Suicide prevention program to be held

Dr. Bill Bauer, Marietta College professor, shares his son’s story during a free family suicide prevention program, “Reducing the Stigma: A Family Suicide Prevention Program” in the Fort Frye High School auditorium this Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. In partnership with Fort Frye Local Schools, Dr. Bauer walks through his personal story of his son’s suicide, making references to signs and symptoms.

Prevention strategies and resources are provided. A question and answer session immediately follows his presentation. Topic covered during the presentation include: What are the signs of suicide? What is suicidal behavior? What are the causes of suicide? How can I recognize depression?

Due to the sensitive nature of the presentation, it is advised that the audience be students over the age of 14 along with their families.

For more information, call 740-984-2497, extension 302.



All area women are reminded registration for the Beverly United Methodist Women’s “Happy Trails” retreat scheduled for this Saturday, September 16 are due by tomorrow, September 11. The day begins at 9 a.m., with registration at 8:30.

Speakers for the day are Judy Long from the Jackson Area Ministry and Ty Smith sharing his stories about promoting health and wellness with Native Americans in Central Ohio. Workshops include Jerry Thompson from the Zane Grey Museum, Gertie Stilts speaking about Moses, Miranda Shumar with Essential Oils, Marlene Work sharing stories about therapeutic riding, Susanne Burchett presenting a review of the book “I Will Always Write Back” as well as further presentations by the day’s keynote speakers.

Lunch will be provided for everyone in attendance free of charge.

To register or ask further questions, contact the church at 740-984-2100. The church is located at 700 Park Street in Beverly, Ohio.



September programs are continuing at the Beverly Public Library. Be sure to see what is available for you and your family. Tuesday, September 12, begins Family Classes. This week’s class is “Autumn Planters”. Check with the library for specific times if you’re interested in this family-oriented program. Preschool Story time begins Wednesday, September 13 at 11 a.m. This is for all children ages 2-6 that are accompanied by an adult that will remain with them throughout the entire story time. Story times can include crafts, games, snacks, music, and to keep up with everything that’s happening at the library. You can also contact the library at 740-984-4060. Plenty of good books. Look for a new ‘twist’ to story time coming in November, December, and January — Tuesday Night Story Time! The movie marathon is planned for the Saturday, September 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Beverly Library is located on McIntosh Street in Beverly. Check out the library’s Facebook page.


Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.