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PAGE 2                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                         November 8, 2018

                                          CANTON - INKSTER

        Join in

        Inkster seniors enjoy wide range

        of programs, events and trips

                                  Julie Brown    Champagne notes transportation
                                  Staff Writer  within a 7-mile radius for seniors via 12-
                                               passenger bus on Mondays, Wednesdays
           Seniors in the City of Inkster have a  and Fridays. The Dozier complex
        wealth of activities to choose from at the  recently got a smaller van, not equipped
        Dozier Recreation Complex where they   for handicapped people, but able to
        meet from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on      transport a few seniors short distances
        Thursdays to play cards, bingo, domi-  at a time.
        noes, and socialize with members of the  There is an every second Thursday
        Friendship Club.                       Breakfast Club at Applewood Coney
           The local seniors participate in work-  Island and other short treks for which
        shops and field trips as well, and in 2017  transportation is available. “They have
        went to Zingerman's Road House in Ann  the ability to come and go.”
        Arbor to share a meal, also dined at     She's proud too of the Tuesday shop-
        Detroit's Traffic Jam & Snug restaurant,  ping center transit for seniors, and of
        and even visited the Morley Candy busi-  senior fitness program in cooperation
        ness.                                  with The Senior Alliance and the
           Denise Champagne is the program     National Kidney Foundation of
        director of the Inkster Commission on  Michigan as partners. The Senior
        Aging, which is governed by a board of  Alliance helps to fund the program
        commissioners. She's been with the city  while the National Kidney Foundation
        since 1974.                            helps in running fitness classes.
           “Everybody's welcome. We don't have   Inkster seniors sew quilts for Inkster
        many men that get involved,” she said.  Police to carry in squad cars to give to
        “We'd like to change that,” and are work-  victims and children. “They'll give them
        ing to establish a Men's Club.         a quilt to comfort them,” Champagne            She's pleased with “brain games”
           Tickets go on sale Nov. 15 for the Dec.  said of police calls.              Services provided enable those 55   offered to keep seniors mentally
        3 Inkster Seniors Christmas Party, a     The Inkster senior sewers can't do  years of age and older to remain inde-  engaged. Studies have shown socializing
        perennial popular offering. It will start  clothing repairs, she said. That group  pendent.                        and even reading can boost seniors'
        at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 3 at the Recreation  has dubbed itself the “Sewing Sisters”  “I've done probably every job but  memory and cognitive abilities.
        Complex, 2025 Middlebelt Road.         as they help police and residents with  drive the big bus,” the veteran program  A Sip and Paint art event has been
           “It's  a   well-attended    one,”   needle and thread.                    director said. “I started as a secretary,”  offered, and the seniors partner on a
        Champagne said. Most of the Inkster      Two drivers transport home-deliv-   and took over when her predecessor    bake sale with the Inkster Police
        seniors live on their own and drive    ered meals for Inkster seniors Monday  passed away.                         Department four times a year. That
        themselves to the Dozier Recreation    through Friday. Those folks are helped  “The exercise program, that's proba-  raised in 2017 some $2,000 to buy a pop-
        Complex. While there is no separate    by a Saints Inc. organization with a van  bly one of our most successful. The type  corn machine and snow-cone machine
        senior center building in Inkster, chil-  that helps mentally and physically chal-  of services they look for has changed,”  for community movie nights.
        dren and teens are in school during the  lenged people.                      she said of the baby boomers.            “It helps to fund other community
        daytime which frees up space for the     The Saints staff drives that van for  Senior Services has computer classes  programs for the children,” said
        seniors.                               meals, Champagne said, getting help   at the Dozier Recreation Complex.     Champagne, noting the Police
           “I think we're probably one of the  from the challenged people to complete  Champagne's pleased this year sewing  Department staff weighs in on bake sale
        best-kept secrets in the city,” said   the tasks.                            and computer classes are up and run-  proceeds uses.
        Champagne. She said daytime programs     Details are on the City of Inkster web-  ning, and the Commission on Aging is  A newsletter offers program informa-
        help, as, “a lot of them don't want to  site, The     using focus groups to help make senior  tion in more detail for the Inkster
        drive after dark. That's definitely a hin-  Commission on Aging phone number for  programs user-friendly and relevant.  Seniors.
        drance for them.” They do attend in    Inkster is (313) 561-2382 or (313) 561-2650.
        evenings if they have transportation.  Champagne's          email        is
        Salute to Service is set

           Canton Township will once again    ues to nationally assist veterans.
        honor area servicemen and service-       The Canton Salute to Service pro-
        women who have served and who are     gram will also feature musical tributes
        currently serving in the armed forces in  sung by the Workman Elementary Choir,
        a special “Salute to Service” ceremony  under the direction of Keri L. Mueller.
        which will begin 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov.11   In addition to the formal presenta-
        at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill.   tion, items for service men and women
           Doors open for this special communi-  will be collected by the Michigan
        ty event will at 6 p.m. for military dis-  Military Moms, including individual
        plays and reception. The mainstage    size or travel size: disposable hand and
        presentation is scheduled to begin at 7  foot warmers; foot and body powder; Q-
        p.m.                                  tips; beef jerky; hot chocolate mix;
           This year, the distinguished keynote  wipes; granola/power bars; and mone-
        speaker is Brigadier General Carol Ann  tary donations to offset postage. All
        Fausone, who received her commission  items must be small enough to fit a 12-
        in 1977 in the United States Air Force as  inch by 12-inch by 8-inch U.S. Mail
        a medical officer after graduating from  Priority box.
        college.                                 The public is encouraged to attend
           Fausone served on active duty in var-  this free event - no tickets are required,
        ious nursing staff positions and transfer  all ages are welcome to attend.
        in late 1981, to the Michigan Air        The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is
        National Guard. From 2003-2011, she   located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in
        served as the Assistant Adjutant      Canton.
        General for Veterans Affairs in the State  For more information about this free
        of Michigan.                          event, call (734) 394-5300 or visit
           After 36 years of service, she contin-
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