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Kids in Parks TRACK Trail Opens at the GAP

To help gear up for Earth Day on Friday, April 20th, the Granville Athletic Park held a grand opening event for Granville County’s first ever Kids in Parks TRACK Trail system. 

The Granville Athletic Park TRACK Trail follows an easy 1.3 mile loop around the park. Along the way, you will traverse forest and wetlands. Keep your eyes open for birds and other animals that their home in these habitats.

The trail follows the woodline around athletic fields and other recreational resources. In the southeast corner of the park, hikers will be able to explore the Jonesland Environmental Preserve, a beautiful wetland ecosystem.  

The TRACK Trail brochures will help you explore this environment and learn about the things you may find on your hike.

Learn more about Kids in Park.

County Participates in NC DOT Litter Sweep

How did we celebrate Earth Day and the close of Volunteer Appreciation Week? We picked up trash. Thanks to our dedicated county employees and officials that went out to the Brassfield area in District 6 to participate in NC DOT’s Spring 2018 Litter Sweep!

Volunteer Appreciation Week

It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week! We know that we have some wonderful volunteers in Granville County, especially volunteers that help our government agencies do some amazing work. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their willingness to give of their time, energy, and resources to make our community a safe, vibrant, and healthy place. Thank a volunteer today!

Walking Track and Playground Dedication in Oak Hill

The Toler Reach Out Community Club held their walking track dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, April 15th, 2018. The ceremony was held on-site in the Oak Hill community. Both the walking track and playground equipment were funded through the Granville County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commmittee Recreation Grant Program. Commissioners Sue Hinman and Zelodis Jay attended, in addition to Jimmy Williams, representing the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Charla Duncan, Granville County Management Analyst and staff support to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, was also in attendance. Congratulations to the Toler Reach Out Community Club for all of their hard work and dedication to bettering their community!

 

Severe storms may affect our area

4/13/2018 @ 4:40PM – The National Weather Service is issuing forecasts on the potential for severe weather on Sunday evening, 4/15/2018. Most of Central North Carolina is in the forecast area. Severe storms may affect our area after 3PM Sunday, and will become more likely after 6PM through the evening and night into the early morning hours of Monday. Please stay tuned to local television and radio stations for the latest information.

 

Pickleball at the GAP!

Here are some snapshots of the group of dedicated pickleball players that came out to the Granville Athletic Park yesterday to try out the newly painted courts (thanks to Altec Industries!) and nets. Interested in playing pickleball at the GAP? Call 919-482-2560 or 919-693-3716 to set up a time. At this time, players must provide their own balls and paddles.

This project was a part of a partnership between the Granville County United Way and Granville County Government and Granville County Senior Services. Thank you to Altec for painting the lines, and to Granville County for purchasing the nets.

 

Solving the Opioid Problem in the Kerr-Tar Region

Henderson NC – The Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will host a public meeting on May 9 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments, 1724 Graham Avenue, Henderson, to talk about the current opioid crisis in our region. Guest speaker will be Gray Fullwood, Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, NC State Bureau of Investigation, who serves all five counties in our region. Fullwood will talk about prescription narcotic abuse, heroin abuse, and overdoses to include overdose deaths. However, more importantly, Fullwood will also discuss current “solutions” for the opioid crisis.

 

According to Kate Lorig, developer of the Stanford University based program called Living Healthy with Chronic Pain, the use of opioids are a very new area of medicine. There is probably no group of drugs that is less understood, either by the public or health professionals. According to her book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain, Lorig discusses different ways to treat pain without the use of more opioids. Lorig states, “Today the over use of opioids is a problem.” Patients who use opioids to treat pain would like to use less, but have a fear of intense pain and withdrawals. Higher doses of pain medicine are no better at relieving pain. In fact, when opioids are taken for more than a month, they only reduce pain by 25-30 percent.

 

Using more medicine is not the answer. However, according to North Carolina Health and Human Services data, as of February 2018, nearly 400 people in our state ended up in the Emergency Department overdosed on opioids such as OxyContin and Fentanyl. The U.S. Census reports that in NC overdoses occur among white individuals, ages 25-34 years old. In addition, cocaine overdoses are on the rise. “It is our goal to educate the public about opioid use, drug diversion and how law enforcement is dealing with this problem that not only affects younger individuals but older adults as well,” says Jillian Hardin, Director,        Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging, “and most importantly we will talk about some solutions to this issue.”

 

The Kerr-Tar Area Agency on Aging leads and is involved in the efforts that provide for the development and enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community based systems of services, opportunities, and protections for older adults which assist them in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. We serve five counties, Franklin, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren.    

For more information about the Kerr Tar Area Agency on Aging, please call 252-436-2040. 

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