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                                                     A monthly newsletter from the Island Councils on Aging, Inc.
                                                   Your Councils on Aging — Dedicated to promoting
                                                   health, independence, and life-long learning.
                                                                                                                         February 2006 • Vol. 10 Issue 2
                                                                                                                       Edited by Leslie Clapp, Coordinator • 508-939-9440

                                                                                                                                  WHAT’S INSIDE:
                                                                                                                                AARP Tax Assistance
                                                                                                                                Prescriptions for Vets
                                                                                                                                                                     Page 2
                                                                                                                                                                     Page 3

Fraud and Scams
  The year 2006 has ushered in more changes for a record                 The Golden Rule of Fraud Prevention is:
                                                                                                                                Calendar of Events
                                                                                                                                Local Agency Grants
                                                                                                                                                                     Page 4

                                                                                                                                                                     Page 5
                                                                                                                                Travel News                          Page 6
number of Massachusetts citizens who will be entering their      Never give out personal information such as your credit
“Golden Years,” bringing new information and options for       card or bank account number or Social Security number            Tisbury Preservation Act
senior citizens. Being informed is the best defense and an     unless you initiated the contact and are familiar with the       Income Limits           Page 7
important safeguard against deception, high-pressure sales     company or business. If you suspect a scam, call Attorney
tactics, and scams. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or walk   General Tom Reilly’s Elder Hotline at 1-888-243-5337 and         C.O.A. Directory
away from a suspicious situation. By taking care of yourself   your local police.
and others, you can avoid the pain and cost of becoming          Be a good citizen and a good friend. If you suspect that               Island Councils on Aging
                                                                                                                                        Leslie Clapp, Director
victim to a scam. Remember to be a good neighbor – if you      someone you know is a victim of physical, emotional, or                  508-939-9440
know someone who is a victim of a scam or fraud, reach         sexual abuse, neglect or self-neglect, or financial exploita-
                                                                                                                                 Page   Edgartown Council
out to the local police or your Council on Aging for assis-    tion, report it to Elder Services at 1-800-244-4630, or the
tance. Don’t be afraid to “look, ask, and report.”             Department of Elder Affairs statewide 24-hour Elder Abuse
                                                                                                                                    2   Laurie Schreiber, Director
                                                                                                                                        508-627-4368 · Hours: 9 am–4 pm
                                                               Hotline at 1-800-922-2275.                                        Page   Oak Bluffs Council
                                                                              Medicare Prescription Drug Plans:                     3   Roger Wey, Director
                                                                                 Protect yourself from scams!                           508-693-4509 · Hours: 8:30 am–4 pm
    Island Councils on Aging                                     Don’t give out financial or health information over the         Page   Tisbury Council
                                                               phone. Medicare prescription drug plans are not permitted            6   Joyce Stiles-Tucker, Director
          is relocating!                                       to ask you for confidential information over the phone.                  508-696-4205
                                                                                                                                        Hours: 8:30 am–4:30 pm
                                                               Don’t talk to salespeople who come to your door unless you
      The office of Island Councils on Aging, and Leslie                                                                                Up-Island Council
                                                               have made an appointment in advance. Medicare prescrip-           Page
    Clapp, Director, has been located in the old wing of                                                                            7   Joyce Bowker, Director
                                                               tion drug plans are not permitted to market door-to-door.                508-693-2896 · Fax: 508-693-1447
     Martha’s Vineyard Hospital for the past 20+ years.
                                                               Don’t respond to e-mails from people or institutions you                 Hours: 8:30 am–4 pm
     We have moved. As of January 27 our new location
                                                               don’t know. Don’t give out financial or health information               Elder Services of Cape Cod
      will be in the Anchors Senior Center, 10 Daggett
                                                               by e-mail. And if you suspect a scam, call the Elder Hotline             & The Islands, Inc.
    St., Edgartown. Our mailing address will remain the
                                                               at 1-888-243-5337.                                                       Jacque Cage, Martha’s Vineyard
               same. Our new phone number is
                                                                 Another Golden Rule: If it seems too good to be true, it               508-693-4393 · Hours: 9 am–4 pm
                                                               probably is.                                                             Elder Abuse Hotline
                                                                                                          continued on page 7           1-800-244-4630

