We have a future because of the people of the past

IRON MOUNTAIN — I have always been somewhat of a wanderlust, needing to move around every few years. I’ve never been good at keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground. I haven’t lived at home full-time since I was 14. I went to an academy that was four hours away, then a college that was 16 hours away, and finally a university that was seven hours away. When I decided to go to Purdue, it was a highly uncharacteristic decision. It was a school of more than 40,000 students, and I knew absolutely none of them. I’d never been a part of an education system that had more than 1,200 people; my graduating class in high school was a whopping 24, and that was considered large. So, uprooting my life to go to a university that housed more youth than the population of my hometown was daunting, but I was determined, and to this day it remains my third greatest decision. The first, was giving my life to Christ, and the second, was marrying my husband.

My love for history and the past started when I was very young, but it was in college where I was able to bring my history passions to fruition. It was there that I first made steps to put stamps in my passport, and there that I became a traveling junkie.

Of the many different eras and historical occurrences, I have always been consumed by learning about World War II. I don’t know if it is because I idealize the time period, I love Europe, or if I’m simply a history connoisseur, but I’ve continuously sought out stories focusing on the Second World War. It doesn’t matter if the stories are historical fiction or autobiographies, films based on real events or entirely new inventions of the imagination, I eat them up. I’ve watched the series “Band of Brothers” an embarrassingly amount of times, and I have read every book written by the men of Easy Company. It came as no surprise to those who knew me, then, that when I traveled abroad to Europe, finding the reality of World War II was at the center of my schedule.

When I first arrived in London, my professor brought me and my fellow students to the center of the city, put us on a double decker bus, gave us a map, and told us to find our way back to our motel. We were all jet lagged and nervous, but full of elation. While the red bussed tour causes you to stand out like a sore thumb as someone who is not a native, it also gives you an amazing insight into London at a glance, and it opens a door to the past that you might have overlooked had you not been shown. While on the tour, you see wreckage from the Blitz still holding its toll that it devastated on the rainy streets of London 70 years ago. There are no craters or buildings holding their ruin, but statues and monuments still bear the scars of the bombs that were dropped so long ago.

Being in London was like being placed into an actual history book. During our time there, we had one “free” weekend, where we could do whatever we wanted. I relished in this time alone, knowing exactly where I wanted to go: the “Churchill War Rooms.” These rooms remain to this day one of the most incredible things I have ever seen. So much of it has been kept in its original format; the actual rooms remain the same, and it is almost as if you are transported back into the ’40s. You can nearly hear Churchill as he discusses Dunkirk, and the allied forces. You walk through the exhibits and you look at an original wall that has been kept, covered in thousands of tiny holes. You look at the wall, and only for a moment, you question what the holes are from, until you realize a map once covered the surface and pins used to litter the paper. You are actually looking at a live piece of history that plotted the invasions that won the war. There is also a room in which tea cups and sugar cubes left from those harrowing days are displayed on a desk. To me, this was knowledge heaven.

Traveling to France was like flipping the page in the history book that was London. Like so many other history buffs, I took a trip to Normandy. I can’t quite explain the feeling that you get while you are there. When you arrive at Omaha Beach, it’s a surreal moment. I’ve seen so many films and shows that depict the daunting task of breaching the beaches of D-Day that when I stood on those sandy shores, I had a hard time seeing it. Today, the beaches are blocked by a road barrier, because directly behind them is a highway and houses that color the hillside. They have become civilized, and so it is hard to look at that place as a place that held so much destruction, and yet the reality of where you are still resonates to a point of sheer reverence. Utah Beach, however, is slightly more isolated, and remnants of vessels and ships still lie on its sand and interrupt its waves.

Above the beaches, you can visit the German bunkers that still hold, where the aged barbed wire litters the hillside and the bomb craters violate the ground. Seventy years after metal shattered the earth, the war still lives. I walked down into the center of the crater, and my mom took a photo of me, so that I would never forget the extreme magnitude of what hate can produce. I looked like an ant at the bottom of the hole. Now, rusty canons that the Germans used to sentence men to death are surrounded by fields of canola flowers and poppies.

I also visited the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The cemetery was gifted to the U.S. by the French so that the men who gave their lives to ensure freedom could be laid to rest in the soil that they fought for. In a sense, because the cemetery is U.S. soil, you can stand both in France and America at the same time. 9,387 souls are buried in the cemetery at Normandy; 367 of which are unmarked graves with crosses that read, “Here rests in honored glory a comrade in arms known but to God.” The Star of David marks certain graves, and there are displays within the cemetery that show the avalanche of allied forces that rained down on the French soil that day. Tiny parachutes demonstrate the 101st Airborne Division, and red arrows point to their desired destinations. The same English Channel that I had just a few days prior traveled to get to Paris can now be seen, but from the sacred grounds of the fallen.

