2012-03-08 / Community

Senior Center

Retirement! You deserve it! This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. Get active at the Senior Center, where you will meet new and old friends. Stop analyzing, all emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every bite. Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people; we are united in our differences.

Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.

Drop by the Center and check us out. Socializing is better than sitting home alone. Set a day or two aside to join us for lunch. All you have to do is call in your reservation the day before. (341-5085) Request a complimentary newsletter, informing you of all the activities held at the Center. More than likely you will find a few that would be of interest to you, as we try to do a wide variety. Or you can just spend some time chatting.

Let me give you a few ideas. How about joining us for our upcoming monthly potluck? It is scheduled for Thursday, March 15. Mike Johnson will be the entertainment, beginning at 4 p.m. Dinner will follow.

Have you always wanted to write a short story or would like to document memories of the past? If so, I encourage you to consider joining the Creative Writing Group. Betty LaPointe is the instructor, and they will be meeting on Thursday, March 29, from 4-5 p.m. Stories written eventually go into a book for distribution.

We heard they had a well attended six week session for the Grief Support Session. Due to the interest, they have decided to run another six week session, which will be held every Tuesday, beginning April 3 through May 8, at the Center from 5-6:30 p.m.

If you or a loved one has lost a loved one, I encourage you to check out this group.

Do you like fresh vegetables and fruits? The local Farmers’ Market is going to open up earlier than ever before, so you can get the chance to purchase asparagus, etc. Kerry Ott will be our guest speaker on Thursday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. She will give us all the details on how this program works.

Once again the Center hopes to obtain 100 coupon booklets for seniors ages 60 or older. Join us to find out details. If you are interested in joining us for the Noon Meal on this day, give Belinda a call at 341-5085.

Promises, promises! I always try to fill my promises. I had mentioned awhile back that I would like to see about doing one more “onetime” food distribution for those ages 60 or older that might need a little assistance. (Suggestion - The money you save with this program could go into gas money. Heehee)

Well, we have set the date. Distribution will be held on Thursday, April 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Once again, we encourage you to bring your own laundry basket/ box, etc. to pick up your goodies.

Again, we are stressing that you do not arrive at the Center until 1 p.m. This allows the Noon Meal attendees to finish up, allowing the parking lot to clear out. This makes it easier on those from Alternative Ed who will be hauling out those heavy boxes.

Do you sometimes like breakfast for supper? We will be holding a Pancake Supper (in the place of the monthly potluck) on Thursday, April 19. For a $5 donation you will get pancakes, meat and anything else the guys find in the kitchen. The Mud Hole Band will be performing at 4 p.m. with breakfast following. (We promise we have fixed the “error” from our last try.)

I have already been informed it will be a men volunteer night. These guys wear some pretty big “chef” hats!

Although this is not one of our activities, I would like to encourage you to attend the Eva Burrell Soup Luncheon which is scheduled to be held at the Center on Sunday, March 18. This group of volunteers works extremely hard to keep our local animal shelter running smoothly. This is one of their fundraisers and is open to the public. And by the way—who doesn’t like homemade soup!

We are still in the process of doing Homestead Tax, Rental and Heating Credits. If you do not have to file a state or federal form and you think you are due a refund, please bring in the following information:

• Social Security number (s)

• Last year’s return, if available

• All income – including social security (end of the year statement is great if you have it), pension, SSI, FIA, if you received assistance - Form SA1099, along with any interest.

• Taxes paid on your home, or rent paid. (If a renter, we need the landlord’s address, phone and amount of rent paid each month.)

• And medical premiums that you pay, such as BC/BS, etc.

• Heating costs from 11/1/10 through 10/31/2011. I encourage you to pay attention to the dates, as it has resulted in a larger refund, than going from the beginning of the year until the end.

• Telephone number of where you can be reached.

We ask you to drop your information off and we will call you when it is finished. We ask for a $3 donation per form.

I always say, if you are not sure if you would qualify, we are always open to trying your forms—at least that way you know. For further information, give the Center a call at 341-5923.

If you are under the age of 60, Don Tyrell at Community Action Agency is more than happy to assist you, 341-2452.

Monetary donations were received on memory of:

Tom Flint form Bibi Duquette and Janice Redeker

Kathleen Rochefort form Karen Klaus

We received a Maintenance and Support donation from Laura Lee Tegtman.

DUPICATE BRIDGE Feb. 22: 1st-Mary Leonard and Judy Provo, 2nd-Eva Wendling and Janice Redeker.

BRIDGE Feb. 27: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Janice Redeker, 3rd-Helen Barton, 4th-Eva Wendling, 5th- Ann Willcock, Low-Nancy Brown. Hostess Joyce LaTulip served olive and nut sandwiches, ham salad sandwiches, cookies and mint patties.

BRIDGE March 2: 1st-Joyce LaTulip, 2nd-Audrey Savoie, 3rd- Larry Savoie, 4th-George Lowman, 5th-Jackie Villemure, CFC-Helen Barton. Host Ray Krall served salmon spread, crackers, cheese, pickles, brownies, candy and soda.

500 March 2: 1st-Ruth Jones, 2nd-Nancy Casey, 3rd-Char Turek, Should’a Stayed Home-Peggy Beckman (Happy Leap Year birthday!)

Birthday’s this week: March 10 – Bill Cheney and Richard Martin, March 11 – Betty Lasich, March 12 – Art Lehman, March 13 – Charmaine Lehman, Bill Westphal and Lucille Cooper, March 15 – Rita Chartier and Eleanor Jackson. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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