Local Briefs

Antique collector to display items at Covenant Cafe

LOCK HAVEN — Larry Ferree of Salona will display his collections of quilts, samplers and other antique textiles at the meeting of The Covenant Cafe, an early-stage Alzheimer’s activity group, Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. at Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St.

Ferree is a well-known local collector of antiques and has a keen interest in the local history connected to his items. Ferree hopes his “show and tell” presentation will elicit fond memories among the Covenant Cafe participants.

Following the quilt presentation, volunteer Diana Andrus will conduct a painting class for beginners. The session will end with physical activities using the Wii.

The Covenant Cafe is a joint venture between the Outreach and Witness Committee of Covenant United Methodist, the Alzheimer’s Support Group and the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants in this group are given an opportunity to be involved in socially and physically stimulating programs which will help them remain as active as possible. New members are always welcome. Individuals and families who are interested in being involved in this special program are invited to call Fran Decker, MSW, LSW at 570–748-4302 or 570263-2084 for more information.

Low-cost eyeglasses clinics set March 20

The North Western Pennsylvania Optical Clinic will be open at two sites in Clinton County on Tuesday, March 20.

The local clinics are at Renovo Senior Center, 415 Fourth St., South Renovo, from 9 to 11 a.m.. with walk-ins welcome until 10:30 a.m., and at the Salvation Army Citadel, 119 E. Church St., Lock Haven, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with walk-ins welcome until 1:30 p.m.

For an appointment, call 1-800-901-1912.

Income-eligible residents may visit a clinic and order eyeglasses at the low cost of $40. This includes lined bifocals. No-lines are available at $70. Solid tints are also offered, as are transition lenses.

The income guidelines have increased. They are now $23,760 for one person, $31,240 for two people, and $7,480 more for each additional person in the household.

Participants must bring their prescription and payment to the clinic. They will then select their frames from the many styles in stock and be measured for them. Payment is required at the time, in cash or money order. The eyeglasses are then assembled in a lab and mailed directly to the participant’s home.

The North Western Pennsylvania Optical Clinic is a privately funded program. Its base clinic site is 903 Diamond St., Williamsport, and it runs 14 satellite locations including Renovo, Lock Haven, and Bellefonte. For dates, times and locations, call 1-800-901-1912.

“This program has helped so many people already, and unfortunately, if more people do not take advantage, this very helpful program is in danger of not being around to help,” a program spokesman said. “So please spread the word to friends, relatives and anyone you know who can take advantage of getting eyeglasses.”