Members of the Portage County Senior Services Center

Laura Nethken Published:

Members of the Portage County Senior Services Center want to thank the Rootstown/Randolph Friendly Neighbors club for their recent donation of yarn and craft kits, which were brought in by Clara Anderson.

This organization has been meeting for 50 years. They make quilts and lap robes, and recently took a supply of twin size quilts to the Woodlands at Robinson nursing home in Ravenna.

This group of ladies are all from the Randolph and Rootstown area and meet at Irene Ricks home.

Before Clara Anderson left, I gave her some of the cotton material which the Senior Services Center had received in recent months. She took it back for the group to use for future quilts.

When Clara left, the Center was delighted with the donation of yarn and Clara was happy with the material.

Portage County Senior Services is now accepting paid reservations for the March 17 bus trip to Wheeling Downs in West Virginia. Originally, this was only a dog race track, but it now has casino games, similar to Mountaineer. I understand that it is not as large as Mountaineer, but will be someplace different for us to go.

We will leave at 8 a.m. and should be back in Ravenna by 5:30 p.m.

Your cost will be $15. When you arrive at the casino, there will be compensation for you, but at this time I am not sure what it will be.

For more information, call (330) 297-3456.

Dont forget the Tuesday meeting (at 9 a.m.) at Portage County Senior Services, especially if you are concerned about the price you are paying for your prescription medications.

There are a number of Pharmaceutical Discount Cards now available to area residents. If you would choose to use the medications from Canada, we can also help you access this information.

Just a reminder: When you are given a prescription for a new medication, remember to ask your physician if he has any free samples in his office chances are he does. If you do not have insurance to pay for your medications, you may have to pay a hundred dollars for a prescription which you may only have to throw out because it interacts with your other medications and makes you ill.

Are you a veteran? Have you considered taking advantage of the services which our Portage County Veterans Office offers? There is now a Veterans Administration medical office in Ravenna and though you may not be eligible for their free services, you may be able to take advantage of a minimal co-pay and receive medical services at a discounted rate.

For more information about the 9 a.m. Tuesday meeting at Portage County Senior Services, call (330) 297-3456.

Have you received your property tax bill in recent weeks? Are you signed up for the Homestead exemption?

Ohios Homestead Property Tax Credit Program is offered to lower-income homeowners who are 65 or older, or who are permanently and totally disabled. It is also available to surviving spouses, 59 and older, whose deceased spouse had received the exemption.

Under the program, the State of Ohio reimburses local governments for cuts given to residents. Statistics from tax year 1997 show that more than 242,000 homeowners qualified for the exemption. Their property taxes were reduced an average of $275 a year. Payments to local governments exceeded $66 million.

In 1999, the homestead exemption income limit was increased from $20,800 to $23,000, the first adjustment in five years. An additional 41,000 Ohioans became eligible to take the credit that year.

In 2000, another change to the Homestead Exemption added an inflation adjustment to protect those eligible from being disqualified if they received a moderate increase in income. The inflation adjustment is re-determined annually by the Tax Commissioner.

To find out the current eligible income limit, and to apply, contact the County Auditors office at (330) 297-3571.

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Phone: (330) 297-3456

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