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DAVID SHEFF, the New York Times No. 1 best selling author of “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction,” will be speaking at Barnesville High School from 5-8 p.m. March 27. This event will be free and open to the community. It will be an opportunity to learn how addiction impacts an individual, a family and a community and what resources are available. Co-sponsored by Barnesville Hospital through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning grant and the Mental Health and Recovery Board.

ALS COMMUNITY Connection group has formed in Wheeling. Sara M. Hoten, Care Services Manager for the ALS Association in West Virginia, leads the group. They meet every other month at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1409 Chaplain St. Free parking is available in the church parking lot. Information about health care services, occupational therapy, assistive devices, as well as social challenges will be discussed. Guest speakers may include speech pathologists, neurologists, DME providers, or respiratory specialists. Anyone diagnosed with or concerned about ALS is encouraged to attend. Wheeling is the third West Virginia site for the group meetings, joining the Charleston and Huntington communities. The next ALS Community Connection group will meet in Wheeling at 5:30 p.m. March 20 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church. For more information call 800-941-8140 or 202-464-8837.