Center Point - Comstock Community Learning Center News

Center Point - Comstock Community Learning Center News

Center Point - Comstock Community Learning Center News

ECRWSS**   RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER Comstock Community Center P.O. Box 34 Comstock, MI 49041 269.345.8556 www.comstockcc.com Comstock Community Center is funded in part by the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. Turn over to read The Comstock Communicator a newsletter about the Comstock Public Schools Center Point august/september 2019 Notes from the Director 2 Comstock Parks & Rec Programming 3 Township News 3-4 Thriver Health Talks 7 Josh Whitfield Memorial Athletic Fund 7 Travel Adventures 8-9 Activities with Lorie 10-11 August & September Calendars 12-13 Contacts 14 Recap of Summer Events Our children had a great summer.

They did some great activities, had fun in the water on water days and went on some great field trips. They had a week of music where Mr. Jake brought in his drum set and keyboard for the children to play. The school-age children even had a Bake-Off and Drive-In Movie day.

Closures We will be closed from August 26-30 to clean our building and get our classrooms ready for the upcoming year. We will also be closed September 2 for Labor Day. Enrollment, Opening Day Our GSRP and KCR4s program will start on September 16. We are excited to meet our new families and welcome returning families as well. We are still enrolling students in our GSRP and 3-year-old KCR4s programs. Our teachers and staff have a great year planned for the children including some fall field trips. Comstock Community Learning Center News ock C o m mu 50 years AnnMarie Welton plants flowers with Nathan Montgomery, Madelyn Shadley, Rhys Norton, Carson Trier, James Hutchins, Nicole Aukerman and Demario Perry.

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2 Center Point August/September 2019 Dear Friends: I can hardly believe that summer may be over soon. With all the rain, we didn’t have much time to really enjoy any nice weather. I want to remind families that have a four-year-old that there is an opportunity for FREE full-day preschool. Of course, there are some criteria that must be met so please call 345-7243 to find out if you are eligible. This is a great opportunity to have your four-year-old prepared for Kindergarten. Again this year, we can provide scholarships to families up to 250 percent over the poverty level.

These funds are available for any of the child care programs at the Community Learning Center. We recognize that those individuals who are working may still need to secure assistance in being able to have high quality childcare.

We also have funds for students in the Comstock Schools who want to participate in sports. These funds are from the Josh Whitfield Memorial Fund and can be used for equipment or other items required for the sporting activity. Applications are available at the Community Center. As we grow closer to the start of school, please be watchful for buses and children as you are on your way to work, errands or school. Thank you for your continued support of the Community Center and the Community Learning Center. Mary Gustas Executive Director Notes from the Director MISSION STATEMENT Comstock Community Center develops resources and provides a setting for education, recreation, social events, human services and life-long learning activities to enhance the lives of community members and build a healthier community.

Allen-Rush, Wendi Brown, James Bueno, Meena Cooley, Santana Dingman, Kelly Earwood, Janessa Elliott, Kim Emmons, Brandi Groll, Laken Gustas, Mary Hainer, Penny Hammer, Judith Hernandez, Elizabeth Hosbein, Natalie Kilbourn, Deborah Kingsley, Sheryl Lindsley, Teddy Loudermelt, Mary Jane Lumbard, Chazlyn McCulloch, Toni Munn, Jenna Nowak, Louis Peterson, Lorie Preston, Sara Reynolds, Diana Stanton, Jacob Steffey-Wagner,Dorothy Troff, Amy VanHaitsma-Lampp, Robin VanZandt, Stacie Vaughn, Linda Watson, Morgan Watson, Santana Welton, AnnMarie Young, Patricia BOARD OF DIRECTORS Reggie Kissinger, President Jackie Wahl, Vice-President Alan Dowdy, Treasurer Jeff Ampey, Secretary Sarah Milne Jan O’Halloran Pam Sanders-Carter Dori Scholly Gary Thomas Nancy Wood STAFF The Comstock Community Center and the Community Learning Center are organizations that are developing strategies to eliminate and reduce the effects of structural racism by: Recognizing the racial disparities that exist in our services.

Working daily to eliminate disadvantages or disparities that may result from bias or racism.

Providing inclusive opportunities for all individuals within our community. Intentionally directing resources to remove and reduce the impact of racism and bias on young people. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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Center Point 3 Comstock Township Parks & Recreation News and Events Neighborhood Park Day This summer we have been highlighting two neighborhood parks with a celebration day for those residents living near our parks. There is one left so mark your calendars for August 10, and join us at Celery Street Park for a Saturday afternoon at your park! Snacks, games, prizes and more will be offered.

These events are FREE of charge. Time is 1-3 p.m. Exciting News for Merrill Park The Parks & Recreation Department has received a $300,000 grant from Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources for improvements to Merrill Park. The park will be closed through September for construction. This is a wonderful opportunity to complete some much needed improvements and bring the community together at one of our most beloved parks. Updates include new playground equipment, new pavilion, new basketball courts, as well as renovations to the restrooms. We will add a walking path around the park, widening the entrance drive, and creating a welcoming pedestrian entrance.

