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The public is welcome to view the Unity House in Lawrenceburg on Monday. (Image courtesy: CMHC)An open house for Unity House, the residential component of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) Program of Community Mental Health Center, Inc. will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at 608 Wilson Creek Road in Lawrenceburg.Unity House is a 10-bed residential treatment facility for individuals who have dual diagnoses of serious and persistent mental illnesses and substance use problems. A team of therapists, nurses, case managers, employment specialists, and program technicians work together with consumers to help them begin the journey of recovery and to maintain their progress on the journey.The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from CMHC’s community partners on the Unity House project: Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Dearborn County Hospital, and the City of Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission.“We appreciate the support of DMHA, DCH and the City of Lawrenceburg on this project. They have made it possible for us to bring our services to a population of individuals truly in need of a specialized level of treatment,” said Tom Talbot, Executive Director of Community Mental Health Center, Inc.The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the open house, and light refreshments will be available. The entrance to Unity House is located behind Community Mental Health Center’s Main Center and the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union.CMHC’s Main Center is located at 285 Bielby Road in Lawrenceburg.“Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment is an evidence-based practice for providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, IDDT Program Director. “Decades of research for this model have shown positive outcomes for individuals in treatment by reducing the risk of homelessness, reducing hospitalizations and involvement in the criminal justice system, increasing opportunities for employment, and improvement in quality of life in general.”CMHC uses a network of facilities in Batesville, Brookville, Lawrenceburg, Rising Sun, St. Leon and Vevay to provide services in the counties of Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland in Southeastern Indiana. The Center offers an array of services – including outpatient counseling, inpatient services to community and school-based services and housing services for individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses.
There were hot dogs to sell and the collective thirst of the 38,000 plus had to be quenched by beer, soda or water. There were flags to be saluted, the national anthem to be sang, after all this was Independence Day. The Pirates did their best to put on a great performance for this July 4th captive audience because after all, if they didn’t there was a distinct possibility that a percentage of these “fair weather” fans might not return for an “encore performance.”The ball park was not filled because of some slick bobblehead marketing strategy devised and initiated by the public relations department of the battling Bucs. These fans were not here for the cotton candy or the frankfurters. No, these “pilgrims” were here cameras in hand posing by the Willie Stargell statue to invoke the spirit of the “Lumber Company,” remember them? My mind is swirling as Andrew McCutchen is jogging out into center field. Is this the new time machine working or is it just too darn hot in the press box?The story has it that PR man Jack McNamara was working to come up with a marketing slogan for the Pirates during the 1970s. His mother who loved baseball talked to him about something about the Pirates that stood out to her.McNamara recalled that she said; “don’t forget, they can really swing the lumber.’” He said, “a light bulb went off. I wrote down ‘The Lumber Co.’ on a napkin and slid it across the table. It now defines an era in Pirates history, and it defines a type of baseball played back in the ’70s when the Pirates had a lot of power. She was so proud of it.” Willie Stargell, Al Oliver, Richie Hebner, Dave Parker, Mike Easler and Bob Robertson were the free swinging, free for all sluggers that earned the Pirates their “Lumber Co.” slogan, used during the 1976 season.Here are a few tidbits from ‘The Gunner’ the late legendary Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince. In his raspy drawl, a smoldering cigarette sometimes hanging from his mouth he would be screaming at the top of his lungs almost blowing the speakers on your radio; “there’s a bug loose, on the rug. We had ‘em all the way. Shake those green weenies. What we need now ladies and gentlemen is a bloop and a blast.” “Come over to PNC Park yaw’ll there’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on. Yes, I said come on over to PNC Park yaw’ll, we ain’t fakin’, there’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on” Oh, I got a little excited pre-historic rocker Jerry Lee Lewis was the one who sang about a “whole lotta shakin going on.” Oh well, it’s still true. See, these boys called the Pittsburgh Pirates are shakin’, bakin’ and takin’ no prisoners. They are rumbling for first place.I am back into the conscious world now, boys and girls. The last out in the seventh inning there was a ball hit near the 410 mark in left center field that would have dropped in for at least a double but after pulling in the reins and waving off leftfielder Alex Pressley, Bucs’ center fielder Andrew McCutchen made a very difficult play look extremely easy coasting under the ball like a young Roberto Clemente. The only thing missing was the signature Clemente basket catch. What a week it was for Andrew McCutchen. He is now truly a young superstar or as the Pirates media folks would put it; “a star among stars.” In the week prior to the July 4th game against the Astros, McCutchen went 11-28(.393) hitting five doubles, one triple, two home runs, six RBI, six runs scored and an .857 slugging percentage.Will the Pirates ever win another championship or even advance to the post-season? That answer is too far beyond the intellectual capacity of yours truly and in all probability can only be answered by the baseball Gods but this 2011 team is playing more than .500 baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are playing Fortune 500 baseball.The Pittsburgh version of the “boys of summer” 2011 seems to have stopped staggering and now is in their swaggering mode. The Pirates beat the Astros 8-5 but the score matters very little. What matters most at this point in the Bucs’ history and their season is that they no longer require gimmicks to get fans into the ball park. As a matter of fact they may need a larger ball park if the team continues to play winning baseball. The crowd of 36,942 ensured the first time the Pirates sold out four consecutive games in the history of 11-year-old PNC Park. At the beginning of the season, I predicted that the Pirates would secure a wild card spot in the MLB postseason. All is now funeral home quiet on the western front. All those who laughed are having trouble rinsing the toe-jam taste from their mouths.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) I am sitting here looking out over PNC Park waiting for the game to begin. I have gorged myself with pulled pork (yuk) cold cuts, three cheese polenta and lots and lots of soda, courtesy of my ten dollar “donation” to the press cafeteria. Oh how I long to be independent from “multi-carbs” and smothered pork chops but, hey that is another story too lengthy and complicated to even attempt to expound upon in this limited space. First and foremost, the starting pitcher for the Bucco’s “holiday” game was Paul Maholm who entered the July 4th game with a 3.17 ERA. However before the Pirates batted in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Houston Astros were leading 3-1 with the help of a Pirates shaky and unsettled infield. The Pirates also assisted Astros pitcher Brett Myers with some questionable base running but by the end of the third inning, the game was tied 3-3. Myers entered the game with a 4.60 ERA. The will of both pitchers at times seemed to be questionable.
