July Second Wind Calendar Of Events

Highland Senior Services has released their Second Wind calendar of events for July, and as usual, it includes a number of events, activities and learning opportunities for citizens age 60 and older. For more information on any of these events, contact Highland Senior Services Coordinator Harmony Leonard at 540-468-2178 or email harmony@vpas.info.

Shopping trips are the order of the day on July 5th and 19th, both Tuesdays. On the 5th will be lunch at the Gateway Restaurant, followed by grocery shopping at the Franklin Great-Valu. On the 19th, a trip to Staunton is planned, with eating and shopping destinations to be determined. There is a $5.00 transportation fee, and reservations are required.

There is a social outing planned for Wednesday, July 13th, to the Green Briar in White Sulpher Springs, WV. The resort is a National Historic Landmark, and the trip will offer unique shopping and dining opportunities. There is a transportation fee.

Do you need more information on how to use a computer or other electronic device?  Volunteer led classes for help with these, as well as digital cameras, Google, Facebook, and other social media will be held at the Highland County Public Library on July 12th  and 26th from 10:00am until Noon. And take the fear and loathing out of your Facebook experience by learning the in’s and out’s of this popular social media including how to protect your privacy and identity. These classes will be July 6th and July 27th, also at the Library.

There will be no exercise classes – they will return in August. Water aerobics are available at the Highland Pool from 6:00 – 7:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

If the pool isn’t enough to cool you down, it’s important to note that, beginning June 15, cooling assistance is available for eligible households. Cooling assistance provides purchase or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment. Applications are accepted at the Highland County Department of Social Services or online at https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/ from June 15 –August 15. Assistance is based on the availability of funds.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a resident of the locality in which application is made;
  • Have a heating or cooling expense responsibility;
  • Meet monthly gross income requirements; and
  • Have at least one vulnerable individual in the household who is age 60 or over, disabled, or under age 6.


The maximum income for a household of one person is $1,287 per month, and for a household of four is $2,633 per month. To have an application mailed to you, or if you have questions about the program, contact Malorie Brower at 540-468-2199 ext. 304 or Trista Randozzo at ext. 303.

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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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