KEYSER -- Sen. Joe Manchin, who originally planned to attend tonight's Substance Abuse Town Hall Meeting in person, will now be participating via Skype.

KEYSER -- Sen. Joe Manchin, who originally planned to attend tonight’s Substance Abuse Town Hall Meeting in person, will now be participating via Skype.
Mara Boggs, state director for the Senator’s office, had stated in a previous announcement that “the only thing that would prevent him from being there is an unexpected change in the Senate calendar.”
That change came Tuesday in the form of an invitation to the White House to represent West Virginia for an announcement on efforts to battle the ongoing drug crisis.
“He will not be able to travel from D.C. to Keyser in time for the town hall,” Boggs said. “Sen. Manchin will, however, Skype into the town hall … and will give us all an update on the White House announcement.”
Boggs said she will be at the meeting in person to represent the Senator.
Sponsored by the Mineral County Healthy Lifestyles Coalition, the meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the KHS theater.
    The coalition is encouraging everyone from throughout the region to attend this educational town hall meeting to hear dynamic speakers share their experience, strength and hope in combatting the devastating effects of substance abuse.
    Speakers will include retired Maryland State Police Major James Pyles (currently director of safety and security for the Maryland Department of Health and Menthal Hygiene).
    Agencies and organizations will be available to provide information and opportunities to become involved in prevention and/or recovery.  
    The first 150 individuals attending the town hall meeting will receive a free ticket to the Mineral  Bowl (Keyser vs. Frankfort football game) to be held on Friday, Oct. 27.
    To learn more about this event, please contact the Mineral County Lifestyles Coalition at 304-788-9099 or Senator Manchin's Charleston office at 304-342-5855.
    The Healthy Lifestyles Coalition thanks the following partners and sponsors for helping to make this event possible:  
    Partners:  U. S. Senator Joe Manchin, WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Mineral County Board of Education, Mineral County Sheriff's Department, and Keyser High School.      
Sponsors:  Mineral County Health Department, Mineral Daily News Tribune, Microtel Inn & Suites, ONTRACK!, Reed's Drug Store, and the Western Maryland Health System.