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LOCAL NEWS ] THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 THE ( |l fill Fi~zSimmons/Post-Register Doris Rosenow is the director of the Crossroads Pregnancy Re- source Center's new satellite office in Quincy. Sunday December 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm Santa and GCFD#3 members/volunteers will be out in the neighborhoods picking up food donations. Those wanting to donate can leave their donation on their front porch or wave down a truck and say Hi to Santa. I Q 0 Q. I 0 0 ~ Q -Q t e We will also accept food/donations: the k(ain station (1201 Central Ave. S) up to Fridoy December 19. All donations will go to the Quincy Food Bank. BY JILL FITZSIMMONS editor@qvpr corn The Christian,based; nonprofit organization CrossRoads Pregnancy Resource Center has opened a satellite office in Quincy. The decision was made to expand to Quin- cy because of the high pregnancy rate in the county, said Doris Rosenow, director of Cross- roads' Ephrata and Quincy offices. In fact, the birth rate in Grant County in 2013 was 84 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44 years old. That's higher than the state rate of 63.6 births, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Grant County also has the second highest teenage birth rate in the state. The rate of births to teenagers ages 15 to 19 years old is 63.3 ba- bies per 1,000, compared to 24.9 per 1,000 in the state, according to the health department. The pregnancy resource center helps first- time mothers learn how to take care of their babies "from the womb to the crib and be- yond," Rosenow said. The pregnancy resource program has had several names in the past 30 years, but it consistently has had an office in Moses Lake during those three decades. The program fi- nally was renamed Crossroads Pregnancy Re- source Center in 2012, and the Ephrata pro- gram was added as a satellite office in 2013. At 1309 Central Ave. S., the Quincy office was opened most recently on Nov. 1 across from the Quincy Community_ Health Center. The small but cozy office has two parenting rooms and an ultrasound room. In the parenting rooms, mothers watch a se- ries of DVDs, learning the basics of parenting from trained volunteers. The 10-week parent- ing program, called "Earn while you Learn," awards points as participants go through the different topics. The points can be redeemed for such things as baby strollers, car seats, playpens and cribs, Mothers who complete the program can come in monthly for 20 diapers and a package of wipes, or they can use the baby boutique in the Ephrata and Moses Lake offices. Along with the parenting program, Cross- roads offers pregnancy testing and support services. Rosenow also gives referrals to gov- ernment assistance prOgrams. One of the main goals for next year is to get the portable ultrasound that will be used be- tween the Ephrata and Quincy offices, Rose- now said. Registered nurses who volunteer for Crossroads will operate the ultrasounds, but no diagnostic imaging will be available because a doctor is not on site, she added. Also in the coming year, Rosenow will be looking for more volunteers in the Quincy of- rice. She was a volunteer when tapped to be its director in the two small communities. "I like what it stands for and I like the idea of helping the girls," Rosenow said. But the main goal is to get the word out that Crossroads is available to women who are be- coming first-time mothers, Rosenow said. "To let them know help is available in a car- ing and confidential manner," she added. Crossroads is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues- days and Thursdays in Quincy. MANWELLER from previous page The draft bill reads in part: "The Legislature finds that the capacity of small, rural hospi- tals and first responders can be overwhelmed by the influx of large numbers of people at- tend4ng concerts an6 festival sin rural amphitheaters. The Legislature intends that those who attend these events, most of whom are not from the lo- cal community, should share the burden of the local taxpay- ers to fund spikes in emergen- cy service calls and medical costs that occur during these concerts and festivals." Pre-filed bills are intro- duced on the first day of the legislative session in January. Manweller expects Sen. Lin- da Evans Parlette to co-spon- sor the draft bill in the Senate. If passed, the bill would go into effect in June, he said. Manweller said he has re- ceived no opposition to the draft bill, and the Seattle Times already has endorsed it. Danny Wilde, general man- ager of the Gorge, did not immediately return telephone calls from the QVPR. Saturday, December - 7prn doors open at 6:30pm Sunday, December 21 - 4pro doors open at 3:30pro +