Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Senior Events listing

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, 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, ...

Turning up the volume on reading

MARQUETTE — James Armstrong, 75, of Harvey, used to read books voraciously. “I was an avid reader,” Armstrong said. “I read anything.” Now that he suffers from macular degeneration, which effectively has taken away his sight, he can’t read — but only in the traditional ...

Musings of a Matriarch: There’s a new store in town: Meijer’s

The news from Sault Ste. Marie is Meijer’s opened for business last Thursday. A week ago I was one of the first to walk through the front doors into what can only be described as a shopping Mecca. Although not a holy place, the enormity of the store and the vast selection of items to choose ...

Senior events

MONDAY Senior centers closed in observance of Memorial Day TUESDAY GWINN: Drop-In Center, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Clubhouse Exercise Class, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Clubhouse Men’s Coffee Group, 9-11 a.m., Clubhouse Senior Dining, noon, Clubhouse, call 228-6522 before 9 a.m. HARVEY: Coffee, ...

Milestone marked

MARQUETTE — This is a special week at Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette. May 14-20 is National Nursing Home Week, which just happens to coincide with Norlite celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. “We just want to thank the community for letting us serve them for so many years,” ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, 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 am, Clubhouse Basement, $2 donation Walking/Chair Aerobics, ...

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

MARQUETTE — June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, with many events scheduled to help people understand and deal with the disease. “Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s,” said Jennifer Lepard, president and chief executive officer of the Alzheimer’s ...

Going from the garage to the kitchen

Twenty years ago, I enjoyed watching a television show called the “Urban Peasant,” broadcast over the CBC network. James Barber was the cook. He was a pleasant looking fellow free from the usual trappings of celebrity TV chefs. He was a bit overweight, wore clothes straight from the racks ...

Senior events

MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, 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, ...

For the birds

MARQUETTE — Art classes don’t always have to involve painting a watercolor of a vase of daisies or making a beaded bracelet, not that these aren’t noble pursuits. Sometimes art comes in the form of mixing and molding — and waiting. Floral designer Jeff Heidtman, of Skandia, led ...

Mystery of the disappearing bar of soap

The other day I was squirting liquid soap on my hands as I washed them at the kitchen sink. That small gesture got me thinking about years ago when our soap dish held an orange bar of Lifebuoy. We all used it. Dad when he washed up after doing the barn chores. Mom when she was going to a PTA ...

Senior events

Editor’s note: The RSVP office will be closed this week and therefore no transports will take place. MONDAY CHATHAM: Senior Dining, noon, Chatham Manor, 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, ...

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 ...