by Debra Ferrell, Caswell Messenger

In Fred Smith’s absence, veteran Keith Newcomer led the April 26 meeting of the veterans’ breakfast meeting at the Caswell Senior Center. “Coffee and Conversation” is hosted by VFW Post 7316 and Caswell Senior Center in Yanceyville. This one-hour meeting (with a free breakfast from Central Caswell Ruritan Club) is held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the center.

The meeting last Wednesday reminded everyone of the need for Meals on Wheels volunteers. “It will be a reward to you to help others. Ninety-nine point nine percent of these people need and deserve meals,” Jeannine Everidge, Executive Director of Caswell Senior Center, explained.

She reiterated that there is a “desperate need” for volunteers. It only takes a couple of hours to deliver to people in the county. You can deliver once a month or as often as you like.

Everidge also told veterans that she is looking for volunteers for an upcoming project of mentoring young men who need a male figure in their life. “During the next month or two we’ll be setting something up.”

She also said a computer literacy class (no charge) will be starting up at the senior center with a possibility of a culinary class later on.

Right now there are a dozen or more ramps needing to be built this spring before it gets too hot.

Larry Coleman, Vice President, Administrative Services/Chief Financial Officer from Piedmont Community College, was the guest speaker in Veteran Service Officer Wanda Jones’ absence. She will be speaking at next month’s meeting about VA issues. Jones comes to the center twice a month to meet with veterans needing help with their benefits package.

During his address, Coleman provided a lot of helpful information about the CEAD project in Pelham (across from ABC and the Piedmont Triad Visitor Center). It is still in Phase I. “It’s early in the development steps…big project.”

Right now the project is costing more than $32 million. With inflation such as it is, that price will swell the longer it takes to raise money and complete the work.

Coleman also talked about the many courses PCC has that will get people into well-paying careers quickly and economically. “We’re targeting adult learning and industrial training.”

Special Events

*Special Olympics will be held on Friday, May 5, at the Bartlett Yancey Senior High School football field at 8 a.m. Members from VFW Post 7316 and American Legion Post 89 will post colors.

*First Friday in Yanceyville will be held Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., at the Yanceyville Pavilion. Unlimited Grace & Beyond Blessed will perform. Concessions will be for sale. The classic car cruise-in will be underway.

*On Wednesday, May 24, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a dedication ceremony for the Public Safety Memorial at the Yanceyville Municipal Building.

*On Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m., there will be a Memorial Day event at the Yanceyville Pavilion.

*Flags will be placed around the Yanceyville Town Square on Wednesday, June 14, in observance of Flag Day.

Other News

*VFW Post 7316 normally meets the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

*American Legion Post 89 meets the second Tuesday at 6 p.m. with a meal on May 9

*American Legion Post 210 meets on the 3rd Thursday at Co-Square

*American Legion Post 447 meets on the fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m.

*Semora Ruritan Club has a breakfast every 4th Saturday, 7-10 a.m.

*Bingo will be at the Cherry Grove Ruritan Club on Friday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.

*Central Caswell Ruritan Club Breakfast will be held 7 – 10 a.m. on the second Saturday (skipping May, next time in June)

*Semora Ruritan Club has a breakfast on the 4th Saturday, 7-10 a.m.

*Cherry Grove Ruritan Club will have bingo on Friday, May 12

*Next “Coffee and Conversation” will be held at Caswell Senior Center on Wednesday, May 24, at 9 a.m.

All veterans are encouraged to attend for great fellowship and to learn more about things that concern them.

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