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❖ Cards & Games
❖ Evening Dances
❖ Golf
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❖ Tap Dancing Lessons
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What safety precautions can I use to prevent being a victim of a crime during the busy holiday season?
Here are a few safety tips for shop- ping at a mall or shopping centers. Avoid shopping alone; try using
the buddy system whenever possible. Be sure to find a brightly lit and well- trafficked area for parking. Always lock your vehicle and place valuables in a secure place out of sight.
Make sure to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Walk with confi- dence, pay attention, don’t look like
a victim. Make a conscious effort to remember where you parked and have your keys in hand prior to exiting the shopping area to return to your vehicle. If possible put your packages in the trunk of your car or cover them with a blanket.
Carry your purse close to your body or if possible, don’t bring a purse. Try keeping a wallet in a front or zipped pocket. If you have a purse don’t leave
it unattended in a shopping cart even if it’s only for a second. A second is all the suspect needs to grab it. Do not carry large amounts of cash and try to bring just one credit card. Do not count cash in open areas.
Be aware of your environment and pay close attention to where you are and have a plan of what you would do if something happened. When you enter a store make sure to know where you are in the building and always know where the nearest exit is located.
Remember if you see something sus- picious notify security or law enforce- ment immediately.
If you prefer to shop online make sure to only use internet sites of compa- nies that you know and trust. Make sure to only use secure websites. You can determine if a website is secure by look- ing for a key or closed padlock at the bottom browser window and a URL that begins with “https,” not just “http.”
Do not give out your personal infor- mation without reading the retailer’s
privacy policy. Never provide your Social Security number, birth date, or mother’s maiden name.
Before shopping online ensure that you have the latest anti-virus software installed on your computer. Do not fall victim to e-mails that offer cut-rate prices on fashionable items. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Do not be ashamed or embarrassed
to report that you have been a victim of an online scam. The thieves are so tricky and manipulative even law enforcement can become victims of online scams. I regret to say I have been a victim of an online scam. No one is immune from cyber-crimes.
Along with the winter holiday’s come winter weather. Make sure to be prepared during inclement weather and brush up on your driving skills.
Driving too fast for the road condi- tions is the number one cause of traf- fic crashes during inclement weather. Drivers should be prepared to reduce their speed in winter weather months.
Drivers should make sure to keep tires at the car manufacturer’s recom- mended pressure. Tire pressure changes during the cold weather.
Make sure to keep windshield solvent full and make sure your wiper blades are in good condition.
Remove ice and snow from all lights, windows, and license plate before driv- ing.
Prepare a winter driving survival kit with items such as a blanket, extra win- ter coat, pants, hat, boots, gloves, and socks; nonperishable food; flashlight with batteries; dry container of matches; jumper cables; tow strap; first aid kit; shovel; salt or kitty litter; road flares; spare tire and jack.
If you become stranded during a win- ter storm call from your cell phone; stay in your vehicle and wait for help.
Remember to keep your fuel tank near full to prevent the fuel line from freezing.
I wish all of you, Happy Holidays, safe shopping, safe travels, and a Happy New Year!
Trooper Kristi Angelo, MSP
Thomas J. Unger, ACSW Patricia D. Slayton, RN, MSN
5350 Beckley Rd, Suite D
(Side door of Southern Michigan Bank & Trust)
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas!
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Social Security Q&A
Question: Is it true that if you have low income you can get help paying your Medicare premiums?
Answer: If your income and resourc- es are limited, your state may be able
to help with your Medicare Part B premium, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts. State rules vary on the income and resources that apply. Contact your state or local medical assistance, social services, or welfare office, or call the
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If you have limited income and resources, you also may be able to get help paying for prescription drug cover- age under Medicare Part D. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778) or visit any Social Security office.

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