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Senior Santa program a huge success
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Boyd County Library to host third film festival
ASHLAND — The Boyd County Public Library is offering its third annual Foreign Film Festival in January. The series takes place at 1:30 pm. each Sunday at the Main Branch, 1740 Central Ave. Admission is free and some refreshments are provided. The series kicks off Jan. 4 with “Spirited Away,” a 2001 Japanese animated film about a family that takes a wrong turn on the way to their new home and discovers an abandoned theme park. The other movies are: Jan. 11: “Amelie,” an award-wining French film from 2001 about a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, set in the Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. Jan. 18: “Fragil,” a 2004 modern fairy tale from Spain about a girl and a movie star who fall in love. Jan. 25: “La Dolce Vita,” this Federico Fellini classic from 1960 shows seven days and nights in the life of a young reporter in Rome in the 1950s. For more information, call Amanda Gilmore at 606329-0518, Ext. 1130.

HUNTINGTON — A Cabell Huntington Hospital drive for local seniors resulted in more than 100 boxes filled with toiletries, puzzles and holiday treats this season. The Senior Santa program, presented by the senior services department at Cabell Huntington Hospital and Best Home Medical, was set up to brighten the season for seniors who were hospitalized or away from their families during the holidays. CHH employees were asked to fill clear, plastic boxes with toiletries, gloves or socks, stationery or other items. Donations from Cabell Huntington Hospital employees also included coats and blankets for residents of a local housing complex for seniors. “Through generous gifts, we were also able to deliver a box to each senior who was a patient at Cabell Huntington on Christmas Day,” said Joy Pelfrey, director of senior services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, in a press release. “The expression on their faces when they received their gift was priceless. Everyone was very appreciative and touched that someone thought of them.”

Photos by Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch

ABOVE: Five-year-old Kylee Jenkins of Willow Wood picks carrots from the garden Friday at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland. TOP: Four-year-old Rachel Gillespie of Ironton carries her basket of groceries to the checkout counter of the Foodland play station at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center.

Highlands museum offers something for all ages
By KYLA ASBURY
The Herald-Dispatch
kasbury@heralddispatch.com

Tech Center students donate canned foods

HUNTINGTON — A number of Cabell County Career Technology Center students and families took part in a month-long canned food drive that benefited numerous people during the holiday season. The food drive, hosted by Skills USA, brought in more than 2,000 non-perishable cans. The Electricity class led the way with 722. Richard Burge and Jesse Wolowinkski tied as top contributors, each bringing in 204 cans. Corey McGee brought in 186. The food was donated to Lincoln County Church of God’s food bank, Mt. Olive’s food bank and a few needy families.

ASHLAND —The Highlands Museum and Discovery Center, celebrating its 25th year, has many exhibits and events for children of all ages to enjoy. The Children’s Discovery Center offers preschool and elementary school- MORE ONLINE: aged children the opportunity to learn For more phowhile playing in special exhibits, has tos, go to www. a special play place for toddlers and a herald-dispatch. flight simulation station for children com. of all ages. Debbie Miller, the director of the Children’s Discovery Center, said the museum is a nonprofit organization and is celebrating its 25th year of operation. “We really rely on museum memberships and donations

Drug prevention summit
WHAT: The third annual Cabell County drug prevention summit will focus on the growing trend of prescription drug abuse. It will include discussions on how the community can reduce the problem. WHEN: 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena Conference Center in Huntington. SPEAKERS: The summit is scheduled to include talks by Frances M. Harding, a director at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Dr. Michael O’Neil of Charleston, director of the West Virginia Controlled Substances Advisory Board. SPONSORS: Cabell County Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership, The Herald-Dispatch, Brickstreet Insurance, The West Virginia Prevention Resource Center and the United Way of the River Cities. RESERVATIONS: Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by Jan. 5 by calling Anne McGee at 304523-8929, Ext. 5, or e-mailing anne.mcgee@unitedwayrivercities.org.

Please see KIDS/4C Nine-year-old Jake Rodriguez plays with a Bernoulli Blower on Friday at the Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland.

Complex carbs a good afternoon energy boost
Life today is hectic and many people do not always consider how to choose healthy foods, especially when it comes to choosing foods high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates supply energy to the body and are the preferred energy source for the brain and central nervous system. Therefore, carbohydrate foods could be very beneficial, especially when working for long hours. During the afternoon when energy levels are low, some people may experience weakness or headaches, which may be the body’s way of saying that it needs nourishment, preferably from the complex carbohydrate group. Once food is eaten, carbohydrates are converted to glucose, which travels to the cells to bring the energy levels back to normal. Complex carbohydrates include whole grain breads and cereals, legumes such as beans and split-peas and fruits and vegetables. Low-fat and fat-free dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt are also healthy choices.

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Send us your recipes

Do you have a great recipe to share with the Tri-State? The HeraldDispatch is seeking your favorite recipes for possible publication. You may send recipes that focus on health, length of preparation, the use of seasonal produce or that are just plain too tasty not to share. Send them to Robyn Rison at P.O. Box 2017, Huntington, WV, 25720 or by e-mail at rrison@ herald-dispatch.com.

Among some of the myths about carbohydrates is the fear of weight gain. Consuming too many calories from all foods may cause weight gain, and it is best to look at the type of carbohydrate, as not all are created equal. Unwise choices are sweetened cereals, pastries, candies, soda pop, white bread and table sugar, which have all been refined. The foods provide very little nutrition, a lot of calories, and tend to

show up on waistlines. When it comes to snack time, many people find it difficult to grab a healthy item while scrambling from one activity to another. However, planning ahead and packing healthy snacks such as fruit, granola bars or whole grain crackers takes the guessing game out of snack time. Great snacks include a carbohydrate paired with a lean protein source such as lean meat or cheese. Likewise, the lunch meal can be equally nourishing if some thought is given to the quality of the meal. A typical suggestion like whole wheat bread, lean deli meats, lettuce and tomato, fruit and yogurt or milk would supply a balanced meal of complex carbohydrate foods and protein. Just remember that complex carbohydrate foods are a great source of fuel for the body’s overall health, energy and brain power. Delores Dingess is a Marshall University dietetic intern.

Coming in Sunday’s Herald-Dispatch:
Kopp’s pay: As the state’s Higher Education Policy Commission prepares to consider a significant pay raise for Marshall University President Stephen Kopp, The Herald-Dispatch takes a look at the rationale for the proposal. Look for it on Page 1A. Chad’s comeback: As former Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington prepares to lead the surprising Miami Dolphins into the NFL playoffs, friends and former teammates talk about the qualities that have made him the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year for a second time.

Conference opener looms: The Marshall men’s basketball team has concluded its non-conference schedule and now prepares for its C-USA opener against Memphis. Read about it in Sports.

Keeping a handle on history: Local genealogical and historical society keeps a solid grip on the region’s history and now turns its attention to Cabell County’s bicentennial. See what it’s been up to and its plans for the coming year in the Life section. Make 2009 a healthier year: Read about 12 exciting new findings in health research that you can act on to make 2009 the healthiest year ever for you and your loved ones in USA Weekend.

Filling the paintball gap: VooDoo Paintball expands its offerings with a new field in Huntington. Get the details on the Outdoors page in Life.