We are so thankful and blessed to live in this area because of our family, friends and neighbors from Peterstown, to Union, Lindside, Rich Creek, Narrows, Pearisburg, Glen Lyn, Oakvale, Princeton, both Bluefields, Beckley and Summersville.

In March, we lost our home, belongings and our pet in a fire.

The losses were great, but you (our family, friends and neighbors) made it easier to bear because of your caring, support and prayers (from a borrowed camper, cell phone and garage, to clothes, food and money, or just stopping by to see if you could help).

The volunteers from Peterstown and Lindside Fire Departments were professional in every way, very well-trained and equipped and they knew when you just needed a hug.

Special thanks to the Peterstown Christian Church, several other local churches, businesses, organizations, co-workers, our local furniture store and countless individuals.

Thank you, Ladies of Grace, for sponsoring the “Community Shower” and thank you all for the wonderful “shower” of gifts, gift cards and money you gave, to help with our new home. which should be ready the second week of August.

We appreciate your generosity more than you’ll ever know and thanks for caring.

Scotty and Connie Phipps

Peterstown, WV

Clarifying a report

As a dietitian who works with breast cancer survivors, I know how important good nutrition is in the fight against this disease. That's why I encourage women to continue making healthy dietary changes, despite some potentially confusing results from a new report on breast cancer survival.

In June. a report from the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study showed that women previously treated for breast cancer who consume at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables and are physically active have a nearly 50 percent reduction in mortality risk. A new report from the same study shows that there is no further benefit from increasing fruits and vegetables beyond the five-a-day point. But that's no reason to dismiss these healthy foods, especially when previous studies have shown that plant-based diets and low-fat, high-fiber diets improve cancer survival rates.

Fruits and vegetables also contain a multitude of important cancer-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants not found in other foods. Eating more than five servings a day is not harmful — in fact, fruits and vegetables play a big role in weight and cholesterol control and heart disease prevention.

Please visit www.CancerProject.org.

Jennifer K. Reilly R.D, Senior Nutritionist

The Cancer Project, Washington, D.C.

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