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PPBT March Newsletter

PPBT Newsletter MAR 2016

Great Backyard Bird Count Prep Walk

Great Backyard Bird Count Prep Walk!  Chewacla State Park, Lee County

Auburn Alabama–The Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail (PPBT) is pleased to announce our Saturday, February 6, 2016 event, a Great Backyard Birding Event preliminary learning session and bird walk at Chewacla State Park, Lee County, Alabama. The event starts at 8:00 am.

Join the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail, Chewacla State Park, Alabama Extension Service/4-H and Auburn/Opelika Tourism for a morning of fun preparing for Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), the following weekend, February 12-15, 2016.  The February 6 events include an introduction to common birds; feeding wild birds (Wild Birds Unlimited); planting native landscapes (Master Gardeners); instruction on participating in the GBBC (PPBT); the Great Migration Challenge game (Extension 4-H) and finally a short bird hike lead by Chewacla State Park staff.   The Southeastern Raptor Center will be with us early with their education raptors, giving an up-close look at the hunters of the bird world.

Chewacla State Park is one of 34 sites on the Piedmont Birding Trail, covering nine counties in east central Alabama.

Contact:
Joanne Ninesling
ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com

Alexander City, Alabama

Ph:  256-786-0541

 

Site information:   http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/chewacla-state-park/

http://www.alapark.com/chewacla-state-park

 

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED IN CASE OF RAIN.  SUBMIT YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ppbirdingtrail@gmail.com TO BE NOTIFIED OF ANY WEATHER-RELATED CHANGES.  CHANGES WILL ALSO BE ANNOUNCED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE:  https://www.facebook.com/piedmontplateaubirdingtrail

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Katie Wesson 256-404-2948
American Cancer Society
Katie.wesson@cancer.org

Cancer Screening and HPV Vaccination Save Lives
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and serves as a reminder to all women to talk with their physician about the risks of developing cervical cancer, what causes it, and what they can do to prevent it.

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2016 an estimated 12,990 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,120 will die from the disease. With access to vaccination and regular screening, most of these cases could be prevented.

The death rate from cervical cancer, which was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women, has dropped by more than 50 percent over the past 30 years, thanks in large part to screening with the Pap test.

“The majority of cervical cancer cases in the U.S. could be prevented with HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines, which have been recommended for a decade,” said Richard C. Wender, M.D., chief cancer control officer for the American Cancer Society. “In fact, about 90 percent of all cervical cancers could be prevented with screening and HPV vaccination.”

According to Dr. Wender, despite the enormous potential to reduce suffering and death from cervical cancer, millions of women who should be screened are not getting screened. The HPV vaccination rate among youth has been widely underutilized.

The American Cancer Society recommends the HPV vaccine to be given to girls ages 11 to 12. Cervical cancer screening with a Pap test should start at age 21. Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years. Women aged 30 to 65 should have an HPV test with a Pap test every five years. Another option is to have just a Pap test every three years. Women over 65 years who have had regular screening with normal results should not be screened. Women who get the HPV vaccine still need to get regular screening for cervical cancer.

Uninsured women or those without a regular health care provider are significantly less likely to receive cervical cancer screening. Still, studies show about seven in 10 women who had not been screened in the previous five years had a regular doctor and health insurance.

“Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it does not affect everyone equally,” said Dr. Wender. “Statistics show that some minority populations and people who lack health insurance are more likely to develop cancer – and die from it – than the general U.S. population. The opportunity to prevent death and suffering from cervical cancer is real. Screening can find changes in the cervix before they turn into cancer, and vaccination can prevent most cervical cancers. If we can apply what we know today, it is possible we may see a day when cervical cancer is virtually eliminated.”

For more information, on how to become involved in your area, contact Katie Wesson, 256-404-2948 or katie.wesson@cancer.org. Make a difference in a local cancer patients life!
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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress, 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We’re determined to finish the fight against cancer. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

Meet the Candidate Political Forum

This event is open to the community and everyone is encouraged to attend.

The Randolph County Chamber of Commerce will host “Meet the Candidate Political Forum” on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm Central Daylight Savings Time in the Main Courtroom of the Randolph County Courthouse Wedowee, Alabama. All candidates for Local Offices, State Senate and State House of Representatives are being invited to attend.

The forum is sponsored by Lake Wedowee Life, Regional Medical Center, Smalltown Bank, Tanner Medical Center, WM Grocery, First Bank, Roanoke Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center, State Farm Insurance Ken Seiffert Agent, and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

Please make your plans to attend this important event in the election process.

Meet the Candidates

Donations Requested for Handley High School Academic Team to Compete

2014 HHS Varsity Academic Team

The Handley High School Academic Team – Front row: Kimberly Burke 2nd row LR: Austin Smith, Prestin Winkles, Chase Jordan 3rd row LR: Ethan Corbett, Daniel Folds, Clay Fetner 4th row: Brandon Baggin

The Handley High School Academic Team has received an invitation to the National Academic Quiz Tournaments Small Schools National Championship on May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The students have worked very hard this year in qualifying for this tournament. This is a very prestigious event for Handley High School, Roanoke, and Randolph County.

This will be a very expensive endeavor for our school. It would be a shame to deprive the students of this opportunity due to lack of funds. We have estimated the costs associated with registration, travel, and lodging to be between $6,500.00 and $7,000.00.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to Handley High School Academic Team. Donations can be delivered to the Handley High School office or mailed to Handley High School; Attn: Suzanne Daniel; 100 Tiger Circle; Roanoke, AL 36274. Thank you so much for your consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,

Gregory Foster – Principal, gfoster@roanokecityschools.org
Richard Head – Academic Team Sponsor, rhead@roanokecityschools.org

Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.
6:00 pm Roanoke City Council Meeting
Roanoke City Council Meeting
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Roanoke City Council Meeting – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm.
Jun
30
Fri
5:00 pm Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo @ Rodeo Grounds past Wedowee Building Supplies
Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo @ Rodeo Grounds past Wedowee Building Supplies
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cowboy Up at the 14th Annual PCA Rodeo sponsored by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Gates open at 5 pm each night, Friday, June 30th and Saturday, and July 1st – starts at 7:30 pm.  Buy[...]
Jul
1
Sat
5:00 pm Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo @ Rodeo Grounds past Wedowee Building Supplies
Randolph County Sheriff PCA Rodeo @ Rodeo Grounds past Wedowee Building Supplies
Jul 1 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Cowboy Up at the 14th Annual PCA Rodeo sponsored by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Gates open at 5 pm each night, Friday, June 30th and Saturday, and July 1st – starts at 7:30 pm.  Buy[...]
Jul
4
Tue
5:00 pm Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Jul 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wedowee Town Council Meeting – 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Jul
10
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Jul 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.
5:00 pm Woodland Town Council Meeting
Woodland Town Council Meeting
Jul 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Woodland Town Council meets the second Monday of each month.
6:00 pm Roanoke City Council Meeting
Roanoke City Council Meeting
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Roanoke City Council Meeting – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 6:00pm.
Jul
18
Tue
5:00 pm Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Wedowee Town Council Meeting
Jul 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wedowee Town Council Meeting – meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month.
Jul
24
Mon
3:00 pm Randolph County Commission Meeting
Randolph County Commission Meeting
Jul 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Randolph County Commission meets every second and fourth Monday of each month with a workshop meeting on the Thursday prior to.  All meetings are at 3:00pm.