Seniors, get out
of the cold

Editor of the Reformer:

Even though we are all feeling the winter’s chill, there are still brave folks who are still keeping the Bellows Falls Senior Center active and a good place to be. Exercise programs geared for seniors are still popular and there is always room for more participants. Everyone in this group will tell you that they feel much better and are more active.

Quilting has returned with a new project with the direction of Barbara Comtois. The new quilt, "Charmville," features many little houses. Knit and Stitchers are still knitting and stitching and doing a lot of chatting no doubt. There are various card games throughout the week after lunch to sharpen your mind, so delay that nap in front of the TV and join the fun some afternoon.

On Wednesdays the center van takes folks to Springfield for swimming and others may go along for shopping at Shaws. Call for more information and to make an appointment for the therapy pool if you intend to use it.

We have been busy trying to schedule trips for the year and recently met with two tour directors. Please let us know what your interests are so it will help us with this. The first day trip is to Agawam, Mass., for a Dublin Irish Cabaret on March 4. Entertainment will be Andy Cooney. He will be accompanied by Irish comedian Noel Ginnity. This trip includes lunch with a choice of a corned beef dinner or baked fish. The cost is $107, which includes all tips and gratuities. Sign up by Feb 4.

We are also considering a day trip to the Mohegan Son to see the Debbie Reynolds Show on April 15. This trip includes a game package and money for lunch. Let us know soon if you are interested in this.

On June 28, an overnight to New York City for the Red Sox vs. the Yankees. This trip includes the 9/11 Memorial and a cruise by the Statue of Liberty and more. Children ages 5 to 14 May go with an adult for a special rate. Stop by the center for brochures and information.

Another reminder, it is tax time again. Our AARP volunteers are ready to help you at no charge. Appointments are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call for a time and a list of required information. This begins on Feb. 4.

The center needs volunteer drivers for meal delivery on Mondays and Wednesdays. This takes about an hour and is an important service.

A new feature at the center this year is if you come to the center on your birthday your meal is free.

The Valentine’s lunch will be on Feb. 14. There will be a representative from the Vermont Department of Health to tell us about disposal of drugs.

The Bellows Falls Area Senior Center is located at 18 Tuttle Street. Call 802-463-3907 for more information.

Alice Cobb,

Bellows Falls, Jan. 27

Sing our for an unsung hero

Editor of the Reformer:

Is there an unsung Hero in your community? We need your help so that we can tell their story.

At its first ever Heroes Breakfast, the Vermont & New Hampshire Upper Valley American Red Cross will honor community members who have demonstrated heroism through extraordinary acts of courage or kindness. The Heroes Breakfast is a celebration of spirit and community. Whether it’s helping someone escape a burning building or changing a life through acts of generosity and caring, heroism happens in our community every day.

Honorees will be recognized at a celebration on April 29. But first, help us learn about the heroes in our community by nominating someone to receive an award in one of the following categories: Armed Forces/Military Hero, Animal Hero, Youth Good Samaritan, Adult Good Samaritan, First Responder, Community Impact, Blood Services/Gift of Life, and Spirit of the Red Cross.

The heroic act or activities must have occurred in the past 16 months, occurring September 2012 or later, to be eligible for an award at the April event. Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 24. To nominate a Hero and for more information, visit: www.redcross.org/vermontheroes or call 802-660-9130, ext. 111.

Larry Crist,

American Red Cross Regional Executive,

Vermont & the New Hampshire Upper Valley Region, Jan. 30