MAGIC MOMENTS DECEMBER 21_ 2006 by liaoxiuli2


									                      M.A.G.I.C. MOMENTS NEWSLETTER

                                       DECEMBER 21, 2006

 St. Ann‘s Catholic Church (Good Neighbor Lunch staff) will be serving Christmas Dinner from noon until 1 P.M. on
Monday, December 25th. All are welcome to attend!

  Beginning with the New Year there will be a change in the schedule for the Good Neighbor Lunch. Lunch will be served
from 11:30 A.M. until 1 P.M. on Mondays and Thursdays only. There will no longer be a Saturday luncheon served.

  Community Action Southwest will be offering a free tax preparation and filing program from February 12 th
through March 23rd, 2007. This service will be offered at the following Greene County locations: 58 E. Greene St.,
Waynesburg and Senior Center in Carmichaels. Scheduling for this service will begin in December. Please call
724-225-9550 Ext. 448 or 1-877-814-0788 Ext. 448. The V.I.T.A. (Volunteer in Tax Assistance) Service is available
to most people who work but do not earn high incomes.

  Applications are now available for the Elk National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship. This
program is open to all area high school graduating seniors and applications are available through the high
school guidance counselors. Applications are also available through the secretary of the Waynesburg Elks by
calling 724-852-2850 after 4 P.M. on Thursday and Friday evenings. Applications need to be returned to the Elks
Lodge in Waynesburg no later than January 12, 2007. For more information, contact the Elks National
Foundation at 773-755-4732 or email to:

  Urban League of Pittsburgh offers an intensive one-day pre-purchase seminar for low-moderate income
families as the first step towards homeownership. This free seminar (with the exception of a $21.00 money order
to pull a credit report) is generally held on a Saturday from 9 A.M. until 2 P.M. They are seeking locations to hold
this seminar in Greene County. Topics include: Planning for Homeownership, Advantages & Disadvantages of
Homeownership, Budget Planning, Financial Services, Savings Programs, Eligibility Criteria, Mortgage Structure,
Credit Report Review, Predatory Lending, Home Buying Process, Working with Realtors & Lenders; Property
Appraisals, Home & Pest Inspection, Closing Costs, Title Search and Insurances, Closer Look at Low-Moderate
Income Homebuyer Programs and Post-Purchase situations (foreclosure workout plans). For more information
on this seminar please contact Maurice F. Smith, Operation HOME Program Manager at 412-227-4192 or email

  A new play group, Tots of Joy, is opening at the First Assembly of God Church located at 4131 West Roy
Furman Highway in Waynesburg. This play group for children from infancy to kindergarten will be held from 10
A.M. to noon every Tuesday. Activities will include: praise songs, prayer, Bible stories, crafts, snacks and play
time. For more information about this program please call the church at 724-627-5356.

  Bowlby Public Library will present “Kindergarten, Here I Come” beginning now through August 2007. There
will be meetings held twice a month to assist in preparing those children who will be entering Kindergarten next
year. As part of the program, children will receive an activity calendar and 12 books. The easy at-home activities
are planned for adults and pre-schoolers to do together. Please register at the library or call the children’s dept.
for more information 724-627-9776.

  United Cerebral Palsy of SWPA will be introducing two new projects that will be operational in January 2007
and will benefit many families throughout SWPA:
   “Your Child’s Place,” a prescribed pediatric extended care facility for children with complex medical needs
(including, but not limited to: respiratory, gastrointestinal, seizures, metabolic, premature birth, neuromuscular,
cardiac, neurological, cerebral palsy & low birth weight). They will offer services daily to 25-30 children (birth to
age 12) who are experiencing serious health problems. To be eligible children must require specialized care for
short or long term acute health situations and must be prescribed in a letter of medical necessity by the child’s
Primary Care Physician or Specialist as an option to in-home skilled nursing. There are two fees for services,
medical and child care fees. The medical service fees can be billed to most health plans and the child care fees
are the responsibility of the parent/guardian. CCIS or DPW assistance payments are also accepted for child care
services. Operational hours will be from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Contact # 724-229-0851.
Location: 289 North Avenue, Washington, PA.

