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Vilas County Commission on Aging provides service, support & advocacy
The Vilas County Commission on Aging, located at 330 Court Street in Eagle River, provides a number of services to residents who are 60 years old and older, their caregivers and families as well as people with disabilities. The Commission came into being following the enactment of the Older Americans Act in 1965. The act was passed by Congress to provide community social services for older persons. The Vilas County board appointed the Commission on Aging to coordinate the programs and services that would benefit area seniors. One of those services is the senior nutrition program. There are six dining sites including Eagle River at Kalmar Senior Center, Land O’ Lakes at 1938 North Supper Club, Phelps at Lillian Kerr Healthcare by Rennes, St. Germain/Sayner at Fibbers Bar & Restaurant, Winchester/Manitowish Waters/Presque Isle/Boulder Junction at Boulder Beer Bar and Lac du Flambeau at the Lac du Flambeau Senior Center. Hot meals are provided for those 60 years old and older and their spouses. There is no set fee, however the recommended donation is $4 per meal. The nutrition program also includes the Home Delivered Meals program. Volunteer drivers deliver meals to homebound seniors and their spouses, who are unable to attend one of the local dining sites. Meals are served on designated days and vary by location. “We’re here to do the best we can for anyone who’s eligible for our services,” said Vilas County Commission on Aging Director Joe Fortmann. “Many of those people are the least able to care for themselves in our communities.” “There are individuals who are homebound, who see no other face during the week than the person who delivers their home-delivered meal,” he added. Fortmann said that cell phones are provided to all of the volunteer drivers. “If someone doesn’t come to the door to answer the knock when a meal is delivered, we want to know. That’s the kind of support that we think drives our mission,” Fortmann stated. Other services include an elderly benefit specialist program, an Alzheimer’s family caregiver support program, in-home support for caregivers, chore service, grandparents raising grandchildren, handyman program and transportation services provided by volunteer drivers for seniors or persons with disabilities. Health and wellness education also are provided by the commission. Workshops include Living Well with

Vilas County Commission on Aging Director Joe Fortmann stated that the mission of the agency is to do the best they can for anyone who’s eligible for their services. Senior citizens, family members and caregivers as well as people with

disabilities may use the Commission as a resource for a number of different things including meals, transportation, legal issues and various types of support. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

Chronic Conditions, Powerful Tools for Caregiving and Stepping On, a workshop to educate participants on safety and the prevention of falls. In addition, the Commission will offer information and assistance to access the services and agencies needed regarding older adult issues. Many of the services and programs offered by the commission are accomplished with a combination of trained staff members and volunteers from the community. Volunteers of all ages can participate in a variety of opportunities such as escort drivers and meal delivery. Some volunteer duties include mileage reimbursement. For more detailed information on services, programs or volunteer opportunities, contact the Commission at (715) 479-3625 or 1-(800) 374-1123.

Vilas County senior dining sites
Vilas County Commission on Aging — 330 Court St., Eagle River, WI, (715) 479-3625 or 1-(800) 3741123. Various lunch settings throughout the area provide delicious hot meals for those 60 or older and their spouses. There are no income requirements but donations are appreciated. Call the dining site one day in advance for reservations. Locations, service days and the number to call for reservations are as follows: • Kalmar Senior Center, Eagle River — Monday to Friday, Kalmar Center, (715) 479-2633; • Phelps Senior Center, Phelps — Monday and Friday, Sandy Mutter, (715) 545-3983; • State Line Restaurant, Land O’ Lakes — Thursday and Friday, Kathy Niesen ,(715) 547-6071; • The Boulder Beer Bar, Boulder Jct. — Wednesday and Thursday, Carol Young, (715) 479-8771; • Fibber’s, St. Germain — Monday and Friday, Verdelle Mauthe (715) 542-2951; and • Lac du Flambeau Senior Center, Lac du Flambeau — Tuesday and Wednesday, Senior Center, (715) 588-4360.

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Oneida’s aging office ready to help seniors



The Oneida County Department on Aging offers older adults and their family members as well as disabled persons information and assistance on a daily basis. The department helps guide seniors with options and services, coordinates senior and home delivered meals, recreational activities and trips and provides a host of other services. According to the department’s director, Dianne Jacobsen, one of the most underultilized services is the benefit specialist assistance. Jacobsen stated that the specialists serve as “red tape cutters.” Technical assistance is provided to anyone 60 years of age or older to help with issues with Medicare, Medical Assistance Medicare Part D, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, medical billing questions or problems, public housing and more. The specialists are trained by attorneys under contract of the Area Agency on Aging. A specialist can be contacted by phone or an appointment may be made to meet at the Department on Aging, a local dining site or even a person’s home if necessary.

While there is no fee for this service, donations are accepted and are used to provide additional services to clients. “Every county in the state has an office to assist seniors,” stated Jacobsen. JACOBSON “They may have different names, however, all provide essentially the same services.” Jacobsen said any citizen, whether in or out of the area, can contact the department with questions concerning senior issues and staff members will offer assistance and help to find needed resources. One of the services that is unique to Oneida County is a bus service that is operated within the city limits of Rhinelander. Additionally transportation is provided through the Lakeland Senior Center van service and volunteer escort drivers. A small fare is charged for these services. Other services include Alzheimer’s family and caregiver support, family caregiver support, and educational as well as volunteer opportunities. There are eight dining sites in Oneida County, including Oneida Senior Center in Rhinelander, Reiter Center

in Three Lakes, Sugar Camp Town Hall in Sugar Camp, Lakeland Senior Center in Woodruff, Ray Sloan Community Building in Lake Tomahawk, Cassian Town Hall in Harshaw, Nokomis Town Hall in Tomahawk and St. Francis of Assisi Church in Tripoli. Home-delivered meals are offered from each location. For qualifications or more information, contact the department. The Department on Aging will move

from its current location by February 2012 to the first floor at the previous Northern Advantage Job Center building, located across the parking lot from Trigs in Rhinelander. The department is looking forward to providing a new and more enhanced program according to Jacobsen. For more information, contact the Department on Aging at (715) 3696170, 1-(800) 379-7499 or visit

Oneida County senior dining sites
Oneida County Department on Aging — 1103 Thayer St., Rhinelander, WI 54501, (715) 3696170 or 1-(800) 379-7499. Various lunch settings throughout the area provide delicious hot meals for those 60 or older and their spouses. There are no income requirements but donations are appreciated. Call the dining site one day in advance for reservations. Locations, service days and the number to call for reservations are as follows: • Oneida Senior Center, Rhinelander — Monday to Friday, Senior Center, (715) 369-6170; • Lakeland Community Senior Center, Woodruff — Monday to Friday, Senior Center, (715) 356-9118; • Reiter Center, Three Lakes — Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Angela (715) 490-2798; • Ray Sloan Community Building, Lake Tomahawk — Monday and Wednesday, Elaine, (715) 4902875; • Cassian Town, Cassian/Harshaw — Tuesday and Thursday, Linda, (715) 282-6220; • Nokomis Town Hall, Nokomis — Monday and Wednesday, Judy, (715) 453-1058; and • Sugar Camp Town Hall, Sugar Camp — Tuesday and Thursday, Jolene, (715) 490-1710

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More than fitness classes
Seniors can find health, companionship at the YMCA
“The staff and facility at the Y is a big asset to this community,” said Lorraine, a 74-year-old golfer who has been coming to the YMCA for three years. There are many levels of fitness and activity. There are those who find walking from their car to the store challenging, there are those who run marathons . . . and there’s everything in between. People often use excuses for why they don’t care for their wellness like they should. This is true at all ages. Many people think that once they get older, their ability to achieve wellness stops. Nothing could be further from the truth. Could age be a convenient excuse? The truth is, whether you were sedentary or active in your youth, you can get fit or stay fit as an active older adult. Yes, even if you were never active in your life, there is opportunity to achieve wellness in the later years. It happens every day, all the time, at the Eagle River YMCA, located at Northland Pines High School. It’s all really a mind game. Yes, there are physical limitations. We all have them at any age, but the biggest challenge is getting your mind over matter. When you’re told, “You’re too old to . . .,” or you saw your parents model a sedentary lifestyle due to age, you believe it. You truly believe you can’t or shouldn’t be active over the age of 60. It becomes an easy excuse to not exercise. There is truth to “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” “I’m not trying to turn the clock back, just trying to slow it down,” Lorraine said. And that’s just what she has been doing with the help of personal trainers at the Y in Eagle River. The Arthritis Foundation has evidence-based classes that promote movement at all ages. The Eagle River Y employs trainers who are certified to lead Walk with Ease class and Take Control with Exercise class. These are very basic movement classes to ensure you keep your range of motion, strength and flexibility. If you’re not sedentary, the Eagle River Y also offers Total Body Senior. This is a more rigorous class and is designed to increase strength, muscular endurance, stability and flexibility. The class challenges participants to push out the limits their minds erroneously set. Participants surprise themselves when they can do what they didn’t think they could. The Y has active older adults who come in to work out all on their own. These members push themselves on cardio machines and weights. They came in not knowing their way around

