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FREE TESTING for: HIV Gonarrhea Chlamyadia SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS INCLUDING ASSISTANCE WITH: Utilities Food Housing Medical expenses Medication expenses Nutritional Supplements and more.

Email for more information or to schedule an appointment for testing.

Welcome to the Super Fair ................... 3 List of Vendors .................................. 5-21 Program schedule .............................. 22 Super Fair presenters ........................ 24 Special Thanks ..................................... 25 Reader’s Theatre feature ................... 26 Medicare enrollment ......................... 27 Affordable housing coalition .......... 28 Schlow Library ................................... 29 CCCHS plays vital role ........................ 30 Local food pantries ............................ 31 Home health and home care ............... 32 Transportation options .................... 33 Area services available ................ 34, 35 Volunteering ....................................... 36 Centre County VITA .............................. 37 Housing advocacy .............................. 37

Gazette The Centre County

403 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801 Phone: (814) 238-5051 • Fax: (814) 238-3415 PUBLISHER Rob Schmidt


STAFF WRITER Brittany Svoboda



COPY EDITOR Andrea Ebeling





CONTACT US: To submit news: Advertising: The Gazette is a weekly newspaper serving Centre County and is published by Indiana Printing and Publishing Company. Reproduction of any portion of any issue is not permitted without written permission. The publisher reserves the right to edit or reject any advertisement for any reason.

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Services n Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center n Centre County Geriatric Interest Network n Centre County Partnership for Community Health n Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition n The Centre County Gazette n Centre Area Transportation Authority In Centre County, we are fortunate to have the resources, services and agencies that are committed to helping the community. Despite best efforts, people continue to struggle to ask for help. They are not sure what type of help there is available, how they can afford it, who to call, and how to know there is assistance that will resolve their problems. In addition, people often

want to give back, whether by volunteering their time, donating money or goods, and/or becoming a part of the solution. They can be overwhelmed with the number of agencies to choose from. All of these factors drove us to create a countywide community event that will highlight all of the above, and do so in a fun, relaxed and creative way. The planning committee has worked tirelessly to provide the opportunity for the community to find information, enjoyment and assistance during the event. Information sessions will be held every hour starting at 10 a.m. in the library. We will have live entertainment throughout the day in the auditorium. There will be more than 115

Welcome to the first-ever Centre County Community Super Fair

By Natalie Corman, Director, Centre County Office of Adult Services and Sandy Schuckers, Administrative Officer and PrimeTime Health Coordinator, Centre County Office of Aging We welcome you to the first-ever Centre County Community Super Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, being held at the Mount Nittany Middle School in State College. Our hopes for the fair began with the idea of creating a one-stop event for all ages, needs and information that shows the community how we help each other and how each of you can help. The Super Fair is made possible by generous sponsorships from the following: n Centre County Council of Human

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Live Fearless CHIP covers uninsured kids and teens. Call Capital BlueCross today.


Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

CHIP coverage is issued by Keystone Health Plan® Central through a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. BlueCross Dental SM and BlueCross Vision SM are issued by Capital Advantage Assurance Company ®. Capital Advantage Assurance Company and Keystone Health Plan Central are subsidiaries of Capital BlueCross. All are independent licensees of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Communications are issued by Capital BlueCross in its capacity as administrator of programs and provider relations.

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Providing the following services in Centre County:

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• Senior Center Activities • Home Delivered & Congregate Meals, Transportation • Adult Daycare, Personal Care • Advocacy for Residents in Long Term Care Facilities • Information about resources to assist individuals as they age • Meaningful opportunities to volunteer in the community through RSVP • Health Insurance Counseling people with Medicare Insurance

agencies represented at the event. Many of the vendors will be providing a variety of screenings, such as blood pressure and stroke, as well as giveaways, fundraisers and information. Food vendors will be available all day. Outside vendors include emergency response vehicles, transportation options and recreational agencies. Further, Toys for Tots will be accepting donations for this year’s toy drive. Majic 99 will be broadcasting from the event. From birth to aging, and from in-home services to independent living and residential facilities, as well as community nonprofit agencies, medical agencies, basic needs and community connections, we believe everyone will learn something new. This guide provided by The Centre County Gazette will be available at the event and throughout the county as a continuing resource for community services and volunteer opportunities. We truly believe everyone is a superhero — you just need to find your talent. Whether donating time, contributing to an agency, or simply helping someone else get the much-needed assistance they need, we want you to know that you are our superhero. On Oct. 18, come meet the hundreds more superheroes in our county.

Willowbank Office Building #245, 420 Holmes Street, Bellefonte 814-355-6716

Centre County Office of Aging

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Qualified LIVE-IN Caregivers to help elderly in their own homes

JoAnn Knupp

Adult Transitional Care LLC (814) 954-2821

Adult Transitional Care partners with you to achieve a high level of physical, psychological, social or spiritual well-being. We offer personal care, residential management and senior move management. We enhance your ability to age in place, or to manage your life effectively as a single parent or busy professional.


Aetna Better Health (866) 781-6398


Co-Owner 101 N. Allegheny St. Bellefonte, PA 16823 Fax 888-416-6746

Leoni Georgiou

Nutrition Education Adviser, Nutrition Links Family Consumer Sciences Team Phone: 814-355-4897


Centre County Office 420 Holmes Street Willowbank Bldg., Room 322 Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488 E-mail: Web:

Aetna Better Health works with people enrolled in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Assistance program (Medicaid). Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a subsidiary of Aetna, which has more than 150 years of experience in meeting membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; health care needs. At Aetna Better Health, we believe in delivering the best care through a collaborative approach.

Aging in Place/HomeBASE (814) 880-1813

We are a nonprofit membership/cooperative organized to provide support to elderly people who remain in their homes. We provide transportation, grocery shopping, handyman services and companionship.

of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown To love and care for our neighbors as ourselves

AIDS Resource (814) 272-0818

AIDS Resource is a nonprofit organization that provides free HIV/AIDS prevention, education and testing, and provides assistance to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (814) 696-4516

Retirement living and senior care options. Identified as a leader in providing a continuum of quality health and human services and as a partner within our community. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 6

Support is available to all of our neighbors in need in Centre County â&#x20AC;˘ Emergency financial assistance â&#x20AC;˘ Heating assistance â&#x20AC;˘ Individual, marriage and family counseling* *Catholic Charities offers a sliding scale fee based on household annual gross income, and no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

Our doors are open to anyone in need, regardless of faith or religion, and services are provided with compassion and respect. 213 East Bishop Street, Bellefonte 814-353-0502 |

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Adult Transitional Care, LLC. Personal Care Residential Management Senior Move Managers

Your Choice, Our Privilege Ph: 814-954-2821

Aging at home is possible.

Let us help! Call us today for a FREE evaluation!

800-990-5316 Offices in Johnstown, State College & Indiana

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American Cancer Society (814) 234-1023

The ACS is the nationwide, communitybased voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research education, advocacy and services.


American Red Cross (814) 237-3162

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

AmeriHealth Northeast (570) 419-3263

AmeriHealth Northeast is one of the medical assistance choices in the area â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we provide programming and free health education for all ages.

Arrow Child and Family Ministries (814) 201-9330 Boalsburg Fire Company Non-Emergency: (814) 466-7367

Established in 1892, the Boalsburg Fire Company provides fire protection and emergency services to the residents of Harris and College townships, as well as our surrounding communities. With our well-trained personnel, with many years of experience, we respond to many different types of emergencies.

Borough of State College (814) 234-7191

Local health services/affordable housing. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 7

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Boy Scouts of America â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nittany Mountain District (814) 876-0001

To provide youth in Centre County the opportunity to have fun while learning solid values.

Brummert Family Chiropractic (814) 777-1558

Prevention and treatment of neck pain, back pain and headaches.

Care for People Plus (800) 322-9292

Care for People Plus supports individuals with intellectual disabilities in the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program through the Office of Developmental programs.

Care for People (814) 353-3432

Centre Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest non-medical elderly help agency. We provide non-medical care to elderly who are living independently.

Career Pathways Adult Education Program, Centre County (814) 867-1405 Career Pathways is a free adult education program providing career and college readiness instruction to Centre County residents in need of basic skill remediation to obtain their GEDs, get jobs or enter postsecondary education or training. Services are free through grant funding from the Department of Education.






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Catholic Charities (814) 353-0502 1971-2014 43 Years and More than 1 Million Meals 205 South Garner St., State College, PA 16801 904-237-8135 â&#x20AC;˘

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, seeks to uphold the dignity of each person as made in the image and likeness of God. We answer the call of the people of central Pennsylvania by providing caring and compassionate services to persons and families in need, informing the community about critical social issues, and advocating for policies that enhance human dignity and ensure basic human rights.

CenClear (814) 342-5845

Behavioral health services to the entire county for all ages.


