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MRL To Show Two Films

4/16/2013
Massanutten Regional Library Main will present two films in the upcoming weeks.
 
The downtown Harrisonburg branch will premiere its own DVD documentary “Massanutten Caverns, Gem of the Shenandoah:  A History,” a 24-minute presentation on the natural beauty, geology, and history of the Massanutten Caverns, a former area tourist attraction.  The presentation also discusses the various owners of Massanutten Caverns.  The film will debut in the grand meeting room of the MRL Main Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm.
 
MRL Reference Librarian Cheryl Metz spearheaded the Massanutten Caverns project along with the help of college interns Logan Simensen and Jane Lightfoot.  Metz and Simensen toured the property and caverns.  The DVD is actually still shot documentary of records, photographs, and a tour of the Lodge and property and a grand tour of the Caverns.
 
On Thursday, May 2, at 6 pm, the Main Library Branch will show an 87-minute Oscar-nominated documentary film “Under Our Skin.”   The film, provided by the National Capital Lyme Disease Association, discusses the symptoms of the disease and follows the stories of patients and physicians.  It also reveals the failure of acknowledgement of Lyme disease in the present health care system.  Lyme disease is considered to be one of the most controversial and fastest growing epidemics and each year, thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
 
The Lyme Disease Awareness campaign is spearheaded locally by Bridgewater resident Barbara Roberts, who for 15 years struggled to find the answer to her health problems.  After being diagnosed with Lyme, she now works actively in letting the public know about the disease.  Roberts will lead a question and answer period after the film.  The film is not rated but is recommended for adults.
 
Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell has declared May Lyme Disease Awareness month.  According the Governor’s office, 1,023 new cases of Lyme disease were reported in Virginia in 2011 and over 30,000 cases were reported in the United States in 2010. 
Lyme disease is usually transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick and is caused by a type of bacteria that gives early symptoms of rash, fever, aching muscles, headache, and fatigue.
 
Both films are free and open to the public.

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