Jennifer Moore, coordinator of the Family Assistance Center in Portsmouth, an organization funded by the National Guard, but offering assistance for all military families, urges everyone to attend tonight’s community town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 23, 705 Court St., Portsmouth.
The event features Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, the Adjutant General of the State of Ohio, who has invited area residents to attend and learn how, through partnership and volunteerism, they can support all Ohio military families.
Wayt says there are a lot of people with unique talents who can be put to work to support American troops.
Moore said it’s even the small things that can help, such as giving movie tickets or a birthday gift to the children of military personnel.
“We recognize your strengths, capabilities, and resources as individuals and organizations to contribute to this effort,” Wayt said. “Volunteers from local communities and strong organizational partnerships continue to be a critical source of support for Ohio’s military families.”
‘Be a Photo Dectective’ contest under way
The Southern Ohio Museum invites area residents to participate in another “Be a Photo Detective” Contest during the months of April and May. Those interested in entering the contest should visit the museum Web site at and click on the “Be a Photo Detective” Contest link where they will find two questions pertaining to the mystery photograph.
Contestants then should send an email with their answers to and include their names, phone numbers and addresses. Copies of the mystery photo and the contest question also can be obtained at the museum desk, according to Kenny Wells, curator of the Museum’s Ackerman Collection of Historic Photographs and creator of the photo contest.
All correct entries will receive a free 2009 “Portsmouth History as It Developed” calendar featuring numerous samples of what the museum’s Ackerman Collection of Historic Photographs has to offer.
All entries in the “Photo Detective” contest must be received by May 25. Winners will be announced June 5 on the Web site.
Donations are needed for sale
Donations are needed for the Valley Elementary PTO yard sale. Donations will be accepted from 6 to 8 p.m. April 21, 23, 28 and 30 in the gym and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1. The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2.
Open enrollment meeting is set
The New Boston Local School District will have its open enrollment meeting for all Scioto County students for the 2009-2010 school year at 5:30 p.m. April 23 in the Glenwood High School Auditorium, 522 Glenwood Ave., New Boston.
Free breast screening is scheduled
Free clinical breast exams will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. April 30 at the Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) Cancer Center.
The exams are available to uninsured or underinsured women. Participants 40 years old or older, those who are younger but have a strong family history of breast cancer or a woman with an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam are welcome. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.
“Any woman who needs a mammogram and has not had one in the last year will be given a free voucher,” said Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of the Cancer Center. The mammograms will be scheduled at the SOMC Breast Center.
This is the third year SOMC has been awarded a grant through the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Columbus Affiliate. This grant allows women who meet the guidelines to have access to screenings for early detection of breast cancer. In 2008 the Cancer Center held two breast screenings, conducting approximately 55 exams, Lawson said. Two women were diagnosed with cancer as a result of the screenings and currently are undergoing treatment, she added.
Educational materials will be available during the screenings and Kim Richendollar, R.N., B.S.N., SOMC breast health navigator, will be on hand to provide information to participants about breast health. As breast health navigator, Richendollar has in-depth knowledge about benign and cancerous breast diseases. She can provide patients with facts about breast diseases and can refer them to the proper agency for assistance as needed. Richendollar also provides current educational information to patients, physicians and nurses.
SOMC physicians, nurses, volunteers from the Fight Cancer, Save Lives Cancer Coalition and other health care providers volunteer their time for the screenings, Lawson said. The free screenings are provided by SOMC, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Columbus Affiliate and Southern Ohio Women’s Cancer Project.
The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.