‘The Doctor is (not) In’

“The Doctor is In” program scheduled for this evening – Thursday, March 27 – at 6:30 in the Duluth Public Library’s Green Room has been canceled, due to the weather. Information is not yet available as to whether the program will be rescheduled. The program is part of the “Health happens @ your library” series.

Meritorious mining?

Lifesaving, knot tying, nature and swimming all sound like things Eh? would expect a Boy Scout to gain a merit badge in.

But now, the Boy Scouts of America have released one of its newest merit badges: Mining in Society.

The badge was released Feb. 26 at the annual meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc., which was instrumental in development of the badge, according to a statement by the Boy Scouts of America.

Some of the requirements — among the long list — include explaining the role of mining, charting different mining enterprises, discussing hazards of mining and taking a tour of an active mine.

Bloody fine honor

When you donate blood this month, you can honor your favorite doctor at the same time.

The Lake Superior Medical Society Alliance tells Eh? that your doctor will get a single white carnation for each person who donates blood in his or her honor at Memorial Blood Centers any day this month.

It’s designed to highlight Doctor Day, which is March 30.

To make an appointment, call (888) 448-3253.

Seizure education

A free patient education program for people with seizure disorders and their families will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Lake Michigan Room of the Holiday Inn and Suites, 200 W. First St.

Dr. Richard Kanoff is presenter of the program on treatment options for people with difficult-to-treat epilepsy. It’s sponsored by Cyberonics, a Texas-based medical devices company. He will talk about refractory epilepsy, available treatment options and vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Reservations are not required but are appreciated. To register, call Krystal at (800) 332-1375, ext. 2729.

Take a ride, and speak your mind

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is inviting people from the Northland to join them for Epilepsy Awareness Day at the state Capitol.

Busing will be provided from the Kmart parking lot in West Duluth, leaving at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Participants will have a chance to share their stories with legislators. Breakfast will be provided on the bus and snacks on the way back, and meal vouchers will be provided to redeem for lunch.

To register or learn more, visit epilepsyfoundationmn.org/programs/adults/
advocacy/ or contact Lisa Peterson, outreach coordinator, at (218) 624-1330 or lpeterson@efmn.org.

Thanks, neighbors

Eh? has seen the sense of community that develops after a big snowstorm. People helping people. It’s as though when Mother Nature dumps on us all equally, we realize just how much alike we are, and how we all need a little help once in a while.

That was the case for Kelly Abu Azzam of Lakeside after last week’s pummeling. Two anonymous helpers came to her aid at two points in the same day.

“I was on my way to work, and I got stuck in the alley,” Abu Azzam said. “A guy just happened to be there in the avenue and he shoveled me out, and I got to work on time.”

The second instance that day was when Abu Azzam took a break shoveling the sidewalk in front of her home. She got about half of it done before the snow got the better of her, and she needed a rest. A neighbor, she believes, came by with a snowblower and cleared the rest of her sidewalk.

Since she doesn’t know the identity of either of her helpers, Abu Azzam wanted to say “thank you.”

Eh? wants to thank all the Northlanders who helped out their neighbors since the last big snow dump. We all need a little help from our friends, strangers and neighbors.

Get to know your old

Looking for the origin of Grammy’s old brooch? The St. Louis County Historical Society is sponsoring free antique appraisals from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Depot. Register in person before 2:30 p.m.

Pro appraisers Dan Sershon of Northland Estate Services and Denny Mager of Northern Specialty will be on hand to check out your loot.

Interested holders of old can bring two items for an informal oral identification and evaluation of each antique. If the piece is too large or fragile to be hand-carried, bring a clear photograph with a description of marks and labels.

Snow-be-gone days

Q: Wondering when all this snow will just disappear?

A: Thursday and Friday.

Well, kind of.

The Duluth city maintenance operations staff will start removing snow at 3 a.m. Thursday along Superior Street, between Fourth and 10th avenues east, then along Second Street between Mesaba Avenue and Fourth Avenue East.

The crews will be back at it at 7 a.m. Friday, along First Street from 21st to 12th avenues east.
Don’t forget to move your car from the specified areas. Unmoved cars may be ticketed.