  “Rainbow’s End Recreation Station,” is an extension of the established integrated child care facility called
Rainbow’s End Learning Center. The new facility will be a creative play center that will support families who
have children with or without disabilities. Children with disabilities will be able to participate in the same
activities and play on the same equipment as children without disabilities, thus removing the stigma of children
with disabilities being “different” than other children. Families who have multiple children (with and without
disabilities) can utilize a single location where all children can participate in the same activities and play.
Operational hours will be 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. seven days per week. Birthday parties, play dates, field trips and
special events are available. Call for activity schedules. Location will be 289 North Avenue in Washington.
Contact number is 724-229-0851.

These two facilities will be opening in January 2007!!!!!

 Community Action Southwest Head Start (724-627-0744) and Early Head Start (724-852-1922) programs are presently
accepting applications for their program. Please contact the staff for more information.


The Parent-Child Home Program is accepting referrals for the 2007 year. PCHP is a home visiting program for 2 year
olds and their parents. The program consists of 23 weeks of visits throughout the program year. There are two ½ hour
visits each week, with the child receiving a free book or toy each week. The child must be two years old by Christmas of
2006. If you are interested please call Jan Smith at Community Action Southwest, 724-852-2893, Ext. 514.

  Pennsylvania is expanding its free and low-cost health insurance program for children…CHIP. Don‘t assume you make
too much money to qualify. To learn more visit or all 1-866-712-CHIP. This program
(for eligible children up to age 19) offers: comprehensive medical care, prescription drug benefits and dental & vision

  Free one-on-one tutoring for children in grades kindergarten though 12 is being offered at the Bowlby Public Library
Monday through Thursday. Please call Barbara Rohrer at 724-627-9776 for more information. Visit their website at
     The library continues to offer tutoring on Monday, Wednesday Thursday, with state-certified teacher, Lori Duer.
Please call for an appointment (724-966-5263). Visit their website at

  Community Action Southwest invites you to attend a Money Management Class at the Greene County site (58 E.
Greene Street in Waynesburg). This class will include: effective budgeting, developing a household budget, recognizing
spending habits, how to save, how to set goals, how to prioritize spending and identifying the differences between wants
and needs. This program is sponsored by Community Action Southwest‘s Housing Support Services. For more
information and specifics on scheduled classes, please call 724-852-2893.


  Centerville Clinics, Inc./ Greene County Mental Health Clinic at 190 Bonar Avenue in Waynesburg will be holding
groups for Adult Anger Management every Wednesday evening from 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. For more information or to
register please call Susan Campbell, MSW, LCSW at 724-627-8156.


  This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the dining hall at Golden Living Center (formerly
Beverly Health Care) at 300 Center Avenue in Waynesburg. Support group leader is Kay Mitchell. Contact number is


    A support group for victims of domestic violence meets weekly. Victims and/or significant others of victims may
attend. For meeting location and time, please contact Cheryl at the Greene County Women‘s Center 724-852-2463.


  Want to quit smoking? Join the Bee Free Program, a free program to help qualified Greene County residents quit
smoking. Offering: Nicotine Replacement Patches, Telephone Counseling and support materials. Also, the Bee Free
Program is offering a new tool, nicotine gum, to help smokers kick the habit. To register call the Greene County
Tobacco Control Program at 724-852-5276 or people can call Partners in Corporate Health, LLC. A Be Better Company at


  Compulsive Eaters Anonymous meets on Fridays at 5:30 P.M. at Hewitt Presbyterian Church in Rices Landing. Call


 Overeaters Anonymous meets on Tuesdays at 7 P.M. at the Church of the Covenant, 267 E. Beau Street in
Washington. Contact is Nancy at 724-746-2274.

   Waynesburg Chapter meets at the Rolling Meadows Church of God, 595 Rolling Meadows Road in Wbg. TOPS is for
men, women, teens and children ages 7 and older. The chapter meets every Thursday. Weigh-in is at 6 P.M. and the
meeting begins at 7 P.M. For more information please call Peggy Bailey at 724-852-6294.

There is an additional T.O.P.S. Chapter that meets in Waynesburg at the Bowlby Public Library (311 N. West Street).
Their meeting day is Saturday. Weigh-in is at 10:00 A.M. and the meetings begin at 11:00A.M. This group also extends
an invitation to men, women, teens and children age 7 years and older. For more information please call Judy Maikranz
at 724-966-9832.


 The Good Neighbor Lunch serves meals from 11 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at the St.
Ann Social Hall (724-627-7568).

The Good Neighbor Dinner takes place on the last Friday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church on College
Street in Waynesburg from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. Everyone is welcome. For more info please call 724-627-6006.


