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News and Events - October 2018

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Guidelines for Ripple by guest writer...........the Ripple Players

As you may have noticed the group playing the card game Ripple has grown.  Due to the increase in players we have established a few guidelines.
And we will try to accommodate everyone as best we can.  We gather for Ripple at 12:30 at the Senior Center and it takes us a few minutes to determine how many players we have and how many tables will be needed.  If you want to play but are going to be late, please let Chris or one of the other players know and you will be counted to determine seats needed.  Once play has begun unless you have contacted Chris etc. no other players will be seated.
And we would love to have at the next Ripple game. We usually play on all Mondays & Thursdays.  If the play has begun and you do not know how to play please feel free to watch and this may help you when you can join us.  If you do not wish to watch don't forget to join us anyway the next time we play.
We have a good time playing Ripple and the more the Merrier!!!


 Gleaners presents:   How to Stay on Track During the Holidays

Join us as Evan & Brooke of Gleaners return for another cooking class.  In this class, they will do a cooking demo and discuss ways to stay active in the winter and how to make healthy choices during the upcoming Holidays.  Please sign up if you wish to attend so we know how many peeps to expect..............And have enough food!!  

When:  Wednesday, October 24
Time:  1:00 pm

Banking Safety with Peter Alexander

Join us as Peter Alexander of Citizens Bank presents the most current information regarding on-line banking, keeping your accounts safe and answer your questions about banking in these perilous times.  Sign up sheet on foyer table.

When:  Friday, October 19
Time:  12:30 pm

Senior  Advisory  Board  Meeting

The next board meeting will take place on:

Wednesday,   November  14,  2018
At  10:00 AM

ALL are encouraged and welcome to attend!!


Chair  Yoga 

 Worried that if you sat on the floor you wouldn’t be able to get back up again??  Have no fear—we can practice yoga in a chair!  You will improve respiration, flexibility and joint health in just four sessions.  Yoga is about more than twisting like a pretzel  -  come in and find our how yoga can improve your quality of life.

When:  Tuesdays in the Dining Room now
Time:  10:30 am

Fee:  Free Will Donation for all Yoga Classes

Reflective  Address  Signs

    Hamburg Fire Department has reflective address signs available for purchase.  These signs make it real easy for the Fire Department to find your house if you ever have the misfortune of having to contact them.  The price  is reasonable..............only $15  or  $20 for  C.O.D. deliveries.  They can also be the difference between life or death so it is a really good idea to have one.  I have some forms for them in my office. 

Ask a Therapist

     Tom Weakland of ATI is coming in to conduct a "Ask a Therapist" dialogue.  So what does that mean??  Suppose your doctor suggests you get physical therapy for some pain you may be having and you want to know what it entails before committing to a 3 times weekly regimen.  You can come in and ask Tom.  Tom will also cover subjects such as fall/balance risk assessments or gait and assistance device training and anything associated with physical therapy.  So come on in an get acquainted with Tom, you will learn about PT.

When:  2nd Monday of the month
Time:  11:00 am
Where:  Craft-Computer Room

Blood  Pressure  Readings

      Blood Pressure readings are on hiatus until I can find another provider to come in to do.  I'll keep you posted!

When:  3rd Thursday of every month
Time:    9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Melodies & Memories

    And that’s just what we do in the Senior Kitchen Band.  

    We play melodies that bring back memories  We have a great group of people in our band.  We have 3 people who actually are musicians and play real instruments and they are great.  We also have 6 people, who also great, and they play just about anything they can find or make, to play in what we call our rhythm section.  We have brand new member in our group who sings and boy can she sing.  If you feel you would enjoy being a part of our group, no matter what you play, we would love to have you join us.  We meet Fridays at 10:30 am and play until our tummies tell us its time for lunch. 

Tech  Time

    We are going to re-institute a specific time for computer, tablet and smart phone help.  On many occasions we are asked to help out with your techie questions but sometimes the timing is just not great.  So to make it easier on us, we are going to ask you to please make an appointment on Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm if need assistance that is more complicated in nature.  If it's easy-peasy, then just come on in Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and unless we are busy with someone who has made an appointment, we can help.

