For the record

June 02, 2006

Pastor Robert and Joy Stone, Blairs Valley First Church of God, Clear Spring, were honored for their 50 years in the ministry, at the Eastern Regional Conference, Doubling Gap Center, Newville, Pa., on April 24. Following the service of celebration, the honorees enjoyed a reception with their many friends.

Pastor Stone has served churches in Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The couple has six children and 15 grandchildren.

The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center honored its nurses during National Nurses Week, May 6-2. "VA Nurses - 75 Years of Strength, Commitment, Compassion" was the theme for VA's Nurses Week programs, which recognize the dedication and accomplishments of VA's national corps of more than 59,000 nursing personnel, and the 75th anniversary year of VA nursing.

Nursing activities throughout the week at Martinsburg included pizza served by nursing leaders on all shifts; "Guided Imagery" classes by Maureen Weber, R.N., teaching staff relaxation techniques; Nursing Grand Rounds which included educational sessions by Professor Laura Clayton from Shepherd University, educational session by Dr. Richard Ham from West Virginia University; Nursing Excellence Award Program featuring Dr. Jessica Sharp from Mountain State University; Nursing Prayer Breakfast; and a Nursing Tea, which honored a large number of retired nursing staff members; as well as the Nursing Award Banquet.


The Martinsburg VA Medical Center employs more than 350 nursing personnel at all professional levels and in a variety of specialties. More than 30 nursing nominees were honored during the Medical Center's "Excellence in Nursing Awards" ceremonies on May 11 and again on May 16 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Family, friends and co-workers of the nominees and award winners attended the Clarion event. The guest speaker was Michael D. Grove, R.N., M.Ed., NHA, FACHE, Office of Nursing, VA Central Office, Washington, D.C.

The following Nursing Award recipients within their respective categories were recognized and honored:

Melvinia "Beanie" Dunn, R.N., Education Clinical Instructor, category of non-staff, Registered Nurse; Joann Ashworth, R.N., ICU, and Tammy Michael, R.N. Ward 4A, ties in the category of Staff Registered Nurses; Arlene Riggleman, L.P.N., Nursing Home Care Unit-B, in the category of Licensed Practical Nurse; and Charles "Rick" Miller, N.A. Nursing Home Care Unit-B, in the category of Nursing Assistant.

Fernando Rivera, Medical Center director, said "Our nurses make a difference in veterans' lives every day. Making a difference means demonstrating concern and compassion by making sure our patients participate in their health care rather than just receive services. It is meeting the challenge of caring for veterans of wars old and new and leading the way in patient safety and clinical teamwork."

The VA health care system is the largest integrated health care system in the country, and VA nurses are leaders in their profession. They serve as administrators, educators and research investigators, as well as providers of direct care. Thousands of professional nurses in the U.S. have received clinical training from VA, through affiliations VA has with 461 nursing schools.

VA Voluntary Service at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center is celebrating 60 years of service to America's veterans. The celebration included the annual VA Voluntary Service Award Ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg, W.Va. on May 7, to honor the volunteers and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) who serve at the Medical Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to 143 volunteers, recognizing service from 100 hours to 10,500 hours, for a total of 154,607 hours.

Fernando Rivera, Medical Center director, presented Director's Outstanding Service awards to 22 VSOs and seven individuals. Rivera also presented certificates and pins to 39 volunteers recognizing special acts of service during the year.

Stephanie L. Redus of Keedysville recently enrolled in the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with American Quarter Horses in activities such as trail rides, shows, working cattle, pleasure driving and simply riding.

Current AQHA members complete a program application and pay a one-time $25 enrollment fee. Each enrollee receives an official AQHA log sheet to record their hours driving or riding an American Quarter Horse. Participants need not own their own horse, but all official hours must be accrued with a registered American Quarter Horse.

The first award, a program recognition patch, is given after 50 hours have been logged and verified. Patches and subsequent awards are presented at 100- to 5,000-hour levels.

The Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery Inc. visited E. Russell Hicks Middle School for Career Day on May 5.

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