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									No. 112                                    Newspaper of the Northampton Council on Aging                                                             Jan./Feb. 2006

 Council on Aging
 Board of Directors

        Ann Adams
 Michael Ahearn Jr., Chair
Linda Desmond, Vice Chair
Dorothy Newman, Sec./Treas.
      Theresa L. Dunn
       Bernice Leary
      Elaine McClellan                                                                                             Rendering courtesy of JusterPopeFrazier
     Robert Montague
  Kathryn Pekala-Service
        Mary Smith
                                                       The Dream is Becoming Reality
                                             By Patricia Shaughnessy                   presented to the Conservation              anticipated for late March-early April
       Philip Perrault                                                                                                            and we will be sure you all know about
                                                                                       Committee and the Planning Board, and
      Marilyn Stanley                             It is finally ready to be built—     with some modifications to the project     it so you can join in the festivities.
       Margo Welch                           our new Northampton Senior Center!        site plan, we were approved to move              Much work has been accomplished
                                             Mayor Mary Clare Higgins who has          forward.                                   but the reality is there is much more work
                                             put her full support behind this long          On Feb. 7h the Senior Center          to do as we move forward. Fundraising
Elder Vision, Inc.                           awaited project has also generated a      Building Committee met and                 with the Capital Campaign is of course
                                             financial plan to move the project        unanimously approved the building plan,    one of the main directions, as all of the
Board of Directors                           forward.                                  which is anticipated to go out to bid by   furniture and fixtures must be purchased
     Michael Ahearn Jr.,                          Hundreds of hours have been          the end of February.                       from the fundraising efforts. This will
           President                         logged by the architectural firm of            The Senior Center Building            provide a great opportunity for
                                             JusterPopeFrazier, the Senior Center      Committee will continue to meet to         everyone to get involved. We will keep
      Dorothy Newman,
                                             Building Committee and sub-               work on the details of the various         you posted on the happenings of the
        Vice-President                       committees working on specific            programming spaces as well as working      Senior Center as it moves forward and
       Arleen Murnane,                       details of the building.                  with Michael Owens, who serves as the      before you know it, we can all celebrate
          Treasurer                             The project plan and design was        Project Manager. Groundbreaking is         at our grand opening!
    Glafyra Ennis-Yentsch,
           Secretary                                      NeedleWorkShop’s hands have long reach
                                              By Diana Damon
No Blarney!                                        In January of this year, the
                                              NeedleWorkShop of the
                                              Northampton Council on Aging
The NCOA’s festive Pot O’Luck Lun-            marked its twelfth year milestone.
cheon will be held Friday, March 17,          Over the years the program has
at the Northampton Council on Aging,          evolved from a group sharing their
240 Main St., from noon to 2pm.               time together and working on
                There will be music,          personal projects to a focus on
                friends, great food,          community projects and events.
                prizes, and Irish games.      What has remained consistent has
                Remember to wear              been the enjoyment of creating
                green! This is one event      handmade items, visiting with and
                not to miss. Everyone is      making new friends, and the desire
                welcome. Please call          to give back to the community and           These are some of the original members of the NeedleWorkShop.
                587-1228 to let us know       find camaraderie within a good
                you are coming and what       cause.                                   premature babies and knit booties for      one of the COA’s NWS members,
food or luncheon item you could bring              It all started in January of 1994   people to wear over casts. The group       Blanch Welch, who worked at the
to share. Cost is $1.                         when new Program Coordinator,            first met weekly at the Florence           Salvation Army conveyed the need of
On Wednesday, March 15, at 1pm,               Diane Welter, developed a new            Grammar Community Center, but              dressing dolls and teddy bears for the
there will be Irish Baking Day to pre-        program, which would combine her         when their supplies and stock grew         annual children’s Christmas Party. The
pare for the event. Patte Shaughnessy         profession and personal skills.          they moved to the NCOA on 240              group said they would be happy to
will lead participants in the making of       Within one year the group was            Main Street where they had more            participate and as member Jane Goyette
Irish Soda Bread. If you enjoy making         assisting the Cooley Dickinson           storage room.                              still recalls today, “They gave us 128
Irish soda bread or would like to learn       Hospital by knitting newborn baby             The NWS’ first job involving dolls
how, please come and help!                    caps for the maternity ward’s            was in 1996, when a connection with             See NEEDLEWORK Page 5

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From the Director                                                                        Sustainable Northampton
                          There is a great opportunity for us all in Northampton to                             A Challenge to All of Us
                          participate in upcoming forums and to contribute to what       By Mayor Mary Clare Higgins, the              and our teachers, firefighters, police,
                          can and should make Northampton a successful                   Sustainable Northampton Steering              and service workers, often cannot
                          community that we all, no matter what age, can appreciate      Committee, and Keith Wilson, Chair            afford to buy homes in this community.
                          and enjoy. The forums, Sustainable Northampton- A              of the Northampton Planning Board             Seniors on fixed incomes find it
                          Challenge to all of us, are sponsored by Mayor Mary                                                          increasingly difficult to pay taxes as
                          Clare Higgins, the Sustainable Northampton Steering                  What defines Northampton as a           property values increase.
                          Committee, and Keith Wilson, Chair of the Northampton          successful community now and into the              As a community we must
                          Planning Board. Elsewhere in this publication the dates,       future? What values and policies will         determine what contributes to the
                          locations and times are listed for the forums, but on April    shape our community? What does it             environmental health of our
26h at 7 pm at the JFK Middle School Community Room, the NCOA will be                    mean to be a sustainable community?           community; how we protect the
sponsoring a forum that is specifically to hear from seniors.                            How do we balance all of our priorities?      natural resources that provide us with
         I hear from seniors everyday regarding issues that affect them, such as         These are questions that we as a              drinking water and clean air; how we
transportation, utility costs, affordability, safety and so much more. These forums      community must answer together.               efficiently use energy resources; how
can provide you a voice to share ideas and concerns that affect your quality of                The Mayor, the Sustainable              land use patterns and transportation
life as a Northampton citizen. Through the years you have helped make                    Northampton Steering Committee, and           choices will create environmental
Northampton what it is, so come join the April 26 forum to assist in the formula         the Planning Board have begun a               health, quality of life, and preserve
that can keep Northampton sustainable.                                                   community planning process called             natural resources; and how we
         Also, included in your 2006 City Census form was a questionnaire                Sustainable Northampton to create a           protect open spaces and preserve
regarding the Sustainable Northampton- A Challenge to all of us that you are             comprehensive plan by the end of 2006.        important ecosystems?
encouraged to complete and return either by mail or drop it off.                         The plan will guide city policy and create          As a community we must
                                                                                         a path for our future.                        determine how we continue to ensure
                                                                                               According to the United Nations         economic opportunity and security in
                                                                                         World Commission on Environment and           Northampton; how we sustain a
                                                                                         Development, 1987, “Sustainable               strong economy; the kinds of
                                          Patte Shaughnessy, NCOA Director               development is development that meets         businesses, jobs, and wages that are
                                                                                         the needs of the present without              important to our success; how we
                                                                                         compromising the ability of future            ensure that all residents have the basic
   Here and There ...Tidbits from the Director                                           generations to meet their own needs”. Or
                                                                                         as the Iroquois Confederacy has said for
                                                                                                                                       necessities of life; how we preserve
                                                                                                                                       the City’s distinctive cultural assets and
           The Promotions Committee        helping out a good cause, then please         many generations, “In every deliberation,     how we create secure municipal
  will meet on Wednesday, March 22         join us. All fundraising efforts assist       we must consider the impact of our            finances.
  at 3:30pm at Smith Vocational            our Northampton senior population             decisions on the next seven generations.”           The “three E’s – economy,
  School. This is a dedicated group        is so many ways through programs                    With your input and participation,      equity, and environment,” are the
  of folks who plan and organize many      and services offered and to make              we will determine how sustainability over     foundation of Sustainable
  of the fundraising events for the        sure that there is a senior center that       the long-term is achieved in our              Northampton.
  Northampton Council on Aging and         the community can be proud of and             community. We have identified three                 Mayor Mary Clare Higgins, in
  for the future Northampton Senior        support.                                      interdependent principles critical to the     her inaugural address, gave us her
  Center. New members are always                                                         strength of our community: economic           challenge:
  welcome! If you have energy,                      Back by popular demand is
                                                                                         prosperity, social equity, and                      “I believe that for Northampton
  enthusiasm and an interest in really                 See TIDBITS Page 10               environmental health. We believe all          to be successful we must preserve
                                                                                         three are equally important to achieving      open space and grow our business
                                                                                         a successful and sustainable community.       base. At the same time we must not
   COUNCIL ON AGING STAFF                                                                      As a community we must determine        jeopardize our assets with growth that
                                                                                         how all members of our community thrive       creates increased traffic, strain on
                                                                                         and have equal opportunities in housing,      municipal services, loss of green space
                                                                                         jobs, education, and health care; how we      and loss of space for economic
                                                                                         encourage full participation in the life of   development.
                                                                                         our community. What kind of public                 “In order to balance these
                                                                                         facilities are necessary? The City has just   priorities we must have an
                                                                                         permitted and sited a location for the new    understanding of the needs and
                                                                                         Senior Center. What other needs must          concerns of the all of the
                                                                                         be met? What kind of housing do we            constituencies in the city.”
                                                                                         need for those who cannot afford                   Please join us over the next few
                                                                                         Northampton’s booming housing                 months as we try to build a sense of
            Helen Dysinger                              George Scheel                    market? Young people at the beginning
            Admin. Assistant                             Van Driver                      of their careers, including our children,                    See CITY Next Page

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                                    CITY’S sustainability topic of forums                                                   continued from previous page
      THANK                         what a Sustainable Northampton can and should be. Though the Council on Aging is sponsoring one such forum for public
                                    comment to understand what issues and concerns need to be addressed in order to achieve sustainability, seniors and
       YOU!                         others are welcome to share your thoughts on how we make Northampton sustainable at any one of the public meetings
                                    listed below. More information is available on the city’s Web site at www.northamptonma.gov
         Tom Spooner
For the wheelchair and walker           • Ryan Road Elementary School Cafeteria: Wednesday March 8, 7 PM

        Brueggers Bagels                • Jackson Street Elementary School Cafeteria: Wednesday March 15, 7 PM
 For the bagels for Dec. coffee
             hour                       • Bridge Street School Cafeteria: Wednesday March 22, 7 PM

         Jane Goyette                   • Leeds Elementary School Cafeteria: Wednesday March 29, 7 PM
       For the poinsettia
                                        • Arts Focus-Ctr. for Art: Sunday March 26, 2 PM
       Irene Czerapowicz
          For the yarn                  • Chamber Sponsored at Hotel Northampton Grand Ballroom: Tuesday April 11, 8 AM

         Mary Costello                  •   Council on Aging Sponsored - JFK Middle School Community Rm: Wed. April 26, 7PM
    For the boxes of fabric

Diane Keating and Mary Caldwell
    For the fabric and yarn                   The Northampton Council on Aging welcomes
          Kathy Silva
  For the cell phones and tins
                                       Donor’s name ________________________________________
                                       Address _____________________________________________
        Elaine McClellan
For the artificial Christmas tree
                                                Yes, list my name in ElderVision
                                                No, do not list my name in ElderVision
  Mr. And Mrs. Kimball, Bob                                                                                                     Decaf & regular ground cof-
  Montague, Mitch and Kay                                                                                             fee
                                       I would like this donation to support:
Kowalski, Jeannine Rosen, Terry                                                                                                 Large coffee urn (100 cups or
                                               Transportation Account
            Jasinski                                                                                                  more)
                                               Fares Assistance Program
        for the coffee                                                                                                         Coffee maker (10-12 cups)
                                               ElderVision newspaper
                                               Programs/Activities/Services                                                    Fiberfil stuffing for the
     Joanne Freyer, Edna                                                                                              NeedleWork Shop
                                              Other _____________________________________
 Michalowski, Eleanor Rothman                                                                                                  Used cell phones with batter-
 For the weights for exercise                                                                                         ies and chargers
                                       This contribution is in memory of:
            class                                                                                                              10-foot utility cord
                                       Send acknowledgement card to:                                                           Set(s) of bocce balls
         Rob Gladden                                                                                                           Non-perishable food items
      For the microwave                                                                                                        for the NCOA emregency
                                       Make checks payable to Northampton Council on Aging                            food pantry for seniors
 Daily Hampshire Gazette, John                                                                                                 Glass display case (preferably
                                       Contributions are tax deductible. Donors of $250 and over will
   Plowucha, John Matteson,                                                                                           with a lock)
                                       receive receipts for tax purposes. For additional information call the
    Richard Fitzgerald, Andy                                                                                                   Weights for osteoporosis ex-
                                       NCOA at 587-1228.
   Kuether, Linda McCarthy,                                                                                           ercise program. Adjustable 5-pound
                                                              Thank you for your support!
         Charles Kott,                                                                                                ankle weight “Go-Fit” brand and
         Diana Damon,                                                                                                 handheld weights of 1-5pounds
Barbara Kirouac, Albert Dubois,                                                                                                Full skeins of yarn
Linda Kopf, Susan Massey, John                                                                                                 Wicker baby bassinet
   Cotton, Irene LaRose, Lyn
     Nuttelman, Roy Martin                       Northampton Council on Aging                                         Unfortunately, we cannot accept any
    For the cell phones and                       Resource Fund Contributors                                          more fabric or medical equipment of
            chargers                                                                                                  any kind. Thank you!
                                            Thank you for your generous gifts. Contributors will be noted in
                                                              every issue of ElderVision.
         Jeanne Hoose,
                                            Frances Raymond
For the yarn, patterns, notions,
                                            Howard Frost -- Frost Broadcast Assoc. for ElderVision
                                            Howard Rauch
                                            Eleanor & Stanley Rothman for ElderVision and NCOA                                      TRIAD
        Theresa Kellogg
                                                                                                                            Meetings start at 1:30pm and
 For the puzzles,needles, yarn,                       In memory of Marjorie L. Hicks from:
                                                                                                                            the public is welcome. Next
                                            Rudy & Mary Lastowski                                                             meeting March 16 at the
                                            Perstorp                                                                         Northampton Fire Station,
       Vanessa Oquendo
                                            Marlene & William O’Connell                                                             King Street.
  For the food for the NCOA
   Emergency Food Pantry

                                                Northampton Senior Center Building Fund Contributors
                                                  Thank you for your generous gifts. Contributors will be noted in every issue of ElderVision.
                                                Christine Vollinger                                             In memory of Charlotte Leighton
       Thank                                    Shlomit Cheyette
                                                Christmas My Way
                                                                                                                   by Highland Valley Elder Services
                                                                                                                In memory of Frances Shebak by
                                                Performance by Norinne Tiley & performers                          Beatrice C. Ruddy and
        You!                                    In memory of James Murnane by Arleen Murnane
                                                In memory of Elizabeth Ferrante by Arleen Murnane
                                                                                                                   by Highland Valley Elder Services
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                    COMMUNITY                                                                                    From the Social Worker’s Desk
                      NOTES                                                                                                                                  by Jennifer Higgins