Central PA Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (814) 278-8141

2.79 $

% APR* Fixed Rate

89.38/Month for $5,000*

*Closed-end home equity loan Annual Percentage Rate (APR) as of 9/2/14 applies to 60-month, 120-month, 180-month or 240-month term on a minimum of $5,000 in new borrowings with automatic transfer service from a Northwest checking account, funds cannot be used to satisfy an existing Northwest loan account, 85% maximum loan-to-value, and 660 minimum FICOÂŽ score. Not for the purchase of homes. Valuation fee from $60-$425 will apply. Rates and terms may vary by property type, loan amount, LTV ratio and FICOÂŽ score. One- or two-unit owner occupied properties only. Maximum loan amount is $500,000. Title insurance may be required on loans $250,000 or greater. Other rates and terms are available. Property insurance is required and flood insurance may be required. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Consult a tax advisor regarding deductibility of interest and charges. Examples: The monthly payment on a 2.79% APR 60-month loan of $5,000 with no debt protection is $89.38; the monthly payment on a 3.74% APR 120-month loan of $5,000 with no debt protection is $50.01; the monthly payment on a 3.99% APR 180-month loan of $5,000 with no debt protection is $36.96; the monthly payment on a 4.24% APR 240-month loan of $5,000 with no debt protection is $30.94. Payments do not include amounts for taxes and insurance premiums, actual obligation will be greater. Debt protection is optional. Listed APRs are not available for Choiceline fixed-rate lock-in. See Northwest for details. Member FDIC

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Our chapter embodies this mission at the local level.

Central Pennsylvania Community Action (814) 355-7501

Strengthening communities in Centre and Clearfield counties by helping families and individuals to become self-sufficient. We provide many programs in areas such as rental and utility assistance, agency referrals and employment training.

Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health â&#x20AC;&#x201D; WATCH (814) 777-7213

WATCH is a federal Health Profession Opportunity Grant designed to provide academic and social support services to income-eligible individuals to enter or move up in select health care occupations. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 9

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Centre County Area Transportation Authority (814) 238-CATA (2282)

CATABUS, CATACOMMUTE, CATARIDE. Public transportation, commuter services and paratransit for persons 65 and older and persons with disabilities.

Centre County Bar Association (814) 548-0052

The Centre County Bar Association is a professional organization comprised of local attorneys and judges who are committed to providing excellent legal representation to the community and engaging in community education and events to benefit the community it services.

Centre County Base Service Unit (814) 355-6786 www. To increase mental health awareness and provide information on community services and supports.


Your Recreation Destination! 814-231-3071

Centre County Community Support Program (814) 355-6786

New Home!

Centre County CYS Foster Care Program (814) 355-3807

New Ideas! Designed like a grocery store, the

Centre County Housing and Land Trust (814) 571-1179

Same passion!

To increase mental health awareness and provide information on community services and supports.

Recruits foster families for Centre County foster children.

The Centre County Housing and Land Trustâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to provide development and oversight of affordable housing for persons in Centre County, including those of low and moderate income. The CCHLT focuses on: development and oversight of affordable housing; providing budget and pre-/post-purchase homeownership counseling; working with for-profit developers; and working with local municipalities on affordable housing issues and implementing their affordable housing policies. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 10

Your State College Food Bank, is now conveniently located at 1321 S. Atherton Street.

New Logo!

The apple is the quintessential symbol of healthy food. The heart represents the caring relationships that are formed at the Food Bank.

Food Bank now gives clients more choices in the food they select. Dietary restrictions are taken into consideration by offering Gluten Free products as well as senior and children sections.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;To provide food security, directly and indirectly, to people in Centre Countyâ&#x20AC;? How you can helpâ&#x20AC;ŚWhile While we always appreciate the donations of non-perishable food items, we would like to offer more fresh items, such as milk, eggs, butter, and fresh fruit and vegetables. You can make that possible, through financial donations. Stop by, check out whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new, and be part of the solution, so that one day, no one will go hungry in Centre County!

This ad donated by Nancy & Tom Ring, RE/MAX Centre Realty


Diane Nancy Ring, Kimberly Ring, Sweetland, REALTORÂŽ Associate Broker, REALTORÂŽ, ABR, ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, GREEN , Assistant to REALTORÂŽ, ABR, CRS, CDPE, ext. 331 GRI, Sr. Associate to Nancy Ring Tom Ring, REALTORÂŽ Nancy &Tom Ring ext. 356 ABR, SRES, e-Pro, ext. 334 ext. 380

RE/MAX Centre Realty 1375 Martin Street State College, PA 16803 (814) 231-8200

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Kim Witkovsky

Senior Representative, Community Engagement

East Central Division 123 S Sparks St State College, PA 16801 Phone: 814.234.1023 | Mobile: 814.599.7055 Fax: 814.238.3236




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Centre County Office of Aging (814) 355-6716

Assists people by assessing their needs and referring them to appropriate services. The department provides health insurance counseling for Medicare recipients. The Office of Aging provides senior center services at six locations throughout the county.

Centre County Office of Transportation (814) 355-6807

The Centre County Office of Transportation Services provides transportation services to clients of Centre County government and other social service agencies, as well as maintains the county vehicle fleet. Centre County transportation is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;shared rideâ&#x20AC;? demand-response service.

Centre County Office of Veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Affairs (814) 355-6812

The Centre County Veterans Affairs Office answers both specific and general questions by veterans, dependents and the general public regarding matters related to veterans. In addition, this office discusses and submits applications for all related benefits to which veterans and their dependents may be entitled, such as: compensation and pension, hospitalization and out-patient care, education, home loans, insurance, special housing and automobile grants and other benefits too numerous to mention that are provided by the VA or other federal, state, county or local agencies or organizations.


Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc. provides quality support programs and services for people with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. We foster a person-centered approach, promoting individual choice. At Skills of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., we are people supporting people to live their best lives, every day. For more information about our services or to view career opportunities visit

Centre County Senior Center Coalition (814) 355-6716

A nonprofit formed to assist and raise awareness of the six Centre County senior resource centers through fundraising and advocacy.

Centre County Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Resource Center (814) 238-7066

We provide services for survivors of dating and domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 11

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Centre County Youth Service Bureau (814) 237-5731

AmeriHealth Northeast is proud to support the first

We serve children, youth and families through prevention and residential and community-based services. (Big Brothers-Big Sisters/youth centers).

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Centre Crest (814) 355- 6777

Promoting communication and relationships among human services agencies and the community.

Our mission is to provide a good home with proper, competent care for those who cannot care for themselves, and to promote an enriched community life that fosters an atmosphere of freedom from abuse or neglect where each resident will be treated with consideration, respect and full recognition of his or her dignity and individuality.


Centre Home Care & Crossings Hospice (814) 237-7400

Home health care agency, providing home health and hospice services.

Centre LifeLink EMS (814) 237-8163

Ambulance service for Centre Region.

Centre Region Code Administration Centre Region Council of Governments (814) 231-3056

The mission of the Centre Region Code Administration is to promote, provide and ensure the health, safety and welfare of all people working and residing in the participating municipalities of College, Ferguson, Harris, Halfmoon and Patton Townships and the boroughs of State College and Bellefonte.

Centre Region Parks and Recreation (814) 231-3071 Parks and center.





At AmeriHealth Northeast, we connect members with the care they need to stay well. Through our extensive wellness programs, we can help our members prevent illness and injury so they can live fuller lives.


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Centre Volunteers in Medicine (814) 231-4043

Centre Volunteers in Medicine will serve and advocate for the medically underserved residents of Centre County.


Child Care Information Services of Centre & Clinton Counties (814) 238-5480

The CCHIS provides the Subsidized Child Day Care Program for Centre and Clinton counties, along with free referral services to help families find a child care program.

Child Development and Family Council of Centre County Inc. (814) 238-5480 YMCA OF CENTRE COUNTY BELLEFONTE BRANCH 125 West High Street Bellefonte, PA 16823 (814) 355-5551

MOSHANNON VALLEY BRANCH 113 North 14th Street Philipsburg, PA 16866 (814) 342-0889

STATE COLLEGE BRANCH 677 W. Whitehall Road State College, PA 16801 (814) 237-7717

Private, nonprofit child care and education programs, as well as child and adult care food programs. Sponsors â&#x20AC;&#x153;Safety Net Funding for Kidsâ&#x20AC;? subsidized day care.

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Aid Society in Clearfield County (814) 765-2686

Provides services to improve the quality of life of children and families.


CHIP, brought to you by Capital Blue Cross (717) 541-7403

CHIP provides health insurance for children ages 1 to 18 years old. Federal and state subsidies allow families free and low-cost access to health insurance.

Colonial Courtyard (814) 686-5970

We are a personal care home where we, as a company, strive to improve the quality of life for its employers, residents and their families.