The YMCA of the Northwoods Eagle River Branch offers a variety of fitness and exercise classes for senior cititzens, both

for individuals and groups. The fitness center is located at Northland Pines High School. --Contributed Photos

the gym, received guidance from the Y staff and got moving. Not only have they gained in strength and endurance and lost weight, they found a second home, making new friends with other members and this is what helps all of us keep moving. The Y offers active older adults not just a place to work out, but the opportunity to get involved in community, opportunity to feel connected, to contribute and to love life in the North Woods. The Y has volunteer opportunities for community members of all ages. Something as simple as making a favorite treat to share during the 12 days of fitness can lift spirits (yours and all others). Or assisting with Parent’s Night Out babysitting once a month, or handing out water cups at the Midnight Moonshine 5K run in July can get you involved, connected and part of the community. Don’t be shy, come in and try. Find health, well-being, fitness knowledge and companionship, all at the Y. For more information about the Eagle River YMCA Branch, call (715) 479-9500. This article was prepared by Julie John, program director at YMCA of the Northwoods, Eagle River Branch.
Active older adults who are members of the YMCA of the Northwoods can work out on a variety of machines at the Northland Pines High School fitness center.

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‘Cabin fever’ can be treated with therapy and counseling
As the sunlight dwindles during these winter months, do you or a loved one lose energy, lose enthusiasm and feel depressed? You may have what some simply call “cabin fever” or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a common and very real problem, with real treatments and real hope, according to a Marshfield Clinic therapist. What is SAD? “If you are depressed during the shorter days of winter, but feel happier and more energetic in spring and summer, you may have seasonal affective disorder,” said Mike Megna, LCSW, psychotherapist at the Marshfield Clinic Minocqua counseling center. “SAD is a type of depression that affects you at the same time each year, usually in the fall or winter,” said Megna. “But as the days lengthen in spring and summer, the depression lifts.” What causes SAD? “Shorter days of winter and lack of light are one cause of seasonal depression, especially for people who live in northern climates where winter days are very short or seasonal differences in the amount of daylight are more extreme. However, researchers are studying other possible causes,” said Megna. Who is affected by SAD? “You are more likely to develop seasonal affective disorder if you are a female between the ages of 15 and 55,” Megna explained. “Between 60% and 90% of people with SAD are women, and those who have a relative with SAD are more likely to develop it. People living farther away from the equator develop SAD more often.” Megna said there are treatments and there is help for this problem. Light therapy and counseling may provide some options for people with SAD. For more information about SAD, people can call the Marshfield Clinic Minocqua counseling center at (715) 356-1793.

Trained staff at DayBreak Adult Center provide recreational activities, including cards, for adults visiting the center. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO

DayBreak offers caregivers support
In the late 1990s, members of the Eagle River community and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church felt that there was a need in the area to assist adults who were experiencing changes in their physical health as well as loneliness and Alzheimer’s disease. DayBreak Adult Center was created to help families, caregivers and those they cared for by providing respite time. A grant from the Helen Bader Foundation provided the initial financial support to open DayBreak Adult Center. Since then, many community partners and friends have continued the support. DayBreak is an activities and respite program dedicated to positively impact the lives of adults who require minimal care. Participation in the program promotes health, independence and ability to function. Caregivers are provided with relief and support services that enable them to take a break and reduce stress, thus enhancing their lives at a challenging and difficult time. Elderly men and women can be very socially isolated and lack motivation, thus becoming withdrawn. DayBreak’s program provides participants opportunities for socialization, mental stimulation, some physical activity and another purpose in life. Experienced staff and trained volunteers provide a positive atmosphere through conversation, recreational activities, art and music. Occasionally, community members share their hobbies and talents with participants. Weather permitting, outdoor activities are planned. A nutritious noon meal and snacks are served. DayBreak is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, certified by the state of Wisconsin and under the direction and supervision of an executive director and a 12-member board of directors. DayBreak is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the lower level of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5030 Highway 70 West, Eagle River. Visitors are welcome. For more information about DayBreak and volunteering, call (715) 617-0584.

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SERVE members find opportunities at Kalmar Senior Center and beyond
Senior Eagle River Volunteer Enterprise (SERVE), housed in the Kalmar Senior Community Center in Eagle River, is an organization that serves the community with its volunteer efforts. SERVE members are active at various community events including Klondike Days, Cranberry Fest and more. With a variety of volunteer opportunities available, there is a job available for anyone. While the Kalmar Center is run entirely by volunteers, anyone is welcome to participate in the varied activities that take place at the center. Activities include: — Card parties Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome. Admission is $1 and coffee, soda and treats are served. — Birthday celebrations are held once each month. The name of each person with a birthday is entered into a drawing for a prize. The celebrations take place before one of the regularly scheduled noon meals. Meals must be reserved in advance by calling (715) 479-2633 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. or 479-3625 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. — Potluck get togethers are held at various times and are open to the public. — Free blood pressure screening is held the second Wednesday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The time is subject to change. — The greeting card recycling group meets on the first and third Friday of each month at 9 a.m. Participants take donated used greeting cards and turn them into new, usable cards. The cards are sold at the center. Proceeds are used to benefit the center. — A foot clinic, Happy Feet, is held

The Northwoods Carvers meets at the Kalmar Center every Wednesday afternoon. Other activities at the center include

bingo, nutrition meals, dances, potluck dinner gatherings and card parties. --NEWS-REVIEW PHOTO

the third Friday of each month. Foot and nail care is done by June Wedell, RN, CFCN. Cost for the service is $18 for SERVE members and $20 for nonmembers. The clinic is by appointment

Computer training is held every Tuesday at the Kalmar Senior Center in Eagle River with the help of a volunteer tutor. --Contributed Photo

only. To schedule an appointment, call (715) 479-4068 or (715) 617-0076. — The Kalmar Visitors Group visit SERVE members at local nursing homes or hospitals. To request a visit, call (715) 479-4567. — Computer classes are held every Tuesday in one-hour increments from 9 a.m. to noon. A volunteer tutor holds the classes free of charge using donated computers and internet service. Sign-up for the classes is required on the bulletin board at the center. — Members-only bingo is held each Tuesday at 1 p.m. from January through March. The activity is for SERVE members only as mandated by state of Wisconsin bingo laws. Other activities include dances, informational programs, Packer football parties, movie days and bus trips. An annual Trash N’ Treasure sale is held each August with proceeds benefiting the center. A Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Sale are held each November. Proceeds provide fruit baskets for homebound people, Christmas goodie bags for children in the Headstart program and a donation to Warm The Children.

A hall including a dance floor and jukebox as well as a meeting room are available for rent based on availability. The Northwoods Carvers is a group that meets at the center every Wednesday afternoon. The group is open to anyone, regardless of age or level of ability. While there is no specific instructor, the carvers share their ideas, knowledge and experience. Anyone who is interested in additional information on Kalmar Center or activities may call (715) 479-2633. Under the umbrella of the Kalmar Center is the Senior Craft Shop, located at 211 E. Wall St. in downtown Eagle River. The shop offers an array of items handcrafted by area seniors. Any Vilas County resident, age 45 years old and older or disabled individuals, are welcome to participate and supplement their income. Participants must be members of SERVE and meet requirements as set out by the organization. For more information or to participate in the craft shop, contact Joyce at (715) 891-7519.

