Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Press Releases from York County


Senior Center Announces November Programs
A variety of educational and entertaining programs are being offered at the Senior Center of York in November.
Participation is open to seniors age 55 or better and their spouses, regardless of age. The center is located in the Washington Square Shopping Center at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway (Rt. 17), and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is closed all county holidays. 
Reservations are required for all sessions and are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, stop by the center or call 898-3807. For more information, please visit
Scrapbooking & Greeting Cards, Monday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon. Join us as Cathy Fowler of Creative Memories shows how to make beautiful holiday cards and assists you with your scrapbook. These cards along with your personalized scrapbook create lasting memories and make wonderful gifts for your loved ones. Note: Please limit four cards. For more information and to register, please call 898-3807 by Nov. 5.
Health Day, "Medicare Check-up" Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 12:45 p.m. Each year Medicare Part D Plans may have cost and coverage changes, so it is important that you review your plan during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15. Lisa Walker from Bay Aging will give an overview of 2011 changes and answer your questions on Medicare and Medicare Part D. She will also discuss benefit programs you may be eligible for to help pay Medicare deductibles and premiums. The Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (VICAP) is a free program that assists consumers with medical benefit problems with Medicare, Medicaid, medical bill paying and long term care insurance. For more information and to register, call the Senior Center at 898-3807 by Nov. 8.
Senior Center's 19th Anniversary Open House Celebration, Friday, Nov. 12 from 1-3 p.m. You are cordially invited to come celebrate and commemorate 19 years…and still going and growing strong! There will be a brief program, and exhibits created by Senior Center patrons will be on display. Appetizers will be served. The center's Angel Tree will also be up during this event, and we ask that each person who takes an angel bring in a poinsettia plant for a York County Meals on Wheels recipient by Friday, Dec. 3. Please RSVP by Nov. 10 for this event. Call 898-3807 for more information.
Poinsettia Greetings, Monday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Artist Ray Doolan from Dublin Floral Creations will show you how to make your own decorative poinsettia floral greeting card. Please bring a pair of tweezers to this program and register at the front desk by Nov. 12.
AARP Driver Safety Program, Nov. 15 & Nov. 16. This program is designed for drivers age 50 or better, and will take place on Monday, Nov. 15 from 12:45 – 4:45 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. The cost for this two-day program is now $12 for members of AARP and $14 for non-members.Fees should be paid by check and made out to AARP. Class registration may be made in person at the Senior Center, by phone, or by mail. Note: AARP membership, which cannot be processed the day of a class, is not required for class registration. There is no "behind the wheel" driving performed in this program. Drivers age 55 or better must attend both classes to receive the state mandated three-year automobile insurance reduction. Many insurance companies are giving insurance reductions to drivers age 50+ with the same attendance requirements. Those less than age 55 should check with their insurance company to see if they are entitled to the three-year insurance reduction. Class enrollment is limited to 25.
Culture Day, "A Journey in Time," Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Mr. Alex Cipriano will give an interesting and informative talk about the history and evolution of time with the beginning of man up until the development of the atomic clock. Refreshments will be served. Please register by Nov. 15.
November Birthday Bash, "Lots of Gratitude" Friday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Entertainer Connie Rolston will engage us in Native American and Nigerian songs of thanks. Remember, you do not have to be celebrating a birthday to join in the festivities. As a special treat Care Advantage will provide cake and ice cream, and a beverage will be served. Please register by Nov. 17.
Computer General Use. The computers are available for general use Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. unless the lab is reserved for programmed activities. To use the computers you must sign in at the Senior Center front desk. 
Craft Activities. Why not take advantage of some of the ongoing craft activities taking place at the center every month? For more details, please call the center at 898-3807 for space availability. The following is our current schedule of activities:
* Knitting and Crochet Class: Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.
* Art Classes: Instructors Myrna Graham and Hazel Camp offer free art
classes during the week, with their Intermediate/Advanced Class meeting on
Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 *Quilters: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Senior Center will be closed on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, and for the Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 25-26. Also, the Dining Club is closed on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
Mark Your Calendar
AARP Driver Safety will be held on Dec. 6 and 7.
Breakfast, Tree-Trimming and Singing (Seaford Elementary School) will be held Thursday, Dec. 9 from 9:30-11 a.m.
Holiday Luncheon, Friday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will begin Nov. 15 and will conclude on Dec. 6 or until space is full.
Please call the Senior Center of York at 898-3807 for more information about these upcoming events.
Senior Center to host Open House on Friday, Nov. 12
October 25, 2010
The Senior Center of York will celebrate its 19th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 12, with an Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Art and craft exhibits created by Senior Center patrons will be featured, and appetizers will be served. The public is cordially invited to come and take part in this celebration.
The Senior Center of York was established in 1991 to serve as a central point for senior citizens aged 55 and up to participate in activities in York County, and was created through the efforts of the York County Board of Supervisors and many citizen volunteers. Local businesses, civic clubs and private citizens donated many of the original furnishings and fixtures. Due to the continued growth, the center's current facility is the third site the center has occupied in the past 19 years.
The Senior Center of York is a "home away from home" for enthusiastic senior citizen participants from the county and other localities who together make some 20,000 patron visits a year at the center. At the center, seniors enjoy an array of educational, cultural, exercise, health, and art programs. 
Among the activities held at the center are computer classes, cultural days, line dancing, Body Recall and Tai Chi exercise classes, health days, craft and art classes, card and bingo games, scrapbooking, Dining Club, and a monthly AARP Driver Safety Program that qualifies participants for a cost reduction in their automobile insurance.
The Senior Center is located at 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway, in the Washington Square Shopping Center. Please call 898-3807 for more information on daily activities and to RSVP for the Open House.
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Change your clock, change your battery
October 26, 2010
When transitioning from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time and adjusting clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on Nov. 7, the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety would like to remind citizens to also change the batteries in their smoke detectors.
"The "Change Your Clock Change Your Battery" program urges everyone to adopt a habit of changing smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks, which could make the difference in surviving a fire in your home," said Fire Chief Stephen Kopczynski.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that one home fire death occurs in America approximately every three hours. In fact, home fires kill 540 children 14-years-old and under each year. A working smoke detector doubles a family's chances of escaping a home fire, but only if that smoke detector works.
York County residents who are unable to change their own smoke detector battery or that do not have a working smoke detector are encouraged to contact a family member, neighbor or friend to assist; residents that are unable to have their batteries changed or are without a working smoke detector and cannot afford to obtain one should contact the Department of Fire and Life Safety by calling 890-3600.
In addition, the Department of Fire and Life Safety recommends that residents use the "extra" hour they save from the time change to test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning "two ways out" of their residence in case of an emergency and practicing escape routes with the entire family.
With the introduction of 10-year lithium batteries available for use in smoke detectors, replacement may not be needed on an annual basis. However, regular cleaning and testing remains an important safety measure.
For more information, contact the Department of Fire and Life Safety at 890-3600.
Library Board of Trustees meeting changed to Nov. 4
October 27, 2010
The York County Public Library Board of Trustees' November meeting has been changed to Thursday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Tabb Library conference room. Board meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. Since the library will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day, the November meeting has been moved to Nov. 4.
Library Board meetings are open to the public. Please contact the York County Public Library at 757-890-5100 with any questions.
The Tabb Library is located at the intersection of Hampton Highway (VA Rt. 134) and Long Green Boulevard, across from the Victory YMCA. The Yorktown Library is located at the intersection of George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) and Battle Road.
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