Community Action Southwest‘s COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER at 58 E. Greene Street in Waynesburg holds free
classes by appointment only every Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. Please call Becky at
724-852-2893 Ext. 516 to make an appointment.


  CCCS helps people to get people back in control of their financial health by providing FREE personalized, immediate
counseling sessions between the client and an experienced credit counselor. Immediate telephone counseling is
available, in addition to in-person and telephone counseling by appointment. Call 1-888-511-2227 and a counselor will
work with you to determine your monthly income, expenses and creditor payments. A systematic debt management
program may be devised to work in cooperation with your creditors. Under this kind of arrangement you send a monthly
payment to the agency which then disburses the funds to creditors in the agreed-upon amount. Hours of operation: Mon
– Thurs. 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.; Fridays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Saturday 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.


  Greene County residents are encouraged to apply for FREE weatherization service to their homes. Every address that
meets the income guidelines is eligible for services once every 10 years. Call 1-800-841-6899 to apply. The following
items MAY be provided by this program based on the findings of the energy audit inspection that is performed on your
home, in conjunction with the blower door test results: replace cracked or broken glass in windows, caulk/weather-strip
around windows, reglaze windows, replace or install threshold and door sweeps, insulation blanket around hot water
tanks, insulation wrap around exposed pipes, insulation/attic area and safety check on heating system and hot water
tanks. Income guidelines: Family of 1 ($14,700), Family of 2 ($19,800), Family of 3 ($24,900), Family of 4 ($30,000),
Family of 5 ($35,100) and Family of 6 ($40,200). These services are available to renters and owners of houses,
apartments and mobile homes. There is never a fee involved and no liens are placed against the property for these


          Community Action Southwest will be sponsoring Adult Education Classes in Greene County. Get your
GED/Review Basic Math-Reading-Writing Skills-Enhance Your Job Search/Improve Your Job Performance and Help your
Children with their Homework. Sites:

    Carmichaels Senior Center –Monday / Wednesday from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.

     Greensboro Family Center (Penn Pitt Building)—Tuesday / Thursday from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.

    Waynesburg CareerLink –Tuesday / Thursday from 9 A.M. to noon and 1 P.M. to 4 P.M.

    Waynesburg Family Center (1505 Morris St., Wbg.) –Mondays/Wednesdays from 1 to 4 P.M.

     Community Action Southwest (58 E. Greene St., Wbg.) Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

     AMI, INC (95 E. High Street, Wbg.) Mondays 10 A.M. to noon

All classes are on-going and are operated open entry and open exit. For more information please call 724-852-2893 or
1-877-814-0788 Ext. 516.


   Testing for G.E.D. is held at the Greene County Careerlink (4 W. High Street in Waynesburg) on the 3rd Tuesday
(11:30 A.M. to 3 P.M.) and the 3rd Wednesday (8 A.M. to 1 P.M.) September through May. There is no testing schedule
for the summer months. Pre-registration is required for this 2 day test. Cost is $45.00. Please contact Aaron Loring at
724-852-2900 Ext. 226 or visit the Careerlink. (Next test dates would be January 16th and 17th).


Community Action Southwest will be offering a full schedule of play groups at the following sites. Pre-school children and
their parents are welcome to come enjoy free play, storytime, crafts, snacks and much more. These programs are FREE.
For more info please call 877-814-0788 Ext. 516 or 724-852-2893 Ext. 516.

  Greensboro Family Center                Tuesday 10 until noon

  Morrisville Family Center               Thursday 10 until noon

  Nineveh Community Center                Wednesday 10 until noon

  Windy Ridge Resort                      Wednesday 10 until noon

  Hughes House/Jefferson                  Wednesday 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 A.M.

  Carmichaels Senior Center               Friday 1 P.M. until 3 P.M.


  Community Action Southwest Even Start program invites parents to explore a whole new world. Services include:
increasing math & reading skills, preparing for the GED test at home, preparing for your Driver‘s License Test, helping to
prepare your child for school, learning about your child‘s brain development and fun, family centered activities. Call 1-
877-814-0788 Ext. 516 or 724-627-3226.


  Community Action Southwest‘s Greene County Family Center will be holding Fatherhood Initiative Workshops. Time
and location will be announced. For more information, please call Rocco Angelo at 724-627-3226.


