Old desk has memories and a message

IRON MOUNTAIN – The fascination that people have with antiques, or more specifically, objects of their youth, is understandable. We all love a reminder from the “good old days,” even when the item is a little nicked and battered. After all, that toy or book or chair is over 50 years old. Wait a minute. Does that mean that some of us are also a little nicked and battered? Could we, too, be described as “worn around the edges and showing some age?” Hmmm.

That thought occurred to me as I cleaned up an old desk that had been in my mother’s basement for so long that I forgot it was there. My parents had purchased it around 1950 from a resale shop, which means that the desk is probably several years older than I am. Still, I couldn’t help making a comparison, albeit strange, between the condition of that old desk and myself.

We have both survived several decades and had more experiences than showed on our exteriors. From a distance or at least in the dim light of the basement the wood desk looked pretty good (I prefer to be seen in candlelight, but one does have to go in the light of day, doesn’t one?). My mother accommodated me with soap and a cloth with which I cleaned away the dirt from years of storage. Beneath the surface was a truer story. (Isn’t that always the case?)

The desk had belonged to my father, whose familiar image seated there, with head bowed over papers, is still easily and vividly recalled. I can see the green desk blotter, the marble clock, the black “Records” book, and a brass letter holder. The desk remained with him through the years and moves to other homes. It’s the only piece of my parents’ furniture that still exists from my earliest childhood. I half-expected to find an old stamp or yellowed envelope or, better yet, one of my “Crayola creation” birthday cards inside a drawer. But, alas, those were gone. Even the papers from more recent business had been cleared away. Yet, it was not exactly “empty.”

As I moved my hands across the desktop, I felt the familiarity that had endeared it to me. Touches of wood stain restored the color to the worn edges, and some polish highlighted the pretty tones of the mahogany. Even the brass handles, darkened with age, revealed their gold once again. And a crack in one foot could easily be fixed with glue, couldn’t it? After all, a desk this old should have some flaws. That’s what gives it character.

The desk is being given to my son, who will use it for many more years, I’m sure. He appreciates things that have some history, sentimentality, and character associated with them – things that are, I guess, a lot like his mother.




Sunday: Mingle and Munch coffee social, 10 a.m.; Protestant services, 2:15 p.m.; Pokereno, 3 p.m.

Monday: Fact or Fiction Reminisce game, 10 a.m.; Bowling, 2 p.m.; Ice cream, 3 p.m.; Bingo, 6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday: Room visits, 10 a.m.; Rosary, 11 a.m.; Music by the Golden Throats, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Bible study, 10 a.m.; Pokereno, 2 p.m.; Gardening on the patio, 3 p.m.

Friday: Pamper and Polish Nails with coffee, 10 a.m.; Pizza party, 2 p.m.; Happy hour, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Word Scrabble, 10 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Brain Teasers Trivia, 3 p.m.

Golden Living Center

Florence, Wis.

Sunday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Baptist service with Pastor Aaron Miller, 2:30 p.m.

Monday: Resident council and menu committee meeting, 10 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Bowling, 1:30 p.m.; Watch Bethlehem service, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday: Cooking with Jim, 10 a.m.; Music by Larry Jankowski, 2 p.m.; Bingo with Trudi, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: Bingo, 10 a.m.; Pretty Nails, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Pastor Zeratsky, 10 a.m.; Sensations, 11 a.m.; Sing-along with Chris Warren, 2 p.m.; Bingo with Bette, 7 p.m.

Friday: Communion, 10 a.m.; Fitnessize, 11 a.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Music by Kay and Don, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: Bingo, a.m.; Birthday party with 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 Card Club, 3 p.m.; Sit and Be Fit and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Pet therapy with Kathy and Toby, 9:30 a.m.; Reading and Reminisce group, 10:30 a.m.; Bingo, 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.; Birthday party with music by Denyce Hansch, 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 and communion, 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.; Dancing by Emma, 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.; 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.; Jackpot, 2 p.m.; Social hour and Card Club, 3 p.m.; Aroma therapy and movie, 3:30 p.m.

Iron County

Medical Facility

Crystal Falls

Sunday: One to one church visitors, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Trivia, 10 a.m.; Room visits, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Afternoon matinee, 1:30 p.m.

Monday: Memory books, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Garden Club, 12:45 p.m.; Bingo, 2 p.m.; Comedy movie, 6 p.m.

Tuesday: Book Club, 10 a.m.; Mass, 10 a.m.; Current events, 2 p.m.; Sunshine Club, 2:30 p.m.; Bonfire, 5:45 p.m.; Card Club, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Community breakfast, 9 a.m.; Reminisce, 10:30 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Room visits, 1 p.m.; Apostolic service, 1:15 p.m.; Spelling Baseball, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Puzzler, 9:30 a.m.; Bowling, 10 a.m.; Wildlife film, 1:30 p.m.; United Lutheran Church, 2 p.m.; Happy hour, 2:30 p.m.; Visiting pets, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday: Crafts, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Room visits, 1 p.m.; To Tell the Truth, 2 .m.; Comedy movie, 6 p.m.

Saturday: ICMCF Word Search, and High Rollers, 10 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Intergenerational social hour, 2 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.; Sentimental Karaoke with Bobbie Jo, 1:30 p.m.

Monday: Bingo, 9:30 a.m.; Chair yoga with Beth Provencher, 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 food council, 2 p.m.; Movie and a manicure, 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; This is Your Life, 10 a.m.; Monthly birthday party with George Hirn, 2 p.m.; Card Cub, 5:45 p.m.

Thursday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; Flip Five, 10:15 a.m.; Deal or No Deal, 2 p.m.; Karaoke, 5:45 p.m.

Friday: Wet Your Whistle, 9:30 a.m.; You Be the Judge, 10:15 a.m.; Communion with Bob Fuse, 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.; Mind Games, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m. Bingo, 1:30 p.m.; Protestant service, 3:30 p.m.

Monday: Bible study, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Cooking with Bob, 1:30 p.m.; Sing Along, 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.; Farm Animal Show, 2 p.m.

Thursday: Mass, 9 a.m.; Scattegories, 10:15 a.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Prayer Shawl, 2 p.m.; Nickel Jokereno, 6:30 p.m.

Friday: Derby Day, 10:15 a.m.; Bishop Outing, 2 p.m.; Exercise, 11 a.m.; Happy hour entertainment, 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m.

Saturday: Pamper and Polish, 9:30 a.m.; Back to School Reminisce, 10:15 a.m.; Exercises, 11 a.m.; Courtyard social with popsicles, 1:30 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: Birthday party, 2 p.m.

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

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

Thursday: Crosswords, 2 p.m.; Rosary, 3 p.m.

Friday: Bingo, 2 p.m.; Refreshments, 3 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 noon.

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.

Aug. 22: 2X4 Band Western Jamboree.

Aug. 29: Richie Stanek.

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.

Aug. 16: Pancake Day, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; adults, $5 and under children under 12, $2.50.

Aug. 20: Iron Mountain trip, $10.

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.

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.

Aug. 20: DCHS blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.

Aug. 21: Birthday Club dinner.

Aug. 26: Fair Days dinner, 50/50 drawing, bingo, and prizes.

Note: Orders are being taken for the Sept. 13 pasty sale.

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.