The Village of Maywood held their annual Christmas open house on Thursday, December 11th. Many gathered around town to stop by the local businesses. The Farmers State bank was quite busy that morning as everyone enjoyed the delicious snacks and freebies that they had provided as shown above. Also Maywood Insurance, Village Market, Farmers Union also had there own giveaways and drawings for people to enter. Photo by Amber Hickert
Shown above is the pickup of Roland D Fisher 82, of rural Frontier County after a wreck on HWY 83 last Monday, December 8th. Courtesy Photo
The Area Senior Center/Nifty Thrifty Shoppe is looking into the possibility of changing locations. An offer has been made and accepted for the purchase of what used to be the American Legion building. The senior center has approximately 6 months to raise the funds through donations for this endeavor. The Area Senior Center needs to raise roughly $50,000 to cover the purchase and renovations for the new sight.
The Area Senior Center/Nifty Thrifty Shoppe is a non-profit 501(c)3 entity. It is a much needed service to this and surrounding communities. The senior center provides daily (M-F) noon meals for people age 60 and over for a suggested contribution of $4.50. However, people under 60 are welcome to eat at any time also for $6.00 and children under 12 are $3.50. (Reservations are required the day before or by 9:00 a.m. that morning). Meals-on-Wheels is provided for people who qualify. The senior center also offers card groups, bingo, fellowship, puzzles, movies, meeting space and speakers who do talks on a wide range of subjects. The center can also be rented for family gatherings, etc. Also, the Nifty Thrifty Shoppe offers (donated) second-hand items such as clothing of all sizes, shoes, household goods, home décor, collectibles, books, holiday items and much more at a minimal cost for people in the community and surrounding areas. The Nifty Thrifty Shoppe proceeds go to help support the senior center’s operating costs.
Why the change? Because the senior center is growing! The baby boomers are all grown up! If you have ever been in the senior center, you would know that it has become quite crowded. There is seating for approximately 34-38 people. At times, some people have been asked to eat out back at the picnic table as there were not enough seats inside. Also, the refrigerators and freezers, storage cabinets, and “office” area are lining the walls of the dining room. The restroom is in the kitchen. With such a small space it makes it difficult to have certain programs that the senior center should be able to and would like to offer. It is also difficult to have privacy when trying to talk about a client’s insurance, family situations, Medicare, Medicaid, financial situations, etc. People with walkers have a hard time getting around the tables and chairs and to and from the restroom.
The senior center receives
some funding from the West
Central Nebraska Area Aging
Agency. Generally, once a year
the senior center also receives a
grant from the same place, but
it is very specific on how the
funds are to be used. Generally
these funds are used to help
pay for the costs of preparing
meals, computer software, home
delivered meal equipment, etc.
The other funding comes from
the patrons who eat at the center
and the center does several
fundraisers also throughout the
year to help meet its costs. As
was said earlier, the center is
a non-profit (501(c)3) entity.
Donations can be made to the
senior center and used as a
tax deduction. It is the hope
of the Area Senior Center
that the communities would
come together and support this
opportunity to make the senior
center the best service to the
elderly in the area that it can be,
just as they helped out with the
movie theater project.
If you have any questions
regarding this opportunity,
please feel free to talk to a board
member or the senior center
director. Board members: Ruth
Jurgens, Peggy Fritsche, Dottie
Evans, Sheila Brown, Buzz
Cole, Betty Schmelzer, and
Gerry Magee. Director: Carla
The American Legion Post #95 presented Clint Hosick an Award on Monday, December 8th for his years of service. The Legion also visited the Medicine Valley High School to give them a history lesson about Pearl Harbor that was the previous day, Sunday, December 7th. The kids sat entertained listening to the story of each individuals experiences in the war. Post Member Tyre Nelson ended his speech letting the kids know "freedom is never free, you have to fight for your freedom." Pictured above from l-r is Tyre Nelson, Ron Wiiest, Clint Hosick and Ward Schick.-Photo by Amber Hickert
Scrooge (Don Harpst with the McCook Community Foundation Fund) paid a visit to the Eustis Area Community Foundation's "Holly Hoedown" Saturday night December 6th. He was the featured speaker for the event. He issued a challange to the Eustis Area Community Foundation Fund, that he would donate $500 if they would raise $1,500 by the end of the year.-Courtesy Photo