Beginning June 5, from 2 until 4 p.m.,

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Beginning June 5, from 2 until 4 p.m., a staff member from Web Wise Seniors, Inc. will be offering basic computer classes for senior citizens. The group charges $42 for four hours of instruction. The first set of classes, Basic Computers 1 and 2, will be offered on June 5 and June 11, in the Portage County Senior Services Center (first floor of County Administration Building, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna). The second set of classes, Basic Computers 3 and 4, will be offered on June 18 and June 25. The cost for these two classes is $42. These classes are also being offered at the Portage County Senior Service Center. These classes are especially geared toward individuals who do not have any computer experience. Web Wise Seniors Inc., brings lap top computers with them, so that everyone can have a hands on experience. If you are interested, make checks out to Web Wise Seniors Inc., and mail to Portage County Senior Services, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna 44266. Though Portage County Senior Services is providing the space for the classes and helping to collect the money, the program is run entirely by Web Wise Seniors Inc. (440) 953-2443. For more local information about the program, call the Senior Services Center at (330) 297-3456. Special thanks to area resident Barbara Sorkin for her recent donation of quilts for Project Soft Security (Project Linus). While she was dropping the blankets off at the Senior Services office, she graciously picked up more material so that she could make more. Thank you, Barbara. The Ohio Consumer Council offers the following warning about utility fraud: Seniors should take their time to research any services offered to them in order to make an educated decision. Consumers researching their electric or natural gas choices should be aware of the following Be sure to ask any electric or natural gas supplier to provide its offer along with any promotions or incentives in writing. Do not provide an account number to an energy supplier until a decision has been made to switch to that company. Always ask for information in writing when a telemarketer calls about switching service providers or changing calling plans. For more information about your energy and telephone rights, contact the Ohio Consumer Council toll free at (877) 742-5622. AARP volunteers are still offering income tax assistance for area senior citizens you may only have one week left to get help. These are fully trained volunteers, and for the most part they have all been doing it for several years. Contact First Call for Help at (330) 297-4636 to make an appointment at one of the area sites. Streetsboro Senior Center continues to offer free hearing screening and hearing aide service one day a month. In April, Beltone Audiology will be at the Streetsboro Senior Center from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. You can make an appointment by calling (330) 626-2398. The Streetsboro Senior Citizens Foundation will sponsor a craft and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Streetsboro Senior Center (Streetsboro City Building on S.R. 43.) This sale is open to the public. The proceeds will be used to subsidize the various activities which the center sponsors throughout the year. Portage County Senior Services is still taking paid reservations for their April 21 trip to Holmes County. The cost is $15 (lunch is on your own). The bus will leave the County Administration Building at 8:30 a.m. There will be stops at Smuckers Jelly in Orrville, Lehmans Hardware in Kidron, Heinis Cheese and Kaufmans Bakery in Bunker Hill, and the Bulk Food Store at Sugar Creek. Lunch will be at Der Dutchmans in Berlin (you will be able to order off of the menu.) 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 on the first floor of the County Administration Building. For more information, call (330) 297-3456. Portage County Senior Services is also accepting paid reservations for the June 2 overnight bus trip to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Reservations have been made at the Quality Inn Hotel, which is in walking distance of the Falls, and Goat Island, and the New Seneca Casino (which is run by an Indian Reservation). The cost will be $75 which includes transportation, double occupancy hotel accommodations, buffet breakfast, and baggage handling and taxes. The Casino will be giving back comps also. Though the group will be staying on the American side, the bus will take those interested across the border into Canada the evening of June 2 for a few hours. Reservations may be made by mail; send a check to Portage County Senior Services, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna 44266, or by stopping into the office on the first floor of the County Administration Building in Ravenna. Tickets go on sale April 15 for the eighth annual Senior Celebration of Achievement. This year, the tickets will be $4 for seniors, and $8 for all others. The lunch will once again be catered by Special Moments in Streetsboro, and musical entertainment will be provided by a local dixie land band. The theme this year will be the Ohio Bicentennial. There will be 20 different agencies with exhibits of information; Information which is vital for all of us to know. The luncheon is also an opportunity for the community to honor senior citizens for the contributions they make to our quality of life in Portage County. The group planning this luncheon along with the staff of Portage County Senior Services includes Kathy Long of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Elaine VanHoose of the Streetsboro Senior Center, Cheryl DeCavitch of Second National Bank, Sam Vilk of Silver Oaks Place, Claudette Rogers of Family and Community Services, and a group of senior citizens including Art Goodrich, Roseanne Nuhfer, June Neff, Ann Stonestreet, Marie Pincomb and Marge Widynski. For more information about tickets, call the Portage County Senior Services Center, (330) 297-3456. Ohio KePRO offers free Medicare and Health Materials to all residents of Ohio. For instance a worried Peggy Shippen (not her real name) called Ohio KePROs Medicare Beneficiary Help Line. She was told recently by her doctor that she had diabetes and that she would need to make some lifestyle changes. Did Ohio KePRO have any information about diabetes? Ginny Johnson, Ohio KePRO review Assistant, sent to Peggy Ohio KePROs Preventive Services booklet and a Health Record Booklet to keep track of her medications and tests. Ginny also provided to Peggy with the names and telephone numbers of hospitals near her home that offer dietary counseling for Medicare beneficiaries with diabetes. Ohio KePRO has free materials on Medicare coverage and ways Medicare beneficiaries can take charge of their health. Call the Ohio KePRO Medicare Beneficiary Help Line at (800) 589-7337 for further information or to place your order. Taken from the Ohio KePRO newsletter. E-mail: SAK4030@aol.com Phone: (330) 297-3456

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