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YOUNGSTOWN Seniors get help with medicines



Published: Fri, August 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The software is for a prescription assistance program for the elderly.

By BOB JACKSON

VINDICATOR COURTHOUSE REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County commissioners took a step Thursday toward helping senior citizens find relief from soaring prescription medication bills.

They approved buying computer software from the Ashtabula Community Action Agency for a prescription assistance program for senior citizens. The software costs $7,000.

The program will help seniors get discounts on prescription drugs by taking advantage of special programs offered by drug companies.

The county's special projects office and Council On Aging are coordinating the project, which is based on similar efforts in Ashtabula and Trumbull counties.

The computer software will enable volunteers to help seniors apply for the discounts. The program is expected to be in place by late summer or early fall.

Honored winners

Commissioners also honored five local youths who participated in and won a statewide 4-H competition this spring.

Brian Gorby, 18, and Dina Rathburn, 15, both of Berlin Center; Shawn McCoy, 17, of North Lima; Amanda Miller, 15, of Canfield; and Margaret McCully, 18, of Austintown, were state champions in the 4-H Horse Bowl for high school youths. They are coached by Cherie McCully of Austintown.

Adviser Rick Rathburn said Horse Bowl is for 4-H participants who raise horses as a project.

It's an academic challenge in which participants are asked questions that cover all aspects of the equine industry, such as health, nutrition and medicines.

By winning the state contest in April, the team qualified to represent Ohio at the national Horse Bowl, which will be in November in Louisville, Ky., Rathburn said.

Commissioners presented each team member, their coach and advisers, with a certificate.

bjackson@vindy.com




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