The layout of the park will change with removal of the ball field and current amenities. If you would like more information about this project, please call the Parks Department at 269-343-8212 or visit a Parks & Recreation Commission meeting. Pavilion Rental Information Park Pavilions are great locations for graduation parties, baby showers, family reunions, meetings and much more. Pavilions can accommodate up to 100 people and provide a great outdoor location for gatherings.

Each pavilion includes a large grill, electrical outlets and picnic tables. Rental Rates: Robert Morris Park - $100 for whole day; $50 for half-day (9 a.m. -2:30 p.m.or 3:30 p.m. - Sunset) Please call 269-343-8212 to check availability. Parks and Recreation Commission Meetings The Parks and Recreation Commission meetings are held on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. During the summer months, we meet at various parks within our township. The public is welcome and we appreciate the input from our residents. Please visit theTownship’s website, www. comstockmi.gov, to see the meeting locations as they may change throughout the season.

Please call 269-343-8212 for questions. Follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information about our programming and parks. Search “Comstock Township Parks & Recreation” Activities and Events to enjoy with friends and family! Comstock Township is currently working on coordinating a new design and layout of its website. Our goal is to improve access to various aspects of the Township and to provide businesses and residents with a more user-friendly experience. The Township hopes to have the website up and running soon, so keep checking back to www. comstockmi.gov.

Curbside pickup will start on Monday, October 14, and end on Friday, October 18, 2019. Put your items at the curb October 12 and / or October 13, 2019. For a list of acceptable items, and other useful information visit www. comstockmi.gov or scan here: Township Designing New Website SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Fall Curbside Pickup Begins October 14 Township News Community Center and Learning Center Closings In the event of inclement weather, the Community Center may be closed. Please check Channel 3 (WWMT), Channel 8 (WOOD TV) or WKZO 590 radio.

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4 Center Point August/September 2019 Township News The Community Center is adding a second massage therapist to our services.

Starting August 5, Christie Davies will be joining Lisa Danapilis. Christie has over 12 years of experience as a massage therapist. She has worked for a local chiropractor and also in her own business. She and Lisa will be alternating days in order to help the clients get used to Christie’s techniques. Christie is particularly good at deep tissue massage. Let’s welcome her to the Center.

Center Adds Second Massage Therapist Standing on the same historic site that was home to Comstock’s Central Station for 60 years (1950-2010), the Comstock Township Firefighters’ Memorial is a tribute to, and reminder of, the service and sacrifice made by members of the Comstock Township Fire Department—past and present. For nearly 100 years, firefighters have bravely served their community with honor, dignity and devotion. Phase 1 of construction has been completed, and the memorial site currently features a walkway, memorial rock, and flagpole. This is only the beginning, however.

Phase 2 of construction is under way, with plans to build a memorial wall and mural, erect a bronze statue, and improve landscaping around the site.

Please visit our Facebook page (ComstockTownship Firefighters’ Memorial) which is dedicated to the memorial, for updates and ongoing progress. How to Donate to the Firefighters’ Memorial In order to support the vision and aid in the future growth of the Comstock Firefighters’ Memorial, we rely solely on the generosity of third-party donors. No public funds are used.

If you are interested in partnering with us to humbly honor the men and women of the fire service who have sacrificed and selflessly served their neighbors and communities, we’d be very grateful if you’d consider making a donation to the Comstock Charter Township Fire Department Memorial Fund. Money donated to this fund is managed by the Comstock CharterTownship and placed directly into an account designated solely for use for the Comstock Firefighters’ Memorial. All donations are tax-deductible. To make an online donation, please go to the link below: https://client.pointandpay.net/web/ComstockTownshipFireDepartment Pave the Way to Honor Another way to support the Firefighters’ Memorial is by purchasing a personalized, engraved paver brick to be placed at the memorial.

Personalized bricks will allow local businesses, firefighters, as well as friends and family of the Comstock Fire Department to be recognized and become a permanent part of history.

Each brick you purchase helps fund necessary improvements, including land preparation, construction, and landscaping. An application can be found on our website at www.comstockfire.com Comstock Township Firefighters’ Memorial The AARP Local Chapter is looking for people who would like to start a local chapter monthly meeting here at the Center. If you are interested, please contact Lorie. Legal Assistance & Information Gary Tibble, Attorney at Law Call Comstock Community Center 383-6000 for a free 15 minute appointment at the center

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Center Point 5 Comstock Community Learning Center News New Staff Our new PAT (Parent and Teachers) staff members are James Brown and Monica Markillie.

James worked with our children last summer in the school-age program. He came to the Comstock Community Learning Center from North Elementary where he was the Behavior and Safety Liaison. He comes to us with an open heart and the skills to work with young people with a traumatic past. James knows how to deal with challenging behaviors. We are fortunate and excited to be working with him again.

