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Whiteside Senior Center will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. Whiteside Senior Center, Whiteside Public Transportation, Lee County Council on Aging, Lee-Ogle Transportation System and Lifescape Community Services will be closed Nov. 28 & 29 for Thanksgiving.

Golden Echo

A publication of Sauk Valley Media in cooperation with Lee County Council on Aging and Whiteside County Senior Center – United Way agencies VOLUME 13 • NOVEMBER 2019 • EDITION 1

From the Directors.......................................................2 At the Emporium ........................................................3 Thank You’s..................................................................4


Membership Dues Paid...............................................4 Weekly, Monthly Activities..........................................8 Outreach.......................................................................9



Upcoming Trips............................................................9 Meal Sites....................................................................10 Upcoming Special Events.......................................... 11



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2 From the LCCOA

Executive Director By Susan Lawler I guess someone spoke too loudly and said “winter”; OMG what happened to Indian Summer??? I cannot believe I had to turn on the heat at LCCOA and of course one of our furnaces did not work. You are probably saying “what is so unusual about that”; it is par for the course for this historical building. I am optimistic that Farley will work some magic and fix our 20 year old furnace. My Euchre card players didn’t notice they had no heat on Sunday’s Euchre tournament, thank God we have two other furnaces. So stay tuned to the furnace saga. I will let you know what happens next month. OCTOBER WAS A FUN-FILLED MONTH. Mo went tripping again, and took our seniors on our annual trip down the Mississippi to see the

fall foliage. Our seniors had a wonderful time and Mo, with her wonderful personality, brought smiles to all our seniors’ faces. Maureen is firing up to take our seniors to Fireside in November; all our tickets are sold; we can take back-up names for any last minute cancellations. CALLING ALL VETERANS! LCCOA will be celebrating Veteran’s Day with an Ice Cream Social on Nov. 11, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The wonderful women of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lee County handmade 24 magnificent afghans and blankets for our military men and women, who courageously served our country. Please join us in thanking them for all they have done for us.

From the WCSC Executive Director By Tori McDaniel THE PASSING OF A BELOVED FRIEND ... I struggle with typing another sad message for you. We have faced a great deal of loss this year and it is almost overwhelming. As a small team, we are close, and the loss of a dear friend is extremely difficult. To have three dear friends pass in a short amount of time is beyond difficult. Celeste sadly passed away last month, and we will deeply miss her. She was a wonderful person that you could count on. She had a strong sense of faith and a great love for her dogs. I truly miss her kind and caring self. I would like to provide my deepest condolences to Celeste family.

WILL IT SNOW IN WINTER 2019– 2020? “In the U.S., this winter will be remembered for strong storms bringing a steady roofbeat of heavy rain and sleet, not to mention piles of snow. The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac is calling for frequent snow events—from flurries to no fewer than seven big snowstorms from coast to coast, including two in April for the Intermountain region west of the Rockies. This snow-verload will include storms pummeling Washington state and points eastward across the northern-tier states into Michigan. For the normally rain-soaked Northwest, this could mean a

CHRISTMAS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, come help decorate LCCOA and join in the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. You can pick up applications and rules for the contest at LCCOA or call 815288-9236 and we would be glad to mail you an app. Santa’s workshop is everyone’s favorite event. Last year we had 265 children embark up our doors with excitement and laughter filling our halls. Mark your calendars for Dec. 7, 2019. Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas come on down with your favorite child or two and let them shop with Santa’s Elves. The day starts with a wonderful healthy breakfast, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and then on up to the Ballroom to shop, shop, and shop some more. Our Little helpers will wrap your treasurers, so everyone can be surprised on Christmas morning. IT IS TIME FOR LCCOA’S THANK YOU’S! Nelson Energy is graciously sponsoring our Santa’s Workshop, and not only are they financially supporting us, they are providing helpers for the Day! KSB is providing a healthy breakfast so our little

darlings will have the energy to shop. Diane Pauser and Jessie Ware are here every week contributing and supporting LCCOA. These two ladies truly touch my heart. They know how much the Center means to all our seniors and they both have goals to help finish paying for our air conditioner. Yes I did say we still need another $807.00; so if you have a dollar or two that you can spare please drop it in our front desk jar. You know it is truly appreciated.

