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Page 4A -- The Glenville Democrat Thursday, July 30, 2009 Moving from 'welfare to work' is easier than people may think cont'd Continued from page 1A America's current 9 percent unemploy- ment rate is the longest high jobless rate since the Great Depression. In addition, he underscores, "Twenty- four percent of West Virginians have a disability, and, as far as Gilmer County goes, the statistics show that it has one of the lowest average (family) income rates in the state." He concludes, "If someone is living in poverty, it's bad on both the micro and macro-economic levels." Explaining further, he estimates that approximately 120 Gilmer Countians are receiving either SSI or SSDI dis- ability payments. Moreover, of these, many would like to work, but they don't, fearing that they'll lose their governmental disability checks. Injecting a comment, Mr. Sickles philosophizes, "This is America, the Land of the Free, but some can't truly join in on this freedom for their lack of money. We work with the people on SSI, and others, in order to help them gain this freedom." He further stresses that the non- profit Job Squad, Inc., which oper- ates on governmental grants, can be a good opportunity for both the "wel- fare to work" aspirant, as well as the business that he or she ends up work- ing for. Connaughton estimates that $178 million in federal dollars can come to the Mountain State's businesses and Job Squad clients, via grants to re- cipients to buy necessary equipment to aid in their work performance. In fact, some types of equipment is es- sential for a business to succeed. The pair point to an example of a South- ern States store in this region that hired a Job Squad client, because they needed someone -- a heavy equipment operator-- to move large pallets of products from the store's loading docks into storage. The Job Squad arranged for a grant to buy the client a forklift, which benefited both the client (he needed one to get the job) and the business (it didn't have Ed Toman named coordinator of 'JASON Continued from page 1A The federally-funded JASON Project is training area teachers in its revolutionary curricula, so that they can better inspire and motivate stu- dents to be interested in the practical and exciting application of scientific subjects. Glenville State College President Peter Barr created the GSC Hidden Promise Consortium (HPC) three years ago, implementing it in more than a dozen Central West Virginia counties. HPC goals include improving com- munication between K-12 and higher education, as well as increasing high school graduation, college atten- dance, and college graduation rates. Dr. Barr said, "Toman has tremendous experience working with K-12 stu- dents, teachers, and superintendents, and his knowledge of Glenville State College make him perfect for the job." Toman served five years as the Gilmer County Schools Superinten- dent, beginning in 2004. Prior to that, he worked seven years for Wirt County schools in various positions, including Schools Superintendent, Wirt County High School Principal, and Vocational Director, as well as four years employed in the Monon- galia County Schools system as a teacher and a coach. Toman's exten- swe educational career also includes time at Presley Ridge School at Lau- rel Park in Clarksburg and at schools in Braxton, Lewis, Wetzel, and Tyler Counties. He received his B achelor's Degree in 1991 from Glenville State College where he majored in education with an emphasis on multi-subjects K-8, TOMAN TO LEAD GSC ON TWO MAJOR INITIATIVES-- Ed Toman, of Glenville, will be overseeing two of Glenville State College's most innovative endeavors. The former Superintendent of Gilrner County's schools, has been named coordinator of the Hidden Promise Scholarship program and Director of the affluent collaboration called JASON. Both projects focus on motivating area middle-school students to greater educational heights. one). This is not the only advantage that accrues to the Job Squad's approach to jobs creation. Most importantly, a SSI or SSDI person does not lose his or her $674 disability payment per month. The Job Squad representa- tives show them how to fill out the necessary paper work to retain their governmental checks. The client can only lose governmental funds, if he or she goes over a very high income threshold, via their employment. The Job Squad pair emphasize that the dignity of working gives any in- dividual confidence in his or her abili- ties, builds self-esteem, and places extra money in their pockets -- an extra these days which is, no doubt, much needed to keep ahead of the recession. Why don't more of Gilmer County's 120 people on disability contact the Job Squad to solve some of their financial problems by way of return- ing to the workforce? Mr. Connaughton quickly re- i i i Project' cont'd . behavior disorders K- 12, learning dis- abled K-12, and mentally impaired K-12. He then obtained his Master's Degree in Educational Leadership Studies from West Virginia Univer- sity. Toman also earned a Superintendent's Certificate from the Marshall University Graduate Col- lege. Toman has received numerous hon- ors and awards, including the Glen- ville State College Distinguished Alumni/Outstanding Educator Award in 2003, the West Virginia Coaches Association Region II Prin- cipal of the Year for 1999-2000, Wirt County High School Future Farmers of America Honorary Member in 1999, a Discipline Task Force Nomi- nee for the West Virginia Depart- ment of Education's Office of Spe- cial Education in 1998, the Glenville State College Outstanding Student- Teacher Award by Kappa Delta Pi in 1991, and the College's WVIAC All- Conference Football player in 1989. The new director now