Monica is nurturing, compassionate and empathetic. She has a strong passion for working with children. She has volunteered in many community activities and has a strong educational background working with KRESA, Western Michigan University, Kellogg Community College and the Comstock Schools. Winter Is Coming As the weather begins to cool back down, please remember to send a proper change of clothing, and shoes if needed, to accommodate your children when they go outside to play. We ask that children have closed toe shoes for playing on the playground. The children will continue to go outside twice a day as long as the weather permits.

For the safety of our children, we will not go outside if temperatures drop below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees.

Continued from page 1 Lynelle Ford reads to one of her infant friends, Griffin Lozen. Mackenzie Yummit plays the drums. James Brown Monica Markillie Jaxson Watkins takes a break from the sprinkler.

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  • 6 Center Point August/September 2019 Thriver - Health Talks Support Group Wednesdays, August 14, and September 11 What: “Thriver – Health Talks” is a support group for any health issues. We are “Improving Your Quality of Life” through positive and uplifting educational programs which focus on health for everyone including cancer patients. We are interested in being the best in Mind, Body, and Soul. Where: Ascension Borgess Health & Fitness Club, 3025 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI, 269-552-2348 Dates: August 14, and September 11, 2019, and every second Wednesday of each month Times: Social Hour: 5:30 - 6 p.m. Monthly Speaker: 6-7 p.m.  August 14: Summer Break September 11: Speaker: Suzanne Gernnat Topic: The Power of Your Brain – Enjoy It! Free – All Are Welcome Facilitator: Margery, ThriverTalks@gmail.com, 269-381-1986 Trinity Baptist Church 5224 E. Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI Phone: 269-270-7243 www.facebook.com/TrinityBaptist.Comstock Pastor: Phil Parker Annual Outdoor Service Sunday, August 4
  • 11 a.m. Join us for good food, good fun, good music, and great Bible teaching! After the service, there will be a potluck dinner, games for the children, and a bouncy house. It will be a great afternoon for fun and fellowship! Our Regular Services: Wednesdays - 6 p.m. - Bible Study Sundays - 9:45 a.m. - Bible Study Sundays - 11 a.m. - Worship Service Hymn Sing - Last Sunday of the month - 1:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome!
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Center Point 7 Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community and help local youth? Consider joining Sunrise Kiwanis! For more information, call Nate Smeltzer 269-389-9535 We meet Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at Michelle’s on Gull Road Josh Whitfield Memorial Athletic Fund Who is eligible? Schools/Organizations and youth (up to 18 years of age) are potentially eligible. Funds are available to any child or organization in the Comstock School district. These do not need to be limited to Comstock School activities. How much can I request?

1,000 per organization. All expenses related to participation in athletics will be considered.

What can I get funding for? Funds are available for equipment, shoes, jerseys. and whatever may be needed for participation in the sport. Applications are available at the Comstock Community Center, 6330 King Highway. Call 269-345 8556 for more information or you may request more information directly from: jwathleticfund@gmail.com

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8 Center Point August/September 2019 Travel Adventures Pricing reflects member/non-member. Memberships available for only $35 per household, yearly. Call for deposit and final payment dates. DAY TRIPPING Cherry Point Fish Boil & Mac Wood’s Dune Ride September 5, 2019 Cost: $109/$120 Enjoy this day trip with a stop at the Cherry Point Farm & Market in Shelby where you’ll enjoy the Scandinavian tradition of the fish boil. This will be followed by an exciting seven-mile dune ride along Silver Lake and Lake Michigan. Top off your day with ice cream from the Country Dairy in New Era.

Let’s Play Baseball! Baltimore Orioles vs Detroit Tigers Sunday, September 15, 2019 Cost: $110/$121 (Waitlist) New seating this year for both games.

Enjoy the game from Section 116, just above field level, first-base line in Terrace seating. Covered seating, padded seats and table ledge. The Purdue Christmas Show December 7, 2019 Cost: $98/$107 (Motorcoach) This show began in 1933 and takes place in the Edward C. Elliott Hall of Music.The show consists of performances by the Varsity Glee Club, the Purduettes, University Choir, Heart and Soul, Purdue Kids Choir and the All Campus and Community Chorale. A wonderful start to the holiday season!

MULTI-DAY TRIPS All trip prices reflect per person/double room. Single and triple pricing available on request. Prices subject to change. International trips require that your passport be valid for six months after your return date. Passport information required at time of registration for trip. Included airfares are always subject to change until trip is paid in full. ROLLIN’ DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI September 10-13, 2019 Cost: $759//$835 Are you ready to cruise down the Mississippi?? Enjoy a full day on the Celebration Belle. Included are breakfast, lunch and their famous prime rib dinner. There will also be entertainment.

