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Relay for Life, recovery center discussed at FRN meeting

Agnes Hapka ahapka@civitasmedia.com

September 18, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — Diana Riddle told members of the Family Resource Network to mark their calendars for this Saturday’s Relay for Life event from 6-11 p.m. at Point Pleasant High School.


“If you’ve never been to a Relay for Life, it’s an awesome experience,” said Riddle, at the FRN’s Tuesday afternoon meeting. “Come and check it out and next year you’ll probaby want to have a team.”


Riddle, who represented the Mason County Health Department at the meeting, also told members of the FRN that the Ride for Recovery stopover this past Saturday at the Riverfront Park was a success.


“We had about 35 riders and a I think we all had a good time,” Riddle said, adding that Saturday’s ride was held in recognition of September’s being Recovery Month. “To go along with that, the Anti-Drug Coalition is looking for support of the county’s getting grant-funding for a level two recovery center. This will be a home that will be licensed and staff by Prestera Center.”


Riddle explained that the center, if funded, will provide a longterm facility for people who have already gone through detox and need further professional training and support. The home is projected to be built next summer, and to have space for eight to twelve male or female clients, with three or four bedrooms.


In addition to its monthly meeting on September 26 at the library, Riddle said, the Anti-Drug Coalition will also host tail-gating parties at the three county high school homecoming games, and hosting a prescription drug take-back day on October 26 in the parking lot at the courthouse.


Greg Fowler, FRN director, talked about plans for the upcoming Halloween Block Party, held annually on October 31 behind the floodwall in Point Pleasant. He said that many FRN members will set up booths at the event, and that games, food, and candy will be provided.


In other news, the Early Childhood component of the FRN continues to work on the team’s Brain Under Construction project, and is planning a follow-up to the Summer Leadership Training held in August.


Bree Ramey’s Baby Pantry project, which provides emergency supplies to struggling families with young children, continues to go strong, Greg Fowler told those gathered. The next Baby Pantry event, Fowler said, will be from 1-3 p.m. at the community center.


Wayne Berry of Mason County Homeless Shelter mentioned that he is organizing an open house from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on October 8 at the Mason County Homeless Shelter.


“We’d like to have people come out; we’ll have a tour.” Berry said.


The next FRN meeting will be at 3 p.m. at the Mason County Courthouse annex.