Service Programs & Support Groups
 Health Screenings &                       Health Insurance Counseling                Road to Recovery                          Arthritis Support Group
 Blood Pressure Clinics                    For an appointment with a local coun-      508-563-5351.Transportation for           2/10, 2:30 pm. Tisbury Senior Center.
 Aquinnah Town Hall 2/3, 12-1              selor call your Council on Aging,          cancer patients.                          Prostate Cancer Support Group
 Chilmark Town Hall 2/3, 1:30-2:30         or the Tribal Council at                   Medivan for 60+ and/or disabled           2/15, 10:30 am. M.V. Community
 Edg. Town Hall 2/8, 9-11                  508-645-9265.                              Tuesdays to Boston area                   Services administration building.
 Edg. Stop & Shop 2/3, 12-2                Social Security Mon. 2/27 Oak              medical services.                         For information call Emily Wetherall,
 Oak Bluffs COA 2/23, 12:30-2:30           Bluffs Senior Center, 9:15-12:45.          Call 508-693-9440                         RN at 508-693-7900, x236.
 Tisbury COA 2/28, 1-3                     Medicaid/MassHealth                        Taxi to Medical Appointments              Share the Caring
 Cronig’s 2/9, 1-3                         For information and to apply for           For 60+ and/or disabled to                2/27, 4 pm.
 Medicine Shop Thursdays 1-3               Medicaid and MassHealth,                   Falmouth/Mashpee/Sandwich.                Call Susan at 508-627-4368 x16.
 Hillside Village 2/1, 10:30-11:30         call Vineyard Health Care Access           Call 508-939-9440. $15 suggested          Diabetes Support Group
 Woodside Village 2/27, 12-2               Program, 508-696-0020, 9-12, M-F.          donation.
                                           Funeral Consumers Alliance of                                                        2/27, 1 pm
 Up-Island COA 2/14, 11:30-1:30                                                       Medical Equipment Loans                   Note date change due to holiday.
 Conroy Apothecary 2/17, 9-10              Cape Cod & the Islands                     Call Senior Centers for availability.
                                           Information on alternatives concern-                                                 Tisbury Senior Center
 Hearing Services                                                                     Senior Housing
                                           ing end of life issues.                                                              General discussion. All welcome
 Call in advance for an appoint-                                                      Windemere Nursing &
                                           Hotline: 1-800-976-9552                                                              Vineyard Isle Parkinsonians (VIP)
 ment.                                                                                Rehabilitation Center. Long-term
                                           Emergency Food Pantries                                                              2/13, 10:00am. Up-Island Senior
 Oak Bluffs COA – 2/8,                                                                care nursing home and rest home
                                           All Senior Centers                                                                   Center, for Parkinsonians and
 508-693-4509.                                                                        facility. Medicaid accepted.
                                           Call for date & time of distribution.                                                Caregivers. Call Gary Zwicky at 508-
 Up-Island COA – 2/16                                                                 508-696-6465.
                                           Vineyard Committee on Hunger                                                         645-2767 or email
 Lesley Segal-Pallas, Audiologist.                                                    Island Elderly Housing Subsidized
                                           First Baptist Church Parish House                                           for info.
 Call 508-693-2896                                                                    low income housing for seniors &
                                           Williams St.,V.H.                                                                    A New Chapter
 Tisbury COA – 2/22, 1:30 Call                                                        disabled. 508-693-5880.
                                           Monthly food distribution                                                            Adjustments to Change
 508-696-4205 for an appointment.                                                     Havenside Apts. 508-693-2280
                                           Second Friday of the month                                                           Tisbury Senior Center
 Podiatry Clinic 2/3, 2/10 & 2/24          Info at 508-693-5339                       Henrietta Brewer House
 Up-Island Senior Center with Dr.                                                     508-693-4500. Assisted Living.            Private consultations, Judy Olson,
                                           Island Food Pantry                                                                   LICSW Call 508-696-4205 for an
 Bialow, Call 1-888-289-8595 for an        Christ United Methodist Church             Private pay.
 appointment.                                                                         Longhill, 508-627-7791. Assisted          appointment.
                                           Church St., V.H. M,W,F, 2-4 pm
 Elder Law Project                                                                    Living. Private pay. Long-term care       Widows/Widowers Support Group
                                           Info at 508-693-4764
 First Monday every month:                                                            insurance accepted.                       West Tisbury Congregational Church,
                                           Serve Program
 M. V. Community Services, 1-4,            Unitarian Society, Vineyard Haven:         Support Groups                            Mondays, 10:30 am.
 1-800-742-4107.                           2/5-sign up, 12:15-1:00                    Martha’s Vineyard M S Self Help           Call Hospice at 508-693-0189 for
 2/6 Oak Bluffs Senior Center,             2/18-pick up, 12-1:30                      Group                                     more information.
 9:30-12:30, 508-693-4509                  Transportation                             1st Sunday (except holidays)              M. V. Cancer Support Group
 3/6 Tisbury Senior Center,                Vineyard Transit Authority-                2/5, 1-3 pm Tisbury Senior Center, 34     Wednesdays, 12 noon,
 9:30-12:30, 508-696-4205                  M-F, from 8:30-4. For information          Pine Tree Rd. Call Connie Teixeira        Hebrew Center, Vineyard Haven
 S.H.I.N.E. 1-800-334-9999                 and reservations call 508-693-9440.        for information, 508-693-3193.
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    AARP Tax Assistance                                                                                                            Island Councils
   Trained volunteers are certified to offer free tax assistance for seniors.                                                      on Aging
   To accommodate more volunteers and seniors, appointments in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are being offered at their
Public Libraries. However, all appointments must be made through the Senior Centers. Call a Senior Center phone number
                                                                                                                                   Senior Day
listed below to make your appointment:                                                                                             Program
         2/6      Tisbury Senior Center                508-696-4205
         2/9      Oak Bluffs Public Library            508-693-4509 (Oak Bluffs Senior Center)
         2/14 Edgartown Public Library                 508-627-4368 (Edgartown Senior Center)
                                                                                                                                    Laurie Schreiber, Director
         3/2      Oak Bluffs Public Library        508-693-4509 (Oak Bluffs Senior Center)                                          Terrie MacLaren, Supervisor
         3/6      Tisbury Senior Center            508-696-4205
                                                                                                                                    Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. 10 am–3 pm
         3/9      Up-Island Senior Center          508-693-2896
         3/14 Edgartown Public Library             508-627-4368 (Edgartown Senior Center)
  Seniors are requested to bring all tax forms (W2, SSA 1099, and other 1099 forms) as well as last year’s tax return.
Massachusetts now offers a deduction for heating oil and fuel payments made in the months of November and December.                 The Senior Day Program
If applicable, please bring your November and December fuel bills.
                                                                                                                                      is a professionally run
                                                                                                                                     supportive program for
    New at the Anchors!                                                                                                                physically challenged
    The Secrets of Watercolor, a six-week workshop with island artist George Thibault (You may                                       and/or socially isolated
    have seen him on cable television). Discover the magic of creating your very own master-
    pieces Fridays, 9:30-11 beginning on 2/24. $15 per class with materials provided, if needed.
                                                                                                                                         individuals in our
    Pre-registration and pre-payment is required by 2/13 to reserve your space. Call                                                  community. The SDP
    508-627-4368.                                                                                                                   has provided support to
    Foot Massage Offering, Fridays beginning 2/17, 9:30. Start your day with a relaxing foot massage from Kerry Saunier
    (LMT). Feel the benefits of this rejuvenating health therapy! Call in advance to sign up, 508-627-4368!
                                                                                                                                    over 200 Island families
    (A $5-10 donation is recommended for this service.)                                                                                     since 1985.
    Who’s Cooking at the Anchors?
    We will miss Chef Carrie Welch, having enjoyed her friendship as well as her delicious meals and we wish her much hap-
    piness and success in her new endeavors.                                                                                              Published by:
    Join us in welcoming Christine Houston! Christine is originally from Boston and has experience cooking in the North              Martha's Vineyard Times
    End and has returned to this area after working with gifted chefs in the Southwest. She says her cooking has always been                    PO Box 518
                                                                                                                                        Vineyard Haven MA 02568
    strongly influenced by Julia Child. She looks forward to meeting new faces in the Edgartown community and looks for-                     To Advertise Call:
    ward to passing on the love and good will she has always received through her cooking! This month’s nutrition happenings         508-693-6100 · 508-693-6000 FAX
    are listed below. Sign up for breakfast, homemade lunches, or a special cooking class on Feb. 16, making eclairs!             

