Vista Gatherings – May 9, 2017

DIANE GREEN AT ECUMENICAL LUNCHEON

Diane Green (recording artist, speaker and dramatist) will present  “Never Thirst Again” when the Fairfield Glade UMW host the Ecumenical Luncheon on Wednesday, June 14.

All women of the churches in Fairfield Glade are invited to attend; feel free to invite a friend or neighbor who attends a church in FFG and may not hear of this event.

Registration: 10:00 a.m.— program at 10:30.  Lunch will follow at 11:30.

Location:  Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church 231 Westchester Dr.

Cost of the luncheon: $12.00.  Each church is asked to have a designated person to collect all monies with names; then make one check out to FFG UMW and send it, along with the names, to Magdelena Horstkotte, 25 Hemlock Ct., FFG, TN 38558 no later than Monday, June 5.  For any further information contact Karen at 707-7810.

Town Hall Meeting set

If you have been unable to attend previous Town Hall meetings regarding the conceptual plans for the proposed Concert Park and Village Center, one additional meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, at 3 P.M. at the Community & Conference Center.

Light N’ Lively Dance Club slated for May 12

Attention all new residents, residents and members. The Light N’ Lively Dance Club will be hosting their May Dance at the Multi-Purpose Building on Lakeview Drive, May 12,  from 7 to 10 P.M.

Listen and dance the evening away with “Dennis Long” for your dancing and listening pleasure. The dance is casual. Timeshare and guests are welcome; cost is $10/couple and $5/single.

They encourage members to invite friends and neighbors for this Fun filled evening. The dance is a BYOB Event, with the club suppling ice, water and coffee.

Their host Couples for the dance will be Teena & Chuck Wardin at 719-528-6081 and Rose and John Smith at 931-707-8036. The theme will be “The Kentucky Derby Party”, so come on out and let’s have a great dancing evening.

Neighbors group to meet on May 25

Neighbors and Newcomer’s will meet May 25th at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds.  Doors open at 10:45 A.M. for socializing and browsing the books and crafts section.

The meeting starts at 11:30 with lunch being served at Noon.  Forte’s will be catering: Chicken on the Square, vegetable medley, rolls, dessert, tea, coffee and water.

Heart Smart meals are available IF you request them with your reservation.  Price of lunch is $14 per person. If you don’t come to the meeting and did not cancel you will still be responsible for payment.

Gus Gocella will be entertaining, as well as bringing all up to date on Honor Air Knoxville.

After the program they will have installation of Officers and Committee members for the coming year which starts in Sept.

If you have not attended our Club in the past, or it has just been awhile, they hope you will join them for this meeting.  Come once as a Newcomer and return in Sept. as a Neighbor.

You may also pay your dues for the coming year on the 25th.  Annual Dues are $13.  Please have separate checks for dues and luncheon.

To make your reservation please call Pat at 931-210-3742.  Reservations and Cancellations must be ma

Model Railroad Club Elects Officers

The Crossville Model Railroad Club (CMRC) has elected their 2017 officers.  They are:

President: Pat Taylor, Vice-President: Mike Ferry, Secretary: Tom Shallcross, Treasurer: Jim Grogitsky, Directors: Roy Richardson, Howard Sutton and Paul Falk, Past-President: Sam Goldkopf.

CMRC operates The Wonderful World of Trains exhibit at the Crossville Outlet Center, featuring 4,550 square feet of operating model railroads in all scales.  Opening hours are Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 P.M and Saturday from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. Admission is free.

The club also produces special events during the course of the year.  The next event will be the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Mall on Saturday, May 27 at 11 A.M.  There will be many participants and last year’s event drew a good crowd.

Meetings are the second Monday of the month (except August and December) at 6 P.M in the community room at the mall. The next meeting is Monday, May 8. Anyone interested in model railroads or trains in general is invited to attend.

Tea Party Announces meeting set for today

The Cumberland County Tea Party will meet at the Community Complex (Fair Grounds), 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville TN 38571, on Tuesday, May 9, at 6 P.M.

The doors open to the public at 5:30 P.M. All concerned citizens who believe in limited government are invited to attend.

The Cumberland County Tea Party will welcome Janet Graham, Cumberland County Director of Schools, to speak at the May meeting. Ms. Graham was appointed to serve as Director of Schools effective July 1, 2016.

A native of Cumberland County, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision, followed by a Specialist in Education degree in Instructional Leadership.

Mrs. Graham brings a strong record of accomplishment and experience to her position, having served basically in every capacity in the local school system.  A primary focus in her current position is the strengthening of early literacy, which she sees as  key to student success in school and advancement to post secondary.

