Anna Ruth Sams, of Laurel, was born in Clay County, West Virginia, on February 24, 1938, beloved daughter of Howard B. and Lola E. Thomas Fitzwater. She married Aris Sams on February 27, 1956, in Shelbyville, Indiana. Anna was a long-time employee of Comb’s Market in Laurel, and was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In her spare time, Anna enjoyed reading, and crocheting caps to give to her family and friends. She looked forward to spending time with her family, and seeing the first hummingbird of Spring. Anna passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in Indianapolis surrounded by her loved ones. Those surviving who will honor Anna’s memory include her son, David (Lori) Sams of Laurel; granddaughter, Courtney (Christopher) Shaver of Richmond; grandson, Nathaniel (LeeAnna) Sams of Connersville; grandson, Derrick (Sierra) McNeely of Connersville; great-grandchildren, Riley Shaver and Maverick McNeely; brother-in-law, Franklin Handy of Connersville; and several siblings, nieces and nephews. Anna was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Aris; her daughter, Cynthia Sams; sister-in-law, Arlene Handy; and several siblings. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Pastor Glen Goins will officiate the service beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Laurel North Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Kidney Foundation or the American Heart Association. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Anna Sams.
“With reduced contact to friends and family or barriers in access to services and shelters, we’re leaving survivors with nowhere to go. The costs of violence are extraordinarily high, so support to survivors cannot be put on hold.” “It is urgent that mental health support is considered a critical component of the pandemic response. Mental health and domestic violence services are essential services, and we must place emphasis on addressing the gaps that have been laid bare by the pandemic. The PAHO director said the real extent of domestic violence during COVID-19 is likely under-estimated, “as survivors are stuck at home and support and outreach services are interrupted. “Today, I ask countries to take the steps required to ensure everyone can receive the care they need and deserve,” she urged. CMC During the pandemic, she said “many of us have felt fearful of infection or anxiety if we are sick; grief as our loved ones have succumbed to the virus; uncertainty about the future, as jobs and life as we knew it came under threat; overwhelmed by the news and misinformation; and lonely or isolated after weeks or even months of social distancing. Dr. Etienne said the most effective steps are to hire and train more health workers, and integrate mental health and psychosocial support within primary health care systems, “so they’re easily accessible to those who need them most. “Naturally, some of the same concepts apply to domestic violence.These services must be accessible and integrated at the local level; we need innovations to reach and support survivors, and it is paramount to fight stigma. Violence is never acceptable, and survivors of domestic violence should not be blamed.” Dr. Etienne said PAHO has been helping countries to strengthen policies and services, and expand online learning for health workers, “so they know how to identify and support survivors of violence during the pandemic, and some places using novel approaches to ensure survivors of violence can ask for help discreetly, such as through code words or hand signals.” “This pandemic reminds us, like never before, that good mental health is necessary for the wellbeing of individuals and societies,” the PAHO director added. “We are all suffering – especially those affected by pre -existing mental health conditions. We must step up so those living with mental health conditions, as well as survivors of violence, have the resources and support they need. Dr. Etienne said initial research indicates that “as much as a third of patients recovering from COVID-19 can have enduring changes in their mood and suffer from anxiety or depression.” “After months of operating in crisis mode, our health professionals are facing burnout, anxiety and depression,” she added. She said patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 also experience insomnia, delirium or even depression, adding that “many persons are overwhelmed with fear of developing severe illness; others are understandably worried for their lives”. In addition, Dr. Etienne said the region also has the second-highest level of alcohol consumption in the world, stating that emergencies can worsen these conditions. She said mental health illness is a silent epidemic that has affected the Americas well before COVID-19, with depression and anxiety listed as two of the leading causes of disability. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our region at a scale we’ve never seen before,” the Dominican-born Dr. Etienne said, adding “it’’s a perfect storm in every country, as we see growing needs and reduced resources to address them. WASHINGTON– The director of the Pan American Health Organization Director (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, is urging Caribbean countries to expand and invest in mental health services to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Everyone who needs mental health support should feel comfortable asking for help. No one should have to suffer alone and without professional support, especially now. “The Americas have approximately 13 per cent of the world’s population, but 64 per cent of officially reported global deaths,” she said, stating that the pandemic is having a serious impact on health workers, “who are working longer hours than ever before and risking their own lives as hospitals struggle to maintain sufficient Personal Protective Equipment. Dr Etienne noted that coronavirus cases in the Americas have reached almost 11.5 million and over 400,000 people have died.
The search for a Fort St. John musician who went missing in the Quesnel area nearly two weeks ago has turned up tragic results.The BC Coroners Service confirmed today Heath Onstine was found dead and pulled from the Johnson Slough area of the Fraser River near Hope on Monday, after going missing near the Quesnel River earlier this month. Onstine was 49.In a release, the Coroners Service said Onstine was visiting Quesnel on the weekend of June 13. Local RCMP there became involved in a investigation the following day after reports that a car may have gone into the river off the Baston Road.- Advertisement -North District RCMP say officers found a license plate at the scene of the suspected accident, along with debris along the bank heading toward the river.Underwater rescue crews had been waiting for a chance to search the river, but were stymied by high and fast-moving currents.Hope Search and Rescue crews retrieved the body and RCMP have ruled out foul play. Coroner officials and RCMP continue to investigate.Advertisement The Quesnel River dumps into the Fraser River, which winds its way down to the Lower Mainland and through the community of Hope. Some 90 people turned out for a public search on June 18 along the river.Originally from Terrace, Onstine was a popular musician in Fort St. John, playing with several bands including C.C. Brooks and the Dog and Pony Show, and was slated to play with the Mat Savard Band at the upcoming CanolaFest in July, among a host of others.Friends and acquaintances have taken to Facebook to offer their condolences.“Glad they found him, but like everyone else, was hoping for a different ending. He is missed,” wrote Nancy Lilienweiss on a public page dedicated to public search efforts for Onstine.Advertisement