  Community Action Southwest‘s Greene County Family Center is also conducting Parenting Classes. The classes are
open to the public. Referrals are also accepted. For more information please call Dusti Bedilion at 724-852-2893, Ext.


  ―Playtime‖ for Moms and Tots will be held at St. Ann‘s Social Hall (232 E. High Street, Waynesburg) on Wednesdays
from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. began on September 6th. There is no charge for this program and for more information
please contact Father Al at 724-627-7568.


Household monthly gross income must be less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines. Customers must have paid $150
on their utility bill in the 90 days prior to the application if the ratepayer is under age 62. Customers must have paid $100
on their utility bill in the 90 days prior to the application if the ratepayer is over age 62. The maximum grant per utility per
season is $500, but no more than the current account balance or amount needed to restore service. Reconnect fees or
security deposits are NOT covered by these grants. Residents of Greene County may call Catholic Charities (724-627-
6410) or Community Action Southwest (724-852-2893) and make an appointment to apply for $ Energy. (Beginning Nov.
6th all eligible customers must apply for LIHEAP cash or crisis grants first if eligible, before applying for $ Energy).

All regulated utilities (Allegheny Power, Equitable, Columbia and Dominion) continue to offer Universal Service (low-
income) programs, which can include special arrangements, weatherization (non-emergency), and CARES. Dominion
currently has a waiting list for their low-income payment program.

Universal Service numbers are: Allegheny Power 1-800-207-1250; Columbia Gas 1-800-537-7431; Dominion-Peoples
Gas 1-800-400-9276; Equitable Gas 1-800-654-6335.

LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program):

  Applications for this year‘s LIHEAP Program are available at the Greene County Assistance Office. LIHEAP is a federal
program that assists low-income individuals who can not pay their heating bills. People need not have an unpaid bill to
receive energy assistance and people can receive this funding without being on welfare. No lien is place on a person‘s
property if they receive this help. If a person is eligible, a payment will be sent directly to the utility/fuel dealer and the
payment will be credited on the person‘s bill. CRISIS Grants: additional money of up to $300 is available to individuals if
they have an emergency situation and are in jeopardy of losing their heat. Emergency situations include: broken heating
equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced, lack of fuel, termination of utility service and danger of being
without fuel or of having utility service terminated. Assistance with these energy emergency situations is available 24
hours per day (call our local County Assistance Office/Energy Assistance Program 724-627-7668. The program opened
on November 6, 2006 and will close on March 22, 2007. To apply you will need the following: names, dates of birth,
social security numbers and proof of income for everyone in the household. In addition, please provide a copy of a recent
heating bill. Income guidelines have been set at 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:

  Household Size               Income Limit

          1                    $14,700
          2                    $19,800
          3                    $24,900
          4                    $30,000
          5                    $35,100
          6                    $40,200
          7                    $45,300
          8                    $50,400

 Distribution is now taking place in Greene County and the contact person is Phyllis Rhodes (724-852-4123).
                                                   JANUARY 2007 MENU

    (6) 5 oz. Bacon-Wrapped Beef Filets                                   (1) 16 oz. Pasta
    (1) 1.5 lb. Boneless Pork Roast                                       (1) 7.5 oz. Mac & Cheese
    (1) 2 lb. Fully Cooked Frying Chicken                                 (1) 24 oz. French Fries
    (1) 2 lb. Salsbury Steak Entree                                       (1) 16 oz. Green Peas & Carrots
    (1) 2 lb. Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast                            (1) 15 oz. Diced Bartlett Pears
    (1) 1 lb. Flame-Broiled Meatballs                                     (1) 14 oz. Peanut Butter
    (1) 16 oz. Bean Soup Mix                                              (1) 8 oz. Pancake Mix
    (1) 26 oz. Pasta Sauce                                                (1) Dessert Item
                                                                          (1) 7 oz. Brown N Serve Sausage

                                    ALL THIS FOR THE LOW COST OF JUST $25.00*
                                      *price may vary based on taxes and other fees
                        **One or more specials available only with the purchase of a regular unit.**

                                             JANUARY SPECI AL #1

                                           10 lb. Box Popcorn Chicken - $16.00

                                             JANUARY SPECI AL #2

                                                 5 lb. Combo Box - $18.00
                                (4 8-oz. Ribeyes, 2 lb. Beef Back Ribs, 1 lb. Italian Sausage)

