Welcome aboard! Donna Maynard and Kathy Selling have recently been hired for the two part-time homemaker aide vacancies and our newest employee is Brittany Baker, who has filled our accountant/clerk position.
Hats off to our magnificent Chefs this past Thursday for our Annual Pancake Supper. Everyone feasted on pancakes, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and Dan Barber’s homemade sticky buns. Those chefs included: Dan, Cliff and Joe Barber, Bob Sands and County Commissioner, Craig Reiter. These evening would never have been possible if it weren’t for our fantastic volunteers. I mentioned them at supper, but omitted Sharon Fish and Mary Burns. These two gals need to also be recognized for being generous enough to volunteer their time.
Once again we wish to thank Mike Johnson not only for volunteering to be the entertainment, but we sincerely wish to thank him for inviting Margaret Richard and Rosie Stollings to join him. They all did a fabulous job! Mary LaFleur and Donna Barber donated door prizes.
Mabel Patz, whose new address is 201 Cherry Creek Road, Apt. 110, Marquette, MI 49855, has contacted the Center asking that we send out a great big “thank you” to all who sent her birthday cards. Her recent telephone number is (906) 273-0367.
The first Farmer’s Market for 2013 will be held at Little Bar West Arena on Wednesday, May 15, between 4-6 p.m. I recently spoke with Kerry Ott. You can look forward to purchasing maple syrup (which I heard was in great abundance), eggs, starter plants, carrots and early greens such as kale and spinach. There is nothing like fresh and local produce.
You might want to attend the first market, as the City of Manistique will also be celebrating the Road Maps to Health Prize received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in February. Yahoo for Schoolcraft County. To make the day special they will be live broadcasting with Radio Results Network along with giving away free kites to the first 300 families. Let’s celebrate!
The Senior Center once again will be offering the Project Fresh Coupons. We will keep you posted on when we receive them. Check out their website at Manistique- FarmersMarket.com.
With myself sitting on the Schoolcraft County Public Transit Local Advisory Council, I thought I might share some of the info. This past year services were provided to 41,987 passengers, up from 39,270 the prior year, which was a 6.9 percent increase. That is a considerable increase in a year time. That is why it is so important to schedule your rides ahead, whereas you don’t have to wait so long to get picked up. The telephone number to call is 341-2111. This is especially important if you need to go to get somewhere on a scheduled time, such as a doctor’s appointment.
They have 10 vehicles, with their newest being a 20 plus passenger. Several of the vehicles have lifts to accommodate wheelchairs, with the goal to have all vehicles have lifts in the future. Public Transit employs seven full time employees and four part-time. The employee who has been there the longest is Lu Bryant, which has to be close to 34 years, as Public Transit used to be housed out of the Senior Center and I was one of their employees at the time, working with Lu. When they made the move employees had the option of choosing to work at the Senior Center or for Public Transit. I chose the Center and Lu chose the bus system. Oh my, oh my, time sure flies. Since then the bus system has grown tremendously, as there were only two buses at the time of me being a driver.
Out of the 41,987 clients served, 9,703 were elderly and 4,786 were elderly with disabilities. Can you imagine how important it is to have this service if you are in a wheelchair? For such a small county we are exceptionally lucky to have this service available for those to use.
If you are a first time user, here are the steps:
• Call 341-2111 to make your reservation, but remember to do it in advance, if possible.
• Have the following information available when calling for the ride: Your name; Your pick up address; Your destination; Time you need to be there; Time you want to return; Any special needs you may have (such as lift requested for wheelchair, let them know if you are hearing impaired.)
Let’s talk about the fare to ride on Public Transit.
Fares include: In town ~ $2; 0 – 5 miles ~ $4; 5-10 miles ~ $6; 10 -15 miles ~ $8; 15-20 miles ~ $10
Senior Citizen’s, ADA certified and school students ride for half the price. Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may call them or email them to schedule a ride. If calling after hours, you can leave a message to schedule your ride. The email address is email@example.com, or you may telephone them at 341-2111.
The Amity Group donated to our military packages. This group has been awesome at seeing to it our collection box stays filled. Lisa Hinkson dropped by with a donation for the Medical Loan Closet.
A Maintenance and Support donation was received from Esther Erickson.
BRIDGE Apr. 15: 1st- Joyce LaTulip, 2nd-Eileen St. Onge, 3rd-George Lowman, 4th- Larry Savoie, CFC-Hanna Mammen. Hostess, Ann Willcock.
BRIDGE Apr.19: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Pat Flint, 3rd-George Hough, 4th-Lois Hoholik, 5th- Joyce LaTulip, 6th-Mary Ann Thorell, CFC-Jane Leonard. Hostess, Helen Barton.
500 Apr. 19: 1st-Perry Wise, 2nd-Carl Sundling, 3rd-Peggy Beckman, Should’a Stayed Home- Pat Clark.
Birthdays this week: April 27-Nanct Casey, April 28-Agnes Gardapee and Kirk Peterson, April 29-Eileen St. Onge, May 1-Virginia Scherer, May 2-Fritz Nelson and Greg Stimac.