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Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of The Week

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Attorney General Morrisey Announces Gilmer – Wirt As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week


West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will feature the Gilmer County vs. Wirt County and Calhoun County vs. Doddridge County gridiron matchups as an Opioid Abuse Prevention Games of the Week.

Throughout each week the initiative engages with student athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Field representatives discuss the dangers of opioid use with the respective coaches and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.

The week culminates with the Attorney General’s Office staffing an information booth at each of the select sporting events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.

“Alleviating the opioid scourge is vitally important to making our state the best it can be,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This epidemic has taken too many of our young people and left children without parents. As long as we work together, we will make a difference.”

The initiative, now in its second year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

“I am excited to be partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to raise awareness for opiate abuse,” said Eric Cheeseman, athletic director at Wirt County High School. “It is my hope that through this initiative we can make students, parents, and our communities aware of the devastation that drug abuse brings.”

Opioid painkillers may temporarily relieve pain, but do nothing to address the underlying injury and can have serious side effects. The medication also carries striking similarities to heroin.

The Attorney General and his partners worry the unnecessary usage of opioid painkillers to treat athletic injuries could lead to increased dependence, abuse and addiction.

This initiative pushes other forms of pain management. Alternatives include physical therapy, non-opioid painkillers, acupuncture, massage therapy and over-the-counter medication.

Parents and caregivers are urged to discuss alternative treatment plans with their child’s healthcare provider. If an opioid proves necessary, they are encouraged to strictly use the medication as directed, closely monitor their child’s use, safely dispose of any unused pills and talk about the inherent dangers of misuse, abuse and sharing.

Attorney General Morrisey Announces Calhoun – Doddridge As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week

Gilmer – Wirt Is Announced As Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of The Week

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office will feature the Gilmer County vs. Wirt County gridiron matchup as an Opioid Abuse Prevention Game of the Week.

Throughout each week the initiative engages with student athletes, coaches, school officials and communities across West Virginia. Field representatives discuss the dangers of opioid use with the respective coaches and provide educational material for display and distribution in the schools to foster more discussion of the issue.

The week culminates with the Attorney General’s Office staffing an information booth at each of the select sporting events to distribute opioid abuse awareness materials.

“Alleviating the opioid scourge is vitally important to making our state the best it can be,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This epidemic has taken too many of our young people and left children without parents. As long as we work together, we will make a difference.”

The initiative, now in its second year, is part of a broader partnership to tackle opioid use in high school athletics. It involves the Attorney General’s Office, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission and the West Virginia Board of Medicine.

“I am excited to be partnering with the Attorney General’s Office to raise awareness for opiate abuse,” said Eric Cheeseman, athletic director at Wirt County High School. “It is my hope that through this initiative we can make students, parents, and our communities aware of the devastation that drug abuse brings.”

Opioid painkillers may temporarily relieve pain, but do nothing to address the underlying injury and can have serious side effects. The medication also carries striking similarities to heroin.

The Attorney General and his partners worry the unnecessary usage of opioid painkillers to treat athletic injuries could lead to increased dependence, abuse and addiction.

This initiative pushes other forms of pain management. Alternatives include physical therapy, non-opioid painkillers, acupuncture, massage therapy and over-the-counter medication.

Parents and caregivers are urged to discuss alternative treatment plans with their child’s healthcare provider. If an opioid proves necessary, they are encouraged to strictly use the medication as directed, closely monitor their child’s use, safely dispose of any unused pills and talk about the inherent dangers of misuse, abuse and sharing.

WVDEP-REAP Tire Collections Set For Fall

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s (WVDEP) Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) is holding several tire collections across the state this fall.


- Randolph 08.25.17 8:00am-4:00pm Leslie Equipment County on Rt. 33

- Randolph 08.26.17 8:00am-4:00pm Dailey, Tygart Valley Transfer Station

- Cabell 08.26.17 9:00am-3:00pm Huntington, National Guard Armory

- Logan 08.25-26.17 8:00am-5:00pm Riverview Ave.

- Wood 09.09.17 8:00am-Noon Belleville, Belleville Community Center

- Braxton 09.09.17 9:00am-3:00pm Flatwoods, Braxton 911 Center, Days Drive

- Mineral 09.09.17 8:00am-3:00pm Ft. Ashby Fairgrounds

- Raleigh 09.12.17 9:00am-3:00pm Dameron, “Green Box Curve” on Rt. 3

- Kanawha 09.16.17 8:00am-4:00pm Sissonville, Call Road by Sissonville VFD

- Raleigh 09.19.17 9:00am-3:00pm Beckley, Raleigh County Conv. Center, Upper Lot

- Wirt 09.23.17 9:00am-3:00pm Elizabeth, Wirt County Recycling Center

- Putnam 09.23.17 9:00am-2:00pm Winfield, Putnam County Courthouse

- Greenbrier 09.27.17 8:00am-4:00pm Rainelle, US Army Reserve Center

- Kanawha 09.30.17 8:00am-4:00pm Cabin Creek, AEP Property behind GoMart

- Barbour 09.30.17 8:00am-2:00pm Barbour County Fairgrounds

- Mingo 10.03.17 9:00am-3:00pm Rt. 52, Old County Bus Garage

- Wetzel 10.07.17 8:00am-2:00pm New Martinsville, Bruce Park

- Lincoln 10.07.17 9:00am-3:00pm Lincoln County High School

- Grant 10.07.17 8:00am-3:00pm Grant County Industrial Park

- Ohio 10.14.17 8:00am-2:00pm Cabela’s Parking Lot

- Kanawha 10.21.17 8:00am-4:00pm Intersection of 4th Ave. and C St. in South Charleston


More events could be added. Check the WVDEP website for an updated list.

