Whitesburg KY

Free medical, dental, vision clinic set at Pikeville


Greetings from the hills and valleys of Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 NKJV

ECCO is busy as usual as we continue to host mission groups that come to work on homes in the community. It is interesting to meet the many different people that come our way each week. This summer we have a couple from Lancaster, Penn., Florence and Don, who are doing the cooking for SWAP this year. They are a gentle and sweet couple, with whom I enjoy sitting on the porch and chatting. Florence is a great cook and Don has a wonderful sense of humor with a quick wit to go with it.

Recently at ECCO a community panel discussion was held, sponsored by UNITE. A big thanks to Marie Coleman from the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center and Amy Bates, ABE school counselor, for setting up the meeting and being in charge of refreshments. Fifty or more were present and asked several pointed questions to the panel.

The following is a summary of the meeting by Amy Bates. “On Monday, June 9, residents of the Eolia Neighbor’s UNITED group met to ask questions and discuss concerns with a panel of professionals from the community. Tom Vicini from UNITE, Bert Slone, deputy for the Sheriff’s Department, and Melissa Sturgill from the Letcher County Prevention Project, joined us that evening to offer their suggestions on the drug issues in the Eolia community. The discussion was funded through the UNITE County Coalition. Community members asked questions about ways to help combat the drug problem, help keep their kids drugs free, and how to move toward a positive future for Eolia. It was a wonderful evening that sparked great questions and lots of discussion. Hopefully, a second discussion panel will be held in the fall. Thank you to Operation UNITE, Deputy Slone, Ms. Sturgill and everyone that took part that evening.”

There will be a free medical, dental, and vision clinic available for adults and children at the Pike County Central High School June 28 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and June 29 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The clinic is sponsored by RAM, Remote Area Medical Clinic. Services will be provided on a first come, first served basic. Services provided are: dental – cleanings, fillings, extractions, limited denture repairs, and limited dentures; eye care – vision screening, limited number of prescription glasses; medical – diabetes screening and education, cholesterol screenings, skin cancer screenings, pap smears, breast exams, mammograms (a limited number), specialist exams and medication assistance. These services are provided for the uninsured, underinsured, and unemployed, those who cannot afford such services. Parking will be available near the school. There will be signs directing you to the parking area. Shuttle services will be provided. For more information. contact the Pike County Social Services Department at 606-432-6246.

Thought for the week: “Forgiveness is giving love when there is no reason to.”

News from the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Centers by Jewell Maggard:

“Hi, seniors, there is much sadness in my heart over the death of my second cousin, Vickie Hubbard Hudgins. The Lord called her home June 13 to be with Him. She was 38 years old. Our deepest sympathy goes to her husband, Doug, 3-year-old son Nate, and her parents Ann and Richard Hubbard. ‘The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away blessed be the name of the Lord. But God will redeem my life from the grave; He will surely take me to Himself.’

“The quilting ladies have been busy quilting with five more quilts to do.

“Many of our seniors are having some ailments. Sue Cook is suffering with a blockage in her left leg. We’re glad to hear Geneva Tolaver is doing better. Norma Rhymer is improving but still has to put hot compresses on her legs.

“Ruth Halcomb is having a new green roof on her house. It looks really good. Mabel Gilliam is happy that her sister, Trula, is coming to visit for a few days.

“Marie Snell has a sister with cancer that she is very concerned about. Please keep Marie’s sister in your prayers.

“A lot of people are having problems with their feet including Lena Lewis and Carol Lewis. Keep Mae Maggard in your prayers. She is totally bedridden and is looked after by her daughters, Thelma, Brenda and Barbara. They take wonderful care of their mother.

“Let us all rejoice in the Lord this week.”

Community bulletin board: Neighborhood Watch meeting at ECCO the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Rockvine Baptist Church youth group meets every Thursday at 6 p.m.; the bus will run. Call 633-4948. The Eolia Community Park Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station. Volunteers are welcome. The Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center. Come and bring a guest.

This week our prayer list include, Stephanie Estep, Raymond Kiser, Judy Branham, Lucy Maggard, Nora and Lillian Walker, Lois Young, Rodney Sturgill, Bear Hissom, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Curt Sturgill, Jr. Carter, Beryl Brown, Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Cora Sturgill, and Tony and Brenda Gross. Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States, and Iraq, the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO.

You may contact us by writing to ECCO, 135 Emily Lane, Eolia Ky. 40826 Our e-mail is eccotruth@peoplepc.com. Until next week from the folks at ECCO “God bless.”

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