The Milford Senior Center is open to Milford residents 55 and over, regardless of color, creed, national origin, sex or sexual orientation.
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The Milford Senior Center is a United Way Agency
The Mission of the Milford Senior Center is to serve the specialized needs of Milfordís Senior population.
Benjamin G. Blake
Lillian A. Holmes
Janice M. Jackson
Eleanore Myers Turkington
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Holiday Season
A very warm thank you to Mayor Ben Blake, Milford Council on Aging Board of Directors, Board of Aldermen, City of Milford Departments, non-profit agencies, clubs, organizations, businesses, schools, churches, families and individuals who have assisted us throughout 2016 with regard to serving the older adults in the Milford Community.
FROM THE DESK OF EDITOR ELEANORE TURKINGTON
Come on down to the Milford Senior Center, Friday, December 9 at 1:15 p.m.! What’s going on? Well, our Center’s annual Trim A Tree Party! There’s going to be music by the Center’s Band, The Note Ables, delightful music from our chorus, readings, skits, tap dancing and much more. Refreshments too! There is a Blue Star Memorial planned atr the Fowler Memorial Building under the direction of the Milford Garden Club. Take a moment, if you will, to get filled in on page 8 of today’s Bulletin; The members of the Center’s Craft Class have planned a super craft fair, the 8th of this month, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to purchase that very special holiday gift. Our Gospel Chorus will perform an annual Christmas Concert, Sunday afternoon, 2:00 p.m. December 11; a great way to enjoy the spirit of the holidays. And..speaking of Sunday entertainment, why not stop in Sunday, December 18. The Milford Concert Band will be performing “A Milford Christmas” at 2:00 p.m. The next day, December 19th the Foran Choir will present a concert for us at 12:30 p.m. These are just a few of the events our Center has planned for this month. You can check out all of our “happenings” on page 5 of today’s Bulletin. We would love to see as many of you can at all of our events. We hope you will be enlightened, entertained and informed at any or all of our programs. Our annual Veteran’s Luncheon Tribute to servicemen and women last month was a huge success with over 200 guests attending. During the event, a number of you looked for an update on my grandson Rick Brantley. Rick had visited several luncheon tributes as a West Point Cadet. Captain Brantley is now studying law at Georgetown University. Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Mary Ann Connors, Ralph Skelton,Charles Sutton,Karen Rapuano, Lisa Haynes, Ronald French, David Fergeson and William Candia. Also, Fred Katona, Elizabeth Mocarski, Madeliana Homick, Mary Lou Viola, Evelyn Walter, Althea Danielson, Lesley Mills, Evelyn Rintel and Roselyn Chiotti. Also, Gerard Rooney, Thomas Smith, Allan Evans, William Romero, Nancy Curtis, Kathleen Serra, Marvin Serra, Janet Veranko and Sharon Reed. Come join our Center Family. Annual membership is $15.00. Call 203 877-5131 for details.
Mayor Ben Blake met and greeted with servicemen and servicewomen and veterans during the Centerís annual Veteranís Tribute Lunch recently.
The Milford Senior Choral Group, directed by Linda Whittaker, will appear at the Tree Trimming holiday celebration, Friday, December 9 at 1:15 p.m. at our Center. The program will be enjoyable and very entertaining. Tap dancers, musicians, singers and the Creative Writer’s Group will present a program that will definitely entertain you.
IT’S CELEBRATION TIME!
The Milford Garden Club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year as a service club to the City of Milford. As part of their year- long celebration they are planning to purchase and install a Blue Star Memorial during Memorial weekend 2017. It will be located on the property of the Fowler Building adjacent to the Founder’s Walk and visible from New Haven Avenue.
Blue Star is a National Garden Club project that was started after WW 2 to pay tribute to those who have seved, are serving and who will serve in the U.S. Military. There are memorials in all 50 states Connecticut has nine and there will be more coming. The Milford Garden Club is seeking donations from the public to help fund this project. Tax deductible checks may be made out to Blue Star Memorial and can be mailed to Milford Garden Club c/op Marilyn Wardell, 394 West Rutland Road, Milford Ct. 06461
Luminary with battery operated lights for $5.00 each are available. They will be all over Milford and Downtown during Memorial weekend as a reminder of the Blue Star Memorial and what it represents. Call Kathy Kobishyn at 203 915-6017 if you interested in purchasing this item.
