Senior Center News
Only in Manistique! A great big thank you goes out to Emily Aldrich who at the last minute request played the piano at the potluck this past Thursday evening. Isn’t it fantastic our youth are getting out and volunteering in the community. Good luck on your return to college Emily!
Welcome onboard! Sharla Kimmel is our new part-time Homemaker Aide for the Manistique, Cooks, Gulliver and outlying areas.
What does a Homemaker Aide do? The Center receives funding through UPCAP, Services to this service. Are you age 60 or older and have trouble mopping, vacuuming, changing your bed linens or cleaning your bathroom and kitchen? We are able to assist you with these types of tasks enabling you to continue staying in your home.
The program asks for donations, which in turn go back into the program to provide more services, as we get a very minimal amount of funding for the year. If you are interested, give the Center a call at 341-5923.
The past week, I sat and held the hand of a dying senior who had no family member in the area. I felt honored to do so, as she was a sweetheart. I had known her for several years and certainly was more than willing to do so. Nobody deserves to die alone.
With this, I want to once again comment on the fact of making sure your arrangements are made. If you have family, don’t leave it up to them, as they are going through a difficult time as it is. Not only that, you can save a lot of time and money, if you avoid probate. If you don’t know where to turn, I would encourage you to get on the list for a free 30 minute consultation with Amanda Filizetti, who is an elder care lawyer. Amanda and Susan visit the Center quite often and I have heard nothing but good from those who have met with them.
Have you signed up for our upcoming Annual Open House that is going to be held Thursday, Sept. 5? It will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. If not, please do soon by calling 341-5085. CAA kitchen, asks for a donation of $3 for those age 60 or older and if your under the age of 60 you can eat for $5. Remember, we need to have an idea of how much food to order. Last year, we had several who showed up without signing up ahead. This makes it extremely difficult on making the correct purchase and we certainly don’t want to be short on food. Next week I will try to list all of the donations for the party. The businesses and locals have once again came together to make this one of the nicest parties at the Center. You won’t want to miss it!
I am still trying to figure out where summer went. As I drove down the Inland Road on my way home from work the other night, I couldn’t get over how the leaves were already changing colors. Labor Day will be here before we know it. The Center offices and kitchen will be closed on Monday, Sept. 2, to observe Labor Day and get that last three day weekend to spend time with family and friends.
Clipping this out of a recent newsletter, I found it very interesting:
• If the first week in August is unusually warm, the winter will be white and long.
• A double husk on corn indicates a severe winter.
• So many fogs in August we see, so many snows that year will be.
• When hornets build their nests near the ground, expect a cold and early winter.
So what do you think?
Will we, or won’t we, be doing a bus trip to Escanaba for the UP Senior Convention and Expo? At the time of writing my column, we are still in need of more to ride the bus. The cost is $14, with the bus departing from the Senior Center parking lot at 8:30 a.m. The cost includes transportation, a breakfast bag, a lunch consisting of chicken cordon bleu, green bean almandine, rice pilaf, roll and butter, dessert and coffee and milk, along with entertainment.
Vaccines will once again be offered during the convention. Flu vaccines will be available for $25 and a Pneumonia vaccine will cost $75. Medicare Part “B” will be billed directly for the cost of these vaccines, but you must have your Medicare Card or Medicare Advantage Card with you. Other insurances may cover the vaccines, but they are asking you pay for the injection and submit the bill to your insurance company yourselves.
Other fun things throughout the day will be glamour pictures for $1, which are always fun, so make sure you dress up. What a great gift for grandkids. There will be informational exhibits, health related screenings, a silent auction, bingo and “Share the Wealth” raffle… and I am saving the best part for last.
For the very first time they are doing a U.P. Seniors Have Talent Show. This is where your part comes in. If you have any talent, as a single or as a group, you will want to pre-register to show it. It will be so worth your while if you become a winner as they are giving cash prizes. First place will walk away with $100, second place is $75 and third place will take home $50. They will also be presenting prizes to the “Best Dressed” for those individuals dressed in their “Most Glamorous Attire.” We have the registration forms available at the Center for those interested.
Zucchini has arrived! Nancy and Bill Cheney dropped some off this past Friday. Kristen Anderson donated potluck items, tablecloths and miscellaneous “Treasure and Trash” items.
BRIDGE Aug. 10: 1st-Audrey Savoie, 2nd-George Lowman, 3rd-Don’a Nelson, 4th-Eileen St. Onge, 5th-Linda Lowman, CFCBev Jahn. Host, Chris Orr.
BRIDGE Aug. 16: 1st-Chris Orr, 2nd-Mary Ann Thorell, 3rd- Jean Corson, 4th-Margaret Malloy, CFC-Mary Lou Marx. Hostess, Betty Stewart.
PINOCHLE Aug. 14: 1st-Dick Lewis, 2nd-Pat Clark, 3rd-Cathy Wise, Should’a Stayed Home-Carol Shampine.
500 Aug. 16: 1st-Pat Clark, 2nd- Barb LaVigne, 3rd-Ruth Jones, Should’a Stayed Home-Madolyn Eberts.
BIRTHDAYS: this week: Aug. 23-Carol Shampine, Laura Lee Tegtman, Paul Rhode, and Mary Burns, Aug. 24-Betty Slining, Eileen Reque, and Ken Tyda, Aug. 28-Vi Sebright.