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October 4, 1990

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:00 !Έ :aO October 4, 1990 Thursday and Friday, October 4 & 5, 1990 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS GREENBRIER COUNTY *WVU College Information Night Invitees include high school students and parents, counselors and principals. For more information contact WVU Adrhissions and Records, Marketing and Recruiting at 293-2124. WVU Day Kickoff Banquet (6:30 cash bar, 7:00 dinner) Sponsored by West Virginia University and the West Virginia University Alumni Association. October 5, 1990 High School Programming WVU faculty and staff will conduct classes and activities on various topics. Ramada Inn, Beckley Ramada Inn, Beckley Continuing Education Programs School of Social Work--9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. School of Dentistry--l:30 to 4:30 p.m. *Display and Information Table Free "WV" logo helium balloons for children Reception ~ay, October 6 1990 ~.~.-.:~V_k "30"12:00 WVU Alumni Association Brunch 1:00 Southern West Virginia High Schools Ramada Inn, Beckley Greenbrier Valley National Bank, Lewisburg Brier Inn, Lewisburg Blacksburg Marriott Sponsored by the West Virginia University Alumni Association. Tickets are $12.00 each and reservations are required. Contact the WVU Alumni Association at 293-4731 by October 3. West Virginia University vs. Virginia Tech Football Game Blacksburg, Virginia .free The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, October 4, 1990 5B • a,, ~ =.., ~.-~.- ~,=,,=,,. 1,,r~..,=,==,==,,w~,=,~ :.~.,,,,=,,=~ •. ~ .,=. - Five thousand young people take their lives each year. How will you know if your loved one is thinking about committing suicide? People who are going to com- mit suicide often give signals to let other people know they are about to try to kill themselves. Most people thinking about com- mitting suicide usually talk about it first. They may say, "I'm thinking about killing myself." They may say, "I don't want to live anymore, I wish I were dead." They may say, "I wish I could go to sleep and never wake up." These people may talk about being dead or wonder what it would feel like to be dead. These people may even talk about what it would feel like to be in a casket, six feet in the ground. Remember, eight out of every ten suicide victims told someone they were going to kill themselves before they actually h-led. Anyone who talks about suicide needs help, including those who use suicide or threaten to commit suicide to get their way or to get some sympa- thy from their friends. People who are about to com- mit suicide very often give away valuable possessions. They may tell someone, "You can have this. I don't deserve it anymore," or say, "You can have this. I'm not going to need this where I'm going." These people differ from those who give away things out of love or friendship. People who are about to kill themselves have no intention of replacing the things they give away. In addi- tion to giving things away, .-people who are about to kill themselves may make out a last will. By this time, the person has made up his mind that he is going to go ahead and try to end his life. It's only a question of when he is going to do it unless the proper help is given. People who are thinking about suicide usually take chances with their lives. It ap- pears they have a death wish. They may drive recklessly or do other things which put their lives in danger. It appears these people are looking death in the eye and laughing at it. Not every- one who takes a chance with his life is thinking about committing suicide, but taking chances is a signal suicidal people give before they try to kill themselves, espe- cially if it is unusual for a person to act that way. People who are about to com- mit stalcide experience sudden mood changes. They may be- come depressed or experience drastic mood swings; one minute being very happy and the next minute being very depressed. These people may have trouble sleeping or may sleep too much. These people may have trouble eating or may eat so much they put on a terrific amount of weight. They may stop taking care of themselves; wearing dirty clothes, keeping their room a mess or neglecting personal hy- giene. Not everyone who is de- pressed commits suicide but, people who commit suicide are depressed. If the depression is sudden or the behavior changes happen for no apparent reason then there ls a problem which needs to be taken care of before it's too late. There are other signals some- one who is about to commit sui- cide gives. These signals may in- clude drug use. a sudden drop in schoolwork, a sudden need to stay away from school all to- gether, extreme feelings of hope- lessness or anger, fighting with family members, teachers and friends and staying away from family and friends. Again, not everyone who does these things is