    Edgartown Highlights - 508-627-4368                                                                                        See Service Programs, pg. 1 and Calendar
                                                                                                                               of Activities, pg. 4 for more listings.

Women’s Breakfast, all ages!                 éclairs! Call to make a reservation.    Volunteer Help                             One on One
2/10, 8 am Florentine Eggs, Virginia         Homemade Soup!                          We need a computer savvy individual        For Edgartown residents and/or their
Ham, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits            Frozen soup for purchase, $3/con-       to post information on our web-site,       families. Outreach worker Susan
Men’s Breakfast, all ages!                   tainer or 2/$5. Many varieties (New!    a group who could help us put labels       Desmarais is available by appoint-
2/14, 8 am Poached Eggs and Hash             Chipotle Lime and Chicken and           on our postcard mailings, a volunteer      ment.
Birthday Lunch                               Rice)                                   receptionist at our information center     Mindful Knitting
2/24, 12:30 Celebrate our winter             Fill out our “Tell us What You          and serving and clearing help for our      Monday evenings at 7, except 2/20.
babies! Christine Houston will pre-          Want” Program Survey located at         special lunches. Call Cathryn x12 if       Create something for someone in
pare a favorite dish from the North          the info center. We need your input!    interested.                                need or for yourself.
End (carmelized onions, chicken &            Emergency Food Pantry 2/10              Book Discussion 2/13 at 4 pm               Thursday Morning Coffee
broccoli casserole) & strawberry             Variety of food available once a        This month, “Without Reservations”         9:30. Come with a friend or meet
almond birthday cake! Let us if you          month for income-eligible families.     by Alice Steinbach.                        people here. Please note: in case of
would like to celebrate your                 Day Old Breads Monday mornings          Veteran Services 2/3 at 10:30 am           inclement weather call us for cancel-
birthday!                                    Fuel Assistance Extended until April.   Meet with Joanne Murphy by                 lation or postponement information
All meals, $5 donation unless other-         Call for information.                   appointment.                               regarding group meetings.
wise noted.                                  Transportation                          Share the Caring 2/27 at 4 pm
Anchors Café, Feb. 3, 10 &17                 Taxi to medical appointments on-        Providing care can be challenging as       More programs and services:
Drop in for a self serve lunch, soup         island, reduced rate, or to a special   well as rewarding. This group offers       File of Life
or a hot dish, 11:30-1:00!                   event or meal at The Anchors, free,     a confidential setting for people to       SHINE - Outreach
$3, all ages welcome!                        call 508-627-4368. Also, The Friends    share the joys and sorrows while get-      Public Notary Services
Cooking Class 2/16, 10 am                    of the Council on Aging provide a       ting help with the challenges.             Blood Pressure Clinics
Christine Houston will demonstrate           subsidy for other transportation                                                   ECOA Board Meetings
how to make delicate & delicious             needs, call for more information.

                 THE NEW
                                                                                           Interested in Bowling?
                                                                                                           No experience needed
                         Check us out at
                                                                                                The M.V. Prevention committee is bringing back
     GREAT PRICES ON                               Don’t Get Bit                                                      BOWLING
                                                      By High
     LOBSTERS & FISH!                                                                                      Young adult highschoolers and adults
                                                  Lobster Prices!
                                                                                                          interested in getting to know each other
            Come and see our                                                              * Once a week
         Regular Lobster Specials                                                         * Off Island
                                                                                          * Afternoon Excursions
    Think of Menemsha Fish Market                                                            To Falmouth
         on your Sunday drive!                                                            * For 8 Weeks from 1/31 to 4/4
         Great Senior Discounts!                                                          * FREE!
                                                                                                 Only requirement: enthusiasm. Limited space.
                       Hoping to stay open year-round                                                   For info. call Leslie Look 508-693-3703
                        Call for hours, 508-645-2282
February 2006                                                                                                                                                         3

                                                                                    JoAnn Murphy, Dukes County Director of Veterans Services,
Veterans Services                                                                   County Administration Building, 9 Airport Rd. · 508-693-6887

VA’s Online RX Refill Service:
                                                                                                                                     The Senior
The Right Prescription for Vets                                                                                                          Day
     Tens of thousands of veterans are now receiving their      MyHealtheVet system. When a veteran orders a prescrip-
  prescription drug refills from the Department of              tion refill, the request is routed to VA’s computer system           Program is
  Veterans Affairs (VA) with greater convenience, speed         to be filled by one of the department’s outpatient mail
  and security, thanks to a new service available to veterans
  over the Internet.
                                                                pharmacies. The refill is then sent directly to the veteran,
                                                                eliminating the need for a trip to the pharmacy and a
     More than 70,000 prescriptions have
  been refilled using the latest service added
                                                                                  wait line.
                                                                                     On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2005,
  to VA’s “MyHealtheVet,” the personal                                            MyHealtheVet marked its second                   Please consider whether
  online health record system designed for                                        anniversary by adding three new health           you can share your special
  veterans in the VA health-care system.                                          records that veterans can keep in a secure       talents with the folks in this
  The prescription refill service began on                                        electronic environment and make avail-           wonderful program.
  Aug. 31.                                                                        able to VA health professionals nation-          Volunteers are needed to
     “VA’s MyHealtheVet prescription refill                                       wide- blood oxygen levels taken from a
                                                                                                                                   teach crafts, show slides,
  service is proving to be extremely success-                                     pulse oximeter, daily food intake in the
                                                                                                                                   give manicures (you must
  ful in providing America’s veterans with                                        food journal, and physical activity and
  fast, easy and secure access to their important medica-       exercise in the Activity Journal.                                  be licensed) or share a spe-
  tions,” said the Honorable R. James Nicholson,                   By last month, more than 100,000 veterans had                   cial collection. You will
  Secretary of Veterans Affairs. “Given the overwhelmingly      signed up to use MyHealtheVet, which is located on VA’s            find it fun and fulfilling!
  positive response VA has received to this initiative from     Web site at Future expansion of               Call Eileen Murphy at 508-
  our veterans, we anticipate that thousands more veterans      MyHealtheVet will allow VA patients to view appoint-               627-4368 for information.
  will choose to take advantage of this convenient service.”    ments and co-payment balances, access portions of their
     The secure online prescription refill service has quick-   medical records, and give access to their records to doc-
  ly emerged as one of the more popular features in the         tors, family members and others.