For more information on the Tea Party, log on to: www.cumberlandcountyteaparty.net

CPR class offered

There will be a BLS (Healthcare Provider) CPR class on Saturday, May 13, at 9 A.M. at Small Biz Staffing (behind Long John Silvers & across from Regions Bank in downtown Crossville).

The cost will be $35 per person & must be paid when signing up for the class.  This CPR class can be taken by anyone, it is not only for healthcare providers.

First Aid class offered

There will be a First Aid Class on Saturday, May 13, at 9 A.M. at Small Biz Staffing (behind Long John Silvers & across from Regions Bank in downtown Crossville).

The cost for this class will be $30 per person & must be paid when signing up for the class.   If you would like to take BOTH classes, the cost will be $60 per person.

Please call Dee Dee Kuenzer at 931-200-4915 if you have any questions or would like to register for one or both classes.

Month Enders results in

The Month Enders Couples League Bowling season has ended; the party is over. Don’t worry, be happy! They finished with an awards pot luck at Robinhood Park.

There were 20 teams in our league. All went home with a money prize. Hey, we’re not talking thousands.

We bowled 32 season games. Here are the final scores. First place team was Bags & Balls: Bob and Judy Olds, Lois and Chuck Rothwell. Second place team was Sociable 4: Barb Kalmar, Frank Radwick, Karen and Paul Slobada.

Team high scratch series goes to Pinseekers and High Rollers. Team high scratch game goes to Bags & Balls and Lox Wood Four.

Team high handicap series goes to O Wells and Pin Alley. Team high handicap game goes to Hot Shots and Whatever.

Men’s high scratch series goes to Bob Olds and John Johnson. Men’s high scratch game goes to Steve Markel and Chuck Rothwell.

Men’s high handicap series goes to Al Bartolomei and Frank Radwick. Men’s high handicap game goes to Sal D’Addona and Ron Lemieux.

Women’s high scratch series goes to Joan Radcliffe and Janice Childs. Women’s high scratch game goes to Judi Kaines and Connie Butler.

Women’s high handicap series goes to Jean Goldring and Judy Olds. Women’s high handicap game goes to Candy Hill and Tina Bezek.

Congratulations bowlers. See you in September.

PC Users meet May 15

The Plateau PC Users Group (PPCUG) will meet Monday, May 15 at Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Snead and Lake View in Fairfield Glade.  Meetings start at 6 P.M., the summer start time. The presentation will begin at 6 P.M. and the Q & A session with our experts follows the presentation at approximately 7 P.M.

A representative from Regions Bank will discuss the use of the Internet for banking needs and related security issues. You will learn about banking using your smart phone, banking without visiting a branch,  tools for managing your finances online, and tips for monitoring accounts

PPCUG is dedicated to helping its members and the community better enjoy the use of personal computers. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, which are held on the third Monday of the month. Please note that a $3 guest fee will be collected from all non-PPCUG members.

This guest fee is good for one month, for attendance at any or all of our associated groups’ meetings: PPCUG, Photography Club, and the Photography Club Workshop.  PPCUG club dues are the same as always: $24 single, $ 30 family, per year, payable July 1, and give admittance to all group meetings.

For more information and to read the latest version of our newsletter, the Gazette, visit our web site at www.ppcuginc.com or call Steve Rosenstein, president, at 931-742-0151   (9 AM-9 PM, only please).

Plateau Photography Club meeting May 18

At the next meeting of the Photography Club, members will bring in “Vacation Images”.  The hard part will be limiting themselves to 5-6 shots and explaining why they took the shot and why they like it.  Were different angles, heights, perspectives, or camera modes tried to get the perfect shot?

The Club will meet on Thursday, May 18 at 1 P.M. at the Fairfield Glade Library Building, Room C.  Plateau PC Users Group members may attend for free and Guests will pay a $3 fee for all events in the month.  The Plateau Photography Club is a SIG of the PPCUG.

For questions, call Ed Thornblade at 456-6020.

Program for Seniors

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region.

This training is 20 hours per week at the current minimum wage with government and non-profit agencies.  They provide assessment and testing services to determine your present skill level and for the types of occupations you would like to train.

They conduct workshops to teach people the best methods for finding, applying, interviewing, getting, and keeping the right job.  They can also refer you to the Tennessee Career Center for basic computer training as well as other employment and training programs.

If you have any questions or would like to see if you are eligible, please call (931) 520-9624 or come by the UCHRA Central Office located at 580 S. Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville TN 38501.

AARP to host driving safety program

The AARP Driver Safety course, a classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older, will be offered at the Fairfield Glade Christ Lutheran Church, 481 Snead Road, in Fairfield Glade.

This eight-hour course will be held on two consecutive mornings: May 25th & 26th, 2017 (Thursday & Friday) from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. on both days. Membership in AARP is not required to attend.

