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November 13, 2010

Volunteer work day set today at city’s dog park

A group of volunteers (and their dogs) will plant shade trees and flowering vines at the Starkville Dog Park today as part of a planned work day.
Today’s work day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the tree and vine plantings, other beautification projects are also planned.
Today’s work day is organized by members of Friends of the Dog Park (a group on the Facebook social networking website) and Mississippi State’s student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA).
Members of both groups saw a need for some shade trees on the “small dog” side of the Dog Park, which is located at Moncrief Park on North Jackson Street.
Others interested in volunteering are encouraged to come to the Dog Park today.
The Starkville Dog Park was the first public canine recreation area in Mississippi. Located at a former baseball field, two fenced areas offer a place where dogs and their owners can socialize freely.
Established in 2007, the Dog Park has become a popular part of the Starkville Parks and Recreation Department’s many fitness and educational programs.
The Friends of the Dog Park raised funds to purchase shade trees and flowering vines. The Parks and Recreation Department has matched the funds to purchase additional dog park equipment.

Telling Project programs continue this weekend

Starkville residents have two more opportunities this weekend to hear firsthand about the impact of war on Mississippi soldiers.
Helping people understand what military men and women go through in war is what five Mississippi State students hope to accomplish during three programs of “Telling: Starkville, Miss.” this weekend.
Staged as part of the national Telling Project, the free public programs continue at 6 p.m. today and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bettersworth Auditorium at Lee Hall on campus. The first was staged Friday night
Marcus Boykin, Michael Campbell, Lewis Howard, Chris Keane and Lamarris Williams will share their stories serving the nation in Iraq and Afghanistan with audiences.
The performances at Lee Hall this weekend will be the 20th in three years for the Telling Project, which was established in 2008.
Those veterans participating have gone through extensive interview, performance training and rehearsal to tell the stories of their lives to the community members in the audience. The performances deal with military members’ perceptions prior to service, in basic training, in preparing for deployment, during combat and after they return home.

Storm spotter class being offered by OSERVS

Those interested in helping local and state forecasters and emergency response officials be ready to deal with potential severe weather events will have an opportunity for training in a few weeks.
The Oktibbeha Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services will offer a storm spotter class Nov. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the small courtroom of the Courthouse Annex. The course will be presented by meteorologists with the the National Weather Service in Jackson.
Students in the storm spotter class will learn the structure of a severe storm, how a storm develops, and how to inform the National Weather Service of a severe storm.
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required.
To preregister, call OSERVS at 418-8911 or send e-mail to OSERVSdirector@gmail.com.

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