Facebook15Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Karen Birbari, Omni EstheticsI always love the fall. The change of season brings about nature’s stunning displays of Autumn colors. Our wardrobes change to include cozy sweaters, scarves and warm boots. We also fall in love with everything pumpkin! We even see dietary changes, enjoying comfort foods like hearty soups. Why then do we not change our skincare? Skin is our largest organ and the one that faces the outer elements, as well as the skin on our face as the most exposed.At Omni Esthetics we love everything skin and even have pumpkin in some of our skin care. Investing in good skincare is investing in a lifetime of beautiful skin. The cooler season often brings changes in our skin. Our internal environments get dryer from heating and the cooler air outside can wreck havoc on our skin. Many of us cease to use sunblock thinking that the harmful rays are gone. Not true. So what should one do? Getting a skin analysis by a reputable esthetician to evaluate your skincare and access any changes that might be necessary to preserve and maintain the beauty of your skin. And why continue to wear sunblock? The 2 main rays that affect us are UVA & UVB. While the UVB rays diminish with the season change the UVA rays do not. UVA is responsible for the damage that we incur over a lifetime of exposure as well as skin cancer. So always protect.The change of season is also a good time to get a facial . A great facial is wonderful way to revitalize skin and erase any damage that might have occurred during time in the sun. There are many kinds of facials and they can be tailored to address individual needs. Many do not realize that skin damage to an extent can be reversed with proper treatment. Another outcome of having a facial is that it increases the effectiveness of your skincare at home. Invest in the skin that you are in!Omni Esthetics3905 Martin Way E, Suite E, Olympia360-338-0289Featured photo credit: jennlvs2smile
Freeskate is divided into a number of categories with skates ranging in ages from eight to 15 years.Nelson skaters, Angelica Ross and Tao Measure will see their first action of the weekend in their respective Star 3A Girls and Star 3B Boys categories.The eveningwraps with the Introductory Pairs Exhibition, a category that allows skaters to perform lifts, jumps and throw jumps.Local Skaters Aurora Pankoo-Dool, Tia Berrens, Lila Mckecknie, Helena Keating, Mallory Pinske, Leo Measures, Tao Measures, Shaen Panko-Dool, Breanna Tomlin and Isabella Kroker Kimber all see action throughout the day on Saturday in the Freeskate and Elements Categories.NFSC member Christina Champlin, 15, who competes at the competitive level, will perform her Pre-Novice short program Saturday afternoon and her Pre- Novice long program Sunday morning.For Champlin the season is just beginning and a strong performance at the Regionals will help her qualify to skate at the Sectional competition in November.Sunday features The Interpretive Category always an audience favourite as it allows skaters to showcase the performance aspect of the sport.Skaters choose any music they wish and develop choreography without having to worry about required elements.Think of Kurt Browning skating to Singing in the Rain. Nelson’s Courtney Shrieves and Breanna Tomlin will represent the home club in the Pre-Introductory Interpretive and Introductory Interpretive categories respectively.More than a competition, Regionals is an event. The host club changes every year giving a chance to welcome the region to their community. There are gift baskets to win medal presentations to take in and no shortage of great skating costumes.Action begins Friday at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday afternoon with the final medal presentations at 1 p.m..For full details visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.com Charly Defouw has been has been pushing herself since September.Extra lessons with Nelson Figure Skating Club coaching staff, working on choreography and timing, focusing on improving jumps. For the 12-year old veteran of the Nelson Figure Skating Club, competition season is the time when the long hours of training and repetition culminate in a two-minute performance.It’s the thing skaters love and fear the most.This year Defouw and her teammates have the advantage of skating before a home crowd as the NFSC hosts the West Kootenay Regional Competition this weekend February 1-3 at the NDCC Arena.It’s the biggest showcase of figure skating to hit Nelson in years, and there will lots to take in and a number of local skaters participating.Drawing on a catchment of skaters from Rossland to Fernie, the competition offers a full slate of categories from Elements to Pairs to Interpretive.Action begins Friday afternoon with the Junior Silver and Gold Solo Dance event where skaters perform two set dances to music.Defouw, who broke her thumb earlier in the month and has just recently returned to skating, will see action in the Junior Silver Dance event.The Freeskate events run Friday as well, in which skaters have required elements they must incorporate into their choreography.