This course explains changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as aging occurs and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes.

Unique differences in Tennessee laws will be presented, and participants will have opportunities to share driving experiences and to learn safe driving strategies.

Attendees will also be given an informative workbook for use during the class and for future reference.

There are no tests to pass or fail. More information is available at – www.aarp.org/dsc.

In Tennessee, most auto insurance carriers offer a discount on premiums to eligible drivers aged 55 and older who have completed approved courses, such as the AARP Driver Safety course. It is recommended that you check with your insurance agent regarding premium discount details and requirements.

Pre-registration for the course is required. Call Charley Manker (931-456-1549), AARP Instructor, to register your attendance. Cost for the class is $15 per person for AARP members, or $20 for non-members, payable by check or money order at the first class session. Class size is limited, so call soon to assure your place in this class.

Sexton to speak at Korean Vets meeting

 Cameron Sexton is our state representative in Nashville and will cover many of of the current stories pertaining to state politics.

This meeting will start at 1 P.M., taking place at the Fairfield Glade Community & Conference Center on Stonehenge Dr. Wednesday, May 10.  Driving directions and/or questions and additional information may be obtained by contacting Cmdr Gene Stone at 931-484-4610.

Following Representative Sexton’s remarks will be our regular business meeting.  It is an important meeting in that the three key officers will be up for election followed by reports on the current pending scholarship selections, the Rose of Sharon appeal this May, the Tell America Schedule, and future trips for the group.

NARFE Chapter 1719 will meet on May 9

Attention all active and retired federal employees.  Do you have questions about the current status of your Federal Employee Health Benefits?

The officers and members of Cumberland County Chapter 1719 of The National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees (NARFE) invites you to join us at Vegas Steak House at noon on Tuesday, May 9,  for a no host luncheon.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.

Following the meal, Karen Wilson, area Blue Cross/Blue Shield representative (based in Chattanooga), will be present to update federal employees (active and retired) on changes to their health benefits under B/C/B/S.

She is prepared to answer questions for government employees (including those employed by the United States Postal Service).

If you have questions, or a need for more information, contact Ellie Kellerman, Chapter President, at 707-8542.

FACS event scheduled

On May 13, Lorraine Revalee will teach the use of the new distrss oxide paints from Tim Holtz. There are also other classes and events at FACS. Call 931-210-5599 for more information, to registrer or pre-pay for classes. You can also go to their website at FACSTN.com.

Volunteer Coin Club to Meet May 9

The Volunteer Coin Club of Crossville will hold their regular  meeting on  Tuesday,  at 6:30 P.M. on May 9.

The meetings are held at the 127 Senior Center located at 1460 South Main Street (Highway 127 South).  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month.  Visitors and guests are welcome.

Contact Mike Puhl (456-0397) or Franc Conner (337-1247) for information.

Hospice plans Butterfly Release Celebration

The Fairfield Glade Hospice Auxiliary announces its 7th Hospice Benefit Celebration of Life Butterfly Release, to be held on Saturday, June 10.

The celebration and release of butterflies in memory of loved ones will be held on the Courthouse Lawn in Crossville from 9 to 10 A.M.

The program will be an uplifting and joyful experience in remembrance of those we have loved and lost. The ceremony includes the reading of names of those we are celebrating, as well as music, commemorative readings and the release of the live butterflies, which will mingle with the crowd and the flowering plants.

The donation for the butterflies is $20 for one name to be remembered, or $100 for six (6) different names.

They encourage participants to attend the event, bring a lawn chair and wear brightly colored clothing. Those unable to attend may still reserve butterflies in the names of family members or friends; and these butterflies will also be released, with the names read. Butterfly Order Forms are available at the Hospice Office at 30 East Adams St, as well as in most churches and public venues in Crossville and Fairfield Glade.

You can also send an email to Rachel McKeel at [email protected]net, and an order form will be mailed to you.

For more information, call 931-787-7204 or 707-7261.

The deadline for ordering butterflies is May 31. Proceeds from this event will support the ongoing work of Hospice of Cumberland County, as we provide quality end-of-life care for terminally ill persons, as well as grief support for their families.

Shriner’s Vidalia Onion Sale now beginning

For the 17th year the Cumberland Shrine Club is selling those delicious Vidalia Onions from Georgia.

A 10-pound bag is just $10. All proceeds go to support our Shrine Hospitals for Children. Shriners never make a charge for any of our kids. Order by phone: 484-2503 or 248-0143. Or call your Shriner friend. Delivery last week in April.

Round Table slated

The first meeting of the newly organized Fairfield Glade Civil War Round Table will be Tuesday, May 16, at 6 P.M. in Conference Room C in the Glade Library.

