Seniors

Taking time to reflect and breathe this holiday season

IRON MOUNTAIN — Christmas has many meanings to many different people. For me, Christmas means family. This year, there were 28 of us at my grandma’s, which believe it or not is not as high as our normal number. Even though we were missing the few that typically make it more than 30, two of ...

Who to contact: Social Security or Medicare?

By Edward Cariuty Social Security District Manager Escanaba Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help. Contact Social Security to: ...

Holiday dance at Crystal Lake Center postponed

IRON MOUNTAIN — A holiday senior dance originally set for Friday has been rescheduled for Jan. 4 at the Crystal Lake Senior Center, 700 Crystal Lake Blvd. in Iron Mountain. Lunch will be at 6 p.m. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone with extra holiday cookies bring them for the ...

Holiday senior dance Friday

IRON MOUNTAIN — A holiday senior dance will take place Friday at the Crystal Lake Senior Center, 700 Crystal Lake Blvd. in Iron Mountain. Lunch will be at 6 p.m. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone with extra holiday cookies bring them for the meal. The Country Express from the ...

Golden K Club has annual Christmas party for children

KINGSFORD — Daily schedules are usually busy for everyone. Put Christmas in the mix and it makes one wonder how everything will get done. Monday morning found the Golden Kers gathering very early at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford, rolling up their sleeves to set up for the ...

Christmas songs bring fond holiday memories

IRON MOUNTAIN — “When I was a kid, I used to sit on the floor in the living room, flipping through my mom’s records, listening to Bing Crosby and Burl Ives,” my mom said, smiling, with a look of such reminiscence I knew she could see herself in that moment. She continued, “I loved ...

Indoor snowmen for a snowy day

Perfect high moisture snow doesn’t occur often enough for very young children’s enthusiasm for snowmen. Here’s a simple activity for snowmen that doesn’t require a snowstorm and doesn’t melt. You’ll need: A play dough recipe, toothpicks, white craft glue, dried beans, piece of ...

Christmas lunches planned at Florence County centers

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will host a special Christmas lunch Wednesday at three of the senior dining centers in the county. “We’ll do the cooking, so you can relax and enjoy great food and great company,” said Maria Bournoville, ...

Taking that leap of faith sometimes harder than you think

IRON MOUNTAIN — Have you ever been slapped in the face with your own advice in a moment in which you really don’t want to hear it? I have. It’s very often brutal, because in a moment of strength, you’ve issued that same advice, but in your own moment of weakness, the pill that is ...

Moreau speaks on vaping at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Golden K meetings always begin by recognizing our flag and country, which reminds us of the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. Then comes Alyce Derwinski with her nimble fingers on the piano and Lois Outcelt starts directing as music ...

Golden K hears about being an exchange student

KINGSFORD — Whoever is singing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” there is a driveway about 20 feet long and a shovel waiting for you. Thanks to the drivers out there doing their best to clear our roads, the plows and the sanders. Though we all want our roads cleared “yesterday,” we do ...

The gift of love is the best Christmas gift one could want

IRON MOUNTAIN — For weeks, my husband has been asking me what I want for Christmas. My mother, too. Every year we have this struggle, because every year, I really don’t know what I want. I usually only want a few things, and then because they’re so small or so odd, I tend to forget them ...

Helping children become handy

“Woodworking gives me something useful to do when I’m feeling puny and it takes my mind off my troubles.” — Gary McCarthy Kids and adults feel “puny” sometimes and a little woodworking can help them feel strong again and regain a great attitude when they work together. Anthony ...

It’s ok to be afraid, but fear shouldn’t dictate your life

IRON MOUNTAIN — There are things that I’m afraid of in life — spiders, snakes, going bald. But the most prevalent fears are those of losing the people I love. When I was a kid, I watched the movie “Some Like it Hot” with Marilyn Monroe, because it was my cousin’s favorite movie ...

KMS chorus entertains at Golden K

By JOAN JOUPPI For The Daily News KINGSFORD — How do you turn a dreary, chilly Monday into a bright, warm, friendly and busy morning? Join the Golden K at the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsford. With the Kingsford Middle School chorus coming, there was a lot of scurrying around. ...

Kids have quiet fun with puzzles

Children of all ages need lots of exercise and fun outdoor play, but there are times when quieter indoor play is on the schedule. Reading with your children is always a very enjoyable and important activity. Another source of quiet fun is puzzles. Available in all shapes and sizes, they instill ...

In the business of life, taking the time to be thankful is always important

IRON MOUNTAIN — My friend told me that she feels like October went by pretty slow, but that November has been doing 75 in a 35-mph zone, which I laughed at, but also totally agreed with. Christmas suddenly is only 24 days away. How did that happen so quickly? Time is time, and an hour is ...

Golden K Club plans Christmas party

By MARY JANE NELSON For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Chairman Bill Roberts opened the Golden K meeting Monday with strong support of those present. With Alice Derwinski on the piano and Don Pedo directing, our vocal cords got an early morning test by singing some “old favorites” ...

Planned healthy snacks add nutrition

Maybe this is a bad time to talk about nutrition, but pediatricians wish we would, anyway. Meal and snack times provide opportunities to encourage healthy habits and conversation. However, these times can be so frustrating. When wise snacking is added to three nutritious meals a day everything ...

Grandparents Teach, Too: Personal keepsakes written for grandkids

“Mom, did you know that after World War II, great-grandpa saw starving little kids searching in garbage cans for food in Germany and he always shared his rations with them? Their faces bothered him for the rest of his life.” “Yes, dear, he had a hard time talking about his ...