Mar 24

National Take Back Initiative

National Take Back Initiative

On April 26th, 2014, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

The collection site for the City of Vienna will be at the Grand Central Mall in front of JCPenny’s between 10:00am and 2:00pm

Collection Day Protocols:

• On Saturday, April 26th, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, state and local law enforcement agencies will host one or more collection sites at locations of their choosing. Locations should be selected that provide easy access and available parking.

• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected.

• This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.

• Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

• No effort will be made by law enforcement personnel to count, inventory, or log medications.

• All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

• Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel will handle such material as abandoned property.

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Mar 13

Vienna Rec Signups: Baseball, Softball, T-Ball & Soccer

Vienna Recreation Baseball, Softball, T-Ball & Soccer Signups

Vienna Recreation will be holding signups for BASEBALL, SOFTBALL, T-BALL and our new season of SOCCER at the V.R.I.A. Sports Building on Park Drive near Rosemar Road. The dates are Saturday March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5th; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fee is $35 per child. The maximum charge for a family is $100 per sport.

Scheduling is such that children can participate in both SOCCER and either Baseball, Softball or T-Ball if they wish. A separate entry fee is required for each sport.

VRIA Spring/Summer SOCCER games will begin May 6 and will run into July. We will also have our Fall Soccer after Labor Day as in years past.

There is an additional $5 late fee for all sign-ups that take place after the last scheduled signup for any particular sport. Sign-ups for all sports are announced in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel as they are occurring.

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Jan 30

Make it Shine

Applications are now available for the 2014 West Virginia Make It Shine Statewide Cleanup. The annual event is jointly sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Highways.

During the first two weeks of April, the Make It Shine program will provide resources such as cleanup materials, waste hauling and landfill fees to community groups volunteering to conduct litter cleanups on state streams or public lands.

More than 6,000 West Virginia citizens participated in last year’s statewide cleanup. These volunteers removed nearly
220 tons of litter and over 1,500 tires from West Virginia’s landscape.

The application deadline for those wishing to participate this year is Feb. 28. Applications are available through contacting Travis Cooper of the Make It Shine Program at 1- 800-322-5530, or by email
Applications may also be downloaded from the DEP’s Web
site: Click on REAP under the Land Section on the homepage.

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Jan 28

Movie Night

Every third Friday @ 6:00pm, the Senior Center in Vienna on 29th St, will be hosting a movie night.  Entry is free, along with popcorn and drinks included.

Bring the entire family.

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Jan 28

Silver Sneakers

Every Tuesday @ 11:00 – 11:45 am, the Senior Center in Vienna on 29th St, will be hosting the Silver Sneakers program.  Exercises will include bands, balls, weights from a seated position with low impact aerobics !!

Come prepared to exercise with comfortable workout clothes and sneakers !!

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Nov 25

The Best Towns in West Virginia for Young Families

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by  on NOVEMBER 17, 2013

West Virginia families buy more than a property when they settle down. They buy into the community and all it offers. With that in mind, we asked the following questions as we analyzed cities and towns across the state to identify the best for young families:

  1. Does the town have good public schools? We measured schools’ academic performance with ratings from GreatSchools. This non-profit compares a given school’s standardized test scores to the state average to obtain a rating on a 1 to 10 scale (10 representing the highest score). Higher ratings led to a higher overall score.
  2. Can you afford to live there? We looked at both median home values in each town and ongoing monthly home costs, including mortgage payments, real estate taxes, insurance costs, utilities, fuel and other bills. Lower costs led to a higher overall score.
  3. Is the town growing and prospering? We assessed a town’s economy by looking at average household income and income growth over the last decade. Higher income and greater growth led to a higher overall score.

The Best Towns for Young Families

1. Bridgeport

Bridgeport is a city in Harrison County, near Morgantown. The schools are excellent, having earned a perfect 10 out of 10 from GreatSchools. Bridgeport High School also boasts the highest attendance rate among Harrison County high schools, at 97.6 percent. For golfing families, just north of the city is the Pete Dye Golf Club, one of the top 50courses in the country according to Golf Digest.

2. Hurricane

Hurricane is in Putnam County, approximately 25 miles from Charleston. The community is served by Putnam County Schools, whose teachers are among the most educated in the state: 63 percent have a master’s or more, over 10 percent more than the state overall. For fun, residents of Hurricane can enjoy a city park with fishing and picnicking areas, a water park and a skate park.

3. Nitro

Nitro is a city in Kanawha and Putnam Counties, near Charleston and Huntington. A local school, Nitro High, has been recognized by the College Board for having the highest success rates in the state on AP Math and Science. Earlier this month, Nitro celebrated the opening of a new bridge that connects it to St. Albans – a project the president of the Nitro Development Authority called “essential to the future growth of Nitro.”

4. Vienna

Vienna is next to Parkersburg, in Wood County. A local middle school has received much acclaim. In 2000, it was named a National Blue Ribbon School, and, more recently, it has been recognized as a West Virginia Exemplary School in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Recreational spots in town include several parks and a wildlife refuge, a 277-acre space populated by deer, turkey, fox and coyote.

5. Charles Town

Charles Town is the seat of Jefferson County and is located approximately 60 miles from the nation’s capital. The city is one of the fastest growing in the state, with 80.9 percent population growth last decade. The county’s major employers include Clarion Hotel, the National Park Service, Shepherd University and the American Public University System.

6. Wheeling

Wheeling is the seat of Ohio County, approximately 60 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Residents here enjoy a low cost of living: out of the 351 metro areas in the country, Wheeling ranks as the 22nd-most affordable. It also boasts the largest trail system in the region – 24 miles that Wheeling residents can walk, jog or cycle.

7. South Charleston

South Charleston sits on the border of Charleston proper, in Kanawha County. Unemployment in the greater metro area is low, at 5.6 percent – Morgantown is the only metropolitan in the state that beats it. For fun, South Charleston residents can enjoy Little Creek Park for hiking, a community center for basketball, racquetball and other sports and Oakes Field, a football and soccer field for local schools, which seats 5,000.

8. Fairmont

Fairmont is the seat of Marion County, and it began as a coal-mining town. Today, the city supports new businesses with a loan program, tax credits and grants. The community is also among the most affordable in the state, with a median home value of $86,400.

9. Sissonville

Sissonville sits along the Pocatalico River, just north of Charleston. The local high school boasts a strong sports program, with a girls soccer team that just earned its second state title. On the weekends, residents also have easy access to hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing with Kanawha State Forest just a few miles down the road.

10. Buckhannon

Buckhannon is the seat of Upshur County, approximately 70 miles southwest of Morgantown. In May, the city hosts the Strawberry Festival, which serves strawberry treats to 100,000 visitors and brings in arts-and-crafts exhibits as well as a block party on Main Street. Major employers in town include Alcon, St. Joseph’s Hospital and West Virginia Wesleyan College.


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