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Seniors

Positive thoughts can make good things happen

Let me begin by telling you what I am not going to talk about in this column today. I am not going to discuss the specifics of what is going on in our world because we all hear enough about that when we read the newspaper, or watch the news on television, or listen to it on the radio … or get ...

Fall beautiful time for finger painting

Fingers make the best painting tools. Bright-colored commercial finger paint works just fine and washes out easily from clothes. It is even more fun to finger paint with products you have around the house. You will need vanilla pudding, shaving cream, food coloring, paper, gallon-size plastic ...

Finding peace on a spontaneous adventure

I believe that the ability to be spontaneous is one of the best things about retirement. This past Tuesday, I set aside my usual need to plan and acted on a whim. I am so glad that I did, because I was able to make a bit of a pilgrimage to put a piece of my past to rest. It turned out much ...

Laylin celebrates her 104th birthday in Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. — Irene (Dallapiazza) Laylin turned 104 on Sept. 12. Her family had a celebration of her life at her residential facility, New Care in Crivitz, Wis., which included a bingo party, cake and sharing facts from her birth year in 1915. She was born Sept. 12, 1915, in Norway. She ...

Stolze- 50th

KINGSFORD — George Jr. and Mary Stolze of Kingsford recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They were married Sept. 12, 1969, at St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Denver. They met at Fort Ord in California and were married just before being sent to Vietnam. Both are retired — Mary ...

Welcome to Medicare Workshop set in Aurora

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will sponsor another Welcome to Medicare Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College/Hillcrest school, 2030 Calvary Drive in Aurora, Wis. Janice Jonet, the Florence County elder ...

Evening meal Tuesday at Crystal Lake Senior Center

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency has expanded meal offerings at the Crystal Lake Senior Center. The next night meal will be Tuesday and will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The menu for the next evening meal is Swedish meatballs, rice ...

Creating roots and wings in your children

My husband and I visited our “St. Paul son” over the Labor Day holiday weekend. During that visit, my son and I had a couple of opportunities to talk, just the two of us. One good conversation took place in the car after dropping Natalie at the Minnesota State Fair to work another shift at ...

Crystal Lake Senior Center expands its meal services

The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency has expanded meal offerings at the Crystal Lake Senior Center in September when it offered its first night meal on Tuesday. The next night meal will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, and will continue on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The menu ...

Advice on being easier on ourselves, others in life

As we journey through life, don’t you wish sometimes that there was an instruction manual or guide book to prevent us from making mistakes? For many of us, I guess that is what our parents tried to be. But like most kids, we did not listen, so were destined to make our own mistakes and ...

Golden K’s Golden Throats entertain while having fun

The present-day Golden K singers known as The Golden Throats are a group of Dickinson County area Golden K members who sing a variety of songs that are mostly Golden Oldies. This group of mostly retired people who like to sing join their voices in song every Wednesday at an area nursing home, ...

Cooler weather brings memories of back to school

There is a different feel to the air now that August has come to an end. It happens every year; that cooler, drier air that signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and generally includes the presence of ground fog and more deer roaming than you can shake a stick at. The days are ...

Basanese, Roberts speak at Golden K meeting

One does not need sunshine to brighten a day. Just join the Golden K on any Monday morning and the day will brighten up automatically. Sue Proudfit, as program chairperson, rings the bell. Alyce Derwinski positions her music, pulls up her bench as Al Calcari raises his director arms and ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Help children focus on homework

Step one for helping children focus on school-related tasks is to start with correct information. It helps to read everything the teacher sends home, including textbook instruction, if needed, and the assignment book. Children may insist something absolutely must be done a certain way when it ...

Golden K speaker recalls club’s formation in 1976

The Golden Kers got a beautiful, sunny Monday morning as they gathered for their meeting. Getting the piano warmed up was Alyce Derwinski, while director Lois Outcelt rounded up the singers and the music began. A rousting rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag” got those “golden ...

With age you acquire more than you lose

I came across a quote by Diane von Furstenberg that intrigued me. At 72, this fashion designer — famous for her wrap dress and worth $1.9 billion — said, “I think of age as an acquisition, not a loss.” I began thinking about the losses that come with aging. And I thought about what we ...

Music provides many benefits for people of all ages

I wrote last week about the importance of reminiscing; a process of life review that helps to unlock the entanglements of dementia and reconnect us with our past, which can help to make better sense of our present. Senior living centers also use music therapy to assist with the challenges that ...

Tamara Juul speaks at Golden K Club meeting

No matter how you approach summertime, it is a busy time. The days seem to fly by with things to do, places to go and people to see. With their 65th Iron Mountain High School class reunion Aug. 10 under their belts, guests included Jerry Koller from Maine with Mike Micensky and wife ...

Memories help us better relate to changing times

It occurred to me today that I have been writing this column every week now for six months. In searching for a topic for this week, I noticed how much of what I have already written contains personal memories or the memories of someone I have interviewed. I have written about childhood memories ...

Golden K visits the Niagara museum

They did it! The Golden K went on a field trip. Branching out, they gathered at the First Presbyterian parking lot, car pooled and headed on to Niagara, Wis.. Meeting up with other G K members who drove themselves there, the group was met at the door by Karen Klenke, president of the ...