 Voting for NCOA                                                                                          Upcoming Events
      NCOA/Elder Vision. Inc has qualified for the Florence Savings Band            Reading program                                        plans and Medicare Advantage plans
 Community Awards funds. We will learn on March 21at the FSB awards                       A new and improved Read-Aloud                    work with Medicare.
 ceremony the amount of our award, which will be used for the new senior            Program is being planned. Anyone                             A question and answer session
 center. Thanks go out to all of you who voted for us or encouraged others          interested in being read to or who                     will follow the presentation. All are
 to vote for our great cause! It all helped us to qualify!!!                        knows people who could benefit from                    welcome regardless of insurance
                                                                                    this service please call Jennifer at the               coverage.
                                                                                    NCOA, 413-587-1226.
 Drivers Wanted                                                                                                                            Green thumbs
       Volunteer drivers needed day and evening to drive people with cancer         Health plan options                          A Master Gardening Clinic, including
  to and from support groups and programs at Cancer Connection in the Silk          for seniors                              demonstrations and flower arranging, will
  Mill in Florence. Mileage reimbursement. Please call: 413-586-1642.                  On Thursday, April 6 at 10am, the be held Wednesdays at 3pm, April 5-
                                                                                  NCOA will host a presentation called 19. Master gardeners and flower show
                                                                                  “Health Plan Options for Seniors.”         judges from the Smith College Botanic
                                                                                       The presentation, offered by Blue Gardens will lead the clinic.
                                                                                  Cross and Blue Shield of Mass., will           Cost is $10 for Northampton
                                                                                  include an explanation of Medicare, residents, $15 for non-residents.
 Calling All Cell Phones                                                          including the new Medicare Part D drug Reservations required. Don’t miss this
      The Northampton Council on Aging and the Northampton TRIAD benefit. It will also show how Medigap marvelous opportunity!
 continues to sponsor a 911 Cell Phone Program. We continue to collect
 unused cell phones with batteries and chargers for this very vital and needed
 program. The program would allow seniors to use the cell phone in the event
 of an emergency situation. Seniors are given an orientation and training on
 how to use the cell phone and be provided with a cell phone and charger to
 use in the 911 situation. If you have a cell phone and charger please donate
                                                                                            Health and Safety Fair
 them to this very worthwhile program— it could save a life. You may drop                      The NCOA’s annual Health and Safety Fair will be held
 your donation off at the NCOA, M-F 9am to 4pm.                                          from 9am to 1pm Thursday, May 11, at the Elks Loge, 17 Spring
      And, if there is a Northampton senior in need of a cell phone from our             St., Florence. The event will feature more thanr 40 vendors, local
 911 Cell Phone Program, he or she should call Julie Laird at NCOA, 587-                 businesses and non-profits. The event is well attended and offers
 1230. There is a 15-minute orientation on the usage of the 911-cell phone               something everyone, including older adults and their families, ,
 and a liability form to sign. If you have any questions or would like additional        caregivers, and businesses. Call Patte or Jennifer at 587-1228
 information call Patte Shaughnessy at the NCOA 587-1231.                                for more info!

 Annual Appeal Contributions Appreciated
       The NCOA Annual Appeal has begun with an Annual Appeal envelope
 enclosed in the City Census mailer. To date we have been receiving contributions
 to our annual appeal that will assist in supplementing the services, programs
 and activities at the NCOA. Without these funds much of what the NCOA
 does, could not happen.
       Thank you to everyone who has thus far contributed to the Annual Appeal
 as it will benefit what the NCOA is able to provide for Northampton seniors.
                                                                                                 COOLEY COMMUNITY                   EDUCATION AND SUPPORT.
       All contributions are truly appreciated. Contributions can still be made
 and sent to the NCOA, 240 Main Street, Northampton. For more information
 about the Annual Appeal call Patte Shaughnessy, Director at 587-1231.
                                                                                                          FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CLINICS
 Tax Breaks and Zero Interest
                                                                                                        Free blood pressure clinics are held on
 Loans for Home Efficiency                                                                                 the third Thursday of each month.
       The Massachusetts Income tax credit provides an income tax credit                                   The next clinic will be held in the
 for 30% of the cost to make your home more energy efficient. The credit                            Cardiac Rehab Department located in the main
 is for up to $600 for a single family home and $1000 for a multi-unit                                 entrance of the hospital from 1 to 3 p.m.
 dwelling.                                                                                           Please note the change in location and time.
       Some of the measures covered include replacing the heating or hot
 water system, adding more insulation, window replacements and duct                                  Blood pressure checks are performed by retired
 sealing ! This credit is only available for purchases from December                                  nurses. The event is free. Registration is not
 2005 through March 2006. Go to the Massachusetts Department of                                           required. Valet parking is available.
 Revenue website, www.massdor.com for more information about the
 Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credit.                                                                                 For more information call
       The Federal Income Tax Credit extends into 2007 and offers an                                                (888) 554-4CDH (4234)
 income tax credit of up to $500. The credit varies depending on the                                            or visit www.cooley-dickinson.org
 specific efficiency improvement: 10% of the cost up to $500 for
 additional insulation; Qualifying furnaces and boilers are eligible for a $150
 credit; $300 for qualifying water heaters. See the Energy Star website for
 more information about qualifying measures for the federal tax credit and
 about energy efficiency in general.
       At this time National Grid (formerly Mass Electric) customers can
                                                                                          3 0 L O C U S T S T R E E T ✚ N O RT H A M P T O N , M A S S A C H U S E T T S ✚ (413) 582-2000
 take advantage of a zero interest loan program for energy efficiency
 upgrades and improvements. The loan is for up to $5000 and is for a
 period of 5 years.
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                                                                                          Reading Group
                                                                                               Readers & Thinkers Book Club now meets at the Rockridge Retirement
                                                                                                   Community on the fourth Thursday of each month, from 1 to 3pm.
                                                                                                    Please call Louise at 586-7749 or Diana at 587-1228 to inquire
                                                                                                    about the book list and attend upcoming meetings.
                     A more recent picture of the group.
                                                                                          Help with Taxes
NEEDLE WORK SHOP continued from Page 1
                                                                                                Tax preparation assistance is offered Wednesday mornings from 9am to
dolls and a quick deadline,Ӭ and then      Aging that has had the senior center          12pm through April 12 at the NCOA. AARP volunteers will help seniors with
added that “the excitement, team work,      spirit and has been working on the            their income tax returns. There is no charge for the service, but voluntary con-
and the need was enough to keep the         financial component for quite some time.      tributions are welcome. Remember to ask about the “Circuit Breaker” tax ben-
group’s energy going.”                            Many thanks to all present and          efit for seniors. Please call 587-1228 for an appointment. Seniors should bring
      When the dolls were completed         past members for all that you have done       all necessary tax information.
they were displayed for a short time at     and continue to do. Beginning in March
the former Main Street shoe store,          of 2003, the profits were specifically
Strut. This is where the NWS gained         designated for the senior center, which       Party Time
additional notoriety and recognition.       made a total of $10,000, including the            Party in the Park, in celebration of Older Americans Month, will be held in
      They had many requests for dolls,     $2,000 initial payment!                       May at Look Park in Florence. Watch for announcements about this fun annual
doll clothes, teddy bears, etc. and the          In addition to raising funds for the     event.
gift shop portion of NeedleWorkShop         senior center, the group continued to
was born. The gift shop could offer sales   donate within the community and               Bowl-A-Rama
5 days per week seven hours per day.        beyond. They continued the                         A benefit for Northampton’s new senior center will be held Wednesday,
A consignment shop was established to       arrangement with the Salvation Army for       April 19, at 12:30pm at Canal Lanes in Southampton. This is a day for raising
offer Northampton seniors the chance        about four years. In December of 2003,        money for a good cause, taking a shot at bowling, and enjoying great company
to sell their items and make 80 percent     they worked with the NCOA Sewing              and good food. In addition to assigned team bowling (non-competitive) there
of the profit with 20 percent going to      Circle Group to make and fill 23              will be door prizes,raffles, and refreshments. Sign up at Canal Lanes, 74 Col-
the NCOA.                                   stockings for all the children at Jessie¡¦s   lege Higway (Route 10), Southampton, or at the NCOA, 240 Main St.,
          The      ladies      of    the    house in Northampton.                         Northampton. There is an entry fee. For more info call Norma at 268-7366,
NeedleWorkShop decided the annual                Then in 2005, they assisted in a         Hank at 584-8824, or the NCOA at 587-1228.
net profit would benefit the                community effort headed by Julie Laird
Northampton School system (SOS) in          of the NCOA, to make hats, mittens,
addition to its own Council on Aging.       and scarves for orphaned children in
The profits were split equally with the     Romania.                                         The Real Estate                                   REAL ESTATE
funds reaching both the oldest and               The original members of the NWS               Connection                                      QUESTIONS?
youngest generations of Northampton.        group inccluded Greta Bartoszewicz,            Connecting People & Properties
      Over a five-year period the NWS       Peg Armstrong, Phylis Grant, Ann                      141 No. Main St.                           ED HENNESSY
                                                                                                Florence MA 01062
gave the School department an               Partenheimer, Ruth Chudy, Jane                                                              JONES HUTCHINS REALTY
                                                                                             www.TREConline.com MLS
estimated $5,000. Funds were raised         Goyette, Irene Sielski, Gloria Parker,
not only through sales within the NCOA      Blanch Welch, and Mary Daniels.                 If you are thinking of buying or selling
gift shop, but NWS also participated in           Current membersinclude Barbara             Real Estate, make your only call to         586-3405            586-4663
the Main Street Side walk sale and the      Clifford, Pat Cunningham, Mary
annual craft fair first at the Florence     Daniels, Barbara Fungaroli, Jane                      Ella Smolenski
Grammar Community Center and for            Goyette, Edith Korza, Dora LaValle,
the past four years at the Smith            Thelma Manson, Nancy Murphy, Gloria
                                                                                                 Referrals Appreciated                   Senior Citizens!
Vocational School.                          Parker, Teddy Ryan, Joan Slabinski,            Office 413-582-0011 VM #9 FAX 413-582-1283
      On October 12, 2000, the NCOA         Phyllis Taylor, Blanch Welch, and                                                           Specials on Monday only
had a kick-off event for a new senior       Bilquis “Billy”¨ Razmi from Pakistan                                                            10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
center held at Union Station, where         and Claudiana Olagbaiye from Nigeria,
Mary Daniels of the Needle Work             who attend when they are in USA.                                                            Perm                     $48
                                                                                              Compliments of                            Haircut                  $16
Shop presented a $2,000check to the              Additional members who have
cause. When Diane Welter became the         participated and provided items have             JAMES DOSTAL                               Style                    $12
Elder        Vision       Editor     the    included Colette Dionne, Kay Pekala,                                                        Manicure                 $16
                                                                                              City Councilor at                         Pedicure                 $33
NeedleWorkShop Facilitator became           Krishna Samantrai, Marge Gralenski,
Patricia Shaughnessy and later, Diana       Winnie Brough, Ann Ahearn Driscoll,                     Large
Damon.                                      Eva Blondin, Caroline Brandt, Rita                 413-586-1390                             The Village Day Spa
      Over the past nine years the          Bouthilette, NoritaReynolds and                                                             2 Main St., Florence
NeedleWorkShop has raised an                America Garcia.                                 jmdostal@comcast.net
estimated net profit of $30,000. The             Other longtime members who
Elder Vision fund within the                contrbuted their time and energy were
Northampton Council on Aging                Shirley Henry, Helen Preissler, and Joan
absorbed $15,000, or half of this.          Moos, now deceased.
      Over the past twelve years the             Please inform Diana Damon if any
Needle Work Shop program has                participants were accidentally omitted
expanded its interests and projects.        from this list, as I would like to maintain
Many of the faces have changed over         an accurate account of all membership
time, though it continues to remain a       through the years.
very giving and compassionate group               If you would like to learn more
with the interests of the community as a    about the NWS, please stop by on
whole at heart.                             Mondays from 1 to 3 pm..
      As the senior center plans are        Newcomers always welcome. Come
finally a reality, I thought this was an    once, come often. Come to talk, share
opportune time to acknowledge this          stories and ideas, and work on
group at the Northampton Council on         projects. Lots of fun!
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                           By Lorraine York-Edberg, Western Massachusetts
                           Regional Program Director
                           SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) provides confidential, free unbiased health insurance counsel-
 SHINE                     ing for Medicare beneficiaries. To reach a trained, certified counselor contact the Regional Office at (800) 498-4232 or
                           (413) 773-5555, or the Council on Aging at 587-1228.
 NEWS                      SHINE WEBSITE: www.medicareoutreach.org

    Helpful Hints When Using Your Medicare Prescription Plan
If you have MassHealth and                 you have not yet been enrolled in a Part        You should then call your       covered by the plan. The pharmacist
Medicare you should bring:                 D plan, the pharmacist should bill the assigned plan and ask for BIN# and       should be aware of the transitional
          Your Medicare Part D plan        Anthem Prescription LLC (Wellpoint) member #.                                   process and should call your plan for
card or Welcome Letter from your Part      system. Bin # 610575 PCN-                        You should give this           more information.
D plan                                     CMSDUAL01 for billing.                   information to your pharmacist.             Please note: If you submitted
         Your MassHealth Card                                                                                              your application for a Medicare
         Your Medicare Card                                                     If this does not work:                     Prescription Drug plan in mid- to
                                          If you have Prescription Advantage
          Your Photo ID                                                                   The pharmacist can call the late–February, or changed the plan
                                          and Medicare you should bring:
     You should make sure to show the                                           Prescription Advantage dedicated line to which you were assigned, you
                                                   Your Medicare Part D plan
pharmacist your Medicare Part D plan                                            for pharmacists. They should have may not be enrolled in that plan
                                          card or Welcome Letter from your plan
card and your MassHealth card. If                                               this phone number available; if not, they yet. All Medicare Prescription
                                                   Your new Prescription
you have not received your Medicare                                             can call 1-800-AGE-INFO.                   Drug plans are working to get
                                          Advantage card
Part D plan card, show your Welcome                                                       You should continue to work everyone enrolled. Call your Plan’s
                                                   Your Medicare card
Letter from your Medicare Part D plan                                           with your Medicare Part D Plan to customer service line to help
                                                   Your Photo ID
and your MassHealth card.                                                       understand your coverage and how facilitate your enrollment; and ask
                                               If you do not know the Medicare
     If you do not have a Medicare Part Part D plan in which you are enrolled, Prescription Advantage will wrap for your enrollment confirmation
D plan card or a Welcome Letter, show call Prescription Advantage at 1-800- around that those benefits.                    number to be available.
your MassHealth Card, Medicare card, AGE INFO (1-800-243-4636) to get
and photo ID. The pharmacist will be information on your assigned plan.               If your medication is not covered         If you need assistance with plan
able to tell you the plan in which you              Prescription Advantage will by your plan, it is important to note that selection and enrollment call the SHINE
are enrolled. If the pharmacist cannot give you your plan name and phone every Medicare Part D plan has a Program at 413-773-5555, 978-544-
identify the appropriate plan to bill, or number.                               transitional process for drugs not 2259 or 1-800-498-4232.