Comfort Keepers (814) 280-7830 Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 13

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Communities That Care Prevention Coalition (814) 883-5013

Communities That Care Prevention Coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to promote a community-based strategy that addresses the underlying causes, and strengthens the successes, that lead to the prevention and reduction of substance use abuse and high-risk behaviors among Centre County children, youth and families.

proudly presents the 3rd Annual Visit us at the Super Fair

Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (814) 278-8141


Community Care is a nonprofit, recoveryoriented behavioral health managed-care organization with a mission to improve the well-being of the community through the promotion of effective and accessible services.

Community Help Centre (814) 237-0032

Provides a 24-hour hotline and drop-in center for shortterm counseling, crisis intervention, emotional support, information and referral. Our motto is â&#x20AC;&#x153;any problem, any time.â&#x20AC;?

Experience Works Inc. (814) 993-3803

Job search assistance, training and community-service opportunities.

First National Bank (814) 231-4539

Bank, trust, lending and financial services.

Foxdale Village (814) 272-2119

Foxdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to meet the health care, social, spiritual, residential and wellness needs of elders. We are a continuing-care retirement community providing independent living, personal care and skilled nursing. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 14

Saturday, Nov 8 at 9am to benefit Housing Transitions Centre House Homeless Shelter 217 E Nittany Ave., Downtown, State College

FOOD â&#x20AC;˘ FUN â&#x20AC;˘ PRIZES â&#x20AC;˘ LIVE MUSIC Register for this scenic race today at or print an application at


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Wondering about adoption, but don’t know where to start?

Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA (814) 660-1157

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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Global Connections (814) 867-4223

Global Connections is a community organization (United Way) and Penn State affiliate that serves any and all internationals in the county, whether Penn State students or not, with direct programs such as tax assistance, conversation partners and friendship hosts. We also promote acculturation, diversity and understanding by facilitating speaker panels, cultural lunches, international speakers, an international children’s festival and other events.

Greenhills Village and Retirement and Senior Living Residence (814) 234-9898

Enhances the capabilities of elderly persons to live as independently as possible in a secure, comfortable homelike atmosphere and preserves and reinforces resident’s autonomy, dignity, privacy and right to make choices.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County (814) 353-2390

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County partners with working families and volunteers to build affordable, quality homes and to provide services that promote successful homeownership. To date, HFHGCC has built, renovated or repaired 60 homes.

24 HOUR HOT LINE 1.877.234.5050


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HDC MidAtlantic - Governor’s Gate Apartments (814) 291-1911

HDC is the owner and manager of Governor’s Gate Apartments located in Bellefonte. Governor’s Gate is an affordable housing community for general occupancy residents with 66 units.

Health South Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital (814) 359-3421

We are an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients after an illness, injury or surgery. Vendors — page 15

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Hearthside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (814) 237-0630

Performing the highest quality of care for our residents. Short- and long-term care, as well as post-acute rehabilitation and nursing care.


Give Your Child A Gift That Lasts A Lifetime. The CCIS of Centre-Clinton Counties offers free resource and referral services to help locate early childhood programs including child care centers, group child care homes, family child care homes, before and after school programs, summer camps, nursery schools, preschools, play groups and more! The CCIS can also provide financial assistance for childcare costs for families that qualify.

Child Care Information Services of Centre-Clinton Counties

Hoff Chiropractic Clinic P.C. (814) 308-9397

2565 Park Center Blvd., Suite #100 State College, PA 16801 (814) 231-1352 (888) 440-2247

Chiropractic care for all ages.

Home Instead Senior Care (814) 238-8820

Funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development & Early Learning

We lend a helping hand to our elderly neighbors so that they may remain safe and independent in the place they call home.

Home Nursing Agency (814) 237-1404

Not-for-profit provider of home health care, hospice services, private duty care and community services, such as Nurse-Family Partnership, WIC, and HEARTS and STRIDES.

Homewatch CareGivers (814) 262-9273

Homewatch CareGivers is a highly experienced provider of full-service home care for people of all ages. Caregivers are screened, trained and supervised by our office to provide companion, personal and comprehensive care. Services are personalized and customized care plans are available in two- to 24-hour shifts, seven days a week. We are locally owned. Call (800) 990-5316 or visit www. for company and caregiver information.

Horizons Hospice LLC (814) 946-5017

Horizons Hospice is dedicated to providing state-of-theart hospice services and quality patient care.

Houck Care & Cleaning (814) 571-4544

Provides non-medical, in-home care. Vendors — page 16

• Family consultations nationwide by conference call, or in-home • Facility staff trainings • Seminars & public speaking nationwide


An Affordable Housing Community

405 Governor’s Park Road Bellefonte, PA 16823 (814) 355-3682 TTY 711 Featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments in a relaxing, rural setting for its residents. The location next to a public park and a swimming pool makes it ideal for those seeking recreational activities. Amenities include off-street parking, laundry facilities and access to public transportation.


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Child Development and Family Council of Centre County Peace of mind for parents Infant/Toddler Pre-K/PA Pre-K Counts Childcare & Early Learning Programs School Age Summer/School Year Enrichment & Recreation

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Housing Transitions Inc. (814) 237-4863

Building self-sufficiency in Centre County by providing an array of housing services, including our Centre House homeless shelter, homelessness prevention, a first-time home buyers program and more.

Interfaith Human Services Inc. (814) 234-7731

Subsidy Accepted â&#x20AC;˘ Drop-In Care Meals/Snacks/Formula Provided Scholarship Programs

CALL 238-5480

Interfaith Human Services is a 46-year-old nonprofit organization created to meet the needs of lowincome families in Centre County. It is comprised of 29 congregations from Centre County whose mission has always been to help their neighbors in need. IHS provides numerous services, such as the Centre County Fuel Bank, Rental Assistance Program, The Displaced Residents Fund, Free Furniture and Appliance Recycling Program, representative payee services and money management programs.



Jana Marie Foundation (717) 433-6796 â&#x20AC;˘ 814-234-7340

We strive to empower young people, especially young women, to make positive choices, practice selfrespect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities of personal growth and creative expression.

Memory Care with a Personal Touch At Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve designed a home-like environment that fosters a sense of comfort and familiarity combined with state-of-the-art memory care. Call for more information or see us on-line and take a virtual tour of our community. 5546 East Pleasant Valley Blvd. â&#x20AC;˘ Tyrone, PA 16686


at Tyrone Tradition Continues Here â&#x201E;˘

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Juniper Village at Brookline (814) 689-2400 Provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation, personal care, memory care and independent living. Our goal is to be the people, place and programs that nurture the spirit of life in each individual we touch.



LifeLion Penn State Hershey Medical Emergency Medicine (800) 243-1455 emergencymedicine/patientcare/services/ lifelion

Every minute counts in the care of acutely ill and injured patients. Life Lion saves not only precious time, but also delivers specialized care and treatment.

M.I.N.D. in Memory Care (814) 235-0691

Provides consulting for families dealing with dementia, as well as facility staff education and training.

MedExpress Urgent Care (814) 238-1066

Provides urgent care services not within a hospital setting.

Medi Home Health & Hospice (814) 235-1048 Home health and hospice.

Microvascular and Thermoregulatory Physiology Lab (814) 863-8556

Our lab does research related to changes in vessel function due to aging, blood pressure, cholesterol and some medications. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 18


The most quality retirement and senior living residence in

State College

301 Farmstead Lane, State College, PA 16803

Now Accepting Applications and Reservations ... Our mission is to enhance the capabilities of elderly persons to live as independently as possible in a secure, comfortable, homelike atmosphere to preserve and reinforce residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; autonomy, dignity, privacy and right to make choices.

GREENHILLS VILLAGE Telephone: 814-234-9898 email: Website: Equal Housing Opportunity Provider â&#x20AC;˘ Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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MidPenn Legal Services (814) 238-4958

Critical help for critical moments: MidPenn Legal Services is a nonprofit, public-interest law firm dedicated to providing equal access to justice and high-quality civil legal services to low-income residents and survivors of domestic violence in 18 counties in central Pennsylvania.

Mid-State Literacy Council (814) 238-1809

Mid-State Literacy Council is a not-for-profit that provides adult education instruction in Centre County.

Mount Nittany Health (814) 231-6891

We are a health system with the mission to make people healthier.

MustStash Warehouse (814) 441-2437

We are a mobile storage solution that comes right to your door. Perfect for students, families and contractors alike.

North Central Sight Services Inc. (570) 323-9401, Toll Free: (866) 320-2580

North Central Sight Services Inc. is a not-for-profit agency based in Williamsport. We are proud to provide blindness prevention education, vision screenings, services and employment to individuals who are blind or visually impaired in the communities of Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties.

OLLI at Penn State (814) 867-4279

Nonprofit organization offering affordable courses, trips and social activities to adults in State College and local areas.

PA CareerLink Centre County (717) 248-4942

Workforce specialists at the PA CareerLink provide employment and training information and services to local employers and community members seeking employment.