                                             JANUARY SPECI AL #3

                                 12 lb. 4-4-4 Special (4 meals serves 4 each) - $18.00
                       (Beef Stew, Chicken Fajitas, Seasoned Pork Chops & Rice, Chicken Alfredo)

                  WEEK A                                                   WEEK B
                  (AL, AR, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS,                         (FL, KY, LA, MI NC, NJ, OH,
                  MD, MN, MO, MS, NM, NY, SC, WV,                          OK, TN, TX, VA, CA,
                  NORTH PA-north of Interstate 80)                         SOUTH PA-south of Interstate 80)
Orders Due:       Tuesday, January 2, 2007                                 Monday, January 15, 2007
Distribution Day: Saturday, January 13, 2007                               Saturday, January 27, 2007
                                Please note that some host sites have earlier order deadlines.
                                   Please contact your local host site for that information.

  All orders must be paid in full at the time of placing an order. St. Ann‘s Catholic Church is our local site located at 232 E.
High Street in Waynesburg (724-627-7568.) Please bring a box, cooler or a laundry basket as a carryall for your food
items. For more information on Angel Food Ministries you may visit their website at


  Community Action Southwest will conduct a Blanket Drive until Jan. 25. There will be 5 collection bins strategically
located throughout our community where anyone will be able donate NEW blankets for those in need. Locations: Fort
Jackson Building, Careerlink, Catholic Charities, Community Action Southwest and Salvation Army. All blankets
collected will be given to Salvation Army for distribution.


We are Growing!!!!
We are very excited to announce two new programs in Greene County. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be starting two site-
based mentoring programs; one at Jefferson-Morgan elementary school and one at Central Greene elementary school.
These two programs will use high school student volunteers as the Big Brothers and Sisters and elementary school
students as the Little Brothers and Sisters.

The Big Brothers and Sisters will walk across to the elementary schools and meet one day a week for one hour with their
little brothers and sisters. They will focus on having fun and building friendships (the heart of our one-to-one mentoring
program). Big Brothers and Sisters may help with homework, do puzzles, play games, talk and laugh with their little
brothers and sisters. The matches will remain on the site and are supervised during the program.

We are also expanding our community-based program. This is the traditional Big Brothers Big Sisters program where an
adult is matched with a child and they go out at least twice a month for 3-5 hours each time. The adult mentors make a 1
year commitment. The adult volunteer picks the child up at home and they may go bowling, ice skating, to the mall or out
to dinner- any activity that will promote a fun friendship. Our volunteers are normal folks, who want to help magic happen
for a child. Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about, ―Little Moments, Big Magic.‖

If you‘re interested in volunteer or enrolling your child to receive a mentor, please call:
Sara Thomas
Program Coordinator
Washington and Greene Counties
724-228-9191             We’re looking for caring adults who can
                                             make magic happen for local kids.

                                         Just be a friend to a child who needs one.

                                        Have fun together. Learn from each other.

                                   You both will be forever changed by the experience.

                                            Call 1-877-YES-BIGS to learn more.


  Greene County Parks & Recreation is sponsoring aerobic classes at the Greene County Fairgrounds/4 H Building. Fee
is $4.00 per session and the instructor is Dolly Throckmorton.

  High and Low Impact Aerobics is on Thursdays from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

  Step Aerobics is on Saturdays from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. Questions???? Call Parks and Recreation at 724-852-5323.


  A day of family fun during the holidays has been set for December 28th from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the 4 H
Building/Greene County Fairgrounds. There will be a free movie (―The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the
Wardrobe) free lunch and family activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring your own pillow or
comfortable seating. Call Tracie at 724-852-5276 by December 22nd to register. This program is sponsored by the
Greene County Commissioners, Greene County Human Services and the Greene County MAGIC Collaborative, Family
Stability Community Team.


  Greene County Education Center located at 100 EverGreene Drive, Suite 102 in Waynesburg will be starting their
spring classes on January 11th. To register or for more information about their wide variety of classes please call 724-
627-3464 or 1-800-262-2103. Online registration available at New students may apply for admission
online by completing the Application for Admission first. Returning students may register online. Students may also
register in person at any WCCC location.


  Relay for Life is hosting a fundraising event on January 12, 2007 from 7 P.M. until 10 P.M. at the Yanak Lanes in
Jefferson, Pa. This will be a night of bowling mixed with karaoke. Snacks will be provided and door prizes will be
awarded throughout the night. Cost is $15 for singles and $25 for couples and is open to all ages. Please contact Justin
Kubicar at or at 724-852-5300 for tickets or for more information.