                           What if My Plan Won’t Cover a Drug I Need?
     All Medicare drug plans must          plans can vary on which pharmacies              • Quantity Limits.                     Once your plan receives the request, it
make sure that the people in their plan    they use, which drugs they cover and                                                   has 72 hours (for a standard request
can get the drugs their doctor says they   how much they charge. Plans design         What do I do if my plan won’t cover         for coverage) or 24 hours (for an
need. When you get Medicare                your access to drug coverage using a       a drug I need?                              expedited request for coverage) to
prescription drug coverage, you pay        variety of methods. Some of the proven          If your plan won’t cover a drug you    make its decision.
part of the costs, and Medicare pays       methods plans use to design coverage       need, you can request a coverage                  Note: For some types of coverage
part of the costs. People with limited     are listed below. Becoming familiar with   determination.                              determinations, you will need a
income and resources may qualify for       these terms will help you make choices          You have the right to request a        supporting statement from your doctor
extra help that can lower or even          about your coverage.                       coverage determination by your plan if      that explains why you need a certain
eliminate out-of-pocket costs for this           • Network Pharmacies,                     • you need a drug that isn’t on your   drug. Check with your plan to find out
coverage.                                        • List of covered drugs              plan’s formulary, or                        if a supporting statement is required.
     Each plan must meet a standard        (Formulary),                                                                           Once your plan receives the statement,
of coverage set by Medicare. However,            • Prior Authorization, and                • your plan covers a drug but          its decision-making period begins.
                                                                                      charges you more than you think you               If the plan decides not to cover
                                                                                      are required to pay.                        your drug, you can appeal the decision.
                                                                                                                                  When you enroll in a Medicare drug
                                                                                           You may also pay for the               plan, the plan will send you information
                                                                                      prescription yourself, and request that     about the plan’s appeal process. Read
                                                                                      the plan pay you back by requesting a       the information carefully and call the
                                                                                      coverage determination.                     plan if you have questions.
                                                                                                                                        This information was obtained
                                                                                           You, your doctor, or someone you
                                                                                                                                  from the Centers for Medicare and
                                                                                      ask to act on your behalf can call or
                                                                                                                                  Medicaid services publication, “How
                                                                                      write to your plan to request that the
                                                                                                                                  new drug plans will provide you with
                                                                                      plan cover the prescription you need.
                                                                                                                                  the high quality, lower cost drug
                                                                                                                                        If you would like a copy of this
                                                                                                                                  publication it can be obtained by
                                                                                                                                  contacting the SHINE Program.

                                                                                                                                               Advertise in

                                                                                                                                        More than 5,000 copies
                                                                                                                                      distributed in Northampton
                                                                                                                                       and the surrounding area.
                                                                                                                                             Call 587-1228.
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       Prescription Advantage Offering Open Enrollment
      Prescription         Advantage,        Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.      and $39,600 for married couples. The       by contacting your Regional SHINE
Massachusetts’ prescription assistance       Prescription Advantage will be the    best news is that Prescription             Program at 413-773-5555, 978-544-
program for seniors and disabled             secondary payer and will supplement   Advantage may also pay the Medicare        2259 or 800-732-4636.
persons, is offering an OPEN                 the Medicare drug benefit during      Prescription Drug Plan premium for              Also remember enrollment in
ENROLLMENT. The open                         coverage gaps and provide protection  those members with incomes of below        Medicare Prescription Drug Programs
enrollment period will begin March           from catastrophic drug costs,         $18,424 for a single individual and        is open through May 15th. Your local
15th through April 28th with coverage        according to the Executive Office of  $24,816 for a couple.                      SHINE (Serving the Health
starting July 1st, 2006. This is the first   Elder Affairs’ press release dated         For Prescription Advantage            Information Needs of Elders)
open enrollment since Prescription           February 14th.                        eligibility, Medicare beneficiaries must   program can help you understand your
Advantage became a program that                   Prescription Advantage is        enroll or be enrolled in a Medicare        options in regards to your prescription
“wraps around” Medicare Prescription         available to all Medicare beneficiaries
                                                                                   Prescription Drug Plan, which will serve   drug coverage, including information on
Drug Plans (Part D), the new Medicare        who are over 65, whose income is less as the primary drug insurance. The state   Medicare Prescription Drug plans and
prescription drug benefit. This is very      than $49,000 if single and $66,000 forprogram will cover portions of co-         Prescription Advantage.
good news for seniors who have been          married couples. Prescription         payments and those amounts are based
waiting to join this plan.                   Advantage will also continue to provide
                                                                                   on a sliding scale depending on the             The SHINE, Serving Health
      Prescription Advantage had             primary coverage that is comparable   Prescription Advantage member’s            Information Needs of Elders
previously been the primary drug             to Medicare Part D plans for those    income.                                    Program, provides free, confidential
coverage for seniors and younger             disabled meeting certain disability        Applications can be obtained by       and unbiased health insurance
disabled individuals until Medicare Part     guidelines persons under or over 65   contacting 1-800-243-4636/1-800-           counseling        for      Medicare
D took effect on January 1st, 2006.          who are not eligible for Medicare.    AGE-INFO, press selection 1 for            beneficiaries. To reach a trained and
The new Prescription Advantage                                                     Prescription Advantage. A copy of the      certified counselor in your area,
coverage assists Medicare beneficiaries          Prescription Advantage charges press release, current rate sheet outlining   contact the Regional Office at 1-
with co-payments and coverage gaps           no monthly premium for members with the eligibility guidelines and/or            800-498-4232 or 413-773-5555 or
towards the individual’s current             incomes less than $29,400 for singles application assistance can be obtained     contact your local Council on Aging.

       Census Forms
     The Northampton Board of                                                             Ruth’s Mail Box
Registrars has mailed out the 2006 City                                      Ruth L. Yeh, a Licensed Individual, Marriage & Family Therapist offers
Census forms to all Northampton                                           assistance working through problems. You are welcome to write,
households.                                                               anonymously, describing a problem or situation. Ruth’s response may
     Returning the census is very                                         benefit others as well. Ruth also offers counseling at the NCOA. She speaks
important for many reasons with one                                       Taiwanese, Japanese, Chinese and English. Call 587-1228 for details.
of those being to protect your voting
status, says Arleen Murnane,
     More than 15,000 forms were             Dear Ruth,
mailed out in mid-January and can be                                                        It is time for you to slow down       Much of our feelings and our
                                                  I read your last issue of
returned to the Registrars of Voters                                                   and take time to walk, to see, to      moods comes from our attitudes.
                                             Ruth’s Mail Box and it made me
either by mail or dropped off in the                                                   hear, and to eat.                      We can help ourselves to feel
                                             think about my problem. I am 82
office.                                                                                     When you are young, you were      better.
                                             years old now, and while I don’t
     Registrar Murnane also reminds                                                    probably busy with the fast pace of        Consider what you have had
                                             have major health problems, I do
city residents that her office is a                                                    life’s demands and di dnot have        and enjoy what you have now.
                                             not have the physical strength
Passport Acceptance Facility so if you                                                 enough time to enjoy the                   All our friend s at the Council
                                             that I used to have. I walk
are in need of a passport do stop by.                                                  environment around you. Now you        on Aging are facing the same
                                             slower, my vision is not good, my
      For more information about the                                                   can slow down and enjoy the world      situation. We are aging but we
                                             hearing is getting worse, and my
census or passports call the Registrar’s                                               you have lived in for more than 80     encourage each other to be happy.
                                             teeth are starting to give me
office at 587-1291.                                                                    years! You can walk slowly to enjoy    There are many activities you are
                                             problems. All this has made me
                                                                                       nature, and watch the birds and        welcome to join. Please call. The
                                             depressed. Would you help me
                                                                                       flowers.                               number is 587-1228.
                                             feel better?
                                                                                            We often miss a lot of good                                 Sincerely,
     Need Medical                                                    Sincerely,
                                                                                       things when we are young and busy.                                    Ruth
      Equipment?                                                                       Aging is a gift that provides a
                                                                                       chance for us to slow down and
     Try the NCOA                                                                      enjoy what we have missed, and I
                                             Dear Hopeless, ,
        Medical                                   Thank you for writing. You are
                                                                                       believe we deserve the right to do
       Equipment                             very fortunate that you don’t have
                                                                                            I encourage you to take this       SERIO’S PHARMACY
                                             big health problems even at the age
     Loan Program.                           of 82.
                                                                                       opportunity and think how much              63 STATE ST.
                                                                                       you have done with your youth and
      We may have                                 You must have enjoyed many
                                                                                       your strength and be satisfied.
                                                                                                                              Our family serving your family
                                             good years of your physical                                                         for more than 50 years.
     what you need.                          strength and used that strength
       Equipment                             inmany ways -- for job, for family,
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                       Only 50 Years Ago?                                                                                                                A Look
By Jim Parsons                                                                                                                                         at the Movies
      Those of us who are now in the “golden years”        For the Defilippo family, such allegiance was natural.
of our lives look back at our own high school                    Lou DeFilippo, Gene Sr’s. older brother, was
experiences as mixtures of delight and sadness,            an All-American lineman at Fordham, whoplayed with
accomplishment and failure, and realization of all the     the Giants for five years before and after WW II.
things we would have done differently if given a           Lou is also listed in the Conn. H.S. Football Coaches        By Jim Spencer
second chance.Recently I was considering topics for        Hall of Fame. Gene Sr’s. election to the Mass. H.S.
Eldervision when I was reminded of all the great young     Football Coaches Hall of Fame completed the                        Skeleton Key is one of the best movies I have
people I had contact with during my decades as             recognition of these brothers’ contributions to the lives    seen. This is a complex story of Caroline (Kate
teacher, coach, and administrator in the public schools.   of high schoolers in our adjacent New England states.        Hudson), a 25-year-old hospice worker, is sent to
The problem was not finding enough memorable                     The DeFilippo name continues to be associated          New Orleans to care for an aging stroke victim
individuals but selecting which stories to tell.           with the Giants team as Gene Jr’s son John works in          (John Hurt) who lies bedridden and speechless in a
      When Gene DeFilippo Sr. came to Hamp in              Offensive Quality Control.                                   rambling antebellum mansion. Alone in the house
1955, his growing family included five-year-old Gene             Completing this story of the Giants-Northampton        with no company aside from the man’s unfriendly
Jr. who seldom missed a practice or game. During           connection is the inspirational life story of Dr. Russell    wife Caroline is given a skeleton key that opens up
one of the games that fall, coach Gene felt a tugging      F. Warren. Russ Warren’s family once lived on                way more than the doors is the house. The acting
on his pants leg. It was little Gene with a problem        Audubon Road near the Williamsburg line. Sports              is fair and the technical parts are average. What
that demanded immediate attention.                         were important to the entire Warren family so they           singularly earns this a movie my recommendation is
      Coach “Flip” called an impromptu huddle along        sought and received permission for the three boys to         it’s story construction. You have to watch every
the sideline. Inside the “circle of modesty” was young     attend Northampton schools.                                  minute of the movie or it will not make sense. It is
Geno dealing with the problem at hand. The huddle                By the time Russ had completed the 10th grade          complex, with clues in every scene. I was satisfied
broke and the game continued with a smile of relief        it was obvious that he was both academically and             as the last scene comes together with a great
for Geno and a grin on all of the team’s members. It       athletically gifted. Fate intervened and Russ was            surprise ending. This is not a movie for children,
is most likely legend that the greenest patch of grass     diagnosed with a life-threatening inflammation of the        but if you are a fan of well-written thrillers, this is a
ever to grow on Wright Field was on that very spot         lining of the heart. He was to stop school and athletics     movie you shouldn’t pass up.
in front of the bench from half a century ago!             immediately and spend a year in isolation and bed
      The little boy who brought that football game to     rest.                                                              Lord of War is a social commentary on the
a brief halt grew up to be an outstanding multiple sport         It was a long year but the approaching of fall in      big business of selling arms. Yuri Orlov (Nicolas
athlete at Hamp High, Williston, and Springfield           Russ’s senior year saw him fully recovered. He played        Cage), as the world’s leading dealer, embraces his
Colllege. Now 55, Gene DeFilippo Jr. is the nationally     three sports and received regional recognition in each.      profession. He knows he has to let it go, (for love
known and respected Director of Athletics at Boston              He attended Columbia University graduating in          of all things) but can he? The story revolves around
College. Gene Sr’s. loyalty to his alma mater Holy         1962, and received his MD in 1966. His specialty             Yuri dodging a cunning Interpol agent (Ethan
Cross was “sorely tested” when young Gene took             has been Orthopedic Surgery throughout his career            Hawke) hot on his trail. This taut action-thriller is a
on his new post at H.C.’s arch-rival on Chestnut Hill.     and it is in this field where his name is internationally    fun watch and Cage is good. It is well written with
      In that same era, most area pro football fans        known. And his New York Giants connection? Russ              a lot of humor that may or may not fit the occasion.
were likely to be New York Giant fans for a simple         has been team physician from 1984 to the present             This gives the movie a not-so-realistic feel.
reason. With only one of the three TV stations             day. When a Giant sustains a serious injury on the           However, If it wasn’t for the humor the movie
available and assigned to N.Y. it was the Giants era       field, the first man to reach the injured player is 65       would be too depressing, scary and too real. Not
of Y.A. Tittle, Andy Robustelli, Sam Huff, and Frank       year old Russ Warren, who epitomizes all that is             academy award class but a better alternative than
Gifford that held the loyalty of Western Mass. Fans.       admirable about sports                                       any reality-show.