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How to generate retirement income — during retirement



Like most people, you probably save and invest throughout your working years so that you’ll be able to afford a comfortable retirement. Once you retire, you’ll want to focus on strategies to help you make the most of your retirement income — and you might want to become familiar with these ideas well before you retire. Basically, you’ll have some “must do” moves and some “think about doing” moves. Let’s take a look at the “must do” ones first: • Take the right amount of distributions from retirement plans. Once you turn 59 1/2, you may be able to take penalty-free withdrawals, or distributions, from some of your retirement accounts, such as your traditional IRA and 401 (k). But once you turn 70 1/2, you generally must start taking distributions from these accounts. Your required minimum distribution, or RMD, is based on the previous year’s balance in your retirement plan and life expectancy tables. You can take more than the minimum, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t take so much that you outlive your savings. • Maximize your Social Security benefits. You can start collecting So-

cial Security as early as 62, but if you wait until your full retirement age, which will probably be around 66, your monthly checks will be larger. And if you wait until after your full retirement age before you start collecting benefits, your checks can be even larger, though they’ll top off when you turn 70. What should you do? Start taking the money as early as possible or delay payments, waiting for bigger paydays? There’s no one right answer for everyone. To get the maximum benefits from Social Security, you’ll need to factor in your health status, family history of longevity and other sources of retirement income. Now let’s consider two moves that you may think about doing during your retirement years: • Purchase income-producing investments. Outside your IRA and 401(k), you may have other investment accounts, and inside these accounts, you’ll need a portfolio that can produce income for your retirement years. You may choose to own some investment-grade bonds and certificates of deposit (CDs), both of which can help provide you with regular interest payments at relatively low risk to your principal. However, these investments may not help you stay ahead of inflation, which, over a long retire-

ment, can seriously erode your purchasing power. Consequently, you also may want to consider dividend-producing stocks. Some of these stocks have paid, and even increased, their dividends for many years in a row, giving you a chance to obtain rising income. Keep in mind, though, that stocks may lower or discontinue dividends at any time, and an investment in stocks will fluctuate with changes in market conditions and may be worth more or less than the original investment when sold. • Go back to work. In your retirement years, you may decide to work part time, do some consulting or even open your own business. Of course, the more earned income you take in, the less money you’ll probably need to withdraw from your investment and retirement accounts. However, if you’ve started collecting Social Security, any earned income you receive before your full retirement age will likely cause you to lose some of your benefits. Once you reach full retirement age, you can keep all your benefits, no matter how much you earn. Keep these strategies in mind as you near retirement. They may well come in handy. Rick Donohoe is a financial advisor for Edward Jones.


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Reiter Center is hub of activity in Three Lakes



The Reiter Center in Three Lakes continues to be a hub of senior citizen activities just as founders Edith Reiter, Rose Sehlke and George Massmann envisioned. The center serves as one of the Oneida County senior dining sites, is host to various health and fitness classes, public assistance programs, health screenings and more. Hot nutritious meals are served at 11:30 a.m. each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as part of the Oneida County Senior Dining program. “I come for lunch because I like to meet the people, to participate in the table talk and the price is right!” stated Janet Schneider of Three Lakes. The dining program is enhanced with holiday parties, music, games and good fellowship. “It was fun getting dressed up in a costume for Halloween,” continued Schneider. “I was a witch and one of the men was a blind referee!” “This program is available to anyone 60 years of age or older,” commented Diana Kern, past site manager. “It is not based on income requirements. The only requirement is that reservations must be made 24 hours prior to dining.” For more information on the dining program or to make a reservation, contact the new site manager, Angie Kottwitz at (715) 490-2798. A variety of community education

Senior nutrition meals are served at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through the

Oneida County Senior program. The program is enhanced with parties, games and fellowship. --Contributed Photos

Exercise classes for seniors are offered at the Reiter Center.

classes are offered at the Reiter Center each week. Many of them are sponsored by Nicolet Area Technical College (NATC). The health and fitness classes held Tuesday and Thursday mornings are very popular. “The classes draw a group of people who want to maintain their wellness,” said Connie Turner of Eagle River. “A variety of exercises are offered and our excellent instructor, Tori Cihla, accommodates all levels of fitness.” Turner has been a participant in the program for more than 10 years. “We have a great camaraderie in the group,” she concluded. NATC also provides cooking, gardening and craft classes at the center. For more information or to check availability, contact NATC at (715) 365-4493. Learning in Retirement, a group of senior citizens affiliated with NATC, holds some of its classes and holiday parties at the Reiter Center. According to Nancy Brissee, Learning in Retirement coordinator, the group values lifelong learning by providing educational and social opportunities. “It’s taking classes without having to take a test!” she concluded. For more information on Learning in Retirement, contact Brissee at 3654491. Additional classes include Zumba and yoga, offered independently on

Monday evenings. The Reiter Center also is a location for public assistance programs such as foot clinics, flu shot clinics, fuel assistance, memory loss support and diabetes screening. The first Thursday of each month, Karen White, RN, comes to the Reiter Center to provide foot care. Appointments are needed and can be made by calling the Reiter Center at (715) 5462552. The Oneida County Health Department holds a flu clinic at the center every fall. No appointments are needed and Medicare and health insurance is accepted for payment. “It’s always very efficient and pleasant to come to the Reiter Center for flu shots. It’s so easy to park and level to walk,” commented Dorothy Harding of Three Lakes. Harding has been a volunteer at the Reiter Center flu clinics since they began. Each year, people are able to apply for fuel assistance at the Reiter Center during fall and winter months when an Oneida County Department of Aging representative is on site. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling Valerie at (715) 362-5695. The Three Lakes Memory Loss Support Group meets the third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. at the center.

“If you are concerned about the loss of your memory, or the loss of the memory of a loved one, come and join us,” said group facilitator Barbara Holtz. “I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the information you will gain.” For more information, contact Holtz at 546-3538 or Dorothy Harding at 546-3022. Each May, the Three Lakes Lions Club sponsors a diabetes screening clinic at the Reiter Center. A licensed practical nurse will conduct the screening with results given immediately. A nutritionist is available to answer questions. The 2012 date is Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to noon. Besides these organized activities, the facilities are also available for rental by groups or individuals. Many wedding receptions, anniversary parties, birthday parties and funeral lunches are held throughout the year. “Through the insight of three individuals, the Three Lakes community is so blessed to have a great facility which can be used for many different events at a reasonable cost,” commented Jack Schlaefer, president of the Reiter Center board of directors. “It serves the seniors and general public without being an expense to the community.” For more information on the Reiter Center or any activities at the center, contact Jackie Kuehn, center coordinator, at 546-2552.

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Camaraderie and fun are staples of Red Hat group



It all started because she needed a birthday present for one of her friends, who was about to celebrate her 50th birthday and only something really special would do. After a good amount of thought, Sue Ellen Cooper gave her friend a lovely red hat and a copy of the Jenny Joseph poem, “Warning” and took her friend out for a birthday lunch. As more and more of her friends expressed their desire to celebrate this milestone birthday in the same way, an idea began to perk and from this humble beginning, the Red Hat Society was born. Cooper lives in Southern California and is known as the Exalted Queen Mother to her fellow Red Hatters. From a gathering of just a few friends, the Society has grown to become an international organization with more than 35,000 chapters in every state as well as in Europe. It has spawned an industry that caters to the whims and wishes of the women who call themselves Red Hatters. Who is a Red Hatter? She is easily recognized by her attire. Red hats, of course, are a must and the rest of her is adorned in various shades of purple. Bling is always welcome and even encouraged. Attire aside, she is a woman who enjoys life and is not afraid to be a little daring, likes to have fun and enjoys the company of ladies who share the warmth, camaraderie and the feeling of sisterhood as she does, not only with fellow Red Hatters, but with all women in general. They have all “paid their dues” and feel that now is the time to take time to enjoy the fun and good times that life has to offer. All women are invited to join the group. Women under the age of 50 are called Pink Hatters and wear pink hats and lavender attire.

Karen Hassey entertained members of the Scarlett O’Hatters of the Northwoods, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, at the

group’s annual pajama party breakfast held at Friendship House Family Restaurant in Eagle River. --Staff Photo By MARIANNE ASHTON

When they reach the milestone birthday of 50 years old, they are “reduated” into Red Hats and become the wearers of red and purple. Eagle River is most fortunate to have a great Red Hat chapter with a membership of 86 women. Known as the Scarlet O’Hatters of the Northwoods, the group meets monthly at various restaurants to enjoy one another’s company. It is a great opportunity to try some of the area’s eateries and they always seem to make quite a splash when we come. But they don’t just eat — they go to the theatre both near and farther afield, they like movies, play cards, enjoy shopping excursions, go on 3- or 4day trips that are out-of-state, cruise on a pirate ship, have pajama parties, do casino trips and celebrate Mardi Gras. A group favorite is to enjoy a fancy

High Tea at Eagle Waters Restaurant. The entire High Tea is certainly worthy of England’s Queen Elizabeth II and who knows, maybe someday she will attend. That certainly wouldn’t surprise them! These activities are just some of the fun that awaits members. Dues are $5 a year and cover mailing and event costs. Most members pay their dues in December and a member is considered in arrears after Feb. 1. The Scarlet O’Hatters usually meet on the first Thursday of the month for their activities. Notice of events and who to call to make reservations is usually published approximately two weeks prior in the News-Review. While the chapter is a large one, average attendance for a month is usually about 40 members. Some of the membership are snowbirds and are not in Eagle River full time and others are un-

able to make all of the activities due to other commitments. One of the beauties of the Scarlets is that, with the exception of some requirements for organizational purposes, there are no rules! There have been so many “rules and have to’s” during our lifetime that now is the time to kick back and enjoy. For more information or to join the Scarlet O’Hatters of the Northwoods, contact queen mother, Rechlitz at (715) 479-6113 or There are several other Red Hat Society chapters in the North Woods, including the Delovely Dames chapter of the Red Hat Society meets once per month during evening hours for those who aren’t able to attend daytime Red Hat events. For more information on Delovely Dames, contact Jenny Bolte at (715) 479-9372.

