Summer recalls a younger, blissful youth

IRON MOUNTAIN – The seasonal sounds of grass-cutting, boat motors, and humming insects had not yet heralded summer to my idle ears. Then a Beach Boys’ tune came on the radio and my sleeping mind suddenly awakened at the first line, “Wouldn’t it be nice?” Ahit’s summer again.

Or, more accurately, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have that summer again?” That summer of days at the beach, songs on the radio, and boys on the phone. That summer when I was young and pretty and full of dreams. Even now it opens in my mind like a blossom that cannot wilt, forever nurtured with a string of sunny days and dewy nights.

I have often wondered how much of that girl I have taken with me through the years, and how much of her I have left behind. Perhaps the best I can do is recall the girl I used to be, the one that looked out at the beginning of one special summer and believed that the magic would never end. I suppose that the past is usually remembered as a simpler time, but that summer was as enriching an experience as it was an uncomplicated time in my life.

Still somewhat shy, I possessed a carefree attitude that ultimately led to confidence. I liked talking to boys, and my heart jumped with excitement when the phone rang. My girlfriends and I watched them parade up and down the beach. Although we pretended that our sole purpose was to get sun, we were secretly flattered when boys chose to pick us up and toss us into the waves. Every blanket on the beach had a transistor radio tuned into WLS. Good Vibrations.

It was the summer of long hair streaked with Summer Blonde, short sun dresses in floral prints with pretty sandals, and two-piece bathing suits with daisies and polka dots. It was the summer of neighborhood garage bands (they all played “Louie, Louie”), bicycle rides along the Lakefront, and drives to Rainbow Beach or Carl’s hot dog stand.

I played the guitar then, long enough to have calloused my fingertips, and minimally enough to accompany my singing. Sometimes my friends would gather in our yard, and we would sing together. I even found the courage and voice to sing at a coffeehouse. And I sang my own songs, translating my poems into little melodies that floated through my bedroom window on summer afternoons and landed, like my daydreams, on the soft green below.

At night I wrote, filling a diary with frivolous details and secret hopes, unaware of the woman who would eventually translate those dreams in unforeseen ways. Oh, to be that girl again that summer: young and pretty and full of dreams. Wouldn’t it be nice?




Sunday: Word Scramble, 10 a.m.; Protestant services, 2:15 p.m.; Pokereno, 3 p.m.

Monday: Fact or Friction, 10 a.m.; Line dancers, 2 p.m.; Ice cream, 3 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Uno, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Gardening on the patio, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; Rosary, 11 a.m.; Resident family picnic with music by the Golden Throats, 12 p.m.

Thursday: Bible study, 10 a.m.; Pokereno, 2 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit exercise on the patio, 3 p.m.

Friday: Coffee and Pamper and Polish Nails, 10 a.m.; Mass with Father Mike, 2 p.m.; Happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Mingle and munch coffee social, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Brainteasers Trivia, 3 p.m.

Golden Living Center

Florence, Wis.

Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Horserace, 2 p.m.

Monday: Fitnessize, 10 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Bowling, 2 p.m.; Bethlehem service, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday: Go to Moe’s Camp, 10 a.m.; Short stories, 10 a.m.; Music by Jim Clement, 2 p.m.; Bingo with Trudi, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; One to one room visits, 1 p.m.; Pretty Nails, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Shopping, 9 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Music by Lloyd, 2 p.m.; Bingo with Bette, 7 p.m.

Friday: Communion, 10 a.m.; Finessize, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.

Saturday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Music by Rick, 2 p.m.


Iron Mountain

Coffee and cookies social daily, 10 a.m.

Sunday: Easy Listening music and movie, 10:30 a.m.; Bible Church, 2:30 p.m.; Visitation and Reminisce, 3 p.m.; Card Club and Sit and Be Fit, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Pet therapy with Kathy and Toby, 9:30 a.m.; Trivia, 10:30 a.m.; Music by Jim Edberg, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Bible education, 10:30 a.m.; Reading and Reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Violin music by Chris Warren, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Rosary group with Margaret, 10:30 a.m.; Catholic Mass, communion and visitation, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: Sit and Be Fit, 10:30 a.m.; Jackpot, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Activity cart and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Friday: Movie, music and activity cart, 10:30 a.m.; Golden K Bingo, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Reading and Reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Piano music by Dave Carlson, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.



Coffee time daily, 9:30 a.m.

Movie, 10:45 a.m. (daily), 3:15 p.m. (Monday through Saturday).

Gathering place, 11:40 a.m. (daily), 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday).

Protestant Church service, Sunday, 3 p.m.

Games, 10:15 a.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), 5:45 p.m. (Monday through Thursday).

