A couple of events – one in the fall and the other down the road – are in the early planning stages, but are each geared toward bringing the county together in awareness and education about the addiction epidemic.
Hannah Allard, a prevention specialist with FRS Counseling, spoke to Greenfield Village Council members at Wednesday’s meeting to inform them of Take Back Our County, Hope for Highland event set for Oct. 1 in Hillsboro. The event will kick off National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.
Allard said the October event is being planned by FRS and the city of Hillsboro, but organizers hope to get the whole county involved.
She said the first event is envisioned to be a “safe, family fun night” with concessions, a 5K glow run, the involvement of local businesses, organizations, and agencies providing glow-themed activities, and more. This event would also serve as a fundraiser for the second event, through a ministry based in the tristate area called Hope Over Heroin. All proceeds from the first event would help fund getting the Hope Over Heroin event to Highland County.
The faith-based event, according to its website, “is much more than a weekend outreach. We unite regional faith-based, non-faith based, addiction recovery and grief resources at one place, most often for the first time, and connect those hurting the most with long term support and resources.”
Allard said the second event is geared more toward raising awareness and providing education and information on treatment, wellness, and recovery in Highland County.
Greenfield council members indicated they were receptive to lending support of the Hope Over Heroin event, and a motion made by council member Chris Borreson was unanimously approved by other council members for the village to serve as host when the time comes.
As everything is still in the initial planning stages, no other details were available, but further information will be provided as it becomes known. Allard said updates would be available on the Hope for Highland County Facebook page. More information about Hope Over Heroin can be found at hopeoverheroin.com.
In other business, Edward Lee McClain will be honored with a day in Greenfield on Sunday, July 17 just prior to the 2 p.m. Greene Countrie Towne Festival Parade.
According to Greenfield City Manager Ron Coffey in his report on Wednesday, council chair Betty Jackman has signed the proclamation naming that day as Edward Lee McClain Day in the village. Coffey said that “plans are underway” to have busts of McClain and his wife, Lulu, created and displayed in McClain High School, which celebrated its centennial last September.
As part of the centennial celebration, a time capsule was removed from the school’s cornerstone with those items displayed during the celebration. Items to be placed back into the time capsule are to be revealed during the Greene Countrie Towne Festival, July 15-17, he said.
Coffey also reported that there has been “a lot of extra trash” in the dumpster at Mitchell Park. The city manager said that while some of it is likely due to increased park usage, a lot of the trash appears to be household trash from private citizens. He said the police have been notified and are monitoring the situation. The offense of dumping hosehold trash into a municipal dumpster is a third-degree misdemeanor, he said.
On another matter, village finance director Carolyn Snodgrass reported the preliminary numbers for June as: month-to-date revenue, $287,830; month-to-date expense, $431,295; year-to-date revenue, $2.47 million; year-to-date expense, $2.55 million; with a general fund balance as of June 30, 2016 as $503,595.
The Greenfield Village Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers on the first floor of the city building. The meetings are open to the public. To be put on the agenda, call the village offices at 937-981-3500.
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