going to commit suicide but, people who commit suicide usu- ally do the things just talked about. Remember, if a friend, family member or loved one shows any of the signs I have mentioned above or is acting in a way which isn't considered to be their normal behavior get help as quickly as possible. It's much better to get help and be wrong than it is to do nothing and re- gret it later. Even if the person was not thinking about suicide, you may end up helping the per- son get help for another problem he or she is trying to hide. See you next week. Jeff Artis, Seneca Mental Health, I00 Church St., Lewisburg 24901. r,; Defensive DrivingTests Scheduled ]I M/Sgt. F. B. Woods of the J'J" West Virginia State Police has Ii scheduled a defensive driving course for November 17 at the Mountain Messenger ]I ,The Stands Tall l! In Southeastern Ill Raleigh County Armory, located on the 19-21 by-pass in Beckley. The driving course will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude around 5 p.m. with breaks between ses- sions and a lunch break. The course is designed to remove three points from a driver license. However, if there are more than nlne points on a license or nine points and an outstanding citation, the course will r.ot remove any points and is not for a "DUI" arrest. A fee of $30 is required. If you have any questions you may contact Ser- geant Woods at the Beckley State Folice detachment 256- 6700. Lewisburg Library Friends Meet qt~e Friends of the Greenbrter County IJbrary in Lewisburg will mark the beginning of its second year by holding the Annual Meeting for the purpose of elect- ing officers and to receive the findings of the Audit Committee. The Nominating Committee will present a slate of candidates and nominations will also be received from the floor. To encourage at- tendance, the meeting has been scheduled for evening, convening at 7 p.m. Tuesday October 16 in the Library Annex. Friends work together with the library's Board of Trustees and the librarian to strengthen and expand library services, fa- cilities and resources not readily available through the regular li- brary budget. Thus far the Friends have supported the library through the lbllowing activities and proj- ects: purchase of a dozen pair of Safety Scissors for use during the Children's Hour; manufac- ture of 20 sit-upon pillows for the children; acquisition of a new flag and flagstaff; co6rdina- tion of Garden Club donations which funded a professional landscapers cleanup, mulching and fertilizing of library grounds; purchase of a cordless clock for the second floor of the library anti finally the purchase of a public drinking fountain. This was the first fountain ever pro- vided for the library. In addition, the Friends were instrumental in having the Board of Trustees and the Mayor of Lewisburg ap- prove the installation of central air-conditioning for the library building. Upcoming events Include a book sale in the library base- ment during TOOT October 13 and the annual Salad Luncheon set for November 1 at the United Methodist Church, I.ewisburg. "The success of Friends dur- ing the first year can be directly attributed to the Librarian, Ann Fan', her friendly, efficient staff and Sam Taggart and the other members of the Board of Trus- tees. Without the support, direc- tion and cot~peration they pro- vided, the Friends could not have achieved their initial goals," according to member Kelly Cahill. Federal Funds for Monroe Jobs Now Available Monroe County Vocational Technical Center has received al- locations under the Job Partner Training Act {JP-rA) for unem- ployed youth and adults. Federal JTPA funds are available for training adults in the day pro- gram in the following areas: Building Trades, health Occupa- tion, Metal Trades, Small Busi- ness Management, Information Processing and Masonry. Funds received will pay for travel, tui- tion and supplies. Those inter- ested should contact C. d. Bowles or James Higglnbotham at 832-6724 or Patrtcla Moody at 647-7415. Also, Monroe County Voca- tional Technical Center is offer- lng part-time adult education classes in Computer Literacy (45 hours): Accounting I (45 hours); Carpentry; Masonry; Welding; and Basic Drafting (45 hours) followed by Auto CAD/CNC (45 hours.). White-Westinghouse Heavy-Duty Laundry Pair VAV[ White Nestingh jbse White- Westinghouse 30" Electric Range with Black Glass Oven Door MODEL KF4OOG L~]~ where weshnghouse MOD~L KF4OOG • Select-A-Broil • Normal & Gentle • Auto Dry & Timed Control Agitate/Spin Dry for I egular & • Infinite Heat Controls Speeds Permanent Press/ • Porcelain Enamel • 3-Position Delicates Cooktop, Oven and Water Saver • 180° Door SwingBroiler Pan Control with Reset for Easier Loading • Black Glass Oven • 3 Wash/Rinse & Unloading Door Temperature Combinations ONLY ~ghouse RTI97M White-Westinghouse Frost Free Refrigerator • 18.6 Cu. Ft. 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