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The Panhandlers Homemakers would like to thank everyone for coming to their “Christmas In April” quilt show. They ask for you to come and join them again next year on April 11 at Stone Chapel. Details to follow as that date approaches.

It has been over 135 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. Established on April 8, 1974 some states celebrate on various dates but Ohio’s is the same day as our National date, which is always on the last Friday of April and this year it is April 25. Celebrate Arbor Day in a personal way by planting a tree yourself. It is an act of optimism and kindness, a labor of love and a commitment to stewardship. If you don’t have the space to plant a tree, get a book from the library to learn more about trees and look around the neighborhoods to spot the wondrous varieties in our area.

The annual Bentonville Anti-Horse Thief Banquet will be 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at the Burning Heart Campground Cafeteria. This is always a relaxing family fun-filled evening with good food and fellowship. For tickets or more info call (937) 549-3360.

Get out those paint brushes, dust off the camera, put on your thinking caps, and design your masterpiece to get ready to enter the 32nd annual Senior Citizens Art Show/Photography/Essay/Poetry Contest sponsored by Area Agency on Aging District 7, Inc. This year’s show will be held on May 27 – May 30, and June 2 –June 6 at the Esther Allen Greer Museum and Gallery on the campus of the University of Rio Grande. The Artist’s Tea will be held on Friday, June 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. We have all the rules, regulations and entry forms at the Senior Center that you may pick up at your convenience. All entries must be in our office by April 21, 2014. Adams County has had some really BIG winners in the past and we are looking forward to more this year. For more information please call at (937) 544-3979 (please leave a message).

SPRING CLEANING: Our generation is not quite as religious about spring cleaning as our mother’s and grandmother’s were but the arrival of spring brings the need to open windows and get rid of that old stuffy air! It’s truly amazing what all can be found in the midst of several months of accumulated “stuff”. Make a list of where to begin, like the closet, desk or cabinets. Get rid of what you can and organize the rest. Most of us have empty baskets sitting around doing nothing so put them to work! Use them to hold sewing needs, scrapbooking and craft items or little things that need to be kept together. Give a gift in a basket and save on wrapping paper. I’m sure you can think of many other ideas to re-use or recycle some of that collected “stuff” and put it to good use! Happy cleaning!

We have moved out of the former hospital building on Wilson Drive but unfortunately, we are not ready to move in to our new facility at this time. While our staff is still currently working from our temporary site at the former Instant Tax Service building located at 25 Willow Drive, West Union, Ohio 45693. We are will utilizing cell phone numbers for your convenience as follows: Main Agency 937-779-7862; Secondary Agency 937-779-7909; Homecare 937-779-2081; Transportation 937-779-7375; and H.C. Billing 937-779-7373. We ask your continued patience as we will work very hard to accommodate the needs of our consumers. Thank you, Administration.

There is still time to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program for the 2013-2014 heating season. The last day to apply for State assistance is May 31, 2014. This federally funded program is designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating this winter. Again, here at the Senior Center our emphasis is placed on reaching the elderly, 60+, homebound and/or disabled. We have applications and an Out-Reach Aide available to assist you for the State HEAP. If you need Emergency HEAP, please contact ABCAP at 1-800-233-7891. For more information call Teresa at 544-3979 and leave a message or you may call our temporary agency cell number at (937) 779-7862. At this time, we will be unable to accommodate walk-ins. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

JUST A THOUGHT: Tell a person there are 300 billion stars in the sky and he will believe you. Tell a person a park bench has just been painted and he/she will have to touch it just to make sure!

Melody Stapleton is the executive director of the Adams County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.

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