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PA Health Access Network (814) 876-2264

Provides enrollment information to people seeking health insurance via the ACA marketplace.

Penn Highlands Clearfield Home Health (814) 592-2272

Provides skilled nursing, therapy, social work and aid services.

Penn Highlands Clearfield Hospice (814) 592-2272

Provides hospice and end-of-life palliative care.

Penn State Center for Healthy Aging (814) 863-7903 Community-engaged programs, education and training.



Penn State College of Nursing (814) 867-3265

Prepares nursing students for careers as registered nurses.

Penn State Extension - Nutrition Links (814) 355-4897 nutrition-links

Nutrition Links provides free nutrition education classes to low-income, limited-resource families. Each class session includes cooking, food safety, ideas on increasing physical activity and other practical skills, with the goal of improved family diet and nutritional wellbeing.

Penn State’s Student Nutrition Association (516) 524-8093 undergraduate/student-nutrition-association

The purpose of SNA is to provide students with information about the roles of nutrition professionals and dietitians, as well as other information relating to professional development. We do this by encouraging leadership and by running and participating in outreach. These opportunities benefit future nutrition professionals by offering practice and experience, and benefit the community through information and education. Vendors — page 19

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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (888) PA-PARKS (727-2757)

DCNRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural resources for present and future generationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enjoyment.

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (814) 644-9776

Weatherization First coordinates congregational and community volunteers to weatherize homes of lowincome families to help them save money on fuel bills and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. PA IPL is the state affiliate of a national organization that is a religious response to climate change.

Pennsylvania Link to Aging and Disability Resources (570) 428-3521 Pennsylvania Lottery (717) 702-8010

Pennsylvania Lottery proceeds go to programs that benefit older Pennsylvanians.

Pregnancy Resource Clinic (814) 234-7341

Our organization believes people matter. We provide services related to pregnancy, STDs and parenting at no cost to the community.


Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (814) 355-6816

RSVP helps adults 55 and older to pursue their passions not just for themselves, but in service to others and the community.

Roads To Freedom Center for Independent Living of North Central Pennsylvania (570) 279-4590

Empowers people with all disabilities by providing resources, options and disability-related services needed to obtain individual freedom in their lives. The CILNCP offers services to people with disabilities, as well as families of individuals with disabilities, community service providers, government agencies, private businesses and the community at large. CILNCP offers services to all persons regardless of race or creed.


Salvation Army of Centre County (814) 861-1785

Provides assistance to those in need in Centre County. Areas of assistance include rent, fuel, heating assistance, emergency disaster services, utilities, Christmas and back-to-school programs. Vendors â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 20




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Schlow Centre Region Library (814) 235-7817

As a public library, we support lifelong learning through free access to information, both print and electronic. Services include income tax assistance, access to computers and free Internet, early literacy programs, story times, etc.

Sepich Eye Care P.C. (814) 272-0262

Sepich Eye Care provides patient-centered and comprehensive eye care as well as glasses, contacts and specialty vision rehabilitation services for children and the visually impaired. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for our patients through better vision.

Skills of Central PA Inc. (814) 272-0341

Skills of Central PA Inc. supports adults with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities in gaining independence in the home, the community, education environment and working environment. We offer residential services for those with intellectual disabilities, vocational training and employment services, adult day programs, and psychiatric rehabilitation services utilizing several different models.

Soltis Senior Care Connections (814) 355-9434

Private geriatric-care management services provided to individuals wherever they live in the community. We do assessments, provide resources for needed services and do ongoing case management.

SPE Federal Credit Union (814) 238-9619

We offer low-cost financial services to assist with the financial well-being of folks in our community.

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church & Wesley Foundation (814) 237-2163

At St. Paul’s Shoe Bank, children up to age 18 are given a free pair of shoes if their parent/guardian has a public assistance medical card or a referral from a Community Action office or social service agency; open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Abba Java Coffeehouse is for college students and offers free Wi-Fi, study area, free coffee and snacks.

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State College Area Meals on Wheels (814) 237-8135

We deliver meals to homebound and elderly citizens who live in the State College Area School District.

State College Area School District Food Service Department (814) 231-5093

As a partner in education, we are committed to providing school students with high-quality, low-cost meals that help them be successful at school and in life.

State College Food Bank (814) 234-2310

Provides food security directly and indirectly to people in Centre County. It is our hope that one day, no one will go hungry in Centre County.

State College Police Department (814) 234-7150

We, the members of the State College Police Department, are committed to being responsive to our community in the delivery of quality police services. Recognizing our responsibility to maintain order, while affording dignity and respect to every individual, our mission is to improve the quality of life in our jurisdiction through a community partnership which promotes safe and secure neighborhoods and business districts.

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff (814) 355-1300

Drafts and votes on potential legislation that reflects the best interests of the residents of Pennsylvania and listens, respects and provides exceptional constituent service to the people of the 171st Legislative District.

State Representative Scott Conklin (814) 238-5477

Provides service and information brochures.

The Individual & Family CHOICES Program (814) 237-0567

We are a trauma-informed outpatient therapy program for children, adults and families. Vendors — page 21

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The Meadows/Universal Behavioral Health (814) 364-2161

Provides mental health acute inpatient treatment with an outpatient continuum of care.

The Philipsburg Clinic and Studios of the Hutchinson System of Integrated Mind Body Therapy (814) 343-6299 Advanced clinical massage therapy, tai chi chuan, qi gon yoga, personal training and pain management alternatives.

Tides (814) 574-4469


WHV is a not-for-profit, continuing-care retirement community. We offer skilled nursing, personal care, independent living cottages and affordable housing apartments.

Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program (814) 342-6993

Provides education and vouchers for nutritious foods to pregnant women, post-partum and breastfeeding women, and children up to age 5.

Food Vendors Downtown State College Rotary Club

Grief support for children, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.

State College Sunrise Rotary Club

Options in Senior Living Adult Day Program Independent Living Cottages & Apartments Personal Care

The Oaks at Pleasant Gap 200 Rachel Drive Pleasant Gap 814.359-2782


Windy Hill Village (814) 342-8400

Senior Daily Living Center 2364 Commercial Blvd. State College 814.237.8101

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PROGRAM Schedule

October 9, 2014

(HELD IN MOUNT Nittany Middle school Library) 10 to 11 a.m. — “Medicare: What You Need to Know”

Sponsored by the Geriatric Interest Network and Centre County LINK Presented by Judith Furfaro, APPRISE coordinator, Centre County Office of Aging Participants will learn: n The basics of original Medicare n The difference between Medicare Advantage and Medigap n How to choose a drug plan n What help is available.

11 a.m. to noon — “Reducing Your Energy Bills”

Sponsored by the Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition Presented by members of the Weatherization First program of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and by student members of the Penn State chapter of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light A big part of affordable housing is being able to afford the utility bills. Did you know that the Department of Energy estimates that 20 to 40 percent of an average American family’s energy bill is wasted through leakage, insufficient insulation and failing ductwork? The Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition will present two 30-minute workshops on how to lower your energy use and make your home more comfortable. The first will provide an overview of energy use in the home and discuss strategies for cutting electricity and heating bills. The second will give you practical pointers on weatherizing. You will also learn how to make inexpensive internal storm windows that can be used in a rental property, as well as in a house that you own.

Noon to 1 p.m. — “What Makes a Healthy Person? — Be Your Own Superhero”

Sponsored by the Centre County Partnership for Community Health Presented by Elle Morgan, director, The Elements of New Life Scripts A Reader’s Theatre presentation taking a look at six areas of health in our community: mental health, oral health, obesity/diabetes, transportation, substance abuse and healthy aging, and the resources, the challenges and the stories. Program schedule — page 28

Entertainment Schedule

HELD IN MOUNT NITTANY MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Zumba with Karissa Bollinger

Dance your way to a healthier lifestyle! Zumba combines a variety of dance styles to provide a fun aerobic workout that sculpts your body. Whether you’re new to Zumba and want to learn more about it, or you’re a Zumba pro, all are welcome to check out this fun, 60-minute class.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Frozen Sing-A-Long and More With Hannah Richardson

Do you and your kids love the songs from Disney’s blockbuster animated movie, “Frozen”? Join us in the auditorium as 13-year-old singer and recording artist Hannah Richardson leads us in singing our favorite “Frozen” tunes! We’ll also be treated to some songs from Hannah’s latest album, “Daydreams.” Named 2011 Performer of the Year by the North America Country Music Association International, and winner of Child Stars of Tomorrow at the Apollo Theatre, this powerhouse singer is not to be missed.

1 AND 2 P.M. — Faux Paw, the Techno Cat

The Office of Attorney General presents the film. Just like students need to learn to look both ways before crossing the street, they need to learn a few basic principles before exploring online. When “Faux Paw” gets sucked into the Internet, she learns what dangerous situations could look like and how to respond to them, including talking to Internet strangers and cyberbullying.

