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CHRISTINA BLAIR DISCUSSES PITTSBURG CUSTOMER PICNIC AND NEW SKIL OFFICE

by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker

Pittsburg Independent Living Coordinator Christina Blair took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk with us about the upcoming Customer Appreciation Picnic and SKIL’s new Pittsburg office.

The annual Pittsburg SKIL picnic will be held on Wednesday, September 19th. The event will last from five to seven p.m. at Lincoln Park (813 Memorial Drive).

Blair said last year’s picnic suffered unusually low attendance due to “poor planning,” as it was inadvertently scheduled on the same date as several other area events. But this year she expects the picnic to be a return to form.

Like last year, the food will be Italian and will be catered from Palluka & Sons, located in nearby Frontenac. There are various games and fun activities planned, such as a photo booth and possibly a ring-toss. At this time speakers for the event are not yet set in stone, but Blair said SKIL is hoping to have Kansas State Representatives Adam Lusker and Monica Murnan there. “They both said they would be there barring anything else popping up,” said Blair.

As usual, the Customer Appreciation Picnic is free and open to all SKIL customers and employees.

“One of the best things about the picnic is the opportunity it gives our customers to get out and be with other people,” said Blair. “A lot of the customers, even though they have workers, are not able to get out of the house every day. They may go for a week without getting out of the house, and a lot of the time when they do get out it’s for things like doctor’s appointments. So I think these picnics are especially good for those people.”

Blair also wanted to make sure customers are aware that the SKIL office in Pittsburg has moved from its previous location to a new one at 216 N. Broadway, suite D. “It’s a little bit hidden, but if you go inside you’ll see signs up,” said Blair.

Blair said the new location was intended to give customers and staff a sort of one-stop-shopping experience as SKIL shares the building with other organizations that might be helpful to customers and staff, such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Kansas Works, and also the Pittsburg Housing Authority.