 Greene County Dept. of Recreation hosts a Flea Market every Tuesday and Saturday from 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the
Greene County Fairgrounds. Contact number is 724-852-5323.

  Carmichaels and Cumberland Volunteer Fire Company will host a flea market every Sunday from now until Palm
Sunday 2007. Hours are 8 A.M. – 2 P.M. Public Admission is 25 cents. Tables are $5.00 and to make a reservation for a
table please call 724-966-5622.


Bobtown 11:00
January 2-Blood Pressure ((10-11:300
January 2-Blood Types
January 9-Holiday Party Bingo
January 16-Driving With Dementia
January 23-Benefits of Exercise

Carmichaels 10:30
January 10-Benefits of Exercise
January 15-Blood Types
January 15-Blood Pressure Clinic

Clarksville 11:15
January 3 –Benefits of Exercise (10:00)
January 23-Blood types

January 23- Blood Pressure (10:45-11:00)
Strong/Bones M.W.F. (10-11:00)

Eldercare 10:30
January 16-Benefits of Exercise
January 18-Blood Pressure (9; 30-10:30)
January 24-Blood Types
Exercise program each day (10:30)

Jefferson 11: 00
January 3- Benefits of Exercise
January 10-Blood Types
January 10-Blood Pressure (10:00-11:00)
January 17- Holiday Party Bingo
Strong/ Bones exercise every Tuesday and Thursday (10-1100AM)

Mt. Morris 11:15
January 8- Benefits of Exercise
January 9-Blood Types
January 9-Blood Pressure (930-11:00)
January 22- Driving With Dementia
Strong Bones exercise every Tuesday and Thursday (1-2PM)

Waynesburg 11:15
January 11- Blood Pressure (930-11:00
January 16-Benefits of Exercise
January 24-Blood Types
Strong/Bones exercise every Tuesday and Thursday (1:30-2:30)

West Greene 11:15
January 4-Holiday Party Bingo
January 18-Benefits of Exercise
January 18-Blood Pressure (10-1130)
January 25-Blood Types

January is National Blood Donation and Recipient month. Blood is needed for emergencies, and for people who have
blood disorders, cancer, anemia, sickle cell and other illnesses. Some people need regular blood transfusions in order to
live. Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, but only 5% of the eligible US population donates.
Blood usage varies depending on the type of surgery or illness and whether there are any complications. All blood may
look alike but after it is tested, it is apparent that all blood is different. Cheryl Lawrence from Albert Gallatin HHC will
provide our centers with all you need to know about transfusions and blood donation. She will alert you to the difference
types of blood we have. Do you know your blood type in case of emergency?
Blood Pressure Clinics will be provided throughout the month of January at all of our centers. We are grateful for both
Albert Gallatin and SW Home Care for these clinics. Make certain your pressure doesn‘t elevate with the upcoming
holidays events.
Benefits of Exercise programming will be given by our Southwest Regional Hospital experts. Exercise may be the
closest thing to the Fountain of Youth available. It improves overall health and appearance and it helps maintain body
functions that decline with age. Exercise can improve our circulation, make our heart stronger, improve our balance and
improve mental alertness. People benefit only as long as they exercise regularly. All of the benefits decrease within
months of when you stop.
Driving with Dementia will be given by Shannon Legg from our CAS SOAR Dept. Don‘t let the name dissuade you from
listening. As we age so does our eyesight, and sometimes our flexibility and response time may become slower.
Sometimes we are on new medications that cause us to see things differently. This is important for all of us. We will have
only two programs a month, so watch the calendar for this program.
Holiday Party Bingo presentations will continue this month. NDAA will tell us how to party without the need for alcohol.
This is not just for Christmas but for all of our holidays.


A free program designed especially to help people who want to quit using tobacco has been announced by the Greene
County Tobacco Control Program. SmokeStoppers, a group program to help people gain the strength and reinforcement
to quit, will begin with an introductory session on January 10th at 6 p.m. The session will be held at Southwest Regional
Medical Center in the 2nd Floor Guesman Room. A total of eight sessions to support those who wish to quit will be held on
January 10, January 15, January 18, January 22, January 24 and January 29.

