2012-10-18 / Community

Senior Center

What did you think of last week’s column? Doesn’t it make you want to join the Creative Writing Group? To refresh your memory they meet the last Thursday of the month until the end of May at 4 p.m. The holidays are fast approaching, if you haven’t made a purchase, you might want to do so soon. The books are $12 and make wonderful gifts. Drop by the Center, we will be happy to assist you.

Saturday, myself along with my husband, boarded the Public Transit bus filled with seniors’ and headed to the Munising Country Music Show. We certainly had a great time. Our first stop was at Sydney’s Restaurant where we got excellent food and service. We then boarded the bus and headed to the Moose Family Center for an evening of relaxation and listening to some foot stomping music. The Dakota and the Night Train from Gladwin, Mich., were the entertainment. The band is named after the fourteen year old drummer “Dakota.” Dakota has recently received an award from Nashville.

Songs from Hank Williams, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson and Billy Ray Cryus were played, I am sure you would have recognized several of the songs.

We certainly have our “fun” on the bus! Imagine the look on my face when I was told someone was standing outside waving at the bus! Lo and behold, we turned around and picked up Greta Stout. Yes, we had passed right by her house! You never know what excitement you will get when riding with us!

As we entered, we were amazed to see so many from Manistique and surrounding areas there. Somehow, I had got word the Moose Lodge was selling homemade pasties that day also. After placing calls to those going on the bus we placed an order for 39. We all know how the different organizations struggle to make ends meet. They were pretty excited and pleased we had taken the time to do so. Would I place another order? You betcha! They were yummy!

We wish to sincerely thank the many businesses in town who purchased tickets which made this possible. Due to this, the tickets to the show were “free” keeping the cost of the trip down. Others deserving recognition were Peggy (the owner of Sydney’s Restaurant), her “great staff”, Susan Rettelle, who lined up the event, and Al and John and the great cooks from the Lodge who assisted us in getting our pasty order. Hats off to John Stapleton and Ken Blowers for making it possible for such a large crew to go. We love the “new big” bus!!!

It definitely made for a great Saturday evening event. I hope those who were ill and cancelled at the last minute, are feeling much better and hopefully you will get the chance to go to next year’s event. I am sure we will fill a bus, so watch for details.

Summer has come and summer has gone. The next thing to look forward to is the upcoming holidays. For some there is the excitement and count down. For others, especially those that have lost loved ones, it can be trying.

I for one have to mention I lost a brother and sister in less than two years, both being younger than myself. Grieving is one of the hardest things an individual has to do. While grieving is an individual effort, being with others who are experiencing similar feelings can help. Personally I can’t think of anything better than sitting with a small group and if not wanting to talk, then to listen to others share their feelings. That is why I encourage you to join others in a six week grief recovery group which will be held at the Manistique Senior Center every Tuesday, beginning Oct. 23, and running through Nov. 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Center is located at 101 Main St. in Manistique.

If you are nervous about going the first time, don’t be. I have spoken with several who have attended past sessions and some are thinking about returning. You are never alone. The great thing about living in a small town is everyone is so accommodating. Instructors will make you feel at ease before you know it. Call 341-5923 for further information.

Now if anyone can confuse you, it is going to be me. You have heard me mention the upcoming Diabetes Workshop Classes which will be held at the Senior Center.

Unfortunately, I have to share new dates and times with you. This one is locked in for sure and I promise it will not be rescheduled as we finally have enough interest to pursue it.

They will be held every Wednesday morning from 9-11:30 a.m., Oct. 24 - Nov. 28. There is no cost to attend.

Subjects covered will include how to deal with symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyper/hypoglycernia, stress and emotional problems such as depression, anger, fear and frustration.

Learning about exercising for maintaining and improving strength and endurance and healthy eating habits, along with appropriate use of medication. Also, how to work more effectively with health care providers and participants will make a weekly action plan, share experiences and help each other solve problems they encounter in creating and carrying out their selfmanagement program. The class currently has seven registered and has a few seats available. Call 341- 5923 for further information.

Northern MI Hearing will be offering free screenings on Thursday, Oct. 25. All you need to do is call (800) 637-7816 for an appointment. We also offer hearing aide batteries at the Center for a cost of $2 per pkg. We have size 312, 13 and 10. If at all possible, please bring the correct change and try to come before or after lunch time. You will find parking much easier!

If you have not had the chance to listen to attorney Susan Wideman from the Wideman Law Center, you might want to join us on Thursday, Oct. 18. Susan will be joined by attorney Amanda Filizetti. They will be speaking on elder law issues, including estate planning, long term care issues and Medicaid. While attending you will receive some very good handouts.

If you are interested in the half hour “free” sessions, I encourage you to call the Center at 341-5923 for an appointment. At the time of writing my column there are only a few left.

Nobody wants to take on this task, but it sure makes it easier for the family who is left behind.

Let the fun begin! Don’t forget to come and enjoy the music of “Mike Johnson and Tom Hoholik” as we have a Halloween Party “Potluck” scheduled for today (Thursday, Oct. 18). Entertainment will begin at 4 p.m. and dinner will follow at 5 p.m. Costumes are optional, but keep in mind if you don’t wear one, you won’t have a chance to take home a prize. Let’s make it a fun, fun evening.

A thank you goes out to “anonymous” for his assistance with our lights. What did you say your name was? Hee hee

Military packages received donations from Mary Burns, Carol Howard, Lucille Boyd, Kristin Anderson, Gerry Decker and Pat Osterhout.

Treasure and Trash donations were received by Mary LaFleur, Lucille Boyd, Kristin Anderson and Mary Burns.

Ivan Rochefort dropped by with tomatoes from his garden and Bill and Nancy Cheney shared more of their squash. Jean Flodin gave a donation of candy bars to sell for bingo.

Carol Howard gave a donation of greeting cards and Dorothy Larson gave a donation to the Medical Loan Closet.

This isn’t a donation that was received at the Center, but I do think that Peggy Beckman should be acknowledged for the beautiful lap throws she makes for those residing in Medicare. We all know the time involved in making them, and I am sure those who receive them are “thrilled.” Definitely a very generous thing to do! We need more “Peggy Beckman’s” in the world!!!

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Paul and Alma Thibideau from Audrey Newborn,

• Joseph Jackson from Gladys Barton

Maintenance and Support donations were received from Rosalie Miller and from Bob and Diane Elcoate.

BRIDGE Oct. 8: 1st-Patsy Calhoun, 2nd-Eris Webb, 3rd-George Lowman, 4th-Lois Bellville, 5th- Eileen St. Onge, CFC-Ann Willcock. Hostess, Hanna Mammen served pound cake, bridge mix, and M&M’s.

BRIDGE Oct. 12: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd-Barb O’Conner, 4th-Sarah Bignall, 5th- Jane Leonard, CFC-Betty Stewart. Hostess, Jane Leonard served ground bologna salad sandwiches, pineapple cake and chips.

PINOCHLE Oct. 10: 1st-Geri Henkel, 2nd-Nancy Casey, 3rd-Bill Keener, Should’a Stayed Home- Don’a Nelson.

500 Oct. 12: 1st-Ruth Jones, 2nd-Char Turek, 3rd-Carl Sundling, Should’a Stayed Home-Peggy Beckman.

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