Area residents' involvement in U.S. military campaigns in the Middle East and their contributions to humanitarian relief efforts in that area and in other troubled regions of the world have been well documented. But people might not be as aware of veterinary help being offered in areas of conflict.
Capt. Heather Stone, a veterinarian from Bethany and Army reservist, participated in such a project late last year. She assisted for a week in the continuing education of local animal health workers in the town of Hirna in Ethiopia's Rift Valley as part of a Veterinary Civic Action Program.
Stone, a 1992 graduate of Bethany College, and other veterinary professionals assisted Ethiopians in enhancing their livestock sustainability efforts. During this project, district animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers' cattle, sheep and goats were examined, treated and vaccinated against disease.
The next course in the free People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling is planned for February.
Sean Duffy, coordinator of adult programming for the library, said a three-week course on Art History Appreciation will be offered at 7 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays: Feb. 12, Feb. 19 and Feb. 26. Wheeling art teacher Ellen Culler will be the instructor.
Meanwhile, Duffy said that another People's University course will begin in May. The course, American History II, will include study of the Civil War.
Speaking of the Civil War, kudos are extended to Don and Angela Feenerty and the other members of the Heritage Dance Association for offering free instruction in dances of the Civil War era.
The series of weekly classes began at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, on the third floor of the Wheeling Artisan Center.
Don Feenerty said the initiative has drawn 50 new, first-time dancers - all of whom said they learned about the Civil War dance classes by reading the cover story in last week's Life section of the Sunday News-Register.
The dancers will be learning steps that they can do at the Civil War Ball planned at the McLure House Hotel in downtown Wheeling Saturday, June 22, as part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood. The ball is one of the activities being organized by the Wheeling Civil War 150 Committee.
Linda Comins can be reached via email at: Comins@news-register.net