                                                                                                  Roger Wey – Director, Rose Cogliano – Assistant Director
Oak Bluffs Highlights - 508-693-4509                                                              Susan vonSteiger – Outreach Coordinator

Regular Programs                           Thursdays, 12 noon                          Financial questions?                      the 2:00 matinee. Leave on the 9:30
Breakfast! every Tuesday at 8:30 am        Please call to reserve 48 hours in          Bill’s Basic Finances: Individual         boat, return on the 7:30. $98 covers
for a delicious home made breakfast.       advance.                                    Economics                                 the cost of your ticket and bus trans-
S.H.I.N.E. Counselor                       Bingo! Bingo! 2/15, 1-3 pm                  Meet with Bill Christian for help         portation. You buy your SSA ticket
2/7 & 2/21, 2-4 pm, Assistance with        Men’s Cards Wed., 9:00                      with balancing your checkbook,            and bring money for lunch and shop-
health insurance questions.                Ladies Cards Tues., 1:00                    Estate Planning, etc. Call 508-693-       ping. Don’t miss this fabulous out-
Social Security 2/27, 9:45-12:45           Conversations Fri., 10-11:30                4509 for an appointment.                  ing! Call Rose to reserve your ticket.
Hearing Clinic 2/8, 10:00 am. Call         With Bob Iadicicco                          Bridge Lessons with Anita Persson         New England Flower Show – some
Rose for an appointment                    Crafts with Barbara Whitmore                Due to the tremendous response to         folks had been interested in going to
Blood Pressure Clinic                      Wednesdays, 1 pm                            this class, it has been moved back to     the Flower Show. Note that the
Monday, 2/23, 12:30-2:30.                  Quilting & Arts & Crafts                    Tuesday afternoons. If interested, call   Tisbury Travel Club is offering that
OBCOA Board of Directors                   with Glenna Barkan, Fridays, 1 pm           Rose to sign up.                          trip on March 16. See Travel News
Meeting 2/16, 3:30                         Quilting for Needy Kids                     Outreach and Fuel Assistance              p.6 for details.
Friends of OBCOA Meeting                   With Glenna Barkan, Mondays, 1 pm           During the month of February, con-
2/9, 1:00                                  Knitting with Rose                          tact Roger Wey regarding Fuel             Call Jim, Roger or Susan to add your
Morning Coffee Conversations               Wednesdays, 9 am                            Assistance questions or to schedule       name and address to our Emergency
Every morning at 8:30                      Bridge Lessons With Anita Persson           an appointment, 508-693-4509              and Hurricane contact list.
Wood Carving Mon. & Thurs. at              Tuesdays, 1 pm                              Les Miserables!                           Call Rose to make your reservations
9-11with Dick Brown                        Exercise Class with Bill White              February 19                               for Nutritional Lunch or Men’s and
Water Color Classes                        Thurs., 9-10.
                                                                                       Join us at the magnificent Opera          Ladies Luncheon.
Tues., 9-11 with Doug Peckham              Exercise with Sue Collinson
                                                                                       House Theater in Boston for this fab-
Ladies & Men’s Luncheon                    Mon. at 8:45
                                                                                       ulous performance. Enjoy lunch and          Happy Valentine’s Day!
2/22, 12:00, Call for a reservation.       Cribbage Fri., 9-11
                                                                                       shopping at Quincy Market prior to
Nutritional Lunch

                                                                                                   Martha’s Vineyard Live-In
                                                                                                 Homemaker/Companion Service
                                                                                                            Also Serving Nantucket & Cape Cod

