Daily Life (Feb. 2, 2011)

Signup deadline near for RFL teams

The American Cancer Society is still seeking teams to participate in the Relay For Life of Marion County, set for April 29-30 at Marion Stadium.

For the event, teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in, collectively, the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the event, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer.

The deadline for teams to sign up is Feb. 9. Registration is $10 per person.

?By organizing early, teams have more time to raise money for the American Cancer Society,? said Jamie Norris, event chair.

Relay For Life is an overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and empower others to fight against cancer.

?The event raises awareness about the progress against cancer while also raising funds to fight the disease,? said Norris. ?Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting community event, as a volunteer or as a participant, have made a commitment to fight back against cancer.?

For more information on the Relay For Life or to register a team, contact Norris at 620-382-5848 or Becky Hulett or Jo Hett and 620-382-2177. They also may be contacted via e-mail at JamieNorris@yahoo.com; Becky.hullett@slhmarion.org; or joella.hett@slhmarion.org.

Tampa game night canceled Feb. 6

Tampa game night, which was scheduled Thursday, Feb. 6, has been canceled.

The next game night will be in March.

Free CPR class to be offered Feb. 19

Hillsboro Community Hos?pital is forming a class to teach CPR for the lay responder.

The class, scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, is free to the public. It will meet at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, 610 S. Main.

Delores Johnson will be the instructor, assisted by Steve Smith and Sue Wadkins, all certified CPR Instructors and volunteers with the Marion County EMS Department.

?I?ve seen where other hospitals were charging $30, even $50, for the class,? Johnson said. ?We think CPR is so important for everyone to learn. We don?t want anyone to not be able to take the class because they can?t afford it,?

Parkview Church is donating the space, and Johnson, Smith, and Wadkins are donating their time.

The course will teach the lay responder to recognize and learn emergency resuscitation techniques for heart attack, stroke, and choking; and injury and cardiac prevention.

Register for the class by calling HCH at 620-947-3114 or register on the Hillsboro Community Hosital Facebook page.

Lehigh to discuss fire protection

The Lehigh Township board will be meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in the Lehigh city building to discuss fire-protection issues in the township and city of Lehigh.

The board will discuss whether to join other township boards in purchasing a new fire truck to be based in Hillsboro, and how best to improve the community?s ISO rating.

All city and township residents are welcome to attend.

Country Stitchers meeting set Feb. 7

The Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will meet at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the United Methodist Church, 905 East D St., Hillsboro.

The guest speaker is Deborah Johnson of Kechi, a designer of In the Doghouse Designs. Her topic is ?My Path to the Doghouse.? Visitors are welcome to attend.

Ladies auxiliary kicks off collection

The VFW James Miesse Post 22 Ladies Auxiliary in Marion is organizing a cell phone collection drive to help soldier overseas.

With more than 150,000 troops serving abroad, the cell phone collection drive is one way to help soldiers connect with their families.

?We are proud to show our support for U.S. soldiers and to contribute to a worthy cause like cell phones for soldiers, said Diane Carpenter, one of the coordinators.

The goal, nationwide, she said, is to collect 50,000 cell phones and use donations from the phones to purchase prepaid calling cards for the troops.

Collection boxes are available at Marion City Library, 101 Library St., or any Marion bank.

Free child screening in Peabody Feb. 8

Marion County Early Inter?ven?tion Services is planning a free screening for children, birth through 5 years old, Tues?day, Feb. 8, at Peabody Methodist Church, 403 N. Sycamore St.

Appointments will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

At the screening, development will be checked in the learning, motor, language, and social areas. Vision and hearing will also be screened.

This process usually takes at least one hour for a child to complete.

All children are welcome, but an appointment is necessary.

To make one, call 1-877-878-4519 ext. 113, or 620-382-2858.

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