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Area Focu00z Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Page 7 SAMARITAN CENTER Christians Director Council was Monday with 7 present. Carol DNS, was in to offer an for residents concerns about they receive and issues of con- Gary shared with the results resident and family He also brought up to date matters. Fast, driver of the County mini the residents on Tuesday after- Nancy Burns and Lacey accompanied residents. Sights the way included "hundreds" of peli- at Talcott Dam, pup- it Tanya Buchholz's kittens at place and a gen- drive through greetings to who cele- her birthday on and to Milford who celebrated on Tuesday. assisting with activities this past week included Carolyn Benson with manicures and visiting, Chit Chat with Judy Tighe and Elouise Busswitz, Pastor Roy Williams with Sing/Praise, Jane Schultz and Virginia Schneider with Bingo and Beauty Shop, Pauline Rueter and Elffie Kopperud and Lillian Baarstad with music. Pastor Clinton Firstbrook of the Jeffer's Methodist Church con- ducted the Sunday wor- ship service. Department managers and Gary attended a meeting Wednesday at St. James to recognize 20 year employees with the Good Samaritan Society. Receiving watches in recognition of 20 years of employment with our facility were Annette Mischke (laundry depart- ment), and Nancy Nelson (certified nursing assis- tant and nursing secre- tary). Both have been excellent employees and often go beyond the nor- mal call of duty. Our facil- ity is proud to have them as part of the staff. Central Blood Services off a new promotion Central Blood of the American is kicking off a to encourage people to come to It will be giving gasoline (one for existing one for new donors, for staff]volunteers) Will be equal to one Worth of free gas. The Va]ueassigned to each cards will be deter- using the national of estimated annual usage during one year for the typical vehicle. presenting donors a new donor with receive two entries prize. Central Blood serves 104 counties of MN, StD, IA, and of winning are on number of Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to the Westbrook Community Center on Wednesday, July 28th, 1-6 PM. Walk in or make an appointment with Diana Rachuy, 274-6334. Better yet, bring a new donor along, and double your chances of winning free gas. Most important of all, however, give blood, a natu- rally renewable resource that cannot be artificially manufactured. Your blood is needed! PLANNING AN AUCTION? Household - Farm- Business Complete Auction Service Rich Reiner Springfield, MN. Phone 1-x------------M)7-723-5243 Call collect. following concerned & responsible and businesses support the churches, and their activities. Landscape center in S.W. Minnesota" S. 4th Street 629-3485 Tracy 23 Ph. 532-9430 Marshall Westbrook I Walnut Grove Nurse00oo. Funeral Home Westbrook, MN Phone 274-5464 ,.. Tracy, MN. elaone 629-4510 Walnut ( Clements, Sanborn, Revere, [#can, Westbrook, Avoca - MAIN 752-7352 507-274-6700 Westbrook, MN. 507-859-2161 Walnut Grove, MN Maynard's Food Center 274-5555 Westbrook, MN. Sentinel Tribune Westbrook, MN Phone 274-6136 1-800-41 O- 1859 Koblegard Auto 859-2220 Walnut Grove, MN. 507-859-2154 Grove, MN. 507-274-6700 MN Your local long term provider since 1961 149 First Ave. Westbrook, MN 56183 507-274-6155 Don't get caught with expensive late fees Going on a family vaca- tion this summer? Heading to the cabin for a long stint? Make sure that you have all of your bills and rental items up-to-date. That includes movie rentals and library returns. Late payment fees can add up quickly, and put you into a financial tail spin. "Many of us can miss a payment on one of our bills or be late in returning a movie rental from time to time, but making a habit of late fees can be devastating when 3'our budget is tight, especially when it comes to credit cards," said ,Jody Anderson, director of hous- ing and financial counseling for Lutheran Social Service. Late payments for credit cards are expensive. Last year, the average late pay- ment fee on a credit card was $31.44, up from $12.56 ten years ago, according to If you've checked out several movies and have forgotten to return them when they're due, the late fee can range in the dou- ble digits as well. Business owners who may work out of their homes need to be espe- cially vigilant. Some vendors of business-owned credit cards will charge a 10 per- cent late fee on the balance of a payment. What can you do to avoid late fees? Anderson suggests the following tips: *Have a weekly tickler file. Pick one day each week to look at your bills and see which ones you will need to pay that week. *Mail your payments early. Especially with credit cards, maib your check a week in advance to avoid any possibility of paying the late fee. *Pay your bills at your bank. These payments are automatic and go to credi- tors immediately, avoiding any possibility of a late fee. *Set up automatic pay- ments. Creditors get paid directly by your bank when the bills are due. It's conven- ient and you don't have to write a check or pay for stamps, which can save you up to $80 a year. Your bank may offer a "Bill Pay" serv- ice that sets up a selection of creditors for automatic pay- ments. Or, your creditor may offer to set up an auto-pay- ment for you. You would need to provide the creditor with checking account infor- mation. Be sure you under- stand how and when the payments will be made, and be sure to deduct those pay- ments from your checking account balance. If you know that you won't be able to make pay- ments on time, or are having trouble making your pay- ments at all, Anderson advises consumers to follow these important steps: *Call your creditors to see what options you have. Sometimes, creditors will change your due date to help you meet your payments, or lower fees if you've had a good payment histor): *If you don't get cooper- ation from your creditors and don't have enough money to cover your bills, prioritize them. Always pay your mortgage bill first, fol- lowed by car or other secured loans, groceries and utilities. If you're overwhelmed with financial problems and have gotten off track com- pletely, !,utheran Social Service (LSS) can help. LSS offers free budget counsel- ing, as well as personal debt management services through in-office appoint- ments, phone counseling or the Internet. LSS is a mem- ber of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). For more information, call 1- 888-577-2227 or visit www.lssmn.ordebt Katy Young and Barrelhouse performed at the Wilder Festival last Saturday afternoon. Wilder Festival will conclude with new performances this Saturday. Below the cast of Fragments of a Dream worked to build the church in one of the scenes of the Wilder pageant. This weekend will be the last performances of this years pageant. CLASSIFIED ADS WORK FOR YOU Auto & R.V. Repair Wheel A]ignment Glass Installed We have one of the South- west's most modern body shops, with separate paint- booth - all makes - KLASSE Sales & Service Westbrook, MN. 507- 274-6166 f We're you Steve & Eddi Almlie of Almlie Funeral Homes are here before, during and after your time of loss * Pre-Arrangements * Pre-Need Insurance * Funeral Costs * Deaths out of state Or just for any questions or concerns you may have. Feel free to call us anytime .... 24 hours a day. Our family serving yours... ALMLIE FUNERAL HOME 1"racy - Balaton - Westbrook (507)629-4510 j Meet Your Health Care Team Kelly J. Hoffman Family Nurse Practitioner Dedicated to the Work of Healing Jeffery Cassel, MD Family Practice | Vivien Jutsum Family Nurse Practitioner Musa Varwai, MD - Internal Medicine Kelly practices in Family Medicine, with a spe- cial interest in Pediatrics and Women's Health Issues. She has worked with Westbrook Health Center and Tracy Area Medical Services since 1997. Previous job experience ificludes working at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center from 1986-1988 as an RN in OB labor and delivery. From there she worked at the Redwood Falls Medical Center from 1988- 1997 as an RN in OB and ER care. * Emergency care 24/7 * Clinic Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. * Urgent Care, Saturday 9 aan.. Noon 507-274-6121 Outreach Specialty Services by appointment: Health Center *Cardiology, Urology, Podiatry, , Pulmonology, Psychiatry Call for information 507-274-6815