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Lifelong learning opportunities
Nicolet College offers variety of indoor, outdoor programs for seniors
The Nicolet College district is rich with retirees. Some relocated here following their careers while others have spent much, if not all, of their lives in the North Woods. To serve this growing population, Nicolet College has created numerous learning, cultural and social opportunities, each designed to enrich the lives of seniors. While many people know Nicolet first as an institution that offers college degrees, “It is so much more than that,” explained Sandy Kinney, executive director of communications and college and community initiatives. “Nicolet exists to serve all the people of northern Wisconsin, and this includes retirees, which is one of the largest and fastest-growing demographics in the North Woods,” said Kinney. Retirees look to Nicolet for opportunities in four main areas: community education classes, the Learning in Retirement program, the Creative Arts Series and the traditional credit classes. Community education Want to learn how to use a digital camera, sew a quilt or make your garden organic? Maybe kayaking a scenic North Woods lake, getting your dog to listen, or making fancy French desserts is more your speed. All of these classes and hundreds of others are examples of what’s available through Nicolet’s community education program. “What really makes this program work — and makes it so popular — is the wide variety of classes we offer,” Kinney explained. “I look through the course catalog and am constantly amazed at the diversity of offerings.” General categories include arts and crafts, computers and technology, creative writing, dance, food preparation, gardening, health and fitness, home decorating, music and finance. Classes are held at locations throughout the Nicolet district, including many in Vilas and Oneida counties. They also are held throughout the year and divided into three sessions, with the spring and fall sessions offering the most classes and slightly fewer offerings in summer. In summer, many people gravitate to the out-of-doors through the Outdoor Adventure Series. These courses offer residents the chance to learn a wide variety of outdoor recreation skills such as sea kayaking and canoeing while at the same time exploring the scenic lakes and rivers that are the hallmark of northern Wisconsin. The series also offers numerous hikes throughout northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as well as many natural history hikes and paddles that cover such topics as wild flowers, birding and geology. Learning in Retirement Many of today’s active older adults enjoy lifelong learning, and no place is this more evident than in Nicolet’s Learning in Retirement program. Membership has grown from a handful of retired and semi-retired individuals when the program started in 1995 to more than 300 individuals today from throughout the North Woods. The program is structured around two semesters with one covering the fall and early-winter seasons and the

Cooking classes held through the community education program at Nicolet College are perennial favorites among retirees. --Contributed Photos

other running from midwinter through spring. Each semester features several dozen different classes and discussion groups with topics covering a wide variety of subjects. Topics commonly include nature studies and outdoor activities, world travel, current events, history, theater, health and financial issues that affect seniors, along with numerous other offerings. What many enjoy about Learning in Retirement classes is that they are presented in an easy-going environment. “There are no tests, no grades, and no compulsory attendance in institute offerings. All you need is a desire to learn,” Kinney said. Each class typically meets once a week for anywhere from one to six weeks. Annual membership is $35 and runs from July 1 to June 30. This allows participants to attend as many discussion groups and events as they want each semester. Creative Arts Series Nicolet has a long history of offering arts events that are popular with seniors and the Creative Arts Series continues this tradition. The series is comprised of three main areas: theater events in Nicolet Live!, Art Gallery exhibits, and library-based presentations. Each year, Nicolet Live! features

about 20 different performances that include national touring theater troupes and musical groups, documentary films, and community theatre plays produced by the Nicolet Players. Many events in the series are free. The Nicolet Art Gallery features about 10 exhibits every year. The annual highlight is the Northern National Juried Art Competition, which attracts entries from professional artists from around the country. Other exhibits include themed works by local and regional artists and touring exhibits. The Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the Learning Resources Center on the Nicolet campus. Admission to all exhibits is free. The Library Series is in its second year and includes lectures, discussions and readings on a wide range of topics as well as cooking demonstrations by a professional chef. Credit classes For seniors seeking academic rigor, Nicolet offers hundreds of credit classes every year. While not a mainstay for the population, every year retirees do enroll in the college’s traditional credit classes. Many of these classes offer an audit option where students do not receive a grade. For more information about Nicolet offerings, visit or call Nicolet at (715) 365-4493; or 1(800) 544-3039, ext. 4493.

The Learning in Retirement program at Nicolet College regularly features outings in the great outdoors, including water recreation.

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The Vilas County Commission on Aging
is committed to providing programs designed to enhance the quality of life of older adults. Services provide the opportunity for choices, encourages health, wellness and living independently. The 12-member Commission on Aging is appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and is responsible for setting policy on all programs.
Funding for services is provided through federal, state and county governments, private contributions and participant donations. Programs through the Federal Older Americans Act do not have fees, but donations are vital to the success of our programs and are greatly appreciated. No one is denied service because of inability to donate. Generally, any person age 60 or older may use services. A few programs have more specific guidelines.

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People interested in participating in any program may call the Commission on Aging at (715) 479-3625 or toll free at 1-(800) 374-1123 and explain your question or concern. You will be connected with a staff person who can assist you. You may also just walk in. We are always available to tell you about the programs.

How do I start?

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Information & Assistance
Your “Aging Resource Center” for any information or assistance regarding older adult issues.

Health & Wellness Program
Provides informational programs on health and wellness to enrich the quality of life of our seniors.

Elderly Benefit Specialist
The Benefit Specialist helps cut the red tape involved with health care and public benefits, such as: • Medicare • Medical Assistance • Medicare Supplemental Insurance • Consumer Concerns • Supplemental Security Income • Disability Claims • SeniorCare Prescription Coverage • Judicare Information • Homestead Tax Credit • Benefit Counseling

Volunteer escort drivers provide rides for people unable to drive themselves to medical appointments, grocery shopping, personal business, other shopping and personal care needs. Call (715) 479-3625, 48 hours in advance to arrange a ride. Bus and van rides are also available to transport seniors to adult day care, shopping, nutrition sites, recreational activities, and other activities are available through the following senior groups: SERVE, Inc. (serving Eagle River) — (715) 479-2633 Lac du Flambeau (serving Lac du Flambeau) — (715) 588-3303 Lakeland (serving Woodruff & Arbor Vitae) – (715) 356-9118 Phelps Seniors (serving Phelps & Land O’ Lakes) – (715) 545-3983 Northwoods Seniors (serving Manitowish Waters, Boulder Junction, Winchester and Presque Isle – (715) 356-2650 St. Germain PrimeTimers (serving St. Germain area) — (715) 479-6310

Friendly Visitor
Volunteers visit the homebound or isolated frail older adults, providing companionship, a link to the Vilas community and to other available services. The Friendly Visitors also provide telephone reassurance.

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program
Provides information and/or funding to caregivers of family members who have Alzheimer’s disease or other closely related irreversible dementia.

Home Support Program
Links caregivers with private agencies or self-employed workers who can help with caregiving or provide respite.

Nutrition Program
Serves hot and nutritious meals at congregate sites which provide socialization, educational and recreational activities at the following sites located throughout the counKalmar Center Eagle River Area Wellness Center Lac du Flambeau Area State Line Restaurant Land O’ Lakes Area Phelps - Senior Center Phelps Area Fibber’s Restaurant St. Germain Area Boulder Beer Bar Restaurant Boulder Junction Area

Chore Service
Matches workers with people needing light housekeeping and yard maintenance. Our chore workers will provide other services such as shopping or laundry depending upon the needs of the individual.

Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteers are an integral part of the Commission on Aging Programs. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for one of our programs, please call our office at (715) 479-3625. We desperately need volunteers to be: • Escort Drivers • Delivery Drivers for Meals to Homebound Seniors • Friendly Visitors

Home-delivered meals prepared at the nutrition sites are delivered to homebound people throughout Vilas County. In some areas, special diet meals are available. Meal reservations are required 24 hours in advance. Donations are encouraged to maintain the viability of the program, but are not required.

