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Program aimed at seniors

November 10, 2005

HANCOCK - Advertised as a program to "Keep A Senior Safe And Warm," a Nov. 5 workshop at the Hancock Town Hall/Community Center apparently worked.

"We had 38 seniors attending - it was great," said Debbie Cohill, executive director of the Interfaith Service Coalition in Hancock.

Speakers represented the Hancock police and fire departments, the ISC, War Memorial Hospital and others in the community who are concerned with the well-being of seniors, Cohill said.

Information focused on helping senior citizens stay healthy and safe during the winter months.

"Gift bags filled with complimentary special items to help seniors through the winter were handed out," Cohill said. The bags contained tissues, lip balm and other winter weather items, paid for with funds from the income of the sale of items in the thrift store, Cohill said.

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"We even had chicken soup for them," she said.

Another bonus was a new blanket, courtesy of Biederlack Blankets of Cumberland, Md., and a sweatshirt.

Coffee and pastries were served at 8:30 a.m. with the presentations starting at 9 a.m.

This program was funded by a grant at no charge to the senior citizens.

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