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Temple Emanu-El of Dothan is presenting Deli Day again this year!

Deli Day offers delicious New York-style corned beef on rye sandwiches for pick-up, dining-in, or delivery (of eight or more orders, please) on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

This exciting and fun annual fundraiser will take place at the synagogue, located at 188 North Park Avenue in Dothan.

Tickets are $12 each for a fantastic bagged lunch that includes: a quarter-pound corned beef sandwich on Atlanta Bread Company Jewish rye bread; kosher dill pickle; bag of Lay’s potato chips; Grey Poupon spicy deli-mustard; huge chocolate chip cookie from Dothan’s Sweet & Sassy Bakery; and a picnic pack (knife, napkin, starlight mint, etc.) prepared by our friends at the John Conti Center of Vaughn-Blumberg Services.

We offer three very convenient ways to place your Deli Day order:

1. Purchase a ticket from Temple members.
2. Call the Temple office at 792-5001 to purchase a ticket and/or to request your order form.
3. Order on line at http://www.dothandeliday.org

We ask that our customers please place orders by April 20, 2015 & pay by April 23, 2015.

The 13th annual Boll Weevil 100 Bicycle Ride & 10K Road Run sponsored by the Enterprise Lions Club will be held on Saturday, May 9, at the First United Methodist Church on Main Street in Enterprise.  Starting times for the bicycle rides will be at 7:30 a.m.  The road runs will begin as soon as the cyclists have departed. Cyclists may choose from four rides: a 7-mile Fun Ride, a 25-Mile ride, a Century (100K) ride, and a challenging 100-mile ride.  Participants in the 100 Mile ride may also participate in the Alabama Backroads Century Series.The running events include a 10K run and a 3K Fun Walk.  In cooperation with Veteran's Warrior Transition Units in the Southeast, the Boll Weevil 100 hosts wounded veteran bikers and runners.  To register or get further information about the events or to sponsor a wounded veteran participant, go to www.EnterpriseLionsClub.com.  All proceeds from the events not specified for sponsorship of a wounded veteran will go to support projects as designated by the Enterprise Lions Club.

DUE TO RECENT HEAVY RAINS AND MORE RAIN EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, THE WIREGRASS HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 2ND WITH A SHOTGUN START AT 12NOON. THEY WILL TAKE ENTRIES UNTIL APRIL 28TH. CONTACT HIGHLAND OAKS AT 792-9351 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

The Knights of Columbus, Child of Prague Council 10513 will be hosting a 1st Friday Fish Fry each month starting May 1, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M.

Plates are $10.00 and include “all the fish you can eat” as well as sides, sweet tea, and a desert.
Carry-outs are available ($7.00/Person). 

THE DINNERS WILL BE HELD AT BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2331 HIGHWAY 177A, BONIFAY, FL.

Proceeds raised from these 1st Friday Fish Fry will be used by Council 10513 to assist the three (3) parishes that Council 10513 represents: Blessed Trinity, St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Theresa.

The American Red Cross is currently responding across multiple states. If you would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises please make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by:

Calling 1-800-REDCROSS OR www.redcross.org Texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Whether it's a natural disaster that affects thousands, or a home fire that affects a single family, the American Red Cross is there

On Saturday, April 25 at 8:30AM, CrossFit Embrace in Dothan is partnering with us to host Embrace the Fatherless: A CrossFit Fundraiser to Help Children in Need. This is a first-time event created and sponsored by our Dothan Regional Advisory Board (volunteer group of young leaders), and it will raise funds to directly benefit children in our care! For only $30, you can participate in the Workout Of the Day (WOD), recieve a free t-shirt, and enter to win door prizes!

Hardee’s Ride for Hope, Saturday, May 16, 2015

 Wiregrass Hope Group will be hosting the 6th Annual Hardee’s Ride for Hope on Saturday, May 16, 2015.  Sponsored by Ponder Enterprises, Inc. and Hardee’s, the ride proceeds will benefit programs of Wiregrass Hope Group.

There are three start/registration locations:  Hardee’s of Dothan (next to Home Depot), Hardee’s of Abbeville and Hardee’s of Enterprise. Registration is $25, per Rider Card and starts at 9 AM.  Riders receive coupons for breakfast and lunch, free drink refills, 2015 Ride T-shirt, and a Rider Card.  Each participant will visit the eight area Hardee’s (Headland, Abbeville, Ozark, Enterprise, Hartford, and the 3 in Dothan) to receive a 8 stamps on their Rider Card.  Completed Rider Cards must be turned in by 3 PM, at the Dothan Hardee’s by Home Depot, to be eligible for the Grand Prize drawings of $1,000, $500 and $250.

