February event at the Maple Manor Dining site a Success


On February 17th the Dining site at Maple Manor held their “February Food and Fun” event.  Forty-five   diners attended and enjoyed a fine meal, entertainment and prize give-a-away. Doorprize winners were Judy Boltman and Don Kloss. Barb Carnes and Donny Weisman were the lucky ones who took home free meal tickets.  In light of Valentine’s Day, third grade students Ellie Fuller and Mady Payne gave up their recess to recite jokes written by their fellow classmates. Another welcomed comic was former site coordinator, Lorie Hegle.   After the meal Bingo began intermingled with good conversation and trivia. Pleased with the turn out new site coordinator, Ginger O’Loughlin asked if the guests were interested in future celebrations. With hands raised an end of March celebration is being considered.  Eight new diners registered and now qualify for the Seniors 60 and older reduced rate when dining here.   We owe a huge thanks to the Central Minnesota Council on Aging for distributing these funds to organizations who want to provide services to seniors in Central Minnesota.  Catholic Charities is the organization that uses this partial funding awarded to them by the CMCOA to provide nutritious meals to seniors for that exact purpose here in Maple Lake. United Way contributions and other private and community support also help to fund the senior dining program.  We encourage all seniors to get registered and reap these benefits while eating At Maple Manor. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that stepped forward to help arrange, work during the celebration, and contribute to the prize table. A special shout-out to our tremendous cooks, Bonnie Eastham and JoAnn Gehrke who provide meals to not only congregational diners every day,  but also our home-bound citizens through the important Meals on Wheels program.  As for you warm folks who joined us from around town, Buffalo, and Annandale, keep coming, and bring a friend.  Entertainment sponsored by Maple Lake Senior Connections.