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Making the most of their golden years
Lees stay active with hobbies, volunteering



As Clint Eastwood, who will be 82 years old this year, states, “As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.” Workers in the medical field agree that if seniors are to be more capable and able in their golden years, they must continue to be curious, to learn, to stretch and to attempt. Two local residents are doing just that. Orville and Marlys Lee of Eagle River know how to keep themselves busy. The Lees lived two miles apart as they were growing up in Iowa. Meeting in high school and marrying in 1952, they worked a dairy farm and raised a family in their home state. Farming entailed milking dairy cows, raising a variety of livestock and strip cropping until 1964. After leaving the farm, they each worked a variety of jobs, retiring again in 1993 and eventually moving to Eagle River. “You never get the farming out of you. There are always aspects of it that you miss. Neighbors helped each other during harvests, filling silos and baling hay. I miss the independence even though it’s a hard life,” Orville confessed. Marlys enjoyed the freedom of raising their family with room to roam. Every day was unique on the farm. “Before we actually moved north, we watched our grandkids play hock

Orville Lee of Eagle River enjoys refinishing antique furniture.

ey here when we came to visit,” Orville reminisced. “We helped our son-in-law and daughter build the soccer fields on Highway G in the 1990s. We leveled the soccer field with railroad iron, picked up rocks. Then in 1993, I mowed the field for the first time and continued doing so for the next 12 years. “Moving here was easy. I kept busy winterizing the cottage so we could stay year-round before moving into our new home in 2003. It was like working on a job,” said Orville. Marlys’ transition to the North Woods was not quite as easy. She missed other family and friends in Iowa, so her heart was in both places. “I liked having six months here and six months there. We try to make it back to Iowa a couple times per year and, of course, our Iowa family joins us now in the North Woods,” Marlys explained and smiled. “But now I’m very content. I enjoy our home, our family, have made many friends and volunteer just the right amount of time.” Wishing to be involved in the community, she joined the hospital auxiliary and volunteers many hours each week. She greets and registers some patients and works in the outpatient surgery department delivering food and water, changing bedding and helping in a variety of other areas. “I had no experience in the medical volunteer field before coming here. I love seeing the people,” she said. Marlys also volunteers for community blood drives, shops for the Warm The Children program and is involved with women’s fellowship and boards at her church. “We make lap robes for patients in facilities across the North Woods and for Angel On My Shoulder,” said explained. “By earning money at the Cranberry Fest Luncheon, we can purchase quilt batting and provide camp scholarships. Our group makes a Christmas mitten tree donating to Head Start and the Tri-County abuse center in Rhinelander.” There’re also summer flowers to maintain. Orville rises by 5 a.m. (old farming habits die hard) to water close to 40 hanging baskets and pots each morning in downtown Eagle River. Unless Mother Nature graces the North with ¾-inch of rain, Orville is busy. He also stays busy refinishing furniture. “I like to take a beat-up piece of furniture and make it presentable for myself and for others. Wood grain has

Marlys Lee, who moved to the North Woods from Iowa, enjoys quilting and volunteering at church and for Warm The Children. --Photos By Sonia Dionne

so much character. If I can find a manufacturer name, I’ll research when it was built. Many people like to know that history,” he said. During winter, Orville is busy cracking black walnuts which have been collected in Iowa during the fall. He and Marlys enjoy using them in bakery and homemade ice cream. The Lees maintain a positive outlook on life. “It is important to be active and to keep the brain and body going,” said

Orville. “There may come a day that we won't be able to do this, but then we'll have these memories. A good, hard, honest day’s work is satisfying.” The Lees not only live their philosophy, but they have words of advice to their grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. “Hold on to your faith, work hard, keep your nose clean, always remember words spoken can never be taken back, be happy, enjoy life and volunteer your time,” said Marlys.

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Keeping busy in retirement
Schellingers stay active making crafts and volunteering



Retirement doesn’t mean sitting around doing nothing, according to Fred and Irene Schellinger. Staying active since moving to their Meta Lake home between Eagle River and Three Lakes in 1985 has been a top priority for both former dairy farmers. They raised two sons and two daughters and have 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. All but one live in Wisconsin. Most live in the Hartford area, which is where their dairy farm was located. Fred took up woodworking after retirement, making a variety of wooden toys which he sells at the Senior Craft Shop in Eagle River. His most popular toy is a train connected with metal loops. When asked how Fred Schellinger many trains he’s toys in his shop. made, he said, “About 10,000.” He can make 12 per day. In the 1980s and ’90s, he says he made 250 a year. He uses white pine because it’s a soft wood and easy to work with. His son has a cabinet-making shop and gives him any scraps. A vegetable oil finish is applied to the finished product. No varnish or other chemicals are used, so the toys are not harmful to children. Irene keeps busy by tending to household chores and crocheting fancy items which are also for sale in

the craft shop. She mostly makes snowflakes, doilies and mittens. Hanging on the living room wall at their home is a framed crocheted Lord’s Prayer, 3 1⁄2 feet high by 30 inches wide. She donates between 20 and 30 pairs of mittens per year to the Headstart program for youths. She also enjoys making cookies. In addition to their crafty ways, the Schellinger’s deliver Meals on Wheels to people unable to provide for themselves. For one day a week, an average of 13 meals are delivered during a more than 56 mile round trip. They also provide courtesy rides for other seniors who have doctors appointments and for shopping trips through the Vilas County Commission on Aging. The Scellingers makes wooden also volunteer at the Northwoods Children’s Museum and have called bingo at the Kalmar Senior Center, both in Eagle River. Fred does all the snow shoveling down a blacktop driveway and walks up and down the driveway 15 times daily for a two-mile hike. He said this was on orders from his doctor after having bypass heart surgery in 1990. Did I mention Fred is 88 and Irene is 83? They’ve been married since 1948. “You have to keep busy or you’ll go nuts,” said Fred on their busy retirement schedule.

Irene and Fred Schellinger stay active in retirement, volunteering and making items for the Senior Craft Shop in Eagle River. --Photos By Marge Baerenwald

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The arts keeps Klein active in community



Kathy Klein of Three Lakes has found retirement anything but retiring. She actively pursues lifelong interests in the areas of music and fitness. As a music educator in her hometown of Beloit, Klein was very involved in the community. As a charter member, she played 46 years in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra. She continues to play with a cantata in Beloit. As part of a vocal singing trio of friends, she performed Andrews Sisters-type music for more than 30 years in the area, as well as guest visits in England, particularly Westminster Abbey and Scotland. Kathy also directed youth orchestras in Beloit and taught string techniques in summer workshops on the University of WisconsinMadison campus. After retiring in 2001, Kathy and husband, Ken, headed to Three Lakes, where they found property to build near beloved lakes and woods. This love of the land was passed down from Ken’s parents, who had previously owned property Up North. Kathy says she has found it easy to participate in the many musical opportunities in Three Lakes and Eagle River. “It is a necessity to keep nourishing your mind by continuing activi-

ties,” she said. Many residents recognize Kathy for playing her violin with the Woodland Strings, started 20 years ago by June McDuffie. Klein enthusiastically has served, since 2001, as its director and especially enjoys the coaching aspect of directing. Her affiliation with the group began in summers previous to retiring, when she would bring some her favorite music to rehearsals. Over the years, membership has expanded to 16, including a bass to round out the violins, violas and cello. Their repertoire goes beyond classical to Celtic, mariachi, folk and pop tunes. “There are so many opportunities to perform up here,” said Kathy. “We play before each Headwaters Council for the Performing Arts concert in Eagle River, for Concerts in the Park, art fairs, Many Ways of Peace, Art Impressions in Land O’ Lakes, Demmer Library Spring Flings and Nicolet College Community Music Festivals. “Our weekly rehearsals are unique, as we not only practice hard, but also have such a special camaraderie among us,” said Kathy. “We support each other through the rough times that everyone goes through. We have a great time, enjoying each other’s company. Woodland Strings is good for the soul.” Klein teaches violin and viola in Three Lakes to students of all ages and notes that they “keep you young.” “The most fun are the little ones

who have such creativity and inquisitiveness,” she said. Years ago, she started a youth orchestra with former resident Kris Cunningham, which lasted for only two years because of lack of funding. Upon first moving here, Klein joined the Three Lakes Art Council, a group of visionary entrepreneurs, who established the Three Lakes Center for the Arts in the Northwoods. She now serves on the board. “The performing arts are especially exciting because we’re also able to involve Woodland Strings from time to time, such as with Art on Main and St Patrick’s Day celebrations sponsored by the Center for the Arts,” she said. Balancing activities that give back to the community, Klein pursues staying in top physical shape. “The Three Lakes School weight room has been such a joy and I can see myself becoming more regular in attendance there,” she said. “The other participants have become important because they keep encouraging you and are a source of fellowship. We’ve made so many new friends through it. Even the Center for the Arts sponsors yoga classes in the summer months.” Kathy also attends Nicolet College continuing education exercise and dance classes at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes. “You learn how to live in the posture that supports the body, which is invaluable. It’s more than exercise,


our instructor teaches us how to move the body for chores like raking, snow shoveling, walking stairs, lifting, saving our backs from injury and focuses on how the core of your body is engaged,” she said. Klein knows the importance of staying active mentally, socially and physically. And best of all, Klein exclaims she can stay active through music and fitness in a place she loves.

