Busy pantry highlights local needs


Hello Manistee County! I hope you had a good week and that you have great plans for the weekend.

In fact, I had a very nice week. It was very busy, but I accomplished a lot this week. Sometimes I’m busy chasing my dick and trying to do so many things, trying to solve so many problems, but when I can sit down and just get the job done, I always feel better.

We had some great people following the yellow brick road this week. Our staff thought it would be fun to give walkers something to look at or have a little fun as they stroll through the building. So they came up with the Wizard of Oz yellow brick promenade. It’s fun to see all the ideas people come up with here to entertain our seniors.

It was funny, I had a provider training this week on zoom and the speaker is a retired, educated professor from the University of Michigan who is also a psychiatrist. She was talking about how to deal with our burnout. The funny thing is that she says such funny things and doesn’t realize she’s funny. As she talks she says things like “you’re the way you are because of biology, stupid”, or what an idiot she was when it came to her life and when she was teaching. I love that she is who she is when teaching this class and it makes learning more fun.

I got a few calls from people who also wanted to learn how to play pickleball. If you want to give it a try, meet me at the Armory Youth Project on Monday, January 24 at 10 a.m. and we’ll see how it goes. I’m really anxious because I’m very clumsy and out of shape, but at this point in my life I really want to try.

Well, it has been decided to throw a small Valentine’s Day party on February 14 starting at 12:30 p.m. If you want to come for lunch before the festivities start, give us a call and sign up. We’ll have great music from Gary Loper and some treats and surprises. We will need to limit crowds so let us know if you plan to join us for this special day. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day with all of us. I hope to see you there.

Wow, yesterday we had our monthly food bank and I can’t remember how many seniors participate in this service. The numbers seem to be climbing due to the higher costs of everything in the world. I am amazed at how many seniors will struggle to make ends meet. I’ve heard from so many people who live on Social Security that they got their checks increased, but their medical bills went up dramatically, so their checks are the same. If you can give back to your community, donate to our local food banks. This is a great opportunity to help out your neighbors with non-perishable items or a monetary gift.

Our senior nutrition program is doing really well and growing. If you or someone you know would like to give a few hours a week to be a volunteer driver, that would really help. We’re going to be creating a few new routes with all the new homebound seniors we’re adding. My favorite thing about the route is seeing lots of happy faces when I deliver a meal. If this sounds like something you’d like to help with, call Beth and Shannon at 231-723-6477.

Hope you are having a great week and don’t forget to try something new!


The Wagoner Community Center catering site serves lunch Monday through Friday at noon. Remember to call and book your lunch before noon the day before. The Wellston catering site is temporarily closed. The Onekama meal site at the Farr Center distributes meals at 11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for curbside takeout. The menu is subject to change, as some food shortages may affect the kitchen.


The Senior Center Food Bank takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month. Manistee County seniors age 60 and older can participate. If you are picking up for another senior, make sure you have a power of attorney note, along with their name, address, date of birth, and household information. Cash and non-perishable food donations are always appreciated. The next food bank will be Friday, February 18, 9-11 a.m., 260 St. Mary’s Parkway.


If you are a senior in Manistee County and need emergency food assistance, call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 and speak to a staff member. We have an emergency food pantry that we use to help prevent food insecurity for our elderly population during these times.


The Manistee County Council on Aging has a program designed to help seniors stay independent, by reimbursing eligible expenses. If you are a senior in Manistee County, you could be reimbursed for payments you made for house cleaning, yard work, and snow removal services. For current Senior Reimbursement Program clients, please note that all receipts must be current and not older than 30 days. Income conditions apply. New customers must complete a registration form. Mail all receipts to 260 St. Mary’s Parkway. Call the Senior Center at 231-723-6477 ext. 214, for more information. Once a senior has moved out of their home, they are no longer eligible for the reimbursement program.


Sit and Get Fit is at 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Wagoner Community Center. Cardio Drums classes are Thursday nights at 5:45 p.m. Yoga classes are Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. (chair yoga) and Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. (regular yoga). Tai Chi takes place at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Zumba classes are at 2:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday. Indoor walking group, it’s at 1 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Monday. All classes are free for all seniors and donations are accepted for those under 60.


The Dementia Support Group will meet on the second Thursday of the month. The group is a friendly and supportive gathering for caregivers, family members, or anyone interested in learning more about and supporting our community of older people with dementia. The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. on January 13. Contact Jacki Krolczyk, 231-883-1341 for more information.


The Parkinson Support Group meets at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next support group meeting will be March 17 at the Wagoner Community Center. Call Marcia Holbrook at 231-614-937-4442 for more information. There are no meetings in January or February.


The Manistee County Council on Aging has launched a medication management program. Jean Anderson, the staff RN, is available to help with this. Don’t hesitate to call with your questions. 231-723-6477 ext. 215


Monday: Egg and cheese omelet, sausage, peppers and onions, apple juice, blueberry muffin

Tuesday: Sloppy Joe on a bun, diced baked potatoes, baked beans, fruit cocktail

Wednesday: Cabbage rolls, spinach, tomato compote, tomato compote, banana, roll

Thursday: Macaroni and cheese, peas, mix of Californian vegetables, diced pears, pretzel roll

Fri: Baked pork chop, sweet potatoes, green beans, cinnamon apple slices, bun

Menus are subject to change.


January 24

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 11 a.m. – Walking group

• 1 p.m. – Pinochle

• 1pm – Mah Jongg

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

January 25

• 11 a.m. – Music with Sonny

• 2 p.m. – Knitting/Crocheting circle

• 3:30 p.m. – Chair yoga

January 26

• 9 a.m. – Tai Chi

• 10:30 am – TOPS

• 11 a.m. – Fun Bingo

• 1:30 p.m. – Genealogy group

• 2 p.m. – Zumba

January 27

• 10:00 a.m. – Cribbage

• 11 a.m.: Bunco

• 4:30 p.m. – Yoga

• 5:45 p.m. – Cardio-drums

January 28

• 1:00 p.m. – Walking group


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