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MCNB In Our Community

AUTUMN HARVEST Sponsored by McDowell Chamber of Commerce and City of Welch in partnership with the Skewes Foundation - September 6, 2014 at Linkous Park           The gates will open at 4:00 P.M. with free gate admission.  There will be food vendors, music for all ages, bouncies, hayride, kids zone, money in haystack, fireman's tug of war, Star Wars characters and fireworks at dusk.  Golf carts are available from parking lot to the Park.

MCNB Banks employees at our Richlands Banking Center in Virginia recently purchased and wore orange t-shirts for the benefit of 4 year old James Griffith who suddenly was found to have leukemia and is going back and forth to St. Jude's for treatments.

WVU President to Visit Welch May 16th         Dr. E. Gordon Gee the President of West Virginia University will be the guest speaker at the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce's Lunch & Learn on May 16 at noon in the Herzburn Room at the Welch Public Library.  McDowell County 4-H Leaders, WVU Extension Service Committee Members, and other community leaders will join President Gee and the Chamber during this session that is open to the public.  Accompanying Dr. Gee will be Steve Bonanno and Ann Berry from WVU Extension Service's Administration Team.  After the luncheon, Gee will meet with Mt. View HSTA Students, tour the Kimball World War I Memorial Building, meet with Superintendant Nelson Spencer and meet privately with WVU Extension Service Faculty.

New Fitness Facility In Welch       The Council of the Southern Mountains has opened a Fitness Center in Welch, WV.  It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.  Staff is certified through PEIA and Healthways (Humana-Silver Sneakers).  There is a nominal fee and all staff are certified in CPR/First Aid/A.E.D.  There are staff always on duty when the Center is open.  Please make plans to come to the fitness center!  For more information, contact Council of Southern Mountains at 304-436-6800.

Park Days Returns This May        Join Nicole at Community Crossing and the Parents as Teacher's program for an hour of fun with children 5 and under.  Park Days features fun and games with themed activities for each month at Linkous Park near downtown Welch, WV.  May - Exploring Plants Month; June - Exploring Animals Month; July - Exploring Water Month; August - Exploring Science Month.  If there is inclement weather, Park Days will be held at The Community Crossing headquarters, which is located in the old Welch Middle School building (25 Maple Ave., Welch, WV  24801) on the hill above the Methodist Church.  For more info, contact Community Crossing at (304) 436-8300.

Early Childhood Fair Slated for May 6th      With the vision to provide parents the opportunity to connect with resources and organizations to support early Childhood, McDowell County Schools Title I Program is excited to host the first Early Childhood Fair at the Welch Armory on May 6, 2014 from 9:00 - 2:00.  The day will be packed with fun, including arts and crafts, wacky science activities, a lending library, health screenings, finger printing, and more!  If your organization is planning to attend, please contact Amanda Fragile at  Hope to see you there!

Fast & Easy Resource for Physical Activity      Students exercising on the Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) Classroom Edition system installed and in-use at Southside K8 School in War will be featured in the American Federation of Teacher's (AFT) Healthwire publication, a national magazine that goes to every member.  Dr. Eloise Elliott and Nathan Acosta were interviewed by a correspondent from AFT for the story.  "I think it is wonderful that we were contacted by AFT's national headquarters and were given the opportunity to highlight the positive things that are happening in McDowell County.  The sight (and sound!) of the DDR at 7:30 in the morning can be a real awakening for anyone not used to it.  Few people realize that McDowell County is one of the first school systems to have this new equipment, and hopefully we will continue to be a trailblazer in the ways of active gaming," said Nathan Acosta.

McDowell County Humane Society

This is a picture of Brutus.

He had a variety of medical conditions that were treated at the McDowell County Humane Society Shelter. The staff at the vet's office originally thought he may not survive because of his condition.

After approximately two months at the McDowell County Humane Society Shelter, he was sent to a rescue in Pennsylvania where he was adopted by a police officer.

He is to undergo training as a search and rescue dog.

He was approximately 50 pounds in this picture, but he is expected to possibly reach 150 pounds when fully grown.

John, McDowell County Humane Society