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YORK Officials at Catawba Nuclear Station will sound sirens Wednesday, Oct.17, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. in York, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties to test an upgrade to the siren system. This test is in addition to the normal siren tests listed in the 2012 Catawba emergency planning calendar.
All of the sirens within a 10-mile radius of Catawba Nuclear Station will sound for about one minute, and the test may occur more than once. No public action is necessary. This test is being conducted in cooperation with the State of South Carolina, State of North Carolina as well as York, Mecklenburg and Gaston counties.
Because this is a test, local broadcasting stations will not interrupt regular programming to broadcast an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message. If this was a real emergency, local radio and television stations would broadcast information and instructions to the public. In the event of severe weather, the siren test will be postponed until a later date and residents will receive notification of the new date.
For questions related to this siren test, call 800-777-0006, select option 1. Questions about the tests may also be directed to county emergency management agencies.
PBWA seeks vendors for show
ROCK HILL The Professional Business Women’s Association of York County is looking for vendors for The Candy Cane Market to be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at York Tech Baxter Hood Center.
Vendor openings are available for artists, craftsmen, gift suppliers, quilters, seamstresses, church groups and any one who wants to sell their products in a Christmas craft show environment.
Proceeds from The Candy Cane Market benefit the PBWA Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit candycanemarket.com.
Piedmont West clinic reduces hours
YORK The Piedmont West clinic in York has reduced overnight operating hours, saying patient volume was not enough to continue operating the clinic around the clock.
The center at 1190 Filbert Highway operated by Piedmont Medical Center opened about five years ago offering 24-hour urgent care, except on Sundays.
PMC CEO Bill Masterson told York city officials during a recent public safety committee meeting it was not feasible to operate the clinic around the clock because few patients sought care during those hours, according to a memo from council member Bill Miller, committee chairman.
Masterson told city officials, on average, only eight people were treated at the center between 7 p.m. and midnight and that only three were treated from midnight to 6 a.m., according to Miller’s memo.
PMC hospital spokeswoman Katie Ferguson released a statement saying “hours were reduced due to extremely low usage during overnight hours.”
The clinic website lists hours as 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1-7:30 p.m. Sunday.
York County Manager Jim Baker said PMC’s contract with the county called for the urgent care center in York to be operated 24 hours, except on Sunday, for five years, as “a pilot project.”
Baker said that provision of the hospital’s contract ended in June 2011 and there has been no discussion of renewing it.
Dog facility holding celebration
YORK Sheba’s Doggy Day Camp & Boarding, 1647 S. Paraham Road, is holding Animal Adoption Celebration & Birthday Party from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 20.
There will be pets for adoption, treat bags and raffles.
Free financial workshops offered
ROCK HILL The York County Library and Family Trust Federal Credit Union are offering free finances and money management workshops “Know Your Dough: Inspiring Financial Freedom,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the library on Black Street in Rock Hill.
Up next will be Home-Buying Made Easy, Nov. 13; Auto-Buying Basics; Dec. 11; Understanding Home and Auto Insurance, Jan. 8; Investing with Confidence, Feb. 12; Identity Theft: Who’s got Your Number?, March 12; Legal Planning for Seniors, April 9.
Books on the topics will be available for checkout. Participants are asked to register in advance at familytrust.org/knowyourdough or call 803-326-2187.
Friends in Business invites new members
LAKE WYLIE Friends in Business of Lake Wylie is a local specialty-business networking group that welcomes visitors.
The group meets at 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at Cafe 49, and 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month at All Saints Catholic Church.
For more information, call 803-631-5161 or visit lakewyliebusinesses.com.
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