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Seniors

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 ...

Many reasons for seniors to downsize their homes

NIAGARA, Wis. — Home ownership has long been a part of the American dream and an indicator that one has become a responsible adult putting down roots, ready to raise a family and be a productive member of a community. Studies have been done that show the advantages to children who have been ...

Klenke presents Niagara museum program for Golden K

By The Golden K For The Daily News KINGSFORD — Mondays are the best mornings of the week for retirees or those over 55 who enjoy fellowship and being with other like-minded senior volunteers. If this sounds like something for you — join the Dickinson area Golden K Club from 10 to 11 a.m. ...

When you get older you become a target for scammers

NIAGARA, Wis. — I have discovered that the entrance into the ranks of “senior citizenship” also makes one a target for scams. Apparently, scammers do not agree with the phrase “with age comes wisdom.” They count on us being too polite to hang up on them or too easily confused to ...

UPCAP seeks volunteers to held with Medicare

ESCANABA — Navigating Medicare can be tough for many seniors. From prescription drug plans to private health plans, it’s not surprising that people with Medicare are confused about their health insurance and their options. Fortunately, an organization exists where they can turn to for ...

Reverse resolutions might be easier to keep

NIAGARA, Wis. — I know I am not the only one who makes New Year’s resolutions. Every year I give it the old college try and make a list of about five things I would like to do better in the coming year. They usually center around having healthier eating habits or exercising more or getting ...

Caring House speaker at Golden K

KINGSFORD — The Dickinson Area Golden K welcomed a bright, sunny morning, even as they braved a zero-degree temperature Monday. They were happy to warm up by singing some golden oldies before the start of the meeting. Bringing the ivory piano keys to life was Alyce Derwinski, with Jim ...

Mardi Gras celebration

Residents at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers celebrated Mardi Gras with gusto on Fat Tuesday this week as they donned masks, beads and hats with lots of feathers. The meals throughout the day, as well as the party in the afternoon, reflected the celebration. Residents enjoyed ...

UPCAP seeks people to help seniors with Medicare

ESCANABA — Navigating Medicare can be tough for many seniors. From prescription drug plans to private health plans, it’s not surprising that people with Medicare are confused about their health insurance and their options. Fortunately, an organization exists where they can turn for help. ...