repeat of last winter’s record-breaking extremes, including the Snowpocalypse that dumped 20.2 inches on Seattle in February.” – 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac The Old Farmer’s Almanac boasts an 80.5% accuracy rate – yikes! Last winter was tough enough for us. Hopefully the Old Farmer’s Almanac will be wrong, and we will end up with a mild winter. If we do end up with another snowy and cold winter, how do you know if we are closed? You can check one of the following ways: Call our main office and listen to the voice recording. I will let you know that we are closed and then you will hear our normal recording. Check the Whiteside County Senior Center or Whiteside County Public Transportation Facebook pages. Possibly check news channel 8 and channel 6. If there are several closures, we have found that they will not list us as closed on their station. Instead, they will only list us as closed on their websites.

When can you expect closures? We typically close for extreme temperatures and poor road conditions. Temperatures haven’t been an issue until lately. Unfortunately, with the extreme temperatures we have experienced it isn’t safe for our riders to wait for their bus nor is it safe for the drivers to be out in their bus. Our buses have very large doors that are constantly swinging open. We also have lift doors that are frequently open to assist riders with a mobility device. Both areas allow for the extreme temperatures to enter the bus for extended periods of time. This makes keeping the bus warm almost impossible. Our number one priority is the safety of our riders, patrons, and drivers! We know that it creates an inconvenience when we are closed, and we sincerely apologize for that, but we want you to be safe. I wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving and I shall hope for a mild winter! Sincerely, Tori

HAVE YOU NOTICED SOMETHING DIFFERENT PARKED IN LCCOA’S PARKING LOT?? Senior transportation is back at LCCOA. You asked for it, and we are here to serve. If you need a ride contact Marisa at LCCOA. She always has a smile on her face and you actually can feel that smile in her voice. Marisa is waiting for your call, please call her at 815-288-9236 and schedule your ride. Until next time, Lee County Council on Aging: A place where you belong a place to call home. – Susan

Golden Echo published monthly by Sauk Valley Media, 113 Peoria Ave., Dixon, Ill., in cooperation with the Lee County Council on Aging and Whiteside County Senior Center. Golden Echo disclaims any liability for any advertisements published herein and in no way endorses or guarantees these ads. Press releases of interest to seniors will be accepted at 100 W. Second St., Dixon, IL 61021; or 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, IL 61081. Deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. Golden Echo does not discriminate in admission to programs or treatment or employment in programs or activities in compliance with the Illinois Human Rights Act; the U.S. Civil Rights Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act; the Age Discrimination Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have a right to file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Aging. For information, call 800-252-8966 (Voice & TDD), or contact the director of Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, IL 61021 or telephone 815-288-9236; or Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, IL 61081 or 815-622-9230. The senior centers do not require duration of residency or citizenship as a condition of participation in any services or programs funded by the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. Residency or citizenship may be a requirement for other programs that the senior centers may provide assistance with in application or accessing of same. Services are made available, in part, with funds provided under Title III-B of the Older American Act, and the Illinois General Revenue Funds, through the Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. We are a United Way-funded agency.



We can help make your Christmas merry and bright, too

Christmas is almost here, so start planning to enter Lee County Council on Aging’s Christmas tree decorating contest. Create your own unique tree to be displayed at the Center. It would be wonderful if we could have trees all around the Center. Trees can be homemade or purchased. The size of trees can be as small as you like, but no taller than 3 feet. All trees must be able to sit on a table or ledge. You can make your own decoration or

purchase materials to decorate your trees. It can be traditional, modern or from another planet. Be creative! Make it your own! All entries must be delivered to Lee County Council on Aging on Nov. 22 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. You may pick up an entry form and competition rules at Lee County Council on Aging from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thorough Friday, or check out our website,

