Stott sits out legislative race; may run for Salina council

— Stott believes Sinesi is up to the challenge. “She’s an intelligent, well-educated woman who understands the issues,” he said.

Salina Democratic Party Chairwoman Carrie Roseamelia pointed out that neither Stott nor Sinesi have yet been officially nominated. “We’re in process of recruiting candidates for town justice, supervisor, ward councilors, and county legislative Districts 4 and 5,” Roseamelia said. “As for the second ward seat, we’ve been asking around to see who would be interested in the event Jim [Magnarelli] takes some time off. So far, David Stott has shown interest, and there may be others. Carol is very interested in District 4, and David is supporting her.”

The Democrats will meet on May 4 to make nominations.

“My goal as the Democratic chair is to give Salina voters a full slate of candidates,” Roseamelia said.

We all enjoy Ophelia’s Place in its incarnation as Café at 407. It’s easy to dig the scene — couches and recliners complement the usual table-and-chairs — and the menu features gourmet coffees and baked goods, healthy soups, salads and sandwiches spiced by live music three evenings a week.

But let’s not lose sight of the original purpose of Ophelia’s Place.

Established about a decade ago, the non-profit organization aims to empower individuals and families to redefine beauty and health.

Ophelia’s Place Director Jodie Wilson-Dougherty keeps the effort focused on increasing self-esteem, improving body image and exploring alternatives to what she calls “dangerous desires for perfection.”

To that end, Ophelia’s Place is hosting two new programs, one for teens and one for parents.

Teenagers affected by disordered eating and related issues can talk with others in the same situation at 7 p.m. Mondays. The meeting has a hopeful title: “Breaking Free!”

A licensed clinical social worker, Wilson-Dougherty co-facilitates “Breaking Free” with Tyler Sliker, program director of the Q Center, a division of Aids Community Resources.

“The adolescent group will hopefully reach young people who we’ve not reached in the past,” said Wilson-Dougherty. “Teenagers may be struggling with body image, but they don’t necessarily identify with having an eating disorder. Body dissatisfaction is a risk factor for developing an eating disorder.” For info, call Sliker at 475-2430.

On April 10, the new Parent Partner program will help family, friends and caregivers to understand eating disorders. For info, call 451-5544, or visit opheliasplace.org.

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