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June 4, 2013
The Herald-Star

Spay-neuter clinic set for July

Hounds' Haven, Inc. is pleased to announce its next spay-neuter clinic for cats and dogs.

The "Rascal Unit," a mobile spay-neuter veterinary clinic, will be hosted by Hounds' Haven for two days, July 6 and 7, at the Warren Township Trustees Building on Walden Avenue in Tiltonsville.

The clinic offers spay and neuter surgeries as well as other pet medical services and is open to all pet owners in the Ohio Valley.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay (cash or money order only) by June 15. Applications are available at Landmark stores in Bloomingdale, Cadiz or Dillonvale or by calling (319) 283-0950. Appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will receive their appointment time one week before the clinic.

Also, dog owners should inquire about reduced prices for canine spays and neuters, according to a spokesperson. These are only available to those who meet low-income guidelines.

Hounds' Haven is a nonprofit, "quality-of-life" shelter for homeless pets from around the Ohio Valley. We are a private facility in Jefferson County, dedicated to providing loving care to animals for life, while actively seeking "forever" homes for them.

Mended Hearts meet Monday

The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter No. 280 will meet Monday at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in conference room B located in the back of the cafeteria.

A social time with light refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting promptly beginning at 7 p.m. Cindy Price, an infection control specialist at OVMC, will be the guest speaker with her topic being "The New Super Bugs."

Mended Hearts is a national support organization for heart disease patients, their family and friends. All are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Mary at (304) 280-5221.

Writers society meets June 11

The monthly meeting of the Tri-State Writers Society, led by local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will be held at Scaffidi's Restaurant at 6 p.m. June 11.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend.

For information, call (740) 424-1243, or visit the website

Dinner planned in Unionport

A baked steak dinner is set for Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Unionport Community Center (old school).

Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children age 6 to 12. Children under age 6 eat for free.

The dinner is sponsored by the community center group with proceeds going for building repair and current expenses.

Help with kicking the habit

Adults in Jefferson County who smoke but want to quit can still get help through a research partnership between the Ohio State University College of Public Health and OSU Extension in Jefferson County.

This partnership - called the OSU Quit Smoking Project - will provide telephone support and up to eight weeks of nicotine patches for 60 adult smokers in Jefferson County.

To participate in this project, smokers need to be:

Both men and women can participate.

People also must be willing to try and quit in the next month by using telephone support and nicotine patches, which will be provided free of charge as long as they remain in the study.

The purpose of the study is to find out how effective telephone support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Participants will be asked a set of questions before they start the project as well as three, six and 12 months afterwards.

It is important for participants to stay in the study for 12 months, whether they quit smoking or not.

Participants will receive a small gift card after each data collection to thank them for their time, according to a project spokesperson.

Jefferson County is one of six counties in Ohio Appalachia selected to participate in this project over the next several years, in part because of high rates of smoking in Appalachia.

According to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey, 34.4 percent of adults in Jefferson County smoke. In comparison, the statewide smoking rate in Ohio 2008 was 20.1 percent.

The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Health. Mary Ellen Wewers obtained the funding and leads the project at the OSU College of Public Health. Amy Wermert and Julianna Nemeth, also at the OSU College of Public Health, manage the project. Janine Yeske, Extension educator at OSU Extension Jefferson County, helps with outreach and recruitment.

Goldia Smurda is the lay health advisor and interviewer from Jefferson County conducting the local project. Anyone interested in participating can contact Smurda at (740) 314-2498.

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