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Town&Gown’s 2014-15 Winter Sports Annual


Determination Led by senior guard D.J. Newbill, the Nittany Lions look to turn a corner this season

Inside: Previews of women’s basketball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s ice hockey

Kick Off a New Era with the Same Great Tradition! As James Franklin prepares for his first year as the Nittany Lions’ head coach, Town&Gown’s 2014 Penn State Football Annual will get you ready for the upcoming season! The Football Annual will once again have in-depth features and analysis from award-winning writers who cover the Nittany Lions.

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Anita Ditz

After nearly 30 years as a children’s librarian at Schlow Centre Region Library, Anita Ditz is still as enthusiastic about her mission as she was the day she started. Ditz received her Master of Library Science degree, and when a school friend who worked at Schlow told her about a job opening, she applied — and has been there ever since. A resident of State College, Anita has seen Schlow Library grow by leaps and bounds, offering more than 48,000 children’s books, online resources and a large array of children’s programs. She sees the library as a community center offering opportunities for learning and recreation throughout one’s lifetime.

Elle Morgan

Elle Morgan is the director/facilitator of The Elements of New Life Scripts — a health and wellness program and curriculum that is available through classes, workshops and retreats. Halfmoon Hollow, her retreat center, is located in Clearfield County, 45 minutes from State College. The next retreat for women, Radiant Adventure in Wellness and Weight Loss will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13, “at the height of the leaf peeping season.” Morgan is a vendor at Tuesday’s Farmers Market, where her stand, Good Fats, offers foods that are “gourmet and good for you.” Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in theatre and an MMC in communications. She is currently in training for her yoga certification.

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Sylvia Neely

Sylvia Neely taught at Penn State as a history professor until 2011. Since her retirement, she has focused on issues of climate change and poverty. She was a founding member of PA Interfaith Power & Light, a religious response to climate change. Neely serves on the board of Interfaith Human Services and presents the energy-efficiency classes offered to the clients of the Fuel Bank. For the last year she has helped coordinate Weatherization First, a program that brings together volunteers to weatherize homes of low-income families.

Judy Furfaro

Judy Furfaro is a lifelong resident of Centre County and a graduate of Bellefonte Area High School. She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Lock Haven University. Judy has been employed since 1985 as information and referral coordinator and APPRISE coordinator at Centre County Office of Aging.

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Special Thanks Sincere thanks to The Centre County Gazette for their sponsorship of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event. Special thanks to the Planning Committee of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre County Community Super Fair: n Natalie Corman, Centre County Office of Adult Services n Mary Ann Curren, Adult Transitional Care n Crystal Henry, Home Instead Senior Care n Katie Kensinger, Home Nursing Agency n Brenda Kim, Humana n Amy Lorek, Center for Healthy Aging, The Pennsylvania State University n Linda Lovett, MidPenn Legal Services n Makala Rossman, Hearthside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center n Faith Ryan, Aetna Better Health n Sandy Schuckers, Centre County Office of Aging n Jackie Sheader, CATA n Dawn Taylor, Communities That Care A super thanks to special guests Matt Mullis and Superheroes for Kids! Superheroes for Kids is a new community group that visits children in hospitals, tutoring centers, community centers, etc., dressed as superheroes. For more information, email Mullis at mzm5634@psu. edu.

And, special thanks to the following for their support : n Thomas M. Nardozzo Community Service Endowment, awarded through the College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University n Happy Valley Custom Tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s n Hoagâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Catering n Mrs. Louise Ardoline n Majic 99 FM n Mount Nittany Middle School and SCASD n Northwest Savings Bank n Jaru Printing n Juniper Village

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Reader’s theatre performance aim is to educate through stories by Elle Morgan, Director, The Elements of New Life Scripts Contributed by the Centre County Partnership for Community Health

The Centre County Partnership of Community Health has a story to tell. In fact, a number of them — all of which will be seen and heard through a Reader’s Theatre performance at the Super Fair on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 1 p.m. in the library of the Mount Nittany Middle School. “People connect through stories, because we can feel the emotion and the meaning of an experience. It’s not just statistics, and headlines from a newspaper, it’s real life,” said Elle Morgan, CCPCH board member and producer/director of the Reader’s Theatre performance titled “What Makes a Healthy Person — Be Your Own Superhero!” The script for the production was created through the gathering of real life stories from both service providers and clients. The aim of the piece is to show how people can be empowered to seek help — that there are supports out there. The other part of the story is about taking charge of one’s own life, and making lifestyle changes, or doing research into the best course of action regarding diet and exercise, for example. “Sometimes, the beginning to finding a solution to a health problem, like stress, which can lead to many chronic ailments, can be as small as taking a daily walk in the woods. Or, a bigger commitment may be needed, like signing up for a yoga or meditation class session,” said Morgan. Emily Evey is a student intern for The Elements of New Life Scripts, which is producing the piece for CCPCH. Her role has been to interview and collect the stories for the script. She said that this type of theater is very powerful. “Gathering unheard stories, whether they be ones of strife or joy, is important for all involved. This kind of theater creates an awareness not just for individuals, but for the whole community involved. “Unlike other types of performance, Reader’s Theatre takes real-life stories from the community and tailors them into a performance that safely discloses individual truths in order to create an awareness and hopefully change,” said Evey. The content of the piece will focus on six areas of health that were identified as “areas of needs or gaps” in the Centre region as identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment and during the health summit which was held at Mount Nittany Health in 2013. Those areas are: n Access (transportation and provider availability)

n Healthy aging n Mental health n Obesity/diabetes n Oral health n Substance abuse Music, drama, comedy, movement, poetry and magic are all part of this short 40-minute piece designed to entertain and enlighten the audience of all ages. After the show, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, or contribute to the ongoing discussion of “What Makes a Healthy Person.” “It is our hope that people will leave this Reader’s Theatre production with food for thought, some ideas about how to get help to address their health issues, and how to help themselves, too,” said Morgan, “because we do have to be our own superheros when it comes to taking care of ourselves on a daily basis.” The Elements of New Life Scripts is based in State College, with a retreat center in Clearfield County. Information about workshops and classes on health, wellness, and personal/societal transformation are available at or by calling (717) 395-1994.

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Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Deadline approaches — APPRISE Medicare Counselors Provide Free Help

By Judy Furfaro, Centre County APPRISE Program Coordinator, Centre County Office of Aging Contributed by the Geriatric Interest Network and the Link to Aging and Disability Resource Center People with Medicare have until Sunday, Dec. 7, to change their current Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug (Part D) plan. They can get free, personalized help from APPRISE Medicare counselors who are highly trained to provide expert advice. Judy Furfaro, coordinator for the Centre County APPRISE Program at the Centre County Office of Aging, urges Medicare beneficiaries to contact the local office as soon as possible at (814) 355-6716 to schedule an appointment with an APPRISE counselor. “Our appointments fill up quickly and we will not be able to take walk-ins at the office during this busy time,” said Furfaro. “APPRISE counselors will be at the Super Fair on Oct. 18 at the Mount Nittany Middle School, and I will be doing a ‘Medicare Update’ at a group meeting at 10 a.m. at this event. Counselors will be available for individual appointments after the group meeting, but again, people need to call the office ahead of time to get an appointment.” The Medicare’s Annual Open Enrollment Period starts Wednesday, Oct. 15. Both Part D and Medicare Advantage plan members can make plan changes at this time. Starting Thursday, Jan. 1, until Saturday, Feb. 14, people with Medicare Advantage plans will only be able to return to original Medicare and join a stand-alone prescription drug (Part D) plan. They will not be able to switch to another Advantage plan. “Medicare’s annual enrollment period ends soon. We encourage Medicare beneficiaries to call for an appointment as soon as possible,” said Darlene Sampson, APPRISE director at the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. “Your plan may have changed. APPRISE counselors can check to be sure your plan will still cover your prescription drugs and will be accepted by your doctor. They will also check to see if you qualify for cost-savings programs.” Centre County residents with Medicare can call (814) 355-6716 to set up an appointment. The Centre County APPRISE Program is a local affiliate of APPRISE, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the designated State Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania. Fifty-four SHIPs in the United States and its territories receive grant funding from the Centers for Medicare


and Medicaid Services to provide direct, local assistance to Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one counseling sessions, presentations and public education programs. APPRISE is a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare. Counselors are specially trained volunteers who can answer your questions and provide you with objective, easyto-understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance (also known as Medigap), Medicaid and long-term care insurance. Call the statewide toll-free line at (800) 783-7067 to connect with a counselor in your area.