Residents may dispose of up to 10 tires per person with a valid West Virginia ID for the county in which the tire collection event is being held. The tires must be off the rims. Only car and light truck tires, 16-inches or less, will be accepted. Haulers and businesses are not allowed to participate.

This tire collection is made possible, in part, through REAP, which brings together all of the state’s cleanup programs to maximize West Virginia’s cleanup efforts.

30 Counties Included in Severe Thunderstorm Watch

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The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch at 12:40 p.m., an upgrade on a hazardous weather outlook issued Monday.

The counties of BARBOUR, BROOKE ,  CABELL, CALHOUN, DODDRIDGE, GILMER, HANCOCK, HARRISON, JACKSON, KANAWHA, LEWIS, LINCOLN, MARION, MARSHALL, MASON, MONONGALIA, OHIO,  PLEASANTS, PRESTON, PUTNAM, RITCHIE, ROANE,  TAYLOR, TUCKER, TYLERUPSHUR, WAYNE, WETZEL, WIRT,  and WOOD are all included in the watch.

“We’ve got a strong cold front baring down over the area,” Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. “The front has triggered storms that’ll be moving through. Any thunderstorm is likely to bring very heavy rainfall at the risk of flash flooding. There’s also the potential for damaging wind gusts as the storms move through.”

“They are fast moving, so we’re not expecting storms to linger through the night. After early evening storms, just a couple of leftover showers.”

Further south, the watch includes the counties of Barbour, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, and Upshur. In total, 30 West Virginia counties are listed under the watch, which expires at 9:00 p.m Tuesday night.

“It is a large watch area that extends 30 counties,” Larson said. “It also extends from here north through all of Western Pennsylvania. And north of there it becomes a tornado watch across western New York state. ”

“So, widespread area of severe weather today as this strong cold front moves through. The front dropping down from Ontario. It’ll be moving across New York state, Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and, of course, here through West Virginia.”

Larson said the rain will be heavy and the winds could be damaging, but said widespread flooding isn’t expected.

“There’s going to be heavy downpours, and there’s often the risk of flash flooding when this occurs,” he said. “The one saving grace is that the storms will be fast moving. It’s not the type of situation where storms stall and linger over a given community for hours on end. That’s when we have the real high risk of flooding. That’s not the case with these storms.”

Additionally, Larson said the speed with which the storms are likely to move will help avoid the risk of widespread flooding — but said the risk of flash flooding does exist.

“Quick downpours, certainly flooding in poor drainage areas, certainly the risk of flash flooding, but I don’t think we have rain lasting long enough for there to be widespread flooding,” he said.

It remains unclear exactly how strong wind speeds are projected.

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Public School Start/End Dates for 2017-18 Across the Area

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Barbour County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 23


Braxton County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 10

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 16


Calhoun County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Clay County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Wednesday, May 30


Doddridge County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Gilmer County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Harrison County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Tuesday, August 15

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 24


Lewis County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Tuesday, May 22


Nicholas County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Pleasants County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Ritchie County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, May 31


Roane County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Tyler County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Webster County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 14

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, May 25


Wetzel County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Monday, August 21

Last Day of School for Students: Thursday, June 07


Wirt County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Thursday, August 17

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01


Wood County Schools

First Day of School for Students: Wednesday, August 16

Last Day of School for Students: Friday, June 01

Superintendent Paine Announces More Than $350,000 in Grants for West Virginia Literacy Campaign

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To further enhance the state’s Comprehensive Third Grade Literacy Initiative, the West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Office of Early Learning will grant more than $350,000 to state and local partners to expand local-level support for the WV Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. There were three levels of awards: up to $5,000, up to $25,000, and up to $50,000, with a total distribution of more than $350,000.

The following partners will receive funding as a result of the Campaign Partner Grants competition:

     
  • Read Aloud West Virginia
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  • Save the Children
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  • West Virginia Imagination Library
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  • Shepherd University
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  • Western Counties Regional Library System (to benefit the “Facing Hunger” food banks, as well as 31 public libraries in Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Mingo, Logan, & Lincoln counties)
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  • Wirt County Prevention Coalition
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  • Tucker County Family Resource Network (to benefit Tucker, Randolph, & Barbour Co. public libraries)
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  • Weirton Bread Basket Bob Burdette Center & East End Family Resource Network (Kanawha Co.)

Partners will receive funding in the coming weeks to be used for school year 2017-18.

