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Diabetes group adds day support

To the editor:

This is our fifth anniversary as a diabetes support group in Williams. We would like to announce our new daytime diabetes support group meetings for those who would like to find out about diabetes that could not come to the evening meetings.

We will be starting a diabetes community awareness program at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 at the Williams Senior Center, 850 W. Grant Ave. It will be an opportunity to find out what diabetes is and how it can affect you. It is not only for those with diabetes, but also for those that would like more information.

Diabetes is an epidemic. The only way to stop this epidemic is through education and information. There are 18 million diabetics in the United States and growing. By 2020 and estimated 300 million people will have diabetes. The cost of treating diabetes is soaring. Between 1997 and 2002, the cost of treating America’s diabetics — in terms of medical expenditures and lost productivity — went from $98 billion to $132 billion, a 35 percent increase.

More than 90 percent of diabetics have Type II. In 1970, about 5 percent of children and adolescents were obese. Today nearly 16 percent are obese and in danger of diabetes.

We offer these meetings free of charge as a community awareness program. The meetings are sponsored by the Williams Diabetes Support Group to help make a difference in people’s lives through education and information. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Rose Marie Rincon

Williams Diabetes

Support Group

Decorations at city hall a treat

To the editor,

I just can’t help myself, but the spirit of the holidays is so overwhelming that I just thought I would drop a note to encourage everyone to behold the dazzling light display bestowed upon city hall. It goes without saying that whomever put it together must feel a great deal of pride in their work, the city, and the building that represents it. 

Such appreciation for the holiday season has (probably) never been expressed as conscientiously as from those strands of light. Happy Christmas!

Frank Mandia

Williams

Town thanked for giving blood

To the editor:

Thank you to everyone who has so generously and unselfishly donated blood for the past several years while I was the United Blood Services coordinator for our community. It has been very rewarding for me to coordinate this effort due to the wonderful donors who could always be counted upon to donate their precious blood.

After many years, starting out by helping Betty Larson, then assuming the sponsorship of the blood drive with the Williams Mountaineers 4H Club, and finally taking the responsibility on my own, I am stepping down as the Williams blood drive coordinator. It is good to know that the Williams High School Student Council will be handling the blood drives now, and I know you all will support them as you have me in the past.

Please be assured that your donations have saved hundreds of lives and will continue to do so. I have been inspired by your dedication to this cause and praise you for your continued effort to provide this very necessary service to mankind.

I would also like to thank the United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Forest Service for making their facilities available to hold the blood drives. The cooperation I received from these facilities was always terrific, and I never had to worry about where the blood drive would take place.

I thank you all for another wonderful experience in my life.

Carol DeLander

Williams

Legion gives thanks for help during holidays

To the editor:

The American Legion Post 13 would like to send a very special thank you to Frank Maryn for all his hard work Thanksgiving Day. Frank spent more than 12 hours at the Legion preparing and cooking all the food. We appreciate his dedication and hard work. Frank gave up spending the holiday at home with his family to help the Legion and the community. He cooked three turkeys plus made his delicious homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables. The dinner was a great success and the Legion served more than 50 people.

We would also like to thank Dan Foree and Sandi Rader who donated a turkey and cooked it for the Thanksgiving dinner. Charlie Bassett and Jan Taylor who donated and cooked a ham, turkey and some pies along with all of the women of the Ladies Auxiliary who donated dessert and side dishes. Thanks to everyone for help in cleaning the hall. It was a great day for our friends and neighbors and a very special Thanksgiving.

The Ladies Auxiliary thanks everyone who helped with the potluck dinner and 50/50 raffle this past Saturday night. Sandi Rader and Karma Lee arrived early to help prepare the barbecue pork. Thanks to all the women who prepared side dishes. It was a small group that enjoyed the potluck, but a happy one. We also sold $344 in raffle tickets to help the Williams Elementary-Middle School playground fund. The lucky winner of the 50/50 was Richard Corona.

American Legion Cordova Post No. 13 Staff

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