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Tidioute Area News In Brief

LINDA SCOTT

correspondent

scottie23@verizon.net

484-7525

Senior Center Menu

Thursday, March 27 will be soup and sandwiches, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 31 will be bacon cheeseburgers, dessert and beverages.

Tuesday, April 1 will be goulash, dessert and beverages.

Thursday, April 3 will be Lemon Pepper Fish, sweet potato fries, peas and carrots, dessert and beverages.

Monday, April 7 will be Chicken Tenders, Hash Browns, dessert and beverages.

Senior Center

Birthdays

Tidioute Senior Center will be celebrating the March Birthdays on Thursday, March 27 with Cupcakes made by Karen Konkle and Ice Cream that was made by the group.

Lenten Lunch

Wednesday, March 26 Lenten Lunch will be served at the Tidioute First United Methodist Church.

Lunch will begin at 11:30 and free to those who wish to come and join in the fellowship.

On Wednesday, April 2 lunch will be served at the Presbyterian Church at 11:30.

Once again these lunches are open to all who wish to come and are free.

Kids Movie Day

Tidioute Library will be showing a movie on Saturday at 1 p.m.

All children who wish to attend must be accompanied by an adult or have a signed permission slip.

Please call 484-3581 for more information, or stop by the library.

The library is open Monday and Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Health Fair

The 19th Annual Tidioute Health Fair will be held Saturday at the Tidioute Firehall from 7 a.m to noon.

Those wishing to have the comprehensive blood testing done need to fast for 12 hours, if you still need to make an appointment call Marty Bennett at 484-7372.

Warren General Hospital staff members will be doing the blood draws, all blood work will be sent to the lab in Erie for testing.

The comprehensive blood tests includes testing for Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Thyroid Function, Anemia, and Liver Disease.

Cost is $40 per person. Men have the option of a prostate cancer testing for an additional $17. There will also be an A1C test which will show blood glucose over a 2 to 3 month period for a cost of $10.

A1C testing is very important, if blood are running high and go untreated it can lead to many health issues.

There will be several informational and interactive displays.

Good Health is essential for everyone and this is a great opportunity to have things checked and at your doctors request the results can be sent to them.

Several free screenings have been set up as well.

Dog licenses

The Warren County Humane Society Paws Along The River will be at the Tidioute Health Fair on Saturday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to noon and will be selling licenses.

VFD Auxiliary

Tidioute Fire Department auxiliary members will meet on Sunday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m.

New members are always welcome. The only requirement is that you be the age of 18 or older.

Spring Fishing Show

The Seventh Annual Spring Fishing Show will be held at Brokenstraw Fish and Game Club on Saturday, April 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

There will be demonstrations, displays, fishing gear vendors, door prizes, bucket auction and great food.

Proceeds from this show will benefit the Trout in the Classroom and Morrison Run Watershed Restoration Project.

Trout in the Classroom is a great youth education project in our local schools. Trout Unlimited purchases all the equipment needed for a teacher to set up an aquarium to raise trout eggs, which are supplied by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The Cornplanter Chapter has raised and donated thousands of dollars to this project since its inception. Programs include one at Tidioute Community Charter School.

Spaghetti dinner

Tidioute Sports Boosters will be having a spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Cost is $8 and will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a beverage.

Boosters will be taking orders to go from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.. Delivery is available for residents of the towers.

Please call 814-740-0053 to place an order to go or for delivery.

Pierogi sales

Ladies Guild members are still making up their famous sauerkraut and potato and cheese and potato pierogi.

Cost is $5 for a half dozen and $8 for a dozen.

Orders may be picked up on Saturdays from 1 p.m to 5:30 p.m. at St. John Center.

On Saturday only, sales will begin at 11:30 a.m. and run till 5:30 p.m.

To order in advance call Fran at 484-7157 and leave a message.

Proceeds benefit St. John Church.

