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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Senior Center Month declared

  • At the regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, representatives from the Wayne County Senior Centers were on hand for a proclamation declaring September National Senior Center Month.
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  • At the regular meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, representatives from the Wayne County Senior Centers were on hand for a proclamation declaring September National Senior Center Month.
    The senior centers, located in Honesdale, Hamlin and Hawley, have recently had a spike in those receiving meals.
    The senior centers also have a growing list of activities and events, including a memoir writing group and the upcoming Wii bowling league. The center in Hawley has also added dancing.
    Another service the senior centers offer is APPRISE counseling. APPRISE is a counseling service that residents 65 years old, or older, can use to help navigate Medicare.
    This program helps explain what services are covered under Medicare Parts A and B and the Medicare Summary Notice.
    The service, which is free, is offered at all three of the senior centers.
    The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch is served daily at noon at each of the locations. Diners must be age 60 or older and a $2.00 donation is suggested. The center can be reached by calling 253-4262.
    In the proclamation, the theme for Senior Center Month is "Experts at Living Well."
    The senior centers are located at the following locations: 323 10th Street, Honesdale; 337 Park Place, Hawley and 15 Township Road, Route 590, Hamlin.
    Other business
    A resolution and transmittal letter for the Wayne County 911 plan and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
    "This is filed every three years," said Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer. The report includes changes and improvements to the plan. This letter is also required by PEMA and the PUC.
    A time extension request was granted to Reilly and Associates. This six-month extension is for the final design of the project that is currently under review by PennDOT for the Keen's Bridge project in Canaan Township.
    The fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012/13 Medical Assistance Transportation Program financial reports were presented. The funding on the report "is significantly lower than last year," said Human Resources Director Andrea Whyte.
    Last year, the program received around $800,000 in funding. For the last fiscal year, $669,335 in funds were received.
    The fourth quarter and fiscal year reports for Drug and Alcohol programs in the county was presented. Whyte said last year, around 600 people were serviced last year.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Compared to when we took over the program, which wasn't that long ago, the numbers have gone up," said Whyte. "Our first year, we had a total of 90 people receiving services."
    The budget reported for the previous fiscal year is $631,919.
    She also said that there has been no significant staff increase and that she hopes those in need of the services of Drug and Alcohol seek out help. Wayne County Drug and Alcohol can be reached by calling 570-253-6022.
    The motion to promote Anthony Viotto from a part time correctional office to a sergeant was rescinded. Commissioner Wendell Kay said the offer was rescinded not based on Viotto's abilities, but was "due to administrative issues."
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