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Seniors

An important — and very different type of — bucket list

NIAGARA, Wis. — As we go through our lives busily building a career and caring for a family, we all have a “bucket list” of all those items we want to be sure to do before we die. This list may flex and grow as we age, but typically it includes exotic vacations, things we want to learn ...

Recognizing the racism we likely harbor inside

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have belonged to a book club since 2010; I joined one year after the group began and while I was still working. There are eight of us who meet once each month for eight months of the year. We call ourselves the Three B’s, which stands for Books, Brains and Bifocals — we ...

Living the length and width of our lives

NIAGARA, Wis. — A friend of mine recently posted on her Facebook page the following quotation by Diane Ackerman, “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” The more I thought about that phrase, the ...

Blog relives immigrant life in 1904 Hermansville

HERMANSVILLE — A Michigan-born writer is recreating life in Hermansville at the turn of the century by blogging week-by-week through her great-grandmother’s 1904 diary. “Minnie’s Diary” recounts the life of 20-year-old Minnie Gamache on her parents’ farm north of Hermansville. ...

Sharing memories of my brother

NIAGARA, Wis. — January provided a tough start in the new year for me. My brother died suddenly – and, sadly, alone — in his Kingsford apartment. Early on Jan. 13, our breakfast was interrupted by two Niagara police officers knocking on our door. They had been notified by a Kingsford ...

Rules to live by and a word about prayer

NIAGARA, Wis. — Many of you are looking at the title of this week’s column and thinking, “I am well past the midpoint of my life, and now you are giving me a set of guidelines?” Or maybe your thought process goes more like, “At this point in my life, I could give you a list and it ...

Bad habits and the need for New Year’s resolutions

NIAGARA, Wis. — It occurred to me today that I am halfway through my fifth year of retirement; I retired on May 31, 2016, which was 28 years from the very day I had begun my career at the hospital. My hiring had been the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for, and by the time I ...

Bad habits and the need for New Year’s resolutions

NIAGARA, Wis. — It occurred to me today that I am halfway through my fifth year of retirement; I retired on May 31, 2016, which was 28 years from the very day I had begun my career at the hospital. My hiring had been the best birthday gift I could have ever asked for, and by the time I ...

Important life lessons and how they are learned

NIAGARA, Wis. — Most of us have raised children and have many memories of what those years entailed. By now, most of the memories are good ones: birthday parties, graduations, sporting events, family picnics and camping trips, talks around the supper table, and happy times full of laughter. ...

Football season provided a bright spot of ‘normal’ in 2020

NIAGARA, Wis. — If there was one saving grace during 2020, it was the fact that the NFL found a way to have a season despite COVID-19. Throughout the year, as my husband’s and my spirits got chipped away with every cancellation of every cultural event we enjoyed, we held our breath as ...

Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan lists programs for January

LANSING, Mich. — Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter kicks off new year with free Dementia Super Saturday Series, education programs, support groups and more The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter will offer a wide array of free virtual support groups, education programs and ...

Trying to find a balance, hope in the New Year

NIAGARA, Wis. — This brief week in between the Christmas and New Year holidays has always been a time of reflection for me. I have completed all of the holiday preparations and have enjoyed the visit from our Green Bay son and his family and a long telephone conversation with our Minnesota ...

Pondering what’s behind the Twelve Days of Christmas

Now that the season of Advent — officially the four weeks before Christmas day — has come to a close for another year, the Twelve Days of Christmas begin. All of the busy moms and dads out there who have been rushing around to the point of near exhaustion to make Christmas for their ...

Top 10 Social Security webpages for 2020

Our online services often allow you to do business with us without visiting a local office or calling. Here are our top 10 webpages of 2020: 1. Open your own personal My Social Security account, where you can verify your earnings, get future benefit estimates, obtain benefit verification ...

Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress offers online dementia training

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress will have a three-part online dementia training series for caregivers of people with dementia in January. Each class is an hour long and includes The Dementia Overview for Family and Friends, Planning Activities for Persons with ...

The seasonal war of words at Christmas time

NIAGARA, Wis. — Every year after Thanksgiving comes to a close, we begin hearing the great debate over whether or not the seasonal greeting should be “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” I thought that this year we may be spared this silliness; after all, we do have a few other more ...

Get your new standardized benefit verification letter online

If you receive a Benefit Verification letter, sometimes called a “budget letter,” a “benefits letter,” a “proof of income letter,” or a “proof of award letter,” we have good news for you. A new standardized Benefit Verification letter is now available when you need proof of ...

Tidings of comfort and joy

Thanksgiving is over and we have now officially entered the Christmas season; we have moved from the season of gratitude to the season of comfort and joy. A lively melody has been stuck in my head lately, but I must confess that my heavy heart does not match the spirit which this particular ...

Alzheimer’s, dementia support available

ROYAL OAK, Mich. — As COVID-19 continues to spike in Michigan, leaving more residents feeling isolated, the Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter announces its free December virtual support groups, education programs and social engagement programs for Iron Mountain-area residents ...

KISS program aims to check on seniors

IRON MOUNTAIN — Reassurance for independent seniors is just a KISS away. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency, has announced the start of its Keeping Independent Seniors Safe, or KISS program. The new addition provides free ...