01-23-2020 Tri-City Area History Page

The Paw Paw River Journal


The view from my window

Artists have always wanted to have north light for their studios. My windows in front of the desk look northward out over a huge meadow grassland. So I appreciate my northern exposure here. I don’t have to change the blinds as the sun moves across the sky. This is where I write as I am sitting here now doing. And I’ve been thinking about life. Especially life in a place such as this. When this new facility is full, we will have around 70 residents here. We live in apartments: studio, one-bedroom, and several two-bedroom residences. When Marion and I moved in we had one of the few large places. After losing my Chief Accountant, I moved into a smaller one-bedroom… that’s how I achieved the north light! It also saves me a little money. I’m still enjoying life here, and especially mealtimes. We gather in a huge dining room and talk while we’re eating. At my table we often discuss old movies… once in a while, books. I need help getting from my apartment to the dining room, because it is just too far otherwise. So we often sit in the dining room talking until we’re the last table there. Then I have to scramble to find someone to help me get back home again. I refer to that as “calling for a taxi!” And we have a great bunch (mostly girls) working here. I have tried to establish a friendship and a good working relationship with all of them. And most times it works! Now there is something new to think about. The Ganton family, who own and operate this facility, are going to have a citizens advisory board… some residents to help make decisions about the place. I decided, Oh, what the heck, I might as well give it a shot. So I applied… and was accepted! There are three of us residents who are going to be on the board. Below I have included a copy of the letter I wrote as my application… Vineyard Resident Board Member Application:

“In this world and at our age we have little control over our lives. So, when an opportunity comes along to have some input on our future, we’d be fools not to take it! And I feel so fortunate to be in a place where they want that input! I also feel that now I have lived so long I can see more of the wholeness of the situation than I could when I was younger. With the loss of the impulsiveness of youth comes, hopefully, an evenhandedness because of that longer view. Admittedly I have less energy, and my hands no longer possess the motor skills they once had. So I ration activities and try to rest every afternoon. I still write a weekly newspaper column and must keep juggling that. I do not desire committee work. In my past life I have been on various boards… curriculum study and development, Ann Arbor Public Library board, Hartford Community Endowment Group, and others. So I would enjoy serving on this resident board in so far as my energy will permit. It is a most worthwhile endeavor, and I am thankful for the concern the owners of the Vineyard have for our welfare.”

So now we will see what happens. I honestly believe all the points I’ve mentioned in the above. I’ll give you one little example of the concern that I have at this age. My ninety-five-year-old stomach is a little delicate. In fact, I’ve had surgery to repair two duodenal ulcers. And I just can’t take the spice in my food that I once could. Isn’t that silly? Being bothered by too much pepper in some of the food. Well, that’s the way it is! So, I’ve checked with others and they feel the same way. Now I’m not complaining about the food, because I still find it very satisfying! For instance… yesterday for breakfast I had pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. For lunch, sloppy Joes, coleslaw and chips. For dinner, salad, beef stew and biscuits. I’d say, pretty good eating in the neighborhood. The sun rises, the sun sets, and the earth still abides! Here at this assisted living place I’m still enjoying life and trying (if sometimes a little lonely) to weave some golden threads into The Great Tapestry of Life in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.

Watervliet District Library News

Online Games-A-Thon Fundraiser Friday, Jan. 24, 4 – 9 p.m. Gamers will find sponsors per time played and livestream as they are playing, via Twitch. Do what you love and support the library! Pinteresting Jan. 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Arts and crafts for grown-ups held the last Monday of the month. This month – Danish Heart Teen Table Projects Can’t decide what to wear let alone what to read? The Watervliet Library Fortune Teller can help teens with at least one of those decisions! STEM Kit Programs Snap Circuits – LEGO Robotics – Little Bits Electronic Inventions STEM kit programs designed for small groups to work together to make an endless number of inventions. New groups are set up with participant’s schedule in mind. Anyone 8 years and up that is interested can sign up at the desk. Story Hour Story Hour for ages 3 – 5 is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. (choose one) for the months of October to April. Picture books, crafts & fun designed to inspire the love of reading! Yoga Mondays 9 – 10 a.m.; Wednesdays 7 – 8 p.m.; Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.; Chair Yoga – Wednesdays 6 – 6:30 p.m.

Coloma Public Library News

President’s Day Story Time Coloma Public Library will have a special guest, “Abraham Lincoln”, for a President’s Day Story Time on Monday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a fun craft as well as photo opportunities. Pre-K Story Times Miss Alicia will host Story Times Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. These interactive story times also include a craft activity. Registration is not required to participate. Special Book Sale The library is having a special book sale in the Community Room on Saturday Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be a special emphasis on art and theology books as well as clearance overflow from the bookstore. Book Club The Coloma Public Library Book Club is meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. The title to read before the discussion is Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane. Depending on demand there may be titles available for check out at the front desk. New members are always welcome.

Adult reading program includes food

“Reading Delights”, the Watervliet District Library’s adult reading program, begins on Monday, Jan. 20. This year’s program offers plenty of hearty winter reads, two grand prizes of $100 gift cards to Harding’s Market, and free snacks one day each week of the six-week program. Participants each receive a reading log; every two books read entitle the rea