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HEALTH TALK EDITION • Winter 2012-13 presented by Danville Regional Medical Center

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TOP TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY TOP HEALTH CONCERNS FACING THE DAN RIVER REGION IS THERE A PLACE? WHY DAN RIVER REGION & WHY DRMC DANVILLE REGIONAL’S COMPREHENSIVE TEAM: A LOOK BEHIND THE SCENES BE THE CHANGE: EXPANDING HEALTH CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY LET’S GET TOGETHER: GETTING INVOLVED ONE LOVE. ONE HEART: BEING A PART OF THE COMMUNITY A LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE: THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY THE POP CULTURE TIME CAPSULE: DRMC HEALTHCARE PROVIDER INTERESTS ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DRMC: ON THE REGION AND VIRGINIA

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FEATURES

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT HURT

HE SAID SHE SAID The Christmas Rush By Larry Oldham & Dena Hill

Following in the Footsteps of the Founding Fathers

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MARRIED AND LOVING IT

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How a Couple Created 50 Jobs in the Midst of the Recession

Your Developing Child

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Crossword, Word Seach & Sudoku

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THE MONEY CLUB Become a WealthBuilding Superstar By Todd Boaze

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AREA EVENTS GUIDE PAWS FOR A CAUSE By Paulette Dean

A BETTER YOU

Why Wait for New Years Resolutions to Get Fit? By Dave Gluhareff

E-BIKES Bicycles Built for Three

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MYSTIFIED

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FRO M T H E P U B L I S HER This past year has been amazing for our community. It might not always be obvious on the surface, but this region is on the move. For the first time in a long time, everyone seems to be on the same page as to the future of this community. The city of Danville and the Danville Regional Foundation are working together to transform the River District. Danville Regional Medical Center is upgrading our area’s access to healthcare with an ever-growing network of community-based clinics and facilities. URW Community Federal Credit Union is quickly raising its wonderful new offices. The YMCA has broken ground on a stateof- the-art facility on the Dan River, and across the bridge a new multi-use facility is being reborn under the guidance of Dr. Mark Herman. Averett University and Danville Community College have made tremendous strides in increasing our access to higher education. The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has announced several new initiatives that are bringing the brightest minds into our area. The United Way of Danville and Pittsylvania County is in the midst of one of its most successful fundraising drives ever, led by Eric Deaton and the team at DRMC. The local unemployment rate has dropped significantly as more of our friends and neighbors are heading back to work. Our region isn’t well known for healthy lifestyles, but due to the outreach efforts of many different organizations such as the Danville Regional Foundation, Get Fit Dan River Region, and DRMC (who provides this health issue quarterly) we are making progress towards becoming a healthier community. But we still face some challenges. Economic constraints are causing the City of Danville School

Board to have to consider long-term changes to the local education system based on short-term finances. We are moving from a neighborhoodbased education system to a centrally-based education system which means walking to school is fast becoming a thing of the past for most children. While national politicians harp about education, our local system is underfunded. The county schools face similar financial obstacles and have their own set of hard decisions to make. The city and county governments have to make tough budget decisions that will drastically impact the quality of life in our region. Far too few people shop at locally-owned businesses and far too few locally-owned businesses can compete on a level playing field with nationally companies. And despite these challenges and a multitude of others, most people I come across have a smile on their face. I see men who open the door for women and families dressed up for church. I see fewer For Rent signs and more Now Open signs. I hear less about violence and more about caring for others such as the outpouring of support for Jake Lee who recently underwent a life-altering heart transplant after being diagnosed locally. But most of all, I see a community who has pulled together and is moving in the right direction. Our region is proud of the baby steps we’ve made and that pride is leading people to start trying to leap. Fortunately, 2012 was a “Leap Year” in more ways than one. I think 2013 will be a “Bound Year.” Together they make “Leaps and Bounds,” which is the way our region is moving forward.

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When you saw the title of this month’s column, the first thing that probably popped in your mind was what does Rush Limbaugh have to do with our Christmas. Well, Darlin’, this is not about that Rush, but about your rush to judgment concerning the many retail stores around the world that get a jump on the holidays by decorating in August.

SHE SAID... ME.....OPINIONATED?! The only problem we need to work out is where you might be spending next Christmas.

I have an idea....why don’t you move into one of those retail stores in August and you’ll be blowing the dust off of all the “beautiful decorations” in time to celebrate Halloween. By Thanksgiving, even YOU will be tired of the hustle and bustle of It delights me that the decorations go up way before Halloween.You know that PHOTO BY MICHELLE DALTON PHOTOGRAPHY Christmas. Worst yet, by December you’ll I am the first to celebrate the holidays. turn into the original Mr. Scrooge and refuse I love the way you decorate the house to buy presents because you’ve “had enough” of the holidays. and how beautiful everything is during the holidays. Seeing all If Christmas only lasts through the month of December, you’ll those decorations in the stores really puts me in the holiday say goodbye to the holidays with thoughts of wanting more, mood. not less. Now all of the glitz and glamour is nice and everything but here is my real concern. Tradition.You see, tradition for you is to put up the Christmas tree after Thanksgiving so that, in your mind, we don’t lose sight of the true meaning of giving thanks at Thanksgiving. Now I agree with that, in theory, but these retail stores that I shopped in during the months of August and September really got me worked up in anticipation of seeing bright lights in our house. If we had skipped the old tradition of waiting until after Thanksgiving and gotten into the spirit early, who was going to know, and who was going to care? Do you think the Christmas police were going to come and give us a ticket? The family was not coming in until later in the month; meanwhile, you and I lost a lot of joyous time sitting by the spectacularly decorated tree, or playing with all of those ridiculous singing Santas, or watching that runway you call the front yard. I hate to spend all my spare time shopping just to be around the holiday lights when I could be spending time at home looking at our decorations. I don’t want you to get all worked up over this; I just think as a loving couple we should have sat down together and rationally worked out your problem since you’re the one who is so opinionated.

Don’t get me wrong I do love the holidays. Why else would I put your tree up in the bedroom with all the colored bubble lights like you had when you were a child? I thought that would satisfy your need for an early Christmas, but alas, you’ve found something else to whine about because you didn’t get your way earlier. We will have more than thirty days to enjoy the lights, the tree, and to celebrate the Christmas spirit throughout December. Why don’t you invest some of this energy into shopping for a really nice present for your loved ones? (Hint, hint...we do have our 2nd anniversary coming up on Christmas Eve, you know). I think I should really be getting some kind of special reward for being with you for two years straight, listening to your whining. I do wish you a Happy Anniversary and a very Merry Christmas even though the decorations didn’t suit your timeline.

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According to HealthyChildren.Org; four year old milestones include: Movement milestones • Stands on one foot for ten seconds or longer • Hops, somersaults • Swings, climbs • May be able to skip

Language milestones • Recalls part of a story • Speaks sentences of more than five words • Tells longer stories • Says name and address Cognitive milestones • Can count ten or more objects • Correctly names at least four colors • Better understands the concept of time • Knows about things used every day in the home (money, food, appliances) Social and emotional milestones • Wants to please friends • Wants to be like her friends • More likely to agree to rules • Likes to sing, dance, and act • Shows more independence and may even visit a next-door neighbor by herself • Aware of sexuality • Able to distinguish fantasy from reality • Sometimes demanding, sometimes eagerly cooperative SM

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you don’t believe it, just watch him in action. What a wonderful age! They are so full of questions about the world around them and always ready to experience new things. Many of them are anxious to go to pre-school where they will make new friends and begin their exciting journey into their educational future. The light bulb in their head is shining brightly so it’s up to parents to keep the momentum going. Use your imagination to teach your young person some of the necessary facts to jump-start their learning process. It’s a good idea to print the alphabet on single 5 x 7 cards and stick them up on the kitchen wall. Do the same thing with numbers. Moms are in the kitchen quite a bit so have fun with these teachable moments. They can learn to point to letters/ numbers as you call them out. Eventually they will spell their name, address, etc. Don’t forget family pets, siblings, and relatives as they are expanding their vocabulary. Take advantage of the car trips, both short and long, to recite nursery rhymes, sing seasonal songs, or just ask questions they can answer. This is a great bonding time for both children and parents.

Milestones in hand and finger skills • Copies triangle and other geometric patterns • Draws person with body • Prints some letters • Dresses and undresses without assistance • Uses fork, spoon, and (sometimes) a table knife • Usually cares for own toilet needs

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Become A Wealth-Building Superstar

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In the past, you have probably read or heard about various wealth-building techniques. This type of technique is actually valid in certain cases, but not scenarios, which surround wealthy people of today. Before seeking financial independence, learn from those who have gone before you. It will aide in your journey and help you recognize all the trees in the forest. How much you earn depends on how hard you work. If this were true, then the physical, bluecollar workers who have worked hard for years would be the wealthiest people on earth. Of course, this is not true. Typically, these folks make up most of the workforce and the vast majority of the middle class. If you have ever witnessed anyone in your family return home from work exhausted, then more than likely you have learned that money was not a sufficient reward for all that effort. People who work just for the money often have debt because they comfort themselves with whatever they can afford to purchase.

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Money management tips, small business strategies and a variety of other financial concepts. Facts and information contained is not intended to provide specific legal, financial or tax advice, or any other advice for any individual or company and should not be relied upon in that regard.

