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    Making the World a Better Place – Content by Judy

    Connecticut has lost a great leader. Edith Prague stood head and shoulders above others. She wasn’t a politician. She was an advocate for those in need. She taught by example. She gave freely of her time, energy, and expertise. Passionate, dedicated, a champion of seniors and those in need is only the start of descripting Edith Prague. She worked tirelessly to create a world and the systems needed to help others. Edith stood up when others said it couldn’t be done. She did what was right even when she knew she would pay a high price. She taught me and many, many others the skills we needed and still use today to create a better world.

    I worked with Edith to raise the income limits for ConnPACE. She made the time to help me start and build a mail in campaign that was so successful the ConnPACE asset test has carried over to the MSP program many seniors benefit from today. This campaign grew into thousands of prescription bags being mailed to key state officials from all over the state. Seniors in Connecticut continued to mail them until the income limits for ConnPACE had automatic increases that equaled Social Security increases. Parts of that program has carried over to today’s MSP – Medicare Savings Program – that offers assistance to eligible Medicare enrollees.

    During her first term as Commissioner of the Dept of Aging she stood her ground and fought for what was best for Connecticut’s seniors. Then when she wouldn’t play ball with Governor Lowell Weicker, he fired her. He went on the eliminate the Department and threw the needs of the seniors into the Department of Social Services. But Edith never quit!

    Again, I worked with Edith to successfully recreate the Department on Aging in 2013. It was a long, hard-won fight. But when it was all over, she was rightfully named the Commissioner. Unfortunately failing health caused her to leave in 2014. And without her, the Department was again swallowed up. This time into the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

    (As a side note – it’s beyond me on how aging and a disability are similar. What’s the common ground for each group? If a person celebrates a certain birthday – they then are automatically disabled? If a person has a disability that makes them old? I just don’t get it…)

    Being a true problem solver, Edith was a driving force behind lower prescription costs, long-term care, senior housing and was an expert on counseling seniors on which health insurance program was best for them.

    The legacy Edith Prague leaves the seniors of Connecticut is endless and the impact of her advocacy will be with us for decades more. She worked tirelessly to create the systems and the programs many use and benefit from today!

    Thank you, Edith for making the world a better place!!

    Join us for a boxed lunch! – Open to ALL Members

    Wednesday, January 19th from 12 – 12:30 pm

    We will be getting our box lunch from Sapore Italiana Pizzeria on Wednesday, January 19th where you will have a choice of two slices of pizza. Bottled water will be included. The pizza choices will be SICILIAN PAN PIZZA slice which is a deep dish square pizza slice with a thick crust, special red sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil, a BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA slice with white mozzarella, BBQ
    sauce, chicken, and red onions, OR a PEPPER AND ONION PIZZA slice. You can mix and match! $5.00 for this meal for all members/ $7.50 for non-members. Sign up and money due by January 12th.

    Hair Cuts

    Fourth Thursday of the Month. 9am-12pm Call (860)434-4127 to sign up for an appointment.

    NEW GROUPS THAT WILL START MEETING IN JANUARY

    The “Knit-Wits” Knitting Circle– Will meet once a
    month (the second Wednesday of the Month) starting
    Wednesday, January 12th at 10am. This will be a group with
    mixed levels. It will be a chance to knit together with others, learning ideas off each other and just enjoying the camaraderie. Please email me at sgould@oldlyme-ct.gov OR
    call (860)434-4127 and let us know if you can attend our kickoff get together January 12th at 10am. Feel free to bring some of your finished projects to share with the group and any you want to work on during this get together.
    “Quilty” Pleasures Quilting Group– Will meet once a
    month (the third Wednesday of the Month) starting on
    January 19th at 10am. If you are interested please let me
    know. My thought is that it could be a group of people that
    would come together to work on their individual projects.
    You would need to bring your own sewing machine although we MAY have one for people to share if needed. This
    group would give people a chance to share your quilting passion, borrow
    ideas off each other and even in the future could look at hire guest instructors for a specific project if that is what the group wants. Please email me
    at sgould@oldlyme-ct.gov OR call (860)434-4127 and let us know if you
    can attend our kickoff get together January 19th at 10am. Feel free to
    bring some of your finished projects to share with the group and any you
    want to work on during this get-together.
    “Girls Gone Scrappy” Scrapbooking & Papercraft
    Group– Will meet once a month (the fourth Wednesday of
    the Month) starting Wednesday, January 26th at 10am.
    Please email me at sgould@oldlyme-ct.gov OR call (860)
    434-4127 and let us know if you can attend our kickoff get together January 26th at 10am. Bring your own consumable supplies (ink, paper, glue sticks or whatever you like to use) and reusable supplies (like stamps) to share during our get-together. This will be a
    great time to get ideas from others and get our creative juices flowing as
    well .