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6A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, August 2, 1990 l Helen Woodward FROM THE MAYOR'S DESK By: ILL Gainer, Mayor City of Lewisburg ? Humana Adopts Cloth Diapers Drug Unit Opq At Local Hos The life of a plant brings energy to our world in all of its many forms from germination, growth, to even shedding its leaves to return nutri- ents to the soil. What a plant takes from the earth for life, it returns again many times over at the end of its life cycle. Since herbs are plants with specific characteristics the same beneficial aspects exist. A prime example is the dandelion's tong tap root which pulls needed calcium from the earth's in- ner core up to the soil to re.,ew these necessary elements. If you have a dandelion problem in your yard, check the calcium levels in your soil and either add the neces- san/ nutrients or give the dandelion a few years to finish its work. They will move on when their job is com- plete. ]he root system of plants is simi- lar to our nervous system -- con- stantly relaying and exchanging in- formation throughout the plant itself and within its environment. Their very sensitive tips even help them maintain a sense of direction. If regular life rhythms, like rest and quiet, are interrupted they too will die. ~" Similar strong and tong-rooted plants have similar jobs. All plants, especially herbal, also have other jobs. By supplying needed nutrients for themselves, they provide for us the fruits of their labor. By recogniz- ing their many specialties we can learn to help care for ourselves by finding just the herb we want to sea- son our food, cleanse our skin, or improve the workings of our bodies. THE BEST FOOD, FINEST FOLK, MOST RELAXED ATMOSPHERE IN TOWN FOo D & FRIENDS L a: ua l Dinit AIR CONDITIONED COMFORT Monday Pizza & Wednesday Stir-Fry Nights 645-4548 112 W. Washington St.- Historic Lewisburg "RECYCLE TO SAVE." Citizens of Lewisburg should be familiar with that motto since it has frequently been inscribed on water bills for the past 18 months. Our voluntary curbside recycling program has met initial projections of 25 per cent par- ticipation by citizens and has plateaued at an average 250 house- holds per month recycling 7,000 to 8,000 pounds. That's not bad, but the "handwriting is on the wall" that we wilt have to do better! Members of the Greenbrier County Solid Waste Authority ap- peared at the July Council meeting to update Lewisburg on the prog- ress and problems at the landfill and warn us what will be expected (re- quired) in the future. The message was loud and clear -- more recycling is necessary for the longevity and viability of the landfill. Items under consideration by the Authority include: t) a goal within the next two years that 25 per cent of present landfill volume be recycled (which means approxi- mately ten times our current volume, or 75,000 pounds per month, for Lewisburg). 2) no yard wastes, leaves, aluminum cans or paper will be accepted. 3) tipping fee increase from $20 to $30 per ton immediately with another raise likely, tn other words, we will be forced to recycle to keep costs down. It is in our best interests to cooperate in making our local landfill successful because the alternative of hauling to a regional landfill via a transfer station would be much more costly. We will need to work harder to achieve greater recycling volume from more households. What can we do? We can com- post lawn clippings and leaves into humus to mulch shrubs, gardens and flower beds. We can strive to recycle all of our paper, aluminum, plastic and glass products and urge our neighbors to do the same. We must create a greater conscious- ness about the solid waste problem and the need to recycle -- be sure that everyone understands the mag- nitude of this complex issue. American consumers discard enough aluminum cans every day to build 30 jet planes. We throw away enough iron and steel to continu- ously supply all the nation's auto- makers. We West Virginians create four pounds of waste per person per day. That's 4,000 tons of waste to be disposed of every day. Lewis- burg alone creates five to six tons of waste every day which has to be hauled to the landfill for costly dis- posal. We have to reduce the flow to the landfill and recycling is part of the answer. In view of the looming rate in- crease, the City will undoubtedly have to raise trash collection rates. We are considering a per bag or per can rate rather than a flat rate per household. For example, a fee of $1 to $1.50 per bag or can might re- place the $7.95 monthly residential charge. The more trash you put out the more it will cost -- hopefully en- couraging more recycling. • [ X//// /. L/. / GotaProject...NeedAHand? Can/ e i m i i i i I••Ilil i ill i i ill i Ill Illll liI I I I I I I I I I I I I II Rt. 219 N., 1-64 Interchange Lewisburg, WV. 24901 645-1351 Disposable diapers have become a symbol of the nation's "garbage crisis," No other single consumer product, with the exception of news- papers and beverage and food con- tainers, contributes so much to solid waste. Over 95 per cent of house- holds with children under three use disposable diapers, nationally an- nual disposal cost for diapers ex- ceeds $300 million. Humana