Adult Dance

There will be an Adult Dance for those over the age of 18 on Saturday, April 12, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Tidioute Firehall.

Music will be provided by the “The Brown Boyz.” Snacks will be available and it is a B.Y.O.B.

Cost is $10 per person at the door.

Birthday Calendar

It’s not to late to have your birthday, anniversary and community events put on the Community Birthday Calendar.

Members of the Tidioute Sports Boosters have taken over the project of putting the calendar together.

If you would like to have your family members listed contact Amanda at 730-3120 or Denise at 484-3202.

There is no cost to place the names on the calendar.

Sales of the calendar will begin by September.

Medical Center

Appointments

Tidioute Area Health and Dental Center is still accepting walk- in appointments.

Walk ins are welcome until 4 p.m.

The office is open for appointments Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Medical staff of Beth Davis, CRNP and Isaac Levari, M. D. are more than happy to assist you with you medical needs.

Dental staff is available from Monday through Friday 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. and one Saturday a month from 8 a.m. 4 p.m.

To make an appointment please call 484-3096 as appoints are encouraged.

Patriot of the Year

VFW Post 8803, Tidioute has recognized the first Patriot of the Year.

This year the honors went to Robbie Anderson, a master woodcarver from Sheffield. Anderson has shown his deep devotion and compassion for veterans.

Anderson’s goal in life is to bring awareness to all Americans the importance of military men and women and the sacrifices they and their families make for us every day. He has put his skill as a master carver to work by carving rifles which he has donated to several worthwhile causes such as Tidioute VFW Post 8803, Erie Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, Tidioute Knights of Columbus, Keystone Warrior Project, Rocky Mountain Elk Chapters, Ducks Unlimited, Pennsylvania Elks, Sheffield Fire Department, and carved trophies for the Tidioute Fishing Tournament, just to name a few, and carved and donated a Weatherly .30-06 rifle to the Warren County Veteran Affairs office. Funds raised from this raffle went towards the needs of local veterans.

Anderson’s focus eventually grew into concern for the well-being of veterans returning home, especially the paraplegics. For many, finding housing and jobs became impossible. So began Anderson’s true mission of teaching veterans, young and old, how to carve; perhaps going into business for themselves. Equipment needed to learn carving is inexpensive and the customer usually provides the item they want carved. Carvers also don’t need a large workshop. Ultimately, carving can be very therapeutic and provide lifelong enjoyment.

Present at the presentation was state Rep. Kathy Rapp who presented Anderson with a citation for his services.

Anderson received the Plaque for Patriot of the Year- presented by Lee Lindemuth, and an American Flag in a flag case also presented by Lindemuth.

Those who attended the ceremony were offered cake and coffee.

Bingo

PSCFT committee members will be holding Bingo on Sunday, April 6, at Buccardo’s Restaurant.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and the games begin at 2 p.m.

These funds raisers are what help keep the tournament here in Tidioute every year. Your support is needed to help make these Bingo games a success.

Addresses needed

Members of the VFW Post 8803 Ladies Auxiliary are seeking updates on the addresses for our troops.

The ladies would like to send our troops boxes for Easter.

Please send the new addresses to Doris Svitek, P. O. Box 105, Tidioute, PA 16351 or call her at 484-7218.

April birthdays:

1. Angela York, Andrew Shields, Sara Barton, Helen Nelson, Lori Klos, Diane Rondinelli, Luke Morgan

2. Jeremy Hart, Margaret Alberth, Caroline Stover Duke

3. Barb Downey, Bob Anderson, Jamie Molek

4. John Konkle, Brady Dashner, Bronwyn Davis

5. Al Vanderpoel P. E., Joe Sanderson, Scott Williams, John Robertson, Linda Reese

6. Jacinta Reese, Christi Nuttall

7. Shawn Weaver, Shawn Silvis, Amber Nicholson

8. William Charles Baker Jr., Emily Come, Christopher York, Amanda Fulkman, Joe Marotta

9. Nathan Schwab, Samuel Schwab, Jake Barton, Carol Nicholson, Joseph McLaughlin, Marian Dashner, Jeremy Smithers, April Zurkan

