Twenty women began a 10-week "Strong Women/Strong Bones" weight lifting program led by certified instructor Anne Hernandez of Youngsville at the Otterbein Methodist Church.
The exercise program was part of research done by Dr. Miriam Nelson of Tufts University. The goal is to increase bone density and muscle mass to reduce several aging risk factors in women. The national findings showed that three times a week slowly lifting hand and leg weights improved balance, muscle mass, and may reduce aging risks of osteoporosis, arthritis, need of some medications to control diabetes, and other aging risks. Some women also noted they sleep better, had less depression moods, better control of appetites, and enjoyed the time with others to improve their health.
Photo by Nancy Holmberg
From left, Kerrie Crane of Pittsfield and Sue Haupin of Youngsville watch Anne Hernandez, certified Strong Women/Strong Bones volunteer leader, and Martha DeSimone with a new hand weight exercise during class.
The Penn State University Extension program has been conducting the programs for seven year with volunteer certified leaders. According to Phyllis Wright, Warren County program coordinator, over 275 women have participated in the Warren County program. Wright said, "I thought we had reached all the women who were interested in the program. However, the Pittsfield class continues to be successful with maximum numbers in the class. Women from past classes continue to meet in the Youngsville area."
Throughout the program, emphasis is given to walking and other activities on the days when weights are not lifted. Each class includes nutrition lesson covering information on eating well within the food groups, portion control, understand bone density, medications and motivating factors for good health.
Legion Post meeting
The monthly membership meeting is held at the Youngsville American Legion Post 658, 10 N. Main St., on the second Wednesday of each month. The meeting this month is at 7 p.m. Feb. 10.
A color guard, and honor guard practice is also planned for this month on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. All guard members are asked to meet at the legion at 8:30 a.m. and then to walk together to the Evangelical United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 18 Second St., to practice.
The Veterans' Color and Honor Guard performs for any deceased veteran usually at the church and at the graveside. An American flag is presented to the spouse or family member. For more information, call Bob Bires at 563-4042.
and Pie Social
The Irvine Presbyterian Church Women's Association is holding a Homemade Soup and Pie Social on Sunday, Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Rook Oviatt Social Hall, 905 National Forge Rd., Irvine. Donations are accepted. The public is welcome to attend.
Funds will go to meet the church's mission projects. For information, call Pam Hummel at 563-7988.
Youngsville Library has seen an increase in the number of "gently used" books and DVDs donated for both the annual Book Sale in September and the on-going "Ribbon-Book" sale, located by the circulation desk.
"We are very grateful to all the community members who have donated items for our year-round book sale as well as our major book sale in September," said Library Director, Kristy Wallace. "Although we try to keep a list of all those who have donated, many items are simply placed in our drop-box. But either way, the donated material will either be used on our shelves (especially if it is a wish-list item) or placed in our annual book sale in September."
Among the community members who donated items in 2009 were Pat Mascaro, Ray Neidrick, Todd Mineweaser, Richard Pollard, Tina Peterson, Rob Strander, Dennis Peterson, Andrew and Renae Lucks, Virginia Shaw, Doris Dale David Rifgon, Lora Lewis, Pat Budziak, Jean Zock, Gary Brown, Crissi Winans, Midge Nelson, Glenn Anderson, Andrea Hazeltine, the Brewster Family, Keith and Joanne Oviatt, and Josh Sutton.
Youngsville Library accepts donations of "gently used" adult and children fiction and nonfiction books (both hard cover and paperback), DVDs, and VHS tapes throughout the year. They do not accept Reader's Digest condensed books, magazines, encyclopedias, and textbooks as these particular items are not in demand at the used book sale. Call the library at 563-7670 for more information on which items are accepted.
St. Luke helps
Fr. Neff and the parishioners from St. Luke's Catholic Church surprised Youngsville Library with a donation of two boxes of copy paper.
Old cell phones, with batteries, can be dropped off at the Youngsville Library during regular business hours. These donated cell phones will be used to benefit the elderly and military personnel. St. Luke Church is sponsoring this program and pick-up site.
Library's new books,
"You are probably aware that state and local funding reductions have impacted libraries across the state," said Library Director Kristy Wallace. "But you probably didn't know just how drastically the budget cuts has impacted the amount of reading material that your local library will be able to purchase in 2010."
Previously, Youngsville Library would budget for the purchase of 10 to 12 of the New York Times best-seller books on the adult list, both fiction and nonfiction. This year they reduced the purchase to four or five best-seller books per month because of the budget cut. Although the number of book purchases per month is just one of the many reductions the board has had to make, it is one that they hope to get help with from community readers.
"The library will keep a monthly 'Book Wish-list' at the circulation desk and list Wish-list titles in the newspaper of books that we would like to have placed on our shelves, but can no longer afford to do so," said Wallace. "What we are hoping for are one of three possible options: (1) if you have purchased any of these titles for your own enjoyment and would like to then donate the book for library use or (2) you would just like to purchase a wish-list book on the library's behalf- either at your convenience or by making a book purchase donation at the library, or (3) you would prefer to designate a wish-list book purchase as a 'Memorial' or 'In Honor Of' donation. The important thing to remember is that not just the library will benefit from your generosity, but our community members will directly benefit as well."
To avoid duplications of book titles, contact the library during regular business hours prior to buying a specific item from the book wish-list (as another community member may already have pledged or purchased the item on our behalf). Due to limited shelf space, we can only keep one copy of any given title. Business hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from noon to 4 p.m.
YPL February Wish-list Books: LaHaye, Tim-Matthew's Story; Pellegrin, Charles--Last Train to Hiroshima; Steel, Danielle--Big Girl; Hannah, Kristin-Winter Garden; Stabenow, Dana--Night Too Dark; Palmer, Michael--The Last Surgeon; Collins, Jackie--Poor Little Bitch Girl; Parker, Rober-Split Image.
YPL will be purchasing these best-seller books for February: Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton; Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb; Money to Burn by James Grippando; The Wild Zone by Joy Fielding; Worst Case by James Patterson.
With Bon-Ton Coupons
The Youngsville Public Library has joined the BonTon Community Day 2010 campaign on Feb. 27. For every $5 coupon booklet sold by the library, the $5 donation stays at the library and the coupon booklet buyer gets a $10 coupon for anything at BonTon, a 30 percent off coupon, and six 20 percent off coupons.
Coupon booklets are being sold at the Youngsville Pharmacy, the Youngsville Borough Office, Heaven Scent Flowers, the Youngsville Library and from any library board member or Friend of the Library.
Registration for kindergarten at the Youngsville Elementary/Middle School has begun.
Children may register at the school Thursday, Feb. 18 from 9 to:00 a.m, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
Parents and guardians are asked to pick up a packet at the school or download it at www.wcsdpa.org/youngsville-elementary.cfm, complete it and return the completed packet on registration day.