Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Beanies for babies

MARQUETTE — What Upper Peninsula parent wouldn’t want soft, hand-knit beanies for their infants or toddlers? Keeping area youngsters swaddled in blankets and dressed for the weather was the purpose of a Friday get-together of the Snowberry Heights Knitters. The group met in the ...

Wonderful wide world of multiple ribbons

In our modern public school system it seems everybody gets a ribbon or trophy for participating in sports and just about everything else. Merit often takes a backseat to diplomacy. We don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. We hand out ribbons to competition losers so they won’t feel bad. I ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

Bocce at Brookridge

MARQUETTE — Sometimes a sporting activity doesn’t require strength or speed, just a little finesse. That’s why bocce ball is a good activity for residents of Brookridge Heights Assisted Living & Memory Care, located at 1901 Division St. The activity keeps the Brookridge folks who ...

Lost art of ironing summons many fond memories

The other day I finally got around to washing my summer pillowcases and white percale sheets. They’ve been in my linen closet since September so I thought I would freshen them up before I put them back on my bed. As I ran the iron over them, I was reminded of the days of my youth when I ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

Vortex Generation

MARQUETTE — The inventor called it “something out of Jules Verne,” and the Solar Vortex Generator — its official name — really does look like it came from a science fiction novel. However, the man who created it, 68-year-old Earl Senchuk, believes it has a practical purpose: cleaner ...

New computer has one eye and it’s spying on me!

Flash gave me a new computer for Christmas. He was watching a shopping network on television and called me when he saw a presentation of an HP wireless desktop. I’ve complained about my old Dell for years. I’m still using WindowsXP. I’m not sure what that means but it’s so old I no ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Twp. Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Small hospice tries to accomplish big things

MARQUETTE — People always need emotional, physical and spiritual support, but an end-of-life scenario brings special needs. This is when hospice care can be a blessing, with palliative care adding another dimension to a sometimes difficult situation. Sue Kitti is CEO of Lake Superior ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

If butter is soft, can warm weather be far behind?

When the butter in my kitchen cupboard is soft enough to spread at 7:30 a.m., I know for sure warm weather is on the way. All winter I struggle with semi-frozen butter. Although it’s in the cupboard, it’s so cold in my trailer the butter becomes unspreadable. It tears holes in my toast, ...

Seniors go Olympian

MARQUETTE — Marie Watanen of Marquette, a longtime area resident, had her curiosity satisfied during her March 22 visit to the Olympic Training Site at Northern Michigan University. “I’ve always wondered, where do they train?” Watanen said. Although the OTS athletes weren’t around ...

There’s nothing like a darned good scare

Sixty years ago, my sister decided to give me a good scare. Jude and I didn’t have much in common. She loved the barn and I was a housecat. She loved Elvis. I liked Faron Young. I read “Little Women” and Nancy Drew. Jude subscribed to motion picture magazines. I played with dolls ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair ...

Spring BEGINS

MARQUETTE — What are now basically pots of dirt at the Mill Creek Senior Living Community in a few months should be colorful botanical specimens. Residents at Mill Creek, an assisted living and memory care facility located in the Harlow Farms Conservation Community at 1600 Mill Creek Court, ...

Musings of a Matriarch: Lessons of Baltimore II were well learned

When I was a kid, Lent was a scary, somber time. Fear started on opening day when the priest ground ashes into my forehead, made the sign of the cross, and told me to remember that I was dust and unto dust I would return. Mom probably walked with us to the front of the church when we were very ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Township Hall, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 8-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Aerobics, 9-10 a.m., Clubhouse Gym Chair Yoga, 10 a.m., Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

‘Putting on the glitz’

ISHPEMING — Glen Sirtola, 71, is OK with traveling from Republic to Ishpeming to take part in Adult Basic Education. “They help me figure out how to do it easier,” Sirtola said about learning basic skills. He also meets new people all the time. An open house, “Putting on the ...

Waiting on Belle a nerve-wracking time

Around this time of year I remember how it used to be on the family farm. This story is about the night Belle freshened. It was the first time I was allowed to witness a birth. All day I had begged Mom to let me watch. First she had said no, but I pestered until she finally gave in. I felt ...