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September 3, 2012
The Herald-Star

COAD volunteers

honored at event

Volunteers in the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs in Harrison, Jefferson, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana and Tuscarawas counties were honored at a luncheon at the Belmont College campus in early August.

"In the summer, when schools are closed, some volunteers help out in local libraries with reading programs, some take off to visit family and friends and some attend classes at Belmont College, working toward their associate degree in early child care," said Kirk Guisti, area 1 coordinator.

"The COAD has partnered with Belmont College for 19 years, offering classes to volunteers. They attend classes seven to eight weeks per year in various subjects. It would take about 15 years of summers to accomplish the required credit hours," he said.

"The volunteers do not do this to get a job, but to improve upon themselves and for personal achievement," Guisit said.

"You can see that they truly acknowledge the fact that you are never too old to learn," he said.

Attending the classes were Thelma Bolitho of Harrrison County, Diana Cook and Bonnie Bruce of Carroll County and Susan Andears of Belmont County.

The Foster Grandparent Program recruits and places seniors 55 and older into educational facilities to assist the teaching staff with children who are having learning difficulties. They work with three to five children per volunteer, giving one-on-one attention under the direction of the teacher.

The COAD group has sponsored the program for 40 years in Area 1, and it has had a long line of successes with helping children, it was noted.

The Senior Companion Program recruits seniors 55 and older to go into the homes of other seniors 60 and over or disabled adults 21 and over to assist them with small daily living tasks so they are able to remain in their own homes. This program has been offered in the area for 38 years with great success, according to Guisti.

Both programs are free to the recipients, and volunteers are low income and receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement for their time.

For information on the programs, contact Guisti, area 1 coordinator, at (330) 987-7232 or (740) 942-8886, extension 205. By mail it is P.O. Box 176, Cadiz OH 43907 or e-mail to kguisti@coadinc.org. The website is www.coadinc.org.

Dart league to begin Sept. 19

P.T. Duffy, Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 Dart League chair, announced a players' meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the lodge.

The first league games will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 and be held every Wednesday thereafter. A sign-up sheet for members and guests interested in joining the league is available at the lodge.

For information, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565.

'The Pirates: Band of Misfits' Sept. 8

The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the animated film "The Pirates: Band of Misfits," rated PG, on Sept. 8 at 11 a.m.

The movie involves the Pirate Captain, who sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the Year Award. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

 
 

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