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March, 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, March 23, 2012
 
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Cherie Sibley

Chief Operating Officer
Danville Regional Medical Center

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DACCS Announcements!
April Meeting
Friday, April 27, 2012 

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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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OUR EGG HUNT FOR YOU
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

Eggs have long been a symbol of new life in the spring. In America, the Easter egg hunt finds its roots in the 1700s when German immigrants brought the tradition to Pennsylvania. Today, the traditional egg hunt thrills children everywhere.

We at Social Security would like to serve up our own Easter egg hunt. Instead of eggs, we challenge you to hunt for our most popular online services. Our online services are almost as easy to find as they are easy to use! Let us lead you in the right direction: begin your hunt at www.socialsecurity.gov. Here are some of the good eggs worth discovering.

  • The Retirement Estimator provides an instant, personalized estimate of your future benefits. In just minutes, you can have a nice ballpark figure of what to expect in future benefits.
  • The Online Retirement Application lets you complete your application for Social Security retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. Better yet, you can apply from the comfort of your home or office at a time most convenient for you. There's no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. It’s so easy.

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Winner of the DANVILLE SOCIAL SECURITY
SWEETHEART ONLINE SERVICE DRESS CONTEST

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JOB FAIR

National College at 336 Old Riverside Dr. is holding a Job Fair on Tuesday April 10th from 10:00am till 1:00pm. Open to the public and everyone is welcome!

Any questions call 434-793-6822.

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STRENGTHENING THE FAMILY

Strengthening Families Program - Sessions start Monday April 23, 2012 at West Main Baptist Church. The session will be on Monday and Tuesdays evenings From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The program is for families with YOUTH AGES 6-12

The program offers FREE Meals and participants can earn a $100 PRE-PAID VISA CARD for their family if they have no more than one absence during the program.

Parents and Children must attend together.

Parents and youth strengthen family bonds through games, activities and discussions.

We provide childcare and transportation as needed.

For more information or to register call Jennifer Finney (434) 797-3981 Ext. 15

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A FREE program series for those concerned with Cancer Prevention

The Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force, is pleased to offer the third and fourth programs in the free series on Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, April 17, from 11:30-1:00, at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Ratia Kirby, MS Nutrition, Health Information Specialist with the Health Information Advocacy @ Your Library Program will speak on Nutrition: Myths & Facts in the two final programs in the series. These informative and fun programs have been so successful in S. Boston and Halifax; they are being presented throughout the Southside area. Do you know what is a nutritional myth and what is a fact? Come and find out. Please bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert are provided, and reservations are requested. Call to make a reservation 434-766-6650, Charlotte Litzenberg or Melanie Vaughan, or email cllitzenberg@vcu.edu.

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Our Children Need YOU to Participate in Bowl For Kids’ Sake!

Kids’ Sake. It's not about bowling. It's about kids. Bowl for Kids' Sake is an easy and enjoyable way to make a positive difference. Everyone can get involved as a bowler on a team of family members, friends or co-workers; or as a sponsor. If you care about kids and can spare a little time for fun, then Bowl for Kids' Sake is right up your alley!

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is about having fun to help kids continue on a positive path.  By supporting Big Brother Big Sisters of Danville Area, you can Start Something BIG in our community – more Bigs and Littles can be matched, more friendships can be gained and improved outlooks on life can be started. 

Why is Bowl for Kid’s Sake so important to the youth of Danville and Pittsylvania County?  Reaching our goal of $45,000 will allow us to continue to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  One adult, one child, measurable results.  Independent research has shown that a Little Brother or Little Sister who is matched for one year or more is more likely to graduate high school, attend college, and to show more respect to adults.  The money raised stays in our community and goes directly toward recruiting, enrolling, matching and sustaining each volunteer/child match. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area is a true change agent, committed to providing an adult mentor for every child who needs or wants one, ages 6-14. Mentoring is a proven strategy that changes how our children grow up in America by meeting critical needs of our region’s children and engaging all levels of community. We help children build the attitudes and behaviors needed to stay in school, succeed academically, make healthy choices, create promising futures and contribute to the economic development of their community.  At the 2012 National Mentoring Summit this month In Washington, DC, Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation said, “There is an unmet need for programs in our communities to help combat the dropout rate and provide pathways for young people to gain the knowledge and skills that will put them on the road to stable employment and meaningful lives.”  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area meets that need.\

Register now for Bowl For Kid’s Sake. It’s easy.  Go to the Big Brothers Big Sisters website, www.biglittledanville.org.  Form a Team of 4, collect $100 per bowler in pledges, and be ready to have a good time!  You will get a Free game, Free shoe rental, Free t-shirt, and a chance to win lots of Great Prizes!  Your Team will Change a Child’s Life!  Don’t wait – register online today and start collecting pledges.  You can collect pledges online, too.  It’s easy to raise $100 if you start today.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake
March 24, from 1:00-4:00
Riverside Lanes, Danville
For questions or more information about the event,
call Melanie Vaughan 434-710-2754 or email melaniebbbs@dancom.com.

