Bolton students view AIDS quilt

Bolton 7th and 10th grade students traveled last month to the Empire State Plaza to view the NAMES Project's AIDS Memorial Quilt and to participate in educational lessons.

Students began their day in a classroom at the Empire State Plaza with peer educators to review HIV/AIDS disease information and facts about the Memorial Quilt. Students were then given an opportunity to view the hundreds of panels on display, and to write out their reflections and thoughts about the viewing.

The Albany memorial included a panel for Bolton resident Shannon Scott, whose family was present to speak with students. Lynne Scott and Elizabeth Parker handmade the panel several years ago and it is now part of the national display. Together with Sue Parker, Shannon's sister, they spoke to Bolton students about the process of creating a panel for a loved one. Before leaving the display, the students signed a visitor's sheet to record their part in World AIDS Day. The visit concluded with HIV-positive guest speakers sharing their stories and first-hand experiences about living with HIV or AIDS in today's world.

Community fellowship at Catholic church

Stop by the Community Room of the Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church on Goodman Ave. between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. any Thursday for a cup of coffee and conversation and a variety of pastimes.

Several board games are on hand, such as Scrabble and Backgammon.There is a dedicated group of Michigan Rummy players, and from time to time there are a few people trying their hand at quilting. It's a great place to beat the winter doldrums. All are welcome to join in and enjoy a game for some friendly competition, or share some socializing.

Need help with heating fuel?

Anyone that is in need of help with heating assistance or other necessity this winter is urged to call a United Way hotline at 761-6300. The line is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and a representative will help in arranging either assistance or a referral to another agency that can help out.

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