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Thursday: Boomers & Beyond

Living a gardener’s dream: Ishpeming resident opens greenhouse at 70

ISHPEMING — Even at 70 years old, dreams can come true if one sets their mind to it. Linda Andriacchi of Ishpeming had always dreamed of opening a plant business and providing a service that’s unique in the community. This came to fruition with the recent ribbon cutting at Andriacchi’s ...

Virus challenges seniors’ use of tech

Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians. These have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a ...

Millennials and boomers: Pandemic pain, by the generation

CINCINNATI — Millennials, you’re taking a big hit — again. And you’re not OK, either, boomers. Sometimes at odds, America’s two largest generations now have something to agree on: The coronavirus pandemic has smacked many of them at a pivotal time in their lives. For baby ...

80-year-old Negaunee author releases 12th history book

MARQUETTE — Though mining is slowly becoming a faded profession, fragment remains of abandoned railroads and old roads detail the days of yesteryear. For some people, history is just history. But for others, those forgotten ports of transportation are stories meant to be preserved. Author ...

Dancin’ to the beat from home

MARQUETTE — A new senior dance program is now being offered for area residents, and is suitable for all types of dancers regardless of experience or skill. The Marquette Senior Center and Marquette Arts and Culture Center are partnering up to offer “Senior Dance - Virtual Classes” with ...

Woman celebrates turning 103 years old, COVID-19 style

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — It was never a question of if, but how. How to celebrate Elizabeth Hill’s 103rd birthday, when her own health is fading and everyone else’s is uncertain due to a pandemic? “I told them to stay at home this year,” said Hill. Elizabeth’s daughter, Connie Hill, ...

Plastic keeps virus, not love away from Spain nursing home

BARCELONA, Spain — Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness, relief, love and devotion. The fear that gripped Agustina Canamero during the 102 days she and her 84-year-old husband spent physically separated during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak dissolved the moment ...

Annapolis gives back to its beloved ‘Walking Man’ after decades

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — For 40-some years he would patrol West Street like clockwork, picking up trash in an animated jaunt that sometimes led him into the road. With trashbags tucked into his pants, he’d ask “Where the girls at?” and flash his legendary beaming smile. Most knew him as ...

Cheers to 100 years: Celebrating a century of Ora Vardigan

MARQUETTE — When Ora Vardigan turned 100 years old on Sunday, she didn’t want to admit it. But the century birthday is quite a milestone. So how does it feel being 100 years old? “I don’t know because I don’t stop to think about it,” she said. At 100, Varidgan is the oldest ...

Preventing diabetes

MARQUETTE — A year-long course aims to help individuals on the wrong track toward developing diabetes reverse their life path by promoting a healthy diet and physical exercise. Michigan State University Extension will be offering “National Diabetes Prevention Program” online via Zoom ...

Coronavirus deadly to those over 80 but many survive

PHILADELPHIA — Anna Marie Bresnan, who lives at Philadelphia Protestant Home, a retirement community in Northeast Philadelphia, is 84 and has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. John and Kitty Stagliano, of Exton, are both 82 and have diabetes and high blood pressure. Norma Cammisa is ...

Moving forward

MARQUETTE — With recent executive orders from the governor’s office, various businesses, institutions and facilities across the state are reopening, including senior centers. Though the reopening has been a long time coming, local senior centers are setting guidelines and resuming ...

Lincoln couple retires after decades in classrooms

LINCOLN, Neb. — They met in the stately brick building in the North Bottoms, long after its elementary school students had gone elsewhere and Hayward Elementary had become a school for middle and high school students with special needs. Bill Kechely landed there in 1975 (the same time he ...

Welding and wrestling

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — From his office chair in the back-right corner, Jimmy Kimble leaned back and peered through the window into the spacious Republic Services welding complex in South Memphis. The tool-covered warehouse has been his kingdom for most of his life — 55 years to be exact. Friday ...

At 100, WWII vet has seen both loss and lights of life

YORK, Pa. — One of the great survivors stood proudly at his door, which was decorated with American flags. He looked out onto another day, the sun breaking through the clouds. His face lit up through all its years. “I’ve got the handiest apartment around,” Dale Chapman ...

Indiana University’s ‘Doctor Rock’ retires after 38 years

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Glenn Gass thinks it’s time to step aside. There was a point, long ago, when he had to prove teaching a class about rock ‘n’ roll was worthwhile. Some of the old guard at what was then just the Indiana University School of Music turned up their noses at the idea. ...

Taking a breath

MARQUETTE — Michigan State University Extension will be offering a program to help seniors, adults and teens limit stress through mindfulness concepts and practices to reduce stress and related symptoms.The five-class series titled “Online Stressless With Mindfulness” begins at 3:30 p.m. ...

World’s oldest survivor of COVID-19?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— At 108, Phil Corio is certainly one of the oldest people in New Mexico and the U.S. But now the Los Ranchos resident has a new claim to fame: he just might be the oldest person in the world to survive COVID-19. Phil’s son, 58-year-old Ron Corio, said he and his dad ...

Missourians finding ways to connect with senior loved ones during pandemic

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Laura Kitzi and her mother, Lorane Kinney, like to share. Whether it’s a conversation about exciting news, a trip to Midway Antique Mall or an episode of “The Walking Dead,” Kitzi enjoys these things best when she is with her mom. But this routine has hit a COVID-19 ...