Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lackey Free Clinic Gets Ultrasound Machine From Saint Bede, National Knights of Columbus

The Lackey Free Clinic's Dr. Ralph Robertson (left)  stands with Monsignor Timothy Keeney after he blessed the machine (Courtesy Saint Bede Catholic Church)
The Lackey Free Clinic’s Dr. Ralph Robertson (left) stands with Monsignor Timothy Keeney after he blessed the machine (Courtesy Saint Bede Catholic Church)

A partnership between the Saint Bede Outreach Center and the Lackey Free Clinic will give uninsured women free pregnancy tests and sonograms thanks to a new ultrasound machine.

The $35,000 machine was purchased by the Saint Bede Catholic Church and the National Knights of Columbus and will be housed at the Lackey Free Clinic, located at 1620 Old Williamsburg Road in York County.

Patients will be referred from the Saint Bede HOPE Pregnancy Care Center — which provides women with resources and services for a crisis pregnancy — to the Lackey Free Clinic, where volunteer ultrasound stenographer technicians and OBGYNs will conduct free pregnancy tests and produce sonograms using the machine.

The machine can also be used to take medical sonograms for aortas, gallbladders, kidneys and more, according to Grace Rutledge, the clinic’s assistant director of development.

Rutledge said she expects to hold at least two clinics a month on Thursday nights.

“It’s taken a long time to get it all to come to fruition,” she said, adding recent snowstorms have prevented staff from organizing the clinics until now.

“[Women] wouldn’t have the means to get [the ultrasound] any other way,” Rutledge said. “It’s housed here to support women to make an informed decision.”

W&M Celebrates Women’s History Month with Annual Hip-Hop Exhibition

 Left to right: Cymandye Russell, Mz Meka and M$ Blendz attend last year's hip-hop event at Swem Library (Courtesy W&M)
Left to right: Cymandye Russell, Mz Meka and M$ Blendz attend last year’s hip-hop event at Swem Library (Courtesy W&M)

Local artists will be gathering Friday in the College of William & Mary’s Swem Library to celebrate women in hip-hop.

The library will hold a reception and two free panel discussions as part of the “Women in Hip-Hop: Third Annual William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection Celebration.”

The reception will begin at 5 p.m. in the library’s Botetourt Theatre and Gallery on the ground floor and will include refreshments. Panels will begin at 6 p.m. Friday and will be moderated by The Vadio Show’s Cat Robinson.

Speakers in the first panel include Dominique Da Diva, radio personality from 106.5 The Beat and 103 Jamz; M$ Blenz, the CEO of Belzville Global; Rachael Faunce, a community and media relations professional; DJ Dirty Di of WLAB Radio and DJ Erika B of Beatminerz Radio.

The second panel will feature hip hop artist manager Desiree Williams; Marquita “Ms. Hollywood” Childress, a model with Core Model Worldwide; LaShawn Shellma, a singer and songwriter in the band Sista; hip-hop artist Abys and Yomashei,  the hair braider for Pusha T and Allen Iverson.

The reception will also honor Cymandye “Lady C” Russell — a blogger, owner of a design company and on-air personality with WNSB Hot 91.1 — for her contributions to the Virginia hip-hop community and her support of the William & Mary hip-hop collection.

Parking is available in the faculty and staff lots behind the library and the parking garage on Ukrop Way.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to swemrsvp@wm.edu. For more information, contact Tami C. Back at 221-3127.

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