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Douglas honors Castleton seniors

The Castleton Community Center was chosen as the site for the 2009 Proclamation of Older Americans Month by Gov/ Jim Douglas.

Accompanying the governor to Castleton for this special event luncheon was Secretary of the Agency for Human Services Rob Hoffman and Commissioner Joan Senecal from the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living. Guest speaker, Dr. Susan Wehry a geriatric psychologist, offered some valuable tools for seniors to use to "Live Today for a Better Tomorrow", the theme of this year's celebration. Over 50 seniors from Castleton and surrounding communities attended.

Commissioner Senecal and Secretary Hoffman presented theseniors with a plaque recognizing them for "Excellence in Prevention Efforts and Programs" and noting their important role in service to the community.

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The Castleton Community Center calendar for June include a wide variety of activities starting with a Lunch and Learn program Monday, June 8, where visitors can learn more about the physiology of blood pressure from Peggy Nuzzolo, R.N. She will explain what B.P. numbers mean and why it is important to keep them in a safe range.

On Tuesday, June 16. 1-5 p.m., the center will host the AARP Safe Driving Program This is a four hour course for senior citizens to refresh their driving knowledge. Fee is $14 or $12 for AARP members.

Following the monthly Pot Luck Supper on Friday, June 19, Don Thompson, local author and reenactor (for a story about Thompson, see the Rutland Tribune, May 20, page 2), will take visitors back to the 17th century with stories of Samuel de Champlain in his search for the Northwest Passage and other highlights in the history and lore of Lake Champlain. Dinner is at 6 p.m. ($2 donation). Call to reserve a seat for dinner 468-3093.

The Great Castleton Area Yard Sale will be held Saturday, June 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Outdoor spaces are available on the Community Center Green, Castleton Village Green and indoors at the Center. To select and purchase a space, call 468-3093 or stop by the center.

Wellness Center Programs for the month of June include: A Matter of Balance (falls prevention program), Reiki (therapeutic touch), Bone Builders (osteoporosis prevention), Movement Medley (tai chi and yoga), Chair Dance (aerobic workout), Dance for Your Heart (low impact aerobics), and Hiking Club.

For information about any of the programs at the center call 468-3093.

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