For more information, contact Sharon at ssizemore@wiregrasshopegroup.com or 334.790.9192.  For further details and route suggestions to the Hardee’s locations, please visit our website at www.wiregrasshopegroup.com and click on Hardee’s Ride for Hope.

Wiregrass Hope Group is a faith based non-profit organization that has been serving Dothan and the surrounding communities since 1983. It was at that time a group of concerned citizens came together to provide compassionate care, encouragement, and practical support for young women and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. Over the years our organization has expanded our Pregnancy Programs and Services to include our Marriage and Pre-Marriage Counseling, Character and Relationship Education, Fatherhood Program, and Women's Counseling.  We are supported mainly through the generosity of individuals, churches, and local businesses. Our services have always been offered at no cost to our clients.

Help Keep Alabama's Spay/Neuter Clinics Open.

In the last few years, the clinics have been under attack. Alabama House Bill 141 would protect the spay/neuter clinics and ensure they can keep providing vital services that improve the lives of cats and dogs.

Reach out to your State Representative today, and ask him or her to support HB 141!

Alabama has only four spay/neuter clinics that provide much-needed services including high-quality, low-cost spay and neuter procedures and basic care like vaccinations and deworming. The services are performed by licensed, experienced veterinarians who have the animals’ best interests in mind. Together, these clinics spay or neuter more than 10,000 cats and dogs each year.

In the last few years, a state board has unfairly—and for no good reason—tried to shut down Alabama's spay/neuter clinics. HB 141 would amend the law to make it clear that these important clinics have the right to stay open.

Take action today—urge your State Representative to vote for HB 141 to keep Alabama’s spay/neuter clinics open.

April is National Stress Awareness Month

Stress: it can make your heart race, your head pound, and your stomach churn. While a little stress can be a good thing – and even help you perform under pressure – too much stress can be bad for your health, causing headaches, stomach pain, trouble sleeping and even a weakened immune system. In the United States, it’s estimated that up to 90 per cent of visits to primary care doctors are due to stress-related health problems.  It’s hard to avoid stress altogether, but there are steps you can take to manage it. During National Stress Awareness Month in April, visit optum-dot-com slash stress for more information about how to prevent stress from getting the better of you, including Stress First Aid techniques you can do “in-the-moment” when you’re feeling stressed and stress-prevention techniques to help change the way you approach and think about certain situations. To learn more visit optum.com slash stress, that’s O-P-T-U-M dot com slash stress.  A public service message from WOOF Radio.

The Dothan Police Department’s Animal Services Division is proud to announce a new program about dog safety called “The Yellow Ribbon Leash Campaign”. This program, widely used around the Country in dog parks and public areas was designed as an awareness campaign to help protect our citizens against dog bites. What we are asking dog owners to do is to tie a yellow ribbon onto your dog’s leash, about half way up, if you want to alert others to the fact that people should not approach your dog, with or without their canine companions or their children. Other people should then give the dog’s owner time to get out of your way, thus preventing any unnecessary contact or possible bite. There are many reasons that the ribbons can be used, but here are a few important ones:

  • The dog is in training
  • The dog may be shy or protective of his owner and bite you because it doesn’t know you.
  • The dog may have been previously abused and is being rehabilitated. That means the dog may be afraid and may bite you as a natural reaction from past experiences.
  • The dog may just not like other dogs or doesn’t like being sniffed by other dogs.
The Animal Services Division will be handing out notices to the most widely used pet-friendly places for posting as a reminder to everyone. And most importantly of all…we ask that every parent teach your children what the yellow ribbon on a leash means! If you see that ribbon….WAIT!...give the dog owner a chance to get out of your way. And NEVER, EVER approach a dog that you don’t know without asking the owner first!

