To all my faithful readers, thanks for the support
IRON MOUNTAIN — I can’t say enough how truly overwhelmed I have been by my readers’ continued support and commitment. I have been blessed beyond measure by the incredible words spoken to me by so many of you. While I once was barely noticed on a trip to town, I now seem to rarely escape someone I know or someone who recognizes me to stop and tell me how much they love reading what I write every Saturday. To be sure, it is very humbling and wholeheartedly appreciated. I can only say that I write about what I have lived, because that is what I know; I cannot pretend to be smarter than I am or more experienced than what is true, and never did I think that my stories could hold so much validity for so many. For that, I thank you. I thank you for allowing me to see myself in a light that I had not considered before. I thank you for your loyalty in reading my column — without you, they would be rendered obsolete — and I thank you for your many calls, texts, emails and messages showing your approval.
This week, I am on vacation with my mother, sister, and grandmother in Florida, where together we have helped my aunt “tackle” the daunting task of “updating” some of her home. It has been a week full of “daily step counts” met, as we’ve wandered multiple shops every day to find the perfect items for here and there, and we’ve then continued our work once we arrive back home to officially decorate and put together. Because of this, I have been swamped, and therefore I will not have a full article this week. Next week, everything will be back to normal, but I wanted to take this opportunity to really let all of my readers know how much I appreciate you and how loved you have made me feel. I hope that on some small level I have been able to reach you through my experiences, whether you related to or you simply needed to hear what I had to offer. No matter the reason, you are wonderful, and I am so thankful.
Continue to live your best lives and breathe the fresh air.
As I am writing a condensed article this week, I will simply leave you with some of my favorite life lessons, and may you be shown grace today, and love always: 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s good. 2. Cry with someone; it’s more healing than crying alone. 3. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up your present. 4. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; eat on the fancy china — today is special, don’t save it for a special occasion. 5. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 6. If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. 7. If you don’t ask, you’ll never know. 8. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. 9. Be eccentric now. 10. The best is yet to come.
Event of the week: Florence Health Services has a new activities director. Kristine Jones is available for any questions or concerns you may have, and their calendar for June is printed in this week’s newspaper, as will any future activities calendars that they have.
Scenes and sounds, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
Sunday: Father’s Day; 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, 1:15 p.m.; ice cream social, 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Crafts and gardening, 10 a.m.; reminisce, 1:15 p.m.; Kentucky Derby, 2 p.m.
Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; rosary, 11 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; Golden Throats entertain, 2 p.m.; movie and popcorn, 3 p.m.
Thursday: Reading buddy, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11 a.m.; what’s the word?, 1:15 p.m.; bingo with Carol, 2 p.m.
Friday: What’s cooking, 11 a.m.; bunko, 1:15 p.m.; jigsaw brain teaser, 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
Room visits, 1 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Exercise, 11 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Sunday: Father’s Day family breakfast, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; storytelling, 10 a.m.; room visits, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; matinee, 2 p.m.; Church of Christ, 3 p.m.
Monday: Garden Club, 9 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; Sunshine Club, 2:30 p.m.; bonfire, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Book Club, 10 a.m.; prayer, 10 a.m.; wildlife film, 1:30 p.m.; current events, 2 p.m.; romance movie, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Coffee social, 10 a.m.; trivia, 10 a.m.; high rollers, 2:30 p.m.; night bingo, 6 p.m.
Thursday: Puzzler, 9:30 a.m.; bowling, 10 a.m.; travel film, 1:30 p.m.; Presbyterian Church, 2 p.m.; happy hour, 2:30 p.m.
Friday: Picnic to Ottawa, 10 a.m.; room visits, 1 p.m.; names and faces, 2 p.m.; comedy movie, 6 p.m.
Saturday: ICMCF word search, 10 a.m.; you be the judge, 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: Father’s Day social, 9:30 p.m.; morsels and more, 1:45 p.m.; Protestant Church, 3 p.m.
Monday: Who, what, when, 10:15 a.m.; Crystal Hogan entertains 2 p.m.; pokeno, 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday: Trivia, 10:15 a.m.; Resident Council/food committee, 2 p.m.; movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday: Remembering when, 10:15 a.m.; monthly birthday party, 2 p.m.; flip five on the patio, 5:45 p.m.
Thursday: Crosswords, 10:15 a.m.; Deal or No Deal bingo, 2 p.m.; crafts, 5:45 p.m.
Friday: ManorCare monthly, 10:15 a.m.; pokeno, 2 p.m.
Saturday: Current events, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 2 p.m.; movie, 3:15 p.m.
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.; Father’s Day social, 10:15 a.m.; bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.; christian fellowship, 5:30 p.m.