10. Denny Zuck, Denny Martin, John McCauley, Craig Snavley, Wade Adams, Doug Storer, Connie Peterson

11. Dayle Beck

12. Dave (Harv) Turner, Ryan Schwab, Matthew Nicholson, Linda Reed

13. Scott McKay, William F. Brown

14. Fran Stoneburg, Jimmy Konkle, Karen Craft, David Smithers, Christopher Molek

15. David R. Kane, Jennifer Nuttall, Christopher Shields, Alex Sabella, Danielle McCauley, Sue Gresham

16. Heather Higgins, Kathryn Sveda, Mark Williams

17. Jordan Wolford, Thelma Sabella, Marolyn Shaffer, Chris Martin, Eric Martin, April Gazalie, Melanie McLaughlin

18. Rob Konkle, Evan Duncan, Sally Sabella, Eugene Robertson, Wilma Watson

19. John Ziegler, Stephanie Jenkins

20. Ashton Frederick, Christian Baker, Lucas Sabella, Bev Morrison

21. Darlene Kowalski, Edgar Burris JR., Bob Degruttola, Stanley Kowalski, Kit Pascarella, Brandon Navarro

22. Mindy Colvin, Nancy Schwab

23. Jorge Navarro, Susan Robertson

24.Robbi Kitelinger, Billy Yeager, Candy Druggan, Jimme Williams, Charles Barton, Laurie Rehe, Jessica Nuttall

25. Camille Sizemore, Neva Matie, Jessie Higgins, Mary Huntington

26. Tara Gerus

27. Janet Dygan, Kathy Morrison

28. Kay Rison, Steven King, Sue Shields

29. Roxanne Pagley, Daryl Simons

30. Jenafer McKown, David Manning, Bonnie Spencer, Tommy Heenan

Up Coming Events:

26 Lenten Lunch at Methodist Church at 11:30

29 Tidioute Health Fair 7 a.m. to noon

Pierogi sales 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

30 Soup Taste Off at Tippy Canoe 12/1 p.m.

2 Lenten Lunch at Presbyterian Church at 11:30

Tidioute Area News in Brief

Senior Center Menu

Thursday, March 20 will be pulled pork, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 24 will be stuffed cabbage or stuffed peppers, your choice, dessert and beverages.

Tuesday, March 25 will be roast beef, dessert and beverages.

Thursday, March 27 will be soup and sandwiches, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 31 will be bacon cheeseburgers, dessert and beverages.

Call the center at 484-3020 to make lunch reservations or pick up a take out.

Food Commodity

Food commodity distribution from the Salvation Army will be on Monday, March 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Tidioute Towers.

For more information, call Russell Glenn at 484-1234.

Watson Grange

Members of Watson Grange will meet on Thursday, March 20 at the home of John and Deanna Hollabaugh.

Senior Center Update

On Tuesday, March 11 those attending the center had their blood pressure taken.

The prayer list was read, there are several members of the community/senior center that are having health issues at this time.

Members played 500 and Sequence.

The VITA site tax man was at the center on Thursday for assist in tax preparation.

On Thursday, March 13 there was the largest group in quite awhile with 28 attending and enjoying lunch.

Everyone wore green on Monday, March 17 in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Faith Francis and Dick Raybuck won the free lunches because they wore the most green.

Lunch was cabbage, carrots, potatoes and ham (boiled dinner) green jello salad, pistachio salad, Rolls, and cookies.

Chocolate and vanilla ice cream was made by Arletta Marsh and Randy Knight, the members will indulge in the ice cream on Tuesday.

Also, on Monday there were 22 members present for lunch and good socializing. Those attending received shamrock pins and pin cushions.