Being paid for something you enjoy is not work. You should not ask for money doing something that is enjoyable.Verify this by looking at millionaires. They all have so much money that work is no longer a requirement. Nevertheless, they work for other reasons to remain connected with their work. People with accumulated wealth may not enjoy performing a certain task. Instead, they end up doing something better that makes them a happier person, while pursuing their dreams. Realistically, you will never become wealthy if you do not enjoy the work! For example, you are working on a huge deal that will benefit

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all areas of your business and lifestyle.You want to do something, but you discover a hitch and you actually cannot control the primary factor or cause. Suddenly, you blame others for the way you are feeling.You want to correct the world for the rest of your life.You work overtime trying to create a solution that will bring you wealthier opportunities much faster and easier. Of course, business success will create wealth. What does this mean? Are we supposed to get involved with the same business as millionaires? The answer is no. Any business can be a winner, or a loser. Numerous wealth builders in the world are managing impossible work. The types of work that most people do not want to do. If you want to be a wealth-building superstar, you must continuously achieve all goals and thoroughly solve problems. This type of mindset encourages profitability to keep monetizing on accelerated achievements. Contrary to belief, the wealthiest individuals are not the most educated. The truth is wealthier people use their talents to convert their knowledge and education into money in the best possible way. Creating wealth is not limited to inventors or scientists. People with a strong enough vision significantly builds wealth by creating incremental income streams. The progress with technology establishes new ideas and desires for more profitable business opportunities. Every human across the globe has the potential to become wealthier than they are now, yet some will never get the opportunity. If building wealth is in your future, cultivate the hidden possibilities by searching the path of your own success. You will discover a fortune of wealth within your heart. Happy Holidays! SM


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Congressman Robert Hurt

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Following in the Footsteps of the Founding Fathers

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Many of the Founding Fathers were from Virginia. They were farmers and land owners, printers and shopkeepers; everyday people in a quickly changing world. In the 1700s you could just as easily find a Founding Father in the town square changing out a horseshoe as writing the words that have shaped our country.Virginia has a great history of its gentlemen rising to the challenge of governing a country. In Southwestern Virginia, in a congressional district that includes the homes of Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and within just an afternoon horse ride from the home of James Monroe and the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson, Congressman Robert Hurt follows in their footsteps. These citizen legislators from Virginia have helped form the republic which has created the most civilized and free society in the history of the world. It’s not a responsibility that Robert takes lightly. “It’s an honor to serve the people in the 5th district. The part of the job I enjoy the most is being in the district, talking with people I represent and taking those ideas to Washington.” But, it’s definitely more than a job. It’s a life commitment that requires a lot of sacrifices for Robert and his family. His wife Kathy and their three children (ages eight, ten, and thirteen) were all involved in the decision to get into national politics. “A major factor that helped us make this decision was the tremendous support of Kathy’s mother,” Robert says. “My mother and father live across the street in Chatham. I live across the street from the house I grew up in, and the fact that we have that family support here in the Southside to help us with

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the children and the schedule we have makes all of the difference. I can honestly say that if we didn’t have that support network there is no way we would have done it.” “It was a very difficult decision. Based on the folks that we talked to, we believed very much if we would do the hard work to get elected and being a representative, that we could make a difference in the direction of the country. As difficult as it was to make the decision, we concluded how do we not do it? I really felt at the time that our country was headed in the wrong direction.” For many, the political landscape seems to be nothing more than scorched earth with members of both political parties putting party before country. But, Robert has a clear perspective on the issues facing our country. “We’ve amassed a great deal of debt, 16 trillion dollars. To put that in perspective, our federal government spends $3.5 trillion a year. We’ve borrowed $16 trillion.” Considering the Gross Domestic Product of the entire United States is $15.9 trillion dollars, the country is in debt by more money than the entire United States economy creates for an entire year across all spectrums. “That’s a terrifying thing to think about,” Robert says. “When you borrow 40 cents on every dollar you spend, you don’t have to be a mathematician to know that math doesn’t work. Look at what is going on in Greece. Look at what is going on in the Euro Zone, and know that these countries have over spent, and over promised, and have not Continued to page 18.


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restrained. I would suggest that if we don’t put a stop to what we’re doing now in Washington then we’ll be in that same situation. I do believe there is still time to stop it, and do it in a smart way. A way that doesn’t wreck the economy, and preserves the safety net for those who truly are unable to take care of themselves. Every day that we wait to deal with it is a day that we become closer to losing control.” It can quickly become overwhelming when the numbers being so cavalierly thrown around in the media are so astronomical. On any given day, Robert has to cast votes on how the United States will invest, or waste, depending on your point of view, the country’s money. More and more it seems as though social issues have been boiled down to dollars and cents as the progressive agenda is very expensive and the conservative agenda is less and less financially conservative. Robert manages this stress by keeping his mind where his heart is, in Southern Virginia. Unlike the vast majority of congressmen, Robert only has a four-and-a-half hour commute to Washington, D.C. from his home in Chatham. Because of his proximity to the nation’s capital, he is afforded the opportunity to spend weekends living amongst the people whom he represents. “I get home every weekend. To me it’s worth coming home and being a family and being able to be around people I represent. The thing that we’ve found that is really awesome is taking the train. I could pick up the train here in Danville at five in the morning and be in Washington by ten. I do it on average once a month.” He doesn’t take the train more often because the road to Washington, D.C. runs through the heart of his entire district from Danville to Charlottesville. “I find myself driving more often because I can stop along the way either coming or going. That’s a great benefit.” Having the opportunity to network with the people whom he represents is unique amongst Representatives and Senators. But, for two hundred and fifty years it’s been the Virginia way. “There are a lot of congressmen who have a hard time getting home. Some have 2 connecting flights, and may be 8-10 hours getting home.” Despite most congressmen spending little time in their district and a nationwide congressional approval rating of only 10 percent, in last month’s election, 92 percent of incumbents running for reelection were reelected. That means that while 9 out of 10 voters do not approve of the job Congress is doing, those same voters reelected their congressmen 9 out of 10 times and voted to reelect President Obama despite his less than stellar record on the economy. “I think the American public is disgusted with Washington,” Robert says. “They should be. Frankly, one could

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argue that we as American people haven’t been holding our elected leaders accountable in the way that we should.” The partisan divide in Washington is as distinct as it has ever been. In school, we all learned about how partisan politics have defined America from the days of revolution to the days of civil war to the days of civil rights. But, in 2012, we are facing an economic divide of unimaginable consequences and a social divide where the minutest difference in opinion is elevated to apocalyptic levels. Robert seems to understand clearly how partisan politics are impacting the people’s faith in their leaders. “This is why we need to hold our elected officials accountable. The Founders believed that the American people were smart enough to elect people who would represent them in the proper way. They knew at the end of the day the American people would rise to the challenge, and straighten the mess out.” With another election behind us and with change reduced to a slogan, where the future of the country is less about ideas and more about which party is better at organizing “get out the vote” activities on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis, it’s hard to find positives on which to hang your hat. Although finding silver linings is something in which Robert is an expert. “I think it can get fixed, but it’s only when the American people look in the mirror and say we can fix this, and send people to Washington who have common sense.” Common sense is the one thing the Founding Fathers are most noted for having. They put in place a simple, common sense form of government with simple laws. The constitution has a grand total of 4,543 words with very blunt rules for the government to live by which honor the basic rights of citizens. In the years since the Constitution was ratified, Congress has used less and less common sense in how it writes laws. According to the Wall Street Journal there are at least 4,500,000 words in the tax code alone (a number that is so hard to pinpoint that it’s almost become mythical). There are 1,147,271 words in Obamacare. Many small business owners say that it is impossible to follow the law because it’s impossible to even know the law.

and wanted to expand his operation. He wanted to irrigate his corn so he could feed his cows. When he went to check to make sure it was okay for him to build this pond, he was told he couldn’t do it without going through the Federal Government. He couldn’t do it without going through the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers. He couldn’t do anything without going through this nightmare.” It took $30,000 and two-and-a-half years for the farmer to get permission to build a pond on his own land. Robert has been working on a bill called the Preserving Rural Resources Act to try and alleviate this type of government overreach that would have caused George Washington, a Virginia farmer, to fight Red Coats, had it been enforced on the colonies by England in the 1700s. “When I look at Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Southside Virginia, I think back to pulling tobacco as a young man,” Robert says. “That was a huge event that doesn’t exist anymore. I think if we are going to be successful in places in Danville or Southside Virginia, the government has to look for ways to help the small businesses succeed. In addition to reducing the burdens and barriers to get a business started, like the red tape and taxes and fees, I think we also have to focus on access to capital.” Keeping the local community in the forefront of his mind, while he works in the nation’s capital, is vital if this region is going to continue its transformation. “I really never envisioned myself in Washington D.C., I loved being in the Virginia Legislature. We were a citizen legislature. We had to make a living, and live by the same rules we made. The reason I ran for Congress was at some point you can’t just stand by, when you believe you have the tools, and watch the place burn down. I think our Founding Fathers would be very disappointed to see a third generation farmer having to get permission from the federal government to build a pond.” SM

Robert gets very serious when the discussion turns to entrepreneurism. “I had my own law practice when I was elected to Congress. I had some experience in small business, not only being one, but also representing clients with small businesses. During that period of time, in addition to practicing law, I was exposed to all of the different businesses. One of the things I love about being in Congress is that you are invited into people’s businesses. To a very real degree you get to see things that most people don’t get to see.” Robert tells the story of a Pittsylvania County farmer who wanted to build a pond on his dairy farm. “He had 600 acres of corn, and several hundred head of cattle, www.showcasemagazine.com

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Winter 2012-2013

Top Tips to Stay Healthy Take Control of Your Health

“Take an active role in your health and work in partnership with your doctor. When you do, you receive enhanced care and better outcomes.  It’s your health.” Dr. Sanjay Jaswani “One thing I always tell my patients, ‘You control your illness or disease, don’t let it control you.’” Ada Allen, FNP “Take responsibility for your own health and decisions affecting it.” Dr. Michael Waters

IRRELEVANT FACT Howard Hughes was America’s most famous control freak.

Control Your Weight

“Ask yourself, ‘Could this be bad for me?’ If your answer is ‘Yes,’ Then you shouldn’t eat it!” Dr. Aaron Haigh

“There are a lot of healthy foods that you can prepare that taste great and sometimes it’s just switching one ingredient for another. Simply trimming the fat off of meats or using olive oil instead of vegetable oil can drastically change fat intake.” Dr. Nada Owusu “Eating and exercise habits. They go hand in hand.” David Smith, PA-C

Stop Smoking

“The risks of cardiovascular disease rapidly drop after stopping smoking and may, in the long run, be equal to non-smokers.” Dr. Scott Banuelos

“People who stop smoking, greatly reduce their risk for disease and premature death.  Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, cessation is beneficial at all ages.” Dr. Balaji Desai

IRRELEVANT FACT

The phrase “smoking gun” is a fact that serves as conclusive evidence of a crime or similar act. It first appeared in the 1893 Sherlock Holmes story “The Gloria Scott”.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

“If someone starts sleeping better they will be able to slow down, focus better at their work, and become more productive. Sleep is also good for diabetes and high blood pressure too. If you don’t sleep you will gain weight.” Dr. Steven Bridges

IRRELEVANT FACT

The Beatles were actively releasing music for only eight years, yet they released 12 albums, 13 EPs, and 22 singles for a total of 217 songs and approximately 10 hours of music. One of the recurring motifs in many of their song lyrics was sleep. How many references can you name?

Have a Positive Attitude “Big results can come from small behavior changes.” Dr. Jonelle Haigh

IRRELEVANT FACT

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes were originally developed as a health food by the vegetarian health guru John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Keith Kellogg.They both lived to be 91-yearsold and argued over who created the recipe for the last 37 years of John Harvey’s life after Will Keith started the competing company that later became Kellogg’s.

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Know Your Numbers

“Knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol level, Body-Mass Index, and waist size can save your life by showing you where your risk factors are. See the doctor regularly, exercise, eat healthy, monitor stress, and be knowledgeable about your healthcare needs.” Karen Wilkinson, FNP

IRRELEVANT FACT

Count von Count is the full name of “The Count” on Sesame Street. His favorite number is 34,969 because “it’s a square-root thing”.The square root of 34,969 is 187 which is the total number of points on the tiles of a Scrabble game. But, considering that “The Count” is based on Bela Lugosi’s version of Count Dracula, the fact that 187 is the police code for murder might have a more notorious connotation.