                  Assisted Living
                    Home Environment
              Private Rooms • 24 Hour Care                                                                              508-696-9244
                                                                                                          PO Box 1909, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
                        Call for information                                                                        MA Licensed & Bonded
                                                                                                                 June Eid, Nurse/Manager
              508-693-4500 • Cell: 508-627-2131                                                                    Please call for brochure.
           P.O. Box 2460, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
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                   Island-Wide Calendar of Activities
                                                                  AT THE MOVIES                                                        MARTHA’S
Chi Gung – T’ai Chi
Mon. 3:30-4:30 pm,
                                                                              Tisbury Senior Center                                    VINEYARD
                                                                              Every Tuesday at 1 pm
Edgartown Senior Center. $5
Led by Eileen Murphy.
                                                                   2/7             Coney Island Baby
Please call to sign up.
                                                                                                                                      Thurs, Feb. 2, 1:30 pm
T’ai Chi Chih                                                      2/14            Must Love Dogs                                     Tisbury Senior Center
Up-Island Senior Center.
Kanta Lipsky, Instructor.                                          2/21            In Her Shoes                                          34 Pine Tree Rd.,
Wed., 9:15-10:15, $8                                               2/28            Cheaper by the Dozen                                  Vineyard Haven
Yoga for Seniors                                           Movies free of charge and subject to change depending on availability.    Thanks to a grant from the
Up-Island Senior Center.                                                                                                             Dukes County Sheriff’s
Mon., 12:00                                                                                                                          Assoc., MV TRIAD is
Wed. & Fri., 10:30
                                                                                                                                     pleased to proceed with
Kanta Lipsky, Instructor. $8   Call 508-696-4205.                Water Color Classes                Ladies Cards                     the initiative to provide
Call 508-696-1917 for info.    MV TRIAD                          Up-Island Senior Center            Oak Bluffs Senior Center
                                                                                                                                     house numbers for all sen-
Gentle Yoga for                Tisbury Senior Center.            Fridays at 1                       Tues., 1
                                                                                                                                     ior residences. Do you
Osteoporosis                   Thurs., 2/2, 1:30                 Chair Caning                       Cribbage
                                                                                                                                     have a number on
Carol Vega, Instructor         Senior activist group             Oak Bluffs Senior Center           Oak Bluffs Senior Center
                                                                                                                                     your house?
Santosha Yoga Studio           See details at right.             Tues., 9 am                        Fri., 9 am
                                                                                                                                     Can your
(formerly Wellness Center)     Tisbury Playreaders               With Rich Greene                   Bridge
                                                                                                                                     house be
Thurs., 4:00                   Tisbury Senior Center.            Woodcarving                        Edgartown Senior Center.
$14/class, $120/10 classes     Wed., 9-12                        Mon. & Thurs., 9 am.               Thurs., 7 pm.
                                                                                                                                     located by
508-693-6147                   A tribute to August Wilson’s      Oak Bluffs Senior Center.          Up-Island Senior Center
Walking Groups                                                                                                                       emergency
                               plays on the Afro-American        Primitive Rug Hooking              Thurs., 10 am
                                                                                                                                     and/or rescue personnel on
Up-Island and Edgartown        experience in the 20th C          Edgartown Senior Center            Bridge Lessons
sponsor groups.                2/1 “Joe Turner’s Come and        Thurs., 1pm                        Oak Bluffs Senior Center         a 911 call, when every
Call for information.          Gone”                             Island Rug Hookers                 Wed., 1 pm                       minute counts, or by
Exercise with Lisa Amols       2/8 “The Piano Lesson”            Up-Island Senior Center            With Anita Persson               someone not familiar with
Fall/Winter schedule at        2/15 “Jitney”                     Tues., 11:30                       Party Bridge                     your area? Come to learn
Howes House                    2/22 “Gem of the Ocean”           Knit Wits                          Tisbury Senior Center            more. Join MV TRIAD,
Wed. & Fri., 9-10:15           See Tisbury Highlights p6 for     Edgartown Senior Center            Fri. at 1 pm                     the local chapter of the
Call Lisa, 508-693-1009 for    more about August Wilson          Fri., 12 noon                      Bingo                            national organization
info.                          Poetry Reading Circle             Mindful Knitting                   Oak Bluffs Senior Center         bringing seniors, service
Sit & Get Fit                  Tisbury Senior Center             Edgartown Senior Center                                             providers and law enforce-
Tisbury Senior Center          2/6, 10am                         Monday evenings at 7, except        CLASSES &                       ment together for the bet-
Mon., 1;Thurs., 10             Call for poet selection of the    2/20 Create something for           INSTRUCTION                     terment of the community.
Use chair for support          month.                            someone in need or for
Aerobic and strengthening      Music Appreciation                yourself.                          Wed. 2/15, 1-3 pm
Video. Free                    Tisbury Senior Center             Tisbury Knitting Group             Knitting-Continental
Strengthening Exercise
with Sue Fairbanks
Tisbury Senior Center.
                               Charles Blank, musicologist
                               2/13, 1:00
                                                                 Tisbury Senior Center
                                                                 Fridays, 10 am, Learn to knit.
                                                                                                    Tisbury Senior Center                 Mass
Tues., 10 am
                               A look at Berlioz’s
                               “Symphony Fantastique”
                                                                 Knitting Continental
                                                                 Style Tisbury Senior
                                                                                                    Friday, 10 am
                                                                                                    Anna Marie D’Addaire,
Strengthen, tone, balance,     Book Discussion                   Center Friday, 10 am,              instructor                       The Roman Catholic Parish
Exercise Classes               Up-Island Senior Center.          Anna Marie D’Addaire,              Computer Instruction                 of the Good Shepherd
Oak Bluffs Senior Center       2/22, 10:30                       instructor                         Up-Island Senior Center             would like to hear from
Mon., at 9 w/Sue Collinson     “My Name is Red”                  Sewing, Arts & Crafts              508-693-2896                        anyone who would like
Thurs., at 9 w/Bill White      By Orhan Pamuk                    Knitting & Crocheting              Ralph Jones, Instructor             transportation to Mass,
Fri., 8:45 w/Floyd             Book Discussion Group             Oak Bluffs Senior Center.          4/1hour classes, $10.            receive Holy Communion at
Aquatic Exercise Class         Edgartown Senior Center           See p.3 Oak Bluffs Highlights      Surf the Web with Internet        home or would simply like
Mansion House Pool             2/13, 4pm                         for details                        instructor Shelton Bank. $5.         a visit. Call the Parish
Call Mansion House for         “Without Reservations”            Beehive!                           Sign Language                    Office at 508-693-0420 and
information.                   by Alice Steinbach                Every Wed., 1:30                   Wednesdays, 11 am.                leave your name and phone
508-693-7400                   Tisbury Book Club                 Tisbury Senior Center              Tisbury Senior Center.            number with either Beth or
                               VH Public Library.                Bring your handcraft project,      Learn sign language with Cay                 Bernice.
Discussion,                    2/16, 1:30                        share ideas                        Munro.
Conversation,                  “Wickett’s Remedy”                                                   All signers welcome.
Books,                         By Myla Goldberg                   CARDS & GAMES
Playreading,                   Writing Group                                                               FUEL
Writing & more…                Up-Island Senior Center
                                                                                                        ASSISTANCE                     FILE OF
                               With Cynthia Riggs                Scrabble
Discussion Group,
Tues., 9:30 am
                               Tues., 10 am
                               Afternoon Travels
                                                                 Up-Island Senior Center.
                                                                 Thurs. at 1.
                                                                                                     Contact your local Council
                                                                                                     on Aging and make an                LIFE
Up-Island Senior Center        Tisbury Senior Center             Tisbury Scrabble                    appointment to fill out a
Great Courses                  Mon., at 2                        Tisbury Senior Center               Fuel Assistance application.      A medical information
Thurs., 9:30-11                No meetings until April.          Wed. at 1                           Eligibility is based on total   card with vital personal
Edgartown Senior Center                                          Pocket Billiards                    gross annual income for all     medical information such
Discuss an NPR Philosophy      ARTS & CRAFTS                     Up-Island Senior Center.            household members:              as existing medical condi-
series                                                           Call for schedule, 508-693-          1 person household with a      tions, medications and
Conversations                  Drawing & Painting                2896                                maximum income of               emergency medical con-
Fri., 10-11:30,                Thurs., 9-11am.                   Upwords – Scrabble in               $19,140                         tacts. The card is kept on
Oak Bluffs Senior Center.      Tisbury Senior Center.            3D!                                  2 person household with a      your refrigerator, readily
A New Chapter                  Water Color Class                 Tisbury Senior Center.              maximum income of               available if 911 emergency
Adjustments to Change          Tues., 9-11,                      Tues., 9-11                         $25,660                         personnel are called. File of
                                                                                                                                     Life packets and informa-
Tisbury Senior Center          Oak Bluffs Senior Center.         Men’s Cards                          3 person household with a
                                                                                                                                     tion are available at your
Private consultations          With Doug Peckham                 Oak Bluffs Senior Center.           maximum income of
Judy Olsen, LICSW                                                Wed., 9-12.                         $32,180
February 2006                                                                                                                                                                                     5

