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by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker

As the area SKIL customer appreciation picnic season comes to a close, it wraps up with Fredonia’s picnic, which will be held on Friday, October 5th. The event will be held at the Grace First Assembly of God church (1102 Washington Street, Fredonia) from five p.m. to seven p.m. As is the case with all of the customer appreciation picnics, SKIL customers, employees, and members of the public are welcome to attend free of charge.

“We hold it every year there in the church because it’s late in the year and it might be a little bit chilly,” explains Fredonia Independent Living Coordinator Ed Viers. According to Viers, the Fredonia SKIL also has a public shelter house available for events, but the shelter house does not have readily-accessible restrooms, making it problematic.

Plans and arrangements for the event are still being made. At this time it is unknown exactly what food will be served. According to Viers, the picnic usually serves hamburgers and hotdogs. This year, however, Viers says they are considering serving fried chicken from an area business (an idea he got after seeing chicken served at the Columbus picnic). At this time it is unknown who the speakers for the event will be, although invitations have been extended to a number of area politicians.

“I think these picnics are really important,” explains Viers. “They allow people to get out and meet one another. It gives them a wider sense of community than what they might normally see. It also allows the public to get a better glimpse of what exactly SKIL does. SKIL is an important organization. SKIL does important work and I’m very proud to be associated with them, but people in the community don’t always get a clear sense of what it is we do here.”