The Times Record from Troy, New York on January 10, 1976 · Page 8
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The Times Record from Troy, New York · Page 8

Troy, New York
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Saturday, January 10, 1976
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8_.. The Times Record. Saturday. January 10. 1976 THE TIMES RECORD LIFESTYLE Ann Schumacher's f Life Goes On Senior funds face drastic cuts First the good news: President Ford signed the Oilier Americans Acl Amendments of 1975 extending the acl until 1978. This increases the authority of the Administration on Aging and Slale and Area agencies toproridc services toold people and expands the lypes o[ services that can be given. Now the bad news: President Ford has also recommended drastic funding cuts for services under the act, in effect taking with or.e hand what he gave with the other. .More bad news: possible reductions are also threatened in Ihe percentage received by New York Stale under Ihe federal act, because of population shifts away from theslale I though nol necessarily among the older population segments). What will be the effects? New York Slale as a whole presently receives about SIC million for OAA services senior centers, clubs, nutrition and related supportive services. If the President's recommendation of a $125 million federal ceiling is accepted, a cut of SO to 35 per cenl will result. That means the stale will get between 56.5 ar.d $7 million this year. According to NEWS, a publication of Ihe Stale Office for (he Aging, the stale's Nutrition Program (meal's on wheels and congregate ealingl could tie reduced by hall a million dollars. Cnn anything be done? Yes. The funding for li;eseprojecls is no; yet set. It is being considered in (he House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations as hill number NR 6069. To write in support of the SIM million funding level sol by Congress in an overwhelming show of suppor( for continued grow th in aging services (Ihe vole »as 49Jto 6 with the Senate unanimously in favor of increased funding), address your teller-to-(he Committee on Appropriations, House Office Building, Wellington, D.C. 2UilO. Write your congresspeople at the same address, The O.A.A. Amendments se! up a r.c-w Title IX authorizing Ihe cslablislirr.enl of a three year employment program for low income underemployed people over 55. Funding for this program Is also in jeopardy since it is not a high priority. Also drawing criticism from President Kord is an Age Discrimination Acl of 1975, which was added lo .(he amendments to the OAA in an altempl lo prohibit age discrimination in federally funded programs beginning after ll.O.U.S.E. NEWS: Rensselaer Organizations United for Senior Endeavors gathered si Wynanlsfcill's First Reformed Church Wednesday morning for a very busy and informative meeting. Helen Ames of Troy was named as the new treasurer replacing Marion Lantz. »ho recently passed away. New Heailh and Safety Commitlce Chairperson Hulh Bearup was welcomed and reports of Ihe various committees were made. Legislalive priorities for 1976 were discussed ar.d voted upon. These will be reported in subsequent weeks. FINALLY A STATE DmECTOR has been named for the 01- fice for Ihe Aging of .New York. After about a year and or.e hali without a permanent director, the office will'be headed by Lou Cilasse. named this week by Governor Carey to replace acting director Jerry Billings Class?, whose appointment was greeted enlhusialically by agency representatives across the slate, rose through the ranks herself. She is a former area agency director (like nur County Commissioner Paul Tazbir I knows'lhe problems she'll te dealing with thoroughly. "She's a very dedicated and enlhusiaslic individual who lias her heart ar.d soul in the job," according to Tazbir who has worked with licr on many occasions. Glasse is also the mother of (wo leenaged daughters and wife of a Vassar professor. NO INTEREST LOANS are now available to seniors (hrealened wilh service cul · o[(s because of non - payment of fuel bills. Loans are also available for home improvements that will help save energy. Renwelacr Counly residents needing assistance ol these sorts can gel help through REEPS i Rensselaer Counly Emergency Program for Seniorsi. If your home could use weather stripping, caulking, window sheeting or other fuel saving devices, call your local senior center for help. MAY I HELP YOU? Thai's a phrase Rensselaer County Court House visitors will hear from senior volunteer recep- lionisls who will he stationed on the third floor four hours a day fwgiraing this month. Eight volunteers have already signed up for Ihe SHARE job at the court house, lo be coordinated by Susan Bonesteel, former chairperson of the ROUSE Com- nnmily Service Commiltee that sponsors SHARK. If you are interested in serving Ihe county about once a month or so idepending on the number who volunteer) as a receptionisl. sifin up al the Department for the Aging or attend (he nrganizadonal meeting and orientalion session scheduled Wednesday at 1:50 p.m. in conference room A on the third floor of Ihe court house building COURT IIOl'SE VISITORS will also enjoy Ihe artistic efforts of senior cilizens affiliated with (he Kennedy Towers painting group, who are exhibiting Iheir work for sale and decoralion on Ihe third floor until April first, when the show will he rotated so another senior cilizens group can display its work Hickey-Pettit ·lulia Ann Hlckey. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hickey of Hound Lake, is Thomas Peltlt. son of Mrs. M a r i o n 'Point o l (iloversvillc. Xo wedding date has been set. The bride - elec! Is a graduate of Shenendehowa Central High School and is employed by Macrodync Inc. it Scteectedy. The fulure bridegroom, a graduate of Gloversvllle High School, ii employed by G e n e r a l E l e c t r i c C o . . Srhenccljdv. I-'OR THOSE COLD JANUARY DAYS AHEAD - Jear.elte Lirson models a knit hat and matching scarf. Milday's three piece ensemble is cotnplele with a turlleneck dickie. (AP l.aserpholo) KNIT FASHION - Jeanetle Larson models the latest in winter'fashion in New York as she spoils a knil hat and matching scarf, provided by Ihe Millinery Institute of America. (AH Laserpholo) A black school superintendent talk6 about her job By DAN HALL Associated 1'rcss Writer IIAH'ITOHD (AP) -- Being one the nalicn's few black women siliool Mipi'rinlendcnis ui large cilies is no big deal lo Dr. Edyllie J. Guides. She believes it is more significant- that so many |eople usMimc because of her title (hut she is a man. "When I say 0:1 the phone 'Dr. Gaines calling," the reply ;ilm».-t imviruihly is: 'Put HI.M on," she complains. Helping to break stereotypes Is one of her causes. Too often youngsters ;ire labeled "you a re dumb or you a re young so you can't learn," she said id an interview. Dr. Gaines. 53. rose in 28 years from English teacher to program dlreclor In the'rough-and-fumble New York City system, and the arl of communication is her forte. "language is the key thing," slie soys, und she communicates it wilii enthusiasm Hut turns the interview into a tiis cussioii. Her favorile word is "sphygm'os." she siiys. and she springs il on a lislmtr to prove a point: It is giliberisli to most ]iuo))!e until one cxpkiins il means pulse, t And teachers can'l explain to their p'jjiils Die bnuorlanci 1 of LI strong sphygnios uniil they know whit a sphygmos is. Convinced thai pupils often are not taught the meaning of m.iny wunls used in classroom instruction -- particularly in city schools with ethnic gaps between many (eachurs and pupils--she is Iryinj! lo refocus teaching methods in the TO.OOO- |):;j)il .sysiem skirling uilli English. S!K conchies thin the approach itself is difficult lo explain lint miiiniuins: "We're on to something terribly, terribly significant." "When I say on the phone 'Dr, Gaines calling," the reply almost invariably. is: 'Put hint on," complains Dr. Edythe Gaines, one of the nation's few black women school superintendents, Stressing Uial the problem Is by no means limited to city schools, she added. "II we liti this thing it will be brilliance time (as well) for suburban kids, kids in Ihe upjier-middle class." Vitality is her trademark and it often helps her win argu- menls. Sometimes, however, her enllnisiasm fails to move her audience. On a recent radio interview she commented ihat school discipline problems in HLirllord were no worse ihan in oilier cilies. A giuiji of students from Harlforfl High coniphiiiod lo tl:c Cation Lhiit she apparently wasn't aware Ilial 100 or more of ilieir fellow students spend more lime prowling Uiehalls Uuui in class." Dr. Gaines, me child of a well-lcHlo family, moved up Hie school administration ladder (o principal in I960, community Minorfcilondenl in 1967 and Hartford's first black and first female superintendent last July 1. Hartford and Oakbnd, Calif., arc among lite fisw large Family doctor makes a comeback JULIA HICKKY' CIIEVERLY. Md. [API The old-time family doctor is on his way back. Ten young doctors are being trained at Prince George's" County Hospital here in a ihree-year program to do everything general practitioners once did: deliver a baby, sel a broken arm. lake care of a weak heart, even make a house call in the middle of Ihe night. They are doing il (o become recognized specialists In medicine's newest ar.d oldest field: family practice. T)ic residents arc develop- inn their s k i l l s at the hospital's Family Health Care Center, which is planned lo care lor 700 families or single persons. Warlene Gray of Hyattsville is one county resldenl who didn'l have a family doctor before sf-.e came to Ihe center. She had gone from one doctor lo a n o t h e r , seeing specialists who sometimes threatened lo charge her an extra fee Is If she spent more than 15 mlnules will] ihcm, she said. She was assigned lo Dr. Kllvvnod