LOCAL / AREA NEWS — THURSDAY — 4/26/18
(OLNEY) Here’s an important note. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has started mailing out new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare as a new alpha-numeric identifier will replace the current Social Security Number-based identifier. This roll-out will occur over a several month period, based upon the geographic location of the Medicare beneficiary. There are concerns that people might believe that this is a “scam” and therefore will ignore notifications or throw new identification cards away. Those who are Medicare beneficiaries should watch their mail closely over the next few months for notifications from Medicare relating to this change. Medicare beneficiaries should begin bringing their new cards with them to healthcare visits as soon as they receive it. Here’s the way it will work : (1) newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries will get a card in the mail with a unique number, regardless of their geographic location : (2) people with Medicare can now go online at www.Medicare.gov/newcard to sign up for emails about the card mailing and to check the card mailing status in their state : (3) people with Medicare should use the card once they receive it, but either the Social Security Number-based (old) card or the new random alpha-numeric-based numbers can be used through December 2019 : (4) beginning January 1, 2020, only the new card will be usable. Again, for details go to www.Medicare.gov/newcard.
(OLNEY) The Richland County Senior Center in Olney is still looking for volunteers to help our local senior citizens. The Center has released numbers showing that it served 9,421 congregate meals and 13,294 home delivered meals in fiscal year 2017, all of which is dependent solely on volunteers. With the need continuing to grow, the Center says more volunteers are needed to help serve the critical home delivered meals to homebound senior citizens in Richland County. If folks would like to make a difference and help out in affecting the lives of our local senior citizens, call the Richland County Senior Center at 618-395-3223. Let’s make sure none of our local senior citizens go hungry or miss out on the programs they need.
(NEWTON) Here’s some reminders for those in the outdoors in Illinois : with the camping season fast approaching, statewide residents can make their 2018 Illinois State Park campsite reservations now – simply go online at www.reserveamerica.com and be set for that 2018 camping trip : folks can also register now for Hunter Safety Education & Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR – spring and summer classes are being scheduled now – check the IDNR website for class dates and locations : and the IDNR is underway with wing-shooting clinics at various sites throughout Illinois for both beginners and experienced hunters – most clinics are conducted on weekends at IDNR sites, cooperating gun clubs and shooting ranges, hunting preserves and farms – specific clinics are for the youth, both girls and boys, plus women throughout the state : for all things outdoors in Illinois, go online at www.dnr.illinois.gov.
(OLNEY) Olney Central College is now accepting appointments for summer and fall semester registration. For information and/or details, call the OCC Student Services office at 618-395-7777 or request an appointment online at www.iecc.edu/occ/appointment. Summer classes at Olney Central College begin June 5 and fall semester classes at OCC starts August 16. While there are various classes and courses scheduled, the OCC Music Department has tuition waivers still available for this fall and the OCC Massage Therapy Program is also accepting new students for 2018 fall classes as well. Plus cources are also available at the other three IECC colleges and campuses in Fairfield, Mt. Carmel, and near Robinson.
(OLNEY) The Olney Central College Automotive Service and Collision Repair Technology Programs will host their annual Car Show this coming Saturday, April 28, at OCC. The show is open to new and old cars, trucks, and motorcycles with registration from 9:00 to 12 noon Saturday morning with a fee of $10 per vehicle. An awards presentation will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon. All participants will receive a dash plaque. Both the OCC Automotive Building and the Collision Repair Technology Center will be open for tours. Plenty of food, drinks, and music will be available from 11:00 to 2:00 and a 50/50 drawing will be held. All proceeds from the car show will benefit the Automotive and Collision Repair programs at OCC.