OXFORD – The Thompson Lake Youth Conservation Corps members will host a tour of work they’ve accomplished on erosion control projects in the Thompson Lake watershed.

It will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Thompson Lake Environmental Association Office at 345 King St. Coffee and doughnuts will be served between 8:30 and 9 a.m. Transportation to the sites will be provided.

To make a reservation people may phone 539-4535 and leave a message for Jeff Hackett, the corps coordinator.

Stroke screening

NORWAY – Residents living in and around the Norway area may be screened to reduce their risk of stroke. Life Line Screening will conduct stroke screening with appointments beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Norway Municipal Building, 19 Danforth St. Strokes are ranked the third-leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Screenings are fast, painless and low-cost, and involve the use of ultrasound technology. Each screening requires 10 minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package that includes the stroke, carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm and ankle brachial index or hardening of the arteries is $99. Sign-up for a complete vascular package that also includes the osteoporosis screening is $125. For more information or to schedule an appointment phone 1-800-643-6188. Preregistration is required.

Road concerns

WATERFORD – The public is invited to a meeting to discuss access and erosion issues concerning the road that goes to Hawk Mountain. The meeting will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Town Office. The road provides access to the summit of Hawk Mountain, a popular recreation area that affords views of the Lakes Region countryside. In 2001, a survey of the Keoka Lake watershed identified this road as a major contributor of soil erosion that drains into Keoka Lake. There is concern that erosion could lead to too much phosphorus entering the lake creating a large-scale algae bloom. The meeting is sponsored by the Oxford County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lakes Environmental Association, Keoka Lake Association and the town of Waterford.

Belly dancing

NORWAY – An introductory Middle Eastern Aerobic Dance class will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 29 at Art Moves Studio. Basic techniques, combinations and improvisation will be taught by Shawn George.

Dress comfortably. Long flowing skirts or harem pants are preferred. No jeans. To register phone 743-7995.

Tai chi classes

NORWAY – Beginner tai chi classes will be offered from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays for eight weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 29, at the Ripley Medical Building Harper Conference Room at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

Tai chi is the gentle Chinese movement art that has been recognized by the medical community as excellent for improving balance and increasing joint flexibility.

The class will be taught by Betsey Foster, who has studied tai chi since the mid 1980’s and has taught since 1993. To register phone 875-2426.

Volunteers sought

Oxford County Democrats are seeking volunteers to help in the 2004 election campaign and particularly the caucus meetings in February. Phone county chairwoman Cathy Newell at 875-2116 or e-mail [email protected]

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