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Waynesboro Lions Club Supports DSMP

Don Short from the Waynesboro Lions Club presented a check from the Club to Disease Self Management Program leaders Brandy Wade, Sandy Ellinger, and Beth Scripps on April 16 to support their DSMP workshop being held at Waynesboro Senior Center.

The Lions Club likes to do outreach in vision programs, and because Diabetes often leads to vision issues, the Club felt that the DSMP workshop supported their mission. A picture of the check presentation was taken and submitted to the News Virginian newspaper with a brief article about DSMP by WSC Center Director Karen Hurt.

Representation at Augusta County Public Hearing

The public hearing for the proposed FY15 Augusta County budget, including a 5-cent increase in real estate taxes, was held on April 16.

There were approximately 70 individuals in attendance, 7 of which (10%) were representing VPAS. VPAS Board of Directors member Ann Walker spoke of her volunteer involvement which started as a Transportation for the Elderly and Disabled (TED driver). Waynesboro Senior Center (WSC) member Gary Alexander explained how he initially started coming to the Senior Center, but was then pleased to find out how many other services VPAS offers, including TED which helps him get to his doctor appointments. WSC member Joyce Henderson shared how the Senior Center has helped her come out of depression.

Supporting our speakers, were SAW Regional Director Janice Gentry, Ann’s husband, and WSC Local Council member Jean Anne Boland and her husband. At the conclusion of the hearing when each Board of Supervisors member offered their thoughts, Marshall Pattie congratulated Joyce on her success battling depression and David Karaffa spoke of his year serving on the VPAS SAW Region local councils, how many services VPAS offers, and encouraged everyone in attendance to learn more about VPAS services. It was great to be acknowledged in this way.

Representation at Staunton City Council Public Hearing

Valley Program for Aging Services Board members and Local Council Chairs representing the SAW Region have met several times to discuss the importance of building awareness of VPAS services among local elected officials. This process was started as a result of meetings held with local officials regarding the jurisdictional requests. Board Chair Jim Bennett and Vice Chair Lorie Smith got the ball rolling for this focus group.

The first action step took place on April 10 as Staunton Senior Center (SSC) member Laura Luziach and SSC Local Council Chair Michael Thompson spoke on behalf of VPAS at the Staunton City Council Public Hearing on the proposed FY15 budget. Both were speaking in support of the budget and thanking the City for their support of VPAS.

Laura is a 93 year old Staunton resident, and exercise is and always has been important to her. She faithfully attends exercise at SSC every day she can, and Laura highlighted the importance of having exercise classes readily available to her, as well as the fact that she never has to be lonely with the Center close by. Laura shared information on the kinds of programs that are offered at SSC and why it’s important to her and other members. She thanked the Council for supporting VPAS in their budget.

Michael talked about his experience of starting as a Meals on Wheels volunteer and how that led to him becoming more and more involved with VPAS. He also introduced the other people in attendance that were representing VPAS: VPAS Board member Tim Bruce, SSC Local Council member Shelley Bryant, SSC Program Director Lori Pullin, and SAW Regional Director Janice Gentry. City Council Member Andrea Oakes is also on the SSC Local Council and was recognized. Thanks to everyone for the great support!

Forums mark stretch run for candidates

Staunton’s candidates last week sat shoulder-to-shoulder at the Staunton Senior Center to answer questions from a moderator and the audience in a forum put on by the Valley Program for Aging Services. They’d done so previously at Mary Baldwin College.

On Wednesday, the two candidates seeking votes for seats on the Waynesboro City Council are expected to take part in another forum sponsored by the Program for Aging Services. Retired lawyer Alvin B. “Pete” Marks Jr. is looking to fill the Ward D seat, while Jeffrey Freeman is seeking re-election to the Ward C spot.

The two candidates are slated to answer questions beginning at 1 p.m. inside the Waynesboro Senior Center.

While all Waynesboro voters can cast ballots for all candidates, the top vote-getters for each ward is elected. Marks and Freeman will have no competitors for their respective wards on the ballot.

More online at the News Leader website.

Fashion Show Dazzles at Staunton Senior Center

ssc-fashionOn March 27 the Staunton Senior Center was the scene of the “Bloom into a New You” Fashion Show.

Approximately fifty members, staff, volunteers, and visitors screamed and applauded for 15 SSC and Waynesboro Senior Center members who were modeling their favorite colors and styles through dresses and suits adorned with accessories provided by Anna Stell of Interim Home Health, Shelly Lam with Kings Daughters Community Health & Rehab Center, Alyssa Clark of Envoy of Staunton, Jessica Miller of Care Advantage, Amy Boyers of Emeritus at Staunton and Tara Green of Legacy Hospice.

These phenomenal ladies, who provide health programs at SSC, made possible the Fashion Show with their generous donations of hats, scarves, hair extensions, ties, make-up, and jewelry, not to mention the special punch and fruit refreshments and loving care as they assisted each participant in putting his or her best foot forward! Individuals stopped for a photo and then proceeded down the runway to ‘70s music prepared by Anna.

Alyssa was MC, describing each model’s favorite colors, hobbies, accomplishments, and future plans. All in all, it was a wonderfully fun and highly recommended experience for all involved, and the goal of encouraging positive mental health among members through noting dress and color was definitely achieved!

SAW Region to Host Candidate Forums April 16 and April 23

Election Day for City Council and School Board candidates in Staunton and Waynesboro is May 6. The SAW Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services continues its tradition of hosting local candidate forums.

VPAS is once again partnering with NBC29 News on this project. The Staunton City Council Candidate Forum will be held at the Staunton Senior Center (SSC) at Gypsy Hill Place, 300 Churchville Ave., on Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30pm. Doors will open at 5:00. The 8 candidates running for three open City Council seats in this race, all plan to be in attendance. For more information on the Staunton forum, call SSC at 886-4634.

The Waynesboro Candidate Forum has invited both City Council and School Board candidates as there are only four candidates in all. The Ward C and Ward D representatives are to be elected for City Council and for School Board. All four races are uncontested, with a single person running for each position. This forum to be held at Waynesboro Senior Center (WSC) at 325 Pine Ave., on Wednesday, April 23 at 1:00pm. For more information on the Waynesboro forum, call WSC at 942-1838.

Alana Austin from NBC29 will be the moderator at both of these events. Individuals in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates as well.

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