serves on the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) Board of Directors. He has also served on the GSC Board of Governors and has been a member of several profes- sional committees and groups, such as the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, the Ameri- can Association of School Adminis- trators, the RESA VII Board of Di- rectors, the Glenville Statd College Educational Personnel Preparation Advisory Committee, the Calhoun/ Gilmer Career Center Board, the Gilmer County Economic Develop- ment Authority, and the Federal Cor- rectional Institution Gilmer Commu- nity Relations Board. Toman is originally from Paden City, in Wetzel County. He lives in Glenville with his wife Michelle. They have three children: 13 year old daughter, Tristin, and sons, Jordan, who is 18, and Campbell, who is four. For more information on the Glen- ville State College JASON Project or the GSC Hidden Promise Consor- tium, contact Toman at Edward'Tman@glenville'edu or (304) 462-6023. ili sponds, "Our problem is that no one-- neither the employers nor the would- be interested people -- has heard of our great programs. To hire a person on disability, it helps the individual, but it may also help the business even more, via our grants." Mr. Sickles adds with emphasis, "I'm excited that this Business After 5 program in Gilmer County will give us an ability to reach more people and to help us create more success sto- ries." He also mentions that the Job Squad can work with high school and college students, especially those who are physically or mentally-challenged in some way. The power-point illustrated that their main strategies have worked by show- ing the successes of people who may have been thought to be incapacitated, but later landed good paying jobs, with the help of their agency. Another way of getting the word out about Job Squad's innovative programs . is through a newly-created blog -- http://jobsquadinc, blogspot, com Or, one can telephone Russell Sick- les or Brian Connaughton at (304) 848-0850; Fax: 848-0851. Their of- fice is located at 102 2nd Street in Bridgeport. Their services include: Social Security Benefits Analysis and Planning; Discovery of individualized and customized work scenarios; Job Matching and Analysis; Person-Center Job Development; and Support with Interest-Based Ne- gotiations. Some of the outcomes that the agency works for are as follows: Finding Clients Wage Jobs; Opening Small Business Owner- ship to Them; Or both of the above. The enthusiastic team of two -- Russell Sickles and Brian Continued in column to the right Area Briefs con t'd... Young man needs help cont'd ... Continued from page 1A illness'!" At the same time, this small family isn't well oft', especially when paying to get Robbie to the Steel City for these tests. Mrs. Brown estimates that she'll have to raise from $500-to-$800 in order to help finance the upcoming medical and/or surgical trip to Pittsburgh, where the doctors will perform the tests to determine if he's developed cancer. A likeable and kind-hearted young man, Robbie has been the recipient of many local fund-raising events, which were worked up and carried out by friends of the family about two years ago. At that time, he was dealing with a severe liver malady, which was later mitigated. Even though this family has been dealt an awful hand of cards in life, they still voice a strong faith in God, and hope that His power can relieve them of Robbie's health burdens. Rita Brown asks that even if people can't contribute $10.00 or $15.00 them, they are appreciative of people's prayers. She asks, "Pray for Robbie that he will have the strength and courage to endure his serious illness!" In that way, she feels that his family will be able to deal with any severe health setbacks that he might endure between now and September 1. To further complicate the family's finances, his mother's car broke down, needs a $400 transmission, and must be repaired before going to Pittsburgh for the possibly lengthy stay. In Pittsburgh, the hospital's personnel take care of placing the families in modestly-priced hotel rooms, so that Mrs. Brown can stay with Robbie to cheer him up during his tests. If all goes well, she'll be able to take him to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to get the examinations and, perhaps, treatments he needs on September 1. Contributions can be sent to Rita's father, "Haymon Cottrill," 1072 Sliding Run Road, Burnsville WV 26335. Or, call either Mr. Cottrill or his wife, Linda, for further information at (304) 462-7494. Or, you can speak with Robbie or Mrs. Brown directly at 462-4765. Police Chief Moss warns of scam Glenville Police Chief John Moss continues to warn this area's elderly of a seam that is taking place throughout this region. He explains that it involves bogus crews who claim they'll blacktop and seal driveways by accepting payments, prior to the work being done. Although none of the scares have been reported to have happened in Gilmer County yet, Chief Moss highly recommends that every resident be on the lookout for it and to take down their vehicle's license plate number, or ask to see their contractor's license. If you live in the city of Glenville and are approached by any company with the above description, contact Chief Moss immediately, so that he can check them out. If you live outside the city, call the Sheriff's Dept. or the Glenville Detachment of the West Virginia State Police. Connaughton-- who spoke at Gilmer County's Business After 5 P.M. So- cial Hour last Thursday didn't go away empty-handed. During the network- ing social and eating of light refresh- ments afterwards, the twosome hooked up with two potential clients, one a new start-up Glenville business and another, an