William Penn residents write to Trump, Clinton

Regional Services presents awards

LEWISTOWN — Mifflin Juniata Regional Services Corporation celebrated Residents’ Rights Month by presenting writing awards to William Penn residents.

Sarah Sunderland, the ombudsman coordinator for Mifflin Juniata Area Agency on Aging said residents wrote letters asking the presidential candidates about issues important to them.

This years theme “My Vote Matters” was selected to call attention to the fact that consumers receiving long-term care services and support retain their voting rights no matter where they live or what type of care they receive.

“I want to thank the residents,” Sunderland said during a council meeting at William Penn. “Resident council meetings are very important. You have a very strong council at this facility.”

Kim Shetler, the regional service ombudsman for the North Central Area, out of the State Long Term Care office in Harrisburg said she really enjoyed reading the entries.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate all the good things in facilities,” she said. “Speaking out is so important.”

Third place winners were Gil Thompson, Lois Notestine and Betty Walters. Second place winner was Betty Myers, and John Smith won the first place award.

Sunderland emphasized the importance of voting in the Nov. 8, election and said it is the responsibility of those who work in long-term care facilities to assist those who would like

to cast a ballot.