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Seniors

Laughing seagulls … and other amazing things

IRON MOUNTAIN — Have you ever noticed a seagull laughing? No? Well, I hadn’t, either, until this past Sunday, when my husband and I took a drive to Lake Superior. It was the only day in the next ten predicted to have full sunshine in Marquette, so we decided we had better take advantage of ...

Cabin fever and signs of spring

Every year as the telltale signs of “cabin fever” begin to show themselves I am relieved to also witness the signs of spring. And, thankfully, those little glimpses of the change of season manage to save me from spiraling downward into winter’s white abyss. This year, even with the ...

Leadership in the face of crisis

NIAGARA, Wis. — I am inspired by our current situation to address the topic of leadership in today’s column. We have all been around long enough to have been exposed to both good and bad leaders throughout history. If we did not experience them in our own lifetime, we learned about various ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Stay-at-home sports for children

Families have been doing quiet, organized school activities in the morning to help children keep up with learning from grandparentsteachtoo.blogspot.com, wnmufm.org “Learning Through the Seasons,” khanacademy.org, home school sites and teacher suggestions. They are spending times with ...

Retirement planning 101 with Social Security

Social Security benefits are part of the retirement plan of almost every American worker. If you're among the people covered under Social Security, you need to know how much you might receive from us when you begin receiving benefits. These monthly payments may be a vital part of your ...

Some personal reflections on the coronavirus

NIAGARA, Wis. — By this point in our lives, most of us can remember events that have become permanent milestones or turning points in our country’s history. As a baby boomer, the Vietnam War and the assassinations of 1968 loom large in my memory. I have vivid memories of 20% interest rates ...

Niagara beautification project presented at Golden K meeting

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — What does it take to beautify a city? The Home is Where The Heart Is committee plans to find out. This Niagara, Wis. group is looking into sprucing up the main street. While the highway upgrades are being made, including new curbing and ...

Outside visit

Kelly Burgess and Lucy visits with her mother Bev McDermott at ManorCare Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.

Hints from Heloise — Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Dear Readers: Today is St. Patrick’s Day, named for St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland — a day to celebrate the legacy and customs of the Irish. Celebrate with green pancakes shaped into shamrocks, or pop some green food coloring into any food or drink. — Heloise DONATION ...

Grandparents Teach, Too — Water and milk are healthier for kids

Sixty percent of children and teens ages 2 to 19 are drinking one soda or other sugary drink on any given day— sugar, water, a little flavor, chemicals, and a little fizz, according to federal statistics. Pediatrician, Dr. Natalie Muth states,” “For children, the biggest source of added ...

Tame your procrastination to get more out of life

NIAGARA, Wis. — As I reviewed the column topics covered so far this year, I noticed a trend toward self-improvement suggestions as well as tips on creating our best life as we age through our retirement years. Hopefully, you have found some information that affirmed what you were already ...

Golden K hears details about Niagara highway project plans

KINGSFORD — The Golden K consists of men and women over the age of 55 — some are more over that age than others. But they all have one thing in common — they care about their families, communities and health issues. Watching the growing concerns over the coronavirus, members ...

Ways of reframing our personal histories

NIAGARA, Wis. — When we were children, we took as fact everything we were taught by our teachers or read in our textbooks. And, up until adolescence hit, we believed everything our parents told us as well. As we grew older, we began to challenge all of that authority as we experienced life ...

Niagara resident shares stories with museum

NIAGARA, Wis. — Frank Sherman, 98, longtime resident of Niagara, recently made a stop by the Niagara Historical Museum for a tour with his daughter, Jane, and son-in-law, Stan Hohol. Sherman shared several stories in a recorded video interview for the museum. He discussed his father’s ...

Residents enjoy paczki during Fat Tuesday celebration at Maryhill Manor

NIAGARA, Wis. — Ewa and Wes Papciak of Florence, Wis. shared the tradition of Fat Tuesday with residents at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara. The couple treated residents with paczki — a traditional Polish pastry that is a deep-fried piece of dough shaped into spheres and containing ...

Building a good day in your retirement

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have been retired now for just about four years. I can truthfully say that as much as I looked forward to this time of my life, it has taken some adjustment. Many of you who have made the transition to these retirement years may be experiencing similar feelings. And those ...

Golden K members create their own program

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Everyday changes happen and one must adapt to them. The change in the weather that was an easy one. Blue skies, dry roads, warmer temperatures and running water from the thaw brought people out to spend as much time as possible in the ...

Know the signs of hypothermia

The cold weather is upon us in Wisconsin. While some people enjoy the snow and cold and others can’t wait for summer to return, none can deny that winter can produce some dangers, especially for older people. Not only are there slippery sidewalks to contend with but also the possibility of ...

Making the intentional choices that build a life

NIAGARA, Wis. — I wrote last week about a book I was reading, “Women Rowing North” by Mary Pipher. Last week, I had completed only the first section that dealt with the many challenges of this journey and shared with you some of Pipher’s insights on the loneliness so many of us will ...

Wahoviak talks to Golden K about operations at SGI plant

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — The endless hours of preparation was all worth it. The Pine Mountain ski jumping competition was one of the best. Even the weather cooperated. As Monday morning rolled around, the Golden K members gathered at the First Presbyterian Church in ...