Exercise Regularly

“I would change their attitude towards exercise from, ‘I can’t do it!’ into, ‘This is very important for me and the community!’” Dr. Ema Kulwa

IRRELEVANT FACT

Charles Atlas’s fitness program for the “97-pound weakling” has been described as the longest-lasting and most memorable ad campaign of all-time.The Boxing World Champions from 1934 through 1956 (Max Baer, Rocky Marciano, and Joe Louis) all took Atlas’s course.

Routine Wellness Checkups

“Many people do not avail themselves of recommended routine health screenings such as a mammography and colonoscopy. A simple annual wellness visit can save your life.” Dr.Thomas Boro

IRRELEVANT FACT

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? The answer is never half-empty because the glass is quite simply always totally full of something. Regardless of how much liquid is in the glass, the rest of the glass is filled with air.

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IRRELEVANT FACT A red herring is a basic story telling principle where an irrelevant fact is used to distract the reader.


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Top Health Concerns Facing the Dan River Region Heavy Tobacco Use

Obesity

“Obesity leads to hypertension, diabetes, knee arthritis, back pain, disability, depression, and anxiety. A lot of problems can be traced to obesity.” Dr. Sanjay Jaswani

“Obesity affects pregnancy and a woman’s reproductive life. Many complications and problems can be avoided by reducing obesity through healthy eating and exercise.” Dr. Ema Kulwa “The most pressing problem is childhood obesity. The eating and exercise habits children learn will affect their health for the rest of their lives.” Dr. Kyla Barreth

“One of the most pressing concerns is the use of tobacco in the young and old, and the associated lack of interest in general physical fitness. Every cigarette smoked takes 11 minutes off of your life.” Dr. Jonelle Haigh “Smoking greatly increases your risks for cardiovascular disease.” Dr. Scott Banuelos

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

“People sometimes start drinking alcohol or taking drugs to self-treat depression. Instead of helping, it is a multiplier that makes things many times worse.” Dr. Aleem Khan “I see alcohol use as a major problem. More lives are adversely affected by alcohol than tobacco in my opinion.” Dr. Robert Honea

“Diabetes has a high correlation to heart disease in those affected. If you have diabetes for your adult life, the possibility of developing heart disease is at least 25-30 percent over the general population. It is a huge risk factor. Diabetes itself doesn’t cause a heart attack, it causes heart disease which may lead to a heart attack.” Dr. William Sweezer, Jr.

FACT

More than one-third of the people living with diabetes don’t even know they have it.

FACT

Nicotine is one of the most highly addictive drugs used in today’s society. Every cigarette smoked takes eleven minutes off of your life. Even after thirty years of warnings on packages, in 2010, there were more than 220,000 new cases of lung cancer and 150,000 deaths from it.

FACT

Nationwide, the Childhood Obesity Rate has more than tripled in the last thirty years.

Diabetes

Sexually Transmitted Diseases “Sexually transmitted diseases are totally preventable. There is no excuse for risky behavior that could impact your life and health forever.” Dr. Balaji Desai

Find Information

“People don’t research and get truthful information about their condition. The most common thing I hear is ‘someone told me.’ The most prevalent illnesses are diabetes and hypertension. Patients need to come to the doctor and follow up.” Dr. Anupreet Oberoi

TOP HEALTH WEBSITES:

FACT

When choosing to engage in unsafe sex know that one in five people in the United States has an STD. One in four new STD infections occur in teenagers.

DanvilleRegional.com Yahoo Health – health.yahoo.net National Institutes of Health – nih.gov WebMD.com

FACT

Eight percent of people over the age of twelve admit to using illicit drugs in the past month, while fifty percent of adults admit to being regular drinkers.

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Is There a Place?

Why Dan River Region

The team at Danville Regional is made up of our friends, family, and neighbors. We are all one tight-knit community. So we wanted to get to the bottom of what the employees of Danville Regional’s network of clinics thought of the region and why the residents should trust in Danville Regional to be their healthcare provider. We asked two simple questions, “Why Dan River Region?” and “Why DRMC?” The synergies in the responses may surprise you.

“Not just Danville but Gretna too. I moved from out of state to be with my late husband. After my husband passed I couldn’t move. Gretna is my home.” Wendy Wagner

Home

Why Dan River Region

Why Dan River Region

The Cheers Effect

“It’s a small town where most people know you by name.” Paige Stallings

Great Location

“We love our patients and know them all by their first names.” Christy Clark

Hannah Scarce

Friendly Atmosphere

Dr. William Sweezer, Jr.

Why DRMC “Time is critical when it comes to receiving care for heart disease. Every minute counts when a heart attack occurs. DRMC provides the closest care for heart attacks to its citizens.” Dr. William Sweezer, Jr.

Why DRMC

Growing Together

“I was born at Danville Memorial Hospital and went to school in this neighborhood most of my school life. I moved away involuntarily for two years then chose to return for nursing school. Danville is my home. The seasons are perfect, the people are great, and there’s always something to do.”

“I have worked at DRMC for 10 years. It has been a vital part of my family’s healthcare through the years: my birth, my grandparents’ open heart surgeries, the birth of my daughter, and many other medical needs.

“The range of healthcare available at DRMC allows people to keep their family members and loved ones close to home to receive care.”

Stephanie Phelps

Frankie Worley

Why DRMC

Cost of Living

Why Dan River Region

“I like Danville because it’s a small town. It’s a very economical place to live and the weather is nice.” Ana Oakes

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Why Dan River Region

“Being in Danville allows to me be a local bridge between Danville and Duke University Health System. Many people are afforded an opportunity to stay here in town for world class care.”

Stacey Allmond

“I love the people here. Everyone is like family. I grew up here, and there is no place like home.”

Stephanie Phelps

“DRMC provides great healthcare with smiling faces. It’s a facility filled with family and friends taking care of family and friends.”

Stacey Allmond

Time is of the Essence

Why DRMC

Why DRMC

“I love Danville because of its genuine ‘southern hospitality.’ There’s a smile and a wave around every corner.”

Why Dan River Region

“Danville Regional provides healthcare close to home” Wendy Wagner

“DRMC is an excellent source of medical care with connections to larger facilities, and it promotes good health in the community.” Dr. Jonelle Haigh

Why DRMC

Why Dan River Region

Why DRMC

“It is the perfect mix of small town, good values, and beautiful location, while still being close to the larger cities.” Dr. Jonelle Haigh

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“DRMC provides services close to home. Due to the economy (gas) it is expensive to go out of town.”

Kimberly Wiles

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Why Dan River Region

Economy

“There are many opportunities here without the rat race of a large and crowded city.” Frankie Worley

Why Dan River Region

“Not only does DRMC provide excellent care close to home, but it also employs 1,300 people, which is vital to our community.”

Kimberly Wiles

Hannah Scarce

“I moved here because I like the city, climate, area, and weather.” Dr. Scott Banuelos

Why Dan River Region

“I love Danville because I feel safe here, my family is here, and I wouldn’t want to live in a big place. If I want to visit a large city, it’s not far away.” Kimberly Cook

Deana Jones

“I live in Pittsylvania County and love the country living and being outside in nature.”

Cathy Shelton

“DRMC is vital for the community. Not only does it provide jobs but also quality healthcare for our community and those around us. DRMC also helps our local economy to be strong.”

Community Spirit

Why DRMC

Wonderful, Trustworthy People

Why DRMC

“This is our local hospital. Wonderful people working as a family together.”

Why Dan River Region

“I stay here because of the wonderful people.”

Melody Cook

Donna Royal

Safe Haven

Why Dan River Region

“It’s an eccentric, lovable, unique southern city with a history and a future.” Dr. Michael Waters

Why DRMC

“DRMC (formally The Memorial Hospital) has, since the 1960s in my case, been a safe haven for those who were ill whether in their bodies or their minds.They’ve found solace and healing and often safety there.” Lea Pearce

Why Dan River Region

Total Package

“I think DRMC is important to this community, because at one time or another almost everyone will need some type of treatment, whether it be emergency, inpatient, or outpatient care. It is comforting to know we have an excellent hospital here with outstanding doctors and nurses with up-to-date technology.”

Why DRMC

“Something every person needs is quality healthcare, and DRMC is the center of our community.We provide top notch quality care to all ages. DRMC is also a major contributor to the community in charity, as well as a top employer in this region.This benefits everyone, as taxes are paid to our local government, money is spent locally by the employees, and residents are cared for by their neighbors.” Kimberly Cook

“I met a wonderful man from this area. I fell in love and married him.”

Activity

Laura Pinekenstein

Love Why DRMC “DRMC is important to this community because it’s a loving and caring place.” Jacqueline R. DeShazer

“DRMC is where you can have faith that the most important people in your life are receiving excellent care.” Ruby Marshall

Moving Forward

Susan Houser

Why DRMC

Why DRMC

Why Dan River Region “Danville is a vibrant center of activity and hope” Dr. Michael Waters

Why DRMC

“People don’t realize how much DRMC contributes to the community – such as the knowledge shared by health professionals or the jobs and services available because of DRMC.” Kristen Evans Vickers

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Danville Regional’s Comprehensive Team Danville Physician Practices are staffed by our friends, family, and neighbors. When you walk through the doors, you’re greeted by smiles on familiar faces. Here is a peak behind the scenes at the professionals who care for you when you are sick and are here to help keep you healthy.

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Family Healthcare Center-Brosville 10390 Martinsville Hwy. • Danville, VA 24541 • 434-685-3106 Hours - 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday • 7am - noon Saturday Provider: Dr. Steven Bridges & Linda Morrill, FNP Office Manager: Donna Richardson

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Be the Change Expanding Health Care for the Community Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is one of the fastest growing

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employers in the region. It has shown a tremendous commitment to investment in the community on many different levels including increasing access to health care, investing in revitalization efforts, growing and supporting the economy, and supporting the organizations that help our community.

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(See page 36 of this edition, which outlines Danville Regional’s recent economic impact report.) In his book “Developing the Leader Within You,” John Maxwell states “All great leaders possess two things: one, they know where they are going and two, they are able to persuade others to follow.” Along with a strong leadership team, Danville Regional’s Chief Executive Officer, Eric Deaton, has lead an organizational transformation that has impressed even the most stringent critics. More importantly, Eric has

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Opening December 26th Family Healthcare Center-Mount Hermon 2767 Franklin Turnpike • Danville, VA 24540 • 434-835-0105 Hours - 7am – 7pm Monday through Friday • 7am – Noon on Saturdays Provider: Dr. Sanjay Jaswani, Jolena Allred, FNP & Dave Smith, PA-C Office Manager: Kristi Austin www.showcasemagazine.com

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Continued from page 27 care with a primary care physician will typically become and stay healthier over time.”