Elder Services of Cape Cod
& The Islands, Inc. 1-800-244-4630
Jacque Cage, Martha’s Vineyard Director · 508-693-4393
Providing Home Care, Respite Care, Family Support, Protective Services, Meals on
Wheels, Senior Dining, Long-Term Care, Ombudsman, RSVP, Senior
                                                                                                           Regional Lunch
Environmental Corps, and Senior Employment Training                                                          Thursday, February 9
                                                                                             Music begins at 11:30, lunch served promptly at 12:00
                                                                                                             Note slightly later time
Older Americans Act Grant Funds                                                              Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School Culinary Cafe
Awarded to Local Agencies                                                                                     Jack O’Malley, Chef/Instructor
  Each year Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. awards Older                   Featuring the High School String Quartet, Michael Tinus, Director
Americans’ Act grant funds to community agencies. Services provided through                             Call Leslie at 508-939-9440 by February 6
this federal funding have as their primary goal the removal of social, economic                                  to make your reservation.
and/or physical barriers which impede the independence of older persons.                                                   Menu
  Following is a list of the services funded for 2006:                                                       Caesar Salad, Roast Beef au Jus
  Dukes County Sheriff ’s Office                                                                     Vegetables and Popover, Chocolate Lava Cake
  Lt. Donald Rose, 508-627-5173                                                                                        $10 per person
  To implement “Project Lifesaver,” a search and rescue program designed to
locate individuals with Alzheimer’s and related disorders who have wandered
from their home. Individuals with wandering behavior are fitted with bracelets
that transmit a signal every second, 24 hours a day, allowing searchers to quickly
locate a lost victim.
  Island Councils on Aging                                                              Dining
  Leslie Clapp, 508-939-9440
  To provide transportation to medical appointments in Falmouth, Mashpee, and
Sandwich for Martha’s Vineyard elders.
                                                                                                                     SENIOR DINING CENTERS
                                                                                                           Call at least 48 hours in advance for a reservation.
  Legal Services for Cape, Plymouth and the Islands, Inc.
  Tom Kosman, 508-775-7020                                                              TISBURY 508-693-8337 M–F                                     UP-ISLAND 508-693-2896
  To provide free civil legal services to seniors on Cape Cod, Nantucket and                                                                         Thursdays
Martha’s Vineyard through direct services and community outreach and legal              EDGARTOWN 508-627-4368                                       OAK BLUFFS 508-693-4509
education.                                                                              M,T,W, F                                                     Thursdays
  Martha’s Vineyard Community Services                                                                                MEALS ON WHEELS
  Tom Bennett, 508-693-7900                                                                                      For information on how to receive
  To provide in-home mental health services to Island seniors. Services include                          Meals on Wheels or to volunteer, call 508-693-4393.
mental health evaluation and assessment, individual and family counseling, advo-
cacy, and consultation/education.
  Vineyard Health Care Access Program
  Mary Leddy, 508-696-0020
                                                                                                         FEBRUARY 2006
  To implement the “Senior Assistance Plan” which will improve health access to             MONDAY                  TUESDAY               WEDNESDAY             THURSDAY           FRIDAY
seniors by expanding enrollment in existing public programs and by reducing
medical expenses through free care, waiver of doctor’s Medicare co-pay and pre-                                                           1                 2                3
scription assistance.                                                                                                                          Lemon         Crab Cakes           Baked
  Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)                                                                                                       Ginger        Oven Fries           Codfish
  Bonnie Chalifoux 508-645-9265                                                                                                                Chicken
  To provide supportive services for tribal elders who need assistance with chore,
heavy chore, companionship and transportation.                                          6                       7                        8                  9                 10
  We hope you will become familiar with the resources made available by this                 Cheese               Turkey Pot               Roast Beef           Chicken       Macaroni &
                                                                                             Lasagna                 Pie                     Au Jus             Marsala        Cheese
funding. Contact these local agencies directly for further information regarding
services available. Please note that there are no fees charged to recipients of Older
Americans’ Act funded services, however, programs are permitted to accept volun-        13                      14                       15                 16               17
                                                                                         American                 Roast Pork                     Veal         Meatloaf        Herb Roast
                                                                                         Chop Suey                  Loin                       Scallopini      w/Demi          Chicken
                                                                                                                                                w/gravy         Glace

                                                                                        20                       21                       22                 23               24
   Speaker at the VH Public Library                                                            Holiday
                                                                                            Sites Closed
                                                                                                                  Yankee Pot
                                                                                                                                          Spaghetti w/
                                                                                                                                          Meat Sauce
                                                                                                                                                             Baked Ham
                                                                                                                                                             w/ Pineapple

   The Friends of the Vineyard Haven Public Library is sponsoring the last of
   four Sunday Speakers on Sunday, February 19. Kay Mayhew will speak on                 27                      28
                   the Cape & Island Connection at 3:00pm                                   Salisbury                 Roast
                                                                                             Steak                   Turkey

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                           Travel News
  Falmouth Shopping Trip                                                                                                                                          Broadway in Boston
  February 15                                                                                                                                                     Spamalot, March 12, Colonial Theater
  Leave on the 8:15 boat, return on the 5:00.                                                                                                                     The Tony Award winning Best Musical of 2005. $140/orchestra
  Call Ellen at Up-Island Senior Center 508-693-                                                                                                                seating, round-trip coach and luncheon at Maggiano’s. Make your
2896 by 2/10 to sign up.                                                                                                                                        reservations now! Call 508-693-2896.
  BSO Matinee Performances, February 10                                                                                                                           Wicked, May 13
  Last trip this season to Boston’s Symphony Hall.                                                                                                                Winner of 15 major awards including the Grammy and 3 Tony
  James Levine conducts this all Beethoven con-                                                                                                                 awards. $140/orchestra seating, round-trip coach and lunch at
cert.                                                                                                                                                           Maggiano’s. Call Up-Island Senior Center to reserve your space. 508-
  Call for ticket availability. Tisbury Travel Club,                                                                                                            693-2896.
508-696-4205.                                                                                                                                            New England Spring Flower Show
  Bus to Boston                                                                                                                                          Boston's Bayside Expo
  Travel with the Tisbury Travel Club, February 10. $18 round-trip charter bus                                                                           March 16. Reserve by Feb. 9!
to and from Huntington & Mass. Ave. Call 508-696-4205 for information.                                                                                   “Welcome Home! Celebrating Our Great New England Landscape”. This
  Les Miserables!, Sunday, February 19                                                                                                                year’s show will feature a palette of new plant introductions and plant species
  Opera House in Boston. Leave on the 9:30 boat, return on the 7:30. Enjoy                                                                            especially suited to the New England landscape, celebrating elaborate and beau-
lunch and shopping at Quincy Marketplace before the 2:00 matinee. $98                                                                                 tiful gardens that reflect New England’s diversity and traditions. It promises to
includes cost of the bus and theater ticket. Boat ticket and lunch are your                                                                           be a big hit and a welcome breath of spring! We must purchase tickets by
responsibility. Call Rose Cogliano at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center, 508-693-                                                                          February 9 with payment made by February 28. Call Tisbury Travel Club now,
4509 for details and to sign up.                                                                                                                      508-696-4205, for your reservation. $35 / bus and show.

