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The Adams County Record Wednesday, June 27, 2012 Page 9 Cambridge Senior Chatter by ]anice Vuich Cawyer -- 257-3358 I just sent off the "End of Grant" paperwork for our pantry project to the Idaho Community Foundation, as the major things we wanted to accomplish are finished. Only painting remains to be done, and that can happen at any time. Of course we still need to purchase a commercial- grade refrigerator and freezer, but what we have will have to do until we can afford them. It's so wonderful that we have a foundation in Idaho that supports community projects like this one. I would publicly like to once again thank the Walter and Leona Duffesne Fund in the Idaho Community foundation who granted $2,000 to help remodel a vacant room behind our Senior Center into our food pantry. The communities of Midvale and Cambridge benefit greatly from having a food pantry available to them. If you haven't visited the pantry yet, please feel free to come in and see what we have done and take home a box of food. The pantry is open the fourth Thursday of each month from 3 to 4:30 PM. All are welcome. In case you have been wondering where my column has been for the past few weeks, I've been busy with company, and I'm still continuing to get some vacation time off the books. I also have been somewhat distressed by the recent chain of events in the bidding for nutrition services. If you have been to dinner at seniors, you are aware of what has transpired. If not, the following blurb is for your information: Every two years, there is a bid process for the different senior services that are offered. One such service is Congregate and Homedelivered meals, another is transportation. For the past 40 years, these programs have been. run through the Elderly Opportunity Agency to the senior centers. They supply the personnel for the positions of cooks, coordinator's and driver's to deliver the meals on wheels. They provide training, some benefits such as vacation and sick leave, and we implement the programs as directed and report our monthly statistics directly to them. They, in turn, pass the information back through the Various agencies to the state and federal levels. This year another agency, CCOA (Canyon County Office on Aging), bid for nutrition services, and because their bid was lower, they were awarded the contract. The new bid period starts on July 1, 2012. This is all a normal part of doing business with government agencies. The problem that is posed for the senior centers is that they (CCOA)will be changing the way things are going to be done. For small centers like ours, we will only get 6.25 hours per meal day for the cook and coordinator, which mean we will each only be working 12.5 hours per week instead of 21. There are only funds for 2 hours for the driver to deliver meals on wheels for a route that takes 3 to 3.5 hours to complete. There is still no decision as to whether the employees will be employees of CCOA or of the senior center. If we are to be employees of CCOA, then we can't be hired until after July 1, 2012 when the contract starts, and if the cooks, coordinators and driver's are employees of the senior center, then that will pose other problems for the centers in terms of liability and payroll. Our Treasurer, Charlie Caruso, says that our center, and small centers like ours, will take a 40% hit in funding, and while most of it Will be in the form of employee time and pay, it will affect everything else aswell. EOA has been appealing the decision, and has filed for an injunction to keep this from happening until the appeals process has finished, but so far nothing has been decided. Both agencies are in a state of limbo, and all we employees can do is wait and see. This is a very simplified explanation of the situation, and I sincerely hope I have presented it in a fair and balanced manner, but it's difficult not to let ones personal feelings bleed through. I believe in EOA, and I personally feel that a disservice will be done to all the senior centers if the contract doesn't stay with EOA. I will keep you informed as to the changes as they happen. Until next time, I'I1 keep the faith if you will. Nutrition And You ,t By Linda Taylor, Nutritionist, ACHC Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a chronic and progressive illness that you want to avoid! Progressive means it's going to just get worse. If you have it or have been told that you are pre- diabetic, now is the "time to change your activities and diet to ensure good health, present and future. First Line of Defense: The very best way for your body (and pocket book) to control blood glucose is with diet and exercise. With diet you have control of how much carbohydrate, fat and calories you take in; with regular exercise or moderate activity you will burn off excess blood sugar giving you even more control. This is the preferred method of T2D control and it works very well. If diet and exercise does not work, the second defense is medication (in concert with diet and exercise). A dietitian or nutritionist can help you learn how to control the major nutrients you consume and subsequently the disease. Change isn't Easy: Wlen a person learns they have diabetes or pre-diabetes they are faced with making permanent and immediate changes to their eating habits and activity levels to control the disease. They also will need to absorb a lot of (sometimes confusing) information about the disease and how to manage it. Suddenly, this person has to consider how what (nearly everything) they eat will affect their disease and their immediate general health. Denial and Depression: The American Diabete~ Association states that "depression and diabetes go hand in hand given that high blood glucose is a major culprit in depression among diabetics. Often when a person who learns they have diabetes will go into denial about their condition and often do not make the immediate changes necessary to manage the disease. However, when they do start to make the changes to their lifestyle that lower their blood glucose, the depression eases as their blood sugar levels drop to a normal range. Knowledge is Power: Like with cancer, prevention and early detection of diabetes is critical: If you have diabetes or preSdiabetes, educate yourself so you can understand the disease process and treatment options and can have informed discussions with your doctor. There are many information and education resources on T2D; a good place to start would be the American Diabetes Association. You can access their website at or call 1-800-324-2383. Just a reminder; as an Idaho Community Health Corps volunteer, my services as a nutritionist are free to our community. Pastor's Corner "In God We Trust:' Such a simple phrase, so familiar, and so often overlooked or forgotten until a time of trouble. Then how natural it is for us to look outside of ourselves and our circumstances for a source of security. Why did our forefathers put the words in this order? In most languages what you want to emphasize is placed at the front of the sentence. My assumption is that they felt it was important to focus on the object of our trust more than the fact that we have trust. Everyone trusts someone or something! And it's my guess that just about everyone and everything we have depended upon, has failed us at one time or another. When an object that we have counted on betrays our confidence, we feel vulnerable. As a nation before 9/il we felt secure within our borders. Our military might, economic stability, and personal prosperity were shattered in the ugly realities of anthrax, bombings, and hijackings. Then more recently as individuals we have become vulnerable during the recent economic downturn. Real estate and stock values have plummeted, retirement plans have crumbled, and job security for many has become a thing of the past. The limitations of our by Wayne Freedman personal resources, the struggles of our economy, and personal health issues have shaken the foundations of the objects of our trust as never before. How natural and refreshing it was for us to return after 911, as our founding fathers did, to the only unchangeable, incorruptible, and everlasting Being, who so faithfully had been waiting for us to trust Him again. No one had to demand that we put up our signs and turn to Him in prayer. It was almost automatic and authentic, but it was also soon forgotten. The economic downturn of the last two years found us again vulnerable in a whole new way. So where else can we turn? I suggest we follow Solomon's advice and continue to "Trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our own understanding, and in all our circumstances be aware of Him, knowing that He will take us on the right road to eternity." [My paraphrase of Proverbs 3:5,6] The only improvement I believe we can individually make to our national motto is to personalize it for our lives by saying, "IN GOD I TRUST " And if you are unwilling to trust Him, my only question is, "What other, better options are there?" Council Valley Free Library Book Shelf New Books at the Council Library Adult Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs Cook the Books by Jessica Sonant-Park The Riesling Retribution by Ellen Crosby Murder, She Wrote: Three Strikes and Your Dead by Jessica Fletcher Blessings by Kim Sawyer by Kim Sawyer A Sister's Forgiveness by Anna Schmidt Non-Fiction American Heritage History of the West by David Lavender Mostly True Tales From the Coffee Shop by Duane Petersen (Duane lives in Cascade, Idaho) Juvenile Clifford Goes to Dog School by Norman Bridwell All For Me and None for All by Helen Lester Morning, Noon and Night by Sharon Taberski To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart - about a finger's breadth - for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule. -- Mamie Reed Crowell Ik