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~ Seneca, Roman philosopher mid-1st century AD


Awards Handed out at the 2012 Centenarians’ Awards Luncheon!

Cathie Peacock, the Chair of the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging Centenarian Committee, presided over the awards luncheon held at the Senior Center on October 24, 2012.  Five new Centenarians were  inducted into the Tuolumne County University of Life: Edith Bettanini, Esther Handy, Irene “Tommy” Manson, Fran Economou and Isabel Hargrove.  Alumni centenarians honored that day were: Esther Butler 103, Erma Guissi 103, Sue March 102. Twenty-seven upcoming Seniors(99 years old), Juniors (98 years old), Sophomores (97 years old), and Freshmen (96 years old) were also recognized.  A lovely picture of Esther (Handy), Tommie  and Isabel was  featured in Friday’s Union Democrat.

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging acknowledges and honors our citizens who have reached age 96 years of age or older. Every year they will be inducted into Tuolumne County’s Centenarian Society and are recognized as students in the University of Life of Wisdom and Experience.

Jots & Thoughts… by Roberta Goodwin

COASenior Website Launched!! The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging’s new website is up!  Check it out at: http://coasenior.com/

A new feature:
Our county supes send in news to our blog from their goings on around the county.

“Heads Up From Our Board of Supervisors”
Supervisor’s Corner, By John L. Gray, Tuolumne County Supervisor, District 4

I have received a number of questions recently concerning the newly completed study, by the Tuolumne ounty Transportation Council (TCTC). The study is called Tuolumne Tomorrow. Tuolumne Tomorrow is a study that deals with the planning process for directing future growth and enhancing the quality of life in Tuolumne County across the next few decades. Tuolumne Tomorrow is a coordinated effort between the City of Sonora, Tuolumne County, Tuolumne County Transportation Council and local residents who participated to develop a long-range vision for growth and development and environmental protection. The growth scenario adopted by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors is titled Distinctive Communities Alternative.

The study is a tool to help assist the County and its residents to plan for future growth. The Blue Print process began in late 2007. The work has been funded by a grant from Cal Trans. Having this document in place will help the County secure funding for future infrastructure improvements. A  complete report on Tuolumne Tomorrow can be found on TCTC web page www.tuolumnetransportationcouncil.org

One of the first time achievements has been the establishment of a business plan for Tuolumne County’s two airports. The two airports operate as an enterprise fund. As a  business, they should at least pay for themselves and as a primary goal not be subsidized by the general  fund. We are not achieving that goal at this time. The purpose of the business plan is to quantify and qualify how the airports can fulfill their potential and at the same time achieve the financial goal of at least breaking  even. The County operates two distinct airports. One airport is in Columbia, the other at Pine Mountain Lake in Groveland.

The completed business plan for the two airports shows that if the assumptions made in the plan are correct the airports can be at a “breakeven point” in combined budgets in 2015-16 budget years. or a complete report on the Airport Business plans go to Tuolumne County web site www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov

I have had a number of meetings dealing with Old Priest Grade issues. In those meetings we have discussed concerns regarding line of sight safety when traveling west and the need for better signage to discourage motor home and truck and trailer traffic. The Cal Trans representative assured me that he would look into those above-mentioned issues and others concerning the route along the corridor and come back with a plan for improvements. I will continue dialogue with the State Agency to make sure that the deficiencies are corrected.

On October 13 I had the pleasure of speaking at the dedication of the new Don Pedro Fire House. What a great asset to the community. I congratulate all that were involved in bringing this project to completion. Job well done!

As most of you are aware Lyle Turpin will be ending his term as a Mariposa Supervisor this year. Lyle has been a great person to work with on all issues. I wish him the best of luck and look forward hearing more about his continued recovery.

I want to take one more opportunity to remind all of you about the importance of casting your vote on November 6. Locally, one of the most important ballot measures is Measure G in the Groveland district. I went into detail in my August and September articles on the importance of passing this ballot measure. Please remember this is not a new tax. It is an extension of an existing tax that helps provide necessary funds for the 24/7 ambulance service in Groveland. It takes a 2/3rds majority vote in order for the measure to pass. It’s simple, without the funding from the measure there will not be a 24/7 ambulance on the hill. I should not have to explain to any of you how devastating the loss of this vital service would be to our quality of life. The longer it takes to respond to an emergency the less chance there is for survival.

Because of furlough and the holidays I will not have office hours in Don Pedro and Groveland in November and December. There will not be an article in December.

I welcome your comments and invite you to contact me. If needed, I can meet with you in Don Pedro, Groveland or Sonora by appointment.