KROGER  Community  Rewards  Program

       We're IN!!  So what does that mean??  Julie with Janet Bader's help, was able to get us signed up for Kroger's Community Rewards Program..............Woo Hoo!!  That means you can use your Kroger's Plus card to allow them to donate a percentage of what you buy there to go to the Senior Center.  You do have to register your card on-line to participate in their Community Rewards Program;  and if you need help in this, Julie or I can help you.  

Then what happens??  Well, that percentage of your purchases (and this does not include gas or alcohol purchases)  will be tabulated and then a check will be sent to the Senior Center to use for whatever the center needs or could use.  I have no idea how much this entails until it actually happens.

 So thank you in advance for using your Kroger Plus card and sending your donations our way!!

Senior Advisory Board Meeting Re-Cap

Meeting called to order at 10:00 am.  All members present except Pat Lanthier (Sue Pack subbed) and Janet Bater.

Approval of Agenda:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept the amended agenda, Gerry Przeslawski supported.  Bingo machine was added under old business as item f.  Personnel was added under new business as item i.

Call to Public:  Members who would like a suggestion box added to the center have approached Sue Pack.  Senior Center staff will offer a suggestion box ,located in the office.  handicap pedestal outside main doors is loose.  Senior center staff will tighten bolts and contact DPW to find a long-term solution.  Also addressed the parking lot and curb painting which will be discussed under item d.

Correspondence:  notes from MOST Ministries and the Elder Care Firm; Guy Groat suggested a snack machine for the senior center.  Senior Center staff to put a survey in the newsletter to gauge interest.

Approval of Minutes of July 11, 2018:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept, Gerry Przeslawski supported.

Old Business:  (a)  Coffeemaker: new coffeemaker was purchased and installed, old coffeemaker was given to Linda Lindsay who determined it was unrepairable and unsafe;   
(b) Identity Theft, End of Life Issues and Elder Law Seminars: the End of Life and Elder Law Presentations went very well and were very well attended.  The senior center would like to offer again next year; 
(c) Window Replacement:  windows with broken cranks will need to be replaced, windows with broken seals will be replaced, DPW head will be contacting window companies this week with windows being replaced this fall; 
(d) Parking Lot: Deby Henneman addressed concerns from the board regarding lack of handicap parking spaces, she explained the ADA requirements and stated that senior center parking lot and sidewalk is a level 1 priority.  She will email Senior Center staff the ADA transition plans to be discussed and addressed at board meeting in November and Deby offered to help Senior Center staff obtain signs for additional senior parking that is not handicap parking.  Off site trip parking was also discussed, there is paved parking near the baseball diamonds available for use during the day and could be used as a future pick up and drop off for senior trips.  Senior Center will have the curb painted by a volunteer as a temporary measure, Deby will email Senior Center staff a volunteer form, paint recommendations and paint guidelines so curbs can be painted this fall.  An informational meeting was suggested for senior members and staff to discuss building and parking usage;
(e) Center Lights: LED lights will be installed before end of this calendar year; 
(f) Bingo Machine:  Senior Center staff to ask volunteer to dismantle machine so DPW can haul it to Monroe's for disposal

New Business:  (a) New & Used Sale:  sale will be held on September 22, 2018, center has received many donations and 10 people have signed up to volunteer, Sue Pack requested food be available to volunteers on both set up and sale day;
(b) Window Blinds: Senior Center would like to purchase new blinds for the dining room with monies earned from New & Used Sale and Holiday Bazaar, Senior Center staff to call 2-3 companies to get quotes fro removal, installation and disposal of old blinds  ;
(c)  Shredder Truck:  Senior Center staff to get pricing to do onsite shredding for members possible connecting with the library to offer to community, also looking into utilizing township offsite shredding;
(d) Holiday Bazaar: bazaar will be held on November 17, 2018, 20 vendor tables have been sold out of 30, senior center staff have started collecting items for raffle;
(e) Kiwanis Lunch:  luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, as per last year 125 tickets will be sold with ticket costs at $5 per ticket
(f) Pickleball:  John Judd shared a video with the board explaining pickleball, Mike Dolan wanted support from board to investigate grant funding for adding pickleball courts to senior center for member use;
(g)  Senior Housing:  Chuck Menzies wanted board to be made aware of a land acquisition made by the township to be sold (not for profit) and developed by a company with the sole purpose of senior living, property is located on M-36 behind fire station;
(h) Attendance:  2018: July total of 1176, daily average of 57; August total of 1282, daily 61.  2017:  July total of 1080, daily average for 56; August total 1388, daily 60.  2016:  July  total of 1021, daily 46;  August total 1247, daily 54.