Birthday cards were prepared for those having birthdays and they were signed by those in attendance.

A reminder of the use of the TWAC bus. The bus comes to Tidioute every Friday morning to take people to Warren to shop. Cost is 25 cents every time you board the bus for those over the age of 60. For those under the age of 60 it is a bit more.

They stop at credit unions, banks, Kmart, Wal-Mart, and Dollar Tree just to name a few of the stops.

To ride the bus on Friday you need to call the TWAC bus at 723-1874 by Thursday. Always a day or two in advance.

It is never too late to start coming to the senior center. Only a call to Pat at 484-3020 by 9:30 or 10 a.m. to make a reservation for lunch. This reservation is a courtesy to Pat so she can have enough food prepared for all those who come for lunch.

If you don’t want to stay there and eat you can take it home it eat it, your choice.

TCCS Makes Billboard

Those traveling south on Route 62 should take moment to check out the great billboard that is just south of the bridge.

Students from Tidioute Community Charter School are featured on the billboard.

This is a collage of several students and events at the charter school.

We are still Tidioute Proud.

Sport Boosters

Members of the Tidioute Sports Booster are still compiling names for the community birthday calendar.

Plans are to have the calendar ready for sale during the fishing tournament in September.

Advertisers are needed. Ads will be $40 this year.

Information that has been on the previous calendar will still appear on the calendar unless you contact those who are working on the calendar.

If you would like to have your birthday or the birthday of a family member on the calendar, or the name of your business, contact Amanda at 730-3120 or Denise at 484-3208.

Ending Child Hunger

Students in Mrs. Buccardo’s Service-Learning class at Tidioute Community Charter School will be holding a food drive for the local food bank next month. Information will be sent home with students.

To kick start this upcoming event, the students are encouraging parents and community members to participate in the program “Ending Child Hunger”.

Through the Child Hunger Ends Here program, for every code entered from participating ConAgra Foods and P&G products, the monetary equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America, the nations largest domestic hunger relief organization.

This organization provides the food to Second Harvest, which is the provider of the food for our local food bank.

How to participate? Go to childhungerendshere.com (This goes on through the month of August). Some information and the link above are located on Ms Hamler’s Class Page on the school website on class pages-Ms. Hamler-Menu tab S-L Projects/Stop Child Hunger.

Where’s the code? Eight-digit codes are located on the back or side of specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G packages. Just look for the red push pin next to the code.

Find the red push pin and eight-digit code on specially marked packages. This is an easy way for anyone to participate and give to the local community. You don’t have to donate money or goods. Just look at the products you already buy.

Pierogi Sales

St. John Ladies Guild members are still making Pierogis and selling them on Saturdays from 1 to 5:50 p.m. at St. John Center.

Cost is $5 for half a dozen and $8 for a dozen. Choices are sauerkraut and potato, and cheese and potato.

Orders are being taken in advance by calling Fran at 484-7157 and leave a message.

On Saturday, March 29 only sales will begin at 11:30 and run till 5:30 due to the Health Fair at the Firehall.

Proceeds benefit St. John Church.

Troop Boxes

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 8803 will be packing Easter Boxes for our troops and would like to have your support.

They will be needing updated addresses of your military members so they can send them a box of goodies from home.

They will also accept items such as baby wipes, foot powder, hand sanitizer, wash cloths, power bars, granola bars, Ritz crackers, hard candy, cookies, nuts, chewing gum, beef jerky, cotton socks, D and C batteries, playing cards, mechanical pencils and erasers, lotion, creams, toothpaste, and toothbrushes just to name a few.

If you have an address, contact Doris Svitek, P. O. Box 105, Tidioute, PA 16351 or call her at 484-7218.

Lenten Lunches

Wednesday, March 26 members of the Tidioute First United Methodist Church will be hosting Lenten Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 2 lunch will be hosted by the members of the Presbyterian Church at the church starting at 11:30 a.m.

