Can Be Prevented (NAPS) Approximately half of ............... hospitalizations among older Americans could be prevented, according to a new study of nurses who work primarily with seniors. There are five simple steps that can help reduce the potential risk that an older adult will end up in the hospital. He or she should be sure to: 1. Follow doctors' orders. Two in five nurses say o~e of,.th e~s~est ways to help preven~','h0spitai~za- tion is to follow doctors' orders. 2.Not ignore symptoms. It's better to be safe than sorry when it comes to abnormal aches and pains. Yet 27.5 percent of the nurses surveyed said waiting too long to see a doctor is the most common th.ing seniors do that puts them at risk. 3. Take proper precautions to reduce risks of falls and accidents, including balance exercises, hand- rails and proper lighting. 4. Stay active physically and mentally. 5. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Most important, however, according to respondents, is family. Ninety-nine percent of nurses polled said the role that families play in keeping seniors out of the hospital is just as important as that of the medical community. Fewer than. half of seniors have a medical advocate, however, a role primarily filled by family members. "Preventing hospitalizations among senmrs is critical, as a hos- pital stay often leads to more seri- ous health declines," explains Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc. "Because we continually see this decline among hospitalized seniors, the Home Instead Senior Care network is introducing new resources for families and seniors in an effort to hetp decrease hospi- talizations so that seniors may C.O.M.E. Steak Dinner Saturday, April 1, 2017 Grove United Methodist Church Ballengee, WV 4:00- 7:00 p.m. Cost: Ages 13 and Up - $12.00 Ages 5-12 - 6.00 ' - Under 6" FREE . Baked Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes~ Green Beans, Roils, Salads, Desserts AEproceedsgo to Ce bration of Misswn Event. Ethanol Proven To Lower Gas Prices (NAPS)--Recently, the price of gasoline reached a six-year high. Fortunately, there's a way to han- dle that cost. You can use less gas without reducing your dri- ving. Making that possible is one of the more promising alternative energy sources, ethanbl, which is I blended with regtt!~ti-:gas a little in m0s~ cars and ~i'10t in flex-fuel \ vehicles~ Ethanol comes from corn. wood Older Americans can have longer,chips and grasses. Increasing better lives if they and their fami- America's ethanol production (~) lies follow five simple steps, could drive down demand for oil and help wean the country off the "Ethanol is the lowest-cost liquid remain at home and healthy year- volatility and sudden price swings transportation fuel in the world," round.",5 it can bring, says energy expert Bob Dinneen. The Ways to Prevent Senior The Oil Issue Hospitalizations" guide de- Oil is what's known as a"global president and CEO of the Renew- veloped by the organization with commodity," meaning it costs the able Fuels Association (RFA). Dr. Carolyn Clevenger, incoming same no matter where it's pro- The Benefits president of the Gerontological duced. So while the U.S. produces Ethanol is currently blended in Advanced Practice Nurses Associ- more oil than at any .time inmore than96 percent of America's ation can help families identify nearly three decades, oil prices fuel supply, saving consumers an and act on potential warning still rise. That's because so much average of $1.00 a gallon at the signs. It's free at www.prevent oil comes from the Middle East. pump. seniorhospitalizations.com and Producers there can artificially Ethanol production is also a includes information about com- restrict supply and drive up prices, major job creator. A typical U.S. mon risk factors and the steps AnAnswer ethanol plant supports nearly that families can take to help Ethanol producers, on the 3,000jobs. ensure a healthy lifestyle, other hand, are based in the Unit- "The need for American energy In addition, a Web-based "Hos- ed States and increased ethanol independence has never been so pitalization Risk Meter" can help use is reducing America's depen- important and the solution has family caregivers tune in to the deuce on foreign oil. In 2013, never been so clear--renewable habits of their senior loved ones in ethanol production displaced the fuels," Dinneen added. an effort to help them avoid the amount Of oil Amemca imports Government Action risks of hospitalization, from Iraq and Venezuela 462 Nevertheless, some people are Additional fr#e resources million barrels of crude off.trying to get Congress to repeal the include information on potential Expert Advice Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), hazards to address in semor "Ethanol saves Americans which requires refiners to blend homes, preventative health mea- money at the pump and stretches - increasing amounts of renewable sures that seniors can begin imme- the fuel supply. Now is not the fuels. However, many Americans are diately, tips for medication man- time for the Environmental Pro- writing their legislators at agement, balance assessment tection Agency to be scaling back www.house.gov andwww.senate.gov, techniques and fall prevention tips. our nation's renewable energy pol- asking them to support the Renew- For more information, visit icy. Now is the time to be expand- able Fuel Standard. www.preventseniorhospitaliza ing the use of biofuels and striking Learn More tions.com. a blow forAmerican energy inde- For further facts on ethanol, pendence," noted Bob Dinneen, visit www.ethanolrfa.org. Now Welcoming Mountaineer Healthcare, PLLC 1500 Terrace Street, Suite 105, Hinton, WV 25951 Phone 304-466,2933 9 Also Janet Introducing Foley, PA-C Now giving out .flu shots Call the office to make an appointment