                                                                                 From Washington DC
                                                              The United States Navy Band Chorus
                                                                                                                                                                               Tea & Talk
                                                                                                                                                         The Tisbury Senior Center has a support group for caregivers, a confiden-
                                                                          Sea Canters                                                                  tial group setting where caregivers can discuss their concerns and the chal-
                                                                                                                                                       lenges of taking care of a loved one. Talking with others in similar circum-
                                                                     Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School                                            stances can help minimize the stress of the caregiver role. The best thing a
                                                                             Performing Arts Center                                                    caregiver can do is take care of him or herself. If interested, call Joyce at
                                                                        Sunday, March 5, 2006, 3 pm

Tisbury Highlights - 508-696-4205
Music Appreciation                                                                                      “My Fair Lady’                                Playreaders feature                           each decade of the twentieth centu-
Charles Blank, musicologist,                                                                            Tribute to Valentine’s Day                    August Wilson, Weds., 9-12                    ry. The consistent, and key, theme
speaker                                                                                                 A Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea                August Wilson (April 27, 1945-                in Wilson's dramas is the sense of
Featuring : Beethoven’s 7th                                                                             Monday, 2/13 at 2                             October 2, 2005) was a Pulitzer               disconnection suffered by blacks
Monday, 2/6 at 1                                                                                        The Golden Goldies, our superbly              Prize-winning American play-                  uprooted from their original home-
Beethoven’s 7th                                                                                             senior marvelous models, will             wright. His singular                               land. Wilson has felt that black
Symphony will be                                                                                            bring you the latest “finds”              achievement and liter-                             people must know their roots to
the subject of a                                                                                            from our town’s very popular              ary legacy is a cycle of                           understand themselves, and his
presentation by                                                                                             gathering spot commonly                   ten plays, each set in a                           plays demonstrate the black
musicologist                                                                                                known as The Thrift Shop as               different decade, depict-                          struggle to gain this under-
Charles Blank at                                                                                            you sip fine coffee and tea and           ing the comedy and                                 standing—or escape from it.
the Tisbury Senior                                                                                          savor tea sandwiches and cook-            tragedy of the African                             Playreaders meet on Wednes-
Center on Monday,                                                                                           ies. Theme music from the orig-           American experience in                             days 9am-12 noon during
February 6 at 1                                                                                             inal score will be played on our          the 20th century. He                               February to pay tribute to Mr.
pm. By the time                                                                                             sound system. After the show, a           was called "one of the                             Wilson. All are welcome to join
Beethoven wrote the 7th, he was                                                                         Trunk Show will commence, with                most important voices in the                  for reading and listening pleasure.
almost totally deaf. Yet, it turned                                                                     pieces offered for show and sale.             American theater today" by                    Tax Assistance
out to be one of the most popular                                                                       Sale proceeds all go to the Martha’s          Mervyn Rothstein in the New York              Mon., 2/6 from 9-12
of his 9 symphonies. It was called                                                                      Vineyard Community Services, an               Times. His authentic sounding char-           Free. Call 508-696-4205 for appt.
the “Dance Symphony.” Come and                                                                          umbrella service agency supporting            acters have brought a new under-              Boston Flower Show, See
hear why. All welcome. Free.                                                                            the whole Island. The show is free;           standing of the black experience to           Travel News above for deadline.
Please call 508-696-4205 for seat-                                                                      please call for seating at                    audiences in a series of plays, each          We will be closed on Monday,
ing.                                                                                                    508-696-4205.                                 one addressing people of color in             February 20.

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    Discovery Walk at Menemsha Hills • A Walk with an Angel

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                                                                                             The Island’s beloved Dr. Hoxsie, author and retired
                                                                                             family physician, writes about his favorite places to
                                                                                             walk on Martha’s Vineyard.
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                                                                                            · The Martha’s Vineyard Times office
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                                                                                            · Bunch of Grapes Bookstore,
                                                                                              Vineyard Haven
                                                                                            · Edgartown Books, Edgartown
                                                                                            · Sun Porch Books, Oak Bluffs
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                                                              • Ripley’s Field & Wompesket • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary • Peaked Hill Reservation • Sheriff’s Meadow • Old Sailor’s Burial Ground • Discovery Walk at Menemsha Hills •
February 2006                                                                                                                                                                                       7