Family Urgent Care Center 723 Piney Forest Rd. • Danville, VA 24540 • 434-797-2828 Hours - 10am – 10pm Saturdays and Sundays Office Manager: Kim Cook

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Over the last year, Danville Regional has opened several new primary care clinics throughout the region to include Family Healthcare Centers in Brosville and the Mount Hermon area, Southside Internal Medicine, the Family Medicine Residency Clinic, and Piedmont Psychiatric Associates. DRMC has also opened an urgent care clinic and recently announced plans to place a new free standing emergency department on Executive Drive in Danville, and an additional facility in the downtown area. It is also moving forward with plans to

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201 South Main St., Suite 1100 • Danville, VA 24541 434-791-3009 • Fax 434-791-3228 Provider: Dr. Scott Banuelos, Dr. Lawrence Crawford, Dr. Donald Hegland, Dr. William Sweezer, Jr. Office Manager: Melody Cook

expand and enhance services in Pittsylvania County through upgrading its facility in Chatham and replacing its facility in Gretna. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve services to our community,” Eric says. “We want to bring services, when they are needed and where they are needed most. We

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Piedmont Psychiatric Associates 201 South Main Street, Suite 3400 • Danville, VA 24541 • 434-799-4588 Provider: Dr. M. Aleem Khan • Office Manager: June Hill

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work hard to recruit the right kind of providers and to make sure that our services are meeting the needs of the entire community.” Danville Regional’s primary care centers provide a patient-centered focus that improves patient satisfaction, quality of care, and health outcomes while reducing cost. More importantly, the centers seek to build


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partnerships and long-term healing relationships with their patients and families by offering a convenient, well-coordinated healthcare environment, grounded in strong communication and trust. But Danville Regional’s reach just doesn’t end with providing acute and primary care. The hospital has also

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invested millions of dollars in education and health and wellness programs through its partnerships with Averett University, Danville Community College, and the Danville Family YMCA to name a few.

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patients long-term is to make sure they have access to the right care, when and where they need it,” says Eric. “It’s equally important that we are helping them to take ownership of their health by providing appropriate resources and education. This is an important piece in ensuring that patients have positive outcomes; and may also play an important role in helping to keep them out of the emergency department or admitted to the hospital. ” “For nearly three years our team has been working on what we feel is a very

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in the region. We’ve spent the last two years implementing the plan, and the plan is working, despite a challenging economy and uncertainty brought by healthcare reform. We have expanded our contribution to the economy and are

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Continued from page 29 we’re not satisfied. Our goal is to be a place where patients choose to seek care, employees choose to work, and physicians choose to practice. It’s vital – more important than ever – that we have the support of our community, if we are to fully reach this goal.”

Family Medicine Residency Clinic 201 South Main Street, Suite 3200 • Danville, VA 24541 • 434-799-4488 Office Manager: Ruby Marshall

Danville Regional invites the community to learn more about the investments it is making not only in the health and wellness of our community, but also in the strength and vitality of our regional economy. For more information about Danville Regional visit: www.DanvilleRegional.com or www.DRMCCares.com.

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Passion

Coordinate

Participate Dedicate

Help

Support

Teach

Contribute Accomplish

As the corporate leaders of the 2013 United Way Fundraising Campaign, Danville Regional Medical Center and its employees have helped United Way exceed its goals. As we got to know the employees in the clinics, we learned that many of them contribute to the community in many different ways. Most of them are too humble to ever point out their efforts, so we’re listing some of the many ways that the employees of DRMC give back to this community. We’ve turned these into a list of suggestions of ways you can get involved in helping to strengthen all of the links in our community chain.

Motivate

• Participate in Relay for Life in honor of a loved one. • Help with a local fundraiser. • Volunteer at a local non-profit. • Donate to local charities and if you aren’t sure who’s needy, consider the United Way who funds several local non-profits. • Volunteer with hospice and help make someone’s final days special. • Help with programs that feed people in need.

dedicated people from all walks of life to help guide them. • Help with transitional programs like Cross Roads Reconciliation Services. • Donate to Goodwill Industries where every donation helps create jobs for people who genuinely just want the chance to take care of themselves. • Look into all of the different ways you can help the Salvation Army in their plethora of local good deeds. • Volunteer at nursing homes. • Dedicate a fixed number of hours each week to volunteering. • The Arc of the Southside is tirelessly working to improve the lives of our communities most challenged individuals. Help them out any way you can including by shopping at The Hatcher Center. • Help with health awareness programs. • Support locally-owned businesses and corporate-owned businesses that operate locally and genuinely support this community. • Support the Danville Life Saving Crew who are first responders that truly save lives. • Volunteer at or financially support God’s Storehouse who feeds many needy families every week. • The YMCA is going to help anchor the new revitalized River District. Help them out. • Help The Free Clinic provide much needed healthcare to those with long-term sicknesses. • Volunteer firefighters risk their lives every day in this community. Help them out because one day you may need their help.

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A community is a chain of people and is only as strong as its weakest link. The Dan River Region is well-known for always being there to support each other in times of need. Sometimes those times of need are ongoing and never-ending. There is no compassion without passion. The many dedicated organizations in our community often operate on a tight budget and heavily rely on the kindness of volunteers and supporters.

• Help in the ministry with Bible Study or by teaching Sunday School. • Coach a youth team. • Help with High School sports and cheerleading programs. • Become an Emergency Medical Technician and help save lives. • Participate in church outreach programs. • Help with the Parent-Teacher Organization at your children’s schools. • Cut back on gift-giving within your own family, and instead help a family in need. • Volunteer or contribute to Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Upward Sports. • Habitat for Humanity is a great way to change a family’s outlook on life. • Volunteer at God’s Pit Crew which is our area’s exporter of compassion to areas hard hit by natural disasters. • Offer to serve on local community boards. Organizations are always looking for enthusiastic and

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One Love. One Heart. “It is my hometown.” Pat Kidd The Dan River District of Southern Virginia and Northern North Carolina is well-known as one of the most hospitable communities in America. As the community adapts and evolves into its new twenty-first century persona, one of the issues facing it is how to make sure the citizens are healthy and prepared to face the future. Danville Regional Medical Center is made up of people from within our community. We all share the same goals of making our area the best place in America to live… and to live healthy. By working together, we can continue to develop the spirit of community that has defined us for generations. We asked some of the employees in Danville Physician Practices why they have chosen to be a part of this community. Donna Richardson – “I’ve grown up in Pittsylvania County all of my life. I am now raising my kids in the same house I grew up in. I love the county, open life, where my neighbors are always willing to help, and will be there for you. My family attends church, Ringgold Baptist, where everyone is welcoming, loving, and the love of Christ is known.”

Ruby Marshall – “Because it is where I grew up and where my children have now grown up, and been such a part of the community – My mother was in school administration for many years so we were always involved in all aspects.”

Stephanie Phelps – “I have lived here all my life. I was born at Danville Memorial Hospital, went to school on South Hampton Ave, and lived on Green Street. I’ve attended Christmas parades, Festival in the Park, museum reenactments, and many other community events. There is history here and not everyone can say that about where they live.” Renee Beamen – “Love the people and my church. My coworkers are just like family.”

Deana Jones – “I grew up with this community. I admire how the community comes together in times of need… like a family.” Tangelia Totten – “It feels good to take care of people that you see from time to time.” Dr. Scott J. Banuelos – “It’s a small community with hidden treasures like The Science Center and Averett University.”

Dr. Robert Broughton – “It’s a nice place to raise children.”

Stacey Allmond – “After moving away for three years I have learned there is no place like home.”

Melissa Corbin – “When something major happens we all come together and get through it as a whole.”

Dr. Thomas Boro – “Since the day that I arrived, everyone that I have met has made me feel welcome.”

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Deirdre Boro, PA-C – “The people that make up the community are sincere, kind, compassionate, and are real gems.” Laura Pinekenstein – “This community is special to me because it is beautiful. The people are friendly and it has interesting history. I love all of the changes and growth in the downtown area!” Beth Phillips – “This community is special to me because of the small-town feel while still offering many attractions for shopping and dining.” Ana Oakes – “The community is special because it is made up of a lot of wonderful and caring people. A lot of them contribute beyond the call of duty.” Kimberly Cook – “It’s where I have raised my children. Where I live, work, and spend my money. I want to see the area thrive beyond all expectations.”


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A Little Thing Called Love “My family is my life” Tina Gatewood, PA-C Our lives revolve around our families. As we move through this life, our family is the foundation that gives us the strength to face the adversities of the world. Our family is there for us. To be a contributing member, who is there for them, we have to take care of ourselves. We asked the employees of Danville Physician Practices why their family is important to them. Many people said that their family has supported them and made them the person they are today; and perhaps most people can attest to that. But, in this age of blended families, modern families, single-parent families, multi-generational families, and traditional families, family has become the constant reminder of the best things in life. It is why we strive and fight for the future. The following quotes will remind you why your family is important to you. A few may even make you shed a tear or two. Linda Morrill, FNP – “My family is a constant source of strength, full of encouragement, and love. They are the ones who fully accept me as a person, wife, mother, and sister.” Amanda Pruitt – “For me family means love, support, guidance, and comfort.” Suezatte Bailey – “Family is the foundation that keeps us centered.” Myisha Edmonds – “Family is important because they provide strength, love, good times, and are there during bad times.” Donna Richardson – “Family is important to me because they are my continued love, support, and understanding, no matter the circumstances. They are the smile when I need it most, the shoulder to cry on when something is wrong, the prayer warriors no matter the need, and are ALWAYS there no matter the time of day. They are the most special people in my life.” Elizabeth “Betty” Payne – “My family is everything to me. My two children – son and daughter – live around us with my grandchildren. They are the light around my heart and soul.”

Linda Gerrells – “I love the closeness of family, and the traditions that families make over the years.”

Dr. William Sweezer, Jr. – “Family is the fundamental building block of our society.”

Dr. Ema Kulwa – “Family is the cradle of society.”

Shara Dillard – “At the end of the day family is all you have and all you really need.” Dana S. Parrish – “My family is an extension of myself. By working here at Family Healthcare Center I can help take care of them.”

Donna Royal – “Family means love.” Dr. Jonelle Haigh – “Family is everyone’s constant – the one thing we cannot change and are fortunate to have as long as possible.”

Ada Allen, FNP – “My family gives me a sense of belonging and purpose of life.”

Christie P. Jones – “Family is there to hold you up when no one else can or will.”

Kristen Evans Vickers – “My family makes me strong and keeps me laughing.”

Dr. Lenworth A. Beaver – “Family keeps you focused.” Rachelle Davidson – “Knowing my husband is there for me makes him the most important thing to me.”

Wendy Wagner – “Family is all about self-worth and love. Being able to instill values I learned as a child into my own children to ensure their future.”

Renee Beamen – “Family gives unconditional love and support. Grandchildren are the best!”

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Charmaine Cockran – “Family is everything.”