Other sights along the way will include Sanfilippo Estate with the largest variety of historic mechanical music machines and restored instruments in the world. You’ll also spend some time in Galena, Illinois, for a trolley tour with a stop at President Ulysses S. Grant’s home. Then on to Dubuque, Iowa, to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. On the way home, we’ll stop at the American Pickers home, Antique Archaeology, in LeClarie, Iowa. This has been featured on the History Channel. Don’t miss out on this fun and exciting trip! Call. There may still be a few seats left!

TRAIN TRAVEL! COLORADO RAIL ADVENTURE September 25- October 5, 2019 Cost: $2884/$3173 (Call for availability) Either airfare or train travel from Kalamazoo to Chicago to Denver is available. Call Kim for more details. Quite possibly the most “classic” train tour is this in-depth exploration of the Colorado Rockies aboard both standard and narrow gauge railways to summits of more than 14,000 feet. Teddy Roosevelt described a train journey through Colorado as “the trip that bankrupts the English language.” Find out for yourself! Beginning and ending in Denver, this extraordinary itinerary makes a great circle of the Rockies and includes six remarkable train rides that fully justify President Roosevelt’s enthusiasm.

Motor coach tour of the Denver area also included. STRATFORD AND TORONTO, ONTARIO October 15-17, 2019 Cost: $1169//$1286 (Motorcoach) Passport or Passport Card required.

Begin this fun trip with a stop at Stratford, Ontario, for a performance of the musical, “Billy Elliot.” Lodging inToronto.The tour includes a guided tour of Toronto, visiting Casa Loma, the CNTower and an evening performance of “Rock the City.” CRUISE TO THE BAHAMAS WITH ROYAL CARIBBEAN November 2-9, 2019 Cost: Cabin pricing starting at $1599/$1715 Passport required. (Airfare included from Kalamazoo) Depart from NYC with stops at Port Canaveral, Coco Cay, and Nassau before returning to NYC.

NEW ORLEANS HOLIDAY! December 1-7, 2019 Cost: $730/$803 (Motorcoach; limited seating) Big fun in the Big Easy! Lively French-infused culture awaits you on this guided tour of memorable sights with free time to stroll the world famous French Quarter.

Enjoy a Louisianna plantation and a beautiful Mississippi River cruise and the new National World War II Museum with a 4D cinematic experience on a 120 foot screen. NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION with the classic American Queen Steamboat Company! December 29-January 2, 2020 Cost: $2467/$3595 (Includes air) Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history along the lower Mississippi River where it is easy to imagine that time has stood still. Onboard

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Center Point 9 the American Duchess, decorated for the holidays, ring in the New Year with a special New Year’s Eve gala complete with music and champagne toast at midnight. Includes a pre-night stay at the InterContinental New Orleans. Depart New Orleans for the Nottaway Plantation, a day of relaxing cruising and entertainment. Then, it’s on to Francisville, Louisiana, before returning to New Orleans. 2020 ORLANDO & COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA February 22-March 1, 2020 Cost: $930/$1023 (Motorcoach) Will you be ready to escape the Michigan winter? Join us as we travel to the Orlando area. See the national historic landmark, Bok Tower Gardens and its magnificient singing tower.

Listen to the music of the 60-bell carillon filling the gardens. Learn about Cape Canaveral and Florida at the Exploration Tower; then, enjoy the Cocoa Beach Pier with a walk on the pier and on the beach.

Expect to be inspired and renewed with a visit to the Holy Land Experience with re-enactments and award-winning productions. We’ll also visit Florida’s Natural Grove House and Davidson of Dundee Citrus Candy Factory. Yum! Our en-route stops include the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and the Ocmulgee National Monument. HAWAIIAN ISLANDS February 27-March 10, 2020 Cost: $2469/$2716 (Airfare not included) 13-day land tour from Honolulu to Maui. Discover the tropical beauty of Hawaii during this magnificent vacation, and enjoy pure tropical bliss as you island hop from Oahu to Hawaii and Kauai to Maui.

Whether you’re admiring the natural beauty of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon, or just relaxing on the warm sands of Waikiki Beach, you’re sure to be delighted. Visit Pearl Harbor’s famous Battleship Row in Honolulu. Marvel at the black-sand beaches on Hawaii’s Big Island and discover famous Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Be mesmerized by the pineapple and sugar cane fields, and thoroughly savor Kona coffee, some of the best coffee in the world! Enjoy an optional festive luau with Polynesian dancing in Kauai. Revitalize your spirit with an optional excursion to Haleakala National Park, with its volcanic landscapes and subtropical rain forest, and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere as you feel your senses come alive—all at an affordable price!

