Archives for November 2018

MEDICARE DEADLINE APPROACHING DECEMBER 7TH

A reminder today from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services for seniors and other Medicare recipients, that any Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan (Part D) changes must be made by Dec. 7 in order to ensure that coverage begins without interruption on Jan. 1, 2019. Those who are late to enroll may face a lifetime of premium penalties. For details, call 1-800-722-4134 or visit www.shiba.oregon.gov.

LOCAL SCHOOLS DO WELL WITH ATTENDANCE

Let’s give local schools an A plus! According to the Oregon Department of Education, Northeast Oregon is outpacing the state when it comes to reducing chronic absenteeism. They say Northeast Oregon was the only region in the state that saw its overall chronic absenteeism rate decline in 2017-18… the most recently completed school year.

MUSEUM TO REOPEN IN ELGIN

The Elgin Museum and Historical Society plans to reopen its museum in Elgin’s old city hall building. Plans call for one of the building’s five rooms to serve as a place to record interviews with people who have stories to share about local history. It will also house books, and students in Elgin High School’s woodworking classes will construct bookcases.

MAN ARRESTED IN LAGRANGE AFTER BOISE INCIDENT

A man was arrested in La Grange after being accused of injuring a Boise Police officer. 24 year old Kyler Olsen of pulled over by the officer in Boise, and during that traffic stop, the officer says Olsen intentionally hit the officer with his car, and then drove off. Olsen is charged with aggravated battery against a police officer following his arrest in La Grande by the Oregon State Police. The officer was hospitalized but is expected to recover from his injuries.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN COVE

A 62-year-old Cove woman is dead, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office is calling it a suspected homicide. Loretta Williams called 911 to report a man in her backyard. Dispatchers heard her confront the man, and then heard a loud noise. Deputies and troopers arrived minutes later, and found Williams, who had been shot to death. Detectives are interviewing several persons of interest, but so far, no arrests.

470,000 UNPAID CAREGIVERS IN OREGON FEEL HOLIDAY STRESS

This month marks National Family Caregivers Month. In Oregon, there are nearly 470 thousand unpaid caregivers providing what would amount to 5-point-7 billion dollars of work each year. Three in four caregivers actually use money out of their own pockets caring for loved ones, spending nearly a fifth of their income. For many, the holidays can be stressful. Ruby Haughton-Pitts is the state director of AARP Oregon…

Tag: Haughton-Pitts points to the Aging Disability Resource Center of Oregon as a helpful local guide for people caring for a loved one. She praises the state for being one of the first states to pass legislation requiring hospitals to offer training to family members so that they know how to care for someone after they’re released.

COVE SR LUNCH TO BE THANKSGIVING DINNER

The Cove senior lunch on Tuesday, will be served in the Founders Hall at the Ascension School at 12:30. It will be a Thanksgiving meal, complete with roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and rolls with pumpkin pie for dessert. There is a $5 charge per meal. Coffee and tea will be available at noon. RSVP by calling 541-568-4545 or 541-568-4902.

AARP SAFE DRIVER COURSE SATURDAY

There will be an AARP Smart Driver class from 9 to 4 on Saturday, at Grande Ronde Hospital. Thos who take it, will be entitled to consideration for a discount on their auto insurance. Cost is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members. Call 541-910-9797 to register or for more information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Organizations that serve older Oregonians are in need of some helping hands, and say volunteers could help folks have a brighter holiday season. Joyce DeMonnin is with A-A-R-P Oregon…

DeMonnin says the A-A-R-P Smart Driver Program is calling for people who’d like to instruct driving-safety classes. Another state agency, the Long Term Care Ombudsman, is looking for volunteers to respond to the concerns of people in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

JOSEPH TO REPEAL POT BAN

The City of Joseph will repeal its ban on the sale of recreational marijuana within city limits, after the measure passed last week by 21 votes. However, a dispensary in Joseph is still a long way off. State officials say becasuse of the backlog, it could be 10 to 14 months before a license is processed for a potential dispensary in Joseph.