                                                                                  A Grandfather’s Musings
                                 POETRY                    By Jim Spencer

                                                                 Her dark eyes stare intently as a purple dinosaur

                                                           dances and sings across the TV screen. Her dark                       Then granddaughter is
                                                           hair falls around her angelic face like an aura. I feel
                  SPRING                                                                                                      off the couch and running.
                                                           my features soften and I smile. This is nature’s reward
             Phyllis M. Blanchet                                                                                             I wonder to myself why did we
                                                           for you not killing your daughter when she was a
    It’s Spring! It’s Spring!
                                                           teenager. There was a time back then when I totally             childproof the house and then let
                                                           understood why some animals eat their young.                     her in anyway. Likewise, if the
    Can you hear the birds sing?
                                                                 Now I find it interesting that my daughter, like
    The trees are all budding,                                                                                             house is childproof why do I have
                                                           most parents, spends enormous amounts of time and
    The grass turning green!                                                                                                    to watch her so closely?
                                                           energy in the first two years of the child’s life teaching
    The lilacs are blooming,
                                                           them to walk and talk. I wonder if she knows she
    Their scent fills the air.
                                                           will then spend the next sixteen years asking her to sit     Then I remember my daughter eating the cat food
    The snow of the winter
                                                           down and please be quiet.                                    and I am up and running myself. I hear myself
    Is no longer there!
                                                                 My granddaughter’s attention drifts away from          screaming “don’t eat that!”
    Go out and enjoy it
                                                           the TV. She talks to me in a language that only her                 Not knowing if she is even eating anything, I
    It just doesn’t last.
                                                           mother and her understand. Grandma may say she               feel more than stupid looking at her as she glances up
    Spring passes so quickly,
                                                           understands but I’m hesitant with that idea.                 at me then to her animal cracker that grandma has
    It goes by so fast.
                                                                 At eighteen months my granddaughter is into            just given her.
    Don’t let it escape you
                                                           mimicking. She loves to make animal sounds. She                    Then she’s gone and the house seems very empty
    Enjoy every minute
                                                           grabs a book, points and roars. I make a sound and           and quiet. Daughter is thankful that we watched her.
    You’ll miss Nature’s bounty
                                                           she tries to replicate it. Then I smile as I remember        You see, I try to be nice to my children. They will
    If your heart isn’t in it!
                                                           my daughter was exceptional at one thing. She                choose my nursing home one day. The dog is happy
                                                           seldom misquoted me. In fact, she usually                    again. There isn’t a little one running behind him yelling
                                                           repeated word for word what I shouldn’t have said.           and giggling.
                                                                 Then granddaughter is off the couch and running.             I am past exhausted and have a headache. I
                                                           I wonder to myself why did we childproof the house           reach for the aspirin bottle and begin laughing
                                                           and then let her in anyway. Likewise, if the house is        hysterically as I read. “TAKE TWO ASPIRIN AND
                                                           childproof why do I have to watch her so closely?            KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN”!
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             NCOA Says ‘Thank You’ for an Excellent 2005
The Northampton Council on Aging relies on many outside businesses, organizations, departments, agencies and individuals in order to offer and
   conduct programs, activities and services for Northampton. Perhaps the NCOA was provided a gift certificate for a door prize or a person
volunteered as a guest speaker; the list is endless as to how they benefited the NCOA. It is this kind of generosity that keeps the NCOA going
and it is truly appreciated. The following is a list of all those who in 2005 contributed in some manner to the NCOA. If we have omitted anyone
                                 in error, please bring it to our attention and we will print it in the next EV issue.

General Cleaners                                Czelusniak Funeral Home                          Ahearn Family
New England Air Museum                          Elks Lodge 997                                   Jennifer Thomas
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
                                                Jeannine Rosen                                   Katy Berube
Chameleons Hair Salon
                                                Barbara Rose-Spierer                             Elaine Finkowski
Eastside Grill
                                                The Ahearn Family                                Helen Elmes
United Bank
                                                Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School      Northampton High School Student Council
                                                Northampton License Commission                   350th Anniversary Committee
Museum of Science
                                                Northampton Board of Health                      Avada Hearing Care Centers
Wachusett Mountain
                                                Andy Kubasik                                     Cedar Chest
Rock Cats Baseball
                                                Boy Scout Troop 109                              Dave Travers & the SVS Agricultural Department
Florence Savings Bank
                                                St. John Cantius Church                          David Lucey, NDPW
City Stage
                                                Fred Korona and Friends Band                     Calvin Coolidge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Brasserie 40-A/Mulino’s Trattoria
                                                Malinowski Pumpkin Farm                          Thomas Futter
Cernak Fuel Corp.
                                                Red Rock Pizza                                   Coopers Corner
The Theater Project at The Majestic Theater
                                                Mike Flynn Barbershop                            Robert Gladden
Showcase & Multiplex Cinemas
                                                Northampton DPW                                  Roger Lobdell
Old Sturbridge Village
                                                Stop & Shop                                      Linda Manor Extended Care Facility
Children’s Museum
                                                Big Y                                            Arleen Murnane & Northampton Registrars of Voters
Northampton Center for the Arts
                                                Rita Bouthilette                                 Chef Seth Mias
Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill
                                                Cassandras                                       Czelusniak Funeral Home
Springfield Symphony Orchestra
                                                Eugene Labrie                                    Debbie Dunphy
National Amusements
                                                Michael Jacobson-Hardy                           Whalen Stationers & Office Furniture Company
Yankee Fleet
                                                Richard Parker                                   Pioneer Valley Ballet
Eric Carle Museum
                                                Florence Congregational Church                   Hamsphire County Sheriff’s Department
New England Aquarium
                                                Salvation Army                                   E.T. Moller
Peoples Bank
                                                Northampton Recreation Department                Anna Gijzen
The Hampshire Hospitality Group
                                                Phil Parasiliti                                  NeedleWorkShop
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
                                                Southampton Canal Lanes                          Elder Vision, Inc Board of Directors
Clark Art Museum
                                                Florence Subway                                  Beverly Barry and Donna Cabanna
Salem Witch Museum
                                                J.F. Kennedy Middle School                       Stephanie Moore of Holyoke Rows
North Hadley Sugar Shack
                                                Jackson Street School                            Rachel Simpson
Easthampton Savings Bank
                                                Look Park and Ray Ellerbrook                     Northampton Housing Authority
Cernak Buick
                                                State Street Fruit Store                         Northampton TRIAD
Eileen Fisher
                                                Pathway School Program                           Nancy Mathers
Shear Extreme- Barbara Panlo
                                                Clarke School for the Deaf                       Florence Savings Bank
Hair Fanatix
                                                Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts    Northampton License Commission
Bed Bath & Beyond
                                                Highland Valley Elder Services                   Northampton Arts Council
Wal Mart Hadley
                                                Executive Office of Elder Affairs                Smith Vocational PTO
Brunelle’s Marina
                                                Kathryn Callahan                                 Rita Bouthilette
Bank of America
                                                Northampton High School                          Linda Manor
Panera Bread
                                                Norinne Tiley
Richards Fuel                                                                                            Many, many thanks
                                                Dan Stratton
American Hairlines                                                                                  for making 2005 a great year
                                                Brian Joyce
Helen & Co. Hair Styling                                                                            for the Northampton Council
                                                Larry West
Steve Burrett                                                                                                 on Aging!
                                                Nick Dines
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    March                                           Treehouse Offers Opportunities for Seniors
   Headlines                                     A wonderful innovative
                                            program that will offer affordable
                                                                                     senior and 12 family apartment
                                                                                     homes that will be affordable to a
                                                                                                                                   relationships that develop at
                                                                                                                                   Treehouse, building grandparent-like
                                            housing and community benefits for       range of seniors and families,                relationships with children and
   Over the                                 seniors is being created in our
                                            backyard.        Treehouse          at
                                                                                     including lower and moderate income
                                                                                                                                   contributing to community life in a
                                                                                                                                   variety of ways. These can include
                                            Easthampton Meadows is an                     Open houses will be held                 helping children with homework and
    Years                                   intergenerational community
                                            designed to embody the saying, “It
                                                                                     beginning in March and provide a
                                                                                     preview of completed senior and
                                                                                                                                   celebrating special occasions,
                                                                                                                                   gardening, teaching skills and simply
                                            takes a village to raise a child.”       family homes to interested                    enjoying each other’s company.
By Janett Clark
                                            Treehouse Easthampton is a major         community members. Open house                      At Treehouse the community
                                            initiative of the Treehouse              dates will be sent to Councils on             center will include a library, patios
March 1, 1900: First suspended mono-
                                            Foundation, a new non-profit             Aging and be advertised in local              and meeting space, and a community
rail opens in Germany.
                                            organization whose mission is to         papers. COA groups will be                    kitchen. There will also be a “Big Red
                                            provide children in the public child     welcome to come and have a tour               Barn” for special educational
March 19, 1900: Minoan/British arche-
                                            welfare system with enduring family      and hear more about living in the             activities and engaging children in the
ologist Arthur Evans discovers Cretan
                                            relationships and supportive             Treehouse community.                          care of small animals, and there is
palace, Knassas.
                                            community connections by                      Treehouse will serve children            plenty of open space available for
                                            implementing innovative programs         adopted from the foster care system           walking and enjoyment around the
March 21, 1900: Daimler Motor Co.
                                            and practices.                           and surround them with a caring and           community.
unveils revolutionary automobile, the
                                                 Thanks to the vision and energy     safe community where everyone can                  Anyone interested in learning
                                            of founder and adoptive parent Judy      thrive.                                       more about housing opportunities at
                                            Cockerton, Treehouse has been able            At Treehouse, seniors will have          Treehouse is invited to call Lori
March 3, 1903: British explorers set
                                            to build partnerships and gain local     opportunities to enjoy community              Kitchen at (413) 527 0836.
Antarctic record, reaching furthest point
                                            support that have enabled the            living that will include activities at the    Presentations about Treehouse can
                                            construction of Treehouse at             community center, and many                    also be scheduled by contacting
                                            Easthampton Meadows on a                 volunteer opportunities that will             Kerry Homstead at (413) 320 7131
March 22, 1904: Jules Verne, author
                                            beautiful 46 acre site, with a view of   benefit children and families, and            and additional information about
of “Around the World in 80 Days,” dies.
                                            Mount Tom. Currently under               promote community vitality.                   Treehouse is available on the Web
                                            construction, Treehouse is now                Seniors will be a central part of        site,                                at
March 1, 1912: Suffragettes smash
                                            welcoming applicants for the 48          the special extended family                   www.treehousecommunities.org
store windows in London.

March 17, 1914: Winston Churchill TIDBITS from the Director Continued from Page 2
urges Britain to build more warships.
                                                                                                                                  Lobdell has held exhibits of his work
March 11, 1915: British blockade of the Pot O’ Luck Luncheon being held                                                           and has his framed prints and
                                                                                              Roger Lobdell of Florence
Germany.                                                                                                                          notecards for sale, which benefit a
                                         on March 17. Make a reservation             has graciously donated a beautiful
                                                                                                                                  very great cause. All proceeds
                                         early by calling the NCOA as there          framed photograph entitled
March 4-14, 1917: Revolution in Rus- is limited seating (think how many we                                                        support the Joanne Lobdell
                                                                                     “Hydrangea-New Beginnings” to the
sia.                                                                                                                              Memorial Fund which was
                                         can have when we have a senior              NCOA.
                                                                                                                                  established July 2000 to encourage
                                         center!).                                        The hydrangea photograph,
March 3, 1918: Russia withdraws from                                                                                              and assist people in need and to
                                                                                     which sits proudly in the reception
World War I.                                                                                                                      remember a woman who made a
                                                   And as requested we will          area at the NCOA, is one of several
                                                                                                                                  difference through her love for life
                                         once again be baking Irish Soda             that are in his collection of flower
March 18, 1922: Mahatma Gandhi Bread beforehand for the event                                                                     and acts of caring. Joanne served
jailed for six years for civil disobedi- which will be served at the luncheon                                                     as the Northampton City Collector
                                                                                          Roger has been photographing
ence.                                                                                                                             for many years and her enthusiasm
                                         and some loaves will be also available      for quite some time and we
                                                                                                                                  and never ending smile was always
                                         for sale (all made by loving Irish hands    appreciate his generosity. Mr.
March 3, 1923: Time magazine’s first and hearts).                                                                                 evident.
issue published by Henry Booth Luce.

March 9, 1923: Lenin suffers stroke.

March 21, 1927: Chinese nationalist
troops march into Shanghai.
                                                COA Offers Wide Range of Services for Seniors
                                                •    Eligibility screening for benefits and programs (Ex. Mass Health, Food Stamps,
March 13, 1930: Lowell Observatory                   Medicare Part B premium subsidy, Fuel Assistance)
announces discovery of new planet,              •    Needs assessment and referral to outside services or resources
Pluto.                                          •    Assistance with application for services such as: fuel assistance; food stamps; housing; Mass Health;
                                                     supplemental health insurance; prescription drugs; transportation
March 2, 1932: Charles Lindbergh’s              •    SHINE counseling on health care benefits, medical billing concerns, Medicare and Social Security
baby kidnapped.                                 •    Information on public and subsidized housing, assisted living and retirement communities
                                                •    Ssupportive counseling and serving as an advocate on behalf of all seniors and as a liaison with outside
March 28, 1933: Germans ordered to                   agencies
boycott Jewish businesses.                      •    Workshops and presentations on varying subjects including: health, financial issues, education, and nutrition
                                                •    Location list of area congregate meal sites
March 22, 1935: First high definition           •    Home-delivered meals program available to homebound seniors
TV in world seen in Germany.                    •    Brown Bag program
                                                •    Home visits provided to seniors unable to visit the COA
March 1, 1956: African-Americans                •    Weekly activities such as the walking club, card playing and osteoporosis exercise group, coffee and
demonstrate against segregation in                   conversation day, Needle Work Shop and so much more!
Deep South; Martin Luther King leads            •    Organized trips and events
bus boycott.                                    •    A supportive environment for all seniors
                                               Stop by the NCOA and pick up a brochure that lists services available or link to our Web site from
March 21, 1959: Hawaii becomes 50th            www.northamptonseniors.com
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 Becoming Gray                                             Get the Facts Straight on War
 Along the Way                              By Paul Craig                            until      the    threat       became
                                                                                     imminent.Partisans deny it, but there
                                                                                                                                        President Bush brought forward
                                                                                                                                  the entire Clinton intelligence structure,
 By Susan Adelson                                 When the Americans invaded were meetings between Saddam’s Iraq                  conclusions and methodologies.
       There was a time when my hair        Guadalcanal in World War II, no one and bin Laden’s al Qaeda as early as                    But whereas Clinton was reluc-
 was black and waist-,ength. I was          blamed President Roosevelt for cre- 1996. Because the Iraqi War adheres to            tant to act militarily, Bush was deci-
 in my 30s, had already experienced         ating the chaos. When Japan contin- requirements of the United Nations char-          sive, especially after Sept. 11. In fact,
 more than my share of life’s pitfalls,     ued to reinforce Guadalcanal, no one ter is mere political peevishness to claim       Condoleeza Rice from the beginning
 and I was in the mood for a change.        blamed Roosevelt for creating a cri- it is illegal.                                   tried to improve on the groundwork
 I wanted a quick fix. Where better         sis. when the USS Northampton was            To deny Saddam’s role in world-          laid by Clinton.
 to start, I thought, than my hair?         sunk (Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 1942) off wide terrorism ignores fact. We know                        But there was no intelligence tem-
       I traveled 40 miles from home        Guadalcanal and JFK lost his PT-109 he supported, encouarged, and paid Pal-           plate that could identify flying passen-
 to get a perm. I figured I’d make it       (Aug. 1-2, 1943) further up the estinian terrorists to kill Israelis. We              ger planes into buildings. And just as
 a vacation of sorts. The stylist took      Solomon Islands chain, no one blamed know terrorists trained in Iraq. We know         at Pearl Harbor before Dec. 7, 1941,
 one look at me and said, “You don’t        President Roosevelt.                     President Clinton establishd an active       there was no specific intelligence that
 need a perm; you have a beautiful                Too much of the comment on the intelligence system to monitor Iraq and          identified an attack date or attack tar-
 wave in your hair!” What then? I           Iraqi War is malicious partisan clap- hopefully catch bin Laden. We know              gets before Sept. 11.
 spied some ladies with tin foil on         trap. Critics say Bush lied. About what? Clinton (and Kerry and many other                  In the debate over the Iraqi War
 their heads and asked what that was        Weapons of mass destruction? Some Democrats) warned against the terrorist             there is no historical sense of prece-
 all about. I had never seen heads          have been found -- just not enough to threat from Iraq -- just not how far it         dent events or learning any lessons
 that looked like Christmas trees           satisfy the anti-Bush cabal. Bush never reached into the United States. We know       from history; worse, there is minimal
 before. I was told they were getting       said the Iraqi threat was imminent; he they wanted to overthrow Saddam as             attempt -- compounded by media lies
 their hair highlighted. Could I do         did say America cannot afford to wait well as catch or kill bin Laden.                -- to get current facts correct.
 that, I wanted to know?
       Thus started my long journey
 into the world of hair color. That day
 I went home with blonde streaks.
 Another time, red. Sometimes I tried          FOODIES Program Brings Cooking to New Heights at NCOA
 combinations, having three colors               Jennifer Higgins, NCOA Social Worker, has organized a new program, FOODIES, that meets once a week. The
 going at once. Never again did my          program features chefs from various local restaurants who demonstrate and discuss healthy meals and menus. To date, we
 hair return to its shimmering deep         have had Paul and Elizabeth’s and the Smith Vocational School (SVS) Culinary Arts provide new experiences to our
 black.                                     enthusiastic participants. The chicken soup recipe below was provided by William Laterz, SVS Culinary Arts Faculty at
       Fast forward 20-plus years. I        his cooking class on February 8.
 felt it was time to return to my roots,
 so to speak. However, my roots
                                                      Chicken Soup                          bone right out of the meat                7. Add the raw rice and simmer
 were now gray. I made the decision                  from William LaTerz                    when the chickens is done).                  until the rice is cooked, about
 to let the gray grow, to be natural                                                     4. Remove the meat from the                     12 minutes.
 once again. I felt comfortable with        2 to 3 quarts cold water                        bones and put the bones back              8. Check your chicken meat
 this, almost excited. Some of my           1 whole chicken 2½ to 3 lbs                     into the liquid you cooked the               one more time for bones and
 contemporaries clearly did not un-         1 large onion                                   chicken in. Cook the bones                   then add the chicken meat to
 derstand. Some even tried to change        1 large carrot                                  for another hour. This step is               the soup.
 my mind.                                   2 stalks celery                                 very important for two                    9. Bring your soup to a boil and
       At first I was discouraged, as I     1 cup rice (uncooked)                           reasons: There is still plenty of            it is ready to serve.
 learned that becoming gray was not         Flavorings:                                     flavor left in the bones and there
 an overnight process. No quick fix            Pepper (white or black)                      will be some nutrients still in the
 here. So I patiently let the gray grow        Chives                                       bones.
 in, ever so slowly. I looked like a           Poultry seasoning                         5. Skim the bones out of the liquid         pleasant street video
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 enough gray to cut the colored hair           Leaf thyme                                   until the vegetables are almost
 away. Voila! I looked like my                 Bay leaf                                     fully cooked.
 mother.                                         1. Simmer one whole chicken in
       I felt wonderful; free, confident,            2 or 3 quarts of cold water. It
 and even thrifty. The part about                    is best to rinse off the chicken
 looking like my mother was good                     in cold water and then place it
 too. She had been deceased for 20                   in your soup pot, cover it with
 years, and anything that helped me                  the cold water and put the pot
 feel more connected to her ws wel-                  on the stove and put the heat
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 come.                                               on high (about an hour and 30
       My hair is now salt and pepper                                                                                TO THE STAFF OF
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                                                     simmering, cut your onions,                                HAMPSHIRE CARE
 front. It is short and tangles are a                                                         FOR HAVING ACHIEVED HAMPSHIRE COUNTY’S
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 the fact that life has its ups and
 downs, that changes need not be                     cut the vegetables small                                          ON BOTH THE