There is no cost for these dinners, come and join your friends.

Upcoming Events:

20 Lunch at Senior Center at noon

Watson Grange at 6:30 at Hollabaugh’s

21 TWAC Bus trips to Warren leave Tidioute a.m.

24 Surplus Food distribution 9 a.m. to 11 at Tidioute Towers.

Lunch at Senior Center noon

Tidioute Area News In Brief

LINDA SCOTT

Correspondent

814-484-7525

Senior Center

Thursday, March 13 will be Hot Turkey Sandwiches, dessert and beverage.

Monday, March 17 will be something green, Ham and Cabbage, desserts and beverages.

Tuesday, March 18 will be Fish, Potatoes and vegetables, dessert and beverages.

Thursday, March 20 will be pulled pork and soup, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 24 will be stuffed peppers/ stuffed cabbage,, your choice, dessert and beverages.

Tuesday, March 25 will be Roast Pork, dessert and beverages.

Thursday, March 27 will be soup and sandwiches, dessert and beverages.

Cost for lunch is $3 donation for those over the age of 60 and only $4 donation for those under the age of 60.

Please call Pat at 484-3020 to sign up for lunch.

Pierogi sales

Pierogi sales continue at ST John Church on Saturdays until April 12.

There are sauerkraut and potato as well as potato and cheese.

Cost is $5 per half dozen and $8 per dozen. Orders are being taken by Fran at 484-7157 please leave a message.

Orders can be picked up at St. John Center every Saturday from 1 p.m. till 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 29 only, sales will be conducted from 11:30 a.m. till 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the health fair.

Proceeds benefit ST John Church.

Sports Boosters

Tidioute Sports Boosters met last week and they have taken on the project of creating the Community Birthday Calendar.

They are seeking advertisers for on the front of the calendar. Ads will be $40 each

Anyone who would like to advertise or have their birthday or anniversary added to the calendar please contact Denise at 484-3208 or Amanda at 730-3120.

Plans are to have the calendar complete by July so calendar sales can be held during the Fishing Tournament in September.

All information that appeared on the previous calendar is still listed for the 2015 calendar. Calendars will start in early fall.

Senior Center

Those who attended the Senior Center on Monday, March 3, were treated to a very interesting program presented by Emily Zdarko, Marketing Coordinator, and Lynn Espin on the history of Rouse, both the man and the home.

One interesting fact was that Henry Rouse was a schoolmaster at Tidioute (1840-1844) before he opened a store in Enterprise.

The Rouse Home has grown over the years to now include: RehabWorks, Suites at the Rouse, Bridges Adult Day Services, and Rouse Children Center that is located in downtown Youngsville for daytime care for youth ages 1 to age 12.

Tuesday they brought out the beads for Marti Gras and the tables are decorated in a green theme.

On Thursday they welcomed Arlene Clinger back.

A thank you was read from the Rouse.

Members were reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour.

Health Fair

There are still a few openings left for the Comprehensive Blood Tests being done at the 19th Annual Health Fair on Saturday, March 29, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Tidioute Firehall.

Comprehensive Blood Test will check for heart disease, kidney disease, thyroid function, anemia, and liver disease. Cost is $40 per person.

Testing will be done for the A1C for a cost of $10 per person.

Men can choose to have the prostate cancer testing for an additional cost of $17.

Staff members from Warren General Hospital will be there to draw your blood for the tests.

There will be several organizations and businesses set up to assist you in your health care needs and answer any questions you might have.

Appointments can be made by calling Marty at 484-7372.

Food will be available after the blood tests.

PSCFT Auction

Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament committee members will hold an auction on Saturday, March 15, at Buccardo’s Restaurant.

Doors open at 2 p.m. the auction starts at 3 p.m.

Bring a friend and come and join the fun.

This fundraiser is helping to raise funds for the 55th tournament being held in September.

