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Opinion

Valle: Senior services abound at York Township

Community Voice

John Valle is supervisor of York Township.
John Valle is supervisor of York Township.

Summer heat waves are common in the month of August, so please remember that York Township Hall at 1502 S. Meyers Road in Lombard is an official cooling center for senior citizens.

Seniors who need relief from the heat can stay in our air-conditioned auditorium, open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. If there is an event or class going on in the auditorium, please be discreet. Either join in or find a comfy chair in the hallway until the event is over.

I want to remind everyone that all senior citizens should take extra precautions during heat waves and are advised to stay in air-conditioned spaces at least several hours during the daytime. On extra-hot days, anyone without air conditioning should take refuge with family or friends whose homes are cooled. Other alternatives are public buildings such as libraries, park districts, shopping malls and of course, York Township Hall.

But Township Hall is much more than a cooling center for seniors. In addition to our senior nutrition programs, York Township Senior Center provides a variety of activities and services for senior citizens in order to help improve their quality of life.

Our members enjoy weekly bridge and pinochle games, woodcarving, yoga, art classes, beginner and advanced line dancing, tai chi classes and Yuan Ji Chinese dance.

Services for our seniors include a barber, beautician, income tax preparation and twice monthly free blood pressure checks, as well as free internet access in our library. We offer many one-day trips to local sights and attractions, and we also host in-house parties. Almost every Tuesday there is a free movie along with free popcorn. We also sponsor many informational seminars and offer referrals and services including Legal Aid, Rules of the Road and Mature Driving classes.

We help our seniors with applications for assistance programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, the Benefit Access Program, the Senior Health Insurance Programs and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).

We publish the Senior Sun Newsletter 10 times a year, and it lets our senior members know all the activities we have going on in detail.

For more information or if you have any questions on our programs and services, please feel free to contact the Senior Center at 630-620-2424.

In closing, I would like to personally thank the family and friends of Milton Petrik for their donations in his name to York Township Senior Center. Because of their thoughtfulness and generosity, nearly $1,000 was donated in Milton's honor for his 100th birthday. Happy birthday, Milton! Thank you for thinking of us.

John Valle is supervisor of York Township.

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