Musicians from all over the region will be gathering next Saturday, December 10, at the historic Ariel Opera House in Gallipolis, Ohio for the annual Ariel Merry TubaChristmas. This 2 pm concert is part of a nationwide celebration of low brass music created by Harvey Phillips. Now in it’s 40th year, Merry TubaChristmas is presented in over 250 cities throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. In an unusual turn of events, the concert itself is free to everyone but the participants pay to perform as per the request of Phillips himself to provide funding to continue the tradition throughout the country.
Phillips was inspired to create TubaChristmas as an annual event honoring his teacher, the late great tubist William J. Bell who was born on Christmas day in 1902. Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages gather to pay respect to all the great artists and teachers who represent their heritage. Every TubaChristmas performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for low brass by American composer Alec Wilder who died on Christmas Eve 1980. Through Wilder, TubaChristmas concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions.
TubaChristmas ensembles attract players from 8 to 80. The warm, rich, organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won over the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TubaChristmas has become an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.
Tickets not needed for this FREE event at the Ariel located at 426 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis, Ohio. For more information, visit our website at arieltheatre.org.
Socks for Troops program off to a great start...
As of Sunday, November 27, 2016, Shoe Sensation’s Sock for Troops program has collected 3,996 pairs of socks and 585 shoe laces for local veterans and active duty military overseas. The program is receiving tremendous community participation and Shoe Sensation thanks all who have donated so far on behalf of our troops and veterans.
Smoking is one of the worst health habits Americans have. Before cigarettes became common, lung cancer was a rare cancer, but with society’s introduction of cigarettes it became one of the most common. Even women show a marked increase in lung cancer. And today, the American Cancer Society (ACS) says tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of disease and premature death. Holzer joins the ACS in supporting The Great American Smokeout.
The American Cancer Society has set the third Thursday of November as an annual date to help people stop smoking. This year’s Great American Smokeout falls on Thursday, November 17. To recognize this event, Holzer will have an information table available in the Gallipolis Medical Center Cafeteria during breakfast and lunch with representatives to speak with individuals about tobacco cessation. A turkey, donated by Piggly Wiggly, is a door prize for those who sign up during the event to quit smoking. The event is organized by the Holzer Low Dose CT Scan Program.
Finding early signs of lung cancer was once next to impossible, however, studies are proving that screening with low-dose CT scans may identify the beginnings of disease in high-risk patients. Holzer is proud to offer this type of screening at our Athens and Gallipolis locations and has recently received a grant from Whedon Cancer Detection Foundation to provide a limited number of free screenings.
About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.
But quitting tobacco even if you have been a long time smoker, has major benefits, which start immediately after stopping, and can give you back years of life.
The American Cancer Society publishes these facts:
But it is hard to quit. Nicotine in tobacco is a powerful addiction. Both the American Cancer Society and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) have helpful programs.
Resources from the American Cancer Society include: A Guide to Quit: The Benefits of Quitting, voice blogs on tobacco and smoking, a “Quit for Life” App provided by Alere Wellbeing for Iphones and Androids, and more. The CDC provides Counselors, Quit Plans, Self Help plans, and Latest information on medicines. These include patches, gum, nasal sprays, inhalers, lozenges, and pills. Most require prescriptions from your doctor. For additional resources, please visit smokefree.gov, women.smokefree.gov, or teen.smokefree.gov. The CDC can be reached at 1-800-232-4636 or 1-888-232-6348.
Holzer is proud to welcome Robbie Pugh as a member of the Holzer Health System Board of Directors.
Pugh is the owner of several businesses in Gallipolis, Ohio, including Eleven VII Interactive, Rocket VII Interactive, Silver Screen VII, and Pip and Hud’s. In addition, Pugh contributes to several Community Boards including the Gallia County Community Improvement Committee, Downtown Revitalization Project, and the Gallia-Vinton ESC Business Advisory Council.
“We are excited to have Robbie join the Holzer Board of Directors,” stated Brent Saunders, Chairman of the Board, Holzer Health System. “Robbie’s vision and enthusiasm for our communities is appreciated and welcomed by our Board Members, which are focused on improving not only the health of our residents, but continuing to advance the local opportunities for the communities we serve.”
Left to right: Michael Canady, CEO, Holzer Health System, Robbie Pugh, Board Member, Holzer Health System, and Brent Saunders, Chairman of the Board, Holzer Health System.
“I am extremely honored to be chosen as a member of the Board of Directors at Holzer Health System,” stated Pugh. “I look forward to learning from and working alongside the current board members, and hope to bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to the ever-changing field of health care.”
Pugh has received several awards including the Gallia County Citizen of the Year, presented by the Gallipolis Lions Club in June 2016, and recognition by the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce for the Sudden Impact Award in January 2013 and the Committee of the Year in for the Downtown Revitalization Project in January 2014 and the Marianne Campbell Volunteer of the Year in January 2015.
“Robbie is an energetic individual who is truly fully vested in our communities,” stated Michael Canady, MD, MBA, CPE, FACS, CEO, Holzer Health System. “I look forward to working with him as a Board Member as we continue to advance Holzer services. We are committed to being the best possible health care system for our friends, family members, and neighbors.”
Pugh received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Rio Grande and is a graduate of Jackson High School. He and his wife, Tessa, reside in Gallipolis with their children, Piper and Hudson.
SHOE SENSATION COLLECTS SOCKS FOR TROOPS
Shoe Sensation is collecting socks for active Military and local Veterans
NOVEMBER 1st-DECEMBER 24th, 2016-Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name brand
family shoe stores, is sponsoring Socks For Troops company wide. Each store will be collecting
socks for active duty military or local veterans in or around the community. Shoe Sensation will
have military approved socks in store and customers will be able to receive 20% off the socks
donated. Customers will also be able to bring in new socks to be donated.