Because the Record-Courier is now only able to run this column once a month, we will now accept paid trip reservations six weeks in advance of the trip rather than the 30 days we have been doing. I realize that it is difficult to remember various dates from one week to another, let alone trying to remember them from one month to the next.
Portage County Senior Services is now scheduling its April 21 trip to Holmes County. The bus will leave Ravenna at 8 a.m. and our first stop will be at Smuckers Jelly in Orrville.
The group will then move on to Lehmans Hardware in Kidron, before stopping at Der Dutchmans for lunch. After lunch, the bus will take us to Bunker Hill and Heinis Cheese and Kaufmans Bakery, and finally we will end up in Sugar Creek at the bulk food store.
We should be back in Ravenna around 5:30 p.m.
Your cost is $15, which covers the cost of transportation; lunch is on your own.
Portage County Senior Services Center still has openings on its March 17 bus trip to Wheeling Island Casino.
The cost is $15 with the casino giving you back $5 when we arrive. The bus will leave at 8 a.m. We will have at least four hours to gamble. The bus will return to Ravenna between 5:30 and 6 p.m.
Paid reservations can be made by mailing a check to Portage County Senior Services, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna 44266; or by stopping by the center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily (first floor of the Portage County Administration Building in Ravenna).
Mark your calendars for May 14, for the eighth annual Senior Celebration of Achievement.
This year, the event will be held at the new Kent American Legion Post on Mogadore Road. The time will remain the same with the doors opening at 10 a.m.
The theme of the luncheon will be the Ohio Bicentennial.
Musical entertainment will be provided by a local Dixieland band.
Tickets, $4 each, will go on sale on April 14.
Applications for the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame are now available. You can nominate your neighbors who are at least 60 years old, and have lived in Portage County for more than five years.
I am sure that you each know someone who makes a contribution to our community, a contribution which improves our quality of life in Portage County.
Call (330) 297-3456 to request that an application be mailed to you.
The Kent Retirees are having a Mad Hatter Ball on Wednesday. This will be a pot luck luncheon, served at noon.
You must wear a hat to attend and there will be prizes for the best hats.
The Mad Hatter Ball is open to all area seniors. The Kent Retirees meet at the Kent Recreation Center at 1115 Franklin Ave., Kent.
For more information, call Judy Taylor at (330) 678-3277.
The Ravenna PrimeTimers, who meet at Grace Episcopal Church, now have chair volleyball scheduled for every Monday, and an exercise program every Wednesday and Friday morning.
For more information about their programming, call Lucille Slama at (330) 296-8120.
Update on the Ohio Buckeye Card:
The Ohio Department of Aging is still having difficulty setting up their Prescription Drug Discount Program. The department is still actively working with various manufacturers to iron out the details about the manner in which discounts and rebates will be handled.
The program is not dead, just delayed. Once the details are determined, it will take another eight weeks for new cards to be mailed out.
When all the details are ironed out, you will be able to use your Ohio Buckeye Card to receive discounts on your prescription medications.
The prescription drug plan will not be effective until new cards are issued.
Once the program is effective, new cards will be sent to all seniors 60 and older who have a current valid Ohio drivers license or Ohio ID card, or are currently registered to vote. They expect to reach 90 to 95 percent of eligible seniors with their first mailing.
Currently, the Ohio Department of Aging is not issuing old-style cards from new applications or issuing replacement cards.
But, individuals who would like to take advantage of the other discounts which the Golden Buckeye Card can offer, can apply and use their yellow receipt as a temporary card.
Once the Prescription Drug Discount Program is in operation, new application forms will be available for individuals who are just turning 60 years old or who did not receive a new card in the original mailing.
For more information, call (800) 422-1976.
Have you filed your taxes yet? Remember that there is a trained group of volunteers from AARP available to help you.
Call First Call for Help to make an appointment at (330) 297-4636.
The Streetsboro Senior Center is sponsoring a St. Patricks Day party on March 17. The doors will open at 11:15 a.m.
The cost is $3 per person; payable at the time you sign up. The group will play bingo, and each bingo player is asked to bring a wrapped gift, valued at $2, to be used as a bingo prize.
Reservations for the party need to be made by Monday. For more information, contact the Streetsboro Senior Center at (330) 626-2398.
Members of the Portage County Senior Services Center want to thank Kent resident Evelyn Moneypenny for her recent donation of Acme cash register receipts.
The center will be collecting Acme receipts up until May 14. The center will receive 1 percent of the cash value of all the slips when they are turned in.
The center then uses the money to help subsidize many of their activities, such as bus trips or the Harvest Ball.
Phone: (330) 297-3456