Last Tuesday I took a new step in the chapter of my life. I resigned my position with the Finney County Committee on Aging and the Senior Center.

The last 23 years have flown by and been an awesome journey for me, but it is time to enter another phase of living.

I want to thank everyone who gave me the opportunity to work with the 65-plus crowd. As I clean out 23 years of memories from my office, I am thinking of you.

I count myself one of the lucky ones to never have had a "job" but to have had "glorious challenges." And, I got paid for those "challenges."

Will I miss the many meetings? Maybe not so much, but mostly I will miss the people that have made my life a joy. Thank you for your support for the last two decades.

Free breast exams

Through education, screening, diagnosis and referral for treatment, the program "Early Detection Works" strives to reduce death from breast and cervical cancer among the women of Kansas. Increasing survival from breast cancer depends on early detection through breast self-examinations, clinical breast examinations and routine mammograms.

Shelly Nelson, program director and western Kansas regional nurse for "Early Detection Works," will be available to provide free breast exams at the Senior Center. Appointments are being made now for free breast cancer screenings. On Tuesday, appointments will be from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Call the Senior Center at 272-3620 to schedule an appointment.

Bazaar notes

Last Saturday was the Senior Citizens Association Bazaar. This annual fundraiser features crafts, good food and this year, for the first time, a quilt show. If you missed the bazaar, we hope you keep us in mind next year.

Each year we hold a raffle of donated items. Winners of the raffle were: Jeanette Wineinger, Laurie Fry, Sue Knight, Jerry Wallace, Brenda Jones and Odilia Wasinger. Congratulations to the winners.

The quilt show was an exciting new feature this year. Patti Thummel organized and displayed 29 homemade quilts, each with a short story describing its history. Best of Show included quilts provided by Susan Hahn, Sue Trosper and Dora Marcotte.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) will meet at 8:30 a.m. Weigh-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with a program at 9 a.m. Visitors are welcome to come and find out about this group. Art class will meet at 10 a.m. Ambassador Singers will practice at 1 p.m.

Friday: Line dance class starts at 8:30 a.m. Check-in/out for the Craft Shop is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A health services nurse will do screenings beginning at 10:30 a.m. Bridge is played at 1 p.m.

Saturday: Prairie Land Food pick-up is at 7 a.m. The pool room will be open from 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday: Stretching exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. Humdinger Band will meet at 12:30 p.m. Double pinochle and bridge are played at 1 p.m. Upbeats will practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is played at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Free breast exams start at 9:30 a.m. Call 272-3620 for an appointment. Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. Duplicate bridge begins at 1:15 p.m. Bingo begins at 1:30 p.m. Cards are three for 50 cents, playing for paper goods. The Association Board will meet at 2 p.m. Bridge is played at 7 p.m.

Oct. 28: Foot clinic appointments begin at 8 a.m., provided by St. Catherine Hospital. Line dancing is at 8:30 a.m. Pinochle is played at 12:45 p.m. The Sewing Group, now known as Completely Unraveled, meets from 1 to 4 p.m. The Senior Citizens Association will host a dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The band playing is "Ortiz Band." Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Baked fish, Corn O'Brien, tossed salad, pudding, whole wheat roll.

Friday: Oven-fried chicken, potatoes and gravy, oriental vegetables, fruit muffin, frosted lime gelatin.

Monday: Swiss steak and tomatoes, baked potato, green beans, pineapple, whole wheat roll.

Tuesday: Sausage gravy, mashed potatoes, tomatoes, apricots, biscuit.

Oct. 28: Pepper steak, rice, broccoli, applesauce, whole wheat roll.

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