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Social Security is as American as baseball and apple pie. Not everyone likes apples or baseball games, but almost every American who reaches retirement age will receive Social Security retirement benefits. In fact, 96% of Americans are covered by Social Security. If you’re ready to retire in the near future, this article is for you. I’d like to share with you a few important items about Social Security retirement benefits and how to apply for them. When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn “credits” toward Social Security benefits. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need 40 credits (10 years of work) to qualify for retirement benefits. To qualify for retirement benefits, 10 years is the minimum. However, the amount of your benefit is determined by how long you work and how much you earn. Higher lifetime earnings result in higher benefits. If there were some years when you did not


work or had low earnings, your benefit amount may be lower than if you had worked steadily or earned more. Also, your age when you retire makes a difference in your benefit amount. The full retirement age (the

age at which full retirement benefits are payable) has been gradually rising from age 65 to age 67. You can retire as early as age 62, but if benefits start before you reach your full retirement age, your monthly payment is reduced. Find out what your full retirement age is by referring to the convenient chart in our publication, Retirement Benefits, at It’s in the second section. Just as you can choose an early retirement and get a reduced payment, you also can choose to keep working beyond your full retirement age to take advantage of a larger payment. Your benefit will increase automatically by a certain percentage from the time you reach your full retirement age until you start receiving your benefits or until you reach age 70. The decision of when to retire is an individual one and depends on a number of personal factors. To help you weigh the factors, I suggest you read our online fact sheet, When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits, available at the website You may want to consider your options by using our Retirement Estima-

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The ‘prime time’ of life
St. Germain PrimeTimers stay busy with events, projects, trips




St. Germain PrimeTimers Inc. had its start in 1998 when Jean Seifried placed a notice in the Vilas County News-Review and asked any seniors interested in meeting with other seniors to go to the St. Germain Community Center for a meeting to pursue the possibility of forming a group. Twenty-two seniors showed up and decided to become an organized group. The group’s first officers were President Fred Radtke, Vice President Helen Steiner, Secretary Marion Adams and Treasurer Maureen Milz. Directors were Ethel Freund, John McCauley and Jean Seifried. Incorporation papers were filed in the name of St. Germain Seniors Inc. It was found that many seniors did not want to be known as “seniors,” therefore, in February 1999 the name was formally changed (including the corporation filings) to St. Germain PrimeTimers Inc. The new name reflected the over-50 group which had planned their whole life for the “prime time” of their life. The St. Germain Town Board gave the PrimeTimers permission to use room six at the St. Germain Community Center. Members proceeded to paint and recarpet the room. Window treatments were added and the room was decorated and furnished including tables, chairs, cabinets, refrigerator and more. During the first six months, many dances were held for the benefit of the community. The first Snowflake Dance was held in January 1999 and has since been held every year on the second Saturday of January. In February 1999 the PrimeTimers donated exercise equipment to the town of St. Germain. The items were utilized to start a community exercise room in the community center in room one. Over time, more equipment has been added by PrimeTimers and community members which is available for everyone’s use. Anyone with goodworking exercise equipment to donate may contact the PrimeTimers. The group attends numerous plays and shows including productions at Northland Pines High School, Lakeland High School, Three Lakes, Northern Lights in Hazelhurst and several Wausau venues. On the road again Day trips include the Vilas County Courthouse and Justice Center, McNaughton Prison, Vilas County

The St. Germain PrimeTimers recently began a monthly Hobby Day to provide its members a way to spend a creative morning. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon in room 6 at the St. Germain Community

Center. Some members bring their own projects to work on while others participate as a group in a guided project. The activity is one more in a host of activities undertaken by seniors in their prime. --Photo By Wally Geist

Garage, St. Germain Golf Course, Vilas Historical Museum, Three Lakes Historical Museum, Howard Young Hospital, Eagle River airport, two fish hatcheries, three goat farms, botanical gardens in Green Bay, Festival of Trees and Yawkey Museum in Wausau, and numerous other locations. Initially all travel was by carpooling. The group now has two buses which hold a total of 15 people each. At least one overnight trip is planned each year. The first was in 1999 to the Minneapolis area and the Holidazal Parade. In fall 2011 two large buses were filled for a trip to Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Memphis, Tenn. The group hopes to go to Niagara Falls during 2012, but this trip has not been fully planned yet. Activities and events The PrimeTimers facilitate several groups that are composed of both members and nonmembers. This includes bridge Monday afternoons, line dancing Tuesday afternoons, cards and games Wednesday evenings, and

bowling Thursday afternoons. A new group does crafts and hobbies on select Tuesday mornings. Driver awareness classes are held periodically to benefit mature drivers. Some insurance companies may provide a discount for those who complete the classes. Group members volunteer Monday evenings in the summer to provide concessions at bingo and also have an ice cream wagon at the Monday flea markets held at the St. Germain Park. A combination car show, craft fair, children’s carnival and brat fry event is held the third Saturday of July at the park. The event is a major endeavor for the PrimeTimers. This year’s event will be held Saturday, July 21. Support the community The volunteer projects provide funds for the PrimeTimers to lend support to the community. Past contributions include community center chairs, tables, shelter picnic tables, fireworks, Veteran’s Memorial, Angel on My Shoulder, youth skate park, painting of the community

center, Vilas Food Pantry, Northwoods Wildlife, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, St. Germain Fire Department, Northwoods Children’s Museum, Vilas Historical Museum, Olson Memorial Library, Plum Lake Public Library, St. Germain Bike and Hike, youth soccer, youth baseball and more. Join the Primetimers The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in room six at the St. Germain Community Center. Meetings begin with a speaker followed by business and goodies baked by volunteers. Visitors are welcome. As of December 2011 there are 360 members. Officers are President Judie Berard, Vice President Karen Waggoner, Secretary Barb Steinhilber and Treasurer Dave Zielinski. Directors are Marge Berg, Jim Grace, Tom Kortendick and Joe Ruegsegger. For more information, contact Berard at (715) 479-6659, activities directors, Fred and Carol Radtke, at 479-6310,; or visit

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Hockey just one activity that keeps three Eagle River seniors active



Eagle River is officially known as the Hockey Capital of Wisconsin. After all, it is home to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame and the historic Eagle River Sports Arena, and the community hosts the annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey National Pond Hockey National Championship. Hockey is a big thing in Eagle River — even for three seniors who still lace up their skates occasionally during the NoonTime Hockey League. Seniors Jim Patten, Jim Sanborn and Dave Hanselman all know the importance of staying active in retirement and playing hockey is just one of their interests. Jim Patten Jim Patten turned 72 in January and, other than a brief stint in Milwaukee and Superior for college, has always lived in Eagle River. Patten worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 40 years. His wife, Kathy, originally from Ashland, was a school teacher in Eagle River for more than 30 years. They have two children, Jim, in Appleton, and Nikki, in Hurley. They also have three grandchildren. When Jim retired from the post office about eight years ago, he realized he would get old, fat and die, or he better find a way to stay young. He knew he had to watch his diet and stay active. He had always been the kind of guy who never had enough hours in the day to do what he wanted. Now that he was retired, he needed to fill up those hours. Jim now volunteers in Minocqua at Dr. Kate Museum. He is also very active in the Eagle River Historical Society and is proud of the fact that his ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of this area. “I have a deep emotional attachment to Eagle River. My family goes back to about the year 1885,” he said. Jim has offered to donate land to the Eagle River Historical Society for a new building. “But getting enough donations to build it is pretty difficult in a slow economy,” he admits. Patten has always disliked working out or exercising just for the sake of exercising. But give him a competitive sport or activity and he loves it. “I like to do things with a purpose. I’ll ride bike or snowmobile or kayak or golf. I love Mother Nature,” he says. He plays softball in a 55-and-older league and can often be seen shooting baskets in a hoop outside his home. But Jim’s passion has always been ice hockey. When he was growing up in