HospitaI-Greenbrier Val- ley is doing something about this "crisis." Reusable cotton diapers will be used exclusively in the hospital for all babies. All adult diapers used will be biodegradable• In 1989 Humana Hospital-Green- brier Valley used nearly 30,000 dis- posable diapers• At eight ounces per soiled diaper that is 7-1/2 tons of trash. Using cloth diapers will, there- fore, mean a substantial reduction in the hospital's impact on the landfill of the county. And the waste will go into the sewer system rather than into landfill where it poses a poten- tial infectious threat. Cloth diaper use will also save patients money. Patients will no longer be charged for diapers but will receive them as needed like sheets, towels or pillowcases. Humana assistant executive di- rector Donna Hamilton, who is re- sponsible for laundry services, ex- plains, "Using cloth diapers will cost the hospital over twice as much as using disposables," but we believe that Humana should take the lead and set an example in good, safe, waste management." The hospital's new cotton diapers are not like old fashioned ones. Dia- pers are held in place by a cotton diaper cover with Velcro closures. This means no more pins. Humana laundry manager James Pruitt says, "Cloth diapers are less likely to cause diaper rash or infection than disposables.',' The Humana laundry uses a spe- cial wash cycle for diapers. Hypo- allergenic oxygen bleach with no chlorine and an anti-bacterial soften- ing agent as well as a final rinse are among the special procedures used. Ms Hamilton adds, "Parents first learn about new baby care at the hospital, hopefully our use of cotton diapers will set,an: example which they will cons;tier when they get home because every little bit helps when it comes to saving our envi- ronment." Benefits Are By Traci Morrell Dependence on alcohol drugs is a chronic relapsing The treatment philoso mana Hospital's Chemical ency Unit (CDU) is based on lief that chemical de progressive chronic illness not be cured but recovery in individuals who maintain from addictive drugs. Humana Hospital belief that recovery is a process and that treatment i~ ginning stage of recovery. to Marcella Lewis, Program for CDU at Humana, "It is human nature to deny stages of any illness in the illness will resolve on However, before a patient treatment they must admit is a problem." "The initial objective of is to assist the chemically ent individual to recognize hess, to understand the im of the illness, and to identify fense mechanisms that employed to maintain the the illness• However, the of treatment also supports ~ the fie that recognition of the iltnesS.,,~se as wt enough for treatment to begets shock.. individual must want to dOTlattened thing about the illness on~,~ shock she has admitted there's a Pr~unded k Ms Lewis said. ..~rdinary v In addition, the CDU tre~and it toe approach "supports a fa~ than w~ therapeutic atmosphere, a ~of hay professional staff and the 0~e hay w nity for the chemically de~l~ay w n , .... ass, =ndw~dual to discover and d~ag0n an{ internal resources neces~ng it eve achieve recovery goals," n0~ldn't slid~ Lewis. .A} "Besides introducing a h@lleys witl dividualized program, Huma~lready p~tal offers a good staff patie~asthe ba This highly structured p~ attac meets six days a week in a~This w~ ith the family ~1 a lew grams available," Ms Lewis "As society becomes chemical dependenc, StUck t and treatment is of ha people are getting help fork to day, programs like of t Humana Hospital are hel to one viduals recover before their health and families. ~-~ -- on the Chemical Depende~ ISl ai Humane Hospital'Green~ ~___ Icy is available tO answer atn~ JLTM 1"( tions or provide information ~ ...... " ~ or ~e Greet hour basis at b4/-~,4~ ~ ~;~ • i~tion D s 284-5483," Ms Lewis said. ~& f i~ or sal Home Loan avail mOuth I: The U.S. House of Representa- tives has approved a plan to expand veteran housing benefits to mem- bers of the National Guard and Re- serves. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Harley Staggers, also includes pro- visions to assist homeless veterans. Mr Staggers, who is chairman, of the veterans' Affairs Sub-committee on Housing and memorial Affairs, says extending veteran home loan benefits to members of the Re- serves and National Guard who help make the program sound. The Congressional office estimates the Sta would generate $12 home loan program in the and $35 million over a riod.. The homeless bill would launch a three- program providing ans transitional housing stance abuse counseling. Mr Staggers says his also authorize mortgage have served at least six years is a assistance for veterans. way to "recognize and acknowledge veteran would be able to the contribution made by those serv- to $10,000 in order to avoid ing in the reserves." sure of home loans guaran'. The Second District congress- the Department of VeteranSl man says expanding.participation in The bill, H.R. 5002, willr the home loan program would also considered in the Senate. ~ 1967 CI • _ ..-- la°l Mountain Messe. Is YOUR ] [ewspap ~i~ • H( R t. 6 0, R U p e r t o. L ina Fresh meats, produce, deli, i to, featuring batter Broosted chicken © on Enter drawing for $50 shopping spree give-a-way Saturday, Aug. I t