The speaker will be James Lovelace, a Glade resident and the adjutant for the Sgt. William A. Hamby Camp #1750, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He will share stories about family members who fought for the Confederacy and the impact the war had on their lives and those living in the South.

Visitors are welcome.  Please contact Dick Sammer at [email protected] if you have questions.

Stamp Out Hunger Drive starts May 13 

May 13th (second Saturday in May) is the day of the Crossville Post Office ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive

The U.S. Postal Service continues to support the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) food drive as we enter our 25th year together to help Stamp Out Hunger in America. The Postal Service’s and the NALC’s food drive is one of the most successful in the nation.

Locally:  Last year, in Cumberland County, about two tons of non-perishable food was collected and distributed to eight local food pantries. This was an increase of about 1,591 pounds from the previous year.

What to Do: On May 13th, the second Saturday in May, place non-perishable food items at mailboxes for food pantry volunteers or mailmen to collect. Or take donations to the lobby of the Crossville Post Office.

Retired Michigan school employees meet

The annual meeting of MARSP (Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel) will take place at Druid Hills Country Club ( Legends) Restaurant on May 22.

All retired Michigan school employees (not only teachers) are invited to attend whether MARSP members or not. A presentation of important information regarding medical insurance coverage and legislative activities affecting the membership will be provided.

A special presentation by attorney Marcia Shada will include topics relevant to our aging population (i.e. power of attorney, and advanced directives). The “famous” Legends brunch will follow the business meeting. MARSP is an advocacy group for retired Michigan school employees and membership keeps your concerns in view of state legislators and the retirement board.

Beware of this Scam

The Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol has received several reports of Medicare beneficiaries receiving postcards in different colors from The Joint and Back Institute with special notices concerning Medicare and Insurance Covered Back and Knee Support systems.

They ask beneficiaries NOT to call the number listed on the postcard and advise that you talk to your doctor first. According to Medicare Guidelines, Medicare only covers back and Knee braces that are deemed medically necessary by your doctor with a prescription.

Fraudsters are hoping to get your Medicare number so they can bill Medicare part B for equipment you did not receive, or bill for more expensive braces or knee support systems.

If you received such postcard as seen below, please report them to the Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol at the toll-free number at 1-866-836-7677.

Fun, socializing, dancing

Whether you are new to the area or have just never thought of joining a dance club, New Generation Dance Club may be the fun opportunity for you.

They offer four dinner dances a year for those who enjoy foxtrots, line dancing, swing, waltz, cha-cha, rumba and rock and roll dancing.  These dances are spread out throughout the year and take place at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center, on a wonderful dance floor.  Any level of dancing is fine!  They welcome new members and guests.

Each dinner dance includes a cash bar, three-course dinner and live music from professional bands.

Events begin with a social hour at 5:30 P.M.  Dinner and dancing start at 6:30 P.M. and continue until 9 P.M.

For more information about our club or attending as a guest of the club, please contact Evelyne Kornreich at 931-287-0097 or email us at [email protected] . Come try us out and have fun doing so!

Applications taken

Cumberland County United Fund 2018 Grant Funding applications, for 501 C 3 non-profits that provide services and programs to people in Cumberland County, are now available on-line by emailing, [email protected] or calling, 931-484-4082.

Deadline for completed applications will be on March 23rd at Noon. Our location is 348 Taylor St. Crossville TN, 38555.

Volunteers needed

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and learn more about tax return preparation?  You could be a part of a team of volunteers that provide free tax services to our community.

For more information about the program or to arrange to attend training, call 456-4212.

Last year the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers at the 6 regional sites completed over 2500 returns.

UCHRA program invite

UCHRA would like to invite anyone 55 years or older who meets the eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).

This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region.

If you have any questions please call (931) 520-9624  or come by the UCHRA Central Office in Cookeville located at 580 S. Jefferson, Suite B, Cookeville.

Marathon Pinochle to continue through May

Want to meet new people, old friends , and enjoy playing Pinochle? Now is the time to enroll for our 2016-2017 season. Play began last September, and ends in May.

There is a game for each month, and schedules can be arranged to play any mutually convenient date.

Each team plays 9 games, which are alternately at your or your opponent’s homes. Cost per season is $11 per person, $22 per team which covers prizes and club expenses.

Prizes are awarded at a catered luncheon in June. This year’s event will be held at Fairfield Glade Community Church on June 10, 2017.

Send your name(s), address, phone and e-mail contacts with a check made out to Laurie Kreskowiak to Laurie at 24 Belvidere Ln, Fairfield Glade, Tn  38558. Call Laurie at 931-484-2123 or John Moritz at 931-456-2290.