Thumbs up ... to Monroe County Health Center being awarded $1.2 million through the Health Center Cluster Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration. The Monroe center provides health care services, both to the insured and to the uninsured, from sites in Union and Peterstown. It offers a full range of diagnostic services, behavioral health and oral health services.
Thumbs up ... to the Veterans Employment Center, a new online database system that gives veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses tools they need to connect to employers. The database also provide a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources, along with offering a comprehensive database of resumes for employers who are seeking to match veterans with available jobs.
Thumbs up ... to Brian Morgan, of Oceana, named resource manager of R.D. Bailey Lake. For several years, he was a park ranger at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facility, but in recent years, he’s served as a temporary resource manager at Bluestone, Summersville and at R.D. Bailey Lake prior to being promoted to the position permanently.
Thumbs down ... to people who feed black bears. The state Division of Natural Resources says in addition to being a violation of state law, feeding black bears does a disservice to the animals. Bears quickly become accustomed to handouts in the form of trash, bird seed, pet food and feed placed out for other animals, causing them to lose their fear of humans. Officials are forced to humanely kill animals that resort to raiding garbage, outdoor freezers, storage sheds, vehicles and other structures associated with people.
Thumbs up ... to everyone who turned in unwanted and expired drugs during last weekend’s Prescription Drug Take-Back day. The state collected more than three tons of unwanted medications. The collection set a record at 6,211 pounds of prescription drugs turned in at nearly 130 locations around the state. The previous record was the 4,976 pounds of drugs collected in October.
Thumbs up ... to Marshall University students for collecting more than 198 feet of hair that was then donated to Locks of Love. The event drew 28 different donors. The nonprofit group Locks of Love makes wigs for financially disadvantaged people under age 21 suffering from long-term hair loss.