Reminder : Medicare Open Enrollme n Deadline: t Dec. 7

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Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition and Local Weatherization Program work together By Sylvia Neely, Board Member, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light Contributed by the Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition

The Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition is a collective and coordinated voice, providing leadership, education and information on affordable housing resources and providing housing opportunities within Centre County communities. The coalition includes more than 100 individuals — bankers, service providers, religious leaders, community planners, contractors, real estate professionals and interested citizens. The coalition seeks to inform the community of the value, need and availability of affordable housing for all residents. The coalition aims to promote decent, safe, affordable and accessible housing, especially for those with low and moderate incomes, the elderly and persons with special needs. The coalition advocates for affordable housing, educates the community about affordable housing, and facilitates partnerships with other agencies. Anyone interested in affordable housing concerns is invited to join the coalition. For more information, visit the CCCHS website at A big part of affordable housing is being able to afford the utility bills. The Department of Energy estimates that 20 to 40 percent of an average American family’s energy bill is wasted through leakage, insufficient insulation and failing ductwork.

The Affordable Housing Coalition will be presenting two 30-minute workshops during the Centre County Community Super Fair, starting at 11 a.m. in the library, that will provide some tips on how to lower energy use and make homes more comfortable. The first workshop, at 11 a.m., will be given by Sylvia Neely, a member of the Weatherization First program of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, a religious response to climate change. It will provide an overview of energy use in the home and discuss strategies for cutting electricity and heating bills. In the second workshop at 11:30 a.m., attendees can learn how to make inexpensive internal storm windows that can be used in a rental property or owner-occupied home. These windows consist of a wood frame covered in plastic film. They provide better insulation than plastic wrap taped over the window and have a further advantage, in that they can be used again the following winter. Luiggi Medina, who will lead this workshop, belongs to the Penn State chapter of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light. This student group has been very active constructing internal storm windows for low-income residents of Centre County. One mobile home resident reported that the windows “made a big difference — like night and day. Since they have been in, we had to turn the thermostat down because it got so hot.” We look forward to seeing everyone at the Super Fair! Program schedule — from page 22 Participants will have an opportunity for “playback theater” as part of this performance. Participants at the Super Fair will have a “Writing Wall” where they can write a paragraph about being their own superhero for health. Some of the paragraphs from the audience will be “acted” within the Reader’s Theatre presentation. There will also be a “talk back” session for 15 minutes after the show.

1 to 2 p.m. — “Stories & More”

Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light members with an indoor storm window made of plastic film and inexpensive wood.

Sponsored by the Centre County Council for Human Services Presented by Anita Ditz, Schlow Library A sampling of stories and puppets and more: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle, “Mother, Mother, I Want Another,” by Maria Polushin Robbins, “Baby Beebee Bird,” by Diane Redfield Massey and “But No Elephants,” by Jerry Smath.

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Schlow Library: A Treasure Trove in Centre County


By Anita Ditz, Children’s Librarian, Schlow Centre Region Library At Schlow Centre Region Library, your interests are our interests. We offer programs and services for community members of all ages, but our aim always remains the same: to intrigue, entertain and engage. Stop by so we can help you find just what you’re looking for, or visit our recently renovated website to connect with us from home. Your free library card is your key to unlocking a treasure trove of free materials, services and programs: n Explore our collection of more than 150,000 unique items, on the shelves or online via OverDrive. n Download Zinio on your favorite mobile device to skim the latest issues of popular magazines. n Excite your eardrums with free MP3 downloads from Freegal, with more than 7 million songs to choose from. n From preschool to high school, children’s screen time can be fun and anchored in literacy, with books brought to life on TumbleBooks and BookFlix. n Need to check your email, apply for a new job, or procrastinate on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest? No problem! Visit our public computers and let us know how we can help. n Pursue a lifetime of learning with our lively lecture series, including Geek Speak, author visits and Research Unplugged, in cooperation with Penn State University. n Feel like connecting with your fellow library lovers instead? Not to worry, Social Butterfly — we’ve got you covered! n Join a book club. Children can sign up in November or April, while adults can flex their literary minds at regular afternoon, evening, senior or nature book clubs. And, of course, the summer reading program is always on our minds! n Attention, teens! Kids ages 12 and older are officially invited to the Teen Reading Lounge. Beginning in October, journey through the comic creation process, from intellectual property to digital publication. n Feeling overwhelmed by your new device? Sit down with a Schlow staff member for a one-on-one technology appointment, or learn in a supportive group setting at a Gadgets for Grown-Ups class. n Play a game! Take your pick from Chess Club, Go Club, and Games Group —– or come to all three! n Round up the kids and attend a storytime. Tailored to specific age ranges, our storytimes are a rollicking good time, full of stories, songs and movement! n Make a new friend and a new creation at Knitting Club or Embroidery Club, or drop by with the kids on

a Discovery Day. n Just hang out! For adults, our second floor boasts plenty of comfy chairs and useful spaces for individuals or groups. In the children’s library, enjoy train tables, a puppet house overflowing with furry friends, the Schlow Hangout for elementary-age kids, and much more. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks. Want to know more? Visit for all the details, and make us your downtown destination.

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CCCHS plays vital role in meeting needs of community By Brenda Kim, Centre County Council for Human Services

The Centre County Council for Human Services began in the early 1960s when funding for human services was becoming scarce. Directors and staff members of agencies met together to make sure funding was used in the most beneficial way. Early organizers included the late Dr. Rose Cologne, the late Ann Graybill Cook, Norma Keller and others who remain active as individual members or as organizational representatives. Initially, agency directors met monthly to discuss how services were going to be met. In 1971 those meetings evolved into interagency luncheons, which continue today. The CCCHS networking luncheons provide an opportunity for agencies to connect with other human services providers, exchange information and ideas, and learn about service programs, ongoing projects and emerging issues in the community. Our meeting place is the Calvary Baptist Church on University Drive in State College, at noon on the first Wednesday of each month. In addition to monthly meetings, CCCHS sponsors yearly training events. These events are open to the

community. Tuition for member organizations is reduced or free. These trainings are based on the educational needs of the membership and issues important to Centre County. Continuing education credits are available to attendees. The Robert T. Ott Seed Grant is awarded annually to an eligible CCCHS member to fund new and existing programs. In 2013, the CCCHS awarded two grants totaling $5,000 to CVIM and The Moshannon Valley YMCA. The Rose Cologne Annual Volunteer Dinner is sponsored by the Centre County Council for Human Services. The first dinner was held in Penns Valley in 1973 honoring Cologne. The dinner has grown over the years and now honors 35-40 volunteers nominated by the CCCHS agencies they serve. The next Rose Cologne Volunteer Dinner will be held on April 22, at The Penn Stater Conference Center. CCCHS also produces an electronic Directory of Centre County Human Services Agencies and a monthly electronic newsletter. Our membership is comprised of nonprofit and forprofit agencies, county agencies, congregations and Vital role — page 38

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‘What you have in your pantry is what we need in ours’


By Natalie Corman, Director, Centre County Office of Adult Services On behalf of the local food pantries located throughout Centre County, we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our volunteers, supporters and donors, and to the community members who donate food. Your support is invaluable to provide meals to our residents. We want to take a moment to educate you on the importance of the food pantries. In fiscal year 20132014, we served 4,535 individuals through our eight state-funded food pantries. This includes children, adults and the elderly; both individuals and families. We serve individuals and families struggling to pay bills and provide nutritional meals, whether long-term or due to recent struggles, by supplementing their grocery budgets. We all know the importance that nutrition has in our everyday lives. We want to provide a variety of foods that families can be offered to allow dietary needs to be recognized if desired by an individual and/or family. By highlighting the importance of all types of food at our food pantries, we hope to promote, encourage and support a healthy community. Below is a list of items our food pantries report would be important donations. We are unable to purchase certain items with state and federal funding, such as condiments, spices, baking items and paper products. Please consider this list as a starting point to assist you as you shop, donate and/or organize a food drive. (We would prefer to receive food products prior to their “best by” dates): n Oils — vegetable, olive, canola n Grains — whole wheat items, rice, quinoa, oats n Canned — fruits, vegetables, soups, meats (tuna, chicken, beef), lower-sodium and lower-fat n Frozen — vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, quick meals, breakfast foods n Soups — all types, including lower-sodium and low-fat n Pasta — all types, including macaroni and cheese ravioli n Sauces — pasta sauce, cooking sauces n Stuffing — bags and boxed n Potatoes — raw and boxed n Condiments — mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise n Baking items — cake, brownie and cookie mixes, pudding, Jell-O, sugar-free and gluten-free n Jelly/Dressings/Marinades — jelly (fruit flavors), salad dressing, meat marinades n Drinks — fresh and canned milk, juice, bottled water, coffee n Spices


Make it a family activity to give regularly to your local food banks. n Peanut butter n Cereal n Crackers and pretzels n Diabetic-approved foods n Laundry detergent n Paper products n Paper plates and plastic service ware n Coffee filters n Dish detergent n Toothpaste and toothbrushes n Bath and hand soap n Cleaning products Please feel free to contact any of the food pantries about dropping off donations (including fresh foods), organizing a food drive, and/or for information about receiving services. We encourage monetary donations to allow each food pantry to shop for its needs. Please visit the Centre County government website at to learn more about each food pantry, and where you can be served based on your residency, or call (814) 355-6768. Community Help Centre can also be of assistance with emergency food needs and can be reached at (800) 4942500. Again, we thank you, the Centre County community, for your continued support.