 immediate, and that I don’t need tin                enough to fit on your soup                     NURSING HOME REPORT CARD
 foil to be happy.                                   spoon. Set the vegetables                                            AND THE
                                                     aside for now.                        NURSING HOME SATISFACTION PROGRAM
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                                                     cooked (you can pull the leg
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                                                                                        “EXCELLENT CARE REQUIRES AN EXCELLENT STAFF”
at the NCOA.
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                                   Christmas My Way, 2005
    A Gift for
   the Holidays
           The NCOA thanks
Norinne Tiley (pictured at far
   right on this page) and all
the performers in Christmas
  My Way for the wonderful
music and fine entertainment
        they provided in early
          It was two glorious
      nights that we could all
enjoy! This was the second                             All photographs taken and generously
        time that Norinne and                                provided by Dennis Lee.
     performers Brian Joyce,
      Helen Elmes Skiathitis,
     Jennifer Thomas, Daniel
  Stratton, Elaine Finkowski,
   Larry West, Katy Berube,
     Nick and Dines put on a
 performance for the benefit
    raising funds for the new
      senior center. How we
   appreciated the music and
 their generosity of time and
       Thanks to Dennis Lee
            for all the photos!

                                   ESTATE PLANNING
                                               ♦   Taxable & Non-Taxable Estate Plans

                                               ♦   Estate Administration

                                               ♦   Probate Court Avoidance
                                               ♦   Wills & Trusts
                                               ♦   Elder Law

                                               ♦   Medicaid Issues
                                               ♦   Nursing Home Issues

                                               ♦   Health Care Proxies
                          Law Offices of       ♦   Powers of Attorney
                 Walter E. Bak                 ♦   Elder Homestead Protection
                 7 Conz St., Northampton           ($500,000)
          Ample Parking ♦ First-Floor Office              Free Initial Consultation
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              Christmas My Way, 2005

                         Photos by
                        Dennis Lee.
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  ElderVision is grateful to Attorney MICHAEL HOOKER for his                                                                                For more information about any of
  advertising support and for providing his professional advice to our                                                                      the volunteer opportunities listed
  readers.                                                                                                                                  below,         contact        Patte
                                                                                                                                            Shaughnessy, NCOA Director, at
     New Law Restricts Elders’                                                                                                              587-1231. Volunteers are inter-
                                                                                                                                            viewed, fill out a volunteer job ap-
                                                                                                                                            plication, and have a CORI check
      Ability to Protect Assets                                                                                                             done. Join the NCOA team -- good
                                                                                                                                            for you, good for us, and good for
        As part of the Deficit Reduction Act     annuities must name the Commonwealth                                                       those we serve.!
  passed by Congress, and signed by              of Massachusetts as the residual
  President Bush in early February, elders       beneficiary. The children most likely will
  will have a tougher time trying to protect
  their assets should they need nursing
                                                 not get the remaining funds.
                                                       Most of my clients have houses
                                                                                                          Volunteer Opportunities
  home placement. Of course, not all elders      whose value is between $100,000 and                                  Have Some Time to Spare?
  end up long term in a nursing home. There      $325,000. I don’t have many clients with
  is however, a significant portion of the       houses valued at more than $500,000.             Volunteers needed to coordinate the NCOA’s Brown Bag Program. Duties
  population that do. Does Medicare pay          The new law, however, says that an elder         include greeting participants and assisting with food distribution. Call Jennifer
  for such stays? No. Long-term stays mean       cannot get Medicaid if there is more than        today (587-1228) while the position is available!
  you must use some or all of your life          $500,000 equity in the house. The old            Seeking a person(s) who can assist the NCOA with their computers, software
  savings to pay for your care.                  law said you can always keep the house           and ongoing questions and needs. Tasks could include assisting with installing
        There exist a host of ways to avoid      (though the state might place a lien). The       software, hooking up computers/printers and being involved with various computer
  this. One of the primary strategies I use in   new law says you won’t even get on               concerns that may arise from staff and the computer lab. Position would be
  asset protection is transferring assets from   Medicaid if your house has more than             ongoing and on an asneeded basis.Call 587-1228.
  the elder (for example to one or more          $500,000 in equity.
  child or in rare events, to a trust).                Although the new federal law exists        The NCOA is seeking a person or persons to assist with data entry on a variety
  Historically, such transfers have yielded a    it may take months or maybe even a year          of projects. We can work with your schedule. Call 587-1228.
  maximum of three years of Medicaid             or more before the Commonwealth
  ineligibility. This involves the so-called     promulgates regulations to reflect the new       Shopping escorts are always needed to assist seniors with their grocery shop-
  three-year look-back period during             laws/restrictions.                               ping in the stores, or to shop for the senior with his/her grocery list. The NCOA
  which the government can scrutinize your             What should you do in light of these       van provides transportation to seniors and escorts for the Escort Shopping Pro-
  financial history of gifts/transfers.          new developments? Should you still               gram either Tuesday or Wednesday, morning or afternoon. Or if you prefer to
        The new law now makes the look-          transfer assets? If so, should they be to a      use your vehicle, we can arrange for you and a senior to grocery shop.
  back period five years. Equally, if not        trust? What about transferring the house
  more importantly, the law now says that        to the children and retaining a life estate?     Be trained as an Osteoporosis Instructor or assistant. . Teach participants in
  the “clock” does not start “ticking” on        Is that still a good idea?                       this weekly low-impact exercise class.
  any transfer until the elder is actually in          What if your relative ends up in a
  a nursing home. This last piece is             nursing home before the new regulations?         NCOA seeks individuals who would like to work as substitute van drivers at
  potentially quite devastating to the elder     What then?                                       an hourly rate or as volunteers. No special driver’s license necessary.
  who transfers assets and twoyears later              These questions are far too complex
  needs a nursing home.                          to answer in this column. My advise to           Neighborhood Lunch Leader. The NCOA is looking for an individual inter-
        Now he or she is ineligible for two      you is to find an elder law attorney who         ested in setting up a lunch group each month for seniors who don’t have much
  years. Who will pay for the care if the        concentrates in this area. The rules are         opportunity to get out and socialize. The leader, who works with the Social
  recipient of the elder’s funds (i.e., his      simply too esoteric for the general              Worker, will choose the lunch site and arrange the van pickup each month, as
  or her son) has spent them?                    practitioner to keep abreast of. I have          well as host the lunch.
                                                 seen far too many cases where the general
        The other primary strategy I have        practitioner’s armchair knowledge of this        Only have time to volunteer once in a while? We could use your help at special
  employed is the purchase of single             area has yielded disastrous results for the      events and programs, as well as at many fundraising events. For example, help
  premium irrevocable annuities tied to the      client.                                          at the Holiday Craft Fair, the Holiday Dinner., the annual Tag Sale, or parties.
  life expectancy of the annuitant. Under              Many of these lawyers won’t admit          There are always a variety of tasks that require limited amounts of volunteer
  this strategy, I have been able to protect     that they don’t concentrate in this area         time, and boy, can we always use those extra sets of hands!
  assets by converting them to income and        and yet they will still try to retain you as a
  then naming the children as residual           client because they don’t want to lose your      Transportation: We are seeking volunteers to use their personal vehicles to
  beneficiaries should the elder die while       business. Be smart, shop around for              drive seniors to medical appointments. Mileage is reimbursed at 30 cents per
  there are still annuity payments remaining.    someone who knows what they’re talking           mile. We will work with your availability.
  The new law now says however, that such        about.
                                                                                                  Substitute receptionists are always needed for the front desk. Shifts are typi-
                                                                                                  cally 9am to 12:30pm, or 12:30pm to 4pm. Responsiblities include answering
                                                                                                  the telephones, assisting the general public, clerical duties and other assorted
                                 ATTORNEY MICHAEL HOOKER                                          tasks. Training is provided. We have shifts available.
                                   ELDER LAW SPECIALISTS
                                                                                                  Are you handy doing small repairs or maintenance? Volunteers are needed to
                                                                                                  help seniors with small projects around their homes. Maybe it’s fixing a leaky
                                       NURSING HOMES,                                             faucet, putting in or taking out an air conditioner, painting the front door, or just
                                  MEDICAID & ESTATE PLANNING,                                     helping with a small task. Your skills and energy can be put to good use!
                                      ASSET PROTECTION
                                                                                                  Crafters, knitters and crocheters wanted! The NCOA needs people to
                                 Through careful planning we help elders                          make an assortment of hand-crafted items for the NCOA gift shop.
                                 protect their life savings/home for their                        We can supply the yarn. Call Diana at 587-1228.
                                 children/loved ones while still making
                                 them eligible for Medicaid.
Attorney Michael Hooker
25 Main St., Suite 442             Member: Nat’l Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Northampton MA 01060

Telephone: 413-582-0200
Fax: 413-582-9006
Email: mike@elderlawservice.com
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HOME REPAIR PROGRAMS                                                                              Tips for Saving Energy
        BILL LaBOMBARD & JULIE LAIRD                                                                Avoid running water continuously while doing dishes, washing up,
                                                                                           brushing teeth or shaving.
                      Julie administers grant and                                                   Keep your freezer tightly packed, adding bags of ice as needed to fill
                      loan programs. Bill does in-                                         space.
                                                                                                    Don’t peek in your oven as you cook. A significant amount of heat
                      spections, arranges jobs and
                                                                                           escapes every time the door is opened.
                      does minor home repairs                                                       Keep fireplace dampers closed whenever your fireplace is not in use.
                      ($18 for the first hour and $9                                                Make sure your appliances and heating and cooling systems are
                      for every additional half hour,                                      properly maintained.
                      as of Nov. 1. Call 587-1230.                                                  Lower your thermostat in winter and raise it in summer.
                                                                                                    Use kitchen and bathroom ventilating fans only when they’re needed.

