Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Breastfeeding? Why are you interested in that?” These are the things I heard from my family when I was explaining to them my internship for the spring semester. I have always had an interest in maternal- and child health, and when I saw this internship with Schenectady County Public Health Services working on the Creating Breastfeeding Friendly Communities (CBFC) grant, I jumped at the opportunity.Interning with a local county health department has given me a different perspective on breastfeeding and public health in general. Working with my mentors on the CBFC grant has allowed me the opportunity to see all the benefits breastfeeding can provide mothers and babies in our community.The CBFC grant has multiple goals, but outreach in our communities is what has impressed me the most. The grant enables us to provide multiple baby cafés throughout the Capital Region for mothers and their partners to receive breastfeeding support or just provide a listening ear as they navigate parenthood. There have been multiple moms of various racial, ethnic, educational and social backgrounds who attend. Observing them sharing their stories of motherhood is heartwarming and has broken down barriers.In recognition of IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) Day on March 7, I believe the need for trained lactation professionals to provide breastfeeding support to all families in our communities is essential. Continued support is necessary to ensure all families have access to lactation support within their community. Seeing how effective this grant has been thus far makes me excited to see how this will change the landscape of infant feeding in the future.Martha LitardoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy
Brian K. Evans, 48, of Versailles passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at his home. He was born in Cincinnati on February 19, 1970 the son of Frank and Sherry Goodin Evans. He was married to Melanie Benham on June 17, 1995 and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters Elizabeth and Rachel both at home; two brothers Mark (Laura) Evans of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Jeff (Christy) Evans of Dillsboro; his father and mother-in-law Jim and Donetta Benham of Benham. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister Michele Hountz. Mr. Evans was a 1988 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was a farmer and past member of the Versailles Fire Department where he had served as president and assistant chief. He was a member of the Ripley County Soil and Water Conservation Board and was Southeast Region Director of the Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. He was also a member of the Ripley County 4-H Board. Brian loved farming, his family, and was a great supporter of South Ripley sports. Brian was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 26th at 10am at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Bro. Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Ripley County 4-H in care of the funeral home.