According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature
death in the United States, accounting for nearly 440,000 annual deaths. Many studies detail the evidence that cigarette
smoking is a major cause of coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack

The Greene County Tobacco Control Program is supported by the Greene County Drug & Alcohol Program and the
county commissioners: Pam Snyder, Chairman, Dave Coder and John R. Gardner. As the primary contractor selected
for Greene County by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Greene County Drug & Alcohol Program received
funding from the Tobacco Settlement Fund for tobacco use prevention and cessation.

For more information on the SmokeStoppers program, please call Angie VanDyne, Tobacco Prevention Specialist for the
Tobacco Control Program, at (724) 852-5276 or


  On Monday, January 22nd from 8:30 A.M. until 3 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church in Waynesburg there will be
conference entitled: ―Across the Generations Kids ‗n Kin‖ (Grandparents Raising Grandchildren). Registration fee is $15
which includes morning refreshments and lunch. Make checks payable to ―Extension Special Fund, ― and return to
Greene County Cooperative Extension at 26 W. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370. Topics of the day include: What is
Intergenerational Programming?, Legal Issues, Relatives as Parents, Foster Grandparents vs. Foster Grandparenting and
The School System-Dealing with Grandparents. Social Work and Act 48 credits are available. This conference is
sponsored by: Penn State Cooperative Extension Connecting Families Coalition in collaboration with Greene County
MAGIC Family Stability.


          A representative from the Social Security office comes to Waynesburg on the 3 rd Thursday of each month from
9 A.M. until noon and then from 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. Location: Greene County Careerlink at 4 W. High Street. No
appointments necessary.

  Child Care Information Services is presently seeking child care providers who are willing to offer non-traditional hours.
Please call them at 724-852-5277 if you are interested.

  The Greene County Drug Task Force operates the county drug tip hotline at 724-627-5391. Please call them to report
drug activity or for more information.

  The State Dept. of Aging is providing free generic prescription drugs to low-income and/or disabled Pennsylvanians
(age 18 years and older) who do not have health insurance. Eligible residents may enroll for up to $600 in generic drugs
through the PACE Clearinghouse program) at 1-800-955-0989.

  America‘s pharmaceutical companies are working together with doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers and
community groups to make getting medicine easier. Through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance, help may be
available to people who do not have prescription coverage and can not afford their medicine. To see if you or anyone you
know may qualify for help you, please call 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit


 If you have questions, or concerns about living with a disability,
 disability rights, or want to join a larger community, call the
 Outreach Office of Tri-County Patriots for Independent Living
 (TRIPIL). TRIPIL offers classes in computers, advocacy, disability law and much more.
 TRIPIL provides information and referral, skills training, peer
  support, advocacy and nursing home transition services to the
 communities of Washington, Fayette and Greene counties. Open Monday
  through Thursday, 8:30 to 4:30 and by appointment on Fridays at 30 North
  Washington Street, Waynesburg PA. Come by and see us, or call for more
 information Please call 724-852-2016

  Managing Mental Health & Drug & Alcohol Services for HealthChoices‘ members in Greene County. HealthChoices‘
members are eligible to receive mental health and drug & alcohol services free of charge. They can help you find the
services you need and get approval for treatment. VBH-PA can help you find providers for behavioral health services.
Please call the toll free number for Greene County: 1-877-688-5973. Someone will assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week. Please call and talk to a Member Service Representative. HealthChoices‘ member rights and responsibilities are

explained in the Member Handbook. If you did not receive yours, please call and request a copy. If you need special help
understanding any of your rights, call the Greene County Recovery and Resiliency Specialist at 1-888-856-5073. Your do
not pay for any services that are part of the HealthChoices program.

  Consumer/Family Satisfaction Surveys:
    VBH-PA wants to be sure HealthChoices‘ members are satisfied with their services. You may help us by taking a brief
Consumer Family Satisfaction Survey. Call 724-852-5395 and talk to a member of the team. They will arrange a
convenient time and place for you to complete the survey. All information is confidential. VBH-PA uses suggestions from
the surveys to improve services or add new ones. Make you opinion count!

  The Open Arms Drop-In Center (724-627-3213) will be operating with new hours: noon to 5 P.M. on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. They will also pay for transportation through the Greene County Transportation
Program to come to the center and then back home again. Their phone number is 724-627-6778 or 1-877-360-7433.
Open Arms is a safe, friendly gathering place for socialization and fellowship among individuals coping with mental health
issues. Hope to see you soon!


