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Help the Waynesboro Senior Center seeks help for new van

The Waynesboro Senior Center provides wheelchair accessible van transportation to the center for members in Waynesboro, Fishersville and Stuarts Draft who are unable to operate a vehicle, cannot easily access the public transportation system, or do not have alternative means of transportation available to them on a regular basis.





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Local Jurisdictions Support VPAS Services

VPAS is pleased to receive financial contributions from the local jurisdictions to support our services to individuals in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro (SAW) Region.





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Fire and Fall Prevention Program Coming to Waynesboro

The Waynesboro Fire Department and Valley Program for Aging Services (VPAS) have been selected to participate in a training conference on fire and fall prevention sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).





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Coverage of the candidates forum

Local media covered the candidates forum held on April 23 at the Waynesboro Senior Center.





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Waynesboro Lions Club Supports DSMP

Don Short from the Waynesboro Lions Club presented a check from the Club to Disease Self Management Program leaders Brandy Wade, Sandy Ellinger, and Beth Scripps on April 16 to support their DSMP workshop being held at Waynesboro Senior Center.





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Representation at Augusta County Public Hearing

The public hearing for the proposed FY15 Augusta County budget, including a 5-cent increase in real estate taxes, was held on April 16.





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Forums mark stretch run for candidates

On Wednesday, the two candidates seeking votes for seats on the Waynesboro City Council are expected to take part in another forum sponsored by the Program for Aging Services. Retired lawyer Alvin B. “Pete” Marks Jr. is looking to fill the Ward D seat, while Jeffrey Freeman is seeking re-election to the Ward C spot.





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SAW Region to Host Candidate Forums April 16 and April 23

Election Day for City Council and School Board candidates in Staunton and Waynesboro is May 6. The SAW Region of the Valley Program for Aging Services continues its tradition of hosting local candidate forums.





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Meals on Wheels program article in the News Leader

When Sidney Grahame described why the Meals on Wheels program was important to him, his first words were not about food.





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Nurturing older adults article in News Leader

Katy Miller likes to joke around with her father. “We just have a blast,” she said a few weeks ago. “I just try to joke with him, to a point. I know when he’s serious, and when he’s jokey.”





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Butch Kidd: The Waynesboro Senior Center ‘changed my life’

Butch Kidd was suffering from depression, and just couldn’t get out of his funk.

“I didn’t want to go anywhere. Didn’t have anything to do with the family. I just wanted to lay down and die. That’s what I told my wife,” Kidd said.

He started seeing a psychiatrist.

“He put me on every pill you could think of. Nothing helped,” Kidd said.

A neighbor told him to check out the Waynesboro Senior Center.

“One day I just decided to come over and see what it was like,” Kidd said.

Since joining the Senior Center, he has come out of his depression. He’s handling his diabetes better.

“I’ve lost weight,” he said.

“The Senior Center has changed my life,” Kidd said.

“I’m active. I have something to live for, something to do every day. The people here are just wonderful. It’s really changed my life.”





Big Mouth: Ransome Is Vocal About Waynesboro Senior Center

Larry Ransome has been a member of the Waynesboro Senior Center since 2004.

“It gives me the chance to meet new people,” said Ransome, who is a member of the Local Council at the Senior Center, which provides guidance to staff on activities and programs.

Everybody at the Senior Center knows Ransome.

“They say, There comes that big mouth, Larry. But that’s enjoyable to hear,” he said.

Ransome does his part to recruit community members to take part in what the Senior Center has to offer.

“I tell people, Why don’t you come down to the Senior Center? You’re sitting here doing nothing. You come down to the Center, you can do something. Talk with other people, shoot pool, whatever,” Ransome said.