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June, 2012

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Thank you for your newsletter information. 

REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR NEWS ITEMS NO LATER THAN THE 10TH OF EVERY MONTH!

Keep them coming!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we are hoping you will be at as many meetings this year as possible!

2012 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – Nicole Crews
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Alternative Treasurer - Melinda Dalton
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Van Avery, Pat Daniel
Past President – Pattie DeShazor

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DACCS Meeting
Friday, June 22, 2012
 
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

STO BELONGIA

Independent Living Coordinator
Living Services for the Piedmont Area

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DACCS Announcements!
July Meeting
Friday, July 27, 2012 
Speaker To Be Announced

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If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see Nicole Crews for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information is needed by the 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2013 please contact Mrs. Pattie Deshazor

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GET YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENT ONLINE
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

If you would like to get a Social Security Statement, which provides estimates of your future benefits, it is now available online at www.socialsecurity.gov.

“Our new online Social Security Statement is simple, easy-to-use and provides people with estimates they can use to plan for their retirement,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. “The online Statement also provides estimates for disability and survivors benefits, making the Statement an important financial planning tool. People should get in the habit of checking their online Statement each year, around their birthday, for example.”

In addition to helping with financial planning, the online Statement also provides workers a convenient way to determine whether their earnings are accurately posted to their Social Security records. This feature is important because Social Security benefits are based on average earnings over a person’s lifetime. If the information is incorrect, the person may not receive proper benefits.

The online Statement provides you the opportunity to save or print the document for future reference, or to have handy for discussions with family members or a financial planner.

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, users are giving the online Statement a score of 89, making it competitive with our other top-rated, best-in-government online services, such as the Retirement Estimator and online retirement application.

To get a personalized online Statement, you must be age 18 or older and must be able to provide information about yourself that matches information already on file with Social Security. In addition, Social Security uses Experian, an external authentication service provider, for further verification. You must provide identifying information and answer security questions in order to pass this verification. Social Security will not share your Social Security number with Experian, but the identity check is an important part of this new, thorough verification process.

When your identity is verified, you can create a “My Social Security” account with a unique user name and password to access your online Statement. In addition, your online Statement includes links to information about other online Social Security services, such as applications for retirement, disability, and Medicare.

For more information about the new online Statement, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.

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The Pittsylvania County Health Department is now offering a program called Every Woman’s Life for the both the City and County. See brief description below and visit their website for more information.

Every Woman’s Life (EWL) is a public health program that helps uninsured, low income women gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduces death rates, improves treatment options, and greatly increases survival. In some sites where EWL services are offered, women can also be screened for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose and also learn how to become more physically active, eat healthier foods, and stop smoking.

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2012 SUMMER CLASSES
DANVILLE READING CENTER
JULY 9-26

The Danville Reading Center which is now located in the Ascension Lutheran Church on 314 West Main Street will be holding the following classes during the month of July:

REMEDIAL CLASSES- For Grades 1-5

These are small classes with 2-4 students that are grouped according to reading level and reading problems. In order for a student to attend classes, he/she must be tested. The fees for the class are on a sliding scale depending on income.

GETTING READY TO READ CLASS- For rising First Graders

This class is for students who have completed kindergarten. It will help to strengthen visual and auditory abilities for success in reading..

For more information or to enroll, please call the Danville Reading Center at 728-5003. If there is no answer, please leave your name and number and you will be contacted as soon as possible.

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STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

Families with YOUTH AGES 10-14

FREE Meals and Sessions. You can earn a
$100 PRE-PAID VISA CARD
For your family if you have no absence.

Sessions start Monday
July 16 - 24, 2012
West Main Baptist Church
Monday thru the next Tuesday
From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Parents and youth strengthen family bonds through games, activities, discussions and Parents and Children must attend together.

We provide childcare and transportation as needed each night.
TO REGISTER CALL 434-797-3981 ext. 15

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DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION

DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION WILL HOLD THEIR ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON THURSDAY, JUNE 28TH AT THE STRATFORD CONFERENCE CENTER (149 OLD PINEY FOREST RD.) AT 7PM.  ALL LOCAL CANCER PATIENTS/SURVIVORS ARE WELCOME AND MAY BRING ONE GUEST WITH YOU.
DR. VESHANA RAMIAH WITH DANVILLE HEMATOLOGY AND ONCOLOGY AND DUKE MEDICAL CENTER WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER, AND WILL BE DISCUSSING NEWS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH AND TREATMENTS.
LOTS OF REFRESHMENTS AND LOTS OF GREAT DOOR PRIZES.  COME MEET OTHER SURVIVORS AND HAVE A GREAT TIME.

