The Cold Weather Rule, in effect from Nov. 1 until March 31, helps ensure people will have heat during the winter in their homes. This applies to utility companies regulated by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Utility companies must send written notice to customers 10 days before disconnecting heat, plus make a phone call or personal contact the day before. The utility company cannot disconnect when the temperature is forecasted to drop below 35 degrees in the next 24 hours. A utility may start final notification and disconnection process if there is a 48-hour forecast of temperatures above 35 degrees.

To keep from getting disconnected, individuals must make payment arrangements by phoning the utility company. Customers have the option of spreading the payment over a total of 12 months. They must agree to pay 1/12 of the overdue bill plus 1/12 of the current bill plus any disconnect or reconnect fees.

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels volunteers are signing up for 2014. Two weeks are available if you and your group would like to volunteer. We are looking to fill Sept. 1 to 5 and Oct. 20 to 24. Call Patti Thummel at 272-3620 or 260-6282 for more information.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who delivered Meals on Wheels last week. Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m. Art class begins at 10 a.m., followed by gentle exercises at 11 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo and the domino tournament also begin at 1 p.m. Yoga begins at 6:30 p.m.

Friday is the last day staff will be available to help with Medicare open enrollment. No appointments will be needed. It will be first come, first served. Line dancing begins at 8:30 a.m. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. The Finney County Senior Center Association covered dish begins at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish and enjoy a good meal and entertainment.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge beginning at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has walking at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop Committee meets at 10 a.m. Appointments with an attorney with Kansas Legal Services begin at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises are at 11 a.m. Pitch starts at 12:30 p.m. Bridge begins at 1:15 p.m.

Dec. 11 has line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. Pinochle starts at 12:40 p.m. The regular Wednesday night dance featuring the Blue Notes begins at 7:30 p.m. The recommended donation is $5 per person. Come join the fun.

Game night and soup supper will be Dec. 12 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Creamy noodles with ham, Brussels sprouts, blushed pears, wheat roll.

Friday: Sweet/sour chicken on rice, oriental vegetables, citrus cup, wheat roll.

Monday: Smothered steak with onions, mashed potatoes, marinated tomatoes, peaches, bread.

Tuesday: Pork roast, potatoes and gravy, cauliflower, blueberry dessert, wheat roll.

Dec. 11: Beef stroganoff on noodles, carrots, mandarin oranges, bread.

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