Adams County Senior Citizens News

AARP Representatives will not be coming to the Adams County this year. This decision was made by AARP due to a shortage of volunteers. You may contact the Senior Center in Hillsboro at 937-393-4745 or the Georgetown Senior Center at 937-378-6603 to schedule an appointment to get your taxes done. Due to the AARP Tax Representatives not coming to our Senior Center, Gentle Chair Yoga Class will resume to normal schedule in March.

For the entire month of February we have “Art in Nature” booklets available for you at our Agency for you to order flowers, bulbs and seeds, fruits, vegetables, hanging plants, and a variety of flower mats and more to choose from. Proceeds will provide remaining funds needed to recertify and provide additional training for our Tai-Chi instructor, Teresa Carr, who teaches to seniors for free. Additional information is available at our office, so please stop by.

There will be a Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.. The public is welcome to attend.

We are asking for volunteers to help organize the “All-County Senior Citizens Day” in May 2016. Various duties and skills are needed to make this day a success. On March 2 at 2 p.m. we will have a question/answer session for anyone interested in participating in making the day a memorable event.

We have State HEAP applications for the 2015-2016 winter season at the Senior Center. We have an aide to assist any senior 60+ will filling out their State HEAP application for State assistance only; however, this is on a very limited basis. Please call Teresa at the Senior Center at 544-3979 to schedule an appointment.

This February has 29 days and we call it Leap Year. Coming only every four years, here are some interesting facts about this unusual day:

-A leap year consists of 366 days, as opposed to a common year, which has 365 days.

-Ancient Egyptians figured out that solar calendar and the man-made calendar didn’t match up. It takes the Earth 365 days to travel around the sun, but the Egyptians realized that it’s 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 46 seconds. So the extra time amounts to an extra day on our calendar — Leap Year. Julius Caeser officially added the year into Roman calendars 2,000 years ago.

-Proposals? Women are traditionally allowed and even encourage to propose to men on Leap Year. This tradition dates all the way back to Fifth Century Ireland.

-There are about 4 million people in the world who have been born on Feb. 29, and the chances of having a leap year birthday are 1 in 1,461. They are called “Leaplings” and celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1 on a non-Leap Year.

-Leap Year babies are considered to have “unusual talents” and personalities reflecting their special status. The Chinese believe that Leap Year babies are difficult to raise and unlucky.

-In Greece it’s said to be unlucky for couples to marry during a Leap Year, and especially on Leap Day.

-The day also plays a pivotal role in the fictional “The Pirates of Penzance”, the most famous Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera that was translated to Broadway and the silver screen. In the story, the hero Frederic realizes his apprenticeship binds him until his 21st birthday, but since his birthday falls on Feb. 29 it means that technically he is only a young lad – and won’t reach his 21st birthday until he is in his eighties.

A leap year poem to remember it by:

Thirty days hath September, April, June and November; All the rest have thirty-one

Save February, she alone Hath eight days and a score, Til leap year gives her one day more.

Just a Thought: “Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.” ~ John Heywood

By Teresa Carr

P.R./Social Services Asst.