Eagle River in the 1940s and 1950s, hockey was the most important activity for youths. “I remember the old rink downtown near Second and Division streets. My grandpa, Elmer Patten, was one of the main caretakers. He would help flood it and shovel the snow. We’d walk to the rink after school and on weekends, and just divide teams. Some kids were 7 to 8 years old and others were 15 or 16. We’d play until everyone had to go home.” Jim coached and refereed throughout his life. One of his biggest thrills came in 1989, when his son, Jim, played on the last Northland Pines High School state championship team. Patten wears his hockey passion on his two vanity car license plates, “Ice it” and “Ice it 2”. But most amazing is that at 72 years old (he was born Jan. 21, 1940), he still plays a very competitive game of hockey four or five times a week, playing on the daily NoonTime Hockey League and also Eagle River’s Olde-Tyme Hockey League. He has played in every Eagle River pond hockey tournament since it began. During the summer, when Eagle River doesn’t have ice, Jim plays in Minocqua. He actually plays with three National Hockey League (NHL) professional players at Lakeland Ice Arena. He has skated with both Pat Dwyer of the Carolina Hurricanes and Brad Winchester of the San Jose Sharks. He also has skated with retired 18-year NHL veteran Gary Suter. Jim sums up his retirement well when he says, “When I get old, maybe I’ll have time to take up fishing.” Jim Sanborn Jim Sanborn is a 68-year-old Eagle River native who keeps in shape in the way the book says. Jim watches his diet and stays active. After more than 30 years of acting as both the Vilas County clerk and the town of Washington clerk, Jim retired about two years ago. As he’s gotten older, he pretty much continued with SANBORN the same activities he has done since he was young. “I’ve always been an outdoorsman and my whole family enjoys outdoor activities. The family owns 240 acres of woods on the Deerskin River and we spend a lot of time there, hunting, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing.”

Jim Patten of Eagle River still laces up the skates and plays in the NoonTime Hockey League at the Eagle River Sports Arena. --Photo By Michael Eder

He also owns and lives in a house on Tambling Lake and does the usual lake dweller’s activities which include boating, swimming and fishing. Retirement means time to travel and that has been a joy to Jim and his wife, Linda. Linda retired from the Northland Pines School District and now they can take their fifth-wheel travel trailer where they wish. “I really enjoyed a fishing trip to Canada with Linda and sons, Mike and Dan, and two grandkids. Linda and I also went out to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons. And we’re really looking forward to spending a month in Florida in March. We’ve rented a house there and are planning on some new experiences.” March means the hockey season is over and hockey has always been a big part of Jim’s life. His dad, Gib Sanborn, was one of the original promoters of hockey in this area. Gib organized many teams and helped start the original Eagle River Recreation Association. He was one of the first people inducted into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame. Needless to say, Jim has grown up with hockey. Sanborn stayed active in Eagle River hockey all his life. Not only did he play at most levels, he coached youth hockey for many years. He also had a great

record as a referee. Jim Patten said, “Jim Sanborn was one of the best referees I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of them.” And Jim’s children continued the Sanborn hockey tradition. His sons, Dan and Mike, both played on the 1989 Northland Pines state championship team. And now both of their children are active in youth hockey. Mike’s daughter, Cali, is on the Northland Pines girls team and son, Cole, is in the Bantams. Dan’s two boys, Hayden and Grayson, are in youth hockey in Edina, Minn. Up until last year, Jim had played four to five days a week in the NoonTime Hockey League. He also skated for the NoonTime Hockey team at the pond hockey tournament on Dollar Lake. But both shoulders have been giving him problems and he has been trying to avoid surgery. He still skates around the rink to keep in shape and build up his shoulder muscles, hoping to be able to play hockey again. But even if Jim can’t play again, keeping up with his grandkids and Jim’s other full-time activities will keep him active. Dave Hanselman David Hanselman is 68 years old To HOCKEY, Pg. 20

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The life of a volunteer

Gary Fawcett sets example for seniors



Among the most active volunteers in Eagle River, senior citizen or otherwise, Gary Fawcett has benefitted a vast amount of projects, programs and committees in the area. Volunteering is second-nature to Fawcett, who said he likes to get involved because he’s a people person. “I enjoy meeting people, seeing smiles on their faces and interacting with others,” he said. “It’s a win-win situation for any volunteer, I think.” The 2008 Eagle River Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center Man of the Year, Fawcett has worked as a buyer for Prange’s and also worked with the Aid Association for Lutherans. In 1989, he and his wife, Shelle, began the process of remodeling their uncle Everett Zimplemann’s cottage on Silver Lake and then became full-time Eagle River residents in 2003. Since relocating to the North Woods almost nine years ago, Fawcett has been involved in, or is active as, a member of the Eagle River Revitalization Committee, a volunteer for Journeys Marathon, a member of the Rotary Club of Eagle River, a committee member of the Eagle River Festival of Flavors event, president of Easy Eagles, a member of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Eagle River Light & Water Com-

Volunteer extraordinaire Gary Fawcett painted an exhibit at the Northwoods Children’s Museum, where he once served as president. --Contributed Photo

mission. In addition, Fawcett has also been involved as a volunteer for The Salvation Army, a member of the 50/50 Club, a Lifeline Installer for the Eagle ence,” said Hanselman. He had always been an outdoorsman and really liked working in the field, but never thrived on the book-and-desk work. He retired at age 56 and returned to Eagle River in 1998. “I took over the Bird’s Nest Resort from my parents,” he said. “My wife, Marge, and I have been enjoying it ever since.” Even though he knew diet and exercise were really important, Dave wasn’t too worried about staying fit. “I’ve never really been one to watch my diet carefully. I always had the old exercise guru, Jack LaLane’s, ideas at heart. Jack always said that you had to earn your vices. If you are going to have vices, you really need exercise. I like my beer too much and I’m not going to change that.” So, realizing this when he retired, he started a routine of running. “I decided to run five to six times a week,” said Hanselman. “Eventually, I got up to three miles a day, five days a week and continued doing that all these years,” he said. “I’ve been in a few half-marathons and have really enjoyed the Journeys race here in Eagle River. I think I’ve run that about

River Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, a volunteer for Walter Olson Library, a member of the Eagle River Planning Commission, past Eagle River city councilman, an elder for Our Savior seven times. And then I can drink my beer.” During his youth, Dave played Peewee hockey in Eagle River, but only for about one year. “I was about 63 when I heard of some other old-timers playing hockey in the NoonTime Hockey League. I joined that five years ago and also played on their pond hockey tournament team. But I had rotator cuff surgery last month, so for now I’ll skip hockey and spend more

Lutheran Church, a volunteer for Lutherans for Life Evangelism, director of the Eagle River Farmers Market and past president of Northwoods Children’s Museum. Performing these selfless acts comes easy to Fawcett, who emphasized the importance of volunteerism for senior citizens in the area. “It’s definitely important for seniors to find opportunities to volunteer,” he said. “We have a lot of volunteers here. It keeps you active and keeps you out of trouble. And the things we volunteer for need to be done.” Al Pittelko, who presented the Man of the Year award to Fawcett for his volunteerism over the years, said it’s virtually impossible for him to say the word no. “Whether it’s lending a hand to a friend, chairing a committee, standing in the cold ringing the bell for The Salvation Army or playing Santa Claus, he nods his head and says, ‘Sure. No problem. I will help,’” said Pittelko. Meeting others and contributing to his community were the top reasons Fawcett cited for donating his time. “It’s something I just want to give back,” he said. “It’s fun and I enjoy participation in all these activities. It’s just a matter of giving back.” For those interested in getting involved in local charities and events, Fawcett offered a simple recommendation. “Just come talk to me,” he said with a laugh. time with my new passion — sailboat racing,” said Hanselman. Dave says he will do more crosscountry skiing, now that he can’t play hockey. He enjoys watching the Northland Pines boys and girls hockey teams. “And the Falcons hockey games are really fun and I can drink beer there,” said Dave. He also enjoyed his five years of playing trumpet with the Bill Hassey Orchestra, though he just retired from the band.

and retired 12 years ago. Though Dave was born in Appleton, his parents bought The Bird’s Nest Resort on Carpenter Lake in 1949, when he was six years old. From then on, he spent summers at Carpenter Lake and then returned to Kaukauna where his mother was a teacher. After getting his HANSELMAN bachelor’s degree from the University of WisconsinOshkosh, he got his PhD in geology from the University of Michigan. Dave taught college before signing up with an exploratory oil company as a geologist. He worked in various places, spending a lot of time in South America. “I was selected in the mid-’70s to explore the Atlantic at 14,000 feet underwater. We went down in one of the earliest deep-water research submarines, ‘The Alvin’. It was a pretty neat experi-

