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by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker

Independent Living Coordinator Diana Clanton sat down to discuss the recent Sedan Customer Appreciation Picnic on August 16th (held in the Sedan Senior Center) and other things going on at the Sedan SKIL office, a two-person operation which serves more than 100 customers from multiple counties.

She says the picnic was a no-show for many people, but despite this, it still went well. “I was a little disappointed by the lower turnout this year, but we had bad weather,” explains Clanton. “It looked like we were going to have a really serious storm—severe thunderstorms—but it just ended up lightning and raining.”

“Our county clerk spoke at the picnic,” says Clanton. “She’s new, so this gave people the opportunity to meet her for the first time. She also talked about some new things involving voting registration. She also urged them to vote, reminding them that every single vote counts and makes a difference.”

Clanton said the customers who attended the picnic discussed their medication and transportation issues. Many of the customers were concerned with whether or not the government was going to cut or take away their Medicare. Clanton also talked to them about KEE loans.

Clanton said the feedback she received regarding the picnic was positive. “People said they enjoyed listening to the speaker and learning about her job and about the changes in voting registration,” she said.

Clanton says there are other upcoming events at the SKIL office. On Halloween they will be having their annual Trunk-or-Treat, where they give candy to trick-or-treaters. They will also be participating in the local Christmas parade. On September 21st and 22nd, they will also be participating in the Fabulous Finds on 99, which consists of 233 miles of garage sales along Highway 99. “Small towns have to do whatever they can to bring in business,” says Clanton.

Clanton also discussed the goals of her office. “My primary goal is to keep as many people out of institutions as I can,” she said. “I want to keep people independent, living where they choose.”