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Director: Awareness/prevention structure first in W.Va.

Barn offers strong messages

October 22, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

There is a bright, new addition to the color-splashed landscape near Harman this fall. With this facelift come two strong messages: Fight against breast cancer and quit smoking now.

The Randolph County Family Resource Network and Community Connections used a tobacco grant to help create the prevention and awareness messages.

"This is the first of its kind in West Virginia," Rebecca Vance, director for Randolph County Family Resource Network, said. "There are a couple of prevention barns down south, but as far as we can find, this is the first to combine tobacco prevention and breast cancer awareness."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
The awareness/prevention barn shares a message to quit smoking and raise awareness of breast cancer. The barn is pink on one side and black on the other. This venture was made possible by the Randolph County Family Resource Network, Community Connections and a tobacco grant. The barn is on Route 33 in Harman at the intersection of the Whitmer/Job Road.

The barn was painted black on one side, featuring lettering urging passersby to quit smoking. The pink front side offers a wish for a cure for breast cancer.

The awareness/prevention barn is located on Route 33 at the intersection of the Whitmer/Job road. The barn was originally built in 1933 and was later moved to its current location to make way for Route 33.

Experienced painter Scott Hagan completed the lettering on the barn.

"Hagan is one of only two painters certified to touch up the Mail Pouch messages painted on so many barns," Vance said. "He did a great job. We still find it ironic that he is now painting the tobacco awareness message."

Hagan began painting the barn last Tuesday. A dedication ceremony was held Friday to unveil the awareness/prevention barn.

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