Local responders attend Homeland Security training PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00


    Emergency Responders Todd Webb and Doug Bentfield from the Clark County Health Department, recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-charted Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
    “Clark County is fortunate to have individuals to further their education and help make Clark County a safer place in the event of an emergency. The Clark County Health Department has someone on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We are dispatched through central alarm,” Webb explained.
    The CDP provides federally-funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and U.S. Territories, for 10 responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications and Public Works.
    Healthcare and Public Health training is conducted at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
    Many training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
    Responders attending CDP training are selected from the nation’s 11 million emergency responders. Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.
    Additional information about CDP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov.
    FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:38
 
Charlestown to participate in annual National Night Out PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    On Tuesday, August 4, neighborhoods throughout Charlestown are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 26th Annual National Night Out crime and drug-prevention event.
    National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the Charlestown Neighborhood Block Watch, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world.
    Residents in neighborhoods throughout Charlestown are asked to lock their doors on August 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
    The Charlestown Neighborhood Block Watch and the City of Charlestown are set to hold a neighborhood rally at Greenway Park on Tuesday evening, August 4. With activities for both children and adults, the rally is meant to encourage Charlestown residents to become more active in the community and encourage participation in the city’s crime-reduction initiatives.
    The event will feature several activities, including watermelon-eating contests, inflatable rides, corn hole, a rock-climbing wall and a balloon toss. Hot dogs, chips, popsicles and watermelon will be available for purchase from the concession stand at the rally. Emergency responders, including both police and firefighters, will be at the rally to answer questions about the Neighborhood Block Watch and give tips on safety and emergency preparedness.
    “Our Block Watch program has been a success so far, but we’re looking to expand the program and make it even better,” Mayor’s Assistant Ruthie Jackson said. “Members can participate as much or as little as they want. We want to build stronger neighborhoods.”
    Jackson coordinates the Neighborhood Block Watch Program for the City of Charlestown.
    In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in National Night Out rallies throughout the world.
    To learn more about how you and your neighbors can participate in this event, contact Jackson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:39
 
SWCD fall tree sale underway PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    The Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) annual Fall Tree Sale is now in progress.
    Once again the SWCD will be offering quality stock from Forrest Keeling Nursery, Missouri.
    These trees are 3-gallon, Grade 1 (nursery stock) container trees growing using Forrest Keeling’s RPM® (Root Production Method).  This method produces fast-growing, uniform trees, which can be easily removed from their containers and directly planted.
    Species available are: American Beautyberry, Autumn Blaze Maple, Bald Cypress, Catalpa, Cinnamon Bark River Birch, Kentucky Coffeetree, Northern Redbud, Norway Spruce, Paw Paw, Persimmon, Quaking Aspen, Red Buckeye, Shadblow Serviceberry, Snowdrift Crabapple, Swamp White Oak, Sweet Bay Magnolia, Tulip Tree, White Flowering Dogwood, White Pine and Witchhazel.
    These trees are $25 each plus tax.
    Other items included in the sale are: Tree-Mate-O “Tree Success Kits” (tree support, guard and stake), wildlife nest boxes and tree and shrub books.
    Deadline for orders is September 14. Trees will be available for pick-up between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 28 through October 2 at the SWCD office.
    For tree order forms or more information contact the Clark County SWCD office at 256-2330, ext. 3. Order information is also available on the SWCD web site at www.clarkswcd.org.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:40
 
Sellersburg Celebrates Prince and Princess contest to be held August 22 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    Applications for the upcoming Sellersburg Celebrates Prince and Princess contest are still available.
    The event will be held on Saturday evening, August 22 at 5:30 p.m. in the Silver Creek High School Auditorium.
    Contestants must be at least four years old and not over six years old on August 1. Proper attire for the contest is dressy, but not pageant type, dresses for the potential princesses and collared shirts and slacks for the prince candidates.
    To obtain an application or for further information call Anita Spear at 246-1561 or 246-6558 or Cathy Braun at 256-6874.
    The applications can be mailed, e-mailed or picked up at Spear Electric Company in Sellersburg. The cost to enter the contest which is limited to 25 children is $25 with a $5 discount for siblings. Each child will receive an engraved trophy with the winners receiving a crown and a gift card.
    Participants need to include a non-returnable photo no larger than 5x7 for publication when the applications are submitted.
    The deadline to enter is August 12.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:41
 
WCMH—How did we get in this mess? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 July 2009 00:00
    By now, most people who even causally pay attention to local news are aware that Washington County Memorial Hospital (WCMH) declared bankruptcy in June of this year and is in the process of developing a restructuring plan.  The long term fate of the hospital is still up in the air.  However, it seems to be the general consensus that efforts should be made by all the parties involved to keep the hospital open if at all possible.
    However, during this time of uncertainty three questions seem to be part of most conversations about the hospital:
“How did we get in this mess?”
“Where did the money go ($15 million +)?”
“Whose fault is it?

    These questions are relatively simple and straightforward.  Unfortunately, the answers are not.  

    Much like personal financial problems, no one specific incident or error in judgment can be pointed pointed to as the catalyst for the downfall.  Again, as is the case with personal finance, the problems being experienced by WCMH and in turn its ripple effect in the community are the result of a series of changing economic conditions, bad decisions, lack of oversight, and poor communication.  Of course, there are points along the time line in the life of WCMH that can be identified as crucial because of the consequences and outcomes of choices made by those charged with overseeing the hospital.  
    At a recent Washington County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner David Brown said, “If it is going to be a witch hunt, I want no part of it.”  That was in response to a question regarding a possibility of elected officials calling for an investigation into what happened at the hospital to bring it and the community to this point.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:42
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