Every few years, my family tries to take a trip together. This year, we’re going on a ski trip, and it will be the first time we’ve all gone somewhere together, just the original six of us, since I graduated from Purdue. Hopping in a car and driving out West makes me think about why I’m able to do it. No matter how much I learn about the war that wreaked havoc on so many, I can never comprehend the bravery of those who gave their lives so that I might live freely. Because of them, I can take a trip with my loved ones. I know that because of them, I was able to marry my husband, who is the farthest from a “true Aryan” that one could be. I know that because of them, I can worship how I want, speak how I want, and be who I want.

When I was in Europe, and I was seeing pieces of the war firsthand, I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of respect and pride for the nation I was able to call mine. As I’ve said before, history is important because it keeps the stories alive and brings us into the future, but it is also important so we forever realize how it is that we are able to live the life we do today. Without history, and the heroes of the past, we would have no present. Strive to remember, so that others won’t forget.





For Thursday through Saturday schedule call the home’s director.

Scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

Sunday: Scenes and sounds, noon; Uno, 1 p.m.; dunking donuts, 2 p.m.; church, 2:15 p.m.

Monday: Pretty nails, 10 a.m.; library cart, 11 a.m.; brouhaha, 1:30 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; ice cream social, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Crochet and craft, 10 a.m.; reminisce, 1:15 p.m.; Kentucky Derby, 2 p.m.

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; rosary, 11 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; movie and popcorn, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Reading buddy, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11 a.m.; what’s that word?, 1 p.m.; Crystal Hogan, 2 p.m.

Friday: What’s cooking?, 11 a.m.; bunko, 1 p.m.; Golden K bingo, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Meet and greet, 10:30 a.m.; spinning records, 11 a.m.; Daily News, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.

Iron County

Medical Facility

Crystal Falls

Room visits, 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Exercise, 11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Sunday: One-to-one church visitors, 8:30; room visits, 9 to 11 a.m.; reminisce, 10 a.m.; bingorama, 2 p.m.; Church of Christ, 3 p.m.

Monday: Memory books, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; resident council, 10:30 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; Sunshine Club, 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday: CF library, 9:30 a.m.; book club,10 a.m.; Mass, 10 a.m.; Norway Senior Center, 10:30 a.m.; wildlife film, 1:30 p.m.; current events, 2 p.m.; comedy movie, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Visiting pets, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; coffee social, 10 a.m.; animal kingdom, 10 a.m.; Men’s Club, 2 p.m.; night bingo, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Puzzler, 9:30 a.m.; bowling, 10 a.m.; travel film, 1:30 p.m.; Christ United Lutheran, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.

Friday: Crafts, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; throwaway bingo, 2 p.m.; romance movie, 6 p.m.

Saturday: Price is Right, 10 a.m.; volleyball, 10 a.m.; geri-gym, 11 a.m.; intergenerational social hour, 2 p.m.



Wet your whistle, 9:30 a.m. daily.

Movie, 10:45 a.m. daily, and 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Popcorn Day Fridays.

Protestant Church service, 3 p.m. Sunday.

Exercises, 10 a.m. daily.

Sunday: Just jokes, 10:15 a.m.; morsels and more, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant church, 3 p.m.

Monday: Who, what, where, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; pokeno, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Who am I?, 10:15 a.m.; Wheel of Fortune, 2 p.m.; movie and a manicure, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Remembering when, 10:15 a.m.; bocce, 2 p.m.; flip five, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday: Crosswords, 10:15 a.m.; Golden K bingo, 2 p.m.; crafts, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: ABC game, 10:15 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 2 p.m.; chips n’ chatter, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday: Current events, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.

Maryhill Manor

Niagara, Wis.

Rosary, 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Parachute, 1:30 p.m. daily.

Monthly support group for grief and loss, 2 p.m. second Monday of the month.

Weekend pet visits.

Sunday: Rosary, 8:30 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; music bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Yahtzee, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.

Monday: Nickle jokereno, 10:15 a.m.; Family Feud, 2 p.m.; Baptist service, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; resident council, 2 p.m.; sing-a-long with Teresa, 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday: You be the judge, 10:15 a.m.; jokereno, 2 p.m.; Bunco, 6:15 p.m.

Thursday: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; derby day, 2 p.m.; whammo, 6:15 p.m.

Friday: Rosary, 9:30 a.m.; exercise and trivia, 10:15 a.m.; happy hour, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Jokereno, 10:15 a.m.; pamper and polish, 2 p.m.; coffee social, 2 p.m.

