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Pa 6 IRI People August 19, 1982 lnmmmmmmmmmmmnmmmummmmumnmmmmnmnm ,l Visiting The Spokane Area Special Transportation Agency provides elderly and handicapped per- sons with special transit throughout the county. Above, the van stops at the Cheney Care Center. illinllnnmiiiinuiillllilUllinanlil Webb remains active.. Con't. from page 4 refuse to change they'll go backwards," he said. Marshall said he would like to see light industry move into the area if it would mean increased revenue and em- ployment for the city. When asked to comment about efforts to develop Medical Lake as a tourist fishery, Marshall said he had reservations about the pro- ject. The 71-year old said that because much of the work is experimental and has been funded through grants which are no longer readily avail- able, he was worried that maintaining and improving the lake may prove too costly to the city in the future. A firm believer in political action which benefits the little guy rather than big business, Marshall said that the idea of a port district, as it has been proposed, is a good one, "if they don't go in and change the rules once its ap- proved...Today, 10 percent of the people are making 90 percent of the profits and many people in the middle- class are just barely holding their own; if the big guys inn don't end up with all the pro- fits, a port district could be a good thing," he concluded. After answering numerous questions about politics, Mar- shall appeared eager to dis- cuss his active retirement. Though no longer involved di- rectly in politics, this spry senior remains active in the American Legion as post commander and also serves as the legislative chairman for Chapter #4 of the Wash- ington State Retirees. In his job with the chapter, Marshall actively seeks out political candidates to come and talk to senior citizens about current and future legislation which affects former state employees and senior citizen benefits. An active member of the Golden Agers, Marshall also is the local source of tickets for Medical Lake's Evening at Playfair Race Track. Persons interested in attend- ing the annual event can contact him for the $12 tickets. The ticket price in- Senior safety encouraged Fear of crime doesn't have to be a way of life. The Block Watch Crime Prevention Program can be a valuable aid to elderly who wish to protect themselves and their homes from crime. Since 1978, Block Watch has been successful in preventing burglary by organizing neighbors into groups called Block Watches. The program's organizers contact block residents door- to-door explaining the pro- gram and lining up hosts for the block meeting. Neighbors are then invited to this meet- ing to learn how they can function effectively as Block Watch members. Block Watch also loans en- gravers to residents to pro- mote the marking of valuable property and distributes Operation I.D. stickers to those who have engraved. The program also will con- duct confidential evalua- tions of your home's security and provide recommenda- tions to improve the security. All services are free of charge, and the concept of citizen involvement is stres- sed. For services or more in- formation, call the Y.M.C.A. Block Watch office in Spo- kane at 838-3577, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Those living outside the Spokane city limits can call Spokane County Crime Pre- vention Officer Jim Alma at 456-4717. Discount insurance cludes parking fees, ad- vailable mission to the Railroad a Room, a free program and a roast beef dinner. The event is sched,fled for Sept. 4. Senior dental program offered A new program providing dental care at reduced cost for older people with limited income recently went into effect in Washington State. Over 100 dentists in Spo- kane County are participat- ing in the program. The dentists have started this voluntary effort to fill the gap left by decreased federal and state support for dental care for older people. To be eligible for the service, one must be 65 Years of age or older, a Washington State resident with an annual household income less than $12,000 per year and have no dental insurance coverage. There is no limitation on the type of dental procedures covered by this program. The aim is to provide dental care that is essential to health. The choice of treatment is the responsibility of the partici- pating dentist, and, whenever possible, treatment will be permament rather than temporary. Participating dentists agree to charge the patient reduced fees for the dental services, usually a reduction of at least 35 percent of the normal charge. Because of the nature of the program payment is made at the time of the treatment unless the individual dentist is agree- able to another arrangement. Potential dental patients are asked to first contact the local Agency on Aging (327-3341). Do not contact a dentist directly. The agency is responsible for veri- fying a person's eligibility for the program and then refer- ring them to a participating dentist. After this initial screening by the Agency on Aging, everything else (fees, treatment etc.) is between the patient and their dentist: The program started this January, and as of March, 47 older people in Spokane County have been referred and are receiving dental care at a reduced cost. For further information about the 'program, contact Donna Rhodes at the Agency on Aging 327-3341. Insurance Commissioner Dick Marquardt recently an- nounced he has approved a policy offering discounts for retired auto and homeowner insurance consumers 55 years and older. The policy became ef- fective Aug. 11. These insurance policies, the subject of extensive ad- vertising on television over the past few months, were not heretofore available in Wash- ington because the company, Allstate Insurance, had not filed to have them approved here. Many other companies have offered similar dis- counts for the past few years. "We contacted Allstate when their nationally pro- duced ads caused some con- fusion here," Marquardt said. "We told them we did not. like their advertising a product in Washington that was not available here. They promised to straighten things out. We heard from several individuals who were in- terested in the new policies with discounts for retired people, but were told by All- state agents they were not available because my office had not approved them. That was wrong. We received the Allstate filing on Aug. 3 and approved it that very day." S a f e t Y Eileen Brown of the Block Watch Program shows some of the items which seniors can purchase for a small expenditure to help guarantee their safety at home and on the streets. Being promoted is a hand-held shriek larm that replaces a whistle. Because it does not have a chain, it can not be used to help in strangling the victim. "Super Lock" door locks also can be purchased at small costs, replacing other chain locks that can be broken by burglars. A TTENTION/ SENIOR CITIZENS -- BRING THIS COUPON TO Jiffy Cleaners 1708 - 1 st, Cheney for a 2000 discount on your next CLEANING We now have a complete Drapery Cleaning Service OFFER GOOD THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1982 CASH VALUE 1/20 OF ONE CENT Senior Citizen Special 20% off | | All Regular Menu Items Only GOOD THROUGH AUGUST31, 1982 1926 1st - Cheney 235-8438 Open Sun.-Thurs. 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.