Holland, a Jifr.e graduate of (he Georgetown Medical School and a first- year resident al Ihe center. He talked to her in delail about her medical history, discussed her test results arid X-rays and nrcscirbed a treatment. She' will be one of his patients during (he three years he is at Ihe center and - since he plans to practice In the co'.mly - she can go on seeing him later. · "We are attempting to prevent the (ragmenlalion of care." said Dr. Richard J. Lilly, chief of Ihe'hospital's new Department of Family Practice ar.d Ihe leader of the five-year struggle lo establish the center. ' "We .ire allempling lo duplicate what a man will do in his office for Ihe rest of his Hie. You 'wanl to kocp everything in one place at one lime." Lilly emphasized thai the Prince George's Family Center is not meant lo compete wilh private doctors. Or. Albert Roth, program coordinator for the center, said charges would be comparable lo the "usual and customary lee" charged by a physician. Lilly predicted (haf health care at the center w o u l d c o s t l e s s t h a n emergency rqom or outpatient care. He r e a s o n e d t h a t Ihe center's doctors would know their p a t i e n t ' s medical histories and therefore have rio need lo practice "defensive medicine" - ordering extensive, often unnecessary losls which Ihe patient must pay lor. Family practice, bolh the oldest and youngest medical field, has had a board of ccr- 'lilying examiners only for the lasl six years but is generally recognised as Hie successor In the traditional general practice. IJIIy expressed his hope of bringing general practice back into h o s p i t a l and medical school leaching staffs by gelling (he Held recognized as a specialty. The program al Prince George's General has been generously aided through federal, slate and local fun- dings hy agencies wliich view family practice as Ihe answer lo the ilnclor shorlage now plaguing rural areas and Inner rilies. United States cities with black women in such jobs. Dislricl of Columbia Supt. Barba'ra Sizcmore, Ihe first toucliieve thai distinction, was fired Oct. 10 after being accused of failing lo carry out board directives ar.d neglecting her duties. Small but, Dr. Gaines chooses to talk with a visitor side-by-side at a table in her neat office rather tiun from her large desk. Pieces of her African url collect ion sk oiia bookcase alongside a husl of former President Jolin f. Kennedy. A plaque a Gaines profile from the New York Times is prominent on wull and hanging plants add splashes of green lo the higli walled room. One of her early acts as superintendent was lo have the entrance of the drab brick administration building painted a brlglil red. adding the words "al the hub" over Ute door to stress its position al the center of the city school network. She quickly became active in Hartford life, recently being chosen a director of the Hartford National Corp. and Ihe Hartford College for women. She and her electronic-engineer husband showed their spacious Harlford house during a fall ''j'.ir of city dwellings. She sets herself as an educational problem-solver and says she c-.mnot recall when her sex or race was a drawback. "I don't look into Ihe mirror in the morning pud exclaim: I'm black or I'm a woman," she is fond of saying. But for several years in New York City she was the focus accusalions ltat some black observers altribtited (o foars among certain while educators Iliat she was in line as the system's next chancellor, The accusations focused on her role in the awarding of a S23o,(XX) Board of Education contract in 1970 to a computer linn wilh which her brother was associated. An independent investigation by a private lawyer, completed alter she left New York for Harlford, slated Hie contract decision "was motivated solely by the desire lo improve standards of education In school district J2." She was district superintendent when it was awarded, "I enjoy education problem-solving," she said. Rut one problem she finds frustrating is on apparent loss o[ faith in the influence of education lo open doors to job advancement. She argues tltil education can do the job, hul Hint school hoards must accept the fact it will cost more money. "You will find school boards very reluctant to invesl money in teachers," she salil. 'There is no cheap svay to heaven." On food allergies in children Food allergies In relation lo Monday at 8 p.m. in the child development problems cusseil by Dr. -Itulh Sabo. a s s i s t a n t p r o f e s s o r o f developmental psychology at Albany Slale University, at . school cafeteria. sr= Dr. Sabo received her Ihe mccling of the, Sacred n -°- in developmental psy Heart Women's Club of Troy tlm'W from the University ol Michigan. Dl SIENA FURNITURE APPLIANCES HSBwjodUil. «v. M*d»nicvill 664-7385 OPEN SUNDAY 1P.M. to 5 P.M. MARCAL FACIAL TISSUES fir* for* FLOUR RntFtm MAKAIHK 39*,, DHMONII JUICE KOMOAQTKUS ORANGE JUICE M " :

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