Maryhill Manor, Alzheimer’s Unit

Niagara, Wis.

Bread making, noon daily.

Chicken soup, communication program, 4 p.m. daily.

Sensory group, 6 p.m. daily.

Movie, 6:30 p.m. daily.

Sunday: Table ball, 9 a.m.; puzzles, 9:45 a.m.; Bible stories, 10:15 a.m.; sing-a-long, 12:15 p.m.; bowling, 1 p.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; balloon ball, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Table ball, 9 a.m.; spelling bee, 9:45 a.m.; Bible stories, 10:15 a.m.; old TV shows, 12:15 p.m.; Animal Kingdom, 1 p.m.; pamper and polish, 2 p.m.; kickball, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Play dough molds, 9 a.m.; puzzles, 9:45 a.m.; table ball, 10:15 a.m.; sing-along, 12:15 p.m.; foot soaks, 1 p.m.; creative art, 2 p.m.; balloon ball, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Play dough molds, 9 a.m.; spelling bee, 9:45 a.m.; coloring, 10:15 a.m.; old TV shows, 12:15 p.m.; through the years, 1 p.m.; pamper and polish, 2 p.m.; golf, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: Table ball, 9 a.m.; puzzles, 9:45 a.m.; Bible stories, 10:15 a.m.; sing-a-long, 12:15 p.m.; foot soaks, 1 p.m.; men’s group, 2 p.m.; parachute, 3:30 p.m.

Friday: Play dough molds, 9 a.m.; spelling bee, 9:45 a.m.; coloring, 10:15 a.m.; old TV shows, 12:15 p.m.; creative art, 1 p.m.; happy hour/music and memory, 2 p.m.; kickball, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Table ball, 9 a.m.; puzzles, 9:45 a.m.; Bible stories, 10:15 a.m.; sing-along, 12:15 p.m.; foot soaks, 1 p.m.; bowling, 2 p.m.; parachute, 3:30 p.m.

Victorian Pines

Iron Mountain

Exercise, 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Coffee clutch, 9:30 a.m. daily

Shopping days: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, must sign up.

Sunday: Bible study, 2:30 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Monday: Birthday party, 2 p.m.

Tuesday: Left, center, right, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Golden Throats, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Crosswords, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Move and popcorn, 2 p.m.

Florence Health Services

Florence, Wis.

Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; matinee with popcorn, 2 p.m.

Monday: Dominoes, 10 a.m.; bingo with Bette, 2 p.m.; room visits, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Balloon volleyball, 10 a.m.; greeting card display with Valri, 2 p.m.; one on one time, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Mosaic shamrock craft, 10 a.m.; shopping outing, 1:30 p.m.; Yahtzee, 2 p.m.; music by Grace and Dave, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: Lutheran service, 10 a.m.; manicures and massages, 2 p.m.; comedy hour, 3 p.m.

Friday: Catholic communion service, 10 a.m.; cribbage, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Uno, 2 p.m.

Pinecrest Medical Care Facility


Life connections, 9:45 a.m. every Monday.

Busy bee, 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Rosary 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Sunday: Grace church, 10 a.m.; Pictionary, 10 a.m.; cribbage, 2 p.m.; manicures, 2 p.m.

Monday: Song service, 1:30 p.m.; one to one visits, 3:30 p.m.; bowling, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Resident council, 10:30 a.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.; Scattegories, 3:30 p.m.; one to one visits, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Casino outing, 10 a.m.; social circle, 2 p.m.; one to one visits, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: Bingo, 1:45 p.m.; cards, 3:30 p.m.; ball toss, 6 p.m.

Friday: Mass, 10 a.m.; movie, 2 p.m.; fish fry outing, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Current events, 10 a.m.; crafts, 10 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; balloon toss, 3 p.m.

Victorian Heights

Crystal Falls


*Activities director out on leave. Call the home for additional information.


Note: All centers ask for 24-hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.

Alpha-Mastodon Center


Meal noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Amasa Center


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch at noon.

Bingo on Tuesdays.

Free meal drawing on Thursdays.

Breen Center


Meals Monday through Friday.

Pasty sale every third Saturday of the month.

Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m.

Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.

Treats and coffee, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Center retail store is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Birthdays acknowledged every day.

Evening meals are on the first and third Thursday of the month. Salad bar opens at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. Donations are $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for 60 and younger.

Blood pressure and blood sugar testing every fourth Wednesday.

Crystal Falls Center

Head Cook, Tracy West


Meals will be served on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5 p.m., with the salad bar opening at 4:30 p.m. The dinner donation is $5 for those age 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. There is a $1 charge for take-out containers. All are invited.

