2013-03-14 / Lifestyles

Senior Center

Wow, wow, wow! The Manistique Senior Citizen Center wishes to sincerely, and I mean sincerely, thank the Long Rider’s for their very generous donation. Brad Burnham, Sr. and his buddies made a surprise visit to the Center this past week. I think I surprised them back when I recognized them immediately. These guys had given a donation to the Center years back when they had first started out.

Wow, have they grown! The donation came in at a whopping $1,182. The check was to be used for anything the board sees fit. Well, you know how much we are in need of curtains in the offices, along with a few other things, one being the television in the main room is over 13 years old.

It is hard to find the right words to express my gratitude. It totally amazes me what can be done by someone who wants to better a small community by “giving”. For a small organization like ours, it is like hitting the lottery. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! A great big thank you goes out to all of the wonderful people who attend events such as these to make it all possible. Yes, Brad your thank you is on its way!

Walk for Warmth, after several years, has returned. Hats off to the many volunteers for making this possible. Due to their efforts they made a whopping $4,347 at last count. These funds will be used for deliverable fuels only and can be used only by Schoolcraft County residents.

In order to get help, you must meet income eligibility, which is:

• One person $1,896 per month

• Two Persons $2,480 per month

If you are struggling to pay your heat bills, I encourage you to contact Don Tyrell at the MDS Community Action Agency office which is located on the second floor of the Schoolcraft County Courthouse. To make an appointment to see if you qualify, give him a call at 341-2452.

I know it is a little early for gardening but I found a neat site in one of the senior newsletters I receive. For those of you who like to garden, here are two sites I think you will enjoy:

http://gardenplanner.jungseed.com/plan (computer)

• http:// www.gardenplanpro.com/js (iPad/iPhone)

If these don’t work for you, I encourage you to call one of our “years of experience” gardeners who drop by with boxes of donations throughout the summer. Can you tell I am getting tired of cold and snow and would like to see summer come? Heehee

It is approaching fast. The Annual CBC Bake Sale will once again be held on Palm Sunday, which is March 24. We have been asked to sponsor a bake table as we have for several years, with all the proceeds going towards CBC. By doing so, you are giving a triple donation, as they split the money between three organizations. Those organizations include Cancer, Bay Cliff and Community Charities.

Community Charities has awarded the Senior Center with a portion from last year which will be used for our long-distance medical transportation program. We haven’t been told the amount yet, but I will be sure to give you an update.

This program is for those age 60 plus that are unable to drive to the outlying areas to medical appointments. Our program uses all volunteer drivers, but we do pay the drivers $0.55.5 per mile, which adds up. We ask clients for a donation, which in return go back into the program. If you need a ride and can’t find a family member or friend to take you, or you don’t qualify for the transportation programs from veteran’s, tribal or Family Independence Agency (social services), we encourage you to give us a call at 341-5923.

Anyway, back to my request. If you would like to bake for our bake sale we would sincerely appreciate it. Items we are looking for are cookies, bars, homemade breads, pies, fudge, candies, jams, jellies or any other mouthwatering treat you might have in mind.

Items can be dropped off at the Center the Friday before the sale between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or the day of, before noon, you may drop them off at the cafeteria at the High School, as that is where we will be set up for the sale. If you are unable to bake, we do accept monetary donations. Your support in purchases is also appreciated. For further information give the Center a call at 341-5923. I do know we have some fabulous bakers in this community, so let’s show our support!

They are coming back due to requests. Eldercare Attorneys, Susan Wideman-Schaible and Amanda Filizetti will be returning to the Center today. They will be guest speakers at 11 a.m., which is open to the public. Topics will include wills and trusts, estates, etc.

Thursday, March 21, is the date set for our next potluck. Call a few friends, throw a dish together, and join us for a nice evening out. Music will be provided by “Frost Dancing” at 4 p.m. If you like fiddles, violins and guitars, you won’t want to miss this! Dinner will be served at approximately 5 p.m. Prizes will be given for wearing of the green.

We do have a couple rooms available for our Sault, St. Ignace, Hessel Kewadin Bus trip which is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 22 and 23. This is due to upgrading our bus to a larger one as we wanted to accommodate those who didn’t get their money in soon enough for the 46 passenger.

The cost is $77 which includes transportation by Kewadin Motor coach, accommodations at Sault Casino, a mouthwatering dinner buffet, along with a breakfast buffet, $10 in credits added to your Northern Rewards card and $50 in coins throughout your trip.

You will also receive $10 in vouchers which can be used in any Kewadin restaurant or deli. There is no expiration date, if you don’t get the chance to use them.

A few things to remember on your trip:

• Wednesday is Double Points Day

• If you put 50 points on your card, you will receive a $15 gas voucher, which can be used at Manistique Oil. To do this, you must register your Northern Rewards card “prior” to playing

• For the bingo lovers, bingo is held Wednesday evening at the Sault, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and play beginning at 7 p.m.

• We ask you please use your Northern Rewards card as this is what keeps the cost of our trips down, and the Center receives incentives.

The bus will be departing at 9 a.m. sharp. Please arrive at the Center at least 15 to 20 minutes earlier than departure, allowing the driver to store your suitcases under the bus. We ask you park in the adjoining parking lot of the Center or on the street, allowing those who attend the daily activities to park in the front of the building. We will be arriving back in Manistique approximately 5 p.m. Thursday.

Newsletter dues are now due. If you want to know the upcoming activities, services, birthdays of friends, etc. I encourage you to subscribe for $5 a year. Trying to keep the cost down, we do not send bills. If you are new, information needed is your name (spouses), address, telephone number and date of birth. The Center’s mailing address is: Manistique Senior Citizen Center, 101 Main Street, Manistique, MI 49854-1219. A newsletter also makes a nice gift.

A great “Big” Happy Birthday goes out to my baby (Stephanie) who will be reaching a big “30”. Oh my, how time flies!

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Donna Wolfe by Heman and Nancy Srasler

• Clyde Chartier by Rita Chartier

Maintenance and Support donations were given by Genevieve Chartier and Eva Osterhout.

BRIDGE March 4: 1st – Lois Hoholik, 2nd – Patsy Calhoun, 3rd – Joyce LaTulip and 4th – Nancy Brown. Hostess was Joyce LaTulip.

BRIDGE Mar. 8: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd- Lois Bellville, 3rd- Pat Flint, 4th-Nancy Brown, 5th- Ray Krall, CFC-Sarah Bignall. Hostess was Eileen St. Onge.

PINOCHLE – March 6: 1st – Cathy Wise, 2nd – Gerry Beaudre, 3rd – Don’a Nelson. Should’a Stayed Home – Carol Shampine.

PINOCHLE March 8: 1st- George Lowman, 2nd-Cathy Wise, 3rd- Audrey Newborn, Should’a Stayed Home- Don’a Nelson.

500 Mar. 1: 1st-Sheila Haskins, 2nd-George Shampine, 3rd-Carol Shampine, Should’a Stayed Home- Perry Wise.

Birthdays this week: March 15- Rita Chartier and Eleanor Jackson; March 16 – Marie Sellman; March 17- Sharon Robere; March 18- Allen Huddleston; March 19 – Arvella Gorsche and Charlotte Baker; March 20 – Barb McDonald; March 21 – Mille Rhode, Phyllis Frankovich and Dolley Woodruff. Have a super duper birthday!

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