2014-01-09 / Lifestyles

Senior Center News

This past week the senior center lost a very loyal board member. When I received the telephone call, I have to say, I was in shock. Those who knew Nancy Cheney, knew her as a person who put her heart and soul into her beliefs. The center was one of those beliefs. She gave countless hours serving on the board.

I also know of two young gals who have become RNs because of her support. She not only assisted them in obtaining scholarships, she followed through, asking on a regular basis how they were doing. She had recently given a packet from a nursing conference to one of them because she felt it would be of interest to her.

Come summer, Nancy, along with her husband Bill, would make a telephone call to the center to let us know their squash was ready to share. I am not talking a small squash; I am talking about Bill having to take an axe to cut it. They would then drive to the center with it all singly wrapped. It was a joy to see the smiles.

Nancy would drop by my office to tell me of her most recent trip scheduled or one that she had come back from. “Connie, I have to do this while I am able, and oh how I am enjoying it!”

She may be gone from this earth, but her memories will be with all those who have had the chance to meet her. She was one exceptional lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to her entire family.

The center has a new face. We wish to welcome Rita Barbeaux as a part-time worker through Michigan Works. Rita will be working 18 hours a week.

A quick reminder, your subscription for the newsletter became due as of Jan. 1. Dues are $5 per year. Payment can be mailed to the Manistique Senior Center, 101 Main Street, Manistique, MI 49854 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.

The holidays are over and it’s a time of resolutions and new beginnings.

Perhaps your family or friends are urging you to “get on with your life and get over the death of your loved one. It’s time.”

The trouble is you’ll never get over it and there is never enough time to mend a broken heart. If this sounds like you, whether it’s been three months or three years since your loved one died, please consider joining this winter’s sixweek session of Good Grief.

Past participants have said how helpful the sessions were to understanding the journey of grief, learning some coping strategies, and mostly sharing their stories with others who cared. There is no cost to you, however, Carole Cooper and Judie Zerilli would like to know a bit about the folks who will be attending, so please give Carole a call at 341-3805.

They’ll be meeting at the senior center Wednesday, Jan. 15. The sessions will run through Feb. 19, from 5-6:30 p.m. It is free to the public.

You might want to get your pencil and calendar out as Thursday, Feb. 20, is the date we have set for our annual Hotdog Roast. The cost is a $5 donation per person, which will include jumbo char-roasted hotdogs with all the fixings, including a “yummy” dessert.

Frank Sweeny and “The Front Yard Gang” will entertain, beginning at 4 p.m. Dinner will follow at approximately 5 p.m. Seating is limited to the first 90 who pay. Don’t forget to call a few friends and invite them to join us!

Did you know you can go to Medicare.gov to do Home Health Compares? I found it to be very interesting. It not only rates the local health agencies, but also gives a Michigan and national average.

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