VFW Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8803 would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who donated to the Chinese Auction the auxiliary held at the Chili Cook Off on Saturday.

Once again it was a huge success with all the proceeds going for Cancer Research.

Chili Cook Off winners

This year there were new winners in the Annual Chili Cook Off at the VFW Post 8803.

In first place was Steve Rennick, second place was Dave Benner and in third place was Dave Volna.

There were 27 entries in all this year with some tough decisions for the judges.

Borough Council

Tidioute borough council met on Monday with six members present.

Police Chief Steve Vincent reported traveling 601 miles and handling 10 incidents.

He completed his certification for CPR.

Borough Manager Walt Snavley reported that Helen Perry resigned as an auditor. County conservation letter was read regarding the dirt and gravel road program.

A letter from Tidioute Lions Club reporting a total of 249,211 pounds of recycled material gathered and recycled this year.

Lee Lindemuth reported on the WWII Re-enactment set for Saturday, Aug. 2, at 3 p.m. A new company has been contracted for the fireworks. There will be a Media Day on Friday, Aug. 1, to coincide with the re-enactment.

Dog owners are reminded to clean after your pooch as council has been receiving several complaints once again on this issue.

Other issues brought are that sidewalks are not being cleared of snow and ice. This goes for business establishments that are not open during the winter. If you own the building, or are renting it you are responsible of the snow and ice removal.

Parents are reminded that there is a curfew and those under the age of 18 will be brought home to you if they are out after curfew.

Minutes from the previous meeting were accepted; bills were approved for payment; and the treasurers report was accepted.

Up Coming Events

15 Pierogi Sales 1:30 to 5:30 ST John Center

Auction at Buccardo’s 3 p.m.

20 Watson Grange 6:30 at the Hollabaugh’s

22 Pierogi Sales 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at ST John Center

Tidioute Area News in Brief

Senior Center Menu

Thursday, March 6 will be hot dogs, baked beans, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 10 will be lasagna, dessert and beverages.

Tuesday, March 11 will be hamburg gravy, dessert and beverages.

Thursday, March 13 will be hot turkey sandwich, dessert and beverages.

Monday, March 17 will be something green, dessert and beverages.

Call the center at 484-3020 to sign up for lunch.

Knights of Columbus

Tidioute Knights of Columbus will hold its monthly general meeting this Thursday, March 6 at St. John Center at 7 p.m.

All members are asked to attend.

Chinese Auction

VFW Post 8803 Ladies Auxiliary will host a Chinese Auction on Saturday, March 8 during the annual chili cook-off at the VFW Post Home.

Anyone wishing to make a donation of items for the auction may contact Barb Downey at 589-7508 or Beverly Stotler at 484 -3549 or you can leave the items at the Post Home.

Proceeds from this auction will benefit Cancer Research.

Pierogi Sales

St. John Church Ladies Guild will be selling homemade potato and cheese and potato and sauerkraut pierogis every Saturday beginning this Saturday, March 8 from 1 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. and ending on April 12.

Cost will be $8 per dozen and $5 per half dozen.

Advance orders are preferred by Thursday evening of each week.

Call Fran at 484-7157 to place an order. Leave a message. Walk-ins are welcome.

Purchases can be picked up at St. John Center in Tidioute every Saturday.

This fund-raiser benefits St. John Church.

Senior Center Updates

Jim Bees gave an update on his daughter’ s house fire and hospitalization and on his grandson, Jamie, who is still in the hospital due to the fire.

Members of the senior agreed to make a generous donation to a fund that is to help the Cross family to get back on their feet.

On Thursday, there were 23 lunches and 4 take-outs.

Birthdays for the month of February were celebrated with birthday cakes donated by Sue Rondinelli and Claudette Knight.

The 50/50 drawing was held and Marian Dashner was the lucky winner.

Secretary gave a report on the recent supplies purchased and the upcoming ice cream-making project; it was decided to purchase ice cream mix from the dairy.

