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Tuesday, July 13th – Kelsey Wallace, Jordan Riggsbee, Brandon Elliott, Macye Rexrode, Trudy Bell. ANNIVERSARIES Wednesday, July 7th – Rodney & Shelly Watts, John & Ashley Red- ford. Sunday, July 11th – Johnny & Faye Weston. Church of Christ 256 Brunswick Rd, Blackstone, VA 23824 Sunday Bible Study 9:30 AM Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Wednesday Bible Study 7:30 PM Church O ce 434-292-3951 Minister - Walter Davis 804-590-2609 Bible Classes For All Ages All are invited to a end. To receive a free Bible Correspondence Course, please call one of the above numbers or send the following informa on to the address above. Name Street Address City, State, Zip Telephone Number Just Hanging On Nursing home life OK by Doug Coleburn I’d be surprised if most young and healthy men and women haven’t said to a friend -- or at least to them- selves -- that they hope when they reach old age, they won’t have to be sent to a nursing home. I am certain that I had that feeling not too many years ago. I no longer have such feelings. Area families are blessed to have such a facility -- a nice, modern one -- right here in Blackstone. I have rsthand knowledge. I have had considerable experience with the men and women who operate Heritage Hall. When my father became too ill and could not remain at home, he spent his nal days being cared for by the folks at Heritage Hall. Our family was well-pleased with the care he received. In much more recent years, my beloved Katherine became an unof cial greeter at the home. She enjoyed sitting in her wheelchair near the Sixth Street entrance so she could keep-up with what was hap- pening. I have to say I believe she enjoyed her stay there. Today I occupy Katherine’s room. It is dif cult to con- vince myself that the lump in the bed beside me is not Kath- erine. After sharing the same bed for almost 70 years, it would not surprise me if some night I hear her say, “Wake- up Douglas, you’re snoring.” This is not intended to be a commercial for Heritage Hall. I just wanted to help those of you who are now -- or who may be later -- unable to take care of yourselves, not to wor- ry about being stashed away where you will be forgotten. A well-run nursing home will keep you busy and active. Physical therapy is provided to help you walk better, heal your broken bones, or help you with whatever problem you might have. Certi ed Nursing Assis- tants (CNAs) will see to your needs and provide whatever help you require. You will be surrounded by men and women of similar age. Some of them will be suffering from ailments far worse than yours which, if you have your head on straight, will cause you to realize how blessed you are. The worst af icted seem to always be the ones with the biggest smiles. If you are one of those who worry about spending time in a nursing home, don’t waste your time. Instead, try to live every day to the fullest, real- izing how blessed you are to be young and healthy. While you’re young is a good time to buy some long-term health care insur- ance. You will need it unless you kick-the-bucket ahead of schedule. That’s something over which we have little or no control. If you do buy some long- term care insurance, be sure and buy a policy that will pay adequate bene ts. Costs keep rising. Later in life if you try to add to the bene ts, you may be turned down, as we were. A policy that today seems to cost an arm and a leg will likely become a bargain by the time you need it. . Delightful Day At The Track Dr. Rachel Retallick Inabinet, MD (3rd from left) and her husband JP (right) recently attended the 153rd run- ning of the Belmont Stakes on June 5th in Elmont, New York. Their guests were her mother, Rita Gunn Phillips, and her husband Randal (left). Rachel & Rita are formerly of Crewe. Rachel was a stand-out runner at Nottoway High, where she graduated in 2002. Rachel & husband PJ, a Major in the U. S. Marines, today reside in New Jersey. Rita and husband Randal reside in Farmville. Rita picked the winner, pre-race favorite Essential Quality, who made a late move and overtook Hot Rod Charlie by a length-and-a-half. Pandemic forced many to delay their screenings CANCER COULD BECOME COVID’s BIGGEST THREAT VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) in South Hill has joined a nationwide ef- fort to encourage patients to resume cancer screenings. The hospital is urging residents to talk with their health care provider to resume regular primary care check- ups and recommended cancer screenings. This has the poten- tial to lessen the negative im- pact that the pandemic could have on identifying and treat- ing people with cancer. Throughout the pandemic, many health care resources were redirected to combat ris- ing COVID-19 cases and to prevent spread of the virus. Elective medical procedures -- including cancer screenings -- were largely put on hold at the onset of the pandemic. The impact was immediate as screening related procedures dropped drastically in March and May 2020, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Estimates also project 35% of Americans missed routine cancer screenings due to CO- VID-19 related fears and ser- vice disruptions during that time frame. ACS foresees that the pandemic-related reduc- tions in health care access and cancer screenings may result in a short-term drop in cancer diagnoses and a later corre- sponding increase in late-state diagnoses and preventable deaths. Discuss with your Primary Care Provider if you haven’t had worrisome symptoms evaluated, or if you meet crite- ria for cancer screenings. Call (434) 584-2273 if you don’t have a provider. For more information about cancer screening, visit www. nd-can- cer-early.html or contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227- 2345. BANK DIVIDEND Kenbridge-based Bench- mark Bankshares, Inc., hold- ing company for Benchmark Community Bank, recently announced the declaration of a semi-annual dividend of 33¢ per share to holders of com- mon stock of the company. The dividend is unchanged from December 2020. Payment to shareholders of record on July 5, 2021 is scheduled to occur by July 31st.