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News and Events - December 2018

Calendar and Newsletter

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!!!


Lions  Club

The Lions Club out of Hartland is looking to expand and would like to get a group started here in the Hamburg/Pinckney area.  They had an informational meeting last month but because they asked me about it after the newsletter was mailed,  I could not get it in here.  Anyway, long story short, if you would if you would like to become a member of the Lions Club I have the phone  number of the Hartland Lions Club President in  my office.  They also left us with a box to collect used eyeglasses AND hearing aids so if you have any laying around collecting dust bring them here.  They clean them up and distribute them to the needy around the world.  

Senior  Advisory  Board  Meeting

The next board meeting will take place on:

Wednesday,   January  9,  2019
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. 

Paper Goods Drive 2018

Once again, the Livingston County Catholic Charity is asking for our help.  The LCCC  is gathering donations for a Christmas Box for around 100 seniors who are home-bound, low income or with no family to help them.  Some items in these boxes are food, paper products and gifts from area churches.  They are able to purchase these goods with grants but the grants are not enough to supply the boxes with all of the items they want to put in.  We ask for paper products because their "bridge card"  can not  be used for paper products such as paper towels or toilet paper.  And because of this, toilet paper is the most requested item they ask for their Christmas Box.  This helps free up what little they have to maybe buy their medications or food.
So once again, we are going to collect toilet paper and paper towels for the LCCC for their Christmas Boxes.  Last year you all totally  ROCKED !!  I think the LCCC was surprised to see how generous you all were!  So let's do it again folks!!  Please bring in unopened packages of TP and/or paper towels by November 30.  Thank You so much for all your help!  I know everyone sure appreciated all your help last year!!!


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 10:06 am.  All members present except Chuck Menzies (Annette Koeble subbed), Pat Kolasinski (Sue Pack subbed) and Pat Lanthier (Deb Kaiser subbed).

Approval of Agenda:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept the amended agenda, Gerry Przeslawski supported. Suggestion box was added under old business as item k.  Sidewalk was added under new business as item d and attendance was changed to item e.

Call to Public:  None

Correspondence:  memorial contributions on behalf of Rita Balicki from Arlene Woltman and Rolling Hills Condos of Pinckney.

Approval of Minutes of September 12, 2018:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept, Robert Andrews supported.

Old Business:  (a)  Window Replacement: Henderson's glass will come in and replace glass in windows with broken seals.  Staff is looking into a company to buy parts to replace window cranks;   
(b) Parking Lot & ADA Transition Plan: Parking remains an issue at center.  Township board is aware there is a problem and solutions will be investigated.  As a temporary solution starting in January, trip parking will be at the Baseball fields to free up space on trip days.  A shuttle service was also brought up as a temporary solution.  The ADA Transition plan was presented to board for further discussion at meeting in January; 
(c) New & Used Sale:  was another huge success.  Totals were $1120 up from the previous year of $941.  Sue Pack would like to see Holiday Bazaar flyers as advertisement at New & Used Sale; 
(d) Window Blinds: Budget Blinds of Livonia approved by Township Board.  Installation will be set up after W-9 is received;
(e) Shredder Truck: Initial quotes for onsite shredding are $450 - $750.  Discussed was bringing in a locked container from Iron Mountain to keep onsite at the senior center for seniors to use as part of their membership dues; 
(f) Holiday Bazaar:  32 tables have been sold and we have a good variety of raffle prizes.  Chili and hot dogs will be available for purchase;
(g)  Kiwanis Lunch:  will be Tuesdays, December 4, 2018.  Carl Welser has been in contact with the High School Choir, Police and Fire.  Tickets are currently being sold for $5/ticket;
(h)  Pickleball:  interest is high in the community.  Grant money will be looked at as a source of funding;
(i)  Senior Housing:  deadline for interested builders is the end of November.  More information will be available for January meeting;
(j)  LED Lighting:  staff to follow up with DPW department head to check on status;
(k)  Suggestion Box:  Sue Pack would like suggestion box moved to a more central area.  Senior Center staff will monitor usage and move again if needed;

New Business:  (a) Holiday Closing:  Senior Center will be closed Friday, November 16, 2018 for Bazaar set up.  Thursday and Friday, November 22 - 23, 2018 for Thanksgiving Holiday.  After lunch on Monday, December 3 for Kiwanis set up,  Monday, December 24 through Monday, January 1, 2019 for Christmas Holiday;
(b)  Employee Update: Linda Bauby has started working on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Carol Kolad now works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Gary Kaiser asked to have employees highlighted in newsletter.  Gerry Przeslawski suggested adding staff photos in lobby;
(c)  Giving Tree:  Sponsored by Livingston Women's Club.  Doves are available to sign out in the office;
(d) Sidewalk: Gary Kaiser mentioned concerns have been brought to him about the condition of the sidewalk.  Pitting and large cracks could be dangerous for senior population.  Senior Center and Township staff to look into solutions;
(e) Attendance:  2018: September total of 1126, daily average of 62; October total of 1514, daily 66.  2017:  September total of 1310, daily average for 62; October total 1404, daily 64.  2016:  September  total of 988, daily 45;  October total 1227, daily 58.