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Seniors can make a difference caring for North’s lakes, rivers
Almost a decade ago, a professor from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point talked about the huge talent resource that would become available as the “Baby Boomer” generation started retiring. The key was linking the talents of these people with the need. Northern Wisconsin entered the conversation because of the number of retirees who would relocate to the North Woods for part or all of the year. This scenario is being played out in Vilas County right now. Lakes have many needs in this and surrounding counties. One of the greatest needs is finding volunteers to help protect and educate about the North’s greatest resource — its many lakes and rivers. In Vilas County alone, there are more than 1,400 lakes and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. Today, more than at any time in the past, seniors are helping and making a significant difference protecting those water resources. From monitoring lakes through the Citizens Lake Monitoring Network (temperature, water levels, water clarity, water chemistries, length of ice cover, plankton sampling, etc.), to monitoring streams through Wisconsin Action Volunteers, to serving as Clean Boats/Clean Waters inspectors at boat landings, to observing and recording loon presence and behaviors on a lake in cooperation with Northland College’s LoonWatch program . . . there is someand reliable. Presently in Vilas County, the needs required to monitor and protect lakes and rivers exceed the capacity of current volunteers. Seniors who love being out on the water and have an interest in maintaining and protecting the beautiful lakes and rivers can make a difference. Volunteers can learn about the North’s natural resources and serve as great educators for friends and neighbors. Lake volunteers also feel a sense of accomplishment at helping to protect and save what they have now for their grandchildren’s future enjoyment. How can you get involved? That’s easy—if your lake has a lake association or a lake district, join and get involved. At the local level, you can contact the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association ( and get information on contact persons for a variety of volunteer opportunities. At the state level, contact Wisconsin Lakes ( for information on volunteer activities in your region and statewide. And to learn more about LoonWatch, go to This article was prepared by Rollie Alger, president of the Vilas County Lakes and Rivers Association, and Sandy Gillum, vice president of Wisconsin Lakes.

Susan Knight of the UW-Trout Lake Station teaches a senior how to record findings of an aquatic plant survey on a lake in Vilas County. --Contributed Photo

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Give it to me straight, Doc
Ministry program helps with those end-of-life care decisions



Years ago, I attended a palliative care medical conference. As a social worker, I had years of experience with aging programs, nursing homes and health care, but found I was ill-prepared to venture into the world of technology where life-support interventions were influencing the way people die. The speaker was a handsome, distinguished physician. He didn’t say much, but put a VHS tape into a television and made us watch an old western movie with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. The scene opens with Jimmy Stewart playing the doctor and John Wayne playing, well, John Wayne. They talk briefly for a few minutes, then John Wayne slowly lowers his hand to reveal

a gun shot wound. He turns to Jimmy Stewart, looks him in the eye and says “Give it to me straight, Doc.” After a few more sentences, the conference physician stopped the tape and turned to the audience for discussion. Our conference began. How do we talk about dying in America today? Technology has created incredible choices in end-of-life care. According to Dr. Steven Miles at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota, 85% or 2 million of the 2.4 million deaths occuring annually in the United Sates medical system are preceded by a structured decision to limit life-sustaining treatment. In laymen terms, this means that if you are dying, you will have an 85% chance that someone will need to make difficult life-support choices for you. The other complicating factor in end of life care is our inability to make our

own decisions. It is estimated between 50% and 76% of patients will be unable to participate in some or all of their own end-of-life decisions. Family members left to make these decisions report being unprepared, that the experience was highly stressful and they wish they would have known what the patient really wanted. As difficult as it is, we need to be prepared to make decisions in endof-life care. In 2004, the Eagle River Area Palliative Care Coalition started an advance care planning program. It has been very successful, offering community members an opportunity to learn about the topic and complete documents — all free of charge. We know our program is working as people in our communtiy have a 25% higher rate of having an advance care plan than the general population. Northwoods Respecting Choices® was

modeled after the state-of-the-art advance care planning program dveloped by Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse. Northwoods Respecting Choices offers free workshops the first and third Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. These workshops are held in the Ministry Medical Arts Building, lower level, at 150 Hospital Road in Eagle River. Reservations are required; call (715) 479-0375. Special accomodations can be made for the home bound. I’m a fan of old John Wayne movies and often long for a simpler and less complicated world. But time marches on and we need to be considerate of our families and loved one who will be left with making difficult decisions if something should happen to us. Be brave — be a John Wayne and complete your advance directive. I bet he would!

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Organizations, programs ready to assist seniors
AARP Wisconsin
222 W. Washington Ave., #600, Madison, WI 53703 Phone: (866) 448-3611 Fax: (608) 251-7612 Website:

Kalmar Senior Center
1011 N. Railroad St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-2633

Salvation Army
Services: Emergency lodging and food pantry Phone: (715) 365-5300 Contact: Diana Kirby

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: (715) 367-7920 Website:

Koller Behavioral Health
930 Wall St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 356-8540

Hotline: 1-(800) 657-2038 Website:

Alzheimer’s Association
203 Schiek Plaza, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 362-7779 Website:

Lakeland Senior Center
2nd & Balsam, Woodruff, WI 54568 Phone: (715) 356-9118

Senior Eagle River Volunteer Enterprise
Phone: (715) 479-2633 Contact: Don Anderson

Alzheimer’s Family Caregiver Support Program
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3726 or 1-(800) 374-1123 Vilas County Commission on Aging

Lifeline-Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital
201 Hospital Road, Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-0211

Social Security Administration
2030 Navajo St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 369-4545 or 1-(800) 772-1213 Website:

Alzheimer’s Support Group
One Penny Place, Woodruff, WI 54568 Phone: (715) 356-6540 Contact: Joan Hauer

Ministry Home Care/ Hospice Services
P.O. Box 716, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 361-2230 or 1-(800) 643-4663

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 233, 3716 Country Drive, Ste. 1, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 479-2912 or (715) 356-7600 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-(800) 236-1222

American Red Cross North Central Wisconsin
Phone: (715) 362-5456 Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For emergency: 1-(800) 939-4052 Rhinelander office

Nicolet College
P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 365-4410 or 1-(800) 544-3039 Website:

Vilas County Commission on Aging
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3625 or 1-(800) 374-1123 Contact: Joe Fortmann, director Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Northern Advantage Job Center
51A N. Brown St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 365-1500 Website:

Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources
1 W. Wilson St., Madison, WI 53702 Phone: (608) 266-2536 Website:

Vilas County Department of Social Services
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3668 Contact: Donna Sulstrom-Rosner

Northern Wisconsin Memory Diagnostic Center
Phone: (715) 361-4850 or 361-4880 Contact: Ila Turgeon Ministry Health Care

Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
2850 Dairy Drive, Ste. 100, Madison, WI 53718 Phone: (608) 224-0606 or 1-(800) 366-2990 Website: Elder Law Center: 1-(800) 488-2596 Guardianship Hotline: 1-(800) 488-2596, ext. 314

Vilas County Public Health Department
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3656 or 1-(866) 845-2726

Oneida County Department on Aging
1103 Thayer St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 369-6170 or 1-(800) 379-7499 Contact: Dianne Jabobson, department director Website:

Vilas County UW-Extension
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3648

Community Mental Health Services
603B E. Wall St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-4479

Phelps Senior Club
Phone: (715) 545-2673 Contact: Donna Lepisto

Vilas County Veterans Service
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 479-3629 Contact: Scott Jensen, county veterans service officer

DayBreak Adult Center
5030 Hwy. 70 W., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: (715) 617-0584 Contact: Debbie Hock, program coordinator Website:

Reiter Center
1858 S. Michigan St., Three Lakes, WI 54562 Phone: (715) 546-2552 Contact: Jackie Kuehn, center coordinator

Wisconsin Legislative Hotline
Phone: 1-(800) 362-9472

Elderly Benefit Specialist Program
330 Court St., Eagle River, WI 54521 Phone: 1-(800) 374-1123 Contact: Connie Gengle, elderly benefit specialist Vilas County Commission on Aging

Retired Senior Volunteer Program
1835 Stevens St., Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 369-1919

Wisconsin Prescription Drug Helpline
Phone: 1-(866) 456-8211

Institute for Learning in Retirement
P.O. Box 518, Rhinelander, WI 54501 Phone: (715) 365-4491 or 1-(800) 544-3039, ext. 4491

St. Germain PrimeTimers
Contact: Judie Berard at (715) 479-6659 or Fred Radtke at 479-6310

YMCA of the Northwoods
Eagle River Branch at Northland Pines High School Phone: (715) 479-9500

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