By Barbara Jensen
of Finney County
More from Bonnie Burgardt, Finney County Transit (FIT) director:
Customers tell us without the Mini Bus they would be placed in assisted living or nursing homes due to not being able to drive or needing assistance getting their groceries into their homes. For the $1 fare inside the city limits, our driver will assist customers to medical appointments, stores, beauty shops, jobs and to volunteer stations throughout our community. Some of our clients simply need a steady arm to assist them to the bus and our dedicated staff takes pride in lending that assistance with a smile.
Our Mini Bus drivers now have a combined 42 years of providing service to customers with disabilities. Lawrence Roth and Ken Ostmeyer will be recognized by our board of directors for 10 years of service in 2010. Jerry Ridge and Eddie Rojas are not far behind with eight and seven years each, respectively, and John Perkins will be recognized for five years of service. Bob Vester joined the Mini Bus crew in 2008. Combined with the 40 years of service from our dispatchers, we are proud to say we have made a difference in a lot of lives since the Mini Bus came into existence in 1974.
While the City Link drivers have not been with us as long due to the service beginning in September 2007, they are no less valuable to the community and help countless people get to medical appointments, jobs, school, stores, etc. They have weathered all the growing pains for a new endeavor and have been invaluable in making City Link and Finney County Transit a state and national award-winning organization. Fares are only $1 for the general public. If you are age 60 or older, low income, disabled or a student, you can qualify for a City Link Half Fare Card and ride for 50 cents.
If you haven't tried the Mini Bus or City Link, give us a call at 272-3626 or stop in and let us help you discover the convenient and inexpensive transportation available to you. For your time and effort, the FIT staff will reward you with a very special gift when you stop in unless you have already been in the last couple of months and received your gift.
Thursday: TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. Meals on Wheels committee meets at 9 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. A Snooker Tournament will begin at 1 p.m.
Friday: Line Dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. Check in and out at the Craft Shop is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Catherine Hospital has a nurse available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks and other consulting. Bridge is played in the afternoon.
Saturday: Prairie Land Food pick-up begins at 7 a.m. The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Join the Fiddlers, Pickers and Singers at 4 p.m. for a fun evening of music.
Sunday: Duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.
Monday: Stretching exercises are at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle begins at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats begin practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m., bingo at 1:30 p.m., bridge at 7 p.m., and open pool starts at 6:30 p.m.
March 3: Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature "Last Resort."
Note: The computer lab and pool room are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, new carpeting and tile are being installed in the Senior Center this month. Please excuse our mess during this time.
Lunch is served at noon.
Thursday: Beef stroganoff with noodles, fresh spinach salad, ambrosia, wheat roll.
Friday: Baked fish or barbecue beef, pea layer salad, broccoli with cheese sauce, pineapple tidbits.
Monday: Barbecue ribette, tri-tators, coleslaw, tropical fruit salad, wheat roll.
Tuesday: Turkey, potatoes and gravy, winter mix vegetables, fruit muffin, peach cup.
March 3: Salmon patties, au gratin potatoes, three-bean veggies, wheat roll, strawberries and bananas.
Check out the Senior Center Web site at www.seniorcenterfc.com.