out-of-work indi- vidual. The next Business After 5 will take place at the Best Western in late Au- gust, and the sponsor will be an- nounced soon. This Editor introduced all of the business people and individuals present, prior to turning the program over to the visitors. ASKING A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND GETTING ANSWERS -- At last Thursday's Business After 5 P.M. Social Hour, the local Gilmer County crowd asked the Job Squad representatives many questions. Also, afterwards, they networked with this non-profit and jobs creating firm from Bridgeport. Among those present were: Cindy Randolph (first row); Anthony Frye, and Paula and Stan Mazzagotte (second row, I-r)); and Dr. Carl and Jorene Armour, and Jearl Ramsey (third row, I-r). The Smokehouse BBQ catered the event. I II I I M.EDICAL D.IRECTORY Modern medicine has made great ad- vances, giving a child born in the U.S. in 2000 an average life expectancy nearly 30 years longer than one born in 1900. But healthcare has no cure for old age. Today, more than 36 million Ameri- cans are 65 years of age or older, making up approximately 12% of the total popu- lation. And by the year 2030, that number could grow to 71 million, a staggering 20% of the population. 2 Yet as this tidal wave of Baby Boomers prepares to enter retirement, both employers and the gov- ernment are cutting back on low-cost healthcarc benefits. More and more, responsibility for America's healthcare price tag is shifting Healthcare Planning:Practical Considerations for a 'Graying' America, Part I to individuals and families. Medicare faces constant cost pressures, and some people are concerned that the program may even- tually become insolvent. Premiums for employer-sponsored insurance have in- creased 87% cumulatively from 2000- 2006, compared to a 20% increase in wages and an 18% increase in overall inflation.3 In addition, employers are moving to limit the benefits and coverage they will offer to current and future retir- ees. With maturing Americanslivinglonger, more vital lives, how will they afford the growing cost of healthcare-especially for situations in vo] vi ng long-term care? While various forms of insurance typically cover routine doctor visits and emergency medi- cal situations sufficiently, coverage for ongoing hmg-term healthcare needs is often limited and restricted. Paying for long-term care needs can quickly deplete even substantial savings. Many Americans are rightfully con- cerned, and there are indications that ris- ing healthcare costs are hurting theirhouse- hold finances. Even wealthy individuals view this issue as a major threat to their family's long-term financial well-being. According to a Citigroup Smith Barney Affluent Investor Poll (May 2006), about seven in ten of those surveyed had con- cerns about being able to pay the cost of long-term care in their retireme m years. Whatever form governmental healthcare financing may take in the fu- ture, we will all shoulder some part of the costs. Wise planning now can make a great difference in how financially pre- pared you will be to handle the medical needs of retirement. This series of articles provides a brief introduction to some of the major programs and issues you should consider when planning your healthcare finances-both now and for retirement. Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance: The first line of defense If you belong to an employer-spon- sored healthcare program, regardless of your age or health, keep it! The premiums, deductibles, prescription drug and co-pay charges available through a group health plan can be a bargain in comparison to individual health insurance. If you are changing employers, sign up for the new employer's plan as soon as you join the company (generally within the first 30 days). Many large plans will have no l imitations on pre-existing conditions, but that may only apply if you sign up imme- diately upon becoming an employee. If you wait and do not have proof o f existing coverage from another source, additional charges or limitations may apply. The government's COBRA legislation instituted a variety of safeguards for work- ers and their immediate family members to maintain healthcarecoveragei fa"quali- fying event" occurs. These include death of covered employee; termination or re- duction of hours (whether resignation, discharge, layoff, strike, or other cause): divorce, which normally terminates an ex-spouse's eligibility; or a dependent child reaching an age or status for which coverage is excluded. FAMILY DOCTOR MINNIE HAMILTON HEALTH SYSTEM 809 Mineral Road, Glenville, WV 26351 NEW HOURS: M-F 7:30-6 p.m.. Sat 7:30-5 p.m.. 304-462-7322 FAMILY DOCTOR Little Kanawha Family Medicine Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. For appointments, please call 462-7460 604 West Main Street, Glenville, WV 26351 Kevin Boring, MPT GSC Physical Education Bldg. Glenville 462-8933 HOSPITALS Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital 230 Hospital Plaza Weston 269-8000 OPTOMETRY (EYE) Dr. Mark Cinalli College and Howard Streets Glenville 462-5366 i i i LI11'LE llANAWilA FAMILY MEDICINE Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. Board Certified in Family Medicine Office hours: Monday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tues. - Wed. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thurs 8 a.m. - 1 5 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. For appointments, please call 462-7460 \\;,- J 604 WestMainStreet, Glenville, WV26351 Hospice Care Corporation :"..= !  PO Box 323, Burnsville ( i ..... 304-853-2279 or 1-866-656-9790 Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Providing end-of-life care for patients in Giimer, Braxton and Calhoun Counties. i i i i