Dr. Aleem Khan – “My family brings meaning and happiness into my life.”

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Winter 2012-2013

The Pop Culture Time Capsule It’s great to know that the people taking your blood pressure and prescribing your medications have the same interests in pop culture that you have. Check out what your healthcare providers in the clinics of Danville Physician Practices are doing in their free time.

Television

The favorite television show was a complete juxtaposition between classic and modern television. The absolute favorites are all comedies from the past and the present but singing competition shows, reality shows, and crime shows are right there in the running. It’s so confusing that the most commonly singled out shows were a classic take on a single-parent household and a modern take on a progressive family, not to mention the rise in the popularity of the geeks.

The Big Bang Theory

Dr. Lenworth A. Beaver, Charmaine Cockran, June M. Hill, Suezatte Bailey

Modern Family

Vicki Hernandez, Dr. Jonelle Haigh, Christy Clark, Dr. Aaron Haigh

The Andy Griffith Show

Doris Jane Sharpe, Ada Allen, FNP, Kimberly Wiles, and Shara Dillard “Andy Griffith Show! I was raised on that show. My family watched it while we ate breakfast on Sundays before church. I think I love it because it’s a small town, teaches morals, Christianbased, and really has a good lesson in each episode.” Shara Dillard “I wish we could go back to the slow pace life when people genuinely got along with one another.” Kimberly Wiles

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Other Favorite Shows:

• June M. Hill – NCIS and CSI NY • Donna Richardson - NCIS • Pam Terry – NCIS, NCIS – LA, Cold Case, and Criminal Minds • Linda Gerrells - TLC’s –Honey Boo-Boo Child and The Voice • Dr. Ema Kulwa – Grey’s Anatomy, OWN Channel’s Food for the Soul • Christie P. Jones - Everybody Loves Raymond • Stephanie Phelps - The Brady Bunch • Susan Houser - Storage Wars, Pawn Stars • Tracy Hairston - 48 Hours • Katie Williams - Law and Order SVU • Renee Beamen - The Walking Dead • Deana Jones - Law and Order • Hannah Scarce – Star Trek • Elizabeth “Betty” Payne – True Blood • Melody Cook - MeTV plays good old shows like MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bob Newhart. • Terri Squires – Lifetime movies

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• Frankie Worley - Reruns of Two and a Half Men • Dr. Thomas Boro - The Disney Channel • Beth Phillips - Fox News • Laura Pinekenstein - Dancing with the Stars, America’s Next Top Model (for the photo shoots and runway shows), American Idol (it’s great when they find some amazing undiscovered talent), and What Not to Wear (I need help with my style!!!) • Valerie White, FNP - CSI • Kimberly Cook - I love all of the singing shows – X-Factor, American Idol, etc. Singing is a favorite pastime of mine. • Penny Haley - Bachelorette Shows • Wendy Wagner - Avid Walton’s fan • Cathy Shelton - Army Wives, Cougar Town, and The Young and the Restless • Kim Wyatt - The Voice • Dr. Aleem Khan - Dancing with the Stars


HEALTH TALK EDITION Winter 2012-2013 Authors

Romance is in the air inside the clinics. It’s as if everyone is reading Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, or the fifty shades of other writers that many were too embarrassed to list.

Music

Many people love music and enjoy it in all kinds of different ways. Some listen to their favorite singer while others sing the songs themselves. Many enjoy watching singing talent shows and some love reading about it. The most mentioned artist hasn’t recorded a new song in over thirty years but his songs and lyrics still inspire others like few other artists can.

Bob Marley

Dr. Lenworth A. Beaver, Dana S. Parrish

Other Favorites

• Donna Royal – Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie • Jacqueline DeShazer – R&B, Jazz, and Christian Music • Dr. Scott Banuelos – Blues, Rock, and Classic Country • Dr. William Sweezer, Jr. – Miles Davis, a jazz music innovator • David Smith, PA-C – I am an audiophile and love music. • Dana S. Parrish – Eric Clapton and Marvin Gaye • Lynn Verrill – Love the Boss, Bruce Sringsteen concerts are the best! • Dr. Michael Waters - Rock and Roll Music, Bluegrass, Jazz and Blues in a live setting. • Karen Wilkinson, FNP – I enjoy K-love and Christian Music • Penny Haley – Country Music • Melissa Jefferson – Lynyrd Skynyrd, Conway Twitty, Alabama, Alan Jackson, and Loretta Lynn • Cathy Shelton – Lionel Richie and Martina McBride • Cindy Anderson – I enjoy having friends/family come over and sing karaoke! It’s really fun and I think it’s a great way to relax and distress!

Nicholas Sparks

Donna Richardson, Stephanie Phelps, Melissa Corbin, Kristen Evans Vickers “Yes… I know someone always dies, but the romance is priceless.” Stephanie Phelps “His literature is always based on the East Coast, specifically North Carolina beaches, which are some of my favorite places.” Melissa Corbin

Other Favorite Authors and Publications

• Myisha Edmonds - God’s Word and Sister Souljah • Donna Royal – Maya Angelou, Natasha Tretheway • Jacqueline R. DeShazer - Joyce Myers, T.D. Jakes, and Joel Osteen • Dana S. Parrish – Rolling Stone Magazine • Susan H. Fisher – Patricia Cornwell • Kristen Evans Vickers – I love to read (James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, Nora Roberts, etc.) My family spends a lot of time at the Westover Library! My kids remind me to go once a week if I forget to take them.

Other Popular Interests “I secretly want to be a race car driver.” Dr. Aaron Haigh • Dr. Jonelle Haigh - Pinterest • Donna Royal – My favorite Actor is Samuel L. Jackson • Dr. Robert Broughton Books concerning WWII • Hannah Scarce - Harry Potter movies • Pat Kidd - When I was a little girl, Shirley Temple movies were my favorite

• Stacey Allmond - I love sports: Sports Center, Football, Basketball, and Nascar • Dr. Thomas Boro - I love to watch old westerns

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HEALTH TALK EDITION Winter 2012-2013

Economic Impact of Danville Regional Medical Center on the Region and Virginia Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) plays an important role in the Danville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) economy. In 2011, the annual economic impact of the medical center (both operational and capital expenditures) is estimated to have been $224.8 million in spending that supported 2,220 jobs in the MSA. Included in the MSA impact is the DRMC’s economic impact in Pittsylvania County, which is estimated to have been $25.3 million, supporting 297 county jobs. On the state level, $264.9 million in spending was supported by the Danville Regional Medical Center in 2011 that sustained 2,455 jobs.

During challenging economic time and healthcare reform, DRMC added jobs •

Helped alleviate the impact of massive workforce contractions from the past ten years •

Remains the 2nd largest private employer in the MSA - 1,555 individuals

38% of DRMC employees live in the City of Danville

42% live in Pittsylvania County

Accounts for 5.9% of total workforce in City of Danville, and 4.1% in the MSA

The healthcare industry in the MSA employed 5,621 workers at the end of 2011 -- DRMC employed over 25% of those workers

Overall employment impact increased 7% since 2009

Average wages were 10.8% higher than the regional average

Supported local businesses with $12.2 million in spending and a total of $17.9 million for the state of Virginia -- a 20% increase from 2009 •

Danville - $8.5 million

Pittsylvania County - $3.7 million •

Contributed to 7.0% of the gross regional product for the MSA in 2011

Provided care in 36 of 39 services lines as categorized by Virginia Health Information (VHI)

Tax revenues are estimated to have been $1.5 million for the MSA and $3.7 million for the state in 2011

Since 2007, DRMC has spent a total of $33.1 million in capital expenditures

Capital spending has generated a total economic impact of $30.1 million and 233 cumulative jobs in the MSA between 2007 and 2011

Only acute care hospital in the region, offering comprehensive healthcare services for local residents and serving more than 54,000 patients in 2011, including inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care

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Married and Loving It

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by Andrew Scott Brooks Photography by Michelle Dalton

Married and Loving It The Danville area economy is on the upswing. We are fortunate to hear about the new businesses being lured to our area because of the efforts of the local economic developers and the funds of the Tobacco Commission and other programs. But, we don’t often hear about the tremendous efforts of local small business owners who make things happen on their own. Two such people are the husband and wife entrepreneurial team of Alex and Angela Perkins. Angela Perkins is a life-long resident of Danville. She went to school and worked in Danville. She’s a strong-willed woman who always wanted to be her own boss. She met a strong-willed man who also believed in the art of the deal. “Alex was always such a visionary,” Angela says. They fell in love, got married, had children, and are living the life of entrepreneurs they always dreamed of living. And they’re doing it in the town they love. In 2000, Alex purchased the old Mount Herman School and converted it into modern office suites. The school’s auditorium was renovated and became a ballroom. Alex and Angela christened their new establishment Mount Herman Courtyard. Shortly thereafter, Angela delved into catering and created the area’s most successful catering company. The Courtyard caters weddings, receptions, and parties. “Our family is very important to us so when we handle an important event for a client, we make sure to treat the whole event like it was for our own family,” Angela says. Five years ago, Angela and Alex bought the Stratford Conference Center and changed the name to Stratford Courtyard Conference Center to tie in with their existence business. It has been a consistent success, hosting the weekly meetings of The Rotary Club and The Kawanis Club, wedding receptions, and numerous private functions. Angela’s office faces the old Holiday Inn (Stratford Inn) and for years she stared at the complex and dreamed of what it could be. The once proud landmark fell into disrepair. Angela and Alex committed themselves to saving it and bringing it back to life. In June of 2011, The Highlander Restaurant, Lodge, & Pub sprang back to life. After completely rebuilding the main building, the Restaurant, and its two

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Pubs opened. Over the next eighteen months, they meticulously remodeled the hotel and in October 2012, the Lodge opened its doors by hosting the Los Angeles film crew shooting a feature film locally. The movie’s director Iqbal Ahmed says, “Angela and her team made us feel at home as if our mom was looking out for us. We couldn’t have asked for better care.” The Highlander is unique in the sense that it is completely local. This is a rarity in an ever-growing restaurant and hotel world dominated by franchises. At start up, local restaurants are not afforded an existing reputation from word of mouth like franchises. They have to be on the top of their game and exude exceptional quality in food, customer service, and atmosphere. The Highlander is a cut above. No one in the area has a facility that can match what it offers the community. Angela says, “It’s a blessing to not be under the thumb of a franchise. We are locally owned and can do our own thing. When a customer makes a good suggestion, we can implement it immediately. When they shop with us, their money is staying local, employing local people, and creating local jobs.” Angela and Alex’s group of companies employee around 50 people. It’s an economic impact that was created by a couple’s dream, without the assistance of government grants. Angela goes out her way to ensure that patrons’ expectations are met without losing the local feel. Live music has added to The Highlander’s aura. Every weekend local musicians treat upwards of two-hundred people to the finest music Danville has to offer. Angela says, “It gives them a place to come and perform, but it also gives local people a place to come and listen to great music. It’s more of our niche.” The Highlander has something for everyone. There is a restaurant that is open seven days a week. There is a smoking pub and a patio pub. Angela says, “We offer the only smoking pub in the area. Even though I don’t smoke, my dad’s side of the family grew tobacco, so there is a rich history.” The patio pub is another aspect of The Highlander that gives it a stand-out identity. Alex designed the amazing, secluded patio that has become a favorite amongst patrons. Angela says, “We wanted something that would be unique to our business. It’s the largest patio in town.” With beautiful waterfalls Continued to page 40 www.showcasemagazine.com