Call 209-533-5521 or send me an email at: jgray@co.tuolumne.ca.us

To go to: John Gray’s column in the YHH called “Supervisor’s Corner” (page 5)
take a peek here… http://www.yosemitehwyherald.com/images/November_12.pdf

From a recent article by Kiplinger by Kathryn A. Walson, Staff Writer, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, which says there’s a slight trend for seniors to move back in with their adult children and even with their grandchildren. While college age kids and the so-called “boomerang” kids are getting all the press for moving back home in increasing numbers, it seems that twenty percent of older adults over the age of 65 are doing it as well (up from 17% in 1990). AARP says it’s an opportunity to bond with children and grandchildren in a way that wouldn’t happen otherwise.
Read more:http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/krr-when-a-parent-moves-in-with-the-kids.html#ixzz25Kjcjlhj

Driving into later years?
An old debate surfaces: as more people age into later and later years, more older people are driving. A recent Associated Press article describes a 100 year-old man who caused injuries to 11 people when he plowed into a group of parents and children outside a Los Angeles elementary school. The retired sales manager, who lives in Los Angeles, had just renewed his license with a perfect score on his written test. The debate: How old is too old to continue to drive?

Did YOU Know?… For your better living…

1. Area 12 Agency on Aging ~This agency’s helpful staff provides services to more than 11,000 seniors in five counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne. Services include information and assistance, caregiver support, nutrition, fitness, Medicare counseling and much more. The agency is headquartered in Sonora, at 19074 Standard Rd. Contact Area 12 at (209) 532-6272 or (800) 510-2020, www.area12.orgT’is the Season: one of Area 12’s season appropriate services is help with fire clearance. Call 532-6272 and ask about their “Chore” program, or ask them in general how they can help you with your other living challenges.

3. PG&E’s low-income program ~ PG&E has a low-income program called “The Energy Savings Assistance Program” and they partner locally with Sears to bring new refrigerators to folks. According to an installer I talked to named “Mike” … he and his crew make about 10 stops a day in the county to bring free brand-new refrigerators. His clients run to – he estimates – about 70% seniors. As part of the program, the crew even picks up their old refrigerators (and refurbishes/recycles them). The service area extends from Mi-Wuk to Riverbank, more or less, as he explained. Other features of the program include what they term “Improvements to your house, apartment or mobile home including compact fluorescent lights, caulking, showerheads, minor home repair and more.” To find out more about the program and whether you’re eligible, or if someone you KNOW is eligible, go to: http://www.pge.com/myhome/customerservice/financialassistance/energysavingsassistanceprogram call or call 800-989-9744.

4. Senior Services Directory ~ Pick up this handy 24-page guide to local senior services at the sheriff’s Community Service Unit office in The Junction Shopping Center. Published by the nonprofit Senior Resource Service (SRS), it includes contact information for everything from health care and housing to transportation and emergency services – “anything a senior might need,” says Judy Finley, SRS president. A complete version of the directory (61 pages) is available online at the Friends and Neighbors website, http://www.tcfan.net, under the home-page link titled “Resources.”

5. “REACH” or “Relief for Energy Assistance through Community Help is a program provided by PG&E and administered by the Salvation Army to help folks with delinquent electricity bills. This from Catherine Driver: “We are working with our local Salvation Army to provide help to elders in need of assistance with their PG&E bills. We will be helping those 62 and over while Salvation Army will work with those under 62. (We will help in the case of a participant in the OE program, regardless of age.) Our part, like the Salvation Army’s, is to assist in filling out the needed paperwork and making sure all appropriate paperwork is included (i.e. PG&E bills, proof of age, etc.). We then call PG&E to make the ‘pledge’ and then fax the paperwork to Salvation Army in San Francisco. We can be reached at 532-7632 and Salvation Army can be reached at 588-1986. Catherine Driver, Engagement Coordinator, Older Adult Outreach &Engagement Program.”

7. Minor Home Repair ~ Area 12 Agency on Aging offers a program for eligible county seniors “designed to assist seniors over 60 who have home repair problems they cannot resolve which threaten health & safety.” To be eligible, you must: be 60 years of age or older; reside in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties; live in your own home. Typical repairs include… (among others) hard to turn faucets; leaky toilets; door knob repair; install grab bars; repair doors and windows; ramp repair. Call Area 12 Today for more information on how you can arrange for needed home repairs 209-532-6272… Or go to: http://www.area12.org/support.aspx. Also, you can view their website at: http://www.area12.org/

In future, we will blog with even more information on matters of interest to county seniors so stay tuned! And please feel free to let us know YOUR ideas for events or forums that you want to see! We actively solicit your comments. You may contact the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging by email at aging2010@gmail.com

To go to:
Area 12 Agency on Aging’s website, go here: http://www.area12.org/
Little House website, go here: http://thelittlehouse.org
Friends and Neighbors website go here:http://seniorfan.com

THANK YOU for reading! … Editor Roberta Goodwin
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