2013-08-15 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

Did you get a chance to go and see the Travel Dynamics International Cruise Ship that visited Manistique this past Monday? Unfortunately, due to their hectic schedule, they were not able to visit the Manistique Senior Center. So we brought the treats to them! A great big thank you goes to Mike and Margo Crook for taking the time to help me serve.

And of course we couldn’t have done it without our famous bakers, who included Guerda Frenette, Jean Louis, Lucille Boyd, Betty LaBar and Kristen Anderson. They were more than acceptable, mentioning how delicious they were and what a nice greeting Manistique gave them. I was told by one visitor they had went on the Agama Train ride which took most of one full day, whereas she would have liked to spend more time in Manistique instead. Other than the small rain showers, which I blamed them for bringing with them (heehee), several chose Fayette Historical Park as one of their favorite places to visit.

The monthly potluck is today, with entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. and dinner being served at approximately 5 p.m. Call a few friends and join us for some great socializing.

I am sometimes asked where to go to get a little work on an elders home. Info I recently received might offer some of that help.

Have you ever heard of the USDA Rural Development Program? They have a program which makes owning a home affordable for lower income homebuyers. USDA Rural Development is one of the few lenders still offering 100 percent financing on home loans, with no money down and a current low fixed rate for lower income families. Subsidies are available for qualified applicants. Applicants must have acceptable credit to qualify. A borrower who qualifies for the program has the flexibility to choose from purchasing an existing home, building a traditionally constructed new home or purchasing a new modular or manufactured home.

USDA Rural Development also provides home repair loans to income eligible homeowners at one percent interest. Yes, 1 percent. The loans must be used for vital repairs such as roofs, replacing furnaces, well and septic system repairs or connecting your home to a municipal water and sewer system. It can also be used for making a home accessible for people with disabilities. (Assistance with building ramps are often asked about at the Center.) This program is open to anyone who meets income requirements, owns their home and has acceptable credit history. Grants may also be available to qualified homeowners age 62 years and older.

For more information on this program, I encourage you to call (800) 944-8119 and ask for the Manistique office.

We had a huge donation of craft items recently donated by the Multaupt family. If you like to do small projects I encourage you to drop by and fill a bag. We also have yarn available on a first-come basis.

Do you have trouble with your vision? We just had a large magnifying machine returned back to our Medical Loan Closet. We also have an electric bed available. Give the Center a call at 341-5923 if you are interested.

A huge, huge thank you goes out to Bea Hill for taking the time to weed our flower beds. We sincerely appreciate your help. If anyone else would like to be added to the list as a volunteer to oversee our flower beds, we would more than welcome your assistance.

Past Director, Eileen St. Onge dropped by the Center with a donation of gifts all wrapped and ready for our upcoming activities. Thank you, Eileen.

Clarice Becks gave a donation to our upcoming Open House. We are still looking for gift give away items.

Marlyn Noffke drops by on a regular basis with her donations towards our military packages and also gave a few Treasure and Trash items.

I am hearing the gardens are not doing as well this year. Unfortunately the Center has not received the donations as usual. Vince Weber recently donated three cucumbers so hopefully this will be the start. Donations of veggies can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Center received a donation of paper products (cups and napkins) by Mary Irons and Margaret Waters.

Jewel Petz donated a wheelchair to our Medical Loan Closet. If you are looking for medical equipment and live in Schoolcraft County drop by or call the Center to see if we have what you are in need of. This program is available for all ages. We have walkers, strollators, commodes, hi-rise toilet seats, canes, wheel chairs, and over the bed tables, etc.

Monetary donations have been received in memory of:

• Ray Popour from Gladys Barton and from Irene Grimm

BRIDGE Aug. 5: 1st-Hanna Mammen, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd- Linda Lowman, 4th-Joyce Lesica, CFC-George Lowman. Hostess: Lois Bellville.

BRIDGE Aug. 9: 1st-Joyce Lesica, 2nd-Audrey Savoie, 3rd- Sandy Petrille, 4th-Linda Lowman, 5th-Helen Barton, CFC-Lois Bellville. Hostess, Sandy Petrille.

PINOCHLE Aug. 7: 1st-Peggy Beckman, 2nd-Audrey Newborn, 3rd-Cathy Wise, Should’a Stayed Home-Carol Shampine.

500 Aug. 9: 1st-Carl Sundling, 2nd-Peggy Beckman, 3rd-Pat Clark, Should’a Stayed Home- Madolyn Eberts.

Birthdays this week: Aug. 15-Roberta Smith, Aug. 19-Clara Bosanic, Aug. 20-Paul Heinz, Aug. 21-Connie Trick, and on Aug. 22-Eileen Martin.

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