               Duct Sealing: Safety,                                                                During the heating season, keep draperies and shades on south-facing
                                                                                           windows open during the day and closed at night. During the cooling season,
                                                                                           keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar heat gain.
               Health and Comfort
     The Massachusetts State Energy
                                                                                                    Lower the thermostat when using your fireplace.
                                                                                                    Repair leaky faucets.
                                            supply ducts located in the attic,
                                                                                                    Take showers instead of baths.
Code requires duct sealing of forced        basement or crawlspace wastes
                                                                                                    Set the water heater thermostat at 120°F.
hot air systems in all new construction     energy and creates a pressure
                                                                                                    Plant deciduous trees that lose their leaves on the south and west sides
projects. But there are good reasons        imbalance. There is not enough air
                                                                                           of the house to provide shade in the summer and sun in winter. Plant
why every furnace new or old should         to return to the furnace ( a lot leaked
                                                                                           evergreens on the north and west to deflect wind in winter.
have its ducts sealed.                      out in the attic, basement etc…) so
                                                                                                    Check if your water heater has an insulating blanket.
     Leaky ductwork can cause               through the return ducts.
                                                                                                    Make your waterbed every day. The bed coverings act like insulation.
health, safety and comfort problems              The return system of the heating
                                                                                                    Use the air dry setting on your dishwasher.
in a home. In a properly designed           system starves when air is to the
                                                                                                    Regularly clean/r replace furnace, air conditioner and heat pump filters.
and sealed duct system the same             unheated areas of your home. The
                                                                                                    Caulk very leaky windows.
volume of air is returned to the furnace    furnace needs the same volume of air
                                                                                                    Insulate hot water pipes and ducts where they run through unheated
as is delivered through the supply          to come back via the return system
registers. It is supposed to be a           as has blown out through the supply
                                                                                                    Seal up the largest air leaks in your house – the ones that whistle on
closed, pressure balanced loop. But         system and it is going to pull that air
                                                                                           windy days, or feel drafty. Check around windows, doors, utility cut-throughs
gaps and openings where the sheet           from where ever it can.
                                                                                           for pipes (plumbing penetrations), and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and
metal duct sections join together and       Air Distribution Systems
along the seams allow air leakage in             A typical forced-air distribution
                                                                                                    Replace appliances, heating, air conditioning, and water heating
and out of the duct system. Duct            system delivers air from the furnace,
                                                                                           equipment before they stop working.
leakage can increase your fuel bills by     air conditioner, or heat pump to a
                                                                                                    Enable your computer’s power management feature.
as much as 30% as well as adversely         home’s living space, then back to the
                                                                                                    Turn off your computer at night, on weekends, and when left unused
affect your health and comfort.             equipment to be heated or cooled
                                                                                           for an extended period.
     Air leaks in the supply or return      again. The system is designed to be
                                                                                                    When operating efficiently, a gas flame should be blue. If your gas
duct system increase your heating           a closed, pressure-balanced loop,
                                                                                           flame is yellow, it is not operating efficiently. Have the appliance serviced by a
costs, make your home feel drafty and       with the same amount of air entering
                                                                                           licensed contractor.
is potentially dangerous. If the duct       and leaving the conditioned zones (or
                                                                                                    Set your freezer at 5° and your refrigerator at 37-40°.
system is losing more air to unheated       thermal envelope) through a network
spaces than it can return it is no longer   of ducts. When the equipment’s air
a closed loop. The resulting pressure       handler is turned on, a fan forces air
imbalance causes the furnace to draw        at high pressure into supply ducts that
in needed air from places you would         deliver the air to rooms in the house                                                           ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
prefer not to: cold air from outside        through supply registers. The
(that’s why your house is drafty and        conditioned air, ideally at neutral
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from the basement where chemicals           through return grilles, where negative
                                                     ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○           Small or large repairs: boilers, fur-
and other air borne hazards are found;      pressure from the fan’s intake pulls           naces, water heaters, plumbing fixtures
or air from the exhaust flues of the                                                       & piping. 30 years of service. Senior
                                            the air through return ducts back to
                                                                                           citizen discount. Free estimates &
water heater, fireplace or the furnace      the air handler. If there are leaks in
                                                                                           consulations. License #9452.
itself. Exhaust gas produced from           the supply or return ducts, this               Call 586-1150.
burning natural gas or oil contains         balance is disrupted, and zones will
carbon monoxide, not something that         become            pressurized            or
                                                                                                          Blanchard and Daly
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and circulated throughout the living        the leaks are.                                              Residential, commercial, &              Florence 584-5266
space of a home.                                  But the furnace still needs to pull in               industrial work. Residential             Member FDIC/Member SIF
     Sealing the joints and seams           the same volume of air it is delivering.                  service upgrades and repair.              www.northamptoncoop.com
where the sheet metal ducts come            The furnace is struggling to breathe at this
                                                       ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○                         Call (413) 527-1234
together is not difficult or expensive.     point and it is going to pull in air where
There are two products made                 ever it can- from outside the home, and
specifically for sealing ducts and duct     from the basement and attic areas. This
tape isn’t one of them. Duct tape,          increases heating costs and makes your
though it has many, many other uses,        home drafty !
has just one flaw – it fails to                  Leaky supply ducts cost you
permanently seal ductwork for               money and compromise your comfort
heating and cooling systems. You can        but they can also be affecting your
buy Foil Grip, a foil faced tape or a       health. The makeup air the furnace
liquid water based duct sealant called      requires also pulls in airborne hazards
Mastic. Both are available from             through the return ducts from the
Energy Federation Incorporated,             basement (dust, chemicals and
www.efi.org or The Center for               pesticides); radon from the soil and                92 Main St.                                         We can help you
Ecological Technology in                    can cause furnaces, water heaters                  Florence, MA                                         with all your real
Northampton.                                and fireplaces to backdraft exhaust                  586-8355                                            estate needs!
     Heated air lost through unsealed       gases (carbon monoxide).
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                                         DONORS DIRECTORY
Editor’s note: The donor’s directory has grown so big that we need even more space to include all the names! Thank you so much for your
generosity and support!
Anonymous                    John Bowe                          Donna Cotton                      Esther Farrell                 Marion Holman
Joann W. Aalfs               Richard & Joan F. Bowler           Ernest & Marci Couchon           Joan Fenton                     Mary Horrigan
Safiya Abdullah              Jane Boyd                          Bert Cowan                       Richard & Priscilla Finck       Dolores & George Jr. Houck
Donald Abel                  Wally & Alice Boyer                Gerry & Shirley Cox              Barbara & Larry Fink            Kimball & Ann Howes
Ron Ackerman & Cleo Gorman   Roy & Dorothy Boyington            Dave & Eleanor Cramer            Joan Finn                       Irene Hoynoski
Donna & Albert Adams         Catherine Boyle                    Vera R. Crane                    Stanley E. & Louise Finn, Jr.   Bill & Joanne Humphrey
Meredith Adams               Helen Boynton                      Helena J. Crane                  Maryann & Daniel Finnessey      Helen Huntington
Thomas & Ann Adams           Elaine Bracci                      Laura Cranshaw                   Dorcas & Warren Fisher          Natalie Hurley
Edwin C. Addis               Frank Bradley                      Richard & Barbara Cranson        Victoria Fisher                 Dot Hurley
Edward & Elizabeth Adkins    Alice & Erwin Brady                Arnold Crayton                   Beatrice V. Fitts               Joe and Mary Jarzembowski
Jeanette H. Ahearn           Arthur & Lottie Braley             John Cristofoli                  Alice F. Fitzgerald             Mitchell & Helen Jasinski
Michael & Patricia Ahearn    Chuck & Bonnie Branch              Jean & Bruno Crolle              Mary & Hubert Flesher           Terry Jasinski
Nellie Ahearn                Caroline Brandt                    Beverly Cronin                   Louise B. Flynn                 Stanley & Estelle Jaskolka
Haruko Akamatsu              Jean Braswell                      Jane & Russell Cross             Rita Fogel                      Louise & Bob Jeffway
Bernice Alberts              Marie & Dave Bredin                Bernice Crowther                 John & Kathleen Foley           Rita Johnson
Edward Albonesi              Spence & Pat Bridgman              Lucille Crowther                 Anita Foley                     Dorothy H. Johnson
Leonard & Bernice Aldrich    Joyce & Les Brigham                Esther G. Crystal                Robert T. Foote                 Joan Johnson
Sara K. Allen                Thelma Brinson                     Lionel & Jane Cullen             Elizabeth Foran                 Frandy Johnson & Lucy Hartry
Kitty Allman                 James & Elizabeth Brooks           Donald & Mary Ann Cummings       Lillian Forguites               Robert Jones
Beverly R. Andrews           Wayne & Eleanor Brown              Fran Curran                      Robert & Phyllis Forsander      Vera B. Jones
Dorothy Andros               Fred & Joan Brown,Jr.              Maria Cushman                    Robert & Mary Forsyth           Alice & Bob Joyce
Blanche P. Angel             Peck & Patti Buckley               John & Frances Cysz              Norman & Joanne Fortier         Wilva Joyce
Stasia Anisowicz             Esther Budgar                      Ed & Irene Czerapowicz           Mary E. Fortier                 Blanche A. Kaczenski
Adele & Edward Antosz        Janet Buratti                      Joseph Czeropowicz               John Fortier                    Esther M. Kane
Edwin & Helen Anusiewicz     Elizabeth Burke                    Barbara & Don Dadmun             Faith Foss & E.M. Beekman       Helen Kagan
Michael & Patricia Ahearn    Leroy Button                       Helen M. Daley                   Carolyn & Raymond Fournier      Wolfgang & Christel Kaufman
Celia (Dutchie) August       Eleanor Button                     Anne T. Dalton                   Leslie & Janet Fraidstern       Robert & Christine Kearney
Mary S. Baceski              Albert & Mary Cadette              Diana Damon                      Doris & Larry Friedman          Patricia Keating
Olga M. Bachinsky            Anthony F. Cadette                 Betty Danahey                    Yvonne Freccero                 Gay Kendrew
Esther and Ralph Bailey      Mr. & Mrs Robert Cahillane         Mary Daniels                     Margaret Frenier                William Kenefick
Celia Bak                    James & Maureen Cahillane          Doris S. Davis                   Eleanor Frenier                 George W. Keefe
Shirley Bak                  Mary H. Caldwell                   Les & Leona Day                  Bill & Jean Friedrich           Brigitte L. Kenney
Walter Bak                   Bruce Callahan                     Martha de B. Beaver              Anna D. Frink                   Thomas H. Kenney
Eileen Baker                 Joan & William Callahan            Dorothy Dean                     Howard Frost                    Anne F. Keppler
Richard & Beverly Balise     Arlene Cantwell                    Victoria Dec                     Arthur P. Fugere                Laverne Kerr
Anna Banas                   Beatrice Cardwell                  Robert DeCarolis                 Marilyn Gage                    Joseph Kielec
Alice & Don Barr             Helen Carey                        Piotr & Ineke Ter Meulen         Marion Gagnon                   George & Ann Kimball
George T. Barrett            Fran & Sheila Carey                Decowski                         Sylvia Gale                     John F. Kingsley, Jr.
George & Ruth Barrett        Charlie Carr                       Anne & Gene DeFilippo Sr.        Marjorie Galenski               Helen H. Kinner
Richard & Barbara Barrett    Gladys Carrier                     June & Jack Delaney              Bertha & Felix Galusza          Eileen Kirby
Eleanor L. Bart              Lillian Carver                     Lois Delisle                     John & Mary Galvin              Murray & Jean Kiteley
Bob & Jackie Bartlett        Morris & Jean Cave                 Annette C. DeRosier              Betty Gartland                  Jennie Klepacki in memory of
Bette J. Barto               Edith Celatka                      Arthur ‘ Desantis                John & Gail Gaustad             John
Edith Barwikoski             Joyce B. Chandler                  John & Elizabeth Detmold         Patricia Geis                   Florence & Lewis Kmetz
Lisa Baskin                  John & Alma Charlebois             Henry & Betty Lou DeTurck        Bruce & Marge Gibbs             Barbara & Fred Knittle
Shirley Baum                 Ellen & Larry Chase                Pauline Devlin                   Midge & Jupe Gleason            Jenny Kocot
Judith & Russell Baxa        Mary Chetham                       Janet & Joseph Dibrindisi        F. S. Golash                    Hilde & Harold Koebke
Dorothy Baye                 Schlomit Cheyette                  Michael & Elizabeth Dibrindisi   Julia Gomez                     Judy & Manny Kolemba
Sophie Bazan                 Russell W. Christenson             Wilfred & Claire Diemand         Donald & Jeanette Gougeon       Stanley C. Kolodziej
Janet H. Beal                Phil Chu                           Sarah C. Doering                 Morris Gould                    Peg & Chet Konieczny
Florence Beattie             Betty Ciaschini                    Thomas & Kathleen Diemand        Leo & Jane Goyette              Mike & Rose Korowski
Carolyne Beaty-Hughes        Mary Cichy                         Priscilla Dolloff                Doris Grala                     Edith Korza
Felice Beaver                Anita Clapp                        Loretta & Frank Dombrowski       Linda Graves                    Elaine Kostek
Agnes M. Belmore             Gordon & Janett Clark              James & Nancy Dostal             Mary & Stephen Grden            Charles & Joyce Kott
Robert Benoit                Richard W.& Jeanette Clark         Florence Dostal                  Larry Greene                    David Kotz
Mary E. Benoit               Sophia B. Clark                    Bernard Dostal                   Nicholas & Cynthia Grimaldi     Mitch & Kay Kowalski
Irene M. Berger              Paul Claydon                       William & Janet Douyard          Patricia Ann Grimes             Hank & Lorraine Kowalski
Frank & Viola Bertrand       Joe T. & Helen H. Clayton          Ed & Shirley Doyle               Marion & Ed Gross               Theodore & Chester Kowalski
Pauline & Charles Berube     Janet Cleary                       Richard & Mary Anne Dragon       Walter & Sophie Grygorcewicz    Joe & Mary Kozash
Charles & Jane Bibeau        Charles & Ellen Clogston           Franklin & Elaine Dressel        John & Josie Guiel              Josephine Kozash
Gil & Evelyn Bilings         Alvin & Shirley Cohen              Howard Drew                      Anne Beach Gustafson            Mitch & Kathie Kraft
Doris M. Bilzy               Arthur Colepaugh                   Ruth Drury                       Alexander J. Gutowski           Bertha M Krawczyk
Helen Bishop                 Frances Colgan                     Helen Dryzgula                   Florence & Walter Haas          Paul & Shirley Krawczynski
Joseph & Gloria Blair        Tess Collins                       Dave Ducharme                    Ed & Barbara Hagelstein         Frances V. Krumpholz
Lorna Blake                  Mary Margaret Colman               Ted & Mildred Dube               Norma Hall                      Rodney Kunath
Helen B. Blanchard           Marian Galbraith Conant            Paul & Eleonore Duclos           Ronald & Nancy Hall             Martin Kundl
Phyllis M. Blanchet          Robert J. Connelly                 Virginia Duda                    Faye & Edward Harris            Ed & Roberta Kurz
Patricia Blinn               James & Therese Connor             Phyllis & William Duffus         Jean Harris                     Irene Kuzontkoski
Eva & Robert Blondin         Norma & Francis Connor             Bill & Sally Duffy, Sr.          Eleanor & Edward Harvey         Roslyn L’Huillier
Elaine G. Boettcher          Lillian Conroy                     Ellen & Eugene Dugal             Bruce & Ruth Hawkins            Peter & Barbara Laband
David A. Bolling             Laura D. Contuzzi                  Ed & Betty Duggan                Martha Hayes                    Dorothy Labato
Florence Bond                Gloria M. Conz                     Theresa Dunn                     Katharine T. Hazen              Michael & Viola Labozzetta
Mary Bontempi                Felixa & Thomas Coogan             Helen & Donald Dupes             Kenneth Hellman                 Hazel LaBroad
Robert & Ann Borawski        Joe & Jean Cook                    Jack & Mary Dunphy               M. Jay Hendricks                Marcel LaChapelle
Felix Borawski               Charles & Beverly Cooke            Mary A. Durkee                   Shirley & Ed Hennessy           Jim & Peg Laflamme
Joan Borgos                  William & Margo Cooley             Edna Dwyer                       Alice V. Herlihy                Dugald & Janet LaFleur
Lottie Borowski              Evelyn R. Cooper                   Grace B. Dzierzanowski           Douglas Herring                 Jessica & Daryl LaFleur
Alfred & Barbara Boski
Walter & Joyce Boucher
                             Paul & Mildred Corash
                             Rita Corbett
                                                                    WE DELIVER
                                                                Vivian Eastman
                                                                Herman Edelberg
                                                                                                 Lorraine & Wally Herzig
                                                                                                 Marjorie Hess
                                                                                                                                 Edward & Darleen Lafond
                                                                                                                                 Jeanne C. Lamica
Donald & Constance Boucher   Fred Corbett                            584-2633
                                                                Barbara Edwards                  Robert W. & Phyllis E Hewey     Rene & Ann Lamontagne
Helen M. Bourque             Cornelia & G. Marten Cornelissen   Dorothy & Stanley Elkins         Hafdis Hildigunnarsson          Irene Lamson
John & Rita Bouthilette      Phillip & Mary Costello            Bill & Marie Emerson             Lorraine Himmelman              Rabbi & Mrs Yechial Lander
Phyllis Bouthilette          John E. Cotton                     John Endicott Emerson            Claudia Hodges                  Paul & Bernice Langlais
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                                             DONORS DIRECTORY
Cynthia A. Langley             Teddy Milne                      William & Margaret Pease       Helen Fobes Seyfert               Andree Uhlig
Rose & Armand Lapalme          Donald W. & Barbara B. Miner     Kathryn Pekala Service         Ann & Ed Shanahan                 Harley & Jean Unger
Joan Larkin                    Felix & Marjorie Mizula          Bob & Barbara Pekar            Patricia A. Shaughnessy           Don & June Upham
Irene LaRose                   John & Nannette Modestow         Helen L. Pelissier             Josephine Shaw                    Eunice Ustaitis
Mary & Rudy Lastowski          Mr & Mrs Owen G. Mohan           Grace Pelland (mem Art)        Marion Shea                       Jerry & Nancy Vanasse
Miriam Leader                  Helene Mokrzecki                 Joseph & Geraldine Perez       Doris & Francis Sheehan           Mary Vazquez
Bernice G. Leary               Pat Molloy                       Madeline & Frank Perman        Kathleen Sheehan                  Maria W. Vendoloski
Richard T. & Jane M. Leary     Bea & Gene Mongeon               William & Jean Perry           Nancy Sheehan                     Mary M. Venturo
Herve H. & Virginia LeBeau     Robert Montague                  Miriam Peters                  Isabel D. Sheehey                 Neal B. Vitalis
Anne P. Lee                    Carl Moos                        Suzanne & Robert Petersson     Mrs. Henry Shriver                Ernie & Marge Vitkauskas
Gwen & George Lehan            Hannah Morehouse                 Harry Petrucci                 Henry & Eleanor Sicard            Fran Volkmann & Joan
Charlotte Leighton             Donald Moran                     Glenda Philips                 Andrew & Lois Siegel              Cenedella
Clarence & Rita Lemke          Rose-Marie & Ed Morin            Albina Pirog                   Frank Sienkiewicz                 Mary Vollinger
Alice Lenkowski                Dorothy Morin                    Barbara Polwrek                Rachel Simpson                    Christine Vollinger
Raymond & Helen Lequin         Richard & Bernice Morini         Eva Pope                       Stacia & Leon Slanda              Helen Vollinger
Edgar & Leona Lesko            Arlene & Clyde Morrell           Dorothy Powers                 Jane Slattery                     K & E von Klemperer
Bradley & Carolyn LeVay        Alvin & Mary Morris              Harold M. Portner              Frances Smart                     Norma Wagner
Ralph J Levy Jr                Ann M. Morrissey                 Richard & Sophie Powers        Mary Smith                        Bob Wagner
Charlene Lizotte               Molly Mortimer                   Henry & Gladys Powers Perras   Allerton H.& Marion Smith         Elizabeth C. Waldron
Betty Longtin                  Patricia A. Mullins              Jackie Pritzen                 Ella Smolenski                    Lola Conz Wall
Robert T. Longtin              Don Mulvaney                     Melvin Prouser                 Roberta Soliwoda                  Richard & Janice Walsh
Howard & Anne Losea            Patricia Murch                   John & Eleanor Prybylo         Mona Sprecker                     Denis & Lillian Walsh
Doris Lowell                   Edna M. Murphy                   Stella Prymowicz               Marie Squires                     Louise L. Walton
Nancy Lowry                    Catherine Murphy                 John & Charleen Punk           Jane/Paul Stasz/Swift             Charles & Carrie Wan
Jane & Vic Lucas               Robert & Katherine Murphy        John & Grace Punska            Clara B. Stawiecki                Julia & Eugene Warawka
Alison J. Lucey                Helen & John F. Murphy, Jr       Elsie Purcell                  Richard Stebbins                  William & Rosa Warawka
Arline L. Lula                 James & Mary Musante             Florence Putala                Robert & Effie Stedman            Josephine Warywoski
Natalie E. Lula                Claire Musante                   Ellen Qua                      Mel & Adele Steinberg             Ann & Bill Waslick
John & Renee MacGillvray       The Three Musketeers             Dorothy M. Ragoza              Mavis Stevens                     Harriet Weinroth
Stella Mach                    Marge Mysorski                   Donald Rau                     Helen B. Stimson                  Welli Weiss
Elaine MacInnis                Dorothy Nagle                    Grace M. Rauch                 Helen Stone                       Blanch Welch
Shirley & Arthur Mackey        Edith M. Naismith                Francis W. & Jean Raymond      Ellen Stone                       John & Sarah Welch
Rodney & Phyllis Mackie        David & Joanne Neal              Shirley A. Redmond             Elaine & William Streeter         Helen Wells
Leonard & Phyllis Maggiolino   Frank & Mary Netto               Nina & Joseph Reinle           Linda J. Struthers                Sylvia Wells
Marjorie Magner                Irene Newell                     Al & Jean Rejniak              Lu & Harold Stubbs                Janet S. Welter
Robert & Eileen Mahar          Dorothy Newman                   Beatrice Reshes                Richard & Kathleen Suchocki       Theresa J. Wesolowski
Marie Malinoski                Leslea Newman                    Norita Reynolds                Stella Sullivan                   Francis W. & Jean White
Dot Malinowski                 Frederik & RoseMaria Nieboer     Donald & Mary Reutener         Helen Sullivan                    Lucy Mueller White
Ruth & James Malley            Roslyn & Frederick Nitkin        Patricia Reynolds              John E. Svoboda                   Bob & Chris Whitman
Joe Malynoski                  Barbara Noble                    William & Elisabeth Rice       Elizabeth W. Swain                John & Alice Wiater
Bernie & Tina Mandeville       Patricia M. Nolan                June & Owen Richter            Margarete Sysko                   Rita D. Wilkins
Ellie & Corky Mandeville       James & Donna Nolan              Anthony & Lillie Rigali        Amelia T. Szafir                  Mary & George Willard
Helen K. Manning               Mary Noonan                      Norman & Maureen Roberts       John & Doris Szawlowski           Doris & Harold Willard
Thelma Manson                  William & Joan Noonan            Stella M. Rogaleski            Millie Szych                      Elizabeth Willnauer
Rita C. Marhefka               John & Susan Norton              Rose A. Rogalewski             James M & Thelma C Szynal         Jane L. Wood
George & Arky Markham          Norma O’Brien                    Jeannine Rosen                 David Tarshus                     Sara J. Wright
Helen Martin                   George & Ruth O’Brien            Helen Ross                     Karen Tatro                       Barbara Wyman
Omer & Bernice Martin          In memory of Thomas              John Rowe & Pauline Rowe       Ralph & Phyllis Taylor            Norma Wynn
James & Jane Anne Martin       O’Connell                        Stanley & Eleanor Rothman      Merle & Ruth Taylor               Leonard & Mary Yarrows
Richard C. Martin              Kathleen O’Connell               Peter & Barbara Rowe           Jean & John Tenanes               Robert & Doris Young
Bonnie & Charles Martin        Jacqueline & Michael O’Connell   Catherine & Norman Roy         Stanley F. Tenero                 Bob & Mary Young
John Masloski                  Betty & Michael O’Connor         Glenn & Beverly Rubeck         Cecile Tessier                    Violette Young
Kathryn & Stanley Mason        Rev. Vincent M. O’Connor         Joseph & Marcella Ruddeforth   Norma June Thibodeau              Dorothy Yurgielewicz
Bill & Peg Mathers             Robert L. O’Dea                  Eunice M. Ruskowski            Bradley Thornton                  Gertrude Zagrodnik
Kay & Joe Matrishon            Jean O’Dea                       Anne N. Russell                Margaret E. Tobin                 Karl & Lorraine Zalesky
Terry & Gordon Matthews        James & Patricia O’Donnell       Edward & Julia Russell         Earl & Lee Tonet                  Wilma Zapka
Lestor J. Mazor                Florence O’Neill                 Evlyn & John Russell           Alice & Mary Toohey               Edwina Zebrowski
Wendy Mazza                    Mary E. O’Neill                  Gary & Marcia Russell          Jean & Edward A. Towles, Sr.      Stanley Zewski
Jane McCallion                 M. A. O’Neill                    George & Kathleen Russell      Noreen D. & Edward P.             Ann Ziomek
Elaine McClellan               Viola & Edward O’Shepa Sr.       Helen Russell                  Trzcienski                        Mike & Bev Ziezulewicz
Mary & Kendall McClure         Edwin & Flora Olander            Annamarie Russo                Stan Tripp                        Anne Zitkus
Edward & Marcia McColgan &     Patricia C. Olmsted              Bill & Dodo Ryan               Walter & Jeannette Turati         Anna K. Zuchowski
Burick                         John Omasta                      Therese Ryan                   Helen Tuttle                      Donna and Donald Zuckerman
Zetta & John McCormick Sr.     Dora Onhilevich                  Mary L. Ryan                                                     Alexander & Phyllis Zukowski
Ray & RoseMarie McCoy          Frank Ortiz & Pilar Capellan     Bernadette R. Ryan
Betty McDonald                 Anne M. Osepowicz                Katherine Ryan                         Subscription &Donors
Ginger & Brad McGrath          Rosalie Oshansky                  Michael Rytuba
Jeanne McGrath                 Viola & Edward O’Shepa Sr.       Don Samms                              Directory Information
Kenneth & Elizabeth McKown     Pauline Osley                    Robert & Julia Saner
Mary & Edward McMahon          John C. & Eleanor Ouimet         Evelyn Santon                       Northampton residents, 60 and older, receive Elder Vision
Margaret McMillen              Nancy & Max Pajonk               Rita Savino                    free of charge in the mail. However, we must ask people who are
Lawrence & Lillian McPhee      Mildred Palulis                  Stanley & Nancy Sawicki        not Northampton residents and would like to receive Elder
Russell & Lucy Meehan          Alice Pannoni                    Iris J. Sawin                  Vision in the mail, to subscribe. A year’s subscription is $9.
Delores Meeks                  Marie L. Papillon                Lila LaRose Scagel             Please be sure to enclose your correct address with your check.
Edward M. Mello                Charles & Elizabeth Paquette     Valerie V. Scarborough
                                                                                                    The Donors Directory is a listing of individuals of all ages,
James & Rita Mello             Robert E. Parent                 George & Gerry Scheel
 Helen Merrick                 Anne Parsisson                   Grace S. Schmitter             who may or may not be residents of Northampton, who wish to
Sarah Merrill                  Jack & Ginny Parsons             Elizabeth Schneider            support the publication of Elder Vision. For a donation of $6
Fran & John Merski, Jr         Marilyn & James Parsons          Barbara Schoen                 or more your name will be listed in the Donors Directory. Your
Norman & Frances Meunier       Norman & Barbara Parsons         Virginia Schulman              name will appear for one year (six issues). We send a reminder
Edna T. Michalowski            Edward & Joanne Parsons          Maurice & Donna Scott          request when your year is up. Please be sure to include your
Lillian Mielke                 Kenneth E. Pattrell              Marguerite Scott               name, as you would like it listed.
Gisele Mientka                 Marguerite Paul                  Eilene & Russell Scott
                                                                                                    Checks should be made payable to: ElderVision and mailed
Alice P. Miller                Martha Paul                      Frank & Rosanna Seamans
Roger & Barbara Miller         Mary Paul                        Marion Serino                  to: Council on Aging, 240 Main Street, Suite One, Northampton,
Gladys Miller Mem/Wilfred      A. Lawrence Payne                Marilyn Severance              MA 01060.
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                                                    PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS
                                       Events, activities, services, classes and other opportunities of interest to seniors.
            The Northampton Council on Aging, 240 Main St., Suite One, Northampton MA 01060
                                                                                                                                                                   1ST Wednesday of every month. Call Art
   The Northampton Council on Ag-                     Congregational Church. 1ST Friday, 10-                                                                       Colepaugh, 586-1687. Breakfast last
                                                      11:30am, Salvo House, 81 Conz St.
ing is located in downtown                                                                                               EXERCISE                                  Saturday of every month. Call Iris, 247-
Northampton, between Pulaski Park
                                                      Survival Center                                                                                              9749 or 586-2319.
and the Unitarian Church. There is lim-
ited parking in the driveway between                  Groceries (and clothing) for income-
                                                      eligible elders via the Western Mass.                 Swimming
Memorial Hall and the church. More
                                                      Food Bank. Call 586-6564 for details.                 Senior Swim at Clarke School. Heated
parking is available (for fifty cents an                                                                    indoor pool and locker room available
hour) in the Roundhouse lot, and visi-
                                                      MON., WED., FRI, 11 AM TO NOON;
                                                      TUES. & THURS. 4-7PM. 265                             two eves. per week, Mondays and
tors can use the elevator in the City Hall            PROSPECT ST.                                          Wednesdays, from 8-9:30am. Galbraith
annex.                                                                                                      Center, Round Hill Road. $21 for
   The NCOA is open Monday-Fri-                       Food Stamp Info/Signup                                Northampton seniors, $25 for out-of-
day from 9am to 4pm. Patricia A.                      Call (800) 645-8333 for pre-screening.                town seniors. Call 587-1228.
                                                                                                                                                                   PVTA OFFERS:
Shaughnessy is the Council director.                  To make an appt. at Holyoke office call
   (413) 587-1228                                     552-5400.                                             Free Swim Time offered by the
   (413) 587-1225 (TTD Line)                                                                                Northampton Recreation Dept. Call 587-                 BUSES: Regular bus routes.
                                                                                                            1040 or 587-1046 after 3PM for                         Schedules at COA or call 586-5806.
   (413) 587-1233 (fax)
                                                                    HEALTH                                  membership information. Free swim time
                                                                                                                                                                   DISCOUNT PASSES: Available to
                                                                                                            as follows: Sundays, 11:30am-1pm. JFK
                                                                                                                                                                   seniors and disabled individuals with
ACTIVITIES                                            Free Hearing Clinic
                                                                                                            Middle School Pool.
                                                                                                                                                                   PVTA photo IDS. $18 per month.
                                                      Avada Hearing Center offers hearing                                                                          Available at Big Y and PVTA in
          ACTIVITIES                                  aid cleaning, minor repairs, ear exams,                                                                      Springfield.
                                                      etc. Call 587-1228 for an appointment.                Candlepin Bowling
                                                      Second Wednesday of every other                       League games run September-May.                        MINIVANS: Dial-A-Ride service to
NeedleWork Shop                                                                                             Informal games in summer. For details
Share tips and learn techniques in                    month, 1-3pm. NCOA.                                                                                          appointments and errands. Call 586-
                                                                                                            call Norma, 268-7366.                                  3336 AT LEAST 48 hours ahead.
sewing, knitting, crochet plus make doll
                                                                                                            Golden Agers League Fridays at
clothes, hats, mittens etc. to sell. Every            SHINE (Serving Health Information
                                                                                                            12:30PM. Senior Citizens League                        MINIVAN DISCOUNT TICKETS:
Monday, 1-3pm. NCOA.                                  Needs of Elders). For appointments at
                                                                                                            Mondays at 12:30PM. Open Bowling                       20 ($2) tickets for $30. Eligible seniors
                                                      the NCOA with Lorraine or Jennifer call
Coffee & Conversation                                                                                       Practice Wednesdays at 12:30PM.                        can get an extra $10 off once a month
                                                      587-1228. NCOA. To reach the
Stop in and visit with seniors and staff.                                                                   CANAL        LANES,     Route     5,                   at the NCOA.
                                                      Regional SHINE coordinator, call (800)
Delicious goodies! Tuesdays, 9:30-11am.                                                                     Southampton.
                                                      498-4232, or HVES at 586-2600.
NCOA.                                                                                                                                                              ADA MINIVAN: Priority rides for
                                                                                                                                                                   people with disabilities. 586-3336. PVTA
                                                      Vision Group                                          Tap Dance Class                                        application required.
Card Games
                                                      Monthly meetings, outings, support and                $16-$20/month. Call Diana at the
Bridge. Call Helen at 587-1228. Various
                                                      information. Call 587-1228. Second                    NCOA if interested. 587-1228.                          SHOPPING VAN: Regularly scheduled
times and days. NCOA.
                                                      Thursday, 1-3pm. Aug. meeting Aug.                    Thursday, 1:30-2:30pm. Salvo House, 81                 trips to Stop & Shop and Big Y in
Pitch. Call Helen, 586-3617. Thursdays,
                                                      18. NCOA.                                             Conz St..                                              Northampton. On Wednesdays, arrive
1-4pm. Flo. Congregational Church.
Cribbage. Call Flossie at 584-0345.                                                                                                                                at 9am and leave at 11am. Also, arrive
Wednesdays, 1-3pm. NCOA.                              Blood Pressure Clinic                                 Low Impact & Weight Training                           at 10am and leave at noon. On Fridays,
“55 & Up Singles” cards at Flo. Cong.                 Free to seniors. Drop-ins welcome. 3RD                For those who would like to improve                    arrive at 12:45pm and leave at 2:45pm.
Church. Call Dot, 586-2053.                           Tuesday, 9-11am. NCOA.                                bone health, muscle strength and                       Call 586-3336 for reservations.
Chess                                                                                                       balance. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am.
                                                      Volunteers Wanted. Call Patte                         Tobin Manor, 56 Maple St., Florence.                   PHOTO IDS
Call Tom at 584-5340 for more info.                   Shaughnessy at 587-1231. Mon-Thurs.,                  Call 587-1228 for more info.                           Available to everyone age 60 and older
Saturdays, Noon-4:30pm. Forbes                        9am-4pm. NCOA.                                                                                               as well as younger people with
Library.                                                                                                                                                           disabilities. Card entitles user to half-
                                                                                                            Tai Chi
Pool/Billiards/Darts                                                                                        Tuesday, 10:30-11:30am. Gentle                         price bus fares. Proof of age or disability
                                                          MISCELLANEOUS                                     exercise. Classes to be paid for on a                  required. Available the first and third
Come and bring your friends &
                                                                                                            monthly basis. $5 per class/$20-er                     Tuesdays of every month from 10am to
grandchildren to the NCOA Games
                                                                                                                                                                   12:30pm at the NCOA. $1 fee.
Room. Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.                         Social Security Info                                  month. Call Diana at 587-1232 for info.
Memorial Hall.                                        Answers to questions about Social
                                                                                                                                                                   NCOA Escorted Shopping
                                                      Security. No appointments needed. 2nd
                                                                                                                                                                   For those who need help with grocery
                                                      Thursday, 9am-12:30pm. Salvo House,                      GROUPS & CLUBS                                      shopping. Call Patte at 587-1231 for
                  FOOD                                81 Conz St. Also call (800) 772-1213.                                                                        more information and eligibility
                                                                                                            Kindred Spirits formerly
Home Delivered Meals                                  Medical Equipment Loans                               Grandparents as Parents. Share
Arrangements for home-delivered                       The NCOA has wheelchairs, walkers,
                                                                                                            information and support. Child care
meals can be made by calling Highland
Valley Elder Services at (413) 586-2000.
                                                      shower seats etc to lend to city seniors.
                                                                                                            available. Call 587-1228. 1ST Thursday,                          COMPUTERS
                                                      Call 587-1228. Pickups by apponitment.
                                                                                                            6-7:30pm. NCOA /Hadley COA.
Dining Centers                                        Home Repair Help/Handyman                             Golden Age Club meetings held
Hot meals served weekdays at both the                 Mon-Fri., 9am-4pm, NCOA.                              Wednesday at 1:30-3:30pm at the
Walter Salvo House and Florence                                                                             Florence Congregational Church, 130                    Tutors are available by appointment.
                                                      See Page 15 for details.
                                                                                                            Pine St., Florence.Open to anyone 60                   Call 587-1228 for details. NCOA. Fee.
Congregational Church. A donation
within the diner’s means is requested.                                                                      years of age or older. No meeting March
                                                      Veterans Services                                     8. Celebration of Jan.-March birthdays                 .Internet Access
Highland Valley Elder Services, (413)                 Benefits include food, clothing, shelter
586-2000.                                                                                                   March 15, plus play Super Bingo. March                 Surf the Internet, send and receive email,
                                                      and medical care for veterans of all wars
                                                                                                            22 and 29, play bingo. Call 247-9749 for               and more at the NCOA. Tutors available
                                                      and their dependents. Services include
                                                                                                            more info. Dues $10 now payable.                       by appointment. Fee. 587-1228.
Brown Bag Food                                        processing claims for compensation,
Groceries for income-eligible elders via              pensions, rehabilitation, employment
the Food Bank of Western Mass. Call                   counseling, Social Security, SSI, etc. For
                                                                                                            55 & Up Singles
247-9738 with questions.                              appointments call 587-1299 or 587-                    General meeting 3RD Sunday of every
                                                      1251. MON-FRI, 8:30AM-4PM. ,                          month at 2pm at the American Legion
4TH Thursday, 10-11:30am, Florence
                                                      ROOM 4.                                               in Bay State. Call Iris, 247-9749. Dinner
ELDERVISION                                                                                                                                              Page 19

