January VPAS Second Wind Schedule


Second Wind is a social/recreational program for Highland County Seniors sponsored by Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS). The VPAS office will be closed January 1st for the New Year’s Holiday, but starting the following week, they will have a full schedule of activities for interested participants.

Did you get a new computer or electronic device for Christmas, but aren’t sure how to get the most out of it? Help is on the way. On Tuesday, January 5th Tech-Senior 1.0 for computer support and education will be held from 1-3 PM at the Highland Telephone Cooperative, who is sponsoring the class. You can bring your computer, tablet or other electronic device, but if you don’t have one, there’s no problem. The following Tuesday, January 12th a similar class will be held at The Highland County Public Library from 10 AM to Noon, taught by volunteer Deborah Lambert. And on Tuesday, January 19th, the class will once again be held from 1-3 PM at the HTC Office, and on Tuesday the 26th, Deborah Lambert returns to the Library from 10 AM to Noon.

If you feel like getting out and taking advantage of post-holiday bargains, several shopping trips are planned. On Tuesday, January 5th, the group will leave from the Library at 10 and head to Riverton West Virginia for lunch at the Gateway Restaurant, followed by shopping in Franklin.  On Thursday, January 14th, visit The Factory Antique Mall in Verona, with over 121,000 square feet of shopping on one floor. Shoppers will leave from the Highland Public Library at 10 AM. On Tuesday, January 19th, you can shop ‘til you drop trip in Waynesboro, with visits to Walmart, Target, Michael’s and more. Pick up is in Monterey at 10:00 AM at the Library.

Feel like socializing? A community luncheon will be held on Wednesday, January 20th at The Highland Inn from 11 to 1. Guest speakers Steve Curtian from Bath Community Hospital Physical Therapy and Wellness Center and Millie Williams, Senior Exercise Specialist will help make your New Year’s resolutions a reality with information about exercise.

And speaking of that, on Wednesday January  27th, head over to the Mountain View Room at the Library for Move it. Make it. Take it from3-5 PM, which includes 30 minutes of gentle, fun exercise to increase strength and flexibility followed by craft make and take.

Finally, have your voice heard and help VPAS develop its strategic plan for the next 3 years by sharing your thoughts about unmet needs for seniors in Highland County with VPAS board members. This meeting will take place on Thursday, January 24th from 2-4 PM at the County Modular Building in Monterey. To  RSVP for this meeting, or for more information about all these and other events, contact Highland Service Coordinator Harmony Leonard by calling 468-2178 or email harmony@vpas.info, This schedule is also posted along with the story at alleghenymountainradio.org.

January 2016

Story By

Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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