2013-09-26 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

We have recently been asked about flu shots. Schoolcraft Memorial Health Clinic staff will be at the Center on Tuesday, Oct. 15, between 9 a.m. and noon to provide shots. Please bring your Medicare card. Without your card the shots will cost $29.75.

Are you age 60 or older, and are having a hard time doing tasks such as mopping, vacuuming, general cleaning of the bathroom and kitchen or having trouble changing your bed linens? If so, please contact the Center at 341-5923 to schedule an appointment to see if you qualify for our housekeeping program. We currently hired a new employee (Mary Sue Vertz), who is in need of more hours. Welcome aboard, Mary Sue!

The Center was blessed to pass a millage and we can’t begin to thank you enough for your support in the past. November you will see a couple more entities up for millage renewals. We all know the struggles the Schoolcraft County Medical Care Facility has been through. They have been through the ringer in the media. Now more than ever they need your support.

The first reason being is our local gals and guys working there need their jobs. We struggle enough to make ends meet by making the decision to live in the U.P. I have been in several nursing homes and I feel the care here is the “best.” I would feel totally secure if I had to place someone there as a resident. And actually, I have had to in the past. Their staff who works the floors is top notch! Hopefully, they will get the other problems solved and will move on as most things do.

Public Transit is also asking for your support. They along with the Center have taken several cuts in funding over the years from the state, theirs being a 36 percent cut. More and more the state is pushing for entities to come up with local monies.

With the cuts and also wanting to offer additional hours they need your support in order to make it possible. They are looking to expand their hours to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and add Friday and Saturday evening hours of approximately 6:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. with Saturday day hours from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

With the additional hours they would be able to give rides to the elderly, handicapped and general public to events such as Folkfest, July 4th parade, car show, etc.

Why am I jumping in to ask for your support? Because I have always looked at it this way, we need to promote and support our community and those living in the area. Let’s do it!

I know it is a little ways off, but you know how fast a month can fly. Mark your calendars to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The U.P. Senior Convention and Expo Bus trip is fast approaching. If you are signed up to go, the bus will be departing from the Senior Center parking lot today at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in the “glamour” pictures, you are encouraged to dress extra special. Pictures are $1 each and always make great gifts. Do we not have any talent in Schoolcraft County? Unfortunately, we didn’t get anyone brave enough to sign up for the U.P. Talent Show, so our bus won’t be taking home the grand prize of $150. No matter what, it is always a great time to meet new friends and chat with old friends. As always, we are looking to have a really fun time!

Our next trip scheduled is for Saturday, Oct. 19. The bus will be departing from the Senior Center parking lot at 3 p.m., heading to the Munising Moose Lodge to hear “Petey and the Dreamers.” We will once again drop by a local restaurant and eat before attending the show. The show will begin at 6 p.m. this year instead of the usual 7 p.m. which will allow us to return a little earlier. The tickets to the show are free thanks to the local businesses, so the only cost is $7 for the bus. Call the Center for more information.

It is a go ahead! The Center will once again host a Senior Center Craft and Bake Sale Bazaar from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. We sincerely wish to thank volunteers for taking this project on.

We need your help! We are also looking for volunteers to bake for the bake sale portion of the day. Be it cookies, fudge, cinnamon rolls, cakes, you name it I am sure we won’t have any problem selling it. Especially with those hunters needing baked goods for their camps. Let us know if you can help us out!

Cliff Dyer loves to do wood work. Once again the Senior Center wishes to sincerely thank Cliff for sharing his talent. His wife, Pat dropped by with his newest creations of butterflies and a grasshopper. You will find these items in our upcoming raffles. A big thank you, Cliff!

Grant and Ruth Taylor dropped by the Center to share more of their garden produce. Is it possible the gardens are coming to an end already?

Sharon Fish gave a donation of decorations, and Kristen Anderson dropped by with a potluck donation.

Yes, we are still accepting donations for our military packages. We have been sending them out for several years now, not just at holiday time, but all year long. We are so in need of new addresses of those in the military. It does not matter if they are oversea or if they are somewhere in the states, they are still providing a service we are indebted to them forever!

If there is a change in address we also need an update, as the packages are costing us close to $17 each and we have recently had two returned. While I am on this topic, is there any retired military service women or man who could tell us how to have it forwarded on to a clergyman, or somewhere else, when the address becomes outdated it could be passed along to another group. That way we could at least save the $17 loss.

Donations recently received came in from Judy McEachern, Phyllis Toyra and Pat Flint.

Sometimes our volunteers can’t donate their time, so they generously give in other ways. That is where Leon and Dorothy Duquette fit in. They have donated paper products for the past several years. I couldn’t begin to add up what they have saved the Center over the years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Monetary donations have been received at the Center in memory of:

-Fred Cayia from Vi Sundling

-Fred Cayia from Rose Merryman

-Fred Cayia from Joe Sundling and Angel

-Charlotte Dragos from Jeanne McHugh.

BRIDGE Sept. 16: 1st-Eileen St. Onge, 2nd-Audrey Savoie, 3rd- Eva Wendling, 4th-Helen Barton, CFC-Hanna Mammen and Linda Lowman. Hostess, Helen Barton.

BRIDGE Sept. 20: 1st-Larry Savoie, 2nd-Nancy Brown, 3rd- Jane Leonard, 4th-Mary Ann Thorell, 5th-Audrey Savoie, CFCMary Lou Marx. Hostess, Mary Ann Thorell.

PINOCHLE Sept. 18: 1st- Cathy Wise, 2nd-Don’a Nelson and Bill Keener, Should’a Stayed Home-Carl Sundling.

500 Sept. 20: 1st-Cathy Wise, 2nd-Carol Shampine, 3rd-Peggy Beckman, Should’a Stayed Home- Teddy Bouchard.

Birthdays this week: Sept. 28-Clarice Becks and Claire Paoli, Sept. 29-David Hokenson and Sharon Barber, Oct. 1-Ken Gillingham, Oct. 3-Ethel Elamon, Oct. 4-Audrey Newborn, Edith Greene, and Ken Fagan. Happy birthday wishes to all!

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