Archive for September, 2013


Pioneer’s Wheelchair Clinic


On September 25, 2013 the Pioneer Center once again partnered with Columbus Medical Equipment to host a Wheelchair Clinic. The purpose of these clinics, held every other month, is to inspect and adjust power chairs and manual wheelchairs, which are assembled in the therapy room at the Pioneer Center. This allows adjustments to be made for a growing child in a wheelchair and an inspection to ensure the chair is functioning properly. The individuals who attend the clinics are by appointment; therefore a team can concentrate on adjusting one chair at a time. This clinic is also available to the public by appointment later in the afternoon.

Occupational Therapist, Chris Myers, and Physical Therapist, Tom Seaton, keep records tracking progress of individuals who attend. Brett Barnett, a 17-year Rehab Technology Specialist veteran with Columbus Medical, inspects the wheelchairs, and keeps his own progress reports. He has been attending the Pioneer Center for over a decade, putting on these clinics.

This clinic is a welcomed convenience for the public and parents as they avoid the drive to Columbus for the inspections or adjustments that need to be made. This also allows the parents to voice any concerns or ask questions they might have.

The Wheelchair Clinic has a cheerful and experienced team working with the individual and on the wheelchair. They are focused to make sure the individual in the chair is comfortable and that the chair is meeting requirements.

The next Wheelchair Clinic will be November 13, 2013. If interested, call Chris Meyers at the Pioneer Center to schedule an appointment at (740) 773-8044. Student sessions will be in the morning while public sessions will be held in the afternoon.


Teeing up for Charity

Last week, over 100 golfers took to the tees for Roosters Annual Charity Golf Event at JayCee’s golf course in Chillicothe. For the past 8 years, as the air starts to chill, golfers pack up their clubs and head to the links to have a good time and support great causes.  Over that time, more than $100,000 has been generated, proceeds from which have been donated to several non-profit organizations.

In past years, multiple golf events were held, one in Chillicothe and one in Circleville.  Pat McAllister, Steve Houseman, and Ed Steele, owners of several area Roosters franchises, recently consolidate their efforts, concentrating on a single event in Chillicothe. Event organizer Curt McAllister explained the shift as a desire to focus more on local charities, reflective of the desire to have the greatest impact on the local community.  This year, Roosters was able to donate a total of $7,000, split between the Pioneer Center and the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.

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From left: Roosters’ Co-owners Steve Houseman and Pat McAllister present Pioneer Center Superintendent Rick Marriot with a sizable donation.


5th Annual Bean Dinner

Bean Dinner flyer 2013


Thank U-Pick Pumpkins




Today, a group of students from the Pioneer Center made their way out to U-Pick Pumpkins (5070 Spargursville Rd., US Rt. 50). Don Shoemaker invited the children out so they could experience his farm.

While the rain put a bit of a damper on the day, the kids still enjoy themselves and went home with a free mini-pumpkin and some watermelon in their bellies. Don has kindly offered a rain check to students from Pioneer. He said that students are welcome back any time this fall for a complimentary pumpkin and a hayride.

Thank you, Mr. Shoemaker for your generosity and hospitality! If you would like to help support those who support the DD community, visit Don this fall M-F, 2pm-Dusk, Sat. 10-Dusk. P: 740-466-5005.


Pioneer Students Enjoy a Behind the Scenes Tour of Community Market


A group of students from the Pioneer Center visited Community Market last week to get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work at a grocery store. Community Market’s Manager Jeff Anthony led the tour, explaining the day-to-day functions that make the business operate smoothly.

Students were treated to a behind the scene look of each of the store’s departments including the bakery, butcher shop, produce section, deli, and storage room. There were teaching moments at each leg of the tour, most of which involved a hands-on interaction.

During the tour of the bakery, students witnessed cake decorating demonstration, gave their best shot at creating a flower out of icing, and enjoyed a free cookie. Next was a trip to the back room, where the produce and other items are stored. Here, a student helped operate the bailing machine by pressing the start button after Mr. Anthony explained the function, procedures, and safety precautions.  After that, students checked out the industrial freezer. One student was brave enough to bare the freezing 6 degree refrigerator, lasting a few brisk moments before he headed out. The kids also tried their hand at the cash register, scanning items, and brushing up on their customer service skills. There, they also learned about UPC codes, and the change that technology had on groceries all over the world. To top off the tour, the students were treated to free ice cream.

Art Nickles, Vocational Specialist, and Brandie Barr Mustard, Vocational Aide, with the Pioneer Center arranged the field trip for the students. “Mr. Anthony has always been a friend to those in the developmental disabilities (DD) community, having demonstrated a willingness to offer employment opportunities,” said Art.  Art is hopeful that the trip may open a door to potential job shadowing opportunities as he continues to expand community employment efforts at the Pioneer Center.

For more information on employing individuals in the DD community, please contact Art Nickles at 740-773-8044.