Frauds and Scams                                                                                Town of Tisbury Community Preservation Act
continued from page 1
                          Lottery scams – Tickets to Disaster                                   Income Limit for Exemptions
  It may be tempting to respond to an offer to collect a large amount of money                  Tax exemptions are available for taxpayers who live in Tisbury. All owner
through a sweepstakes, lottery, or settlement that is assured to be already “yours.”            incomes are used in the calculations. To determine qualifying income, take the
All you need to do is send money in advance in order to collect. Whether you                    gross income of all owners and subtract allowable medical expenses and
receive this offer by telephone call, e-mail, fax, or letter, be on guard! These scams          dependent allowances. This net income must fall below the annual income
come in many sometimes very clever varieties and may originate from the U.S. or                 limits listed below. Please be sure to use the chart that applies to your house-
abroad. The scam artist will try to convince you that you are a legitimate winner               hold. For additional information, please contact the Assessors office at 508-
and tell you that you would be a fool to pass up the opportunity. Don’t do it!                  696-4206.
  Free Credit Reports: It’s smart to check your credit report.
                                                                                                               Property owned by Senior (60 or older)
  Free means free, but watch out for the hidden extras.
                                                                                                               Household size            AWMI          Annual Income Limit
  Each year you are entitled to a free copy of your credit report from each of the
three major credit reporting agencies. However, your “credit score” – a number                                 1                        $67,100                   $47,000
that banks and others use to analyze whether to grant you credit is not included                               2                        $67,000                   $53,700
in the free information. If you want your “credit score,” it will cost extra. As for                           3                        $67,000                   $60,400
the free report, beware of companies asking for your credit card information in                                4                        $67,000                   $67,100
order to give you your free report. Don’t give it out. Free means free. Be sure to                             5                        $67,000                   $72,500
deal only with the three major credit reporting agencies:                                                      6                        $67,000                   $77,800
  Experian, PO Box 9530, Allen, TX, 75013-0949, 1-888-397-3742                                                 7                        $67,000                   $83,200
  TransUnion, PO Box 1000, Chester, PA, 19022, 1-800-888-4213                                                  8                        $67,000                   $88,600
  Equifax, PO Box 740241, Atlanta, GA, 30374, 1-800-685-1111
  Hiring a home improvement contractor:                                                                        Property owned by Non-Seniors (under 60)
  Don’t let a bad contractor turn your dream home into a house of horrors!                                     Household size            AWMI          Annual Income Limit
  Check references, completed projects, the contractor’s complaint history and                                 1                        $53,700                   $37,600
then call the Board of Building Regulations and Standards to verify that the con-                              2                        $53,700                   $43,000
tractor is registered and in good standing. Get a detailed, written contract. By                               3                        $53,700                   $48,300
law, every contract over $1,000 must be in writing and signed by the contractor.                               4                        $53,700                   $53,700
The contract must include the total price, a detailed description of the work to be                            5                        $53,700                   $58,000
done and the start and end dates. Always have the contractor take out the neces-                               6                        $53,700                   $62,300
sary permits. Do not apply for them yourself. Never pay too much in advance. A                                 7                        $53,700                   $66,600
contractor may not demand more than 1/3 down unless custom materials need to                                   8                        $53,700                   $70,900
be ordered. All contracts must include a payment schedule and don’t get ahead of
that payment schedule.

 Up-Island Highlights - 508-693-2896
 MONTHLY ACTIVITIES                          Call 508-693-2896 for an appoint-                 Health Insurance Counseling                         Special Events
 CALENDAR                                    ment.                                             Joyce Bowker, S.H.I.N.E. Counselor                  Howes House Breakfast
 Available in large print.                   Falmouth Shopping Trip                            can answer your insurance questions.                2/20, 9:30 am ($3.50)
 See Calendar p.4 & Service &                January 18, leave on 8:15 boat, return            Call for an appointment                             Good food and conversation
 Support p.1 for more program                on 5:00 boat                                      S.H.I.N.E. Information                              Broadway in Boston
 information.                                Call Ellen to reserve your space.                 Joyce Bowker is a certified coun-                   Spamalot
 Please call ahead for all programs.         Surplus Food Distribution                         selor. Call for assistance with your                Boston’s Colonial Theater
 Yoga                                        Call for distribution schedule.                   medical insurance questions.                        March 12
 T’ai Chi Chih                               Income guidelines apply.                          Outreach Services                                   The Tony Award winning Best
 Exercise/Winter schedule                    Tax Relief Work Program                           Ellen Reynolds will meet with you                   Musical of 2005! Lovingly “ripped
 Computer Instruction                        For year round West Tisbury resident              confidentially to explore resources to              off” from the internationally famous
 Bridge & Scrabble                           property owners 60+                               help meet your needs.                               comedy team’s most popular motion
 Rug Hookers                                 Eligible participants receive abate-              Mon.-Thurs., 9:30-3:30                              picture, Monty Python and the Holy
 See Calendar p.4                            ment on property taxes.                           File of Life                                        Grail
 Exercise Class with Lisa Amols              Call for information.                             A medical information card kept on                  $140 includes r/t coach, orchestra
 Howes House.                                Book Discussion Group                             your refrigerator in a red magnetic                 seating and lunch at Maggiano’s.
 Wed. & Fri., 9:00-10:15                     2/22, 10:30                                       pocket, readily available to EMTs                   Call 508-693-2896 now for reserva-
 Call 508-693-1009 for information.          “My Name is Red”                                  when they arrive on an emergency                    tions. See Travel News p.6 for further
 Podiatry Clinic                             By Orhan Pamuk                                    call (wallet size also available)                   details.
 2/3, 2/10 & 2/24                            Discussion Group                                  Pick up your packet at Howes House.                 Wicked, May 13.
 Call Dr. Bialow                             Tuesdays, 9:30-11                                 Senior Dining                                       Winner of 15 major awards, includ-
 1-888-289-8595 for an appointment.          Writing Group                                     Thursdays, 12:30. See menu p5.                      ing the Grammy and 3 Tony Awards
 Hearing Services                            Tues., 10 am                                      Reservations 48 hr. in advance.                     $140 includes round-trip coach,
 2/16                                        Watercolor with Nancy Cabot                       Notary Services                                     orchestra seating and lunch at
 Lesley Segal-Pallas, Audiologist            Fridays at 1:30                                   Free. Please call ahead.                            Maggiano’s
 Screenings & repairs                        All levels welcome                                                                                    Call if interested, 508-693-2896.

                                                                                   TURN TO NEIGHBORS
                                                               When you need someone to turn to, Chapman, Cole & Gleason                  “First, we are there at a moment’s notice, twenty-four
                                                           Funeral Home is right next door.                                           hours a day, seven days a week. So when you need someone
                                                               Our staff of dedicated, professional funeral directors are your next   to turn to we are right there helping.
                                                           door neighbors and friends, go to the same churches, shop the same             “Second, because we believe in providing the best value
                                                           stores, and are on call night and day.                                     for every funeral dollar spent.”
                                                               “When you turn to Chapman, Cole & Gleason we will help you                 Of course, the best way to reduce funeral or cremation
                                                           achieve peace-of-mind . . .” says Michael Hoyt.                            costs is by pre-planning. So why not call us today and find
                                                                                                                                      out why?
                                                                                                                                            • Advance funeral planning
                                                                                                                                            • Traditional services
                                                                                                                                            • Cremation options & counseling
                                                                                                                                            • Serving all faiths
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