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12 The Glenvllle Democrat/Pathflnder. August 26, 1976 OFF SUPER SAVINGS ON ALL SCHOOL & STATIONERY ..,.. SUPPLIES Notebooks Pens, Pencils, Felt Tip Markers Erasers Glue Staplers t Stamp Pads Typewriter Ribbons Many other Stationery Items mmBllmmmmBIBI m l J I BBIBBmmmBBIBBIB B NOW THROUGH AUGUST 31 GILMER GRAPHICS, INC. 109 E. Main St. Glenville, W. Va. 462-7309 Australian Way Of Life Is Similar To United States Boomerangs, kangaroos, cars with right-hand steering wheels, and paddocks instead of meadows - these are all a part of life in Australia - a country similar in size to the United States. A young man from the continent "down under' will talk about the Australian life style in a public meeting, Monday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Four-H'ers and interested community members are urged to attend to meet John Poynton, 4-H young exchanges from Ensay, Victoria, Australia. John, a member of the Victorian Young Farmers (Victoria is an Australian State) lives on a farm in Ensay located on the Tambo River Valley. John says Grantsville is a metropolis compared to Ensay which boasts a population of 150 people. The town of Ensay has very few larger buildings, hence most of the shopping is done in Bairnsdale, forty miles south. John explains that Ensay has no hospital but does have a Bush Nurse Center. The registered nurse on duty attends to minor injuries and prescribes prescription drugs after consulting with physicians. The town's fire department is operated with a twelve man volunteer group known as the Country Fire Authority. Most fires are bush fires and spread rapidly on the world's driest, flatest continent. The last major fire in 1968 burned for six weeks and traveled over 300 miles across Victoria. Victoria is the southernmost state on the Australian mainland, in the vicinity of Melbourne. The Tanbo River Valley lies in the foothills south of the Great Dividing Range, and supports sheep and beef-raising. Victoria is hard hit this year with a drought. As the seasons are opposite ours, the winter months (May-August) have not at all been wet. The average rainfall is John Poynton IPTE of Australia want people to know more of his country than kangaroos and boom- erangs. "We are much like you Americans," he explains. 27 inches but to date there has been approximately 11 inches. With the advent of the modern superphosphates says John, the native Kangaroo grass has been supplanted with protein-rich alfalfas and clovers making the area more productive. With the help of modern farm technology the Australian farmers walk an economic tightrope. Austra- lian sheep, beef and wool is sold on a world market where they do not always bring the Tarmer a fair return for his labor, he says. Just as in West Virginia, there's not much future for young people on the farm. The Poynton's own 1100 acres with 200 Hereford cattle and 900 Merino sheep. "But, this is considered a one man operation," John explains. As a result, many families are broken, with the children seeking employment in the cities. Yet the farmers are eternally optimistic, and stubbornly indepen- Long Waiting Period For Disability Payments Social security disability pay- ments generally cannot start imme- diately after people apply for them because the law requires a 5-month waiting period, according to John Robinson, social security district manager in Parkersburg. Social security pays monthly disability benefits to eligible workers and their families if the worker is severely disabled and not expected to be able to do any work for a year or more. Payment generally starts with the 6th full month of disability. "The first check generally arrives early in the month after that," Robinson said. "During the waiting period," he said, "examiners get your medical records from the doctors, hospitals, and other institutions that treated you for your disability, You pay for getting those records, if there's any charge. "Later, additional medical infor- mation may be necessary, and you may be asked to undergo additional tests and examinations," he said. "The Government pays for those." Medical decisions on whether or not people are disabled under the social security law are made by doctors and other disability experts in The West Virginia Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Work requirements are also checked during the waiting period. "To be eligible for disabilty benefits, "John Robinson said, "most workers need at least 5 years of work under social security in the 10 years before they became disabled. For workers disabled before age 31, the requirement scales down to as little as 1V years, depending on age. "Your social security earnings record is kept under your name and social security number in Baltimore, he said. People disabled since childhood can get social security disability payments without waiting when a parent starts getting social security retirement or disability benefits - or dies after working long enough under social security. Severely disabled people who haven't worked long or recently enough under social security to get disability benefits may be eligible for supplemental security income (SSI} payments. The SSI program, adminis- tered by social security, makes monthly payments to people with little or no income and limited resources who are disabled or blind or 65 or over. "There's no waiting period under the SSI program," John Robinson said. "Payments start when eligibility is determined. In some cases, SSI disability payments may be made to people whilb they're waiting for an eligibility decision." People can get more information about the social security disability program and the SSI program by calling or writing any socialk security office, John Robinson said. The Parkersburg social security office is at 973 Market St. The phone numnber is 422-8486. "The spider seeks out the door post of the merchant who doesn't advertise and there, she weaves her web - and fives a long happy life of repose, undisturbed." Mark Twain ADVERTISE IN The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder dent. em acreage t since The riageable men who the bureau." The similar to older with The state members 4-H, but work. Friday during the The however, activities. or the country hikers. Abot are fact, some hikers, injury. John Sue He America 's accents and the He square observin Team. He is and want West Virignia Doddridge, informed s America of her desk. units thcffJ color desk cork slats paint coud