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Red Wave - State Champions
Tony Jones has every reason to be proud of his Red Wave squad. They defeated Richmond Metro Gold 71 - 54 for the State Title. The 12-and-under basketball tournament was held April 19-20 in the Vine Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg. The Red Wave (14-0) will be the No. 1 team in July's National Tournament in Salt Lake City July 18-27, 1997. These kids really stood up and played basketball. Two of the games in the tournament were really close, but in the championship we shot 70 percent from the field, said Jones. Frankie Harris, Marcus Becker and Korey Townsend scored a team high 15 points each. Townsend also hit three 3-point field goals. Alexay Hairston, with 17 points in a semi-final game, finished with 12 in the title matchup. Everybody stepped up for us in the championship, said Jones. It was an overall team effort. Other coaches kept coming up to us saying, Your kids are playing with a lot of confidence. This is our program's seventh State Title in the last nine years. How many kids can say that they were a part of that. Last year we had great community support in which we raised $15,000 to fund the national tournament to Cocoa, Florida, said Assistant Coach Dana A. Pettie. We will need greater community, civic, church and business support in order to raise the $25,000 to fund the trip to the National Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FREE HOMEOWNERSHIP CLASSES IN LYNCHBURG

RICHMOND, VA - Free homeownership educational classes, sponsored by the Virginia Housing Development Authority and the Lynchburg Mortgage Bankers Association, will be held in Lynchburg in June. This free course offer information on budgeting, buying a house and the mortgage loan process. The two-part seminar will be offered on Thursday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at the United Way Community Room, 1010 Miller Park Square, Lynchburg. To register, call the Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Corp. at (804) 846- 6964. Local mortgage bankers, real estate agents, credit counselors, a home inspector and a loan closing attorney will present information about their roles in helping people become homeowners. The classes have been approved by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and several private mortgage insurance companies for eligibility under their community homebuyer programs. Those completing the course will receive a certificate of completion.
"We hope that the classes will help clear up some of the mystery and confusion surrounding the homeownership process," said VHDA Executive Director John Ritchie, Jr. "People who take advantage of the opportunity will be a step ahead if they decide that homeownership is right for them." Additional classes will be offered in Lynchburg throughout 1997. For more information on dates of upcoming classes, call the Lynchburg Neighborhood Development Corp. at (804) 846-6964. VHDA offers low-interest rate mortgages for low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers. Lower downpayment, closing costs and interest rate programs from VHDA make homeownership possible for eligible individuals and families. Since its creation in 1972 by the General Assembly, the Virginia Housing Development Authority has helped more than 400,000 Virginians obtain affordable housing - more than 95,000 first homes and more than 47,000 affordable apartment units.
Free Screening for Anxiety Disorders
LYNCHBURG... OnMay 7, 1997, Virginia Baptist Hospital's Mental Health Services and the Mental Health Association of Central Virginia, Inc. will offer a free screening for anxiety disorders, The screening will be part of a nationwide screening that day sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health and Anxiety Disorders Association of America, The site of the local screening will be the Craddock Auditorium at Virginia Baptist Hospital, 3300 Rivermont Avenue. Screening times will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Dierich Kaiser, psychiatrist with Piedmont Psychiatric Center in Lynchburg, will present the program, "Making Anxiety and Stress Work With You," from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Kaiser is a graduate of the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine. As an undergraduate, he was an Echol's Scholar. He trained in adult psychiatry at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., and in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University. At each screening session, participants will watch a short video describing the symptoms of anxiety disorders, complete a brief Questionnaire and have the opportunity to talk with a mental health professional. All of the screenings are free and confidential. Anxiety disorders affect approximately 25 percent of Americans at some point in their lives. These disorders include: ¥ Phobia - persistent, intense and irrational fear associated with a particular object or situation. ¥ Social Phobia - persistent fear of situations in which a person may bescrutinized by others and fears humiliation. ¥ Panic Disorder - repeated, unprovoked attacks of terror, accompanied by physical symptoms, including chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, weakness and sweating. ¥ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that cause anxiety, often accompanied by ritualized behaviors (compulsions) to relieve this anxiety. Common obsessions include fear of dirt, germs or contamination common compulsions include excessive cleaning, counting and double-checking. ¥ Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - caused when someone experiences severely distressing or traumatic events. Common symptoms are recurring nighunares, flashbacks, avoidance of people, unprovoked anger, jumpiness, inability to concentrate and insomnia. For more information about the anxiety disorders screening, call Virginia Baptist Hospital's Mental Health Services, (804) 947-4447 or Mental Health Associaton of Central Virginia, Inc., (804) 847-9055.