Call to the Public:  none
Board Comments:  none

Next meeting will be November 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

Full meeting minutes are available in the office although I have pretty much written them all out here!  :)

Pinochle  Year  in  Review

     5 years ago, Deb & Gary Kaiser began hosting the Thursday pinochle games and collecting the names of each week's 1st place winners and winner's of the double pinochle pot.  The 4th edition of that report follows!!

     Based on the information gathered between 9-15-2016  to  9-14-2017, the same a as last year, 27 different people won the high series and 30 different people won the double pinochle pot (two more than last year).  The highest series this past year included seven  800+ totals and forty-two  700+ games.  the "800 Club Winners" this year included Marion DeRoo (876), Gayle Grant (864), Hank Cadena (829 and 806), Marilyn Watt (816) and Deb Kaiser (811).  Gary Anemaet won first place four times, followed by Barb Deagen, Deb & Gary Kaiser, Deloris Stark, Donna Anemaet and Frank Berendt, who were all 1st place winners 3 times each.  Bev & Russ Harris, Gary Wojnaroski, Ida Fitzgerald, Hank Cadena, Marion DeRoo and Patti Magda each came in 1st two times.  Our record books still hold Frank Berendt and Joe Magda as the only 2 members of the  "900 Club" with Frank having 916 in Jan. 2014 and Joe scoring 901 on his birthday in May 2015.

     And among the lucky 30 folks who took home the double pinochle pots Hank Cadena, Marion DeRoo and Gary Wojnaroski each won the pot 3 times!!  Bob Maurer, Deloris Stark, Donna Anemaet, Gary Wojnaroski, Hank Cadena, Jim Robert, Judy Hollister, Sandy Simmermon, Shirley Dearth and Ray DeRoo all won the pot twice.  That is a combined 5 times for the DeRoo Family!!

     Some fun notables this year have included amazing partnerships.  Ida Fitzgerald and Jim Robert shared a 175 point game with each of them getting a double pinochle in their four hands!!  Joan Wright won the double pinochle pot in November and got it again in her next hand!  Gary Kaiser and Joe Magda had 58 points for one hand in March with 33 points in meld and taking all 25 points in tricks (they had 7 aces between them!)  and for 3 consecutive weeks (April 27, May 4 & May 11) partners Bev Harris/Gary Kaiser,  Christa Coles/Ray DeRoo  and Bob Maurer;Gary Kaiser all "rear-end-of-the-donkey-award"  (the REDA?? )  goes to Deb & Gary Kaiser for having the 2 lowest scores on August 3 (Deb had 547 and Gary had 501)...........almost the member of the "400 Club" !!  Their 1st game score (as partners) was a -36!!

     After pinochle, many of the players continue to enjoy each others' company by going out to area restaurants and sharing a meal.  "Supper Club" as this group has come to be known, has grown in membership and now commonly includes 14 or more people with more than 30 of us attending the Portage lake Yacht Club get together this past year.  Everyone is welcome to join the group, suggest different restaurants and share in the fun any time.

     How lucky we all are to have this wonderful center and the company of so many lovely people to enjoy every Thursday from 12:30 - 3:30.  If you haven't played pinochle with our group, sign up on the orange sheet in the lobby of the senior center and come join the fun!!

Updated News About your Eye Glasses
By  Barb  Yek

       Thank you to everyone who brings in their gently used eyeglasses.  I am the new contact person and will be taking your donated glasses to MOST Ministries in Ann Arbor where I volunteer once a week.
        Many of you probably remember Katherine Carlton who was one of the previous contact persons.  MOST Ministry stands for Mission Opportunity Short Term and gives many people the chance to go on short term mission trips, many of which are taking eye glasses to developing countries around the world where people otherwise would not be able to get them.  

     This year around 10 teams have or are going out to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Guinea, India, China and South Africa to name a few.  They also send out additional teams for medical, dental, construction, safe water, nursing and health.

      I was blessed to go on my first mission trip which was a dental/eye glass combination the end of June to Nicaragua.  We saw close to 700 people and gave out almost 800 pairs of glasses.  It was very rewarding and uplifting to see the smiles on peoples faces when they received their glasses and could actually see & be able to read.  This then helps children to succeed in school, helps an adult to secure a job and support their family and helps a senior to continue living independently.  It was a wonderful way for me to share God's love & the many blessings He has given me.

