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September 2021 Gazette – Senior Center News is proud to present the Put-in-Bay Gazette’s Island Diary. For the best South Bass Island journalism, visit and subscribe to the Gazette today!

Senior Center News

By Chris Joyce

September’s here and school is back in session, so please be careful and watch out for those kids heading back to the classroom! PLEASE NOTE that the Senior Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6th, for Labor Day.

We have several special activities planned for this month:

  • On Monday, Sept. 13th from 4-7 p.m., the “Empty Bowls” benefit will again sponsor a bowl painting event, but this year it’ll be held in the fire dept. We request that that everyone please wear a mask. No special skills are needed and we would love to see everyone participate.
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 15th at 10 a.m., Stein Hospice will be here to discuss Reflexology and give Hand Massages!
  • On Friday, Sept. 17th at 10 a.m., Ed Klunk will be here for Medicare Education
  • Finally, on Thurs., Sept. 23rd, we’ll be enjoying the PIB Road Races and another Free Box Lunch Day at the Bay. This special event is for any 60+ Senior and supports the Small Business Restaurant Initiative. Through the CARES Act Program, we are supplying box lunches to our Put-in-Bay seniors and helping an Ottawa County Restaurant at the same time. This event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23rd. Please pick up your box lunches between 11:30 a.m. and noon at Barb and Doug Mehling’s Home at 177 Tri-Motor Drive. You may take it “to go” or stay and picnic with other seniors at the Mehling’s while we watch the PIB Road Races. The meals are being prepared by Slater’s Restaurant. The menu is sliced turkey and cheddar on a croissant with lettuce and tomato, potato salad, watermelon and a cookie. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! To participate you must be 60+ yrs. old and you must call the Ottawa County Senior Resources at (419) 898-6459 to make your reservation. Please pick up your lunches between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Donations are accepted but not required. The deadline to reserve your meal is Monday, Sept. 13th.

Our Senior Lunches continue every Monday at Topsy’s at noon. Please make your reservation by 12 p.m. the Friday before by either signing up at the Senior Center or calling the center at (419) 285-5501. It’s important we let Topsy’s kitchen know the lunch count by noon Friday so they can plan accordingly for our senior lunches!

Don’t forget to check the bulletin board at the Senior Center, as well as, the calendars posted at the Senior Center, General Store, Post Office, Twp. Office and Library for a schedule of our regular weekly activities plus any last-minute events that are not planned far enough in advance to get them on the calendar in time for this publication!

The EMS continues to take Blood Pressures every Monday at 10 a.m. This is a great service they provide so feel free to get yours checked. The “60+ Clinic” is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23rd. This free health clinic is put on by the Ottawa County Health Dept. for those 60 and older. If you would like to take advantage of this free program, please call the health department at 419-734-6800 to make your appointment. It provides basic services to people such as blood pressure screening, blood tests for anemia, blood sugar and cholesterol screening, weight and diet information, health and medication counseling/education at no charge. Through a comprehensive assessment, a nurse will answer any questions and provide education or referrals to private physicians if needed.

The number of people attending our regularly scheduled weekly activities has slowly continued to grow since we reopened on June 7th. We love seeing new faces join our troops! If you haven’t already done so, I hope you’ll come visit us here at the Senior Center. As the season winds down and summer comes to an end, I hope you all remember to relax and take time to enjoy this beautiful island you call home.


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