African American Woman Joins The Ranks Of Medical Doctors ChaSheryl Leslie graduated from Meharry Medical College on May 17, 1997. She is the daughter of Charlie Leslie and Shirley Reynolds Leslie, formerly of Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Leslie is the granddaughter of the late Garfield and Queen Reynolds. She was inducted into the National Medical Honor Society, which is the Alpha Phi Alpha. Doctor Leslie will begin her residency program at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. in July. She will specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology. ChaSheryl deserves high praise for her tremendous achievement.
Lynchburg Singles Meet
There was a recent meeting at Shoney's Restaurant of the Lynchburg Singles Club. Enjoying the camaraderie and the Luncheon Buffet were hostess Mary Pullen, club founder Juanita Alease Brown, Elizabeth Otey, Josephine Scott, and Louise Johnson. Emphasizing the importance of family values and family ties, Mary Pullen shared treasured memories about her family and displayed vintage photographs from the family photo album. The experience was an inspiring one for all.
Captain Todd Lamart Woodson recently took command of C Company, 1-10th Aviation Regiment during a ceremony at Ft. Drum, NY. As commander he is responsible for eight OH-58D helicopters as well as 26 soldiers. Cpt. Woodson was also awarded the Army Achievement Medal for his services during a recent exercise at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. He is a 1986 graduate of George Washington High School, the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1991 and the US Army Intelligence Officers course in 1996. He is married to the former Maria Jones of Parkton, NC, and is the son of Raleigh and Betty Woodson, 614 Claiborne Street, Danville, VA
LYNCHBURG.....The intensive care nursery at Virginia Baptist Hospital will celebrate the 25th year of the neonatal unit at a birthday party and reunion on Sunday, May 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the front lawn of the hospital. All graduates of the hospital's intensive care nursery and their families are invited to attend. The intensive care nursery opened in October, 1972. Dr. Peter Houck, local pediatrician and first medical director of the unit, was instrumental in starting the unit. Today, three neonatologists and 39 registered nurses are on staff in the intensive care nursery. In 1973, the hospital began the first neonatal ground transport system on the east coast. Infants are transported in the neonatal transport van to Virginia Baptist Hospital from many surrounding counties that have community hospitals such as Halifax, Danville, Farmville and Bedford. The smallest baby admitted to the unit weighted just over one pound at birth. Annually the unit has about 250 admissions and the neonatal van transports approximately 120 infants. The birthday party will include cake, games, clowns and tours of the intensive care nursery. In the event of rain, activities will be moved to the hospital's Craddock Auditorium.
Deidre (Dee) Saunders Graduated
So many of our very fine young people leave Lynchburg and we never hear of what they are doing, especially when they are doing well. One of these people is our very own Deidre (Dee) Saunders, the daughter of Mrs. Corrine Saunders and the late Mr. Roncevert Saunders. She finished E. C. Glass High School and subsequently enrolled and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. receiving a degree in Engineering. "Dee," as she is so affectionately known, is doing well in Washington, D.C. where she is a Civil Engineer with the WASA (Washington Area Sanitation Agency?), where she has been associated for the past 14 years. Ms. Saunders is currently Chief of Project Management Section II. This section is responsible for all water and sewer construction in the District of Columbia. She has a staff of seven employees who work with her on various projects. She also works with the snow removal program in D. C. In addition to her job responsibilities, Ms. Saunders is currently President of the Water and Waste Operators Association of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia, a 530 member organization covering WWOA and the Chesapeake Water Environment Association. This lovely young lady, when not working hard, loves swimming, water skiing, gardening, home improvements, the arts, movies, sun, sand and travel.
Her favorite quote: "There is always time enough to do it over but never enough time to do it right the first time". "Dee", we are very, very proud you!!
 

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