Second Wind Schedule For February

Second Wind is a social/recreational program for Highland County Seniors sponsored by Valley Program for Aging Services  and they have a full slate of activities planned for February.

Did you get a new computer or electronic device over the holidays, but aren’t sure how to get the most out of it? Help is on the way. On Monday, February 1st 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. On Tuesday, February 9th a similar class will be held at The Highland County Public Library from 10 AM to Noon, taught by volunteer Deborah Lambert. The class will be repeated at Highland Telephone Cooperative on two Mondays, February 15th and 29th. It will be repeated at the Library on Tuesday, February 23rd.

On Tuesday, February 2nd, Virginia Quilt Museum and Shenandoah Heritage Market in Harrisonburg will open its season with new exhibits and the new “conservation lab” will be unveiled.  Bring in a quilt from your own collection to the lab for an abbreviated version of the “Talk About Quilts” quilt assessment program. Then sample some old time goodness at the Shenandoah Heritage Market as you wander through over 20 shops. Lunch at a location to be determined. Pick up in Monterey at 10:00 AM at Highland Public Library. The first Tuesday Grocery Shopping trip will be combined with the trip to Harrisonburg. Then on Tuesday, February 16th, you can shop ‘til you drop trip in Staunton, with trips to Walmart, Target, Michael’s and more! Pick up in Monterey at 10:00 AM at Highland Public Library. Call 468-2178 to reserve your seat for these trips.


Social activities for the month include the Tea and Home Tour with Deborah, on Wednesday February 10th,  2-4 PM, featuring tea and snacks at Deborah Lambert’s home in Monterey. Pick up at the Library at 1:30 PM. Space limited to 12 so RSVP as soon as possible! And the  Community Luncheon will be held at the Highland Inn, Monterey, on Wednesday, February 17th, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Guest Melissa Baugh from Intrepid Home Health and Hospice will talk about heart health. And increase that health by attending  Move it! Make it! Take it! in the Mountain View Room of the Highland Public Library, on Wednesday, February 3rd and 17th, with senior exercise from 3-4 PM followed by craft and coffee from 4-5.

Finally, on Wednesday February 24, there will be a program Sponsored by Highland County Respite Care on Advanced Directives from 3-5 PM in the Mountain View Room of Highland Public Library. Advanced Directives are legal documents to direct future health care in the event that you become incapable of making informed decisions. These documents can make your wishes and decisions known to family members and health care providers. Program presenters will be Dr. Brenda Lindsey and Ashley Smith from Mountain Regional Hospice, Clifton Forge VA. Forms and a notary will be available for anyone in attendance.

Trips and programs will be cancelled if Highland Public Schools are closed.


Community Luncheon and Trip costs are free will donations.

For more information about all these and other events,contact Highland Service Coordinator Harmony Leonard by calling 468-2178 or email, This schedule is also posted along with the story at

February 2016

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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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