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The difference between home health and home care By Crystal Henry, Senior Community Outreach Coordinator, Home Instead Senior Care

Many families are faced with decisions about how they can best assist their aging parents — and they have no idea where to turn for help. Typically, Mom is taking care of Dad and everyone just hopes for the best. Unfortunately, the time comes when something happens to Mom — and the entire family goes into crisis mode. At this point, the doctor often orders “home health care” to help stabilize the situation. It is important to understand the types of home care services that are available and how they will help your parents remain at home. Let’s just back up and look at what home health agencies can actually provide your family. Home health agencies are able to provide intermittent skilled services under a physician’s order. These types of services may include skilled nursing care such as wound care, medication teaching, pain management, disease education and management, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. In addition, a home health aide may be temporarily

provided for personal care. The frequency of the visits varies, and the typical length of a visit ranges from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the required care. Payment for this type of service is paid by Medicare or other health insurance, as this is considered to be medical care. There is a second category of home help which is called home care. These are agencies, such as Home Instead Senior Care, which provide assistance with the everyday activities of living. These are the things that we all take for granted, until something happens. These are services which provide help with bathing, dressing, incontinence care, transportation, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders and companionship. Homecare agencies like Home Instead Senior Care utilize caregivers to help seniors remain in their homes independently. There is no doctor’s order required, and they can be with your parents anytime from three hours per week, up to 24 hours, seven days per week — you pay for what you need. Home health — page 38

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MANY Transportation options FOR Centre County RESIDENTS


By Jacqueline Sheader, Public Relations Manager, Centre Area Transportation Authority Whether it be the cost of operating and maintaining a vehicle, a disability that prohibits the use of an automobile, or some other reason, a lack of transportation can be debilitating for an individual and family with work, shopping and childcare needs. In Centre County, we are fortunate to have many agencies and organizations available to offer quality transportation resources in assisting with this basic need. The two largest are the Centre Area Transportation Authority and the Centre County Office of Transportation.


CATAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fixed-route bus system, CATABUS, consists of 23 community bus routes, which provide service between downtown State College, the Penn State campus, and surrounding communities, suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, residential areas, governmental offices and many other special points of interest. Fare for each one-way trip is $1.75. Persons age 65 and older with a Transit ID Card and children under 40 inches ride for free. Those presenting a valid U.S. Medicare card or CATA Reduced Fare ID card may ride for half the fare (85 cents). The system is further complemented by four integrated routes (the BLUE and WHITE LOOPs and the RED and GREEN LINKs) that provide fare-free Penn State University Park campus/downtown State College service. The CATABUS service provides approximately 7.2 million trips per year, and operates entirely on clean compressed natural gas.


CATARIDE provides curb-to-curb transportation primarily for persons age 65 and older and persons whose disabilities prevent their use of the CATABUS system. Registration and a small fare per one-way trip are required, as are advanced reservations for each trip. (This service is also offered to the general public at a higher fare rate.)


CATACOMMUTE is a family of transportation services that includes the Rideshare, Vanpool and Emergency Ride Home programs, which are designed to provide longdistance commuters with easy and economical commute alternatives. The Centre County Office of Transportation provides door-todoor service to individuals of human service agencies, patrons who are Medical Assistance-eligible, persons with disabilities, and the general public (for a fee) who are residents of Centre County.

Reservations are required by 1 p.m. at least one working day in advance. People needing accessible vehicles are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. This is a shared-ride service that primarily serves destinations in Centre County. Passengers (MA individuals) may be reimbursed for securing their own ride if the transportation office is unable to meet their needs, and out-of-county medical trips are available to these individuals through a third party. Also, there is a home-delivered meal service for individuals who qualify. Outside of these two agencies, additional transportation options and resources exist through forprofit groups such as Fullington and ZipCar, human service agencies such as In Home Services of Central PA and the Bellefonte and Centre LifeLink EMS, and government offices such as Veterans Affairs of Centre County. Transportation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; page 38

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Services are Available for Residents of Centre County By Natalie Corman, Director, Centre County Office of Adult Services, and Sandy Schuckers, Administrative Officer and PrimeTime Health Coordinator, Centre County Office of Aging

Centre County government is committed to working with, assisting and providing necessary services to our residents. In regards to human services, Centre County government believes in an integrated, person-focused approach to ensuring the services necessary to assist a family. Centre County is fortunate to work with a strong network of providers located throughout the county to implement this plan of action for our residents. n Centre County Office of Children and Youth Services, (814) 355-6755, furnishes social services to children and youth and their families throughout Centre County. CYS works with families in situations in which there are issues relating to the safety and well-being of children and/or youth, with the goal of identifying problem areas and dealing effectively with them to resolve the difficulties. If it is a case of suspected abuse or neglect of children, the office determines if the allegation is true, and takes the necessary steps to protect the child. Placement services outside of a child’s family are available if parents

are unable or unwilling to provide care for their children and there are no other feasible alternatives. n Centre County Office of Adult Services, (814) 355-6768, is an office of county government. It is responsible for services to low-income adults, ages 18 through 59, including the disabled population, and low-income families. Adult Services works on behalf of individuals and families needing assistance to meet their basic needs to work on improving their lives, and to protect those at their highest vulnerability. It also strives to connect people to the available resources in our community. Services are provided throughout the county by a network of agencies that work together. Individual case management, homemaker services, emergency housing and basic needs assistance are all solutions to the needs of residents of Centre County. n Office of Aging, (814) 355-6716, serves as the Area Agency on Aging for Centre County. Aging assists people by assessing their needs and referring them to appropriate services. It provides the following services: health insurance counseling for Medicare recipients; senior center services at six locations throughout the county; home-delivered meals; investigations of

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abuse, neglect, exploitation or abandonment of older adults; long-term care ombudsman services; nursing home transition services and care management services. Aging also provides some funding to outside organizations for personal care services, transportation, adult day services and legal assistance for those who qualify. The department also is a co-sponsor of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, (814) 355-6816. n Office of Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention & Drug and Alcohol (MH/ID), (814) 3556786, provides a range of service options to enable persons with mental illness or intellectual disabilities to remain in the community and lead productive lives. MH/ID works with public and private agencies that work together to support persons with disabilities. They identify, evaluate and treat persons with mental illness or intellectual disabilities and can provide information and referrals. Drug and Alcohol provides comprehensive prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support services for individuals with drug and alcohol use/abuse issues. Services are confidential and designed to support individuals and families, and to eliminate stigma and facilitate independence, inclusion and recovery. n Early Intervention in Centre County provides service and support designed to help families with children with developmental delays. Early intervention builds upon the natural learning occurring in those first few years.

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35 n Centre County Office of Transportation Services, (814) 355-6807, provides transportation services to clients of Centre County government and other social service agencies, and maintains the county’s vehicle fleet. Centre County Transportation is a “shared ride” door-to-door demand-response service. It can provide lift van and car service to the physically challenged as needed. Physically challenged passengers must inform the office of their need to utilize the lift van or car every time they schedule an appointment. Several days’ notice of reservation for the lift van or car is highly recommended. n Centre County Veterans Affairs Office, (814) 3556812, answers both specific and general questions from veterans, dependents and the general public regarding matters related to veterans. In addition, this office discusses and submits applications for all related benefits to which veterans and their dependents may be entitled, such as: compensation and pension, hospitalization and outpatient care, education, home loans, insurance, special housing and automobile grants, and other benefits too numerous to mention that are provided by the VA or other federal, state, county or local agencies or organizations. Veterans Affairs also refers the county’s veterans and dependents to additional federal, state, county or other agencies and organizations that might further assist them in solving their problems or answering their questions. For more information about Centre County government offices and the numerous services offered to its residents, visit

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Farm owners recognized for preserving land By BRITTANY SVOBODA

BELLEFONTE — At its Sept. 23 meeting, the Centre County board of commissioners recognized the owners of three Ferguson Township farms for their participation this year in the Purchase Agricultural Conservation Easement program. Among the three farms of Elwin Stewart and Barb Christ, owners of the 27-acre Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery; Tobi and Jamie Ripka, owners of a 108-acre dairy farm; and John and Clay Campbell, owners of a 181-acre dairy and crop farm, a total of 316.02 acres were added to the county’s growing number of preserved farmland. With the addition of these farms, the county has preserved about 6,750 acres of land through 43 easements since the Purchase Agricultural Conservation Easement program was approved by the government in 1988. An additional 11 farms totaling about 1,000 acres have also been preserved through the county’s Farmland Trust program. The program, which is nonprofit and

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run by volunteers, provides tax incentives for landowners who wish to preserve their farmland. “We’re excited to be able to preserve the land,” Stewart said. “We’ve really committed ourselves to it, both financially and emotionally.” Through PACE, the county and state compensate landowners for relinquishing the development rights of their land when they sign the Agricultural Conservation Easement. State funding for the program comes from “a 2 cent per pack tax on cigarettes, which generates about $20 million a year for the program,” according to the Centre County government’s website. The county also contributes matching funds to the program. In Centre County alone, the state and federal governments have contributed about $13.5 million to preserving area farmlands, with the county contributing about $1.8 million, commissioner Michael Farm, Page 6


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SAFEGUARDING HERITAGE: Three farms in Ferguson Township were preserved under the Purchase Agricultural Conservation Easement program this year. Centre County now has about 6,750 acres of farmland preserved.

