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Village Voice Newsletter • November 2013 1 Vol. XXII, No. 11 | November 2013 Editorial High Cost of Living It was revealed by the Social Security Administration that Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect another small increase in their benefits come January. Most residents in OHCC are recipients of Social Security benefits in one form or another. The average monthly payment is $1,162, so a 1.5 percent raise would increase the monthly payment to about $17. Automatic COLA (Cost of Living Adjustments) were adopted so that benefits for people on fixed incomes would keep up with rising prices. The administrators of Social Security don’t realize the size and packages of canned goods, cereals and dairy products have all been reduced from 20 to 25%, and we are paying the same price for less product. A seventeen dollar increase can hardly buy a half a tank of gas. Seventeen dollars can barely fill a bag of groceries from Ralph’s. And you have blown away seventeen dollars for a couple going to the movies. But most realize the cost of living in Southern California’s gold coast (anywhere south of the San Fernando Valley) is far higher than most of the country. Housing is very expensive and so are property taxes. The price of gas here is higher than most of the nation. We also realize there is nowhere else in the continental U.S. that can match the consistent spring-like weather during the entire year. We EDITORIAL cont’d. on Page 3 Woodchucks are primed for a big season. Woodchucks in Christmas Mode As the holiday season is upon us, the Woodchucks have set up shop and are in full swing, manufacturing Christmas toys for the children of families at Camp Pendleton. Woodchuck President Larry Bowers is convinced they will be able to produce as many as 600, one hundred more than they created last year. Because of the recent expansion of the woodshop, Santa’s workers have experienced greater efficiency in their creative and manufacturing procedures. With the expanded space, there is also a greater degree of safety when the various machines are placed at safer distances from one another. Another space is called the “Clean Room,” an adjoin- ing room devoid of machinery and designated as a place where workers can perform detailed work such as painting and decorating toys. Paint and supplies are located on numerous shelves and in drawers, conveniently accessible for workers who previously had to run across the room for sprays and brushes. At the rear of the woodshop is a tented area for projects too large to be worked on inside the shop. This allows greater freedom for woodchucks to work on large items such as outdoor furniture, shelving, doors and other architectural jobs. But at the moment, all efforts are directed WOODCHUCKS cont’d. on Page 3 The Village Voice is a publication of the OHCC Journalism Club

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