HEALTH & WELFARE COUNCIL meets September through May from 12 P.M. until 1 P.M (on the 3rd Thursday of each
month). Location of the meeting is generally held at the Greene County Career and Technology Center (Vo-tech). The
next meeting will take place on Thursday, January 18th at noon. Please contact Bonnie Popso, President at 724-324-
9001. (Meetings for Jan., Feb. March and April will be at the Vo-Tech. )

COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM is a new program for our mental health consumers in Greene County. A
Community Support Program works together with county social service agencies, various community agencies and
natural supports to help those who face serious mental illness live independently in the community. Assistance is
provided for management of medications, housing and employment issues, school functions, participation in community
recreational activities, developing job skills and accessing appropriate benefits. This group meets on the 3rd Monday of
each month. The committee meeting is at 10 A.M. (for co-chairs only) and the regular meeting is at 10:30 A.M. (all are
welcome). Location of the meetings: Greene County Fairgrounds, Building #10, Upper Level. For more information or to
be added to the CSP invitation mailing list please contact Melanie Balogh at 724-852-5276 or email at

M.A.G.I.C. TASK GROUP MEETINGS (if you are not part of a group, please consider joining a group that interests you.
New members are ALWAYS welcome)

 EARLY CARE & SCHOOL SUCCESS meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 P.M. in the 3rd floor meeting room
of the Fort Jackson Building. Contact is Amy Switalski at 724-852-5276.

  FAMILY STABILITY meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at 10 A.M. in the 3rd Floor conference room of the Ft.
Jackson Building. Contact is Tracie Wilson at 724-852-5276. (This group is collecting photos from Net M.A.G.I.C. to
compile a scrapbook. Please submit any photos from any year to Angie or Tracie 724-852-5276).

 SAFE KIDS/SAFE COMMUNITIES meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 9:00 A.M. at the State Health Clinic.
Contact Marlene Shaw at 724-627-3168.


Physical Health plans to meet 4 times a year as a whole committee in the conference room of the Cooperative Extension
Office at 26 W. High Street/Basement Level.
These dates will be the first Monday at February, May, August and November.

The Physical Health subcommittees will meet as needed.
Below is a list of the sub -committees and a contact person from each:

Perinatal Coalition = Rosa Snyder-Boyd
724-852-2893 ext 441

Tobacco Coalition = Tracie Wilson - 724-852-5276 (This group meets every other month.
        The next meeting will be on February 26th @ 1:00 P.M. Fort Jackson Building, 3rd floor large conference room)

Cancer Coalition = Carolyn Wissenbach - 724-627-3745

Diabetes Coalition =          Sue Pettit
                              Cindy Cowie 724-627-2550 X 550

Covering Kids and Families = Rich Rinehart -

RESOURCE COORDINATION meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11:30 A.M. (with the exception of
June and July). These meetings will take place immediately prior to the monthly Health & Welfare meetings so the
location will change accordingly. Please contact Mary Trauth at 724-852-1943 or

LIFE ENRICHMENT FOR ADULTS will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 3 P.M. at the Waynesburg Senior Center
on Richhill Street. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Chris Bruno at 724-852-2893.

GREENE COUNTY HOUSING OPTIONS PARTNERSHIP will meet the last Tuesday of the following months: January
30, 2007; April 24, 2007 from 9:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. The meetings are held in the 3rd Floor (large) conference room of the
Ft. Jackson Building. If you are interested in joining this group please contact Kathleen Gregg at 724-852-5276 Or Jeff Fondelier at 724-852-2893

DEADLINE: Keep in mind that the M.A.G.I.C. Moments is a newsletter that belongs to all of us. All information regarding
programs, events and activities is welcomed. Please submit your entries by the 3rd Wednesday of each month. You may
call the Find Out office at 724-852-1943, email to or stop in the office at the Fort Jackson
Building at 19th S. Washington Street (lobby area). Your input is needed and appreciated!

DON‘T FORGET TO ALSO CHECK OUT THE GREENE COUNTY MAGIC WEBSITE: The M.A.G.I.C. Moments Newsletters are posted on this site. Simply choose ―About
Us‖ and then select ―Resource Coordination Community Team.‖ Then a subfolder entitled ―MAGIC Moments Newsletter‖
will appear and you may open up the archive of newsletters that are available.


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