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Posted 9/13/17

DRCOG offers free Medicare help

The Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging is now the State Health Insurance Assistance Program provider for Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Medicare beneficiaries who are residents …

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DRCOG offers free Medicare help

The Denver Regional Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging is now the State Health Insurance Assistance Program provider for Arapahoe, Douglas and Jefferson counties. Medicare beneficiaries who are residents of these areas are eligible for free one-on-one counseling for Medicare information, advocacy and enrollment assistance.

Effective immediately, DRCOG staff is ready to provide assistance. Medicare's open enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, when beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare health and prescription drug plans. Program managers encourage beneficiaries to seek assistance in researching Medicare plans, especially if their medications or health conditions have changed.

For assistance with benefits, coverage rules, forms, appeal rights and procedures, or for help enrolling in low-income supplemental programs to Medicare, beneficiaries should call 303-480-6700 or visit drcog.org/SHIP.

New hours for Police services

The Parker Police Department will have new hours for fingerprints, VIN verifications and car seat inspections.

Fingerprints and VIN verifications will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Car seat inspections will be conducted by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 303-805-6629 to schedule an appointment.

Ekphrastic exhibition comes to PACE

The PACE Center will host an exhibition and opening event celebrating Ekphrastic writing: literature that uses art as its inspiration. The artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 6 will include poetry readings, music, food, and a cash bar. This event is free and open to the public.

There are about half the paintings of a typical exhibition, but the show is artistically “loaded.”

“We teamed up artists with writers to see what came out of those collaborations, and the results are amazing,” said Curator Rose Fredrick. “Patrons should plan to give the collaborative artist duos plenty of time so they can take you on a journey into their worlds and to experience how words and pictures, when situated together, `speak' to one another.”

County urges CODE RED sign ups

Douglas County's emergency notification system is set up to contact all residents and businesses within the county via instant texts alerts, emails or phone calls depending on individual preferences. There is also a TDD option for tone delivery of emergency messages for the hearing impaired.

Registration is free and all personal data is kept confidential. Visit DouglasCountyCODERED.com for more information.

Fire mitigation tips

As fall approaches and vegetation dries out, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is reminding citizens of the danger of fall wildfires and offering five suggestions to protect property, including:

• Prune tree branches and shrubs to prevent flames from jumping from branch to branch or branches to houses.

• Take dead branches and shrubbery to the Douglas County's slash-mulch site, located at 1400 Caprice Drive in Castle Rock, for free disposal. The site is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 28. Another slash-mulch site, at 7828 S. Colo. 67 is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. year-round.

• Ensure gutters and roof valleys are free of pine needles, leaves and debris.

• Seal off openings such as pet doors and attics with screens to prevent embers from getting through.

• Do not leave flammable material such as firewood, lawn furniture or propane tanks against the outside of your home, your fence or under decks.

Douglas County fire mitigation experts will come to residents' homes to assess specific mitigation needs for free. Contact the County's Building Division at 303-660-7497 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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