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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - July 27, 2015, Aiken, South CarolinaCyan wooo Magenta Paoo yellow Poao Black 012908 by Derrek Asberry the South Carolina office on aging recently handed Down a Grant to the Savannah River site retirees association resource Center that will go toward further Center development. The Grant amounts to $49,520 and will help the Center provide services to sri retirees in disadvantaged outlying counties such As Allendale and Orangeburg. In addition the Grant will allow the Center to retain the services of its professional coordinator and train volunteers to counsel retirees seeking assistance and to Pilot the Center Model to be used to assist aging populations in other parts of the state. Agency director Yancy Mcgill who is also a former lieutenant governor of the state spoke about the Grant following a briefing by Retiree association leaders. Officials said the Center works to assist the More than 4,000 sri retirees residing in the Cora. Specifically volunteers have saved More than 600 retirees More than $300,000 in healthcare expenses since becoming operational in september 2014. Resource Center project director or. John Plodinec said the need for the Center became Clear when the association Learned that Many retirees were experiencing difficulties accessing their benefits due to a new annual Retiree healthcare stipend system created by sri contractors in 2013. Many of our retirees because of age or medical infirmities were simply unable to Access the online system and unable to gain reimbursement or payment of their healthcare expenses Plo Denic said. There was a need we needed to address. Retiree association president or. John Veldman added by signing Mcgills praises in under standing the needs of the Center. Director Mcgill was keenly interested in finding a viable Model that can serve other groups of our aging population in South Carolina who need help in an on line environment Veldman said. The resource Center is located in the lower Savannah Council of government office 2748 Wagener Road. The Center is staffed by More than 25 trained volunteers. Derrek Asberry is the sri beat reporter for the Aiken Standard. Aging office delivers Grant to sri retirees local news aikenstandard.com2a monday july 27, 2015 what do you think comment on this Story at , write to opinions Aiken Standard Box 456, Aiken . 29802 or Send an email to editorial Aike Standard. Com. By Maayan Schechter Aiken will celebrate its past present and future thursday with a photo auction to Benefit the United Way of Aiken county. Several months ago the City collected photographs taken by residents that highlighted their favorite parts of Aiken. More than 50 photos were submit Ted which will then be auctioned off in a silent auction. The auction will run from 5 30 to 6 30 . In the Confer ence room of the municipal building 214 Park ave., in conjunction with the Farmers Market in the Alley. The live auction will Fea Ture the top nine winners from this years photo contest said Emory Langston the Cit yes special projects coordinator. These Beautiful photos have been enlarged and stretched on frames. Bids will Start at $10 and bids for the winning photos will Start at $20 All proceeds will go toward United Way of Aiken county services. Aikens own coach to Kenny Thomas will serve As thursdays auctioneer. There is such a great diversity in the photographs that were submitted this year Langston said. This is a great Chance to pick up some one of a kind Art that would make great Christ Mas presents or anything presents. Most importantly this is a great Way to come out to sup port our local United Way. For More information please Call 803-642-7723. Maayan Schechter is the digital news editor with the Aiken Stan Dard. Follow her on twitter Maayan Schechter. Auction to help United Way in Aiken gunman in theater shooting had history of seeking revenge 8a Langston want to go what silent photo auction to Benefit United Way when 5 30 ., thursday where conference room of the municipal building 214 Park ave. For More information Call 803-642-7723 by Dede Biles one of Helga Hulsens most prize possessions is a Rose that a male prisoner created for her out of toilet paper. Its beautifully made even though he did not have any Art supplies she said. Hulse 93, received the Flower while she was teach ing music to inmates in the Chautauqua county jail in Mayville new York. She talked about her experiences there on sunday afternoon at the Aiken county historical museum. A talented pianist Hulse moved to Aiken in 2011. She was in her 80s when she worked for 3� years with the inmates in the Empire state. To Start with Hulse offered her program to female prisoners. I had a very close Friend who was a special agent with the Fri and he was the Cata Lyst in getting my first inter View with the sheriff Hulse said. I went in with a proposal that was abbreviated to the salient Points and had a Good one hour conference with him. I told him what i intended to do. We decided on a portable keyboard be cause i needed something that was Mobile and because pianos provide some very dangerous components like wire and Metal that could be used in a criminal manner. Hulsens goal was to improve the inmates lives. I wanted to instill a sense of self esteem in those ladies so they could learn and make connections with Beauty she said. Hulse showed them How to play songs on the keyboard and singing also was part of the program. The first year we had a major recital at the first Baptist Church of Mayville Hulse said. We advertised it in the newspaper and we had 200 outsiders come. I had students who played the keyboard and i had people who Sang because i had developed a choral group by then. We also had some skits. Six months after beginning her lessons at the jail Hulse asked the sheriff and jail officials if they had seen any changes in the prisoners. They mentioned that the inmates were More tractable and that they were getting along with each other bet ter she said. They believe How different they were after making a connection with the music. Hulse expressed an interest in teaching the male prison ers too and the answer was yes. The men especially enjoyed playing the three guitars that she brought to the jail. I was a grandmother Type of person to them i was in no danger Hulse said. In the two years that i worked with them never was an invective spoken. They were always very respectful and i always addressed them As gentlemen. I wanted to let them know that they were worthwhile. Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since january 2013. A native of Concord n.c., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aiken resident revisits time teaching music to inmates staff photo by Dede Biles Helga Hulse talks about her experiences teaching music to inmates at the Chautauqua county jail in Mayville new York at the Aiken county historical museum on sunday afternoon. She is holding a Rose that one of the male inmates made for her out of toilet paper. Staff photo by Dede Biles Helga Hulse shows some of her mementos from the time she taught music to inmates at the Chautauqua county jail in Mayville new York. Staff photo by Dede Biles Brenda Baratto left executive director of the Aiken county historical museum presents Flowers and a cake to Helga Hulse. A s 35 -1 34 02 99 a s 35 -1 34 02 99 a s 35 -1 34 02 99 a s 35 -1 34 02 99 after All these years we still buy Gold. 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