For more information, please contact the Dothan Animal Shelter, 334-615-4620

Social Security Launches New Expedited Disability
Process for Veterans
Fast-tracking Disability Decisions for Vets with 100% Permanent
and Total Rating
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, recently announced the launch of a new disability process to expedite disability claims filed by veterans with a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation rating of 100% Permanent & Total (P&T).  Under the new process, Social Security will treat these veterans’ applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions, similar to the way the agency currently handles disability claims from Wounded Warriors.
“We have reached another milestone for those who have sacrificed so much for our country and this process ensures they will get the benefits they need quickly,” said Acting Commissioner Colvin.  “While we can never fully repay them for their sacrifices, we can be sure we provide them with the quality of service that they deserve.  This initiative is truly a lifeline for those who need it most."
“No one wants to put America’s veterans through a bureaucratic runaround,” said Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes, a leading proponent for increasing assistance to veterans. “As the baby boomer generation ages and more veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan need care, this common sense change will help reduce backlogs and cut through unnecessary red tape so that our most disabled veterans receive the benefits they’ve earned.”
In order to receive the expedited service, veterans must tell Social Security they have a VA disability compensation rating of 100% P&T and show proof of their disability rating with their VA Notification Letter.
The VA rating only expedites Social Security disability claims processing and does not guarantee an approval for Social Security disability benefits.  These veterans must still meet the strict eligibility requirements for a disability allowance.
For information about this service, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm.
For more about Social Security’s handling of Wounded Warrior’s disability claims, please visit
www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors.

WILDLIFE LAND TRUST

OUR WILDLIFE AND NATURAL LANDSCAPES ARE DISAPPEARING AT AN ALARMING RATE.  FORTUNATELY, AS A CONCERNED LAND OWNER, YOU CAN HELP PREVENT SOME OF THIS LOSS.  PROTECT YOUR LAND FOR THE FUTURE, AND PROHIBIT HUNTING AND TRAPPING OF THE ANIMALS WHO CALL IT HOME, BY WORKING WITH THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST.  CALL 1-800-729-SAVE, THAT'S 1-800-729-S-A--V-E THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST, OR GO TO WILDLIFELANDTRUST.ORG.  THE WILDLIFE LAND TRUST, SAVING LIVES, BY SAVING LAND.


A trust account has been setup for James Derek Edmondson who as been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer which has spread to is liver and lymph nodes. Any donations will be used to cover monthly living costs and to help take care of his 3 children. To make a donation please contact People's South Bank c/o James Derek Edmondson, P.O. Box 459, Columbia, AL 36319

AwareRX

WHEN IT COMES TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS, IT’S ESSENTIAL TO APPLY SAFE PRACTICES TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY. TO AVOID MISUSE AND ABUSE, NEVER SHARE OR BORROW MEDICATION. KEEP YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS OUT OF THE WRONG HANDS BY STORING THEM IN A LOCK BOX AND DISPOSING OF MEDICATION PROPERLY. FINALLY, UNDERSTAND YOUR PRESCRIPTION INFORMATION; DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK YOUR PHARMACIST AND DOCTOR FOR HELP. AND IF BUYING PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE, BE SURE TO USE VIPPS ACCREDITED PHARMACIES. LEARN MORE AT AWARE R-X DOT ORG.

Red Cross Blood Drives

To give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds; you must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), and you must be in general good health. If you are sick and cannot donate, please recruit a friend or family member to give in your place.  All donors must have a photo ID or American Red Cross donor card.
If you plan on giving blood:

  • Double your fluid intake in the 48 hours leading up to the drive.
  • Eat a nutritious meal the night before, as well as the day of, the blood drive.
  • Eat iron-rich foods such as lean beef, broccoli, eggs, greens, shrimp or dried beans.
  • Consume foods rich in Vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, cabbage, tomatoes and sweet potatoes.
  • Get a good night’s sleep before the drive.

The American Red Cross Blood Services, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast Region, which supplies blood to approximately 100 hospitals, needs 600 blood donors each day to meet the needs of patients in the region.  Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets.
The need is constant.  The gratification is instant.  Give blood.

Girl Scouts Offer Summer Camp Options for All Girls

Alabama – Girl Scout Summer Camp isn’t just for Girl Scouts! All girls in grades 2nd- 12th are invited to enjoy a week (or two!) at summer camp on beautiful Lake Martin at Kamp Kiwanis, in Eclectic, or on the sandy hills surrounded by pines and magnolias at Camp Scoutshire Woods, in Citronelle.

Summer Camp options feature a day camp, a two-night sampler camp for 7- and 8-year olds, and a weeklong resident camp. Camp dates range from June 7 to July 3, and transportation to camp will be available for day campers.

At camp, girls will spend plenty of time playing in the woods, cooling off in the lake, making new friends, and learning life skills in between! Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama offers many activities, such as arts and crafts, kayaking, archery, horseback riding, sailing lessons, outdoor cooking, team games, zip lining, paddle boarding, nature discoveries, and much more!
For more information, please visit www.girlscoutssa.org/camp or call Amanda Abercrombie at 800-239-6636, ext. 2205.

About Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama is a United Way community partner and serves more than 7,000 girls ages 5-17 and 3,000 volunteers across 30 counties.  Programs focused on financial literacy, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and leadership development help girls contribute to their families, communities and the nation’s workforce and leadership today and in the future. Diversity is a core value of Girl Scouts, and in addition to ongoing troops, we are committed to serving girls who face sometimes-overwhelming obstacles through our outreach programs. For more information on becoming a member, volunteering or other ways you can help, call 800-239-6636 or visit www.girlscoutssa.org.

 

The S.O.S. Animal Shelter in Enterprise needs your help...

The Shelter is always in need of volunteers to help walk and wash dogs, play with and socialize all of the animals and, of course, do all of the down-and-dirty chores that come with caring for the animals. Volunteers at the Shelter must be at least 14 years old or supervised by a parent, and must be able to follow rules and guidance given by the manager. The Shelter is happy to be recognized by the Enterprise High School National Honor Society as an organization for which members may receive all of their required community service hours this year. To arrange to volunteer at the Shelter, call 334-393-1743 from 9a-5p Monday-Saturday or 8a-4p on Sunday.

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Today, nearly half our nation’s fighting forces are members of the Guard and Reserve. When they are called to active duty, they leave behind a family, a community, and a job. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, honors and protects the bond between service members and their civilian employers. Whether serving our country or supporting those who do, we all serve. To learn more about ESGR, call 1-800-336-4590, or visit www.esgr.mil.
Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation
Dear AVRAL members, in an effort to build membership in our organization, we're taking several different approaches. The most effective and most persuasive form of marketing is word-of-mouth, or in this case, you sending emails to everyone you know, inviting them to join AVRAL. We have run-off elections coming up on Oct. 9, some of these elections are decided by a mere 100 or so votes, so it's critical to build membership. If you to DO NOTHING ELSE as an AVRAL member, please do this. Send the letter below to everyone you can think of-feel free to modify if you like.

(Text of Email to copy, paste and forward)

Hello! You are receiving this email because I believe you are someone who can help us improve the lives of Alabama's companion animals. If you are tired of the way Alabama's animals are treated--- the starving, the cruelty, the overpopulation, the dogs wandering the roadways, the cats gathering around dumpsters to find food, JOIN AVRAL. AVRAL stands for Alabama Voters for Responsible Animal Legislation. We are a nonpartisan political action committee consisting of everyday Alabama citizens who exercise political power by forming voting blocs. Your vote is your power. We will let you know which candidates are animal-friendly and which are not. We'll let you know their voting record on animal cruelty issues. We'll post questionnaires they've completed for your review. You live in a voting district, and we will invite as many people as possible in your district to join the voting bloc. The more people in the bloc, the more powerful you are. This is the only way to send a message to Montgomery: we will no longer tolerate the inhumane, uncaring treatment of animals in this state. And while a legislator may not agree with our position, if they want to get elected/remain in office, they need to know we have sufficient membership to vote them in or send them home. How much does it cost you to join? NOTHING. There are no dues, no fees. All we ask is that you send this email to EVERYONE YOU KNOW who loves animals. Help us build membership in each of Alabama's 67 counties. That's the first step. Help us end the suffering. Please visit our website http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001PAxYsGB1MKYzfuwBi47nVTJQgSMw9_WoHT0lUeUHM6gvKEsIe4lzwhoAq5qt32jcdJbnn677GcAvvqvG_MpL2tGTajNjz1cqrw9N6zW5kalRGTueYZRjdJRaFUbjnN7 to read about our key issues and to join us. I hope you will join us,
Dr. Rhonda Parker
State Chair, AVRAL

I have a 501c, that I established 2 years ago. The name is Opp Paws and Claws. I have had many animals left at my veterinary hospital over the years. Rather than euthanize them, I place them. I can no longer house this many animals. I need help placing primarily cats, kittens, and bulldogs. All of these animals have had basic to advance health care, at my expense. I have not been able to find funding to continue or do more.

Currently, all animals housed at the clinic are seeking homes. I do screen applicants. I require that people have a current veterinarian and an acceptable enclosure for dogs. For cats we ask them to be inside or a protected area. There are nominal adoption fees that go to the 501c. All these animals can be viewed on the petfinder website under opp paws and claws.

Please call for information (334) 493-6687

I would like to continue to help abandoned animals but must have foster homes for those I help. If they could be placed in a permanent home that would be best. Thank you for your help! Faith Drumheller, DVM.