NEW TRIP! NYC/PHILADELPHIA/ GETTYSBURG April 18-25, 2020 Cost: $1449/$1594 (Motorcoach) Visit iconic sights on this trip to NYC with a day on your own. We’ll visit Liberty and Ellis Islands; 9/11 Memorial Museum and One World Observatory; Upper & Lower Manhattan tours. You could even consider taking in a Broadway show on your free day. You’ll tour historic Philadelphia including Independence National Historic Park, the Museum of the American Revolution and the Betsy Ross House. In Gettysburg, enjoy seeing the Cyclorama Painting with film presentation and a narrated tour of the historic battlefields.

ALASKA CRUISETOUR, WITH PRINCESS CRUISES May 13-23, 2020 Cost: Cabin pricing starting at $3361/$3697 Passport required. (Airfare included from Kalamazoo) Passport required. Begin your adventure in Anchorage before heading out via motorcoach to the Denali area for a couple of days. Then it’s time to hop on the train for your journey to Whittier where you’ll board theGrandPrincessforcruisingtowardsVancouver, British Columbia.

NEW TRIP! CASTLES OF NEW YORK August 9-14, 2020 Cost: $959/$1055 (Motorcoach) Head to the beautiful 1000 Islands of Upper New York State where we’ll visit three of the magnificent St. Lawrence Seaway Castles. We’ll also enjoy a St. Lawrence River Cruise through the very heart of Central Canada’s most scenic and historic route aboard a replica steamboat. Also included are a winery tour and tasting and the New York State Capitol Building. We’ll stay at the Edgewood Resort, right on the St. Lawrence.

HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND AND SCOTLAND September 3-13, 2020 Cost: $1983/$2182 (Airfare not included) Passport required.

13-day tour from Dublin to Edinburgh. Discover the treasures of Ireland and Scotland on your affordable tour. In Dublin’s fair city, you’ll drive along the statue-lined O’Connell Street where you’ll see the elegant Georgian squares with their red-brick townhouses. You’ll also see Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Enroute from Dublin to the seaside resort of Tramore, take a stroll through the pretty lanes of Kilkenny, and see the city famous for its Irish crystal—Waterford. In Blarney, home of the fabled Stone of Eloquence, there will be time to browse or buy irresistible Irish handicrafts and crystal.

On your way to Killarney, stop for spectacular photo opportunities along the Ring of Kerry. You’ll travel to Limerick, the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, and the cosmopolitan seaside city of Galway. Drive along Donegal Bay, with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches to Derry. Continue to the north coast’s awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway—40,000 interlocking basalt columns that were formed by volcanic eruptions some 60 million years ago. An amazing sight! NEW TRIP! GREAT LAKES & TRAINS FEATURING THE GRAND HOTEL October 3-13, 2020 Cost: $2959/$3255 Passport or passport card required.

Be a visitor in your own part of the country and state! Nature’s majesty and American history are presented in the most memorable way on this 11-day journey through TRAVEL continued on page 11

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10 Center Point August/September 2019 Food & Beverage Regularly Scheduled Activities with Lorie Fitness & Activities Games Beginning Ukulele Class: TUESDAYS starting September 3, 10-11 a.m. This is one of the easiest instruments to learn to play. Join us for fun learning. If you need to use an instrument, contact Lorie. Cost: $25 deposit to borrow; $4 per class. Register soon. Ceramics: TUESDAYS, 1-3 p.m. Walk-ins welcome. Cost: $3 weekly and includes all supplies. Comstock Ukulele Society Jam: TUESDAYS starting September 3, 5-6:30 p.m. Bring your instrument and join us for fun. Free. Exercise Class: MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS, 3-4 p.m.

Exercises are low-impact and are done sitting in a chair or standing. Learn how to exercise and stretch the right way to enhance strength, balance and your overall health. Walk-ins welcome. Cost: $4.

Knitting and Crocheting: MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, 1-3 p.m. Learn to either knit or crochet or bring a project you are working on. Great group of men and women who enjoy each other’s company while working on their projects. Free. Line Dancing: WEDNESDAYS, 9-10:30 a.m. Beginners welcome. Cost: $4. Massage: MONDAY through THURSDAY by appointment only. Cost: $20 for 30 minutes; $40 for an hour. Call therapist at 269-744-0450 for appointment. Qigong: THURSDAYS, 9:15-10 a.m. The benefit of this class is balance and harmony. Class consists of gentle movements that nurture greater flexibility and coordination, while promoting a more relaxed way of being in the world.

Taught by Ed Kehoe. Cost: $8.

My Brain is Strong & Healthy: Third MONDAY of month, 1-2 p.m. Each month, topics related to health, memory, medication and memory loss are discussed. Cost: $5. Spanish: MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS, 10 a.m.-Noon. Class follows school calendar and will start on September 9. Call for details. Free. Tai Chi: MONDAYS, 3-5 p.m. and/or 5:30-6:15 p.m. A relaxing form of martial arts that increases balance, strength, circulation and mental alertness. Taught by Ed Kehoe. Cost: $5 for 3 p.m. class and $8 for 5:30 class.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): TUESDAYS, 5-7 p.m. A private weigh-in is followed by a program on a wide variety of topics pertaining to the weight loss journey and healthy lifestyle.

