If you missed our Annual Hotdog Roast last Thursday, you missed a wonderful time! There was close to 100 in attendance, not counting the workers. The evening started out with The Front Yard Gang, which consisted of Frank Sweeny, Caroline Howard, Tom Lucas, Dave Winters and Roger Beauchamp. This band has been absolutely fantastic about volunteering their time.
At least this year our chefs didn’t have to char-roast hotdogs on the grill in a blizzard. This year you had to look over the snow banks just to find them. Heehee, Dan and Cliff Barber, Perry Wise, Wes Turan and Ray Nelson wore the chef’s hats. Thanks guys.
We owe a huge thank you to the following volunteers: Lucille Boyd, Kristen Anderson, Sharon Fish, Mary LaFleur, Ashley Bosanic, my granddaughter, Savannah Rose Neadow and Junior Miss Schoolcraft County, Gail Thomma.
Only in Manistique would you be at the grocery store shopping for a hotdog roast, be approached asking what you were doing with so many eggs, and turn around and have the person offer to make the deviled eggs for the party and actually deliver them. Rita and Bruce Rossier have been wonderful volunteers over the years.
Community Corrections did all the shoveling and assisted with dishes, clean-up, etc. Community Action Agency not only donated several gift certificates for the drawings but Belinda Gardapee and Colleen LaVance assisted with cooking the potatoes and eggs for the preparation of our homemade potato salad.
Once again, I sincerely wish to thank the many who gave donations to be given away at the drawings.
Mark your calendar, as you definitely want to come to next month’s potluck which is scheduled for Thursday, March 21. The “Frost Dancing” group will be the entertainment, beginning at 4 p.m. This group consists of Heidi Troyer, playing the violin and fiddle, Steve Schmeck, playing the fiddle and Sue Robishaw and John Osterhout, both playing guitars.
Dig out your “green” as this will be our St. Patrick’s Day potluck and you will have a chance to win “Wearing of the Green” prizes.
Thursday, April 18, we will be replacing our potluck with a “Pancake Breakfast.” We will be asking for a $5 donation. Our chefs have agreed to come back and fill your tummies.
Mark your calendars! The Senior Center will be partnering with Life Line Screening for an upcoming event on Saturday, May 18. The following screenings will be offered in a community-based setting as they are non-invasive and easy to do in a non-hospital setting. Screenings test for:
• Carotid Artery Blockage, which can constrict or stop blood flow to the brain and lead to stroke. The stroke screening visualizes fatty plaque buildup and measures the velocity of blood flow to the brain.
• Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), or hardening of the arteries. The Ankle Brachial Index screening checks for PAD, a condition in which the arteries that carry blood to the arms or legs become narrowed or clogged, slowing or stopping the flow of blood. PAD is closely linked to coronary artery disease. Identifying individuals with Pad can help prevent heart attack and stroke.
• High Blood pressure (hypertension) which is when the pressure in your arteries is too high and puts stress on them and on your heart.
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms, which can lead to a ruptured abdominal aorta that generally causes death. This screening scans for enlargements or weak areas in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
• Osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease that afflicts both women and men and often leads to broken bones and disability. The screening is performed with a quantitative ultrasound bone densitometer, using the heel as a measurement site. This test compares the participant’s bone density to World Health Organization guidelines.
• Blood testing: Life Line Screening offers blood testing to screen Americans for risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The laboratory-accurate lipid panel, which can include total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides; blood glucose; and high sensitivity C-reactive protein, is available in most states.
• Atrial Fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia) that affects the atria – the upper chambers of the heart – and is the most common form of sustained arrhythmia. 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, and the condition is more common in adults over the age of 60.
• Biometrics such as height, weight, waist circumference and body-mass index.
As we grow older, I find this new to me as well as you. As my brother, Rick, said recently, “If I would have known I would live this old, I would have taken better care of my body.”
I encourage you to take advantage of these screenings. This is one of the reasons why I am giving you the date in advance, allowing you time to get it on your calendar. Closer to the date I will give you an update on preparing for your Life Screening.
The Amity Group gave a donation of magazines for our military packages and Betty Heinz gave a monetary donation for postage. Mary Nelli donated blank greeting cards and tablets to the Center.
Although I didn’t make the Walk for Warmth due to being in Marquette babysitting my grandson, word is it was received well. Workers felt raising close to $4,000 to assist families in Schoolcraft County was great, being they had not had a “Walk for Warmth” in Schoolcraft County for a few years. If you need assistance with your heat, give CAA employee, Don Tyrell a call at 341- 2452, as donations received stay in Schoolcraft County. A great big thank you to all those wonderful people who gave donations to make this possible.
Monetary donations have been received in memory of:
• Donna Wolfe from Deanna Johnson Hunt
• Clyde Chartier from Bernard and Greer Fish, Betty Heinz and Judy McEachern
• Bob Lasich from Betty Heinz
• Eleanore Multhaupt from Betty Heinz
• Duane Waters from Betty Heinz
• Jules Rivard from Judy McEachern
Maintenance and Support donations were received from Theresa Klarich and Laura Lee Tegtman.
BRIDGE Feb. 18: 1st-Lois Bellville, 2nd-Audrey Savoie, 3rd- Joyce LaTulip, 4th-Larry Savoie, 5th-Don’a Nelson, CFC-Hanna Mammen. Hostess, Helen Barton.
BRIDGE Feb. 22: 1st-Joyce LaTulip, 2nd-Lois Hoholik, 3rd- Mary Leonard, 4th-Doris DeMars, 5th-Betty Stewart, CFC-Jane Leonard. Host, Hanna Mammen.
PINOCHLE Feb. 20: 1st-Audrey Newborn, 2nd-Cathy Wise, 3rd- Chris Keener, Should’a Stayed Home-Peggy Beckman.
Birthdays this week: March 1-Ken Miller, March 2-Nancy Zellner, March 3-Eileen Renton, March 4-Butch Norton, March 5-Dorothy Hoholik, and on March 7-Theresa Klarich, Muriel Hamiel and Karen Colwell. Happy birthday wishes to all!