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Wetzel Commission Approves Proclamation For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Staff | Oct 10, 2018

During its regular Sept. 20 meeting, the Wetzel County Commission approved of a proclamation designating West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day as October 1, 2018 and Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October 2018. The request was made by Marilyn Thomas and Liz Hartman. The ladies also requested two wreaths be displayed in the courthouse in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This request was also approved. The proclamation noted the following:

In 2018, an estimated 1,4500 West Virginia women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 285 women will die from the disease. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of cancer related deaths among WV women. A woman has about a 1 in 8 (12%) chance of developing breast cancer in her lifetime and about 1 in 38 (2.6%) chance of dying from the disease.

Currently, the best method to reduce deaths due to breast cancer is through early detection of the disease. Women age 50 and older should have a mammogram every year. Women ages 40-49 should talk with their health care provider about their screening schedule. Clinical breast exams by a physician or nurse are recommended every three years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE.

Clinical breast exams, breast self-exams, and mammograms can save lives. Women should talk to their health care provider about their individual screenings schedule.

In recognition of the important lifesaving early detection practices available for breast cancer, we the County Commissioners of Wetzel County, do here by proclaim October 1, 2018, as West Virginia Breast Cancer Awareness Day and October 2018 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We urge all Wetzel County women to become aware that they are at risk for developing breast cancer and to discuss screening with their health care providers.

In another matter, the commission met with Roger Spragg regarding the Wetzel County Autumn Fest. They provided a waiver for the kayakers, regarding the kayaking event, and a copy of their insurance – due to the scheduled demolition derby. Clarification was also requested as to whether wine is allowed to be served at Autumn Fest. It was stated the policy has always been that if there is any alcohol of any kind, it has to be in a building or a shelter. However, the commission decided to put off a decision so they could verify the exact wording of the policy.

Mr. Spragg also requested permission for four people to have golf carts for the event. The commission stated it was fine, as long as insurance was presented.

In another matter, a motion was made to approve payment to the county assessor for his completion of the Farm Census of 2018.

Also, New Martinsville Recorder Kimberly Whiteman and New Martinsville Police Department Donnie Harris spoke to the commission regarding a purchase of a cruiser by the city, as well as the training of a county K-9. Harris stated the department is having a difficult time with police cruisers. He stated the department has had several that have well over 100,000 miles. NMPD was able to replace two of them this year. However, the department’s cruisers have deteriorated badly within the past few years, and NMPD is behind in replacement. Detective Harris said his cruiser is currently up for replacement. It is a 2006 model with 186,000 miles, and it also has a few problems. It is also the city’s only K-9 vehicle. NMPD would like to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which has a unit price of $25,892. He said this vehicle would be available to other officers with a K-9 unit.

In another matter, the commission recently met with Allen Rush regarding a farming meeting for the sustainability on Farming for WV. Rush requested a waiver for the fee of the Mollohan Center for the meeting. The commission approved this request.

A motion was made and passed to approve the advice and consent on the hiring of Benjamin M. Placer as deputy sheriff for the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Department. The commission also met with Betty Klug, Relay for Life representative, who requested that the commission waive the fee for the use of the Mollohan Center for a fundraiser on Oct. 18. The commission agreed to waive the fee for the Relay for Life fundraiser.