Second Wind Calendar For October

The Highland County Second Wind program has released its calendar of activities for October, and as always, it includes a variety of educational, shopping and social opportunities for older area residents.

A new Thrift Store shopping trip to Staunton is now scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, and grocery shopping in Franklin is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th. These both leave the Highland Library at 10:00 am, or home pick-up is available. Reservations are required.

Get your body in shape for rigorous shopping with exercise classes held every Wednesday at the Library from 3:00 – 5:00 pm – wear loose clothes and be ready to move and “sweat with the sister.” And get your mind in shape with “Movement into Stillness”, a class taught by Dan Kaufmann each Thursday during October from 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Reservation is required.

If you need some support, it can be found in a number of places. Pastor Beth Pyles will lead a six-week confidential Grief Support Group that will  meet in the board room at the Highland Medical Center in  Monterey,  Thursdays, starting October 27 through December 22, 2016, 5:30 to 7 PM. And for help with those stubborn electronic devices, a computer support group meets at the Library for assistance. Deborah Lambert will lead the second and fourth Tuesday meeting from 10AM to Noon, and Derek Simmons, will lead the group the second Wednesday of each month from 1 PM to 3 PM.

Education is always a good thing. If joint replacement surgery is looming on the horizon for you or a loved one, a program explaining joint replacement from decision to post surgery presented by Beth Joyce and Nancy Koplin, from the Augusta Health  Joint Clinic. The program will begin at 1 PM on October 26, 2016 in the Mountain View Room at the Highland Public Library. Learn about changes to Medicare coverage and supplemental policies in 2017 with Medicare counselling with Amy Atkins Taylor and Ashley Arbogast on October 19, 1-3PM at the Highland Public Library.

And relax from all this shopping, exercise and learning with one of the two outings planned this month. First, on Saturday October 15th, take a 2 hour guided tour of the North Fork Valley Canopy, including zip lines and rappels. There is a $75 fee for this trip, and RSVP required by October 7rh. If that isn’t your thing, you can hike Seneca Rocks on October 22nd, on the self-guided interpretive trail beginning behind the Seneca Rocks Discovery Center. The trail is 1.3 miles and ascends the north edge of the rocks to a viewing platform. RSVP required by October 20th.

For more information or to register for any of these activities, contact VPAS Senior Services Coordinator Harmony Leonard at 540-468-2178 or email

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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.

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