Cribbage will be played at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and be concluded in time for dinner.

The center is closed Thursday through Sunday.

Monday: Soup, salad, chicken broccoli, alfredo noodles, homemade dessert.

Tuesday: Soup, salad, pork, sauerkraut, sausage, homemade pierogis, homemade dessert.

Wednesday: Soup, salad, pasty pie, homemade dessert.

A site council meeting takes place at 3 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.

A blood pressure reading can be taken by request at any time while the center is open.

Crystal Lake Center


The center is closed on weekends.

The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency (DICSA) will offer lunch to the public at the Iron Mountain Senior Center each Wednesday in March between 11:45am and 12:45pm. Anyone over 60, suggested donation is $4. For those under 60, the meal is $5.

Monday: Woodcarvers, 10 a.m.; mahjong in dining hall, noon; Les Artistes Art Club, noon; Bridge Club, 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday: Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: Billiards, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Spinning Spools Quilters Guild, 1 p.m., crafters, scrap bookers and others also welcome; knitting and crocheting class, 1 to 3 p.m.

Friday: Smear, 12:30 p.m.

The Photo Club meets 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.

Home-delivered meals are for seniors 60 and older can be delivered seven days a week. Suggested donation is $4 per meal. For information, call Chris Tramotin at 906-774-2256, ext. 235.

Transportation is available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call the center to book a ride.

Felch Center


Meals served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Bingo after lunch on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

A congregate jigsaw puzzle is done daily.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County


Director: Tiffany White

Suggested donation for seniors older than 60 is $4 per meal. Residents younger than 60 must pay $7. Reservations and cancellations needed 48 hours in advance.

The ADRC can assist area seniors and those with disabilities with transportation Monday through Friday. Transportation reservation should be made with meal reservation.

Four senior dining locations are listed below:

Fence Center/Town Hall


Meal at noon Wednesdays only. Reservations are requested. Cribbage and cards are available.

Florence Community Center/Town Hall


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage and board games are available. The coffee is always on as well.

Senior Dining Center-NWTC, Aurora


Serving lunch at 11:30 am, Monday through Thursday

Tipler Town Hall


Serving lunch at noon on the second Thursday of the month.

Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora


Meal is served at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Jigsaw puzzles, cribbage, cards and board games are available. The coffee is always on as well.

Hermansville Center

Coordinator: Pam Haluska


Meal is at noon Monday through Friday. Suggested donation is $3 for age 60 and older and $7 for those younger than 60.

Morning coffee is available daily.

Fifteen games of “fun bingo” are played each Tuesday and Friday, along with a 50/50 drawing.

Tuesday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Cards played in the afternoon. Call ahead to see if a game will be going on.

Friday: Bingo, 12:45 p.m.

Monday through Friday: Walking in the gym, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A treadmill also is available.

Friendly interaction with other crafters.

Iron River Center


Meals served 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; a $4 donation is encouraged from those 60 and older, and a $5 payment is required from those younger than 60.

Thursday meal, 4 p.m. salad bar, with dinner at 4:30 p.m.

DICSA operates all meals and transportation out of the Iron River Center. Rides are $2.50 donation for age 60 and older, and $3 required for younger than 60. Call 906-265-6134 to schedule a ride

Niagara Northwoods Senior Cafe and Center

Corrie Maule, Meal site manager, 715-251-1603

Jill Anderson, senior center director, 715-251- 4154

Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.

Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara, Wis., area is offered.

ii games, cards, puzzles and board games are available to play.

Other activities are in the works — suggestions are always welcome.

Those who have not been at

Norway Center

Director: Susie Slining


Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon, with salad bar. Soup also is available at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Milk, juice, bread, fruit, tea, and coffee served daily. Meal donation is $5. Reservation for the meal should be made in advance.

Two special-themed meals take place each month, with bingo, prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

Two evening meals offered at 5 p.m. on the first Monday and third Wednesday of the month, with bingo, prizes and a 50/50.

If Norway-Vulcan are schools are closed due to snow days, so is the senior center. If the schools are on a two-hour delay, the center remains open.

Craft and exercise classes: Mondays and Thursdays.

Ceramic and art classes: Wednesdays.

Monday — Noon meal with chicken ala king.

Monday — Evening meal at 5 p.m. with company chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, soup, salad bar, dessert. 50/50 and bingo prizes to follow dinner; sign up early.

Tuesday — TEFAP quarterly food dist., 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Wednesday — Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.

Saturday — Pasty sale. $5 each. Order early. All orders must be picked up by noon.

Sagola Center


Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.

A puzzle table is available to enjoy.