July 2006 Senior Informer
SENIOR CENTER NEWS Pg. 2
Day saw the involvement of many. Thank you Seniors who baked pie for the contest: Kay Cotter, Mardie Cummings, Edie Doughty,
Donna Edgrin, Joanne MacNeill & Blanche Post - judges faced a hard
choice! The event gate money ($442) was
donated to the Senior Center Fund! We
are grateful for support! Hooplah! of Abington donated rental of tent canopy, table/ chairs.
Bemis Drug & Seoane’s teamed up for donation of $250 gift certificate to
Bean Supper raised $853 for Senior Center Fund
(see complete notes)
RAFFLE: Stained Glass Garden Stone crafted by Arlene Moore - 15” diameter inlaid with shimmering mirrors and a lovely stained glass dragonfly. $5 / ticket.
COIN DRIVE Thus far - $222, goal is $500. Thanks to all donors! (Mr. John Swanson gave $54 in pennies.)
Raffle: $250 Gift Certificate to
Abington Ale House $10 Gift Certificates $10 each, use at the Restaurant just like cash. Senior Center Fund keeps $10 for each sold!
Buy Raffles & Tickets at the Council on Aging
or at Bemis Drug in Abington.
page 3 is CALENDAR PAGE
see separate link
ABINGTON SENIOR CENTER FUND
Membership $5 per year or $100 Lifetime Membership
Special donations to the
In memory of the young sons of Florence Severin, Joseph Iacobucci, Barbara Whitman
In memory of Robert J. Doyle, by Tom and Sheila Burke
In memory of Timothy Kelly, by Helen and Bill Kelly
In memory of Catherine Nisby, by Theresa Johnston
In memory of Joseph Williamson, by Hal and Sue Norton
Tom & Patti Bates Ronald Bencks Annette M. Griffin
Marion Hadley Kathy and Jim Lavin David & Judy Morse
“Clubs” may reflect one donation, a pledge, or a total of previous donations
$100 CLUB In memory of Edward Austris, by Kathy and Jim Lavin
In memory of Corrinne Barton, by George and Helen Douglass
In memory of Frank
In memory of Frank Bell, by Carolyn M. Russo
In memory of Maurice Caplice, by the Abington Senior Citizen Association
In memory of her Aunt Mary E. Chella, by MaryLou McGlone
In memory of Charles Marble, by George Snow
(monthly) In memory of Vic & Mary Malinowski, by Mike Malinowski
(monthly) In memory of Sal Mari, by Janice & Louis Mari
(monthly) In memory of sons John & Paul and “Dad” Sam, by Anne T. Nelson
(monthly) In memory of her Mother Emily Jule, by Connie Rhodes
$500 CLUBs (2) In memory of MARGARET “Margie” DOLE by the following:
Lovey & Art Barry (FL) Andrew & Cynthia Bayerl Betty Berry Gail Flynn Caryn & Joe Golden (CT) David Gray & Steve Shuman
Kristen Lannigan Dianne & William F. Malloy, Jr. Esther Markman
Kathleen Murphy John & Sheila Norton Hinton & Ella Smith
In memory of RICHARD SEVERIN by the following:
Legion Post 149 (
Leo Federici Edward & Mary Franey Joe Iacobucci Alice Ord Miriam Sevigny Thayer Scale (Hyer Industries)
Mrs. Sheila Ward Barbara Whitman
Walking on Wednesday Group Now held EVERY Wednesday. The COA SENIOR Pg. 5
WALKING CLUB every Wednesday at 9:30am. Meet in the Library parking lot. Walk beautiful Reilly Track with some nice people. (Track is spongy, easy on the feet). See you on Wednesdays at 9:30am. This is a very informal group - just show up when you can! Call Peggy Whalen, Coordinator, 781-878-0448 for more information.
LOCAL SUPPORT GROUPS - Open to the public – no charge
Caregivers Support – at the Rockland Council on Aging,
on the 4th Monday from 1pm - 2:30pm - call 781-871-1266 for more information
Alzheimers Support Group - Colony House, 277 Washington, Ab.– monthly, 4th Monday, 5pm-6pm
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group - Kingston Library – monthly, last Wed, 2pm
Better Breathers Support Group -
(A support group for people with chronic breathing problems.)
Bereavement Support Group meets once per month at Abington Library on the 1st Thursday of the
month at 6:30pm. (Call Amy Somers-Quealy 781-878-2112 to talk more about this group.)
“Young” people on-Board as Associate members: Bill Cox (Senior Center Committee and Building Committee and David Klein (Assoc. Board Member and Safety Committee) Welcome!!
Every generation enjoyed “Abington Pride Day”. It was good to see Seniors enjoying the day with the grandkids. The event will be held annually, on or near June 10th. The pie contest winners: 3 generations (not by design): Dori Jamieson (baby boomer), Samantha Hall (student) and our own Kay Cotter!
The Children of
WOW Group (Walking on Wednesday) NOW WALKING EVERY WEDNESDAY. The Council on Aging SENIOR WALKING CLUB members have decided to walk every Wed. at 9:30am. Meet in the Library parking lot. Walk beautiful Reilly Track with some nice people. (Track is spongy, easy on the feet). See you on Wednesdays at 9:30am. This is a very informal group - just show up when you can! Call Peggy Whalen, Coordinator, 781-878-0448 for more information.