Benefit planned for family of Howard man killed in fire By CHRIS MORELLI

HOWARD — A Howard man died in a fire early Sunday morning — and the Centre County community has rallied around his surviving family members. According to Centre County coroner Scott Sayers, Willis Reed Jr., 35, died of smoke inhalation following an early morning blaze on Sept. 21. Reed lived at 554 Swartz Hollow Road in Howard. According to Sayers, the cause of death is accidental.

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Several area fire companies responded to the 5:51 a.m. blaze — Howard, Walker Township, Citizen’s Hook and Ladder of Milesburg, Pleasant Gap, Undines (Bellefonte), Snow Shoe, Miles Township, Beech CreekBlanchard and Lock Haven. The state police fire marshal is investigating. No one else was injured in the fire. However, Reed’s wife, Jodi, and three young children were displaced by the fire. The home Benefit, Page 6

New Bellefonte Youth Center opens its doors to public By CHRIS MORELLI

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The site of the old state liquor store was the perfect fit. Plans were put in place. Everything came together in a timely fashion and the doors opened on Sept. 15. YSB CEO Andrea Boyles was delighted by the grand opening. “The kids got to come in for the first time when we cut the ribbon. It’s brand new and a lot of them Youth Center, Page 5

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GRAND OPENING: Children walked through the doors of the new Bellefonte Youth Center for the first time last week. The drop-in center is now open at 114 N. Spring St. It’s the site of a former state liquor store.

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Youth Center is in its new home at 114 N. Spring St. in Bellefonte. When the Centre County Youth Service Bureau found out it was being forced to move from the Temple Court Building earlier this year, the hunt was on for new space in Bellefonte. YSB found that space along North Spring Street.


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Volunteering is good for you — and good for us

By Amy Lorek, Research and Outreach Associate, Center for Healthy Aging, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University For a long time, we understood volunteering to be an activity in which time and/or talent is given freely to benefit others. More recently, we have come to appreciate that volunteering is a two-way relationship: both the giver and the receiver benefit in the experience. The right match-up can help volunteers find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills and advance

Tips for Getting Started First, figure out if there is something specific you want to do. For example, ask: “Do I want to – n make it better around where I live? n meet people who are different from me? n try something new? n do something with my spare time? n see a different way of life and new places? n try the type of work I might want to do as a fulltime job? n do more with my interests and hobbies? n do something I’m good at?” The best way to volunteer is to match your personality and interests. Having answers to the questions above will help you narrow down your search. Source: Adapted from

careers. Volunteering can also help protect mental and physical health. Beyond promoting individual good health and good feeling, volunteering contributes to the health of our community by getting work done that may otherwise be absent. One program, agency or government entity cannot do all the work necessary to improve our communities. However, one person can make a difference in a small way, within his/her sphere of influence. You might be thinking, “What can I do?” or, “The little bit that I do will never help much.” If you have ever spent a few minutes reading a child a book or talking to a lonely person, you know that even that small amount of attention and compassion can make a difference. Our combined effort can make our community a happier, healthier, safer place to live. Can you fill a plate, visit a person or clean-up a park? Decide what you can and want to do, and then do it. Are you over the age of 55? Consider the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. RSVP of Centre County has been connecting active adult volunteers with volunteer opportunities at 130 nonprofit agencies throughout Centre County. Talk to RSVP about how and where to share your time, talent and life experience with the agencies and organizations that keep our community strong. Contact RSVP at (814) 355-6816, or email breeve@ If you are oriented to research about healthy aging, consider joining Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging’s Experience Club, where you will be able to learn about research volunteer opportunities or activities of the center. Visit or call (814) 8637903.

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By Andrea M. Puzycki, Pen Pal and VITA Coordinator, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Centre County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is neighbors helping neighbors navigate the increasingly complicated tax-filing process. Twenty returning VITA volunteer tax preparers need your help in providing tax assistance at sites in Bellefonte (Church of the Good Shepherd), State College (Schlow Library), Aaronsburg (Penns Valley Family Service Center) and Philipsburg (Moshannon Valley YMCA). The sites generally open the first week of February and close on or before the tax deadline of April 15. Tax preparation volunteers attend trainings in order to pass the IRS certification exam at the advanced level, and to gain experience using TaxWise software and filing returns electronically. New tax preparers will be assigned a mentor to assist them with initial use of the program, and with questions along the way.


New tax preparers are asked to attend orientation trainings on Mondays in November and then join the returning tax preparers for final certification exam preparation in January. For 2013, Centre County VITA preparers completed more than 1,400 returns for families with incomes of less than $52,000 and saved the taxpayers who need it most more than $200,000 in return preparation fees. For many of these grateful tax payers, Centre County VITA is their only opportunity to receive sound tax advice and to file their returns electronically, a process that both reduces errors and speeds up the receipt of refunds. Other volunteers who assist with the VITA program answer phones and use Excel to make tax appointments from January through April, or assist with meals to feed the tax preparers as they train in November and January. To volunteer as a preparer, an appointment scheduling assistant, or to provide food for the trainings, contact Centre County RSVP at (814) 355-6816 or email vita@

Housing Advocacy Project assists families By Linda Lovett, Grants Manager, MidPenn Legal Services As the only nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal services in Centre County, MidPenn Legal Services’ mission is to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and low-income individuals and families have meaningful access to the legal system. MidPenn staff attorneys, volunteer attorneys from the Centre County Bar Association, and students from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law focus on life-altering issues that stabilize and strengthen families and our community. In addition to family law, public benefits, domestic violence and consumer law, MidPenn’s practice focuses on housing. Workforce housing is recognized to be a priority in Centre County. Working with the Centre County Affordable Housing Coalition, Housing Transitions Inc. and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center, we provide a community-based response. The attorneys on MidPenn’s Housing Advocacy Project, partially funded by the Centre County United Way, work to keep families in existing housing by negotiating with landlords on behalf of tenants to achieve resolutions that prevent eviction. If an eviction does occur, we ensure that the law is followed and the legal rights of the tenant are preserved. MidPenn also provides legal advice and information

on various housing issues through our telephone hotline. This preventative piece to the project gives tenants information about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant. With the right information, tenants can make informed decisions on how to handle issues that may come up during their tenancy. Too often people rely on hearsay, i.e., my neighbor’s Uncle Joe said this about that. Acting on incorrect information can lead to serious consequences, particularly in relation to your home. The landlord-tenant relationship is based in the law; both parties need to know the rules and regulations that govern that relationship. MidPenn provides legal assistance to those who have lost their housing. A MidPenn attorney regularly visits the shelters operated by Housing Transitions, Inc. and the Centre County Women’s Resource Center to meet with residents and provide the legal advice, counsel and representation that will assist them in transitioning out of shelter and into a stable home environment. This is a small part of what MidPenn does to advocate for those in need of legal assistance. If you have a question about your housing situation or another legal issue, MidPenn might be able to help. Call us at (800) 326-9177 to find out if you’re eligible for services. For more information about MidPenn Legal Services, visit

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community minded individuals who work together to meet the needs of Centre County residents. The Centre County Council for Human Services is proud to be a sponsor of the Super Fair this year and appreciates the coverage The Centre County Gazette is providing!! CCCHS serves as a model of agency cooperation around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Other counties have copied our example because it really works to improve the services provided to those in need. If you have questions about the Council for Human Services, visit our website at If you are interested in joining CCCHS, contact Linda Lovett at Home health — from page 32 Medicare does not cover the cost of a home care agency. However, if the family is unable to pay for the services, financial assistance programs are available through the local Area Agencies on Aging or the Veterans Administration. Home care agencies and home health agencies complement one another and are often both working in the same home — at least for some period of time. The home health nurse comes in to do the medical side of things — setup medications, provide wound care and handle injections. The caregiver — or home care aide — helps with meal preparation, housekeeping, bathing and dressing, errands and companionship.

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