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The Blue Ridge, Buchanan, and Fincastle libraries will offer an after school craft time for children in grades K-5 in September.
Children will make colorful fall leaf sun-catchers. Class times are: Fincastle –Monday, September 10, Blue Ridge –Monday, September 17, and Buchanan –Thursday, September 20. All classes will begin at 3:30 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. Space is limited so interested children should register early. The activity is free. All materials will be provided.
You may register at the library, or by calling 473.8339 (Fincastle), 254.2538 (Buchanan) or 977.3433 (Blue Ridge).
Submitted by Jackie Mullins
DSLCC Offers Certified Nurse Aide Course This Fall Dabney S. Lancaster Community College will offer the two-course sequence for Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training, beginning Wednesday, September 19.
DSLCC has scheduled the CNA course both on the Clifton Forge campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center in Buena Vista. The total cost of in-state tuition for the six -credit course is $762. Students will be required to do a background check the first day of class, and the cost is approximately $45.
DSLCC has a long history of offering nurse aide courses to prepare employees for this important job. Aides provide many aspects of hands-on care of patients under the supervision of nursing and medical staff. Examples include tasks such as helping patients eat, dress, and bathe; delivering messages; assisting with meals; making beds; and taking a patient’s temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure.
The job outlook is very positive for those who successfully complete the course. Occupational information published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics includes the statement that, for nursing aides, “…employment is projected to grow faster than the average. Excellent job opportunities are expected.”
The course covers basic care skills, emphasizing the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients. Instructors also teach proper procedures, communications and interpersonal relations; observation, charting and reporting; care planning, safety and infection control; anatomy and physiology, nutrition and patient feeding; ethics, death and dying. Students will be prepared to care for patients of various ages with special emphasis on geriatric nursing, home health patient needs, and caring for patients in long and short term care facilities.
Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged. For more information, contact the DSLCC Student Services on the Clifton Forge campus at (540) 863-2820 or the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center at (540) 261-1211.
Submitted by Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
The auction will be held Sat Sept.8th at the Fincastle Fire House on US220 rain or shine. The event will be indoors with tables and seats for everyone.Tickets will go on sale at 4 pm the auction will begin at 7pm. Home made pork Barbeque ,soft drinks and homemade deserts guarantee a evening of fun with your neighbors from near and far. We would like to thank businesses all over the valley and beyond who have donated, and we still are accepting antiques, furniture, etc. in good condition. We are asking citizens around the county to bake a dessert to donate to the auction when they come.Contact Dave Moran at 540-529-8166 or Bill Burch at 540-293-7979 for more information .
Submitted by Bill Burch
COUNTRY BARN DANCE featuring live music by New River Bound from Christiansburg, VA and instructional dance caller, Scot Sarver Saturday night 6:45-10:00PM September 1 @ Camp Bethel’s gymnasium. This event is part of the annual Labor Day Family Weekend activities.
Submitted by Camp Bethel
Botetourt County Public Schools Annual Public Notice
Career and Technical Education
Botetourt County Public School’s Career and Technical Education offers a variety of career and technical programs to all students at the middle and high school levels. The program areas include the following:
• Agriculture Education
• Business and Information Technology
• Career Connections
• Family and Consumer Sciences
• Health and Medical Sciences
• Technology Education
• Trade and Industrial Education
Dual Enrollment opportunities are available for students who are entering the workforce and/or post-secondary education through agreements with Virginia Western Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and Shenandoah University. For more information about Career and Technical Education, call Lisa S. Barnett @ (540) 473-8216.
Botetourt County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
John S. Busher, III, Assistant Superintendent and Jill Green, Director, Human Resources BCPS, 143 Poor Farm Road Fincastle, VA 24090 540-473-8263
For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
–Lisa Barnett, CTE Coordinator BCPS
Virginia Department of Healt officials have a list of preventative measures for mosquito borne illnesses like the recent West Nile virus.