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New independent living services come to Danville

By: TARA BOZICK | GoDanRiver.com
Published: February 29, 2012

Services to help people with disabilities live independently will return to Danville.

The Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services awarded Blue Ridge Independent Living Center in Roanoke a $100,000 contract to establish satellite operations in Danville and Martinsville to help individuals with disabilities through services like peer counseling, independent living skills training, information and referral and advocacy, according to a news release.

The new services, known as Independent Living Services for the Piedmont Area, would serve people in Danville and Martinsville and Pittsylvania, Henry, Patrick and Franklin counties.

Of the funding, $30,000 — $15,000 in Danville and $15,000 in Martinsville — is available to help with home modifications, like installing grab bars or ramps. The rest of the funding pays for staff and office space.

The entity that had provided these services in the region in the past has dissolved, and Blue Ridge remains confident it will provide services through 2013, said Blue Ridge Independent Living Center Executive Director Karen Michalski-Karney.

Blue Ridge wanted to ensure the region’s access to services, but would like to establish an advisory board in the area that it hopes would become a board of directors of an independent nonprofit that would then provide the services, she explained.

If anyone is interested in serving on the advisory board, call Sto Belongia at the Danville office in Piney Forest Shopping Center at (434) 791-2006. Call the Martinsville office at Patrick Henry Community College at (276) 656-5476.

For more information, call Blue Ridge ILC at (540) 342-1231 or 1 (866) 244-0740.

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Vietnam Veterans "Welcome Home" Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway

On March 31st, the American Legion Post 325 Family, along with American Legion Posts 1097 & 29, the VFW Post 647 family and other Danville area sponsors, would like to invite area Vietnam Veterans to ride along with us, at no charge, to participate in the Vietnam Veterans "Welcome Home" Celebration at Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a long overdue celebration of the selfless sacrifice made by so many. We will depart Danville, by bus, from the Kmart parking lot, with police and motorcycle escorts, on the morning of March 31 and return that evening, Refreshments will be provided.

Transportation and tickets will be free of charge to Vietnam Era Veterans on a first come, first serve basis, so DON'T WAIT, SIGN UP NOW!!! Contact the following sponsors to sign up today:

American Legion Post 325     (434) 836-5132
American Legion Post 29       (434) 799-6993
American Legion Post 1097   (434) 793-7531
VFW Post 647                     (434) 822-0042

To help sponsor this event, please contact: Rob Phelps, Commander American Legion Post 325 (336) 504-7069 or lpost325@verizon.net

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Keeping Well in Mind, Body and Spirit:

A FREE program series for those concerned with Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

The Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force, is pleased to offer the third and fourth programs in the free series on Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, April 17, from 11:30-1:00, at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Ratia Kirby, MS Nutrition, Health Information Specialist with the Health Information Advocacy @ Your Library Program will speak on Nutrition: Myths & Facts in the two final programs in the series. These informative and fun programs have been so successful in S. Boston and Halifax; they are being presented throughout the Southside area. Do you know what is a nutritional myth and what is a fact? Come and find out. Please bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert are provided, and reservations are requested. Call to make a reservation 434-766-6650, Charlotte Litzenberg or Melanie Vaughan, or email cllitzenberg@vcu.edu.

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

  1. Where did Dr George W Dame hide $2,000.00 when the Federal troops took over Danville in 1865?
  2. What significance did Danville and the Sutherlin Mansion play in the last days of the Civil War?
  3. What monument was placed in the Green Hill Cemetery in 1878?
  4. Alfred S. Roe wrote a small booklet about his experience in Danville. What was so special about his stay here?
  5. During the Civil War what type of buildings in Danville were used as prisons for the Union Soldiers?

Last month's trivia!

  1. Who is the outstanding metropolitan star from Danville and where is a park named for her located? - Camilla Williams, Memorial Drive
  2. Who is Wendell Scott and why is he famous in Danville history? - First black race car driver on the NASCAR circuit
  3. What African American baseball Hall of Famer brought black All Stars to play an exhibition game at Peter's Park? - Jackie Robinson
  4. Who portrayed Wendell Scott in the full length movie about his life? What is the name of the movie? - Richard Pryor, Greased Lightening.
  5. What George Washington High School graduate played for the Detroit Lions? - Herman Moore

Answers next month!