Exercises, 10 a.m. (Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday).

Sunday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Just Jokes, 10:15 a.m.; Morsels and More, 1:30 p.m.

Monday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; did You Know, 10:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Games People Play, 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Pet visits with Toby, 10:15 a.m.; Resident council and food committee, 2 p.m.; Movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; card Shark Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Monthly birthday party with George Hirn and Friends, 2 p.m.; Card Club, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Pet visits with Hannah, 10 a.m.; Vocab is Fab, 10:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Karaoke, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; It’s Trivial, 10:15 a.m.; Catholic Mass, 2 p.m.; Chips and Chatter, 2:30 p.m.

Saturday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Current events, 10:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.

Maryhill Manor

Niagara, Wis.

Rosary Sunday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.

Communion service Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.

Coffee social every day at 9:45 a.m.

Pet visits throughout the week.

Sunday: Catholic Mass, 9 a.m.; Derby Day, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 2:30 p.m.

Monday: Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Ice cream outing, 2 p.m.; Golf, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Whammo, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Bingo, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Current events, 2 p.m.; Wii Games, 3 p.m.; Movie, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Bowling, 10:15 a.m.; Monthly birthday party with Ray and Mindy, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.; Campfire, 6 p.m.

Thursday: Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; Prayer Shawl, 2 p.m.; Nickel Jokereno, 6:30 p.m.; Music in the Park, 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Men’s breakfast, 7:30 a.m.; Yoga, 10 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Happy hour entertainment, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Pamper and Polish and coffee social, 9:30 a.m.; Spelling Bee, 10:15 a.m.; Exercises, 11 a.m.; Courtyard social with popsicles, 1:30 p.m.

Victorian Heights

Crystal Falls

Sunday: Coffee and Danish, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Suomikutsuu-Finnish music on Channel 6, 9:30 a.m.; Getting Pretty, 1:30 p.m.; Social hour with coffee and snacks, 3 p.m.

Monday: Smear card game, 10 a.m.; Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m.; Movie night, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday: Catholic Mass service, 10 a.m.; Bowling, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday: Card and stamp store, 10:30 a.m.; Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Jubilee shopping trip, 2 p.m.; Night bingo, 6 p.m.

Thursday: United Lutheran Church service, 2 p.m.

Friday: Exercise, 11:15 a.m.; Wild West Hoe Down at Medicare, 2 p.m.; Happy hour, 4 p.m.

Saturday: Social hour, 2 p.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Trivia, 5:30 p.m.; Lawrence Welk Show on PBS, 8 p.m.

Victorian Pines

Iron Mountain

Exercise, Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.

Juice time, daily at 10 a.m.

Shopping days: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. and Fridays, 1 p.m.

Sunday: Bible study, 2:30 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Monday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Tuesday: Music with Verna, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Wheel of Fortune, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 p.m.; Dinner out, 4:45 p.m.

Saturday: Movie and popcorn, 2 p.m.


Note: All centers ask for 24 hour advanced reservations for lunch. If you have meals delivered and will not be home, notify the center.

Alpha-Mastodon Center

(906) 875-3315

Meal every Monday and Thursday at noon. Reservations requested 24 hours in advance.

Amasa Center


Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Lunch at noon.

Bingo on Tuesdays.

Craft time on Wednesdays after the meal. Ladies: bring your craft to work on.

Free meal drawing on Thursdays.

Breen Center

(906) 774-5110

Meals: Monday through Friday.

Cards and games available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Hostess on duty Monday through Friday.

Treats and coffee, 8:30 a.m. through 12 p.m.

Tuesdays, Craft class at 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Center retail store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; volunteers and donations are welcome.

Birthday party, every third Tuesday.

Blood pressure and blood sugar testing, every fourth Wednesday.

Crystal Falls Center

Head Cook, Donna Sjoquist

(906) 875-6709

Meals: Monday and Tuesday, noon. Wednesday meal is salad bar, 4:30 p.m. and dinner, 5 p.m. Suggested donation is $4. Center is closed Thursday through Sunday. The first Sunday of each month is a card party from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ($3 for cards of choice and lunch). Potluck dinner and cribbage on the second Saturday of each month at 5:30 p.m.($2 for cribbage). A site council meeting on third Wednesday at 3 p.m. For members, a potluck lunch at noon on the third Thursday of each month with bingo afterwards. Blood pressure taken by request anytime the center is open.

Crystal Lake Center

(906) 774-5888

The center is closed on the weekends.

Monday: Casino bus, 9 a.m. (through April); Woodcarvers, 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: Cards.

Dances are held every second and fourth Friday of the month at 7 p.m.

Spinning Spools Quilters Guild meets Wednesdays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Crafters, scrap bookers, etc. also welcome.

