2014-01-02 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

Whether it has been two months or two years since the loss of your loved one, I highly recommend that you consider joining a six week session of “Good Grief Series”. A new six week session will be starting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, which will be held at the Manistique Senior Center from 5-6:30 p.m.

I am going to let you in on a secret. The last group enjoyed it so much; they wanted it to be on-going. If you think you are interested, even a little, I encourage you to call Carole Cooper-Klagstad, who along with Judie Zerilli will be the facilitators. The series is free to the public.

Recently I have received several telephone calls asking if what they share might possibly be a scam. If you detect a fraud or scam aimed at seniors, there is a new toll-free number for assistance.

The phone number (800) 303- 9470 is operated from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST., Monday through Friday, staffed by a team of investigators from the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. You can also contact the committee through its new senior friendly website – www.aging.senate.gov/fraud-hotline.

The site features large print and simple navigation, with the option of changing text size, colors and other features.

Only a week old, the hotline is fielding two dozen calls a day and investigators hope that will increase. Callers will get the advice of committee investigators who understand the vast array of government agencies involved in consumer protection complaints.

A quick reminder your $5 subscription for the newsletter will be due beginning Jan. 1. Dues can be mailed to the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main St., Manistique, MI 49854-1219 or by dropping by the office

Please remember to contact the Senior Center office with your address change if you subscribe to the monthly “Timepiece” newsletter, and have plans of going away for the winter. Also give us a call to let us know of your return as we have to let the post office know of the change in order for you to start receiving it when you get home.

With winter, and having to pay heat bills, it can sometimes be extremely hard on the elderly. Did you know if you live in Germfask and outlying area, you are welcome to go to the Christ’s Fellowship Ministries (former VFW) on Mondays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and receive “free” grocery items as well as paper products, personal hygiene items, laundry and various other items? The Christ’s Fellowship Ministries and The Germfask United Methodist Women have partnered to offer this Food and Non-Food Pantry. For further information contact Pastor Diane Bowler at (906) 286-0591. After hours or emergency they ask you call 586-3703 or 586-6219.

Just a quick reminder, the Center offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year. (No State Bingo) We wish you a happy and healthy 2014!

Manistique Papers (Future Mark) has been very supportive of the Senior Center for several years. We wish to sincerely thank them for their support. They have continued to let us be included in their paper recycling program along with purchasing computers for the offices in the past.

A great “big” thank you goes out to Carol Anderson who volunteered to repair our flags. Hopefully we will get through one more summer before replacing them.

Speaking of “big” thank you, Rosalie Miller gave a generous donation towards the Center purchasing a defibrillator.

Dan Barber donated his time working bingo this past week. He even had to do double duty with Carol being on vacation. Thanks, Dan!

Clarice Becks, Betty DeSautel and Ray and Rosie Krall dropped by the office and gave a miscellaneous donation and Bob and Ruth Johnson dropped by with a raffle donation.

The military packages received a donation from Perry and Cathy Wise. Bill and Nancy Cheney donated homemade pickles and puzzles.

Birthdays this week: Jan. 5 – Dave Anderson, Jan. 6 – Louis Salter, Jan. 7 – Robert Johnson, Jan. 8 – Dan Barber, Jan. 10 – Natalie Olson and Lois Hoholik, Jan. 15 – Bob Barr and Anne Lander, Jan. 16 – Jean Anthony, Robert Carlson and Madolyn Eberts.

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