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Provides To Thousands ii [ < i!i> Donald Moore (left) and Raul Perez Jonathan Wright Monroe County's health serv- all rolled into one. Sitting high hill off U. S. Highway 219 near Union, the Monroe Health is a daily hub of activity, pro- care in primary health serv- Preventative medicine, mental dentistry, and optometry. CCording to administrator McNeel, the center deals almost 28,000 patient visits Year and has an operating of approximately $800,000. in 1972 filled a for medical services which previously not adequate, ac- to a case study prepared by tational Association of County Officials. In fact, only four later, patient loads were so the facility was expanded 3,000 to 9,000 square feet. It 9,750 square feet and ;a staff Of two doctors, a family se practitioner, two registered two licensed practical two laboratory technicians of whom also serves as an X- two social workers, other employees in a variety A private-practice den- optometrist also work at the for people. It's convenient for them to get so many services in one place, and it's ecoromical, too, since it saves on travel." In the early 1970's a group of citi- zens concerned about a lack of medical care in the county organ- ized to look into the feasibility of a medical facility. Plans were ap- proved, and funding for the original $224,640 building were secured from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the state, the County Commission, and the county's Board of Education. The new health center was also successful in ac- quiring two National Health Service Corps physicians through the Public Health Service. The first expansion of the build- ing took place in 1976 with $389,440 secured from the Appala- chian Regional Commission. The most recent addition and renovation project was completed in January 1989 at a cost of $176,000. This amount came from the Public Health Service's Community Health Center Program. A satellite office in Peter- stown was established approxi- mately three years ago and serves patients in the southern portion of the county on Tuesdays. have an excellent staff," Ms ;el says. "The majority of our people have been here center's inception. A lot of dual responsibilities, too." McNeel adds, "One thing about our operation is that ve both primary care and pre- care here under the same Person seated in the waiting COUld be there either for public service or primary care, any the week--for anything from zation, a family planning visit, one of our doctors as a e Patient. It's worked out well Doctors Malcomb Harris and Raul Perez are the center's two full- time physicians. Doctor Harris will be leaving the staff June 30. The center is actively seeking to recruit a replacement for him. "We have a lot of health educa- tion activities," Ms McNeel says. "We strongly believe in preventative care--we believe this is a key to im- proving health care in any location." The center regularly conducts health fairs, senior citizens' educa- tion programs, and provides health education throughout the community and public schools. ANDREA GAINER Extension Agent, Home Economics, Greenbrier County '.he COunter top in your kitchen better days, you may be ring replacing it. Plastic lamit tile and Corian are and offer a variety of colors Less commonly used ~ai~ include stainless steel, and Wood. COunter top material has its ions and it,.; limitation. Stic Laminate -- often called- is the most popular mate- counter tops. It's du- COmes in many colors and is priced. Laminates resist and stains and clean well and water. Hot pots will them and sharp knives can :retch the surface. tile does not burn or so it's commonly used on tops next to the stove. Cut- directly on the tile the ceramic, but it will Ull the sharpest knife. rlan ts a durable, high-den- looks like marble but expensive. It cleans with ~nd water; stains and can be removed with POwder. steel counters are estaurants and hospital they are sanitary I. If their appear- to you, remember that need to be wiped up Stainless steel also D Although it is rare, some people use an inlaid piece of marble counter top in their kitchens. Marble lasts forever although it does stain and scratch easily. -- Butcher block is the most common wood counter top. Wood counter tops don't like water, so spills should not be allowed to stand on them. They also will scorch. Wood counter tops should not be used for chopping or slicing, be- cause the roughened surface can provide a breeding ground for bacte- ria. A wood butcher block is a deco- rative item for kitchens but a cutting board made of hard plastic or acrylic is much safer to use. The only safe way to handle a wooden cutting board is to run it through the dishwasher to kill bacte- ria or scrub it in a very hot, soapy water and then rinse it with bleach. This must be done between each use and immediately after any raw meat has been placed directly on the wood. This means that if chicken has been cut up on a wooden board, the board must be sanitized before any vegetables are chopped on it. Trade or brand names were men- tioned for information only. No en- dorsement or recommendation to the exclusion of other suitable prod- ucts is intended. TODAY'S CHUCKLE: The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do; but how we be- have when we don't know what to do. Monroe Garbage Service News The Monroe County Solid Waste. Authority announces the names, addresses and phone numbers of the trash haulers who operate within Monroe County: Union, within a 10 mile radius, including Gap Mills, Second Creek, Sweet Springs, Sinks Grove, Zenith, Waiteville, Glace: Bob Mann, Union Disposal Service, Union. Phone 753-4744. Peterstown, within a 5 mile ra- dius. David Humphrey, H. A. M. Sanitary Landfill, P. O. Box 576, Pe- terstown. Phone 753-9470. Sinks Grove, Greenbrier Valley Solid Waste, Inc., Box 82, Wil- liamsburg. Phone 1-800-543-8799. Lindside, within a 15 mile area of Ballard, including Creamery, Bozoo, Orchard, Sarton, Red Sulphur, Way- side, Hans Creek. Mountaineer Sanitation Service, P. O. Box 1088, Hinton. Phone 466-1892. At the present, these four haulers are the only ones operating legally within Monroe County. All areas of Monroe County are covered by trash pick-up service. People should call the nearest hauler if they do not know which one serves them. House Bill 3146 and Senate Bill 301 require that all residents either subscribe to trash pickup, or have receipts from a licensed landfill showing that they have disposed of their trash legally. Open, farm dumps are not permitted. In addition, the 1990 legislature passed House Bill 4364 mandating that landfill operators set up a yearly schedule for at least one free day a month for people to haul the equiva- lent of one pick up load of solid waste to the landfill. The telephone number for the H. A. M. Landfill in Peterstown is 753-9470. Trash haulers are licensed by the West Virginia Public Service Com- mission. Residents having problems with haulers should call 1-800-344- 5113 or write, Motor Carrier Divi- sion, West Virginia Public Se'rvice Commission, 201 Brooks St., Char- leston 25323. Include your daytime phone number in your letter so they can call you if necessary. 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