Beginning Monday, July 21, WSOS will use funds from its annual fund-raising account to help area residents stay cool during the summer months.
Residents targeted for this assistance must be 60 years of age and over. These residents will have the option of a one-time payment of $100 toward the electric bill or an air conditioner, whichever is lower. If the resident chooses the air condition, the remaining cost of the air conditioner will be paid from the WSOS fund-raising account. Residents who do not meet the age requirement can still find assistance if they have a member of the household with a medically-certified breathing disorder. These households can receive assistance of up to $100 for electric bill payments.
This adjustment to the Summer Cooling program is due to the lower than usual funds that WSOS received to operate the 2008 program. WSOS received about $30,000 in 2008. In 2007, the agency served 597 residents in its four-county service area at a cost of $125,595.
The cooling program will operate until Aug. 31 this year in the WSOS four-county service area.
In addition, Emergency Services continues to certify residents for enrollment in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) for customers of Columbia Gas, the American Electric Power Company, Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison and Suburban Gas.
To make an appointment or for more information, contact WSOS Emergency Services at 1-888-441-4327.
Let it shine
Are you 50 or older? Have you got talent? Then the Oregon Senior Center wants you.
The center will sponsor the Senior Follies, “Let Us Entertain You,” Sept. 27 and 28 in the auditorium at St. Charles Mercy Hospital.
To help make the event a success, help of all kind will be needed. If you can sing, dance, juggle or have any other type of talent, let it shine.
Auditions will be held Sept. 24 and 30 at St. Mark’s Church on Ansonia Street.
For more information or to request an audition time, call Marlene at 419-691-1609 or Paula Benton at 419-698-7074.
Living With Loss
Arbors at Oregon and The Willows, with SouthernCare Hospice of Toledo, invite the community to “Living with Loss,” a six-week bereavement program Tuesday nights July 22 through Aug. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Willows, 904 Isaac Streets Dr., Oregon (behind St. Charles Mercy Hospital).
Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call Brenda at 419-691-2483.
One of the rights of becoming a grandparent is providing treats to your grandchildren. The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is turning the table on that tradition with Grandparents Mondays.
Every Monday during July and August, grandparents visiting with their grandchildren receive half-price admission to either the Hayes Home or Hayes Museum. That translates to a $3 savings on a single-building admission.
Similar savings are available for combination ticket purchases good for admission to both the Hayes Home and museum.
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. For more information, call 419-332-2081 or 800-998-PRES. The center’s Web site, www.rbhayes.org also has updates on the center’s events.
Confused about cell phones? A discussion about cell phones will be held July 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Northeast Senior Center, located at 705 N. Main St., Walbridge.
Bring along your personal cell phone and all your questions. Registration required by three days before the class. Call 419-260-3228.
Ice cream social
On July 30, a homemade ice cream social will be held at the Pemberville Senior Center, 220 Cedar St., Pemberville.
Enjoy a sweet summer treat, cranked by an antique gas engine. Registration required at least three days in advance.
To register or obtain more information, call 419-287-4109.
The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio recently honored Robin Richter, director of Senior Programs at WSOS, for her work in the senior community.
Richter received the Community Service award, which is “to honor leadership and commitment to excellence to seniors and the field of aging.”
Richter recently piloted the WSOS Senior Center in Fremont through the accreditation process, which made the center the ninth senior center in Ohio to earn the coveted accreditation by the National Institute of Senior Centers.
According to Richter, the award means that the Area Office on Aging of NW Ohio recognizes that WSOS Senior Programs is accomplishing its mission in a nationally accepted professional manner.
WSOS operates four senior centers in Sandusky County - Clyde, Fremont, Gibsonburg and Woodville. Congregate meals are served daily at each site beginning at 11:30 a.m. To participate in these meals, reservations are required 24 hours in advance. To make a reservation, call 419-334-8911 and you will be connected to the center nearest you.