(Richmond, Va.) — The last days of summer are upon us, but the mosquito breeding and biting season is not yet over. While Virginians continue to enjoy outdoor activities and Labor Day picnics, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) urges everyone to “Pay Attention to Prevention.” It is the best way to combat mosquito-borne (arboviral) illnesses, such as those caused by West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nationwide WNV is spreading faster than it has in years past, partly due to a mild winter and several spring rains that allowed the mosquito population to build early. As of August 28, 2012, WNV disease has been reported in four Virginians. This is not unusual in Virginia: there were 9 reports of WNV disease in humans last year; for 2006 to 2010, WNV disease was reported in 1 to 5 persons annually.
This week Virginia is reporting one case of human disease caused by Eastern equine encephalitits (EEE) virus. Virginia’s report is only the third case in the U.S. so far this year; the last report of human EEE disease in Virginia was in 2003. In addition, one case of disease caused by the La Crosse encephalitis virus has been reported.
“These reports of disease caused by West Nile virus and these other mosquito-borne viruses are a crucial reminder to all Virginians about the importance of taking the necessary steps to prevent being bitten by a mosquito,” said State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, MD, MBA, FAAP.
“Most people bitten by a mosquito will not get sick, but West Nile virus, EEE virus and other mosquito-borne viruses can cause serious illness,” said State Epidemiologist David Trump, MD, MPH, MPA. “We’ve had arboviral disease reported from all regions of the state this year, so it’s important for Virginians to protect themselves against mosquito bites, wherever they live, work and play.”
Many of these mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevented by controlling the mosquito population and protecting against mosquito bites in the following ways:
· Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing
· If possible, stay indoors when mosquitoes are biting.
· Use insect repellant with the smallest percentage of DEET necessary for the length of time you are exposed to mosquitoes. Use according to the manufacturer’s directions and DEET should not applied to infants under two months old.
- Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.
· Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
· Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week.
· Clean roof gutters and downspout screens.
–submitted by Robert Parker, VDH
The Botetourt Ladies Golf Association held its Member-Member Golf Tournament on Ausust 25 and 26, 2012. Two members play as a team and record the best net score on each hole. The tournament was a close match because two teams had a two day total score of 120. The winners were decided by a match of cards with the winner having the lowest score on the back nine holes on the second day. Carol Brenner and Ruth Thomas won the tournament with a score of 120, and 27 on the back nine. Margaret Jenkins and Gwen Griffith came in a close second with 120, and 28 on the back nine. Third place winners, Cindy Musgrove and Fay Stewart scored a close 121. There were two closest-to-the-pin winners each day. Saturday’s winners were Wanda Brogan who was closest to the pin on the fifth hole, and Sue Bach, closest to the tenth hole. sunday’s winners were Ruth Thomas. closest to the tenth hole, and Penny McIver, closest to the sixteenth hole.
Submitted by Linda Miller
Both the Lord Botetourt and James River football teams head down I-81 tonight for the second game of the season. The Cavaliers play at Salem at 7:30; the Knights continue on to Glenvar for a 7 p.m. start.
Weather journalist Kevin Myatt offers this forecast:
This may well be the warmest night of the football season. Afternoon highs could reach low 90s in Roanoke Valley and well into 80s in the New River Valley, with temperatures hanging in the 80s at kickoff most places and only slowly falling into the 70s. Can’t rule out a few isolated showers and storms, but it looks like most of that will wait until some of Isaac’s remnants can make it our way late in the weekend – perhaps raining on Virginia Tech’s opener Monday night.
For more weather news, see Kevin’s Weather Journal. We’re expecting photos from each game, so check back this weekend for those. Or you can share your own at email@example.com or use the “share” tool to upload 10 at a time.
BOTETOURT FOOD PANTRY needs dry pet food!
The Botetourt Food Pantry in Fincastle has an urgent need for donations of dry cat food and dry dog food. One of the major sources of these donations has been unable to provide food for our clients’ pets for several weeks.
Please bring bags of dry food to to the Food Pantry located at the St Mark’s Episcopal Church on any Saturday morning or drop it by the donation box at Fincastle Library.
The Pantry also needs plastic grocery bags. Contact the SMEC church office at 473-2370.