     So thank you again for donating your glasses you are not able to use any more yourselves.  Someone will be so thankful  to receive them.

Membership Cards Update

     Hey, just a short blurb to ask that you update your membership cards if you have not done so in the past 10 years or so.  Or if you have had some kind of life change such as a new allergy, change in your life-saving meds, address change, death or divorce of a spouse or simply a change of emergency contact.  We DO  rely on these cards so we like to have up-to-date information!!    Thanks so much!!

Dues  &  Postage  Costs  for  2019

    I know I touched upon this a couple months ago but I am going to go into detail a bit more.  We are still going to charge a $5 membership fee per person per year.  That will get you a copy of the paper newsletter you mayt pick up at the Senior Center and/or an e-mailed copy of the newsletter.  If you wish to still have your newsletter mailed to you via the United States Post Office then we will be charging an additional $15 for that service and that charge is per household, not per person.  It will be sent to you in an envelope using first class postage.

   This will start in January 2019 and is in response to so many folks not receiving their newsletter due to the bulk rate it has been going out on.  As you well know, the Pinckney Post Office does not seem to place a whole to of value on your newsletter so it has not been delivered to some to some of you on regular basis.  As always, the newsletter is available on the Hamburg Township website (except this past month when I have been a bit slow in putting it out there.............oopsie!!)  I really hope this helps in getting your newsletter to you better.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to come in and ask!!

p.s.  if paying $5 is a hardship, please let me know..............

T.V. Usage Reminder

I’m sure most of you noticed that we have several T.V.’s in the center and they are for your use!!  So if anyone would like us to turn them on, please ask!  We would be happy to put the ball game or special news reports on for you!  My only request is that the sound is not blasting ……….but of course, that is coming from someone whose mother-in-law refuses to turn on her hearing aid and is mostly deaf; she has her T.V. on so loud you can hear a 1/2 mile away!!  Really!!  We keep the  remotes in the office so they do not “walk” away!


      Janis from Miracle Ear will be here on:  Monday,  October 24.  No appointment is necessary however if you need a full hearing test we need prior notice so she can bring all her equipment.  
      She will be here:     1:00  -  2:30 pm


So what is VIABIL?? VIABIL stands for Visually Impaired And Blind In Livingston. Since 1989 the Visually Impaired and Blind in Livingston Inc., or VIABIL has served our community as a non-profit, growing group of people with serious vision impairments or blindness who live in Livingston County. They are open to persons of all ages with any variety of vision disorders and who are ready to reach out to other organizations that assist the visually impaired. VIABIL features dynamic guest speakers, free activities and events with programs specific to the visually impaired citizen. So how can you get involved?? Call them at 810-231-1277 VIABIL is sponsored by all five area Lions Club Organizations Attend a meeting - usually held the first Saturday each month at Brighton Lions Den in Brighton , 465 W. Main St. Free transportation to meetings is now provided by VIABIL VIABIL, Inc., has earned a tax exempt status from the IRS 501c-3 - your non-taxable contribution is appreciated!!

Hamburg Seniors Share -  Pictures October 2018

        The photo board will take on a different look for the month of October.  Instead of asking you for photos, I am asking you to write and share memories of, or wishes for, Senior Center director, Chris Hoskins!

        Chris will be retiring from her full time position as of December, but we will be celebrating her years of service at the potluck on October 26, 2018.  Please write your thoughts or well wishes and post them on the board.  You may bring in a note or write one directly on the board itself with the markers  attached to the board for this special occasion for this special lady!  And if you happen to have a photo of our gal, post that on the board too!

   All notes will be given to Chris at the end of the month as well as a picture of the board itself.  Let's take this month to let Chris know how much we appreciate her years of service to the center and  to all the friends who gather here.

St. Paul Lutheran - Daisy's Pantry

          When/Where: Wednesdays - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. -
            at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 7701 East M-36, Hamburg

        St. Paul Lutheran Church sponsors a pantry for anyone who has emergency needs. Their Daisy Pantry will supply food for those in need. There are no questions asked or appointment needed, just show up. If you have any questions, call St. Paul Lutheran Church at 810-231-1033.

