2012-09-27 / Community

Senior Center

Have you ever wanted to quit smoking? There is some assistance to do so. The Michigan Tobacco Quit Line is now offering free nicotine replacement products for people who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Michigan residents who want to take advantage of this offer can call the Quit Line at (800) QUIT-NOW, which is available from 7-1 a.m., seven days a week.

The program will provide up to an eight-week supply of nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to tobacco users who are 18 and older and meet basic health requirements. The free program is available to all callers regardless of income or insurance status. The nicotine patches, gum and lozenges are available now through Sept. 30, or while supplies last.

To be eligible, callers must enroll in quit smoking coaching services with the Michigan Tobacco Quit Line. When Michigan residents enroll with the Quit Line, they will receive a personal coach who will assist them in setting a quit date and making an individualized quit plan. The personal coach also will provide on-going support with up to four telephone coaching sessions around the caller’s quit date.

The Center is looking for addresses of those serving in the military to send care packages to. Addresses can be from the states or overseas. No matter where they are serving we want them to know their hometown is thinking of them. Contact the Center to share an address of a family or friend by calling 341-5923. Please help us!

A huge thank you goes out to volunteers Carol Anderson and Laura Lee Tegtman for overseeing the trip to the Senior Convention. I have been told by those going they had a great time and several on the bus walked away with prizes. Yahoo!

Betty Heinz walked away with $75 in cash for taking second place in the costume prizes. Carol Anderson won a Family Inn gift certificate and Betty Harding walked away with a centerpiece. Loretta Norbotten won a Family Inn Certificate, along with McDonald’s Gift Certificate for playing the horseshoe game. Cheryl Robere was the lucky winner of a McDonald’s Gift Certificate. Charmaine Lehman won a Holiday gas card and Ken Gillingham won a prize, which was unknown at press time.

Don’t forget the Country Music Show which is held in Munising every year. The Center fills a bus at the cost of $7 per person. Tickets to the show are free thanks to the many businesses who purchase them and hand them out. One of the businesses is Turek’s Salvage. Char Turek dropped by the Center informing me she has extra tickets to share.

The bus to the Country Music Show will depart from the Senior Center parking lot at 4 p.m., allowing us time to make a dinner stop at Sydney’s. We are anxious to see the 14 year old drummer who recently received an award at the Country Music Awards in Nashville. This trip is always a lot of fun, not just at the show, but on the bus as well. Call the Center at 341-5923 for further information. If you plan on driving yourself feel free to contact Char for the “free” tickets at 341-3960.

Once again I am going to share the “Reduce Telemarketing Calls” information with you, as it has been brought to my attention recently. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has made it easier for consumers to block telemarketers with the National Do Not Call Registry. This program allows consumers to register their phone numbers and be placed on a national list of numbers that most telemarketing companies are not allowed to call.

To register by phone, call (888) 382-1222 from the number you wish to register or online at www.donotcall.gov. If you choose to register online, you must have a working e-mail account to complete your registration.

Registrations do not expire, so there is no need to re-register your phone numbers. If a company tries to contact you after the initial 31 day registration period, you may file a complaint.

When you get a telemarketing call, simply say, “Put me on your ‘do not call’ list.” The Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 requires companies to keep this list.

Would you like to eliminate preapproved credit card offers? Those credit card offers which come in the mail are from companies who get your name and address from one of the credit reporting agencies. You can opt out of receiving most pre-approved credit offers by calling toll-free (888) 567-8688 or by visiting www.optoutprescreen.com.

How about an answer of how to reduce junk mail! Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service. You can get off many national lists this way. Your name will remain on this “delete file” for five years.

Go to: https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action to complete the online registration or request the form be mailed to you. Be sure to tell the contact of the magazines to which you subscribe and charities to which you donate, you don’t want them to share your name with other businesses or charities. Request the same from mail order companies.

It is also suggested you review your credit report frequently. To maximize your protection against fraudulent activity, order a report from a different credit reporting company every four months.

To request a FREE report either call (877) 322-8228 or go to www.annualcreditreport.com. Please keep in mind that you will be asked for your Social Security number when you request your free credit report. To protect your Social Security number, choose the option on the form that allows you to redact all but the last four digits of your Social Security number from the credit report you will receive.

Kristin Anderson and Lucille Boyd dropped in with a donation of the cutest “spider” decorations for Halloween. Thanks girls. Vee Scudder gave a craft donation and Rex and Judy Slingsby gave a donation of mailing labels.

Mary Lou Arnold, as always, has been very generous with purchasing items for decorating the Center. Mary and Len are like two kids in a candy store when they receive them.

Rita Rossier once again treated everyone to homemade cupcakes. And we wonder why people are walking around the Center with frosting dripping off their lips.

Ann Willcock gave a military package donation and Cathy Wise gave a Treasure and Trash donation.

A monetary donation has been received at the Center in memory of:

• Olga Anderson from Margaret Fountain.

A monetary donation in honor of Bibi Duquette’s 90th birthday was received from Joe and Bonnie Hardy.

BRIDGE Sept. 17: 1st-Losi Bellville, 2nd-Nancy Brown, 3rd- Eva Wendling, 4th-Joyce Lesica, 5th-Sarah Bignall, CFC-Grace. Hostess, Joyce Lesica served cucumber sandwiches and cookies.

BRIDGE Sept. 21: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd- Hanna Mammen, 4th-Helen Barton, 5th-Eris Webb, CFC-Mary Lou Marx. Hostess, Lois Bellville served lemon poppy seed bread, zucchini bread with cream cheese spreads, and assorted chocolate candies.

PINOCHLE Sept. 19: 1st-Carl Sundling, 2nd-Pat Clark, 3rd-Geri Henkel, Should’a Stayed Home- Don’a Nelson.

500 Sept. 21: 1st-Don’a Nelson, 2nd-Pat Clark, 3rd-Teddy Bouchard, Should’a Stayed Home-Audrey Newborn.

Birthdays this week: Sept. 28-Claire Paoli and Clarice, Sept. 29-David Hokenson and Sharon Barber, Sept. 30-Catherine Sien, Oct. 1-Ken Gillingham and Janet Olson Anderson, Sept. 3-Ethel Elamon, Sept. 4-Audrey Newborn, Edith Greene, Kan Fagan and Bob Wright. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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