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and access to the bar, it is a great place to have a good time. The renovated patio area makes The Highlander a multi-dimensional venue. “We could even host a wedding reception there,” Angela says. “It’s something different for the community.” Recently, The Highlander’s latest expansion, the Lodge, opened to rave reviews. The rooms were given major renovations from new carpet and fixtures to a complete overhaul of the bathrooms. Angela says, “Now the rooms are going to be in conjunction with the conference centers. Usually, conference centers are affiliated with a hotel, but that was something we were missing. Let’s say I have a wedding reception, I can block off 1020 rooms, and it makes for a convenient event for everyone. It’s the way I’d want an event held for my own family.” The Irish feel of The Highlander is influenced by Angela’s family. She says, “My family on my dad’s side is Irish. My mother’s side is Scot-Irish. That’s why you see the little shamrock on The Highlander.” Incorporating family into the business is important because when you are a business owner, the job doesn’t end when you go home. Running a business will affect the family dynamic, but running multiple businesses requires family input. Fortunately for Angela and Alex, their businesses have affected their family in a positive way. Angela says, “When you run a business, your entire family has to be involved. When I first started Mount Hermon, it was a huge undertaking on its own. Now I’m running three businesses.” But Angela isn’t doing it alone, her oldest son, Stephen, is the kitchen manager at The Highlander. Her younger sons Tyler, who is in college, and Michael, who is a junior at Westover Christian Academy, have both chipped in whenever

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and wherever they could. They’ve witnessed the hard work that goes into establishing a successful business and they now have the tools should they decide to follow in their parents’ footsteps. Angela says, “It’s like a family business, but it’s a larger business. My children grew up with weddings and receptions. They are all boys and most boys wouldn’t have any idea about those things, but my kids can set a table and fold tablecloths with the best of them.” An extended part of the family is employees. Hard working employees are a key ingredient in sustaining a flourishing business. Angela is fortunate enough to have strong staff support. She says, “I have great employees. Several have been here since the beginning. Most have been here a really long time and they care about the business. They are a huge part of the success. “ Family also extends to the patrons. Last October Angela lost her mother to cancer just four months after opening The Highlander. Her clientele supported her through the difficult time. She says, “There were so many of my clients who sent me cards or called. I was shocked. People who I didn’t have any other dealings with other than just through business. I have made a lot of friends who are customers. I probably received about 100 cards. Many of those were from customers.” That show of support from her patrons defines the impact that Angela has had on this community. She has truly connected with people. “I think if I could point to one thing I am proud of, it would be the relationships I’ve made. To build a business you have to keep relationships you make, and work to grow new ones. If I thought of this as a job I would be more stressed out.” Angela has witnessed first-hand how positive relationships impact our community. She says, “The relationships you build are very instrumental. I have the same customers as I had when I started at Mount Hermon. For example, Danville Little Theater is still doing plays with us. They started in 2001. The relationships are important.” Giving back is important to Angela and Alex as well. On Mondays, The Highlander donates ten percent of its proceeds to a local charity and is a major sponsor of The Emerge Awards Gala whose goal is to bring the community together. With a life so busy one would think Angela would be a ball of stress. But that’s not the case. She has adapted well to running three businesses simultaneously. “It really does make you learn how to manage your time better,” Angela says. “I enjoy what I do. If I felt like it was a job, it would be difficult. But I don’t feel like it’s a job.” SM


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E-Bikes: Bicycles Built for Three

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E-Bikes: Bicycles Built for Three by Larry G. Aaron Photography by Larry G. Aaron

Finally someone come up with a bicycle built for three. No, not a bicycle built for three people. That’s been done. I’m talking about a bike the likes of which you haven’t seen before. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me slow this bike story down. When I was a youngster, like almost every boy, I had a bicycle. They were simple then. No gears, and you backpedaled to slow down. About 20 years ago, when I could find no passion working out on machines in a gym, I rediscovered that boyhood love of bikes. But my Cannondale bike today is a lot more sophisticated than my childhood version; it has twentyseven gears, high tech wheel and body design, a mini computer with a digital output, and it’s lightweight. While that may sound impressive, I found a bike even more fascinating---maybe the best innovation since sliced bread. In fact, it may be the last word in cycling. And it’s developed quite a fan club here in the Danville area. I’m talking about E-Bikes, a new approach to cycling that has more benefits than you can imagine. It all started with Jerry Franklin, director of manufacturing and technical services at RCATT (Regional Center for Applied Technology and Training) located in Danville’s CyberPark. There was a morning show from Los Angeles that showed riders on electric bikes gliding down the boardwalk. Franklin

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had never heard of an E-Bike but as he watched, he became intrigued by the idea. “I wondered how that would work in Danville. I reasoned that maybe it could be used here for real transportation.” Occupied by other things, he just shelved the thought in the back of his mind for about a year. That is until he and Jeff Liverman, director of the Danville Science Center, got in a conversation about the battery program they have at RCATT. Franklin remembers, “I brought it up that there are E-Bikes that use these batteries.” So out of that conversation came the idea of conducting a study of the feasibility of using the E-Bikes in Danville, perhaps as a means of secondary transportation. From that moment Franklin and Liverman got to work on the idea. They wrote a grant to the Danville Regional Foundation and then brought together some outside companies and also local companies, such as LifeBatt Battery Company, Spin Bicycle Shop, Gerhart Engineering, and Danville City, which included police, parks and recreation, and public works departments. Along with the support of Virginia Tech Extension, and the Danville Community College program at RCATT, things got rolling, literally. The idea took off faster than you can pedal. Bike vendors liked the idea so much that they loaned or donated the bikes. RCATT developed an


experimental program designed to test the practical use and interest in the bikes. Then E-Bikes were loaned out to interested parties for two weeks, and with the accumulation of data from 25 different evaluators, a report will be published in January.

The batteries can be recharged and by themselves propel the bike up to 20 miles an hour, and even faster if you pedal along with the battery assist. Not only that they start quickly from stops in traffic and move smoothly with the traffic.

What they’ve found so far is that people really like them a lot. And here’s why it is such a neat concept. E- Bikes are versatile. They’re not just for the die hard mountain enthusiasts who like roughing it, or for the long distance riders like me, but for anyone, even those who are not physically fit.

One of the big advantages to E-Bikes is that they save money on gas visiting friends, going to work, and even grocery shopping ( you can attach a basket). And who isn’t about saving money these days with high gas prices. All these savings could even pay for the bike. It’s just cheap clean transportation.

They have lithium ion battery, that once charged, can propel the bike without pedaling, or you can pedal with the assist of the battery, or you can pedal without any boost from the battery. A bicycle built for three ---three different ways to travel, depending on what the rider wants or needs to do.

Jerry Franklin is looking to the future and says, “We want to establish Danville as a testing center for E Bikes and E-Bike components. The way we plan to do this is to take our present bikes and run them through a series of data collection tests on a given course under controlled conditions. Hopefully, manufacturers will want to test new components under the same conditions and will come to Danville for testing.”

“You can use the battery assist as little or as much as you want. So if you want to get some exercise, you can get a good workout,” says Franklin. But the benefits don’t stop there. With most automobile trips being five miles or less, riders can use the E-Bikes for short trips. “You save gas, and you save pollution,” he notes. Where the bikes really help you are on the hills. I can tell you having rode one that you can just propel yourself uphill with just battery power and no peddling.

Danville could become the E-Bike center of Virginia if the dream that Jerry Franklin and Jeff Liverman have comes to pass. The results so far look very promising. Check out their progress on Facebook at E-Bike Danville or contact Jerry Franklin at RCATT at jfranklin@dcc.vccs.edu. I highly recommend the bikes; they are awesome. SM

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Why Wait For New Year’s Resolutions to Get Fit?

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Plus: Eat What You Want for Christmas! I am not sure why, but many of you wait until certain times of the year or for certain events before you try to lose weight and get into shape. More people try to get into shape for the beach or weddings or holidays than just for the sake of their health. The biggest time of the year to lose weight and get back into shape is at the start of a new year. Why? I don’t know! I guess it just feels like everything old is made new at the New Year. Maybe it just gives people a definite start date to really begin a dreaded process? Well I have to hand it to my clients; most of them do not wait until certain times of the year to get into shape. Most of them become sick and tired of being sick and tired and take action to make positive changes! We cannot go through life waiting for the right moment to take charge and take back our health. There is never a good or easy time to begin. Life usually is so stressful and busy that our health is what takes the back seat all too often.

by Dave Gluhareff

In the late 1990s David Gluhareff lost over 100 pounds. Dave then became a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) and began his career as a personal trainer. In March of 2009 David earned the elite status of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS) by the ISSA, their highest level of personal training qualifications. As a personal trainer, Dave has been helping people take charge of their physiques to help them feel, look, and move better through life. Visit www. VirginiaBootcamp. com for more information.

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From a marketing standpoint I am backwards. I am supposed to sell people on their wants, not needs. I am supposed to say to you why do you want to get into shape, is it for a special event such as a family or high school reunion? Your answer is to be the incentive I use to get you into shape. Well I do NOT do that! When most people call me, they are really at their wits end. They are sick to their stomachs with guilt for letting their bodies get out of shape. They are sick and tired of being sick and tired! These people need help and need help immediately. I do not have to ask, “Are you ready to lose weight for an event?” I truly feel have to ask, “Are you ready to do this for yourself? Are you ready to take action now and begin making healthy changes? “ I remember what it’s like to be OBESE. I remember the overwhelming feelings of how big of an obstacle I had in front of me. But you know what? I just got started! I took action, I surrounded myself with positive influences and never quit. I did lose 100 pounds and have been able to finally be in control of

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what I want my weight to be. I then decided to help others. I love what I do, but most importantly I feel what I do. I feel the hurt and pain from my clients who at the beginning of our training. I feel their pain, because I was there before. But they should be proud of the change, it symbolizes that they are taking action and making a difference in their lives and their families’ lives! They are not waiting till the big events or New Year’s Resolutions. They are ready to take back their health and do what is healthy and right.

Holiday Fitness Tips! Eat What You Want!