Meetings provide members with positive reinforcement and motivation in adhering to their food and exercise plans. For more information or to register, call Karen at 342-8698. Cost: Membership $32 annually. Louie’s East: Stop in for a great home-cooked meal every TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY, 11:30 a.m. Call by noon the day before to order your meal. Cost: $6. Louie’s East - Burger Day: Second and Fourth WEDNESDAYS of month. Get a different specialty burger for lunch. Call by noon the day before to order your meal. Cost: $6. Out to Breakfast: Join the group at 8:30 a.m. Meal cost is on your own.

August 6 at Scooter D’s in Parchment; August 20 at Blue Dolphin on S. Burdick; September 3 at The Crew on E. Cork; September 17 at Café Meli on Portage Road. Out to Lunch: Join the group at 11:30 a.m. Meal cost is on your own. August 30 at Bob Evans on S. Westnedge; September 27 at Poor Richards on E. Crosstown Parkway.

Potluck: Join us every third MONDAY, Noon- 1 p.m. for good food and fun. Bring a dish to pass and your own tableware. Free. Foot Care Clinic: Second and Fourth MONDAYS of month. Appointments required for a registered nurse to trim nails, buff calluses, massage feet and check for trouble spots. Bring a towel with you. Call 345-8556 for appointment. Cost: $28. BINGO: THURSDAYS, 1 p.m. Bring a $1 value item in a paper sack (No food). Free. Bridge: Second and Fourth WEDNESDAYS of month, 1 p.m. This is a group of experienced players. Call Bobbe at 381-6317 to sign up to play. Cost: 50 cents to play.

Canasta: TUESDAYS, 1-4 p.m. All levels welcome. Free. Euchre: TUESDAYS, 10 a.m. Join a great group to play. All skill levels welcome. Free. Pinochle: MONDAYS, 10 a.m. Join a great group to play. All skill levels welcome. Free. Texas Hold’em Poker: TUESDAYS, 12:30-2 p.m. Beginners welcome. We play for fun! Free. SPECIAL EVENTS PLEASE HELP US!! Please make your reservation and hold your spot by paying a deposit within five days and paying in full by the date listed for each event. In order to obtain a group rate for some activities and trips, we need to finalize things one to two months in advance.

Also, instructors require advance notice of the number of people attending. We want you to enjoy the programs we offer and we need your help in making this successful. We are trying to offer you many options so please help us by making your reservations early and paying on time. SPECIAL ACTIVITIES: All classes include supplies unless noted. All activities and classes are held at the Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Coaster Project: August 15, 1-3 p.m. Make a four-piece coaster set using terra cotta plant saucers. Register and pay by August 9. Cost: $15. Activity Info The Adult Program offers a variety of programs, activities, classes and workshops and excursions throughout the year. Purchase a punch card for $12 or $24. Use the punches for any participation you choose to attend. Please sign in at either computer station for ALL activities, classes and trips. Wellness

Center Point 11 Washer Necklace Project: August 23, 10 a.m.- Noon. Make beautiful necklaces using metal washers.

Easy and fun! Register and pay by August 12. Cost: $15. Ice Cream Day Party: August 24, 1-3 p.m. Join us for an end-of-summer ice cream party. Make your own sundae or cone and play some inside and outside games. Register by August 13. Cost: $5. Hearing Testing: September 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Miracle Ear will be here to provide testing. Walkins welcome! You can also make an appointment by calling Lorie. Free.

Scarecrown Project: September 12, 1-3 p.m. Make a scarecrow out of small clay pots. Register and pay by September 2. Cost: $15. Wreath Project: September 18, 1-3 p.m. Make a holiday wreath using a bath scrubbie. Choose from orange for fall, white or green for Christmas. Register and pay by September 9. Cost: $15. Flu Clinic: October 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Ascension Borgess will be here to give vaccines. Walk in only. First come-first served. Vaccines and prices will be available a few weeks in advance so call if you need pricing.

Decorative Tree Project: October 7, 10 a.m.- Noon. Make and display a homemade tree on wood using twigs and satin leaves.

Register and pay by October 1. Cost: $15. Loofah Soap Scrubbie Project: October 10, 1-3 p.m. Make a nice smelling scrubbie using a natural sea sponge. Great for face or body. Register and pay by October 3. Cost: $15 Button Pumpkin Project: October 15, 10 a.m.- Noon. Design a pumpkin on canvas using buttons. Register and pay by October 7. Cost: $15. Halloween Lunch: October 31, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Join us for a party with great food, prizes and goodies. Register by October 28 at NOON. Cost: $7.

