OVER 40 TICKETS ISSUED SATURDAY FOR SEAT BELT VIOLATIONS
Greenville police conducted their third day safety belt roadside checks on Saturday at 4th and Franklin and later at Butternut and Idler. Police Chief Lou Lorton told WGEL that a total of 42 tickets were issued with all but two for failure to wear a seat belt. The other citations written were for no insurance and expired registration. Lorton said he would like to see more voluntary compliance and that the number of tickets his department has issued so far is higher than what they had anticipated. The roadside checks will continue periodically over the next week and are funded through a state grant.
FUTURE GENERATIONS MAY SEE DECREASE IN SENIOR SERVICES
With the decrease in funding the Bond County Senior Center has been experiencing the last few years, maintaining services could be a problem down the road. Anna Oestreich talked to WGEL about the generation currently receiving services and how this could differ for future generations. She said that there are a high percentage of people over 60 and the needs of that population are changing. This is the first year that the "baby boomer" generation is turning 60 and the needs of that generation are the same as the "sandwich" generation. Some are still raising children and caring for parents. There is a more diverse need for different types of services. And this will only increase as the baby boomers continue to reach that level and services are adjusted. After the boomer generation, the population of next generation is 20 million less.
The boomer generation is around 78 million with the next generation around 57 million. Oestreich believes that in terms of sustaining quality of life, it will be difficult to provide the kind of support that the boomer generation did for those generations before them. She also fears that unless a way is found to provide basic services for future generations that include our children and grandchildren, levels of assistance will not be sustainable. It will not only affect community services, but retirement benefits as well. Oestreich says there is a lot to consider and appreciates the support of the community in facing these challenges.
APPLE BUTTER AVAILABLE AT HOLIDAY BAZAAR
One of the most beloved aspects of the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary is the annual making and selling of the group’s famous-recipe apple butter. A total of 178 quarts of apple butter have been prepared for the Auxiliary’s 49th annual Holiday Bazaar. The apple butter was cooked in copper kettles and canned in October. Prior to the stirring of the apple butter, 60 bushels of apples were washed by members of the Greenville High School Key Club and students from the Greenville Christian Academy at Smithgrove Baptist Church. While it is unknown how long the apple butter tradition has been going on, it is believed to have started in the early 1960’s. The bazaar will be held Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Free Methodist Church on Route 140.