Yes, it is still that time of year! We just faced the beltbusting meals and leftovers of Thanksgiving and now many of us have Christmas then New Year’s to face. High-calorie food is readily available at work and school parties, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, brunches, and even more parties with friends and family. For such a highlight time of year, this season can be one of the most devastating to our body image. Many of us go about our days leading up to the winter holidays inactive, eating junk, and lacking sleep. Most of us are already stressed out and then when the ball gets rolling there is more stress with all the parties, meals, family, and planning so we really get wound-up tight. Then we eat large amounts of highcalorie foods which lead to guilt and more stress. Most of the holiday health and fitness articles you will read tell you what to eat and what not to eat. Well I am telling you now to let loose and splurge at the proper times to reward yourself for sticking with your healthy lifestyle the majority of your time. You can splurge at a holiday event if you have been on track with your Exercise, Nutrition, and Rest plan anyways! Happy Holidays.. SM For more from Dave visit www.showcasemagazine.com and click the A Better You tab.


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15 – A Christmas Carol: North Theatre: 3pm: 434.793.7469: www.thenorththeatre.com.

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1 – Miss Black Teen Virginia: North Theatre: 7pm: 434.793.7469: www.thenorththeatre.com. 3,14 – Tanglewood Festival of Lights Tour Trip: Ballou Park: 12/3 4-10pm; 12/14 5-11:30pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com. 6 – SHS Fine Arts Christmas Program: Sacred Heart Church Sanctuary: 7pm: 434.793.2656. 7 – Luminary Trail Walk: Riverwalk Trail: 6-8pm: 434.799.5216: www.danvillevaevents.com. 7 – The Church Sisters Concert: North Theatre: 7:30pm: 434.793.7469: www.thenorththeatre.com. 7 – Haints in the Holler Folk Music Concert: Union Street Theatre: 8pm: 434.710.1820. 7,8,9 – Tarheel Carol: Gretna Movie Theatre: 7:30pm/4:30pm: 434.228.1779. 8 – Riverview Rotary Christmas Parade: Main Street: 6pm: 434.793.4636: www.danvillevaevents.com. 8,9 – Danville Historical Society Holiday Tour: 1-5pm: 434.770.1974: www.danvillehistoricalsociety.org.

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Science Stars, Ages 5-7, 3:30– 4:30pm: $3/$6: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org. 17 – Girl Scout Sign Up: Danville Public Llibrary: 5:15-7pm: woodmanwolff434@gmail.com.

HELPING HANDS

Exhibit: DSC: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org. 1 – Bob Ross Painting Class: Forest River: Ballou Park Annex Building: 10:30am3:30pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 7 – Special Candlelight Tour: Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History: 5:30-7pm: 434.793.5644: www.danvillemuseum.org.

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8,15,28,29 – The Magic of Christmas Show: North Theatre: 7:30pm: 434.793.7469: www.thenorththeatre.com. 9 – Gretna Christmas Parade: Main St., Gretna: 3pm: 434.228.1778. 10-26 – Chrismon Tree Viewing: Ascension Lutheran Church: Times Vary: 434.792.5795. 11 – Garden of Lights Norfolk, VA Trip: Ballou Park: 11am-12am: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com. 12 – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: GW Auditorium: 7:30-9:30pm: 434.792.9242: www.danvilleconcert.org. 14,15,16 – The Gospel According to Scrooge: Free: Westover Baptist Church: 7pm/5:30pm: 434.822.2302. 15 – A Christmas Carol: North Theatre: 3pm: 434.793.7469: www.thenorththeatre.com. 15 – Ballou Park Tree Lighting: Ballou Rec. Center: 4:30-6pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 15 – DSO Holiday Concert: GWHS Auditorium: 8pm: 434.797.2666: www.danvillesymphony.net. 23 – River-side Riot: Highlander Restaurant: 7:30pm: 434.710.1820. 27 – Kwanzaa Celebration: Ballou Rec. Center: 6-7:30pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 27 – The Golden Triad Show Chorus: Little Theatre of Danville: 7:30pm: Main St. UM Church: 434.792.5796: www.danvillelittletheatre.org.

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Thru Dec. 21 – Decorating the Trees for a Cause: Institute for Advanced Learning & Research: 434.766.6743: www.ialr.org. 1 – Getting Fit for the Holidays: Ballou Rec Center: 11am-1pm: 434.766.6650. 1 –Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting: Main St.: 4:30pm. 1 – Holiday Market: Community Market: 8am-2pm: Breakfast with Santa 9-11am: 434.797.8961: www.danvillevaevents.com. 7 – Caroling with Carolers: Ballou Rec. Center: 2:30pm: 434.799.5216: www.playdanvilleva.com. 8 – Danville Area Humane Society Adoption Fair: Adoption Center: 12-4pm: 434.799.0843: www.dahsinc.com.

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11 – 1859 Coffeehouse Lecture Series: Multipurpose Room, Averett University: Ages 4-9 : 7pm: 434.791.7189: www.averett.edu. 19 – Create a Christmas Ornament: DPL-Westover Branch: 3:30-4:30pm: 434.799.5195: www.playdanvilleva.com. 20 – Christmas Party for Seniors: Danville Public Llibrary: 11am-1pm: 434.799.5195: www.playdanvilleva.com. 21 – Just Everyday Women Walking by Faith: Mary’s Diner: 11am-1pm.

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3-31 – Pure Core Work Out: City Auditorium: M-TH 10:3011:30am: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4 – Senior Bowling Tournament: Riverside Lanes: 10am-12pm: 434.791.2695: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4-27 – Baby Boomer Style Work Out: City Auditorium: 9-10:30am: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4-27 – Ladies, It’s Time To Work It Out: City Auditorium: 10am-12pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4-27 – 15/15/15 Fitness: City Auditorium: 5:30-6:30pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 4-Feb. 26 – Cardio Step Class: City Auditorium: TU/TH: 8:45-9:45am or 12-1pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 6-27 – Kuumba-West African Dance: City Armory: TH Kids, 6-6:30pm; Adults, 6:30-7:45pm: 434.797.8848: www.playdanvilleva.com. 218,19,20 – Holiday Basketball Camp: Squire Rec. Center: 10am-12pm: 434.799.5214: www.playdanvilleva.com. 20 – Sky Watchers: Danville Science Center: Nightfall: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org. 21-Jan. 2 – Winter Break Camp: Coates & Glenwood Community Center: 7:30am-6pm: 434.799.5150: www.playdanvilleva.com. 28 – Ice Skate and Snow Tube: Ballou Rec Center: 10:30pm-5:30pm: 434.799.5215: www.playdanvilleva.com.

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6.7 – Painting Workshop: Piedmont Arts: 9am: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 7 – First Friday Art Walk: Studio 107: 5-7pm: 276.638.2107: www.piedmontarts.org. 8 – Handmade Holiday Market: The Artisan Center: 9am-2pm: 276.656.5461: www.TheArtisanCenter.org.

Kids/Family

1 – Pet Pictures with Santa: Martinsville-Henry County SPCA: 9am-3pm: 276.638:7297: www.spcamhc.org. 5,19 – Homeschool Wednesdays: Virginia Museum of Natural History: Earth Sciences. 12/5-Meteorology; 12/19-Astronomy. Ages 6-9 & 10-15: 10-11:15am: 276.634.4185: www.vmnh.net. 12 – Doodle Bugs - Earth ScienceWeather: Virginia Museum of Natural History: Ages 3-5: 9:30-11:30am: 276.634.4185: www.vmnh.net.

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1 –Holiday Open House: Uptown Martinsville: 8am-4pm: 276.632.5688: www.martinsvilleuptown.com. 1-8 – Steel Magnolias: Black Box Theatre: 7-9:30pm: 276.732.7570: www.piedmontarts.org. 6 – Holiday Cookie and Card Swap: Spencer-Penn Centre: 6-8pm: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 8 – Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular: Martinsville HS Auditorium: 7pm: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 14 – Music Night: Spencer-Penn Centre: 5:30pm: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 14 – Jingle Bell Jamboree: Doug and Telisha Williams: Rives Theatre: 8pm: 276.632.3221: www.rivestheatre.com. 15 – Bluegrass @ the Rives Mark Templeton and Pocket Change: Rives Theatre: 7-9pm: 276.638.7095: www.visitmartinsville.com. 26 – Live @ the Rives -Funk Punch: Rives Theatre: 9pm: www.rivestheatre.wordpress.com.


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2 – Book Signing - Louise Lester: Piedmont Arts: 2-4pm: 276.632.3221: www.piedmontarts.org. 5 – Enterprise Zone Workshop: VA Museum of Natural History: 9am: www.yesmartinsville.com 6 – Youth of the Year Dinner: Chatmoss Country Club: www.bgcbr.org. 7 – High Rise Act Fundraiser: Martinsville Speedway: 8am: 276.956.7232: www.MartinsvilleSpeedway.com. 13 – Book Discussion: SpencerPenn Centre: 7pm: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com.

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1 – Big Country Buffet Breakfast: Spencer-Penn Centre: 6-10am: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 3-31 – Classes at the Centre: Chair Aerobics, Aerobics with Anita, Boot Camp/Power Sculpt: Spencer-Penn Centre: Days/ Times Vary: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 6 – Photography Club: SpencerPenn Centre: 6:30pm: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 6,12 – Seniors in the Know: Spencer-Penn Centre: TH 10am: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 15 – Basket Making Class: Spencer-Penn Centre: 9:30am-12pm: 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com. 15 – Bob Ross Painting Workshop: Spencer-Penn Centre: 10am:-4pm 276.957.5757: www.thecentreatspencerpenn.com.

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Thru Dec. 23 - Christmas Time’s A’Coming Open House: Peaks of Otter Winery: Sat & Sun. 12-5pm: 540.586.3707: www.peaksofotterwinery.com. Thru Jan. 2 - Bedford Festival of Trees: Bedford Welcome Center: 540.587.5681: www.visitbedford.com. Thru Jan 26– Christmas Train Exhibit: Bedford

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Museum: 540.586.4520: www.bedfordvamuseum.org. 1,2 - Christmas Open House: The Little Gallery: 540.721.1596: www.thelittlegallerysml.com. 1 – Deck the Halls, Naturally: SML State Park: 1-3pm: 540.297.5998: www.dcr.virginia.gov. 1 - Bedford Christmas Parade: Centertown Bedford: 5pm: 540.586.2148: www.centertownbedford.com. 1 - Le HotClub Concert: Bedord Public Library: 7:30pm: 540.586.8911: www.friendsofbedfordlibrary.org. 1-15 - Christmas Treasures: Village Farm: 540.586.9194: www.villagefarmchristmas. landandtable.com. 5-Jan. 12 - Bedford Photography Club Exhibit: Bower Center for the Arts: 11am-4pm: Artist Reception 12/14, 5-8pm: 540.586.4235: www.bowercenter.org. 7 - Remembering Pearl Harbor: National D-Day Memorial: 12pm: 540.587.3619: www.dday.org. 7,14,21 - Santa Claus Visit Centertown Bedford: 540.586.2148: www.centertownbedford.com. 7,14,21 - Carriage Rides: Centertown Bedford: 540.586.2148: www.centertownbedford.com. 8 – Music Jam: Camp Karma Primitive Camping: 7-10pm: 540.297.5762: www.visitbedford.com. 9 - Holiday Tours: Poplar Forest: 434.525.1806: www.poplarforest.org. 13 - Blue Ridge Voices: Bower Center for the Arts: 7pm: 540.586.4235: www.bowercenter.org. 14 - 2nd Fridays: Centertown Bedford: 540.586.2148: www.centertownbedford.com. 14 - No Strings Attached Concert: Bower Center for the Arts: 8pm: 540.586.4235: www.bowercenter.org. 15 - Bedford Community Orchestra Holiday Concert: Bedford Middle School: 7:30pm: 540.947.0208: www.bedfordcommorch.org. 15,16 - Flames of Memory & Christmas in Wartime Presentation: National D-Day Memorial: 7-10pm: 540.587.3619: www.dday.org. 31 - New Year’s Eve Celebration: Mariners Landing: 8pm: 540.297.4900: www.marinerslanding.com.

