2014-02-06 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

Wow! Cold, cold, cold. My heart goes out to those living on social security and pensions as I know this winter has been extremely harsh. I recently met with Paula Ramelis of TrueNorth Community Services. I saw small “blurbs” in the Advisor about how they can help assist with heat, but thought it might be a scam. Well, it’s not. Paula came to the Senior Center to explain the program and how it works.

First of all, I want to mention we do have the applications for those that are interested. They can also be found at www.truenorthservices.org or by calling (855) 300-8013. Looking over the application, I have to say it is a very easy form to fill out. They can assist with electric, natural gas, propane, wood, fuel oil, wood pellets, coal, or any other deliverable fuel.

Paula did stress the form has to be completely filled out with the necessary attachments, or the form is thrown into a separate pile to be completed later. Those attachments include identification, income (must have 30 days), copy of utility bills and if you received assistance from DHS, a SER determination notice is required. Help is only available after your DHS assistance is exhausted.

The program uses state and federal monies. There is 13 million dollars to distribute between 61 counties in the state. There is no cap and those eligible are able to reapply. Households will be able to apply for help with heat and/or energy payment(s) if they:

• Have a past due notice or a shut-off notice on an energy bill

• Have a fuel tank containing less than 25 percent of fuel.

• Have a below minimum balance on an account

• Are within the income guidelines of 150 percent poverty:

Gross year income: one person: $17,235; two people: $23,265

Gross monthly income: one person: $1,436; two people: $1,939

There is a small portion of the form that asks some energy usage questions, but it does not determine who qualifies. It is used for data with the state.

I encourage you to apply as soon as possible, allowing help before the money is depleted. Let’s cross our fingers that next winter is a little easier on us!

As you know, the center has been sending military packages for what seems like years. We sincerely wish to thank those who give so generously to make this possible. As always, we are always looking for addresses to send a “We are thinking of you” package. Bill, my son-in-law, has a brother that is being shipped out. His new address will be:



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Prayers go out to every soldier that is serving our country.

A big thank you goes out to Joseph S. Osiznek for donating a CD/ DVD player to the center.

Colleen LaVance surprised the center with more of her talent. She made two beautiful embroidered pillow cases for an upcoming gift give away.

The Cheney Family, along with the Amity Group, gave a miscellaneous donation and the Cleo Bauer family donated medical equipment to the loan closet. Jean Flodin once again gave a wonderful donation to our concession stand at bingo.

Monetary donations have been received at the senior center in memory of:

• Nancy Cheney from Ted and Joan Nemetz, Steve and Mabel Flodin, and Betty Heinz

• Maurice Chandler from Betty Heinz

• John Potvin from Betty Heinz

• Bob Weber from Betty Heinz

• Jeffrey Dusseault from Betty Heinz

• Bonnie Lehman from Betty Heinz

• Daniel Jay Turan from Betty Heinz

• Marge Seavoy from Fred and Barb Hinkson

Received a Maintenance and Support donation from Laura Lee Tegtman.

BRIDGE Jan. 26: 1st-Judy Provo, 2nd-Don’a Nelson, 3rd-Audrey Savoie, 4th-Jackie Villemure. CFCLois Hoholik. Hostess, Don’a Nelson.

BRIDGE Jan. 31: 1st-Jackie Villemure, 2nd-Lois Bellville, 3rd- Helen Barton,4th-Hanna Mammen, CFC-Betty Stewart. Hostess, Jackie Villemure.

PINOCHLE Jan. 29: 1st-Nancy Casey, 2nd-Peggy Beckman, 3rd- Jackie Villemure, Should’a Stayed Home-Don’a Nelson.

500 Jan. 31: 1st-Carol Shampine, 2nd-Peggy Beckman, 3rd-Chris Keener, Should’a Stayed Home- George Shampine.

Birthdays this coming week: Feb. 7-John LaTulip and Velda Wheatley, Feb. 10-Betty Heinz, Judy McEachern, Bonnie Garvin and Irene Hinkson, Feb. 11-Ernestine Clark, Feb. 12-Patsy Calhoun and Nancy Skrbec.

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