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Reporter's Notebook

June 28, 2014

Picture's worth $100 for Bassett business analyst

Charles Spencer, who works in business analytics at Bassett Medical Center, is the winner of the facility’s recent “Healthy Selfie” contest.

The online competition was in honor of Men’s Health Month. More than 29 male employees at Bassett participated by displaying their selfies on Facebook to encourage and inspire other men to get in shape and stay active.

In Spencer’s “selfie,” he was hanging upside down from a rafter, with a banana in his mouth and his dog beside him.

The photograph drummed up 228 likes on Bassett’s Facebook page. As the winner of the competition, Spencer will receive a $100 gift certificate to a local sports store, according to Bassett’s marketing manager, Melissa Tourtellotte.

Second place went to Jim Strolin, who works at Bassett’s Cancer Institute. With 179 likes, Strolin’s picture is of himself and his son Graham swimming in a pool. Strolin will win a $75 gift certificate.

Harold Southworth, a security officer at Bassett, will win a $50 gift certificate for his photo, which showed him running in a Warrior Dash to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Southworth apparently raised more than $1,700 for the cause.

According to Tourtellotte, “the big winners are the many patients who found Bassett’s page because of the competition and who were inspired by it to get fit.”

“It was a lot of fun,” Tourtellotte said. “All the guys had a great time getting involved and the other employees were buzzing about who was ahead and who they were voting for.”

When asked if there will be a women’s Healthy Selfie contest, Tourtellotte said “I think that’s a really good possibility.”


The Village of Delhi Police Department has gone the way of the canine, according to an official Thursday.

Chief Mike Mills said the department recently acquired a drug detection dog, similar to K9 Ozzie, who is owned by the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and sniffs out drugs for that force and other local law enforcement agencies.

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