Police Chief Don Melton, right, presents the No Shave November collection of $1,685 to April Cloyd, manager of the Webb City Senior Citizens Center. Among the officers who contributed to the campaign are Keith Meyer, Tyler Winters, Jeremiah Woolverton and Jason Smith.

No Shave November funds ‘go to a good cause’ at the Webb City Senior Center

Police Chief Don Melton is torn between the tight-grooming tradition he’s been taught and his officers’ desire to grow facial hair.

It wouldn’t be question for him had the No Shave November fundraiser not been so successful.

“It’s for a good cause,” he admitted while turning over a $1,685 check on Wednesday to the Webb City Senior Citizens Center.

The officers paid $100 for the privilege of not shaving during November. Then Melton extended the fundraiser through December, January and February at $50 per month.

Even officers who prefer not to have a beard or mustache, such as Melton, contributed to the cause.

As March 1 approaches, Melton has to decide if he’ll extend the fundraiser to No Shave All Year. 

“I’m torn, but it’s a great cause,” he said. And “they really want to keep their beards.”

It’s all good with April Cloyd, center manager and home-bound coordinator. She announced to the seniors waiting for lunch Wednesday that all of the No-Shave money will be used to make improvements at the Webb City center –  not split with other area centers.

CPR classes scheduled

March 16 at Joplin Public Library

Medical professionals echo the call for more people to learn CPR after thousands watching a National Football League game witnessed Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest on the field and how quickly CPR was administered to assist him through the medical crisis. Doctors have stated administering CPR outside the hospital can save thousands of lives annually, but about half of Americans say they don’t know how to do it.

The Joplin Health Department is offering two classes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Thursday, March 16 for the public. 

Classes will be held in Conference Room 1 of the Joplin Public Library, 1901 East 20th Street. The classes are a part of the American Heart Association’s training. 

1 – 4 p.m. – Friends and Family CPR will cover:

• Adult hands-only CPR & and with breaths

• Child & Infant CPR

• Adult & child AED use

• Mild and severe airway block

• Hands-on practice of all techniques

This class is a great one for new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others. The cost is $25 per person.

10 – 11 a.m. AHA HeartCode BLS Skills Checkoff:

This course is designed for those who have already completed the online portion of the HeartCode® BLS course: https://elearning.heart.org/course/437. This is the hands-on skills session to complete the certification for HeartCode BLS. The cost is $20 per person.

Preregistration and pre-payment are required to attend either of these classes. Participants can complete these steps by going to the Joplin Parks registration website of their online catalog. Classes are listed under the Adult Programs division of the registration site. For more information, call the Joplin Health Department at (417) 623-6122, ext. 1258.

Safety course for new drivers and their parents

6 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at Joplin Public Library

The Joplin Health Department will offer First Impact, a free 90-minute traffic safety course that educates both parents and new drivers about Missouri’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) law. The program discusses the three-step licensing system of Missouri GDL to help teens build skills while becoming aware of driving hazards and risks.

The goal of the program is to reduce the number of motor vehicle fatalities, injuries and crashes among teen drivers by increasing parental awareness and enforcement of Missouri’s GDL law. Research indicates the program has been instrumental and has assisted to reduce teen crashes.

The program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the Joplin Public Library, 1901 East 20th Street. Although the course is free, registration is required. For more information call (573) 884-4363.

Collectibles show

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Carthage Memorial Hall

The Barton-Jasper County Collectors Association will hold its 31st annual Winter Coin, Stamp, Postcard, Sprts Memorabilia and Collectibles Shoe from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Carthage Memorial Hall.

Dealers from Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma will offer 48 tables. Admission is free. For more information, call Brad Potter at (417) 682-4500.