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North Country Ministry offers car seat safety help

WARRENSBURG - With a mission of assisting families in need and promoting child safety, North Country Ministry, with offices in North Creek and Warrensburg, is working to assure children are properly protected with car safety seats.

The agency provides federally approved car seats at no cost to families who meet financial criteria, plus offers free inspection of any car seat to determine if it is the proper type for the child and that it is installed properly. Studies have shown that 90 percent of all car seats are not installed correctly. This program helps parents and caregivers conform to a state law which requires the protection of children under nine in car seats.

This program of North Country Ministry is administered by Joe Klewicki of Warrensburg who had a 27-year law enforcement career, including tenure as a Connecticut state Trooper. Also, he holds a bachelor's degree in Safety Engineering. Klewicki has extensive local ties, having served as a security officer at both North Warren Central School and SUNY Adirondack.

As a volunteer for NCM, he passed a week-long training as a Child Passenger Safety Technician for a child with special needs. Joe has also taught defensive driving through the New York Safety Program.

Klewicki is one of three members at North Country Ministry who have passed this technical course and are available to help parents and caregivers assure the safety of children as they ride in motor vehicles.

Anyone wishing details on this program may call the agency at 251-4425 or 251-4460.

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