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.