So happy to be welcoming summertime! It has still been chilly at night, but the days are nicer, there is green all around, and the flowers are showing up. So let a little fresh air in or step out and take a moment to enjoy the air and flourishing going on around us.
We are so pleased the center is open again for congregate meals. It has been great to see people coming back and to hear the chatter of voices coming from the dining room again. We still have the to go window sending out meals and will continue to serve the community in that way also. Please remember to call ahead for to go orders or dining in.
The food drops happening this month are Together We Can Food Pantry on June 10 again on the 24 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Please note if they run out of food before 3:30 they may be gone early.
The CSFP (senior cheese box) will be on June 22 from 10-11 a.m. All these take place at the fairgrounds.
Other dates to make note of this month are the council’s monthly Board meeting June 14 at 1 p.m. and Father’s Day June 20.
Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there and the moms who have had to be both. Lastly, there will be a beautiful full moon shining down on us on June 24. Hope you get a chance to have a glimpse of it.
I know there have been news reports of not having to wear masks inside or out for vaccinated individuals. At this point in time, I need to let you know that we have not been given the go ahead from AASA (Aging Adult Services Agency) to follow that.
That means until we have received guidance from them to make those changes, the Senior Center must still follow the mask mandate. You will still need to wear a mask to enter the building. Thank you for your understanding and patience regarding this. As soon as we receive guidance from AASA we will move forward with the new guidelines.
We are working on a new program we hope to be starting up soon. Currently OCATS offers one free ride a month for one hour to seniors 65 and up, along with disabled individuals living in the county. These rides are not for medical appointments since those cannot be guaranteed to only take an hour or less. These rides are for trips to do local shopping you may need to get to.
The Council on Aging is working on setting up a similar program where the Council would pay for one free, one-hour ride per month for individuals 60 to 64. We will be sending out more detailed information for this program within the next month.
Hoping everyone has a wonderful June and smiles at least once a day!
Suzanne Barker is the Director of the Oscoda County Council on Aging. To contact her please call 989 826-3025.