WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello and Case Manager Laura Pickett spoke with the Board of Selectmen about recent happenings at the Buzzell Senior Center.24% Year-To-Date Increase In Attendance“In a year’s time, we’ve seen around a 24% increase in activity at the Senior Center,” announced Marciello. “We’ve developed a few more programs…. And we keep pushing the fact that we’re a place where people can feel comfortable seeing their peers. The Center is just an easy place to hang out.”Marciello noted that the Center now runs art classes on Thursday mornings in the Fourth of July Building due to space constraints. The Center has planned a Spaghetti & Meatball dinner on July 26 at 5pm, allowing seniors to grab a bite to eat prior to the Moving Wall’s Opening Night Ceremony at 7pm. The Center recently partnered with Panera Bread to distribute a meal for Wilmington homebound seniors. Additionally, the Center is running a special 5-week class on stress management this month.Intergenerational Programs Also On The RiseMarciello and her staff have placed an emphasis on intergenerational programming.The Center received a $300 grant from the Massachusetts Council on Aging to promote exercise amongst seniors. As a result, the Center will be holding a Grandparents Day event on Sunday, September 9, from 1pm to 3pm, at Yentile Farm.The Center’s popular knitting group — with more than 35 members — recently connected with the student knitting group from the North’s CARES after-school program. Abundant Life students recently held a continental breakfast and concert for the Center. Eagle Scout candidate Zachary Dancewicz redesigned the Center’s attic to increase its storage capacity. Two Wilmington High School students designed the Center’s 2018 logo — Better Together — through a contest run by WHS Graphic Arts Teacher Jennifer Fidler.Emphasis On Alzheimer’s & Dementia Case Manager Laura Pickett noted that Wilmington seniors, like the rest of the county, are experiencing the issues of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 1 in 10 Americans over 65 are suffering from Alzheimer’s, while 1 in 3 caregivers is age 65 and older. The Center offers a Caregiver Support Group on the third Monday morning of the month, from 10:30am to noon. The meetings attract 8-12 participants. The Center sponsored or co-sponsored two presentations on Alzheimer’s earlier this year, attracting 45 and 33 attendees.“Over past year or so, we’ve begun developing a program called the Memory Cafe,” announced Pickett. “The Memory Cafes are welcoming space for those with memory loss and their caregivers. They provide an opportunity to socialize and participate in activities while making new friends in an accepting and welcoming environment.”Selectmen & Town Manager React“You have some amazing programs there,” said Selectmen Chair Kevin Caira. “That’s a wonderful program you’re starting with the Memory Cafe. Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease that affects the whole family.”“If my other gig doesn’t work, I’ll be at the Senior Center in a few years,” joked Selectman Mike McCoy. “You do an outstanding job and it’s means a lot of the community.”“I can’t say that I’m surprised by the 24% increase. You’re always looking for new, innovative ways to provide services to the community,” said Selectman Greg Bendel. “The place is so vibrant. You’re always looking for ways to improve and to partner with the youth of the community. We appreciate what you do.”“I’m continually impressed by how you grow the catalog of programs you offer,” said Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You’ve increased participation and engagement in the community. You do such a wonderful job with limited space. Keep up the good work.”“It’s amazing how you come up with creative ways to keep the seniors engaged,” said Selectman Ed Loud. “My mother-in-law has tried a couple of programs…. Everything you guys do is tremendous.”“Terri is a master of coming up with different ways to the make environment over at the Senior Center inviting and friendly. In spite of space constraints, Terri and her staff continue to do great things,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “They’re constantly working inter-departmently with the Library, Recreation Department, Schools, Police and Fire. In fact, I don’t think there’s a department they don’t touch. They’re always seeking out new ways to work with other departments.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”Wilmington Senior Center Is In Need Of Meal Delivery AssistanceIn “Community”VIDEO: Wilmington Senior Center Holds Annual CookoutIn “Cookout”
Sunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensSunshine Coast receives thumbs up from Better Homes and GardensQueensland’s Sunshine Coast has been given the tick of approval for fresh and local produce by one of Australia’s best-loved TV chefs and food authors, ‘Fast’ Ed Halmagyi.With more than 20 years’ experience cooking in some of the world’s best restaurants, both in Australia and overseas; the presenter of Channel 7 program Better Homes and Gardens visited the region to film a series of food-themed episodes last month.Coordinated and supported by Visit Sunshine Coast (VSC) and Sunshine Coast Council, the crew filmed local vistas and met with home-grown producers to feature a selection of ingredients to cook up a unique recipe.Better Homes and Gardens presenter Ed Halmagyi said, “The most remarkable thing about the Sunshine Coast as a food destination is it’s unique combination of variety and world-beating quality. From wild flavours, to artisan ingredients, to some breathtaking restaurant experiences, it’s a journey every gourmet needs to take.”VSC’s CEO, Simon Latchford said “What a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Sunshine Coast during prime time on a high rating national program. This not only puts the spotlight on our magnificent region but shows viewers we have incredible produce and there is more to the Sunshine Coast, than just our spectacular beaches.“The region’s grower’s, produce, dining options and events such The Curated Plate are an integral part of how we position the Sunshine Coast. We are well placed to capitalise on growing demand for local culinary experiences, as part of the experience for our visitors,” added Mr Latchford.Owner of Maleny Cheese, Sara Bucher said they were delighted to be considered for the program.“Our family has worked in local producing for 15 years and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Ed and the Better Homes and Gardens team to share our knowledge of the region and our industry. The timing works well with Maleny Cheese reopening this week.”“The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its premium quality niche food and beverage production in an outstanding, clean natural environment,” Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said.“With a wide range of award winning, environmentally and socially conscious producers, I’m really excited to see them showcased on Better Homes and Gardens to a national audience.”Watched by around 1 million viewers each week, the Better Homes and Gardens episodes that will feature the Sunshine Coast will be aired on Friday 5th and Friday 12th July at 7pm.This initiative aims to tell the Sunshine food story in the lead up to The Curated Plate, a new four-day destination food festival in the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August. Source = Visit Sunshine Coast
A Hoosier substance abuse counselor says Colorado‘s newly legal marijuana industry could be the beginning of a national public policy shift. Coloradoofficially opened two dozen marijuana shops where people can legally purchase pot without a doctor‘s note or other heavy restrictions. Most of the shops are located in the Denver area. Indianapolis-based Heartland Intervention‘s Scott Watson says the policy issue is really not about “right or wrong.” He says he‘s not “the morality police.” Watson says the Colorado experiment is progressive and he believes that if there are negative results – such as a rise in marijuana abuse – the state will hopefully take swift action to address the issue. Ultimately, Watson says it‘s way too early to say what impact the new law will have on Colorado or the nation.
We could be having a ‘whale’ of a time around the Co Donegal coast if we simply looked below the surface.That’s the message from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group who have organised a Whale Watch Day this Sunday.The idea beyond the watch is to encourage people to keep aan eye out for the many species of whales, dolphins and other creatures around our coast. The day will also help the group compile data on the various species and their possible numbers around Donegal.Organisers are hoping they can spot many of the unique creatures around our waters including the massive Basking Shark and incredible Killer Whale.Wildlife Ranger Emmett Johnston says he is hoping for a calm day so watchers can get the perfect view of all the is out in the water.People are being encouraged to bring binoculars and to dress properly for outdoor conditions. There will be no boat trips and there are no guarantees that whales or dolphins will be seen during the event. The Malin Head whale watch will take place from 2pm-5pm. For more information, contact Emmett on 087 2867055. FANCY HAVING A ‘WHALE’ OF A TIME THIS SUNDAY? was last modified: August 15th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Basking SharksEmmett JohnstonMalin Headwhales