Transportation is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Call the center to book your ride.

Coffee Clutchers are welcome at the Iron Mountain Senior Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Felch Center

Director: Norma Dixon

(906) 246-3559

Meals served Monday through Thursday at 11:15 a.m.

Bingo on the first and third Wednesday of each month after lunch.

Congregate jigsaw puzzle done daily.

Please call for meal reservation.

Fence Center/Town Hall

(715) 336-2980

Meal at noon on Wednesdays only. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.

Florence Community Center/Town Hall

(715) 528-4261

Meal at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance.

Social hour, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games, and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County

1-855-528-ADRC (2372)

Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hillcrest Senior Dining Center, Aurora

(715) 589-4491

Meal at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Reservations requested 48 hours in advance. Social hour from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Jigsaw puzzles, cards, cribbage, board games and recreational bingo. The coffee is always on. Walk Fit offered free on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Call (715) 589-2768 for information.

Hermansville Center

Coordinator: Pam Haluska

(906) 498-7735

Meal is Monday through Friday at noon. Suggested donation is $3.

Bus goes to Norway the first Monday of the month for dinner. Check with center for time and cost.

Monday: Rides to Iron Mountain during the day.

Tuesday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Movie Day once a month.

Thursday: Rides to Escanaba.

Friday: Bingo, 12:30 p.m.

Iron River Center

Directors: Katherine Bortolameolli and Brian Kassa

(906) 265-6134

Meals served Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; $4 (over 60) and $5 (under 60).

Evening meal on Thursdays with salad bar at 4 p.m. and dinner at 4:30 p.m.

Bingo is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 1:15 p.m.

Cards are played on Thursdays, 1 p.m.

Bus trip to Iron Mountain is on the third Wednesday of the month.

Dance on the second Saturday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Cover charge is $5.

Pancake Day on the third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Transportation Available Monday through Thursday with the bus running 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. $4 (over 60), $5 (under 60), wheelchair.

July 12: Dance, music by Polly and Smokey, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., $5 cover charge.

July 16: Iron Mountain trip, $10.

July 19: Pancake Day, 8 a.m.; to 11:30 a.m.; Adults, $5 and children under 12, $2.50.

Niagara Northwoods Senior Cafe and Center

Meal site Manager: Kathy Schutte (715) 251-1603

Center Director: Jill Anderson (715) 251-4154

Noon meals served Monday through Thursday.

Transportation to the meal site from the Niagara area is offered.

Wii games, cards, puzzles, and board games available to play for your enjoyment.

Outreach worker on site available by appointment for fuel assistance, Homestead tax credit, Seniorcare, and other senior resources. Please call 24 hours in advance for meal reservations.

Senior groups who would like to use our meal site as their meeting place may join us for lunch and stay to have their meeting or social time.

Norway Center

Director: Susie Slining

(906) 563-8716

Monday through Thursday: Meals served at noon with salad bar. Soup is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Suggested meal donation is $4)

Cards daily before and after the noon meal.

Craft classes: Mondays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Exercise classes: Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All welcome.

Medical appointments to Iron Mountain can be arranged from the Crystal Lake Center.

Telephone reassurance is available. If you are a senior who doesn’t get out much and would like a friendly daily phone contact, the center will have someone check in to see that all is well.

July 14: Project Fresh coupons, 2:30 p.m. (see description below).

July 14: Center board meeting, 10 a.m.

July 16: Blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.

July 18: Center dance, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; $5 at the door. Music by Cal’s Country Classics; snacks, sweets and coffee with be provided

July 24: Birthday Club with meal of company chicken.

July 29: Summer Fun Dinner, serving chicken divan, soup and salad bar, veggies and dessert. Bingo, prizes and 50/50.

Now through Aug. 5: Diabetes-Path: free program for persons living with diabetes. A workshop will be held in Iron Mountain at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays from July 1 through Aug. 5. Call UPCAP to register, 1-800-338-7227 or 211.

Attention: The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides qualified older adults with free coupons for unprocessed, Michigan-grown produce from authorized farmers markets and roadside stands throughout Michigan. Sign-up date and time is at the Norway Senior Center on Monday, July 14 at 2:30 p.m.

Note: Ask about the Medicare Savings Program. This program helps people pay their Medicare part B premium. You may be eligible. Your local MMAP Counselor can be reached at 1-800-803-7174, or dial 211.

Sagola Center

Director: Bette Christian

(906) 542-3271

Meals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11:45 a.m.

Cards: Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday.

Bingo every third Tuesday of the month.

Commodities every second Wednesday of the month.

Puzzle table for all to enjoy.

Treadmill available during Center hours.