ROANOKE Entertainment

1,2 – Sesame Street Live: Salem Civic Center: Times Vary: 800.745.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 7 – Holiday Pops Spectacular: Salem Civic Center: 7pm: 800.745.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 8,9 – SWVA Ballet’s The Nutcracker: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre: 7pm/3pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 14 – Stagg Bowl: Salem Stadium: 7pm: 800.745.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 19 – Shrek the Musical: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 20 – Blood Drive: Roanoke Civic Center Exhibit Hall: 11am-6pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 20,21,22,23 – Disney Live Treasure Trove: Roanoke Civic Center: 7pm/1pm/5pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com. 22,23 – Salem Gun & Knife Show: Salem Civic Center: 540.375.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 27,29 – Holiday Hoopla Basketball: Salem Civic Center: 540.375.3000: www.salemciviccenter.com. 29 – Under the Streetlamp: Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre: 8pm: 540.853.5483: www.roanokeciviccenter.com.

NORTH CAROLINA Entertainment

1 – Fröhliche Weihnachten: Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, NC: 1:30-4:30pm: 336.924.8191: www.bethabarapark.org. 1-31 – Art Exhibit-Jubilation Extravoganza: Kirby Gallery, Roxboro: Reception 12/6, 6-8pm: 336.597.1709: www.kirbytheater.com. 6 – The Gingerbread Boy: Person County Public Library: 4-5pm: www.personcounty.net. 6 – Jingle on Main: Roxboro: 6pm: www.visitroxboronc.com. 8 – Pet Adoption: PC Animal Services: 9-11am: www.personcounty.net. 9 – Candlelight Concert: Historic


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Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, NC: 5-6pm: 336.924.8191: www.bethabarapark.org. 13 – Homeschooler Program: Person County Public Library: 11am: www.personcounty.net. 15 – Christmas Parade: Person County Public Library: 2-4pm: www.personcounty.net.

15 – Simply Sinatra Christmas: Kirby Theater, Roxboro: 7:30pm: 336.597.1709: www.kirbytheater.com. 20 – Adult Book Bunch Meeting: Person County Public Library: 12-1pm: www.personcounty.net. 21 – A Hometown Christmas: Caswell County Civic Center: 8pm: 336.694.4591: www.ccfta.org.

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1 – DRBA First Saturday Outing: New Tobacco Heritage Trail: 10am: 434.579.7599: www.danriver.org. 1 – Christmas Parade: Downtown South Boston: 5pm: 434.575.4208: www.downtownsobo.com. 1 – The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer: The Prizery: 7:30pm/3pm: 434.572.8339: www.prizery.com. 13-16 – Amahl And The Night Visitors: The Prizery: 7:30pm/3pm: 434.572.8339: www.prizery.com.

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11 – Cork & Forks: Danville Science Center: 6:30–9:30pm: 434.791.5160: www.dsc.smv.org. 17 – Spring to Green Horticultural Symposium: Stratford Courtyard Conference Center: 8:30am4pm: 434.799.6558: www. danvillemastergardeners.org. 19 – Harlem Quartet: GW Auditorium: 7:30-9:30pm: 434.792.9242: www.danvilleconcert.org.

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25 – A Night At The Movies - Rainier Piano Trio: The Prizery: 7:30pm: 434.572.8339: www.prizery.com.

4 – First Friday Art Walk: Studio 107: 5-7pm: 276.638.2107: www.piedmontarts.org. 8-Feb. 5 –Artisan Classes: The Artisan Center: 5:308:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.TheArtisanCenter.org. 9-Feb. 6 –Artisan Classes: The Artisan Center: 5:308:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.TheArtisanCenter.org. 10-Feb. 7 –Woodturning Class: The Artisan Center: 5:30-8:30pm: 276.656.5461: www.TheArtisanCenter.org. 12-Aug. 25 – Dinosaurs Exhibit: Virginia Museum of Natural History: 276.634.4185: www.vmnh.net.

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2-31 – Amateur Photography Competition: Kirby Gallery, Roxboro: 336.597.1709: www.artsinperson.com. 10 – Homeschooler Program: Person County Public Library: 11am: www.personcounty.net. 26 – Manhattan Piano Trio: Kirby Theater, Roxboro: 7:30pm: 336.597.1709: www.kirbytheater.com.

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by Paulette Dean Executive Director, Danville Humane Society

The holiday season comes with many gifts. Whether the season comes with “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” wishes, most people seem to be their best in December. I am an adult who believes in Santa Claus. In fact, I have a collection of them. Even without my collection, I would have lots of Santas to look at during this time of year, simply because there are so many who live in this area. May I share some of Santa stories with you? A five year-old boy came to the shelter with his mother and aunt. He had asked his aunt to buy dog and cat food for the shelter animals, rather than a toy for him, for Christmas. Who could doubt that Santa exists when watching the little boy who spent so much time visiting with the animals, especially when he took such great delight in giving them treats? People come to the shelter with bags of food, treats, toys, and towels. Most of them come with bags that are filled to the brim. It is always so touching to see the look in their eyes, especially when you know, for some at least, that their gifts have been a real sacrifice for them to buy. A young girl made many crafts and sold them to give money to the humane society. Schools have collection drives for items to donate to the shelter. In a world of give-me-as-much-as-you-can, it is wonderful to know that young people are being exposed to the idea that there are needs in the world beyond their own. People who may not have money to donate search through their closets to find discarded items that we still may be able to sell at a yard sale. Other people gladly donate gently-used towels to put in the cages to make puppies, kittens, and cats a little bit more comfortable. These are the people who are committed to helping the animals in ways that they can. Their kindness joins with the kindness of those who stop to help a stranded animal, make a call to alert authorities about abuse, or serve animals in myriad of ways. Thank you; our gratitude is deep. We pledge to continue our work to help animals, to use your donations wisely, and to build a foundation of humaneness that future generations can use to make a truly humane society.

Glenda

This little sweetheart is about three months old. She has it all - sweetness, playfulness, and a desire to please.

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Making My List and Checking It Twice

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Month to month you will find Misty stating the outrageous or ridiculous truths in her day-to-day life, and you will realize that you are not alone in this maniacal concept known as parenting. Yes, welcome to 5150 Lunatic Lane- Where skills and tactics are tried, tested, and often fail. But she keeps doing it anyway! Misty’s children Jason- 20, Corey-12, Spencer-11, Tucker-10, and Kendall-9 know all too well the joy and sorrow of being a big family. And new husband Scott is still waiting for the punch line.

Happy Birthday, Kendall !!! I claim to be so busy. All the time. Every day. And I am. True, some days I’m only cleaning out closets, doing laundry, Goodwill hopping, or eating lunch with my dear friends. But other days I’m taking the kids to appointments, getting myself to appointments, running errands, planning events, and carting my sweet granny around town. I’m very fortunate that I can do all of these things for myself, and for others. And I’m forever grateful for my flexible schedule that allows me to be everywhere I need to be during the day. Some would say that I don’t “do” anything at all, and snicker at what I have to “do” day in and day out. But the real snickering would come from me watching anyone else attempt to do half of what I endure on any given day. But that’s another story. So, after years of practice, I’ve gotten pretty good at managing my household, and occasionally the households of others without a hitch. At first I typed “entire” household, but that would mean I manage Scott’s life and that’s so not true. First of all, he’s like a household all by himself. Secondly, his household is located on his own planet that is merely parallel to our universe, and I simply don’t have time for all that. From time to time, I team up with a co-worker, family member, or friend for a project. And I really enjoy it. I like working and organizing, putting my head together with others as long as everyone is on the same page.

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My biggest peeve is when I find my next move contingent upon that of someone else, and they hold up all operations. All of my timeliness was for nothing! My time is valuable, right? I have thrift shopping to do. So it’s best to take matters into your own hands, get your work done, so you can play, or thrift shop. I love the idea of passing out orders and sharing the fun/obligation… whatever the case may be, but I tend to just take it all upon myself, because that’s what’s makes me happy.You can’t fault me for that :) Pretending I’m Wonder Woman actually cuts my stress level in half. Sounds strange, I suppose. Doing everything one’s self seems stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. By always having a plan and sticking to the plan, I’m saved from lots of stress. If you are person that needs gratification from others in order to succeed at your goals, then going solo totally will not work for you. Taking on the world on your own is for the person that is gratified by what he or she has accomplished for no other reason than the completion of the job or task. If you are a person who usually waits for other people to do things for you, or with you; you should try taking the bull by the horns for a change. It’s very enlightening. My secret weapon against being overwhelmed and not completing my tasks is a to-do list. Boy, do I love me a good list! You know when you’re in bed at night, and your eyes are closed, but your brain has a sign on blinking “OPEN” in hot pink neon? Yeah, you need to stop doing that.

Before bed I make a list for the next day. If there are calls I need to make I look up the phone numbers and write them down too. If there’s something I need to make a decision about the next day, I write it down. This has saved me from so much lost sleep from lying awake stressing over or worrying about what I have to do the next day. I make sure my pen and paper are by my bed, this way I can add to it if I forget something. I love to make plans. As simple as it sounds, this really saves me from torturing myself while aimlessly driving around town trying to remember where I’m supposed to be and when. I like pen and paper vs. electronic note-taking because for me, seeing my own handwriting telling me what to do works better than Times Roman. But try whatever works for you. When I wake the next day with a list of things to do, I go out and conquer my list! BUT FIRST... I get up at 6am, get a shower, wake up the first two kids at 6:30 and have them at school by 7:20. Race back home by 7:35ish to wake up two more kids and have them at school by 8:15. By 8am I’ve started a load of laundry; unloaded and reloaded the dishwasher, fed the dogs and cats, and made the kids’ lunches for the day. (These things don’t make the list; they are engraved into my routine and come like clockwork.) Whew. Now, it’s time to get some things done! SM


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