During Tuesdays meeting, Greg Fowler, executive director, announced that the FRN recently received their grant for the 2012 year.
This means that were in operation for the next year, Fowler said.
He added that the FRN members must write a new community plan as part of the new grant specifications.
Several other issues were discussed during the meeting as well, including the Mason County Teen Court system. According to Fowler, teen court recently received a grant as well. Fowler said that he visited all three area high schools to recruit new attorneys and that training sessions have been scheduled.
Teen attorneys will meet with a real attorney, we will do training and then we will do a mock trial...teen court is moving forward, Fowler said. Right now we have two cases ready to be tried. Both of the cases deal with the use of tobacco in school.
In other business:
Those in attendance were updated on the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition. Currently, the coalition plans to tailgate at area high school football games. The coalition also will have a booth set up at the upcoming Halloween Block Party, slated for Oct. 27 at the Point Pleasant Riverfront Park. Their booths slogan will be Dont be a dumb dumb, be a life saver. The coalition also will participate in Drug Take Back Day, slated for Oct. 29. In addition, the coalition will be the featured presenter at this months Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting. Other coalition plans include continuing the Sticker Shock campaign, which promotes awareness that it is illegal to both sell and buy alcohol for minors.
Fowler reported that the new FRN Resource Directory will be available at the October meeting. The directory also will be available electronically.
It was announced that the FRN will participate in the Halloween Block Party. According to Fowler, the block party will take place on the same night as Trick-or-Treat.
Fowler announced that the FRN Family Christmas will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 at the former Central School gymnasium. According to Fowler, the Family Christmas is the FRNs biggest event. Area businesses participate and all children who attend get to take home a craft as well as get their photo taken with Santa Claus.
It was announced that the Mason County Special Olympics committee meets on the second Monday of each month at the Mason County Library. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. In addition, the Special Olympics have started bowling practice. Mason County participants will participate in bowling tournaments on Oct. 28-30 in Parkersburg.
It was announced that the Huntington Harvest of Books drive will take place Sept. 26-30. All donated books will benefit the Marshall University Pediatrics Reach Out and Read program. Both new and gently used paperback and hardback books will be accepted. For more information, contact Connie Mayle at 304-523-8929, ext. 112.
It was reported that starting Sept. 1, Mason County residents were eligible for the UniCare Health Plan. UniCare currently serves 53 counties in West Virginia.
It was announced that the Great American Smokeout will take place Nov. 17. The goal of the smokeout is to quit smoking for one whole day with the eventual goal to be to quit for good.
It was reported that the start of the new 4-H year will begin Oct. 1. Oct. 2-8 also is National 4-H Week. The 4-H Frozen Food sale also will take place Oct. 4. The sale will help to pay for camp fees. Children in third grade through age 21 are eligible to participate. There is no fee to take part in 4-H. Children ages 5-8 are eligible for the 4-H Cloverbuds program.
The Mason County Health Department will host a Prostate Cancer Screening today.
Diana Riddle, of the Mason County Health Department, announced that the health department will partner with the CEOS organization to host the Breast Cancer Walk, slated for Oct. 16. A wreathe hanging for Breast Cancer Awareness Month will take place 10 a.m. Oct. 3. Since Octobers Breast Cancer Awareness Month color is pink, Riddle also distributed pink awareness ribbons to those in attendance.
It was reported that the Mason County Youth Advantage recently volunteered at the Second Annual Mothman 5K Run/Walk, which took place Sept. 17.
Gail Stewart reported that Leon Elementary School recently received a $5,000 grant for the purchase of laptop computers. Stewart also announced that the Leon Elementary Homecoming Festival will take place Saturday. There will be entertainment and crafters on hand.
It was reported that the Heart of Appalachia has not yet received funding for the 2012 year. Due to this, services are currently suspended.
The next meeting will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Mason County Courthouse Annex.