                           Programs & Activities                         PLEASE READ CAREFULLY the Northampton
                         Trips, Classes, Sports, Games, Needlework,      Council on Aging policies listed below. These policies
                        Crafts, Meetings, Sing-a-Long Parties, Danc- for trips, programs and other events have been in
                                    ing, Cooking and More!               place for several years. All participants should take
                                      Diana Damon                        them into account when making reservations. Also,
                       Program Coordinator 587-1232 payment must accompany reservations, including
                                                                         reservations made for casino trips. If you have ques-
Scrabble Game: If you would like to play Scrabble at NCOA, 240 Main St., tions about the policies call the COA Director or
one day per week, plese call Diana at 587-1228.
                                                                         Program Coordinator at 587-1228.
Clarke School Swimming: Freestyle swim time with lifeguard is scheduled on
Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7pm on a monthly basis. The monthly fee
of $21for Northampton seniors is payable to the NCOA.The fee for non-resident
seniors is $35. Parking is available in a nearby lot on Round Hill Road. The pool
and the building are not handicapped accessible. For more info call 587-1228.            TRAVEL CLUB/PROGRAM & ACTIVITY
                                                                                                    INFORMATION AND POLICY
Cancer Connection, a drop-in center, offers free programs and support for                           Northampton Council on Aging
anyone living with cancer. For more info see www.cancer-connection.org or                                  413-587-1228
call 586-1642.
                                                                                             SENIORS, from Northampton, age 60 and older, have
Weight-Training and Low Impact Exercise: This weekly low-impact exer-
                                                                                    priority. Under 60 welcome, space permitting.
cise class and weight-training program is for seniors wishing to improve bone
                                                                                             RESERVATIONS cannot be confirmed until payment is
health and increase muscle strength, coordination and balance. Wednesdays
                                                                                    received. Make checks payable to Elder Vision, Inc.
from 10:30 to 11:30am at Tobin Manor, 56 Maple St., Florence. Call the NCOA
                                                                                             Specific SEATS, good for the entire trip, can be reserved at
at 587-1228 for more info and to sign up.
                                                                                    time of payment. Those with physical disabilities will be given special
Tap Dance: Taught by Carol Butler Watelet Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30pm in
                                                                                             REFUNDS: Anyone who chooses to withdraw from a trip or
the community room at the Walter Salvo House on Conz Street. New partici-
                                                                                    event -- for any reason -- after payment has been made, will be
pants accepted. Call 587-1228 for more info.
                                                                                    assessed a service fee of $3.50. The remaindert will be refunded if
                                                                                    somebody takes your place. One hundred percent will be refunded if
Chess: You are invited to play chess at Forbes Library Saturdays from noon to
                                                                                    the NCOA cancels the trip or event. In cases of bad weather, trips
4:30pm and in the Burger King community room from 4:30 to 10pm. Call Tom
                                                                                    and events will be rescheduled if possible; however, refunds cannot be
at 584-5340 for more info.
                                                                                             PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE: If you require individual assis-
Look Park Walk: An informal walking group meets at the park Wednesdays,
                                                                                    tance because of a medical condition, please inform a Travel Club
usually at 2pm. Meet at the Visitors Center (down the hill, first building on the
                                                                                    group leader when you make your reservation/payment.
right). No fee, but sticker required to drive into the park. Call 587-1228 to let
                                                                                             TRAVELERS should be respectful to other passengers, the
us know you are coming.
                                                                                    driver and the trip leader(s).
                                                                                             Please leave the area as clean as you found it.
Complimentary Vouchers offered by Chameleons School of Hair Design and
School of Esthetics for free services to Northampton seniors. Obtain a voucher
at the NCOA for basic services including hair, nails, face, and lip/brow waxing.
Hair and skin treatments require appt., waxing and nails done on a walk-in
basis. 587-1228.
                                                                                                       Need a Ride?
                                                                                                    If you need transportation,
                     NCOA Travel Club                                                 call the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority at 586-3336.
                                                                                          Call at least 48 hours in advance to schedule.