OUTREACH and S.H.I.N.E. Norma Clark, RN Retired 781-982-2146 (not Wed.) pg. 6
I would still like to know how Medicare Part D is (or isn’t) working for you. My work has quieted down a little with no deadlines to meet for Prescription Advantage, Medicare Part D, etc. Not to say there aren’t little problems to solve and challenges to meet, (like getting people who are eligible for certain entitlements to apply for them).
We have all sorts of applications – for Medicare BuyIn, Medicaid (MassHealth), etc.. Medicare BuyIn will pay the $88 monthly premium for Medicare if your income is less than $1103 per month for an individual or $1485 for a couple, with less than $4,000 or $6,000 in assets. “Assets” does not count your house or one car. Who can’t use an extra $88 per month?
It’s not all about money. Need help with housekeeping, laundry, errands, personal care? Are you the caretaker for an elderly family member and need a little vacation - an hour or a week? Are you bored? We always need volunteers. If none of this appeals to you, how about just looking in on a family member or neighbor? – or visiting one of our Abington nursing homes? -you will be glad you did and you will brighten someone else’s life too.
--TRIPS for SENIORS The Council on Aging does not run, endorse, nor insure trips. We simply inform.
Senior ASSOC. Trip (for age 50+ - bring family) Contact Joanne MacNeill 781-871-1815
Mon. Sept 18 “American as Apple Pie” (leaves from WalMart Abington, where you may park free)
Smiths Country Cheese – see
the cheese making process and sample some.
Hearty countrystyle lunch (all you can eat!) @ the
RITA’s TRIPS – Contact RITA WEBSTER at 781-982-9102 for these trips:
Aug 9-11 Waterville Valley beautiful accommodations, summer theatre
West Side Story,
Winnipesaukee Cruise, Castle in the Clouds $309 per person/dbl occupancy
Aug. 11 Horizon’s Edge CASINO BOAT 6 hour cruise and casino action. $26
Connie’s Trips “ABINGTON FELLOW TRAVELERS” Connie Rhodes 781-878-4941
Behind the scenes tidbits and complete luncheon at Cheers, Beacon Hill Boston $65
A SOCIAL CLUB FOR SENIORS – (not part of, nor to be confused with the Abington Council on Aging) Abington Senior Citizens Association, a private social club for Abington folks who have passed their 59th birthday. Meets the 2nd Monday each month, VFW, Noon. Dues: $7 to join, $5/year. Join at meetings.
Contest - State House
Theme: “Celebrating the winter holiday at the State House in your favorite era.” Entries accepted in
any medium, sized between 5x8” to 18x24”. Deadline July 14, 2006. Send to:Dolores
July Birthdays of Council on Aging Volunteers pg. 7
July 2 Bob Pilato (Meals on Wheels)
July 10 Bud Wheaton (circuit breaker/taxes, general)
July 11 Rita Estey (COA staff, Sr Center Committee)
July 15 Kim Pierce (Newsletter team)
July 17 Ted Butler (COA Board, newsletter team)
July 17 David Evans (Meals on Wheels)
July 26 Jim Roberts (newsletter team)
July 31 Jack Libby (COA Board, Meals on Wheels,
MOVIES – shown at Abington Library, 10:15 am
1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month movie
No movie July 4th (holiday) graphic
Tues. July 18 “The Producers” – here
Tues. Aug. 1st “Eight Below” – precious story
dogs stranded in storm & their human friends
Tues. Aug. 15th “Failure to Launch” – a comedy
parents try to get their 35 yr-old son to move out!
No signup needed – just show up. Showing room
in the Library is air conditioned - bring light jacket.
Volunteer Professionals consult with Seniors at
no charge or obligation: (listed alphabetically)
John Fournier (Reverse Mortgage Specialist)
Mark Jamieson (Auto repair “intermediary”)
Sue Johnson (Senior Real Estate Specialist)
John Klefeker (Hearing Specialist)
David Klein (long Term Care, insurances)
Bud Wheaton (circuit breaker tax relief)
George Whiting (Attorney - Elder Law Specialist)
Call the Council on Aging: 781-982-2146
Public Meetings always open to interested people!
Council on Aging Board July 19th 9am, Town Hall
The COA keeps a resource list including handymen,
home-making, lawncare, shopping services, hair care,
etc. These Services are FOR FEE (not free). The
COA informs, but does not endorse any one.
The annual ROTARY-sponsored banana split Senior Ice Cream Party was OUTSTANDING! Pg. 8
THANK YOU to the Abington Rotary for lunch and the party. The Rotary often does service to the Seniors of Abington. We especially thank the Rotary’s Liaison with the Council on Aging, Harold Sims, and Interact Club Advisor, Joe Leavell. It was a hot day and over 60 Seniors were on-hand to enjoy the festivities.
Part-Time Council on Aging Coordinator - Linda Elliott
Part-Time Outreach Worker (19 hours) – Norma Clark
Transportation & Nutrition - Rita Estey and Eileen Maraget
Council on Aging Board Chair – George Whiting
Liaisons/Delegates: Abington Elderly Services - Clayton Phipps
Old Colony Elderly Services – Norma Clark
Old Colony Planning Council - (vacant)
Rotary Club – Harold Sims
Interact Club/Abington High – Joe Leavell
e-mail the Council on Aging & the Senior Informer at: email@example.com
Abington website w/ Council on Aging information! (thanks Paul Cahill) www.ourabington.com
Abington Ale House
$10 Gift Certificates
available at COA
Offices at Town Hall.
Also Abington Ale
House raised $3,640 on
Raffle for 42" Plasma
Abington Ale House
|COA Senior Informer