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Red Cross Bloodmobile held in Ford City

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile was held April 17 at the former Holy Trinity School in Ford City. A total of 33 pints was collected.

Those earning gallon pins were 11-gallon, Kay Shedwick; 9-gallon, Thomas Bernot; 7-gallon, Bob Kovalovsky; and 1-gallon, Jill Beatty. Family groups: Larry and Michael Raybuck, and Duane and Jeff Hileman. First-time donor was Philip A. Green.

Bloodmobile volunteer workers were Gert Benigni, walker; Louann Nicoda, greeter; Kate Smerick and Betty Pechan, records; Josephine Humenik, canteen; Debby Szymanski, Vi Baculik and Dorothy Gross, kitchen.

The Manor Township Lions sponsored this bloodmobile.

The next bloodmobile will be June 19.

Thanks are extended to the Rev. Edward Lewis, pastor of Christ, Prince of Peace Church, for making the facilities available for these drives.

Fitness programs set by hospital

ACMH Hospital Foundation has partnered with the American Heart Association to bring two summer fitness programs to Armstrong County.

Dance Pittsburgh will be teaching Latin moves through their Cardio Salsa program beginning May 12. Butler Jazzercise will begin providing fitness fun through its jazzy routines on June 2.

Sessions will be in the Continuing Education Classroom at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital in East Franklin.

A mix of both classes will be offered on Saturdays, through Aug. 11. Registration forms are available at the hospital or downloadable online. There is a $5 fee per session (each session equals three classes). The four sessions are the Saturdays of May 12-June 2, June 9-June 23, June 30-July 14, and July 21– Aug. 11. Classes are limited to 30 per session.

Information and downloadable registration forms are available at the foundation Web site at

Direct questions to to 724-543-8850 or [email protected]

Pregnancy loss group meets

Precious Dreams, a pregnancy loss support group will be from 7 -8:30 p.m. May 8 in Conference Room 1, second floor, at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, East Franklin.

The group meets the second Tuesday of the month. The support group is for all who are dealing with infertility, loss during pregnancy and loss during or shortly after birth. There is no charge. Pre-registration is not required but recommended.

For information. call Jolene at VNA Hospice: 724-431-3520 or Lori at the office of Drs. Maureen Russell and Stephen Paterno at 724-543-8527.

Summer camp offered for children

Family Behavioral Resources, a family-focused therapy has announced a therapeutic summer camp program for children ages 5-12 with autism spectrum disorders.

The camp will take place at the Armstrong County YMCA. Tentative dates of June 18-Aug 10, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Transportation will be provided by MATP.

For more information, contact Family Behavioral Resources at 724-548-7747. The deadline to register is Thursday.

Red Cross offers classes, blood drives

The American Red Cross classes offered for May at its location at 418 Third Ave., Suite 4, Ford City are:

• Adult CPR Training: 6-10 p.m. Wednesday

• First Aid and Child Infant CPR: 6-10 p.m Wednesday

• Adult, Child or Infant Recertification: 6-10 p.m. May 9

• First Aid Recertification: 6-10 p.m. May 17

• Adult CPR Training: 6-10 p.m. May 22

• First aid and Child Infant CPR: 6-10 p.m. May 23

• CPR Professional Rescue/AED 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19

For more information, call 724-763-2272.

Class available upon request are adult, child and infant automated external defibrillation. To make arrangements, call the Armstrong County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 724-763-2272.

The American Red Cross blood drives for May are:

May 9, noon-6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 251 Main St., Leechburg; May 15, noon-6 p.m., First Church of God, 507 20th St., North Apollo; May 25, 2-7 p.m., Elderton Elementary School, Lytle Street, Elderton, open to public by appointment only. Call 724-354-2131.

IUP offers EMT course

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Emergency Services Training will offer its 2007 summer emergency medical technician basic (EMT-B) Training Program beginning in June.

This is a 128-hour course intended to prepare the participant to deliver pre-hospital emergency medical care. The EMT-B course is designed for individuals desiring to work on an ambulance, as well as others who might be in positions where emergency medical training would be beneficial.

The course will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday- Friday, June 18-Aug. 7. The cost is $375.

Pre-registration is required. Anyone interested should complete an enrollment form and return it with a $100 non refundable deposit by June 8. Checks should be made payable to IUP.

For information and to register, contact the Division of Emergency Services Training at 724-357-4052.

ACMH group sets special event

Armstrong County Memorial Hospital Foundation will sponsor a free 2K Wellness Walk and Pet Parade beginning at 9 a.m. May 5 on the hospital campus. The wellness walk is a part of the ASD Win by Walking series, to promote walking as a fitness choice.

Jo Carrigan and Linda Newell, lead walkers in Leslie Sansone’s walking tapes, are scheduled to attend. They will provide the crowd with a walking demonstration, sign autographs, pose for photos and judge the costume contest. Participants, their families and pets should dress for Cinco De Mayo.

Prizes for first and second place will be awarded in each category. Every registered child grades K-12 will be guaranteed a gift and a chance to win prizes such as bicycles, iPods and sports equipment.

Registration forms will be circulated through Armstrong School District and Divine Redeemer Schools. Online registration is available at The Wellness Walk is free.

Details: 724-543-8850 or [email protected]

Support groups meet in Kittanning

Support groups meet at these locations:

• Eating disorder support group: 6-8 p.m. Fridays, Union Avenue Methodist Church, 421 Union Ave., Kittanning.

• Bipolar: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, New Vision Drop-in Center, 107 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning.

• Depression (spiritually based support group): 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Mental Health Association, 150 S. Jefferson St., Kittanning.

• Anger management: 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, New Vision Drop-in Center, 107 N. Jefferson St., Kittanning.

• The original depression support group: 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays, Union Avenue Methodist Church, 421 Union Ave., Kittanning.

The groups are sponsored by the Mental Health Association in Armstrong County.

Double Trouble meets Wednesdays

Double Trouble (dual-diagnosed) will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at ARC Manor, 200 Oak Ave., Kittanning. Details: 724-548-5054.

Senior-citizen driving classes offered

Seniors for Safe Driving and St. Andrew’s Village and ACMH Hospital will sponsor a highway-safety education program for age 55 and older. The program is certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and, upon completion, senior citizens will be eligible for a 5 percent discount on their automobile insurance premiums for a period of three years.

The seven-hour class is divided into two 31?2-hour sessions. There is no testing or on-the-road driving.

Tuition is $16.

Class locations, date and times: 5:30-9 p.m. May 10-11 at ACMH Hospital, 1 Nolte Drive, East Franklin, and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 17-18 at St. Andrew’s Village, 1155 Indian Springs Road, Indiana.

Details: 800-559-4880. Register online at or www.sfsd-; or mail to Seniors for Safe Driving, P.O. Box 2132, Butler, PA 16003.

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