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Friday, December 2, 2011


Today, December 3
5 to 7pm
UMethodist Church
Lions Club Pancake Feed
DONATION gets you pancakes, sausage & eggs, biscuits & gravy
     until you need to unbutton your britches!

ALL donations will be used for the children's treats when Santa
visits December 12.


The Reading Long-Term Recovery Committee is pleased to offer one-on-one financial counseling for Reading residents on Saturday, December 10, at the Reading Elementary School.

We know that recovering from the tornado has taken a toll on your financial well being, and we want to help you with your financial recovery.  We have contacted Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) to send certified financial counselors to Reading to meet with those interested in developing a budget, receiving credit counseling and developing a plan to pay off debt.  This counseling session is being offered free of charge and will take one hour for the initial meeting with some additional on-line and telephone follow up over the following weeks.  A description of the types of counseling offered by HCCI are below.

To sign up for an appointment, please contact HCCI at 1-800-383-0217 and inform them that you’d like to make an appointment in Reading on December 10.  It is very important that you reference Reading immediately in your conversation. When you contact them, they can provide you with additional information about your appointment and what you will need to bring. Your appointment will take place in a classroom with just you and your financial counselor and is completely confidential. No information will be shared with members of the LTRC.

This counseling is available to all residents of Reading. For those who participate, the LTRC will provide a $50 Wal-Mart gift card to those who attend a counseling session on December 10 (one per household) and an additional $50 Wal-Mart gift card once you have successfully completed the follow up steps as directed by HCCI (one per household). 

The types of counseling available are:

Financial Counseling assists and educates clients in personal financial management such as setting goals, paying themselves first, tracking spending, completing paycheck-to-paycheck plans, identifying non-monthly expenses, prioritizing expenses, calculating general percentages of income spending, increasing income, and reducing expenses.  Financial counseling is used in all types of counsel and can include tracking property maintenance and/or rental expenses as well as personal budget expenditures.  Financial counseling includes identifying debt-repayment options available to them.

Credit Building Counseling educates clients regarding the importance of knowing what is on each of their 3 different credit reports, how to access their credit reports, how to read and understand them, how to dispute errors, how positive and negative credit affects them, and how to begin rebuilding credit for the future.

Bankruptcy - Pre-Bankruptcy Counseling and/or Education provides clients considering filing bankruptcy with budgeting information, a brief description of Chapter 13 and Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, other options and alternatives to repay debt, how each option affects credit, timeframes involved, and a review of the major changes in bankruptcy law.

Foreclosure Prevention, Mortgage Default, Loss Mitigation, and Rental Delinquency Counseling assists clients whose housing is at risk and may be facing eviction, mortgage default and foreclosure.  Counselors provide options for mortgage default, foreclosure and delinquency resolution. Counseling may include restructuring debt, arrangement of reinstatement plans, loan forbearance, and other loss mitigation tools. 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nancy Romine

Nancy is a certified counselor who is working with many folks in Reading
that are dealing with post tornado stress and depression.  PLEASE be willing
to just sit and talk with her -- it does help. 

Call:  620-343-2296   Ext 104

If you had heart problems would you not see a heart specialist?  Diabetis a doctor?
A broken foot an orthopedist?  Then give her a call.  It helps.


The city newsletter will be mailed soon.  The date for the Community Christmas Dinner is correct
in the article, but was accidentally placed on the calendar December 4.  Please correct it:

Sunday, December 11
Christmas Community Dinner
Bring a side dish or dessert to go with turkey, dressing, potatoes & gravy.


I received calls from  different groups about the possibility of donating
food to a pantry here in Reading.  I found a wall at the Baptist Church
where we could put the donated food.

Thank you's go to Clifton-Clyde High School's FBLA and New Life Church.

If you are in need of food, please call Billy Paige.  I do not have a key to help you.

Sausage & eggs, pancakes, biscuits & gravy............

Saturday night supper is being prepared by the Lions Club members of Reading.
For a donation, you can eat until you pop! and donate so that the kids will have
treats from Santa.

Saturday, December 3
5 to 7pm
UMethodist Church Basement


How pleasant it is to drive through town in the evening and see houses with
some type of Christmas lighting.  Thank you, also, to Westar for rewiring the
poles uptown for public lighting, Schuman Electric for wiring boxes on the
poles and Tom & Galen for hanging all of the pole decorations.

What will you do to bring the Christmas holidays to light?


Seamless internet service is in town to upgrade your equipment.
Takes about 15 minutes and it runs faster.  For more information, call
seamless or Ed Sapp.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Free Veggies TODAY

Abundant Harvest, a non-profit charity that provides hot meals for the hungry, has received a surplus of produce. Since it cannot be stored or used before it will spoil, the public is welcome to come and take some today (Tuesday)  from 9 a.m. to noon. The address is 1028 Whittier Street.


1 -- JrHi BB games beginning at 4pm
3 -- Lion's Club Pancake Feed, 5-7pm
4 -- Christmas worship, 10:30 am, both churches
5 -- Long Term Recovery Meeting
7 -- KSU PARK presentation 5:45 -- chili  6:30 -- presentation
8 -- City Council Meeting, 7pm, school

Monday, November 28, 2011


See that "stuff" that piled up?  The huge sled trash pod is empty and waiting for you
to fill it up.  The one thing that makes a town "look" trashy and uninviting is exactly
that.....trash and piles of "stuff" sitting around. 

PLEASE get rid of as much as possible.  Your neighbors will like you a lot more!


TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 29
9:30-Noon,  1:30-4pm
209 W 4th Ave, Salvation Army Annex Building

FREE coats, hats, gloves, and blankets to those
in need.  LIMIT ONE COAT per family member.


RCD meets Wednesday at 7pm in the UMethodist Church basement.


Greetings All,

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!  With deadlines fast approaching it's important that we have a good turn out  to this weeks meeting. (6:30 Wednesday @ the school)


1. Finalizing Civic Building Plans
2. Preparing presentation for Dec. Donator Meeting
3. Adding new donated totals to our park spreadsheet.
4. Opening new account for Park @ Reading Bank.
5.  Preparing information to give to our Grant writing team.

Looking fwd to seeing you all, thanks.