APRIL 15, 2010

Pierce News…

by Leslie Potratz 464-1023

Alcohol, Drugs & Teen Brain

    The Clearwater Substance Abuse Workgroup and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics are partnering on a forum about the physiological affects of alcohol, street drugs and non prescribed medications on the development of the teen brain. Dr. Phillip Petersen will present the forum, Alcohol, Drugs and the Teen Brain, at 8:15 a.m. April 22 at Timberline School at an assembly that will be open to parents and the public.

    "I don’t think most teens or their parents realize that the adolescent and teen brain is not yet fully formed. It is still developing neurologically so the impact of alcohol and drugs on the developing brain is greater than the effect on an adult, fully matured brain," said Dr. Petersen.

    "It’s a rather complex interaction, but worth learning about if kids are to make good decisions at this point in their lives.” Dr. Petersen was the presenter two years ago at a class on this topic designed specifically for teachers offered through Lewis-Clark State College.

    According to Betsy Stemrich, RN, CSAW member, the physiological implications on substance abuse by young people is extremely important to understand. The physical consequences of binge drinking can also be devastating, she said. Over 1400 student deaths per year in the United States are attributed to underage drinking and over a half million injuries are reported.

    "CSAW recognizes that underage drinking and substance abuse is a community issue. Our goal is to help educate the public and arm them with facts so everyone can do what is necessary to protect our young people," said Stemrich.

    The forums are free and open to the public. The OHS Health Occupations Student Association is helping publicize the event to the students at each school. Parents are also encouraged to attend.

Spring Clean Up Day

    Town clean up day is May 1. Everyone is welcome to meet at the Court Yard pavilion at 9 a.m. The line up for the day is;

    7-11 a.m. - Lion’s Club Breakfast, a.m.-noon - Dump Trucks at the "Y" for waste pick-up.

    9-11 a.m. - "Pick a Color" trash pick-up assignments at the Courtyard Pavilion, Noon-1 p.m. - Potluck at the Courtyard Park Pavilion.

    AITCO will not have a container at the "Y" this year for larger items. All large items will have to be taken to the dump. Call 464-2736 for help. Clean up day is sponsored by the Pierce Gem Team.

Pioneer Medical Clinic

    The clinic is open Monday thru Thursday every week from 9 a.m. – 12 noon and 1 – 5 p.m. Dr. Jenkins will be there on May 6, and May 20. For appointments call 464-2578.

Mock Trial

    Mark your calendar for April 28, 10 a.m. People will pack the historic Pierce Courthouse to watch the Timberline High School government class present a mock trial of the famous shooting of Edward Madsen by Pierce resident Mike Koss. This will be the April gathering of the celebration of the Sesquicentennial.

    Judge Randy Robinson will be helping the high school students understand even more the particulars of a murder trial. Teacher Katie Bird will be spending the next two weeks capitalizing on the processes and the participation of the public in our country's judicial system. What a unique opportunity for the seniors. Everyone is invited to view the mock trial.

    It happens to be during regular working hours, but there are already people taking some time off to view the hour trial. Everyone is invited! After the intense experience, the kids will be treated to pizza and drinks, and be able to spend some time receiving some accolades. So put aside Wednesday, April 28, 10 a.m. to take this in.