EXCURSIONS: At registration, a $25 deposit is due for all day trips and a $75 deposit is due for all overnight trips. All balances are due in full by dates listed below. All excursions leave from the Community Center. Costs are listed as member/nonmember. Activity Levels: Scavenger Hunt: August 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join us for a trip through town stopping along the way to collect items. We will stop for lunch, too. The person collecting the most items on the list wins a prize. Register and pay by August 19. Lunch cost on your own. Cost: $10.

Finch Greenhouse Tour: September 9, 1-3 p.m.

Tour WMU’s greenhouse and learn the art of growing. Register and pay by September 3. Cost: $15. Sauk Trail Tour: September 25, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Our guide will take us down the West Michigan Pike. Venture to Benton Harbor/St. Joe area and make your way to Buchanan. We will stop at small museums and old resorts, some of which are still used. Stop for lunch along the way. Register and pay by September 9. Lunch cost is on your own. Cost: $67/$73. Tanger Outlet Mall: September 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop for early holiday deals and stop for lunch afterwards at 84th Street Pub. Register and pay by September 16.

Cost: $10.

Casino Four Winds New Buffalo: September 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Take a nice ride by motorcoach and try your luck at the casino. Must have valid ID with you to get package. We do prizes and snacks on way there and back. Package includes $10 food voucher and $15 slot play. Register and pay by September 9. Cost: $35/$39. Pumpkin Patch Visit: October 4, 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Join us for lunch at a secret location before going to Gene The Pumpkin Man’s pumpkin patch. Enjoy a hayride and shop for honey, pumpkins, gourds and more! Register and pay by September 27. Lunch cost is on your own. Cost: $10.

Turkeyville Lunch & Show: November 12, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Santa is overpaid and not needed at the holiday. Includes show/lunch/gratuity. Shop in their gift shops, ice cream shop and fudge shop. Bus leaves at 10:30 a.m. and we will be back by 5 p.m. Register and pay by October 12. Cost: $65/$72. Special Events with Lorie Easy Walking Moderate Walking Lot of Walking the Great Lakes. Depart Kalamazoo aboard Amtrak to Chicago and then a short journey to Milwaukee. A motor coach takes us through the scenic Door County Peninsula bound for Sturgeon Bay, where we discover tradition through local cuisine.

Next, we travel through Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and cross the Canadian border into Sault Ste. Marie for our scenic rail excursion on the Algoma Railway’s Agawa Canyon Tour Train. Then we head to Mackinac Island for a two-night stay at the stunning Grand Hotel. Back on the mainland, we travel down the western shore of Michigan, heading to Charlevoix’s Mushroom homes, staying in Traverse City. Then, it’s on to the Sleeping Bear Dunes for a tour and back to Traverse City for a four-course dinner and wine pairing.

The journey continues south, with a stop at the fascinating Steam Railroad Institute of Owosso before arriving in Dearborn.

There we will spend time at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Top off this wonderful adventure with a tour of the iconic Ford Rouge Plant. Whether it is nature or a step back in time you seek, this Great Lakes getaway has a little something for everyone. Severalmorehighlights.Callformoreinformation. TRIP OF A LIFETIME - Just Announced Master Chef Jacques Pepin on board! VENICE TO ROME, WITH OCEANIA CRUISES October 25-November 4, 2020 (Departs October 24, 2020) All Balcony Cruise Cost: Cabins starting at $5653/$6218 Passport required.

Jacques Pépin, an internationally recognized French-born American chef, television personality, and author, chooses one cruise a year to join. This is the one! Look forward to specially designed signature menus, engaging lectures, culinary demonstrations and much more. Plus, this trip is a fantastic opportunity where everyone enjoys a balcony cabin, on The Marina, while enjoying the tremendous sights cruising the Adriatic, Ionian, Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Seas. Experience the wonders of Venice; Split & Dubrovik Croatia; Heraklion, Crete; Turkey; Santorini and Katakolon, Greece; Sicily, Naples, Pompeii and Rome.

And wonderful extra amenities included...think shore excursions (call to find out) and included gratuities. This cruise also includes an onboard cocktail party and your airfare! TRAVEL continued from page 9

12 Center Point August/September 2019 Comstock Community Center Calendar August 2019 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 10:00 a.m. Washer Necklaces 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m.

Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 10:00 a.m. Commodities 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:00 p.m. Coaster Project 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 1:00 p.m. End of Summer Ice Cream Day 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 10:30 a.m. Quilting Group 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m.

AA 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bridge Group 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 1 2 3 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m.

Pinochle 12:00 p.m. Memory Workshop 12:00 p.m. Potluck 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 10:00 a.m. Scavenger Hunt 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m.

Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m.

Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bridge Group 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA

Center Point 13 7:00 a.m. AA 10:00 a.m. Bells 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA Comstock Community Center Calendar September 2019 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 7:00 a.m. AA 10:30 a.m. Quilting Group 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Knitting 1:00 p.m. Scrubbie Wreath 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m.

Spanish I & II 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bridge Group 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:45 p.m. CCC Board mtg 7:00 a.m. AA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7:00 a.m.

AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bridge Group 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Line Dancing 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Wednesday 6:30 p.m. NA 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m.

Exercise Wednesday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m. Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 12:00 p.m. Memory Workshop 12:00 p.m. Potluck 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Euchre 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 12:30 p.m. Texas Hold Em 1:00 p.m. Canasta 1:00 p.m.

Ceramics 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 5:15 p.m. TOPS 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 29 30 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m. Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 10:00 a.m. Bells 7:00 a.m. AA 8:45 a.m. Footcare Clinic 9:00 a.m. Massage 10:00 a.m. Pinochle 10:00 a.m. Spanish I & II 1:00 p.m. Knitting 3:00 p.m. Exercise Monday 3:00 p.m.

Tai Chi 5:30 p.m. Tai Chi 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:00 p.m. Make A Scarecrow 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 9:00 a.m. Massage 9:15 a.m. Qigong 11:30 a.m. Louie’s East Cafe 1:00 p.m. Bingo 1:30 p.m. Food Pantry 7:00 a.m. AA 10:00 a.m. Commodities 10:00 a.m. Bells 6:30 p.m. Square 1 10:00 a.m. Bells

14 Center Point August/September 2019 Comstock Community Center 6330 King Highway, PO Box 34 Comstock, MI 49041 Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: 269-345-8556, Fax: 269-345-9486 www.comstockcc.com Executive Director: Mary T. Gustas execdir@comstockcc.com Community Learning Center 1046 River Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Phone: 269-345-7243, Fax: 269-492-0909 Email: info@communitylearningctr.com Comstock Township Library 6130 King Highway, PO Box 25 Comstock, MI 49041 Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone: 269-345-0136 Fax: 269-345-0138 www.comstocklibrary.org Director: Myla Stewart Comstock Community Auditorium Phone: 269-250-8783 Comstock Township Parks & Recreation 6138 King Highway, PO Box 449 Comstock, MI 49041-0449 New Hours (Effective 1-1-18): Mon/Tue/Thu 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Wed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m. to Noon Phone: 269-343-8212, Fax: 269-381-4328 www.comstockmi.gov Email: parks@comstockmi.gov Robert Morris Park: 269-343-0082 8415 E H Avenue Comstock Township Fire & Rescue FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 PO Box 8, Comstock, MI 49041 Business Contact Information Only: Station 9-1, 1960 River Street Phone: 269-345-2113 Station 9-2, 5947 East H Avenue Phone: 269-349-5282 Station 9-3, 8700 E Michigan Avenue Phone: 269-345-9244 Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office FOR EMERGENCIES, DIAL 911 Central Dispatch Non-Emergency, call 269-488-8911 https://www.kalcounty.com/sheriff/ Comstock Township Office 6138 King Highway, PO Box 449 Comstock, MI 49041-0449 New Hours (Effective 1-1-18): Mon/Tue/Thu 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m.; Wed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m. to Noon Phone: 269-381-2360, Fax: 269-381-4328 www.comstockmi.gov Supervisor: Randy Thompson supervisor@comstockmi.gov Treasurer: Bret Padgett bpadgett@comstockmi.gov Clerk: Michelle Mohney clerk@comstockmi.gov Superintendent: Scott Hess superintendent@comstockmi.gov Comstock Transfer Station 6604 E Main Street Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Transfer Station Winter Hours December 1 through March 31 Winter hours are in effect at the Transfer Station as follows: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays Call Township Office for current hours of operation or visit www.comstockmi.gov Contacts Helpful information on whom to call Information & Referral Services Need Help? Not sure where to turn? The Comstock Community Center is a source of information and services available throughout the county.

Call 345-8556 for information or referrals. Additional information may be received by calling 211. MICHILD/HEALTHY KIDS Health insurance for children or pregnant women.

MICHILD and Healthy Kids are programs for families who have no insurance and have children under the age of 19 and live in Michigan. Families must meet income guidelines to qualify. Cost is $10 per family per month. Online application is available at www.michigan.gov/mibridges. For additional information or an application, call 888-988-6300. Spanish speaking assistance is available. TEST YOUR WELL WATER Have you tested your well water lately? It’s easy. Two tests are available: 1. A bacteriological analysis tests for the presence of bacteria, including E.coli. Yearly testing of wells is recommended.

Cost for this test is $15.

2. A partial chemistry test measures concentrations of iron, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, sodium, sulfate, fluoride and chlorine in your well water. Cost for this test is $16. Sterile sampling bottles and instructions are available at the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Bureau located at 311 E. Alcott St. For more information, call 373-5337 or visit www.kalcounty.com/eh. VISION AND HEARING SCREENING APPOINTMENTS CAN BE MADE BY CALLING 373-5031 ONGOING AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Help for education, home weatherization, home rehabilitation services, and deliverable fuels is available by calling 373-5066 for information and appointments.

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