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Right Path thanks all who helped with fundraiser

The Right Path for Washington County thanks our community for their support of our 9th annual Spagna’s Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser held March 17. Without the hardworking crew at Spagna’s, owner Kevin Whitby’s special sauce, Robert Farley who puts it all together, Patti Knotts for organizing the kitchen, and our hardworking board, this event would not be possible!! Thank you to all those that bought tickets, shared flyers, media messages and ate spaghetti. Thanks to Judge Williams for spending his birthday bussing tables and event chair Karen Waller for recruiting the workers. We are blessed to have a board that cares about our youth, community and each other; Dee, Bill, Greg, Joellen, Eric, Maddie, Alissa, Carl, Letha, Ann, Miriam, Maggie and Tara. The Right Path hit the ground running with fundraising efforts to take us into our 14th year of safe teen dances and family swim nights kicking off in June.

In addition to pro-social events, our board is very proud of our motherlode of community service projects, Righditarod #9, our own race against hunger. On April 6, teams of five choose a theme, don a silly costume, decorate a shopping cart to reflect their theme, perform zany challenges, all in the name of fun for a serious cause: to stock the shelves of our 13 local food pantries and the Harvest of Hope! We are proud to be back at the Belpre Kroger Store for the second year and our Belpre partners’ support. We are reaching out to local dentists and the community to help supply personal care items; toothbrushes, etc., (thanks to my dentist, Dr. John Frye for his donation and radio plea for his fellow dentists to donate toothbrushes) and asking for donations of shampoo, etc., much needed items beyond food i.e., dog food and diapers would be much appreciated, as well. Find our event on our Facebook page, “The Right Path for Washington County,” or download from IHeart Media app. Help us stock our pantry partner shelves. All money raised goes to the food pantries!! Any donated items can be picked by calling 740-374-6990.

On Saturday April 13 we will join the Suicide Awareness Alliance, 9 a.m. at Indian Acres Park, for “A Walk to Remember” loved ones lost to suicide. Walk for awareness, walk for prevention, walk for remembrance. Sponsored by SSAA, WCB Health Board and IHeart Media.

Saturday April 27 is Medication Take Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is an opportunity to dispose of unused, expired and/or unwanted medication. There are several disposal sites and meds can be dropped off anonymously, no questions asked. You do not have to remove labels from bottles and we will accept any and all medications, including syringes, patches and liquids. Unused or expired meds are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from friends and family and the home medicine cabinet. Unused scripts thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or sold illegally. Please join the Washington County Sheriff, Memorial Health Systems, Area Agency on Aging, RSVP and the Right Path for Washington County at the following drop off locations: Belpre Senior Center, Belpre; Corner of Second and Putnam Streets, Marietta; White Oak Pharmacy, Barlow; Fort Frye HS, Beverly; Buckeye Hills/Area Agency on Aging, Reno; Devola Medical Center; Hardwood Components, New Matamoras. For more info on Medication Take Back Day, please call the Washington County Sheriff, 740-376-7070, ext 0. You can also dispose of your medication anytime at the sheriff’s office on Fourth Street, Marietta.

Our fish fry at the VFW Post 5108, May 24 5-7 p.m., will wrap up fundraising and our summer events for teens and families begin in June. We will also be at the Beverly and Belpre Pools for special nights as well as hosting a Farmers’ Market event. Upcoming events will be posted to our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Cathy Harper,

The Right Path for

Washington County