2007-08-16 / News

The Senior Times

By Charlotte Richardson

We're deep into summer now and some of the recent days have been true indicators of the power of nature, with temperatures soaring, and then on the other hand, some of them have cooled and comforted us with dry and sunny days. Whatever the case, it's summer. Enjoy it.

The folks at the Senior Center celebrated the Annual Senior and Volunteer Recognition Day and had a wonderful time doing so. Featured, once again, was the visit from the Salvatore Mancini Senior Center's Happy Notes, who brought their great variety show and wonderful chorus to entertain us. A good sized group of Jamestowners were present to enjoy the show and to take part in all of the festivities and the refreshments that followed.

Another highlight of the day was the awarding of the first ever Jamestown Senior Citizens Association Scholarship, which was presented to Deborah McMillan of Jamestown. Deborah is a URI student, hard at work on her goal to work in the nursing field. She qualified on all counts for the scholarship that was founded to assist graduating high school seniors or students returning to the work force in their later years, specifically in the medical field. Vern Stromberg chaired the scholarship committee, and presented the award to McMillan.

On hand to further celebrate the occasion were Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed and Representative Bruce Long who brought citations from our General Assembly congratulating Deborah, as well as recognizing the efforts of the association in establishing the scholarship program. We thank all of those who applied for the scholarship and wish them well as they move forward with their educations. It was a great day!

The regular meeting of the Jamestown Senior Citizens Association's board of directors has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 27, at 1 p.m., at 165 Hamilton Ave. The focus will be on finalizing plans for the annual meeting that is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 5, and will be held in the Fort Getty Pavilion. There is no charge for members in good standing (dues paid for 2008/2007) but reservations are necessary, so please call 423-2658 to select your choice of the KFC meals on the menu and make your reservation. We will be collecting dues for the upcoming year 2007/2008 so bring them along, if you have not already paid.

"Protecting Your Nest Egg," an informational program on fi- nancial planning and preparation will be held at the senior center on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. This seminar will provide you with many ways to help secure your future, and is open to everyone regardless of age. Financial planning and all of its intricacies is more important now than ever before, and it's never to soon to begin. This program is not just for seniors, but will benefit everyone who acknowledges the need for planning. Included in the program will be information on many areas you may want to know about - estate taxes, probate, IRAs, gifting assets, ways to guarantee income for life, trusts, life insurance, long term care concerns, the role of insurance and others of concern for all of us. NOW is the time to get involved with your future.

This information will be presented to you by agents of the New York Life Insurance Company. It is intended to give you a general overview of a variety of topics. The speaker is not an attorney, nor a certified public account. The topics covered here involve a variety of issues, which will provide some general concepts for your own information.

There is no fee or registration required. Please mark the date on your calendar now and make plans to join us at the Jamestown Senior Center, 6 West St. For more information or questions, call 423- 1026.

Last, but not least, we have scheduled a bus trip to Chicopee, Mass. for the Polynesian Christmas Show, on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The cost per person is $62 and includes a wonderful meal, the bus ride and the show. Please call Josephine at 423-3719 or Charlotte at 423-1026 for details and to make your reservation.

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