2012-10-04 / Community

Senior Center

I thought I would give you an update on the buzz around the Center. If you were at the Center this past week, you might have had the chance to see some very important people visiting the Senior Center. Have you ever heard of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation? It is one of the largest, most prestigious foundations in the country which is currently giving a prize of $25,000 to six individual entries of the “Roadmaps to Health Prize Contest”. Only six cash prizes will be given out of hundreds in the nation and Schoolcraft County is one of 11 that are still in the running for this cash prize.

Now for a little town, that says a lot. Kerry Ott submitted an essay in June on behalf of the City of Manistique and the Strategic Alliance for Health as an entry. The Center, along with other businesses, welcomed:

• Kirstin Siemering, DRPH, RD, Social Media Lead and Roadmaps to Health Prize Manager County Health Rankings and Roadmaps University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

• David Kindig, MD, PhD (Roadmaps to Health Prize Director University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

• Kathy Sykes, MA (Senior Advisor, Aging initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

• Michelle Larkinm JD, MS, RN (Assistant Vice President of Health Group, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

Congratulations to Kerry and the many others who were involved in making this possible. The notice of the visit was very short, so to pull everything together in such a short period of time was quite an undertaking. To be selected for an up close and personal look at our community is an incredible honor and I was pretty excited to show off the Senior Center. I was even more excited when I saw several of the seniors were in attendance that day on television.

Now the waiting begins. I have been told they will not contact the winners until sometime in early March. Can we win? You betcha!!!

Due to requests we have scheduled a flu clinic at the Center. Schoolcraft Memorial Rural Health Clinic will be at the Center on Friday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They ask you bring your Medicare cards, as they will process them for you. (Keep in mind the date is “Friday”, Oct. 5, as it is stated wrong in the upcoming newsletter.)

Are you going to the Community Resource Fair this year? It is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, at the First Baptist Church, which is located across from the courthouse on Walnut Street. I will be there sponsoring the Senior Center, along with several different organizations. It is a great place to go to learn about what is offered for services in Schoolcraft County. Being here most of my life, I even found information I knew nothing about.

Nancy DeMars does a fabulous job working with participants and volunteers to make this day happen. She just informed me they are looking for donations of cleaned and lightly used coats, hats and mittens. They can be dropped off at Good Neighbor Services who in return will bring them to the day’s event. Last year the need definitely was evident. Hopefully, I along with the others will get a chance to chat with you!

I want to give you a quick reminder! Georgie Safford has contacted the Center inviting everyone to the Rapid River congregational Church’s upcoming Rummage and Bake Sale, which is being held Friday, Oct. 5, and Saturday, Oct. 6, in the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Turn left, coming from Manistique, at Jack’s Restaurant and go down four blocks.

They will also be serving a “yummy” luncheon of homemade soups, sandwiches and for dessert, bars and a variety of homemade pies. Sounds like a good time!

Last Friday I was asked by my daughter Jennifer if I would fill in for her at a sleep over for her daughter, Savannah, who just started “Daisys” (Girl Scouts). Well, how could I turn that down? Now, keep in mind it has been years since my girls were in it themselves. When arriving I see Jill Johnson, Linda Levin and Deb Debelack along with other leaders. These girls have been involved for years.

I was so impressed with the way they had set up three stations to do different crafts, etc. They broke the group of girls into smaller groups. They had so much fun! They even did popcorn and a movie following all the excitement. Of course, as I laid on my air mattress I was the first to fall asleep. It sure brought back memories!

These group leaders don’t get the credit they deserve. While talking to Jim Barr, who many of you know has been the Boy Scout Leader for years; he was telling me in his conversation they are no longer able to use the “Water Buffalo” from the National Guard. You know how rules change things over the years, even good things. This of course, effects the development of the property that was given to them called “Scout 40”.

Due to this change they are trying to come up with a solution. And of course, the solution is to drill a new well. We all know that doesn’t just cost a dollar or two. With a recent donation, they are still trying to cover the tab of $3,800. I know Jim and those young lads will be out and about trying to do fundraisers, but that is a pretty big sum to come up with. What better way to give a donation to keep kids off the streets and giving them memories for years to come. If you can give any kind of a donation it can be sent to: Jim Barr, Boy Scouts of America (BSA), 4495W Michibay Road, Manistique, MI 49854. If you have any questions, give Jim a call at 341-4179. Let’s show him that our community cares!

Doesn’t the Center look nice! A great BIG thank you to Len and Mary LaFleur for taking time to decorate, Bill and Nancy Cheney for donating the gourds, Fresh From the Farm for giving the Center the pumpkins and Sally Schuetter and Bill Pawley for the straw. Not only does the inside look nice, but the outside as well.

Picture Bill Cheney with this huge knife. Once again, Bill and Nancy dropped by the Center with their huge blue hubbard squash all cut up and ready to go out the door for those wanting it. And boy did it go. Harry Willour backed up to the Center and hauled in “a lot” and I mean “a lot” of buttercup squash from his garden to share. And it is all gone!

Sharon Fish came to the rescue. After chatting with a visitor at the Center I was told her mother is in Medicare and someone had given her the nicest lap afghan. She was looking for one for a close friend. Sharon Fish insisted she take one she had made as a “gift” at no charge. Sharon is known in the community for making them for Medicare, the Women’s Shelter, etc. What a great way to share your talent! If anyone has any yarn they are trying to get rid of, just drop it off at the Center (101 Main Street) and we can see to it that she gets it for her many projects!

The Medical Equipment Loan Closet received donations from Janice Redecker, Anna Stano and Phil and Brandy Adams.

Donna Barber gave a door prize for our upcoming potluck which is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18. Entertainment for the evening is Tom Hoholik and Mike Johnson. They will be performing at 4 p.m. with dinner following at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed costumes. Fun, Fun! Get out your phone book and call a few friends and invite them to join us!

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Alma Thibideau from Audrey Newborn

• Emma Hardy from Audrey Newborn

• Olga Anderson from Margaret Fountain.

• Robert Mercier from Margaret Fountain.

We received Maintenance and Support Donations from Bob and Ruth Johnson, Aldina Palma and Char Turek.

A monetary donation was also received in honor of Bibi Duquette’s 90th Birthday.

BRIDGE Sept. 28: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Sarah Bignall, 3rd- Lois Bellville, 4th-Helen Barton, 5th-Bibi Duquette, CFC-Betty Stewart. Hostess, Helen Barton served apple finger pie, crackers and cheese, and candy corn.

PINOCHLE Sept. 26: 1st-Cathy Wise, 2nd-George Shampine, 3rd- Pat Clark, Should’a Stayed Home- Audrey Newborn.

500 Sept. 29: 1st-Pat Clark, 2nd-Chris Keener, 3rd-Teddy Bouchard, Should’a Stayed Home- Perry Wise.

Birthdays this week: Oct. 4-Audrey Newborn, Edith Greene, Ken Fagan, and Bob Wright, Oct. 7-Jim Brulla, Oct. 8-Peter Gorsche, and Oct. 9-Cherie Michalik.

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