Learn about the ‘Stages of Alzheimers’

LOCK HAVEN — Hilary Harry, the Education & Outreach Coordinator for The Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter’s State College office, will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday, Feb. 13 meeting of the Alzheimer’s Support Group.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View.

Harry will present the first of a three-part series on the stages of Alzheimer’s, beginning with early stages. Her presentations will help caregivers recognize the signs of early stage memory loss and learn how to deal with some of the behaviors associated with early stages. She will present middle stages on March 13 and late stages on April 10.

The Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter’s State College office provides services to six central Pennsyl-vania counties including Clinton County. Harry has over 17 years of experience as a home health and hospice social worker. The cause of Alzheimer’s and related dementias has become a special area of interest to her through her work with persons and families affected by these diseases and disorders. She sought out educational opportunities to better equip herself in providing social service support and began to present “health talks” to area senior centers on a variety of topics related to dementia. When the opportunity arose to join The Alzheimer’s Association team in its dedicated efforts towards a cure and support and education of caregivers, she said she was thrilled to take on the challenge.

The support group is free and open to anyone caring for someone with memory loss and to those interested in learning more about these topics. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Conference Room B of Susque-View.

For more information about either group or to request sitter service for a loved one while attending the Alzheimer’s Support Group meeting, call Fran Decker, MSW, support group facilitator, at 570-748-4302.

Masquerade Ball at Boal Mansion

BOALSBURG — Treat your sweetheart to the first annual Masquerade Ball in the ballroom of the historic Boal Mansion Museum on Saturday, Feb. 17.

In collaboration with Robin Hood Brewery Company and Home D Pizzeria, the museum will provide a Mardi Gras-style Masquerade Ball. The festivities begin with a champagne prelude at 6:45 p.m., sponsored by Duffy’s Boalsburg Tavern, with live music by JT Blues.

Music for dancing in the mansion’s ballroom will be provided by DJ Ricky LaPean until 11 p.m. Home D Pizzeria will offer a variety of New Orleans-style hors d’oeuvres — such as andouille sausage and potato skewers, blackened alligator skewers, and a muffuletta tray, among others — as well as desserts. Robin Hood Brewing Company and Hungry Run Wine and Spirits will host cash bars.

Mardi Gras-like masks and formal attire are encouraged. Cost is $75 per person. Tickets must be purchased no later than Feb. 13 from the Boal Museum’s website Events page: www.boalmuseum.com/summary-of-events or by calling 814-876-0129. The event is limited to 50 people.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the museum, which will double its exhibits in 2018, initiate additional gardens, and expand the existing two miles of public hiking trails. Last year the museum, dubbed “America’s Downton Abbey,” attracted visitors from 23 other countries and 43 states. The public is invited to see what’s new at the historic Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum.

Historian Bruce Teeple to speak

LOCK HAVEN — African-Americans in North Central Pennsylvania is the subject of a presentation by local historian Bruce Teeple at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Poorman Gallery on East Water Street.

Until the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, runaway slaves from the South made their way to sanctuary in Clinton and surrounding counties. Teeple will speak on how the runaway slaves got here, what their role in the community was and what happened to them.

This is the free Second Sunday program sponsored by the Clinton County Historical Society. The mission is to collect, preserve and share the history of the county and the region.

A listing of future programs and events may be viewed online at www.clintonpahistory.org.

Low-cost eyeglasses offered locally

LOCK HAVEN — The North Western Pennsylvania Optical Clinic will come to Clinton County on Tuesday, March 20.

The clinic will be set up at the Renovo Senior Center, 415 Fourth St., from 9 to 11 a.m., with walk-ins until 10:30 a.m, and the Salvation Army, 119 E. Church St., Lock Haven, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with walk-ins until 1:30 p.m.

The privately funded program provides income-eligible persons with eyeglasses for a low cost of $40. These include lined bifocals. No-lines are available at $70. It also offers a solid tint and now, transitions.

Participants will select frames from many in stock and have them measured for lenses. He pays for the glasses at the time, in cash or money order. The glasses are shipped to the lab for assembly and then sent by U.S. mail directly to the person’s home.

The base clinic site is at 903 Diamond St., Williamsport. Satellite locations are in Renovo, Lock Haven, Bellefonte, and many other communities. The agency tries to set up visits to these areas every six to eight weeks. For dates, times, and locations, call 1-800-901-1912.

Participants will need to have their prescription for their appointment. Call 1-800-901-1912 for full information and to schedule appointments.