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Military Academy Day is Sunday

U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, will host his annual Military Academy Day for high school students in Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District on Sunday in Madison.

Cramer is inviting students, families and guidance counselors to learn about the requirements and procedures for attending a U.S. military academy.

The event will be from 2 until 4 p.m. at Madison Academy on 325 Slaughter Road.

Representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be available to answer questions and distribute information.

Council on Aging needs instruments

ATHENS — Got a dented flute?

Or maybe a tarnished trumpet is in your attic?

The Council on Aging wants your used and damaged instruments. The agency hosts the Poke Sallet Revival each March as a fundraiser and needs the instruments for the 2008 skits.

You can bring donations to the office on Pryor Street between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call Emily Haney at 233-6412.

Holly Hollman

Tour talks about drug assistance

ATHENS — Those without insurance may want to catch the bus coming to Athens on Monday.

The partnership for Prescription Assistance, a national effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies, is operating the Help is Here Express bus tour nationwide.

The aim of the tour is to educate uninsured and underinsured patients about prescription assistance programs.

The bus will be at Athens-Limestone Hospital’s Emergency Department parking lot on West Market Street from 9 to 11 a.m.

Those who cannot attend can go online at or call (888) 477-2669.

Holly Hollman

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