“Research shows the importance of ensuring all students read on grade-level by the end of the third grade in order to increase the likelihood of later achievement in school and in life,” said Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools.

“With continued support from the West Virginia Governor’s office, the West Virginia Legislature and the State Board of Education, the Department’s efforts to support early literacy initiatives and programs at the local level are in full swing in all 55 West Virginia counties. The Campaign Partner Grants Competition serves as an additional avenue through which collaboration and services can be provided to benefit the children and families of West Virginia as we collectively strive to close the critical third-grade literacy achievement gap.”

Grant proposals had to support data-driven programs, initiatives or efforts applicable to counties’ identified needs and goals associated with their approved Early Literacy Action Plans submitted to the WVDE Office of Early Learning. Each selected grant proposal was directly connected to one or more components of the WV Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, including:

     
  • school readiness,
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  • attendance,
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  • extended learning opportunities, and/or
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  • high-quality classroom instruction.

The WV Leaders of Literacy: Campaign for Grade-Level Reading began as a result of legislation passed in 2014, which led to the passage of State Board of Education policy 2512 that focuses on a transformative system of support for early literacy, ages birth through third grade. The campaign serves as West Virginia’s initiative to close the literacy achievement gap by the end of the third grade year.

To learn more about the Leaders of Literacy campaign, visit: https://wvde.state.wv.us/leaders-of-literacy/ 

NWS Puts Most of State Under Flash Flood Watch Through Friday Evening

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The National Weather Service in Charleston has issued a Flash Flood Watch for its entire coverage area in West Virginia through Friday at 8 p.m.

“Rounds of showers and thunderstorms with very heavy rain are expected through Friday,” the NWS message said. “This rainfall, coupled with rain that has already fallen, could produce flash flooding, especially along small streams, creeks, low spots and poor drainage areas.”

Counties under the watch include: Barbour, Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Jackson WV, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, McDowell, Mingo, Fayette, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Randolph, Webster, Pleasants, Putnam, Ritchie, Roane,Taylor, Tyler, Upshur, Wayne, Wirt, Wood and Wyoming.

The National Weather Service Office in Pittsburgh issued a similar Flash Flood Watch for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and north central counties from 6 a.m. Friday through 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sunday Storms Could Cause Flash Flooding

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More than two dozen counties in West Virginia are under a Flash Flood Watch through Sunday evening, the National Weather Service said.

Additional rounds of thunderstorms containing very heavy rain could cause flooding along small streams and poor drainage areas, meteorologists said.

The counties under the watch include: Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Harrison, Taylor, Upshur Barbour, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, and Randolph.

Scholarships Available Through Women’s Opportunity Fund

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the Women’s Opportunity Fund – Linda H. Culp Memorial Scholarship.  The Women’s Opportunity Fund provides educational resources to non-traditional female students who are working to complete their education or to pursue additional schooling toward higher level career goals, professional certification, or other degrees.  As a memorial to Linda H. Culp, this fund honors a pioneering and hardworking local leader who mentored and supported other women in accomplishing their hopes and dreams.

To be eligible for financial assistance, an applicant must meet all the following requirements:

·      Applicant must be a female, adult learner who is not a recent high school graduate.

·      Applicant must reside in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, or Wood counties in West Virginia and Athens, Meigs, or Washington counties in Ohio.

·      Applicant must be pursuing a form of post-secondary education, including bachelor’s degrees, advanced degrees, certificate programs, or vocational/technical studies in any chosen field.

Recipients are selected by an independent scholarship advisory committee.  The scholarship can be applied toward tuition, books or other education related costs.  To apply, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships/Apply.  The application deadline is July 26th.  For additional information, please contact the PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer, Rachel Brezler, at 304.428.4438.

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About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $40 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Grants Available From Community Foundation

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is currently accepting grant applications for the fall cycle of its Community Action Grants Program. 

The Foundation’s application process is online and the deadline to submit is midnight on September 15. 

To access the online application, visit the Foundation’s website:  www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply.

To be considered for a Community Action Grant, an applicant must be a private, nonprofit organization, tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a public institution. 

Either the applicant or program to be funded must be located in the Foundation’s eleven-county geographic service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Priority counties for Foundation grant support are:

  • Calhoun
  • Doddridge
  • Gilmer
  • Ritchie
  • Roane
  • Wirt
  • Wood

The Foundation provides support for capital and equipment projects, program development, technical assistance, training, capacity building, and, under special circumstances, operating support. 

Submitted applications are considered for support from charitable funds managed by the PACF that are designed to support a wide variety of projects and causes throughout the region. 

Applications from Calhoun, Gilmer and Wirt counties are also reviewed by the Foundation’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation regional affiliate advisory board.

“In an effort to make a larger and more immediate impact on regional needs, the Foundation has made important changes to its Community Action Grants Program,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer.  “As a result, the maximum grant request size has been increased to $15,000.  Additionally, the proposed projects must be completed within a 12-month timeframe.”

To learn more about the Foundation’s Community Action Grants Program, visit www.pacfwv.com/Grants or contact Marian Clowes at 304.428.4438 or .

 

About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

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