2012-08-09 / Community

Senior Center

As I am sending this article to the Tribune, the biggest majority of voters are making their voices heard by going to the polls. By next week we should have the full detail on whether the Senior Center “renewal” millage passes. I for one have my fingers crossed! I wonder if the person who took the sign off the center door voted! All you had to do is vote no, not steal!

The center knows there are a lot of crafty people in Schoolcraft County. Can you help us out? We are looking for donations of door prizes or gifts to use for raffles. To give you ideas, some gifts in the past included assorted gift baskets, such as bathing items, food products, etc., Fall picture, throw blankets, afghans, wooden crafts, and loads and loads of gift certificates for pizza, subs, dinners, theatre tickets, flowers, etc.

No matter what the donation is, they put a “smile” on the lucky winner’s faces!

We have set a date of Thursday, Sept. 6, for karaoke in the parking lot of the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have invited Mary Larson back to oversee the karaoke. If you, or anyone you know are interested in singing, please give the center a call at 341- 5923. The more the merrier.

If you plan on attending the Noon lunch, please call 341-5085 to make reservations. CAA is asking you sign up by Friday, Aug. 31, as they need to plan ahead. The menu will consist of Belinda Gardapee’s BBQ ribs, braised potato, salad, corn bread, sherbert, coffee and milk.

Once again, the Senior Center will be providing free transportation by Public Transit. Call 341- 2111 as soon as possible to make arrangements.

As of Aug. 1, funds have become available for deliverable fuel. Deliverable fuel is propane, wood or pellets.

To qualify for the program, your tank has to be at or below 30 percent and have no outstanding balance with your provider. There are also income guidelines in order to qualify.

Family Size: Max. 30 day income:

1 1,909.00

2 2,497.00

3 3,084.00

If you qualify, give Don Tyrell at CAA a call. His telephone number is 341-2452 to make an appointment. You will need to bring in your proof of income for all members of your household for the last 30 days.

Would you like to join us as we take Public Transit to the Upper Peninsula State Fair on Senior Day? Senior Day is Aug. 16. It is also Governor’s and Veteran’s Day. The cost will be $7 for the bus and $5 for the entry into the fair, making it a total of $12.

If we get enough interest, we will depart from the Senior Center parking lot at 9 a.m.

Get out your dancing shoes! “The Front Yard Gang” has agreed to come back. They will be the entertainment for the Thursday, Aug. 16, potluck. Music will begin at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at approximately 5 p.m. It will be so worth coming, just to get a scoop of Frank Sweeny’s homemade meatballs! Call a few friends and invite them along.

The tickets are ordered! The Senior Center will be doing a bus to “The Broadway Spirit of Christmas” show which is being held at Chip-In Island Casino. We will be departing from the Center parking lot at 4:30 p.m., allowing us time for dinner or play as the show starts at 8 p.m. We will head back home right after the show.

Another scam! Scammers committing a painful form of identity theft appear to have hit just the right formula to trick thousands of victims: A punishing heat wave, large utility bills, a bad economy and a good story.

The criminals have been marching across the country, making their way from state to state, persuading victims that a special federal government assistance program, sometimes described as a bailout authorized by President Barack Obama’s administration, is available to pay their utility bills. Victims are given bank account and routing numbers to use when paying their bills online, but only after they “register” by surrendering their Social Security numbers and other personal information.

There is no such utility payment assistance program! TECO has said they see scams once or twice a year and a handful of people fall for them. This is crazy. About 2,000 customers tried to pay their bills with bogus account information traced to the scam within a 24-hour period last week alone. Keep in mind the scam has had actual people going door to door. It has been reported many are falling for this scam, thinking it might be true, due to President Obama trying to get votes. Remember, it is a scam!

I have also been asked to let you know the Michigan Public Service Commission (utility company) will be having a representative at the U.P. State Fair on Senior Day, which is Aug. 16. They are more than happy to go over programs which are available for the elderly. If you are not able to make the fair, you can call contact them at (800) 292-9555 or www.michigan.gov/ mpsc.

Ivan Rochefort dropped by with a donation of potatoes and cucumbers from his garden, Shelly and Kathy Livermore gave a donation of cucumbers. Grant and Ruth Taylor donated cucumbers and zucchini, and Sandy Arrowood dropped by with green beans, cucumbers and zucchini. We thank each of you for taking the time to share your vegetables. They are enjoyed by many!

A medical loan closet donation was received by Bernie Hackney.

The VFW Auxiliary, Sandra DeRousha, and Bill and Nancy Cheney dropped by with military package donations. Kristen Anderson and Dick and Evie Laing donated treasure and trash items. Joanne Renton-Bjorkman gave a miscellaneous donation.

I don’t think Jackie Bruce has any fingernails left! Our flowers look fabulous, seems like every time I glance out of the window I notice her working away, feverishly. That is one dedicated gal!

We are starting to receive donations for our upcoming Open House, which is scheduled for Sept. 6. The most recent donation received came from Gerald and Vera Popour. Donations can be dropped off at the Center Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

BRIDGE July 30: 1st-Judy Rodgers, 2nd-Eva Wendling, 3rd- Adurey Savoie, 4th-Bibi Duquette, 5th-Sarah Bignall, CFC-Joyce Lesica. Hostess, Pat Flint served hummingbird cake, fish spread and crackers.

PINOCHLE July 30: 1st-George Shampine, 2nd-Bill Keener, 3rd- Geri Henkel

Should’a Stayed Home-Marie Sellman.

Birthdays this week: Aug. 9 - Beverly Tufnell, Lydia Hulla, Bev Rehn, Aug. 12-Barb Stimac, John Moulds, Aug. 13-Joanne Fagan, Aug. 15-Roberta Smith. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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