DICSA appreciated help with IM center situation

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From Kristin Sommerfeld, executive director, Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency:

The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, or DICSA, is a non-profit Community Action Agency serving primarily Dickinson and Iron Counties through numerous programs designed to help people with a variety of needs. For instance, DICSA offers homemaking and personal care services in the home; delivers meals to homebound people; weatherizes homes; offers an adult day care center; operates a transportation service; provides boxes of food; helps veterans and other homeless find housing; and much more.

Over the past seven months, DICSA’s home-delivered meals program was in jeopardy in the Iron Mountain/Kingsford/Norway areas. A significant sewer line problem at the Iron Mountain Senior Center (Crystal Lake Senior Center) left DICSA without a permanent location to prepare the meals for delivery. For the majority of the time, the Breen Senior Center in Kingsford graciously allowed DICSA to cook the home-delivered meals out of their kitchen. DICSA already staffs the Breen Center kitchen for the preparation of congregate meals (meals served at the center). When the arrangement for the extra meals came to an end, the St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Kingsford stepped up to offer the use of their kitchen so meals to the homebound would not be interrupted. For the past six weeks, DICSA staff have gratefully used the church kitchen to continue the program.

DICSA thanks both the Breen Senior Center and the St. Mary Queen of Peace Church for their generosity during this period. About 200 meals per weekday are delivered to homebound seniors in the Iron Mountain/Kingsford/Norway areas. The rest of Dickinson, Iron and Baraga counties are also served by DICSA, but from other kitchen locations. With the support of our community, DICSA was able to continue to meet the needs of the homebound who depend on meal delivery.

DICSA is looking forward to its return to the Iron Mountain Senior Center for meal preparation. The sewer line issues have recently been resolved and Dickinson-Iron Health Department has granted clearance for kitchen use. On behalf of the DICSA staff and board, I thank any and all who helped meals to continue and problems to be resolved.

For more information on DICSA, including services for which you or a family member may qualify, call 906-774-2256 or go to the website at www.dicsami.org. DICSA is funded in part by state and federal grants, UPCAP, the United Way of Dickinson County, local millage and private donations.

Antique tractor ride had good time visiting vets


From Vance Jones, Northwoods Antique Tractor Club:

Wednesday turned out to be a great day for our eighth-annual tractor ride to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Thank you to motorists for watching out for our slow-moving tractors, to Kingsford Public Safety for their help and to the many VA staff and volunteers.

Also to the First Lutheran Church for hosting us while the construction is going on at the VA.

We had tractors from five counties, some as old as 1929.

A special thank you to our veterans who have served and who came out to view the tractors and “shoot the breeze” with us.