Seniors

ADRC hosts AARP Smart Driver Course on May 21

AURORA, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will host an AARP Smart Driver Course from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Learning Center in Aurora. The course is geared toward drivers 50 and older; however, ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Creating a flower garden in a day

Sometimes a springtime atmosphere needs a little nudge. Here is an easy table decoration activity for springtime family gatherings that gets the flowers inside and brightens the house. Why do these little extra activities? New studies report adults are talking with children only a total ...

City Mouse needed to look a little closer

NIAGARA, Wis. — This week’s column is a bit of a departure, in that it will not be discussing a senior issue. It stems from a Letter to the Editor that I read in the April 22 issue of this newspaper that was written by a woman from Caledonia, Wis., a village of 23,000 in Racine County. ...

Easter Bunny visits Pinecrest

POWERS — Easter was a busy time at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers this year. The Easter Bunny made a personal visit to the senior living facility — filling the hallways, living rooms, dining rooms and two greenhouses with 4,000 eggs. Staff and residents were on hand to help ...

KHS Concert Chorale performs for Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The birds are singing, the flowers are working their through the winter mulch, rabbits are hopping and the trees are stretching their branches, glad to be free of the snow cover. Sunshine or not — spring has sprung. Monday morning saw many ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Traveling solo with grandkids, part two

Sandi Poindexter, grandparent and worldwide traveler has more suggestions for traveling solo with a grandchild based on research and personal experience in part two. She suggests to set expectations, reinforced by parents. Beside the basics of where, when, and how, there are the creature ...

More safe driving tips for senior drivers

NIAGARA, Wis. — Last week, I began a discussion of seniors and driving — how and why our abilities change with our increasing age. I included a list of signs that may indicate a senior has a driving issue that needs attention. We continue the discussion this week by examining when it is ...

Alpaca farm presentation at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Sharon Scholke, chairperson for April, got the Golden K meeting rolling. Sitting at the piano this Monday morning was Sue LeDuc, filling in for Alyce Derwinski — a pleasant surprise to have her play. Don Pedo jumped up to direct the singers. ...

100th birthday

Elsie Klump celebrated her 100th birthday Thursday at Maryhill Manor in Niagara, Wis. Klump’s friends and neighbors came out to celebrate during the nursing home’s monthly birthday celebration with a cake, balloons and live music performed by Ray and Mindy Pilon.

Older drivers need to be careful of many things

Several years ago, a song was released titled “The Way.” The melody was catchy enough, but the lyrics were rather haunting in that they chronicled the fate of an elderly couple who just drove off in their car one day and were never heard from again. No one — not even their children — ...

Kingsford High jazz band performs for Golden K

Living in the Upper Peninsula, one prepares for weather changes on a daily basis. Looking out on a white landscape, it seems appropriate to lay the Easter bonnet next to the Stormy Kromer hat and be ready to switch the Easter basket for a snow shovel. Monday morning, things quickly began ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Learning with Spring Eggs

Every spring bags of plastic colorful eggs appear in stores. They are inexpensive and appeal to kids of all ages. Here are some springtime fun activities with the eggs which encourage discovery and learning. You will need about a dozen plastic assorted color eggs which come apart in the ...

Trees at former homes offer special memories

NIAGARA, Wis. — For as long as I can remember, I have loved trees. My memories of the many different houses in which we lived as a kid usually include the kind of tree that was in the backyard. And, of course, my grandparents’ farm about which I wrote last week had any number of trees that ...

Niagara forensics team performs for Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Spring appears to be giving its very best try, with milder temperatures, larger puddles and shrinking snowbanks. With the hope of seeing more and more greenery, the Golden K gathers at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford full of ...

Aromas bring back memories of grandmother

NIAGARA, Wis. — In last week’s column, Arletta Johnson Meysembourg shared her memories of her mother’s Swedish cooking. It triggered my own memories of my grandmother’s kitchen on the farm. My grandparents were German farmers and had inherited a small family farm on the shore of Rush ...

Scholke, Proudfit speak at Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News Kingsford — April Fools’ Day one can usually expect to be a party to some fun antics. As the Golden K met on Monday, it was obvious this day would prove to be different. Alice Derwinski on piano teamed up with director Margaret Trudell — together they ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Tea partying with grandkids

What is better than scones and adults’ attention? Grandparents can help young children learn table manners, the art of conversation, and feel comfortable using them during an English tea. Invite some friends, stuffed animals, and a few action figures who need little culture to save the ...

Local senior shares her story, thoughts on retirement years

NIAGARA, Wis. — I wrote my first column for the Feb. 9 issue of The Daily News. In that, I explained the new direction it would take and how all of us “of a certain age” are on a journey called Retirement. I stressed that I did not want to simply write about my own experiences, but was ...

Office of Veterans Affairs co-director gives presentation to Golden K

KINGSFORD — The topic of the day for the Dickinson area Golden K Club on Monday morning was service to our veterans. A very enthusiastic presentation with lots of information was given by Denise Formolo, the co-director of the Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs. Formolo was ...