A CHRISTMAS STOCKING
The night before Christmas was dark and cold. Snowflakes were frozen against the windows and the wind howled with threatening gusts. The snow continued to fall landing in huge drifts against the back door. The winters were severe in the mountains of Pennsylvania.
The occupants of the rented apartment were sound asleep, snuggled under homemade covers, “featherticks” is what they were called. Filled with feathers, plump and soft, created with tired, weathered fingers, but offering warmth and comfort in a home heated only with a coal stove. No central heating in this home, no reliance on gas or steam heat. Those were the days during the depression when a family felt fortunate to have enough coal or wood for the kitchen stove.
However, not everyone was asleep. A little six year old girl lay with her eyes open, waiting for Santa Claus to fill her stocking.She didn’t have a list of gifts; her only wish was to find a stocking full of goodies. There was no toy chest filled with blocks or books or dolls in her room, for there wasn’t any money to buy these luxuries.There was an old Victrola that had to be wound with a handle on its side.Sometimes, Mommy would find a record and play it. It was like magic to hear the sounds of music coming out of the side of this magical instrument!Television was not yet invented and the family couldn’t afford a radio. Daddy was a coal miner, out of work when the coal mines shut down.
It was cold in her bedroom and filled with excitement, she couldn’t fall asleep. She could hear her mother and father whispering in the next room, worryingif they would have enough coal in the house and enough food in the pantry for the next few days.She had heard stories of how her Daddy would tie a rope around his waist and lower himself down into the mines at night to bring upa bag of coal tied to his back, for the kitchen stove.Soon her parents voices stopped and sleep came to the little figure huddled under the covers.
But, it was Christmas Eve now and Santa Claus would come. She just knew he would. The sound of the wind lulled her to sleep knowing the morning would soon arrive.
Her eyes opened, the wind had stopped and she couldn’t hear the icy snow against the windows anymore. It was light! The night was over! Santa must have come!
Running down the stairs filled with excitement, she burst into the kitchen, not paying any attention to the cold floor under her feet. At last! Her stocking, (Daddy’s grey work sock) hung on the rung of the kitchen chair came into sight! It was filled as she had hoped it would be. Grasping the stocking and running to her parent’s bedroom, she climbed on their bed and poured its contents on her lap. Oh such joy!There was an ORANGE! And there were some nuts and a few candy kisses wrapped in silver paper. What a wonderful surprise!
That long ago Christmas morning will be with me forever. I had two parents, poor as they were, who loved me and my sister with unending fervor.
Many, many years have gone by since that Christmas morning. Christmas gifts became plentiful and expensive.Central heat kept me warm and content.I was protected from winter storms and poverty.
An old fashioned Christmas! Yes, but a day that provided me with a lesson that
remained with me the rest of my life. Cling to memories that gave love and caring and devotion and you will always be comforted when difficulty appears in our lives.
Eleanore Myers Turkington
TITLE VI COMPLIANCE
Do you know your rights under Title VI? Title VI ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal funding. Milford Council on Aging supports Title VI. For more information visit our web site milfordctseniorcenter.com and go to the link Information and Referrals. You may also email email@example.com or call Liz Kassay, Human Resources Manager 203-877-5131.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY CELEBRANTS!
OPENINGS IN THE AHRENS PROGAM
There are openings in the Ahrens Program for people who are cognitively impaired. This program offers respite for family members and helps the clients make new friends and participate in activities. If you are interested, call Jean Kaluzynski, Social Services Worker at 203 877-5131.
Please notify us if you are aware of a member who is in a healthcare facility in Milford. Please call 203- 877-5131 to request a visit from our Friendly Visitor, Maryann Hayes.
Members: Please do not use the road between the Senior Center and the condominium complex as an exit. This road is only to be used to pick up or drop food off, deliveries and City vehicles.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING SITES: If you live at DeMaio Gardens, blood pressure screenings are available the first Tuesday of every month; Foran Towers, the second Tuesday of each month; Jagoe Commons, the third Tuesday of the month and Island View Park, the fourth Tuesday of the month. All blood pressure screenings take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. through the courtesy of Home Care Plus.
Bequest gifts to the MilfordSeniorCenter in memory of a family member or friend are always appreciated. Please mail your gift to Janice M. Jackson, Executive Director, MilfordSeniorCenter, 9 Jepson Drive, Milford, CT.06460
The Milford Senior Center is a partner agency of The United Way of Milford.