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Thursday, August 5, 2010 Community Page 5 Tri-County News Kimball, MN . . " .................. N NIN ................... -- Consider donating school SUcPhoPoJenSthe horizon, which means it is time to start thinking about back to school. One glimmer of excitement comes from getting brand new school supplies to use for a new school year. Studies say that students who are well equipped with school supplies for the first day of school are more likely to succeed throughout the school year. Unfortunately, for many chil- dren this is a luxury their families cannot afford, including those in our own community. This year. as you and your family are out buying supplies for the coming school year, please pick up a few extras supplies for those in need in our community. Donations can be dropped off at the Kimball Area Food Shelf or your local churches. Thank You. Mary Mathies, Kimball Area Food Shelf Coordinator SENIOR NEWS LINE by latla Charles Downsizing Instead of downsizing, maybe we should call it "right sizing." For many seniors, that right size is a smaller place. And that means get- ting rid of some belongings that just won&apos;t fit. No matter what you call it, moving can be difficult. There is help, however. If downsizing involves selling your current property, consider using an expert. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist is an agent who has passed special course work and training. To locate one in your area, call a local broker. If you don't need to sell or buy a property and only need help with the actual moving process, con- sider using a Certified Relocation and Transition Specialist. These are people who help with the plan- ning and moving of those who are age 55 and older. They will be able to arrange for packing, moving, sorting, organizing, antiques eval- uations and more. Call (800) 519- 7316 for more information. Do you really know what you have in terms of value? Have mul- tiple appraisers come out and make offers on items you either don't want to take with you or haven't decided on. Perhaps learn- ing that certain antiques could net you hundreds or thousands of dol- lars can help you decide. There is a 55-page book by Bar- bara H. Morris called "Moving for Seniors," a workbook that could be very helpful. It costs $15 but could be a real sanity saver. It's available at www.movingforseniors.com, or at Amazon.com for around $10. If you fear you're going to be "helped" in your move by some grabby, uncaring people, con- sider getting this book, too: "Don't Toss My Memories in the Trash -- A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move," by Vickie Dellaquila. The book also is around $10. Read the reviews on Amazon. corn to see if you think the books will help you. Matilda Charles regrets that she can- not personally answer reader questions. but will incorporate them into her col- umn whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service. P.O. Box 536475, Orlando. FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. 2010 King Features Synd., Inc. Kimball senor DitliltLq Aug. 9-13 Monday-Euchre: Hamburger on a bun, baked beans, coleslaw, sliced pears. Tuesday-Euchre: Roast tur- key, whipped potatoes w/gravy, cream-style corn, wheat bread, chocolate mousse. Wednesday-Birthday cake: Swedish meatballs, parslied pota- toes, country trio vegetables, wheat bread, frosted cake. Thursday: Lasagna, green beans, lettuce salad, garlic bread- stick, raspberry parfait. Friday-Bingo: Chicken breast with sour cream sauce, whipped potatoes, dilled carrots, dinner roll, sherbet. 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for per- sons 60+ and volunteers is$3.50, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $7. REMINDER:When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us, The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For more information, call Rosalea Hoeft at (320) 398-2211 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Gift dining booklets are avail- able at the Senior Dining Site and the State Bank of Kimball. Par- tially funded under contract with the Central Minnesota Council of Aging as part of the Older Amer- icans Act and administered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. 7L'N Deadlirte: 2 p.r00. MorLdays by Fmddy Groves Adapting Homes for Disabled Yets For veterans with service- It's this last grant that doesn't related disabilities, there are th'fee types of grants available to modify or adapt their homes. Each grant comes with a different set of quali- trying criteria. The Specially Adapted Hous- ing (SAH) grant is for very seri- ously injured veterans: loss or loss of use of both arms or legs, blind- ness and more. This grant can be used three times up to the maxi- mum amount, which is currently $63,780. The Special Housing Adapta- tion (SHA) grant is for injured vet- erans with other injuries: burns, loss of hands and more. This grant also can be used three times up to the maximum amount, which is currently $12,756. The third grant, Temporary Residence Adaptation, is meant for temporary living situations. The veteran must be eligible for either the SAH or SHA grants above and be living in a temporary situa- tion with a family member who owns the home. This grant can be used only. once. In 2010 the grant amount is $2,000 for those eligible for SHA, and $14,000 for those eli- gible for SAH. get a lot of notice. The Government Accountability Office recently conducted a review of the pro- gram's use and discovered that since 2006, only 18 veterans have taken advantage of this grant. They've concluded that veterans just don't know about the grants and have recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs improve awareness of the pro- gram. For more information go online to www.homeloans.va.gov/ and see Specially Adapted Housing. That page has fact sheets and a download of the application (VA Form 26-4555). Don't miss VA Manual M26- 12, which is the VA's step-by-step instructions to help you through the process. Write o Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O, Box 536475, Orlando. FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail. com. 2010 King Features Synd.. Inc. Military retirees meet at Camp Ripley All military retirees are wel- Enlisted Association (TREA)Cen- come to register for the ninth tral Minnesota Chapter 115. The annual Armed Forces Retiree chapter website is: <www.trea115. Activity Day, or AFRAD, at Camp org>. Ripley, Saturday, Aug. 28. The registration fee is $7.50 per The AFRAD is an opportunity person to pay for break refresh- for all military retirees, spouses, ments and event supplies. There widows and/or guests to receive is a $7.50 fee for lunch. The dead- updated verbal and written infor- line to register for lunch is Aug. 16. mation about federal government Walk-in's are welcome the day of and Veteran's Affairs entitlement the event, with one session start- programs, ing at 8 a.m. and the other session The Camp Ripley staff will be starting at noon, but registration available to update your ID cards for lunch is byAug. 16. and you can ask questions of the To get a registration form con- specialists who worKwith the enti- tact Dennis Rock, (763) 541-9396, tlement programs daily, e-mail <dennisvictoria@usfamily. The AFRAD will be held at the net>. Training and Community Center To get more information con- on Caiffp Ripley. tact Ralph Donais, (763) 441-2630, This AFRAD is being sponsored e-mail <r.l.donais@izoom.net>. by the members of The Retired Fri.,, Au.. I ! VBU---U-T  5ii,:  I v ;tio00, Kids,o,..aoO '5   B a I I r o m include tax & beverage HWY 55, KIMBALL 320-398-3965 VAILABLE FOR PRIVATE PARTIES, BANQUETS, WEDDINGS & ANNIVERSARIES all GarMe LLC Tim Ellis, Owner Hw on 0) 398-2200 Host an Exchange Student Today! Make a lifelong friend from abroad. Enrich )*our famib* with another cultttre. Now you can host a high sdrol exchange studem (gift or boy) )m Fiance, Germany, Scandinavia, Spain. England, Japan, Brazil, Ita" or other cotmtries. Becoming a hos to a }voung internation',tl itor is an experience of a lifetime! Hanna from Ntvrwa) 16 yr Ktaus from Geany, 17 ), Ukes skiing, swimmina, dancing and if'll  Loves cmping a,,d playing occe. iftr Haoaa hopes to join a drama club Ill 1 I I Kinds' dream has been to spend a While {0 file (iSA *mto.*t s0zr t,v t  gelleD] year illthe USA Richard (3 O) 250-4867 Karen (80)) ' 36-1760 www.asse.com or e-mail hostinfo@asse.com ruoded in 1976 ASSE International Student Exclngc Program is a public benefit, non-profit orgatliation. , A DAY AT THE MUSEUM I Day Camp for Students, 7-11 years Wednesday, Aug. 18 9-4p.m.