The Transportation Task Force is formulating plans for improving service to our local communities through Western Maine Transportation and the Sunday River Stagecoach Shuttle Services. The new survey provides detailed data, so we hope you’ll fill one out, even if you completed a different version last month. Surveys may be picked up at the Bethel and Woodstock Town Offices and libraries, the Western Mountains Senior College, and the Bethel Family Health Center; Greenwood and Newry will be mailing theirs. Or you may contact Allen Cressy (, 824-0508).
Among other items you may take home from our Age-Friendly Community display at the Bethel Library is a pamphlet, “AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook.” One of the cautions it notes is “the grandparent scam” described in this column last week. It happens that in the past few days one of our community members was a too-smart, but potential victim of this very scheme.
The pamphlet also lists suggestions on how to protect your Social Security Number and Personal Information, including: “Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet. Don’t print your SSN or driver’s license number on your checks… Keep copies of credit cards (front and back) in a safe place in case a card is lost or stolen.”
As a matter of fact, I recently had a call from my credit card company about possible fraudulent activity. It was a relatively small amount of money, and my credit card had not been lost or stolen, but it was still important to destroy and cancel that credit card. And the first fraudulent transaction (and tip-off that it wasn’t mine)? A senior dating service!
FMI: Nancy Davis (, 381-1110).

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