Senior Edition


EATON — The Preble County Council on Aging Board of Trustees requests residents complete its survey in order to assure services being offered are useful and that tax dollars are being utilized to meet the greatest need.

To fill out a survey visit Decade’s Diner, Midway Diner in Lewisburg, or stop by the Preble County Council on Aging at 800 East St. Clair St., Eaton. It is a brief survey and upon completion the survey will be entered to win $100. A resident must be 18 years of age or older, a Preble County resident and have returned the completed survey in by June 15, to be eligible to win. For more information or to have a survey mailed to you call us at 937-456-4947.

Ice Cream Floats

Join us for Ice Cream Floats. Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. at the Senior Center. For more information call us at 937-456-4947

Music Club Meeting Dates

The Preble County Senior Center Music Club meets at The Grange, located at 501 Nation Avenue in Eaton. The Instrumental Music Club meets the first Thursday of every month (June 2) at 10 a.m. The Choral Music Club will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. There is always an open invitation for musicians, vocalists, and anyone interested in music. For more information, call the Senior Center at 937-456-4947.

Join Us at the Thursday Night Weekly Dance on May 26. The Thursday Night Dance is held from 5-8 p.m. at The Grange at 501 Nation Avenue, Eaton. The Silvertones, a local band from Camden, will provide an enjoyable evening of classic rock and roll and country music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Band members include Michael Powers on piano; Mike Buckley, lead guitar; Danny Witt, bass; and Gary “Pete” Peters on drums. The dance features delicious food, with a $1 menu, a 50/50 drawing, and door prizes. Admission is $3 per individual/$5 per couple. Join us for a fun evening.

Friday at the Movies

May the force be with you Friday, May 27, at 1:30 at the Senior Center. We will be watching “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, we are closed. Many thanks and Blessings to those that have served our country.

Northern Connection Meeting to be Held on June 8

The Northern Connection “Lunch & Learn” meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, located at 301 E. Main Street in New Paris. The Northern Connection is a partnership between the Preble County Council on Aging and the St. Paul United Methodist Church. Lunch is served at no charge (donations are welcome) followed by either a speaker on a topic of interest, or entertainment. Information is also available on services provided by the Preble County Council on Aging. Everyone is welcome to attend. June’s program will be musical entertainment, Kip Moore. For more information, contact the St. Paul United Methodist Church at 937-437-8484, the Preble County Council on Aging at 937-456-4947, or visit the Northern Connection Facebook page.

New Senior Center Mini-Trips Added

The Preble County Activities Center plans mini-trips for individuals who want a shorter, less strenuous travel day. Ten-seat passenger vans or smaller motor coaches are used for most mini-trips. Descriptive flyers are available at the Senior Center for 2016 Mini-Trips.

Pick up and return to your home is available upon request. A sampling of the mini-trips scheduled so far for 2016 includes Wednesday, June 15 – Miami Valley Military History Museum; Thursday, June 30 — “The Lion King” at the Schuster Theatre (sponsored in part by Arbor Trace); Tuesday, Aug. 23 — Woodland Historical Tour; Friday, Sept. 9 – “Million Dollar Quartet” at LaComedia, and Tuesday, Oct. 4 — Darke County Past to Present. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

Senior Center Motor Coach Trips

The Preble County Activities Center has the following motor coach trips planned for this year: Tuesday, July 19 — Rising Star Casino; Wednesday, July 27 — Ohio State Fair; August 2 — Cincinnati Reds vs. St. Louis Cardinals evening game. Call Cookie at 937-456-4947 for more information or stop by the Activities Center to pick up a flyer.

HEAP Assistance Available

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. If you are eligible for assistance, the amount of your one-time HEAP benefit will depend on federal funding levels, how many people live with you, total household income, and the primary fuel you use to heat your home. In most cases, the one-time benefit will be a credit applied to your energy bill by your utility company (or fuel vendor). Bev Shindeldecker, Preble County Council on Aging I&R Specialist, is available to help seniors determine eligibility, complete paperwork, and answer questions regarding


You can make an appointment to meet with Bev by calling 937-456-4947 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Senior Companionship Program

The Companionship Program at the Preble County Council on Aging helps community seniors stay in their homes and live independently by providing assistance with tasks of daily living and offering friendship and emotional support. Services provided include an in-home companion and/or a daily telephone reassurance call. For more information on these available services, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

Senior Companionship Program

– Preble County Senior Center Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance or telephone calls. You can volunteer as often or as little as you like. You will be responsible for recording your volunteer hours and mileage on a monthly basis. Mileage is reimbursed at $.50/mile. For more information or to complete a volunteer application, contact Stacey at 937-456-4947.

– Graceworks Volunteer: Provide in-home assistance. Required to attend a 20 hour start-up training at the senior center and one 4-hour in-service each month. You will earn a stipend of $2.65/hour (tax free) and $.30/mile. You must “work” at least 15 hours/week in the clients home. To volunteer in the Graceworks program, you must be 55 or older and your income must be lower than 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. For more information or to complete an application, contact Bev at 937-456-4947.

Have you visited the Decade’s Diner for lunch? If not, you are missing out on this unique location with its distinctive 1950s decor and memorabilia, including a juke box and graffiti wall. Located at the Preble County Activities Center, 800 East St. Clair Street in Eaton, the Decade’s Diner is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Choose from the daily special, combo, or the regular menu. Don’t forget to order one of the delicious homemade desserts! The Decade’s Diner is open to the public and all ages are welcome. Carry-out is available. Call 937-456-4947 to place your order.

Visit our website at or the Preble County Council on Aging Facebook page for more information. Membership at the Senior Center is $10 a year. In addition to other benefits, members automatically receive our bi-monthly “Senior Scene” newsletter which features all the latest news.

By Holly Steele

For The Register-Herald

Reach Holly at the Preble County Senior Center, at 937-456-4947.

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