Senior Center News
Do you know what it is like to turn away those last minute requests of those wanting to attend large events such as our most recent Annual Hotdog Roast? Over the years we have stressed to please sign up as soon as possible, especially now that the larger events are so well attended.
We had over 100 people come out in the cold and chance the storm to enjoy char-roasted hotdogs, homemade potato salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, and all the other fixings that go along with it. The homemade hot fudge ice cream cake by Guerda Frenette was once again a huge hit.
It was brought to my attention that, in last week’s column, I mentioned the Front Yard Gang band members and somehow listed Karen Beauchamp and Linda De- Mers as part of the band. They were guests of the band. I bet they didn’t know they had such talent. Unfortunately, a few of their band members were sick, but I have to say Frank Sweeney and Dave Winters did a fabulous job!
Hats off to the crew who worked in the kitchen, which consisted of: Dan and Joseph Barber, Larry Peterson, Joseph Osieczonek along with the community corrections crew, who assisted with dishes and clean up. Also, Lucille Boyd and Kristin Anderson were greeters at the hotdog roast. To answer hotdog questions: they were ordered from Reinhart, and, yes, they were actually grilled outside.
Dan and Donna Barber provided sauerkraut for topping the dogs.
It sure was nice of Bay de Noc College to send five students over to set up a booth as part of their internship. Students included Felicia Reid, Danielle Swayer, Aaron Eagle, Jennifer Bosanic and Kristin Smithson. These students not only treated everyone with homemade goodies, but they provided several drawings as well. If you attended the hotdog roast, you got to see first hand who some day might be your RN’s. Great job!
Bruce and Rita Rossier took on the big job of purchasing and preparing all those yummy deviled eggs. Mary LaFleur not only did the decorating (Miss Perfectionist), but she made the baked beans for those asking for the recipe. I have to agree they were worth a second helping.
Wednesday found the offices closed most the day, as myself along with my staff, Carol, Brittany, Rita and Vera were in the kitchen doing the fun things such as chopping up potatoes, eggs, onions, veggies, cheese, etc. Wow, we have all decided catering would not be in our future.
Only if you turn the age of 97 do you have over 100 people sing “Happy Birthday” to you, hats off to Vincent Weber. I am sure he has stories of the past that would interest us all.
Do you know of someone who is 55 years of age or older, unemployed, and looking for employment? The Senior Community Service Employment Program is currently accepting applications in multiple counties, including Schoolcraft. The program actually sets you up at a site, such as the Senior Center, training you on skills to better your chance of employment in the future. For more information, call (888) 278-9109. Andrea S. Bridgewater can also be reached by email, Andrea_ Bridgewater@experienceworks.org.
A great big “thank you” goes out to the Veterans of Foreign War for their donation of a bingo machine to the center. This group has been fantastic to the center!
Monetary donations have been received in memory of:
Nancy Cheney from Ardell and Agnes Gardapee
Bonnie Lehman from Ardell and Agnes Gardapee and Rosemary Sablack
Shirley Walters from Mary Rhynard
Maintenance and Support donations were given by Irene Hinkson, Inez Kralik, and Mary Irish.
BRIDGE Feb. 21: 1st-Lois Bellville, 2nd-Larry Savoie, 3rd- Janice Redeker, CFC-Jackie Villemure. Hostess, Audrey Savoie.
PINOCHLE Feb. 19: 1st- Arlene Demars, 2nd-Peggy Beckman, 3rd-Bill Keener, Low-Carol Shampine.
Birthdays this week: Feb. 28- Lyle Nadeau, Feb. 29 (not this year)- Peggy Beckman, March 1-Ken Miller, March 2-Nancy Zellner, March 3-Sylvia Raredon, March 4-Burth Norton and Margo Withey, and on March 5-Pat Sundbeck.