Monday: Protestant service, 9 a.m.; Travel Club, 10:15 a.m.; bocce ball, 2 p.m.
Tuesday: Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; cupcake decorating, 2 p.m.; Alzheimer’s vigil, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: You be the judge, 10:15 a.m.; monthly birthday party, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; bonfire, 6:15 p.m.
Thursday: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; purple popsicle, 2 p.m.; whammo, 6:15 p.m.
Friday: Rosary, 9:30 a.m.; yoga, 10 a.m.; happy hour, 2 p.m.
Saturday: Jokereno, 10:15 a.m.; pamper and polish, 2 p.m.; Yahtzee, 5:45 p.m.
Breadmaking, 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.
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, 1:30 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.
Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Music with Pastor Jim, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.
Wednesday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.
Thursday: Birthday party, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.
Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; refreshments, 3 p.m.
Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.
Florence Health Services
Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; donuts for dads, 2 p.m.; Baptist service, 3:30 p.m.
Monday: Wheel of Fortune, 10 a.m.; bingo with Bette, 2 p.m.; room visits, 3:30 p.m.; music and movement, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Beach ball hot potato, 10 a.m.; music by Larry Jankowski, 2 p.m.; social hour, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Dyna Band stretch, 10 a.m.; monthly birthday party, 2 p.m.; music by Jason and Amber, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: Lutheran service, 10 a.m.; manicures and massages, 2 p.m.; one on one time, 3:30 p.m.
Friday: Catholic communion service, 10 a.m.; Pictionary, 2 p.m.; ice cream social, 3 p.m.; hangman, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; mingle and munch, 2 p.m.; trivia, 3:30 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.; Uno, 10 a.m.; Father’s Day outside social, 2 p.m.
Monday: Beauty shop, 10:30 a.m.; rosary, 2:30 p.m.; mind joggers, 3:30 p.m.; ball toss, 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Baking group, 10 a.m.; bingo, 1:45 p.m.; social circle, 3:30 p.m.; word puzzles, 6 p.m.
Wednesday: Baking group, 10 a.m.; birthday party, 2 p.m.; one to one visits, 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: Manicures, 10 a.m.; Italian lunch, 11:30 p.m.; bingo, 1:45 p.m.; cards, 3:30 p.m.; movie night, 6 p.m.
Friday: Mass, 10 a.m.; sensory, 10:15 p.m.; Jerry Beauchamp entertains, 2 p.m.
Saturday: Hand massage, 10 a.m.; life stories, 10 a.m.; one to one visits, 2 p.m.; manicures, 2 p.m.
Activities director is 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.
Meal noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Lunch at noon.
Bingo on Tuesdays.
Free meal drawing on Thursdays.
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.
Crystal Falls Center
Head Cook, Lucy Korhonen
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, mild wet beef burritos, chips and salsa, and homemade dessert.
Tuesday: Soup, salad, liver and onions, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and dessert.
Wednesday: Soup, salad, pork chops, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, and dessert.
Thursday: Soup, salad, baked chicken, rice, vegetables, and 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.
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.
Last Saturday of the month: Music jam starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
Dances take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Admission is $6; coffee is free.
The Photo Club meets 1 to 3 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.
Evening meals are usually on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Salad bar opens at 4 p.m., with the meal served at 4:30 p.m. A donation of $4 is accepted for seniors age 60 and older but not required.
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.
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-Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 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.
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.
They welcome any senior groups that would like to use the meal site as a meeting place — join them for lunch and then stay for a meeting or social time.
Wii 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 the meal site/senior center are invited to give it a try. Those who haven’t been here in a while are encouraged to come back.
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.
Cards are played daily after the noon meal.
Craft and exercise classes: Mondays and Thursdays.
Ceramic and art classes: Wednesdays.
A senior coloring class meets daily. All are welcome. Some materials will be provided.
Telephone reassurance is available for any senior who doesn’t get out much and would like a friendly daily phone check to see that all is well.
Wednesday — Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday — Noon meal with turkey burgers, potato wedges, carrots and onions, salad bar, fruit, juice, dessert.
Wednesday — Barbecue rib dinner at 5 p.m. with mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, soup and salad bar, and dessert. Bingo and prizes, with a 50/50 drawing as well. Sign up early.
Thursday — Birthday Club meal with lasagna, garlic toast, broccoli, soup and salad bar, fruit, juice and birthday cake.
Note: A CSFP food card (green card) is available to income-eligible seniors. Make an appointment to get signed up. File of Life packets available at the center.
Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. You may be eligible. The local MMAP counselor can be reached at 1-800-803-7174, or by dialing 211.
Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.
Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.
Commodities every other month and quarterly commodities are every three months.
A puzzle table is available to enjoy.