Newsletter Now Going Out Via Bulk Mail

       You may have noticed that the newsletter is coming to you flat, not folded, may be just a wee bit late and not available in the center for pick up. Why is that?? Well, our printer has put us on the "bulk rate" for printing, which also means they mail it out with postage and label already preprinted on your newsletter. Hopefully you will get it on time, but do remember that at bulk rate, it is at the discretion of your mail carrier as to when they decided to deliver it. If they have a lot of bulk mail coming to you, they may decide to deliver it at a later date when there is less. At any rate, it is a lot less expensive to send them out this way so we hope this works out!

Walking Group

  You do not have to sign up for it, just show up either here at the Senior Center at a about 10:45 am or in the parking lot on Merrill Rd. just across from the Senior Center.  we walk on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am for about 1/2 hour.  Since we start right at 11:00 it is a good idea to get there a few minutes early so you don't miss the group.  You do not have to stay with the group but we like to start off together.  The faster walkers go fast and we hang with the slower paced walkers.  Please make sure your doctor approves of your walking as we walk about 1 1/2 miles and please please wear  proper  walking shoes with thick soles so you do not hurt your feet!!  And remember to wear clothes appropriate for the weather although we do NOT walk when it's raining or super hot out!!   See you out there!!!

**You may have noticed I took the walk group off the calendar...............we are putting it on hiatus until next year as the weather is beginning to turn.

Sweatshirts, Shirts & Hats - Oh My!!

       I had a red sweatshirt in my office that once belonged to a long-time member and folks were asking where/how they can get something like that since it is embroidered with our senior center logo. Well, wonder no more!! I've gotten some current pricing, colors and style of denim & performance shirts, sweatshirts and hats. The sweatshirts come in 2 different weights (8 oz. & 9.3 oz.) and are priced at $25 & $35; 1/4 Zip Sweatshirts $24 (8 oz. only); denim shirts $24; performance tee's $20 and hats $10. Turnaround time is approximately 2-3 weeks and payment HAS to be made at the time of the order (cash or checks made out to The Hamburg Senior Center). Plus sizes do run a little higher in cost. Julie, Carol and myself have some samples of what each item looks and we can place an order once a month or whenever we get a decent amount of orders in. Any questions - just come on in or give me a call and we will do our best to get your questions answered.

2018 Directories

           They're done!!   Woo Hoo!!  I've only printed a few copies so that any typo's can be corrected and the best way to find a typo is for  y'all to find them!!  :)  So if/when y'all find them, please bring them to my attention so I can correct them.  And, as always, this stays in-house and is only given out to our seniors.  Y'all know I've been asked to share our address list before and I always refuse!!

Book of Services

       Julie has put together a book of reputable and recommended service providers to keep in the office. If you have a handyman, cleaning service, lawn maintenance service, or small job trades company that you can recommend please call the office — or you can email Julie Please make sure the company is happy to have the Referral !!!

Gleaners Produce

        Gleaners has received a grant from the State of Michigan to provide fresh produce to our seniors. What that means to you is this: on the 3rd Thursday of the month Senior Nutrition will deliver a batch of fresh produce and will be available to you to take home. It could be apples and grapefruit or it could be potatoes and onions, just depends on what they were able to get that month. And we will not know what they're getting until it arrives here at the center.......just so I don't get a bunch of questions on what is coming in!! :) And yes, this is at no cost to you. Enjoy!!

Produce  Cart

       You may have noticed a new item in the dining room.......................a produce cart.  Say what ??  Yep, a produce cart.
       We received a produce cart from the Livingston County Hunger Council who was awarded monies to help low income and vulnerable populations such as seniors have access to healthy food products such as fruits and vegetables.  They plan to continue supplying the produce cart with fruits and vegetables from Gleaner weekly produce distributions or from the Hunger Councils' local community garden network.  At this writing, we have only received the initial produce they brought in with the cart but I do expect to see more, I just do not know when!  In the meantime, I have put tomatoes and cukes out from our gardens and several of you have brought in produce from your own gardens.  Enjoy!! 

Hamburg Senior Community Center
10407 Merrill Road
P.O. Box 157
Hamburg, MI 48139 USA

Phone: 1.810.231.1000 Ext. 225
Direct Dial: 1.810.222.1140

Fax: 1.810.231.3877


Updated September 27, 2018