Call to the Public:  Sally Gates inquired about status of bingo machine which has been dismantled and disposed of
Board Comments:  Sue Pack would like to see art hung in the women's bathroom.  Gary Kaiser commended staff for having coffee available in the lobby during yoga activities.  On behalf of Joan Wright, Gary Kaiser stated there is a need for a 6 foot shelf in the ladies room for purses and coats.

Next meeting will be January 9, 2019 at 10:00 am

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

Pinochle........Our  Year  in  Review  2018

        The information being shared is based on the collection of names and scores gathered over 56 weeks between 9-21-2017 through 11-8-2018.  the idea behind keeping this information began as a fun attempt to resolve those often repeated phrases,  "I never win"  and "_____ always does!"  Not True!!  Thirty nine different names appear on the lists for having won 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the 8 game series played each week or for having won double pinochle.  And now on to those winners!

      Twelve different first place winners have joined the "800 Club"  this year including:  Gary Wojnaroski (835),  Ken Pence  (830),  Donna Cook  (823), Betty Sweet (814), Dave Sokol (811), Deb Kaiser (810), Judy Hollister and Russ Harris (each having 806),  Barb Deagen (805), Gary Anemaet (803), Shar Martin (802) and Hank Cadena (800) and 30 people have won 1st place with 700+ series ranging from 704 to 798.  Gary Wojnaroski has won first place 6 times, Bob Maurer 4 times, with Marion DeRoo and Joe Magda each having come in first place 3 times.

        Double Pinochle has been won by 27 different players each taking home the prize 1 to 3 times.  But Betty Sweet, Bob Maurer and Ken Pence all won the double pinochle pot 4 times!  A side note to the double pinochle history is that Gary Anemaet only won the pot once this year, but it was on his birthday in 2017 and he got double pinochle twice that day!

       And the "biggest" winners recognition for the year have to go to Ken Pence, Bob Maurer and Gary Wojnaroski.  These fellow won "something"  (1st, 2nd, 3rd or double pinochle) more often than anyone else with Ken having 18 wins, Bob having 16 and Gary having 12.

       This year the low scores were also recorded and earned by 29 different folks.  Most of these forgettable scores ranged from 501 to 582, but sadly five different folks bottomed out with 417, 421, 428, 484, 491 and 495   and yes, you read correctly that one person fell into this group twice.  Names have been omitted to protect them all !!  I will report that this gal's name is the only one to have appeared 3 times in the low score history!  

       Most importantly, we have come together as friends and enjoyed 56 weeks of fun and laughter together.  May we enjoy many more!!

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 may 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,  January 28, 2019.  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 December 2018

        Holiday memories will fill the December photo board.  Members are encouraged to bring in photos of themselves, family or friends in the holiday spirit whether gathered around a Yule log, singing carols around the piano, lighting a tree or a Menorah.  There must be many old photos tucked in albums or boxes in your homes.  These monthly themes are a wonderful reason to look through your collections again and pull out a picture or two to share with us.
        As always, photos will be returned at the end of the month in the envelope located on the corner of the photo board.  Be sure to stop by and retrieve the photos you have shared in the past!  You are also welcome to suggest themes for upcoming months as well!!

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!!  

         Yep.  They're still done but I am in the process of updating to 2019.  So look for the latest directory around the beginning of February 2019.

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!!


         Please join us on Tuesday December 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the township board room for an interesting look at    the “Hamburg/Lakeland of old.”  Details below.

        The Michigan History Center invites you to an evening of discussion, planning, and sharing stories about your community on Tuesday, December 11th, 7-9pm, at the Hamburg Township Hall. Speakers Dan Spegel and Joshua Kaminski will be introducing a new project that integrates the area's heritage to the Mike Levine Lakelands Trail and are excited to hear your knowledge of local history!

       The event is open to the public and includes a presentation on the Michigan Heritage Trail Program, followed by a group discussion regarding what you think is historically significant in your community. Your attendance and input is important, so if you have any questions feel free to contact this email or Dan Spegel at

Thank you for your time and we look forward to meeting you,

 Joshua T. Kaminski

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 December 5, 2018