CASA orientation set
CASA at Woodlawn hosts a volunteer advocate training four times a year: January, April, June and September. The three-week training can be completed at the CASA at Woodlawn office. Orientation for June’s session will take place at 6 p.m. June 5.
For more information or directions, contact Jessica R. Johnson at (859) 936-3546 or Jessica@casaatwoodlawn. org.
CASA volunteers serve as friends of the court, working with attorneys and social workers. By handling only one or two cases at a time, the volunteer thoroughly explores the history of each assigned case.
The volunteer talks with the child, parents, family members, neighbors, school officials, doctors and others involved in the child’s background who might have facts about the case.
The volunteer reviews all court facts and documents pertaining to the case. He or she then is expected to submit formal reports to Judge Bruce Petrie at every scheduled hearing. The CASA volunteer continues to monitor the case to assure the judicial and child welfare systems are moving ahead to secure a safe, permanent home for the child, and that court-ordered services are provided to the child and family.
CASA at Woodlawn has increased the number of cases served from less that 5 percent in 2007 to approximately 40 percent in 2011. In 2011, CASA at Woodlawn served more than 140 children. More than 200 children still are waiting for a CASA volunteer. These children are victims of abuse, neglect or dependency in Boyle and Mercer counties.
Heartland Veterinary Hospital receives AAHA accreditation
Heartland Veterinary Hospital again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation incuded a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.
Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Associaton. Hearland Veterinary Hospital is the only hospital in the area that is an accredited facility. In order to maintain accredited status, Heartland must continue to be evaluated regularly by the associaton’s consultants.
Heartland Veterinary Hospital, 1324 Lebanon Road, has been an accredited practice member of the association since 2001. Its website is www.hearlandveterinary hospital.com.
Ford sales promotion targets military
CINCINNATI — Ford, a decades-long supporter of America’s servicemen and women, announces its military appreciation sales incentive program, which includes $1,000 toward the purchase of a new Ford or Lincoln, free maintenance for two years and deferred payments for three months in honor of Memorial Day.
The program, which runs through May 31 in participating regions, allows members of the U.S. military an opportunity to own some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles on the road today.
With rising gas prices taking a bigger bite out of people's wallets, fuel economy has become increasingly important to U.S. families. Ford invested billions in researching and developing new fuel-efficient products, engines, transmissions and electrified vehicles.
The company currently offers four models with at least 40 miles per gallon and 14 vehicle combinations with at least 30 miles per gallon.
“Ford is grateful to members of the military for their honorable service to America and proudly supports our soldiers and veterans and their families, who sacrifice and have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Greg Wood, Cincinnati regional manager. “Our dealers and employees appreciate and admire the men and women of the military and wanted to say thank you in a special way for Memorial Day.”
United Structural Systems expands services
LANCASTER — United Structural Systems has brought Blake Davis, adding an new level of expertise to the company. Davis is a well-known engineer with many years of experience.
United Structural Systems specializes in foundation repair, wall realignment and waterproofing systems. The company also offers free estimates.
Brian Lockhart, president of United Structural, said, “Blake brings another level of engineering expertise to our company that few others can provide. We are excited about this asset for our company and our customers.
“We are constantly researching new and innovative ways to service our customers. Blake Davis moves United Structural into a new and exciting level. United Structural Systems is best known for its outstanding service. We lift you up where others let you down.”
United Structural Systems is a family-owned and -operated business servicing Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.