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IUP schedules EMT training

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Division of Emergency Services Training will offer its 2006 Summer Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Training Program June 19-Aug. 7.

This is a 128-hour course intended to prepare the participant to deliver pre-hospital emergency medical care. The course is designed for individuals desiring to work on an ambulance as well as others who may be in positions where emergency medical training would be beneficial. This would include immediate response personnel (IRP), rescue personnel, coal miners, allied health professionals, EMS dispatchers, safety professionals, school nurses, nursing majors interested in becoming a pre-hospital registered nurse.

The program will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Cost is $350, which includes textbook.

Pre-registration is required. A $100 nonrefundable deposit is due by June 5. Enrollment is limited and will be accepted until the class is filled. Late registration will be accepted if space is available; however,there will be a $50 fee included for all registrations received after June 5.

The EMT-B Pennsylvania Department of Health certified course is approved by the Veterans’ Administration for benefits.

For more information, call 724-357-4052.

Red Cross sets classes, blood drives

American Red Cross classes offered for May at 433 Butler Road, Kittanning are: 6 to 10 p.m. May 19, First-Aid Recertification; 6 to 10 p.m. May 23 and 24, Workplace Training; and beginning at 9 a.m. at the chapter house May 27, CPR AED for the Professional Rescuer. For more information, call 724- 543-1392.

Classes offered on request include lifeguard management, baby-sitting, and adult, child and infant automated external defibrillation. Call the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 724-543-1392.

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held 1-7 p.m. tomorrow at the former Holy Trinity Church, 1008 Sixth Ave., Ford City.

Alzheimer support group meets Wednesday

An Alzheimer Support Group will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kittanning Care Center, Route 422 East Kittanning.

VNA hospice seeks volunteers

Volunteering improves not only the lives of those who are helped, but also those who help. Anyone who is looking for a place to use their time and talent can call VNA Hospice of Western Pennsylvania at 724-431-3502.

Safe-driving course to be offered

“Seniors for Safe Driving,” a highway-safety education program for people age 55 and older, will be sponsored by St. Andrews Village and Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin. The program is an opportunity for senior citizens to become safer drivers and reduce their automobile-insurance premiums.

Pennsylvania law mandates that all drivers 55 and older receive a minimum 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premium for three years when the course is completed.

This seven-hour class is divided into two 3 1/2-hour sessions and will feature audio and visual aids with night-vision testing. There is no written examination or behind-the-wheel testing.

Class times, dates and locations are:

• 8:30 a.m.-noon May 25-26, June 22-23 and July 13-14 at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, 1 Nolte Drive, East Franklin

• 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and June 15-16 at St. Andrews Village, 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana

For information or to register, call 800-559-4880; register online at or; or mail to Seniors For Safe Driving, P.O. Box 2132, Butler, PA 16003.

Blood pressure readings scheduled

The monthly free blood pressure readings, scheduled by the Visiting Nurses Association, are:

Tomorrow: 10-10:30 a.m., VNA Office Ford City, 1410 Fifth Ave., Ford City.

Thursday: 10-10:30 a.m., East Brady Hi-Rise, Broad Street, East Brady.

May 24: 10-10:30 a.m., Balcony Towers Hi-Rise, 301 S. McKean St., Kittanning; 10:30-11 a.m., Garden Towers Hi-Rise, 280 S. McKean St., Kittanning; , 11-11:30 a.m., No. 1 Hi-Rise Armstrong Court, 100 N. Grant Ave., Kittanning; , 11:30 a.m.-noon, The Salvation Army Building, 205 S. Jefferson, Kittanning; 1-1:30 p.m., Rural Valley fire hall, Rural Valley; and 2-2:30 p.m., Marion Center Bank, Dayton.

Grief support group schedules meeting

Weathering Grief, an ongoing, monthly grief-support group, will meet 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Armstrong County Health Center Adult Day Care Center, 265 S. McKean St., Kittanning. This meeting is open to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. There is no fee. Meetings are the third Tuesday monthly. The event is sponsored by VNA Hospice, Western Pennsylvania. For more information, call Jolene at 800-245-3042 or 724-431-3520.

Cancer survivors conference scheduled

The American Cancer Society is inviting Armstrong County Cancer Survivors to the American Cancer Society’s 18th Annual Cancer Survivors Conference to be held Saturday at The Great Hall at Heinz Field. The conference is designed to help cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers, to deal with cancer.

Erin Vero, ACS cancer-control specialist for Armsmtrong County said, “Cancer survivors — whether one day since a diagnosis or three decades, never need to face cancer alone. Survivors can find support from other people with cancer, as well as from medical professionals such as nurses, social workers and other caregivers, who will be on hand at the conference to share vital information concerning cancer.”

Registration deadline is Wednesday. The conference is free for cancer survivors, and $5 for caregivers, family and friends, and includes parking, lunch and a T-shirt. For information and registration, call 1-888-227-5445. Free bus transportation will be provided for interested Armstrong County residents by calling Erin at 412-919-1091.

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