Sports Boosters

Tidioute Sports Boosters would like to thank everyone that donated, bought at their concession stands, or bought raffle tickets.

It was a very successful basketball season and they met their goal.

They will be continuing to fund-raise over the spring and summer months and hope to get the community involved.

The corn hole boards winner was Tammy Thompson and the basketball blanket winner was Monica Morgan.

WWII Assembly

Tidioute Community Charter School students and staff members will be holding an assembly on Monday, March 10 starting at 9 a.m.

All World War II veterans and World War II enthusiasts are invited to attend this assembly.

They will recognize the Tidioute World War II veterans, there will be displays of WWII artifacts, veteran speakers and a skit preformed by the students in the 8th grade.

If you are planning to attend this assembly, plan to arrive at the school by 8:30 a.m. Monday, March 10. The program will be over by 10:30 a.m.

A1C Test for Diabetes

The hemoglobin A1C test is an important blood test used to determine how well your diabetes is being controlled. The A1C provides an average of your blood sugar control over a six- to 12-week period and is used in conjunction with home blood sugar monitoring to make adjustments in your diabetes medicines.

Hemoglobin is a substance within the red blood cell that carries oxygen throughout your body. When diabetes is not controlled, sugar builds up blood and combines with your hemoglobin becoming “glycated”. Once a cell has be glycated it stays that way. And since each A1C cell has a lifespan of about 4 months, your A1C sample include cells that are a few days, a few weeks and a few months old. As a result the test covers a span of about two to three months.

People with diabetes should have this test every three months to determine whether their blood sugars have reached the target levels of control.

If a person is in good control (under 7 percent) experts recommend checking at least two times a year.

For people without diabetes the normal range for the A1C test is between 4 to 5 percent. A1C levels between 5.7 and 6.4 percent indicate increased risk of diabetes and levels of 6.5 percent or higher indicate diabetes. The target goal for people with diabetes is less then 7 percent.

The higher the A1C the higher the risk of developing complications related to diabetes.

Patients with disease affecting hemoglobin such as anemia may get abnormal results. Other abnormalities that can effect the results of the A1C include supplements such as vitamin C and Vitamin E and high Cholesterol levels. Kidney disease and liver disease may also effect the results.

As important as the A1C test is, however, it is not a substitute for frequent self monitoring. Only regular blood sugar monitoring checks show you how meals, activity, medications and stress affects blood sugar at a single moment in time, as well as over the course of a stay or week.

In fact, without regular self-testing to provide day to day insights, an A1C result can be misleading. Because it gives a long-term view, a person with frequent highs and lows could have an average A1C that looks quite healthy.

To have this A1C testing done, you can call Marty Bennett at 484-7372 and get signed up for the Tidioute Health Fair set for Saturday, March 29 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Annual Health Fair

Tidioute will be hosting its annual Health Fair on Saturday, March 29 at the Tidioute Firehall from 7 a.m. to noon.

Warren General staff members will be drawing the blood needed for the different tests that will be include testing for heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, thyroid function, anemia and liver disease.

Cost for the blood test is $40 per person. A light breakfast will be available (for a donation to the fire department).

Men have the option of a prostate cancer testing for an additional cost of $17.

Also available will be A1C testing for diabetes for a cost of $10.

All blood testing requires 12 hours of fasting.

There will be several stations set up for some free testing such as body mass index, pulse ox, bone density, blood pressure, height and weight just to name a few.

Several organizations and businesses will have displays and perhaps a few give-aways. They will answer any questions you might have on health care and where you can find help.

To set up an appointment for the blood tests, contact Marty Bennett at 484-7372.

Auction

An auction will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. with doors opening at 2 p.m. at Buccardo’s Restaurant.

There will be several items up for bid with something for everyone.

This auction will benefit Pennsylvania State Championship Fishing Tournament.

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