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CORE TRAINING FLYER

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area

Fun can make a world of difference for a child in your community. As a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can experience childhood again for a couple of hours a week. All you have to do is be a friend to a child in your community.

Everyone remembers someone special - a neighbor, professor, relative or friend - who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives. Maybe it was someone who taught you to throw a baseball or ride a bike; or maybe it was someone who helped you make the right decision when you needed direction.

Sharing every day experiences with a child is the premise on which Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area is based. We have been transforming lives since 1973, and have developed several successful programs proven to make a BIG difference in the life of a child.

Becoming a Big is a fun and easy way to volunteer in your community. We have several program options that fit your schedule and interests. We also offer a variety of agency-planned activities for Big and Little, like having a Big Brothers Big Sisters Night at a Braves Game.

We currently have 23 children on the waiting list, ready to be matched with a volunteer mentor.  If you would like more information about our programs and how you can make a difference, contact Pat Daniel, Program Director, 434-792-3700 ext. 234 or email patbbbs@dancomcom.

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PUBLIC HEALTH & COMMUNITY FUN DAY 2012

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Governor McDonnell Announces New Virginia Veterans ID Card

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today launched the new Virginia Veterans ID Card available from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in partnership with the Department of Veterans Services (DVS) during an afternoon event at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond. The card will help thousands of Virginia veterans identify themselves as veterans and obtain retail and restaurant discounts around the state. The DMV 2 Go mobile office was present to process veterans' applications for the cards onsite this afternoon. Governor McDonnell, a U.S. Army veteran who served for a total of 21 years in active duty and reserve roles, visited the mobile office at today's event and was one of the first to apply for the new ID card.

Speaking about the launch of the Virginia Veterans ID Card, Governor McDonnell said, "Virginia is home to 823,000 veterans who have protected and served our great nation. It is Virginia's duty to serve them. The launch of the Virginia Veterans ID card will provide a new state resource to aid in obtaining discounts and other services from the Commonwealth's retail community, as well as providing convenient identification for Veterans. This initiative is a perfect example of state agencies working together to assist those individuals who have served and sacrificed for our great nation. We take seriously our responsibility to provide resources and support to our veterans. This is an important step towards reaching our goal of making Virginia the 'most Veteran friendly state in the nation.'"

Currently, retired military and veterans with a service-connected disability rating from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs are issued ID cards. These men and women comprise just a fraction of the state's veteran population. The remainder of Virginia's 823,000 veterans have no way to show veteran status other than by presenting their discharge documents. The new Virginia Veterans ID Card is convenient and fits in a wallet, cutting down on Veterans having to carry the DD 214 military discharge document as identification.

Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, added, "Retailers and restaurants across the state offer discounts and other special promotions to veterans and military, especially around Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This is a winning situation for both veterans and retailers."

Veterans may apply for the cards in person at any DMV customer service center, DMV 2 Go mobile office, or online at http://www.dmvnow.com/. Each applicant needs to present an unexpired Virginia driver's license or DMV-issued ID card, the veterans ID card application, his or her DD214, DD 256 or WD AGO document, and $10. The card, which does not expire, will be mailed to the veteran and should arrive within a week. In the meantime, the temporary veterans ID card received at the time of the in-person application can be used as proof of veteran status.

DMV Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb stated, "We are proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Services to further Governor McDonnell's vision for more veteran-friendly programs in the Commonwealth. Most Virginians interact with DMV, whether through our website or by visiting a customer service center. And when they do, we hope Virginia's veterans take advantage of this convenient unique service for them."

Additional Contact for this release:
Department of Veterans Services
Contact: Anne Atkins
Phone: (804) 371-0441

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Parent Education Spring 2012


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We will have 5 questions each month. The answers will be in next months newsletter

  1. How many movie theaters are located in the city of Danville?
  2. The Festival in the Park event is held at what location in Danville?
  3. There are 4 trails linked together located in Dan Daniel Park, what are the names of the trails?
  4. How long is each of the walking trails at Dan Daniel Park?
  5. How many Museums are in Danville, VA and what are their names?

Last month's trivia!

  1. Who represents Danville in the United States House of Representatives? -Robert Hurt
  2. Who represents Danville in the Virginia House of Delegates? -Delegate Danny Marshall
  3. Who is Danville City Mayor? -Sherman Saunders
  4. Who is Danville City Manager? -Joe King
  5. Who is the Executive Director of Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce? -Laurie Moran

Answers next month!