         Starting in February, 2006, the
monthly casino trips have gone up in
                                              Call for Your Free
price to $21 per trip. The bus company        Long-Term Care
had to increase its cost and we therefore      Planning Guide!
also needed to adjust our fee. Please
note the last increase by the bus
company was absorbed by the NCOA;
this time we couldn’t do it. Casino trips
will remain the same with alternating
casinos the second Wednesday of each
month, with pick up/ drop off at the
Walter Salvo House and the Elks Club.
Preregistration and payment are
required before name is added to the          Snook and Mohan
list. Refer to refund policy for
cancellations of trips.
                                              Insurance Agency
                                                  Long-Term Care
                                                Planning Since 1993
NOTE: Sign up early for casino
trips as they fill quickly. Casino              (413) 586-1591
trips MUST be paid in advance.
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            Pot O’Luck
      The NCOA’s festive Pot O’Luck
        Luncheon will be held Friday,
        March 17, at the Northampton
       Council on Aging, 240 Main St.,
               from noon to 2pm.
      There will be music, friends, great
        food, prizes, and Irish games.
      Remember to wear green! This is
      one event not to miss. Everyone is
      welcome. Please call 587-1228 to
       let us know you are coming and
       what food or luncheon item you
       could bring to share. Cost is $1.

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ACUPUNCTURISTS                             413-253-4102                   Estate planning, real estate             413-538-7551                        Reed Schimmelfing,MSW, LICSW
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Acupuncture & Chinese herbs           Supportive counseling               Dorothy Carlo, Attorney at Law        Elderhelper                                 413-586-7454
   413-582-0123                            413-582-0287                   General, inc.wills, estate, probate   Small chores and errands.              Richard Trousdell, DFA
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Community                             All forms of general dentistry      General practice of law               Whalen’s                               Ruth L. Yeh, LMFT
Independent & assisted living              413-584-5199                        413-586-2905                     Office supplies, furniture & more      Licensed marriage & family
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AUDIOLOGISTS                          Drs. G. Falk, B. Falk, & P. Lang    Real Estate Law                                                                   413-586-8738
                                                                                                                PHYSICAL THERAPISTS                    Robert Zucker, MA,CT
Center for Audiological Services      General & implant dentistry              413-586-5055                     Advanced Therapeutics, Inc.
Audiologists                               413-586-0320                   Mina M. Harrison, Esq.                                                       Caring Communities Respond
                                                                                                                Manual physical therapy                Counseling, Psychology
    413-582-1114                      Martin A. Wohl, DDS                 Medicaid planning & elder law            413-584-7234
Hampshire Hearing Services            Family dental practice                   413-586-5546                                                                 413-587-3164
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                                                                                                                Glaucoma & catarct surgery             Experience-Integrity-Concern
                                      General dentistry                   protection                                413-584-6666
                                      (413)586-4200                            413-582-0200                                                                413-586-8738
CANCER SUPPORT                                                                                                  Robert J. Goodman, MD
                                      FITNESS /EXERCISE                   Atty Patrick Melnik                                                          REAL ESTATE
Cancer Connection, Inc                                                                                          Vascular surgery
                                      Curves                              Wills, estates, elder issues                                                 Lisa Gibbs Real Estate
Free support and programs                                                                                           413-734-4207
                                      Women’s easy, effective, exercise        413-584-6750                                                            Free consulations.Buying/selling.
     413-586-1642                                                                                               Richard N. Norris, MD
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CARDIAC SUPPORT                                                           Margot E. Thomas, Esq                                                        Find a Doctor/Register for a Class:
                                                                                                                PSYCHOLOGISTS                          888-554-4234
Cooley Dickinson Hospital             HEARING AIDS                        Real estate and wills
                                                                                                                Margaret Babbott, PhD                  www.cooley-dickinson.org
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program        Glenn Shinner, MA,CCC-A,                 413-584-2759
413-582-2404                          FAAA                                LODGINGS                                                                     RETIREMENT
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                                                                                                                William Feinstein, PhD
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Neurology & balance therapy                                               Honor Court/Honor Corps                                                      Applewood at Amherst,
                                      Errands-meals-misc. help at home                                               413-584-2674
    413-587-3111                                                          Painting, yardwork, & more.                                                  Continuing Care Retirement
                                          413-585-8937                                                          Sam Femiano, ThD, EdD
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                                      Servicenet, Inc.
    413-585-9088                      Integrated Human Services                                                 Margaret A. Barry, LICSW
                                           413-585-1300                                                         Psychotherapy & counseling

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