• November 2019

It’s a contest with all the trimmings

Hello to November, the month of Thanksgiving. We have decorations for the season. As you host that Thanksgiving gathering we can help with any dishes or serving pieces you need. It is always fun to set a pretty table, and we have learned all the pieces do not have to match. Have a change and set a colorful table from The Emporium. Oh, yes, we have already been asked many times, “When will you be putting out Christmas”? Well, good friends, the time has arrived. As you read this article, The Emporium will be full of Christmas – from Christmas cards, wreaths, ornaments, villages ... the list goes on and on with everything you need for Christmas. We have lots of Christmas linens, throws, pillows and wall hangings. We also have the basic items such as lights, roping and gift wrap. Come on in and get a bargain. Our clothing departments are full of winter clothing and also fun colorful clothing, including lots of sweaters, also for the Christmas season. We have coats and jackets

for both men and women. Stop in and check out the shoes, boots, hats and gloves. Please watch the big windows for sale signs, and follow us on Facebook. We invite you to stop in at the Emporium Thrift Center, 115 W. Third St., Sterling. We’re open 5 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Wednesday and Sunday. Call us at 815-535-0368. We take donations any time we are open. All proceeds are donated to the Whiteside County Senior Center.

LCCOA phone numbers

WCSC phone numbers

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Transportation 815-288-2117 888-239-9228 Post House Ballroom 815-288-0892

General Offices Outreach and free phones for hearing/sight impaired 815-288-9236 Toll-free 855-407-9236

LCCOA can also be reached via e-mail at Go to Check us out on Facebook – Lee County Council on Aging For the Post House, go to

1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling Transportation – 815-625-7433 • Information – 815-622-9230

ADRC hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday Walk-ins from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Outreach and free phones for hard of hearing/ low vision 815-622-9230 Toll-free 888-622-9230

Email at Go to or follow us on Facebook. The Emporium Thrift Store 15 W. Third St., Sterling • 815-535-0368



Dixon Duplicate Bridge September 2019 winners Place..... Name..................................................% Game.............. ACBL ................................................................................................Masterpoints Sept. 6 1............ Barb Bass & Frank Nester....................66.......................... .60 2............ Peggy Wallace & Edith Jakobs.............58.......................... .42 3............ Susie Smith & Joyce U. Gibson............55 4............ Harry Stoudt & Phil Naffziger................49.......................... .24 Sept. 13 1............ Barb Bass & Frank Nester....................68.......................... .60 2............ Peggy Wallace & Nancy Smith.............55.......................... .42 3/4......... Dianne & Don Pauser...........................46.......................... .21 3/4......... Barb Hermes & Dave Fritz....................46.......................... .21

WCSC welcomes members Thank you to all our volunteers who donated their time, energy and services and those who gave monetary and non-monetary donations. We also thank everyone who gave anonymous donations.

Paid memberships: Christeen Bowen Dennis & Kay Cutter Jan & Beverly Francque Mark Jacobs Suzanne Knutsen

Thank you to WCSC volunteers Thank you to all our volunteers who donated their time, energy and services and those who gave monetary and non-monetary donations. We also thank everyone who gave anonymous donations. Heritage Woods Sauk Valley Food Bank Krogers County Market Citadel of Sterling CGH Home Nursing Gaffey Home Nursing

Sept. 20 1............ Mimi Boysen & Dave Fritz.....................68.75..................... .70 2............ Nancy Smith & Jackie Radandt............55.21..................... .49 3............ Peggy Wallace & Edith Jakobs.............51.04..................... .35 Sept. 27 1............ Barb Bass & Frank Nester....................64.......................... .60 2/3......... Nancy Smith & Jackie Radandt............58.......................... .36 2/3......... Mimi Boysen & Joyce U Gibson...........58.......................... .36 September total Masterpoint winners for August Jane & Roger Landreth.................................................................... 1.71 Barb Bass & Frank Nester............................................................... 1.40 Susie Smith...................................................................................... .91 Peggy Wallace & Nancy Smith.......................................................... .84 Harry Stoudt..................................................................................... .73 Joyce U Gibson................................................................................ .51 Sharon Grot...................................................................................... .49 Edith Jakobs, Jackie Radandt, & Brian Brooks................................. .42 Janet Payne & Mary Grace Crisham................................................. .35 Carol Youker & Delight Pitman.......................................................... .28 Phil Naffziger.................................................................................... .22

Regency Care of Sterling United Way Prophet Manor, Prophetstown Erie Pubic Library Odell Public Library, Morrison Anderson Nature Center,Fulton Walmart Distribution Beacon of Hope Hospice Resthave of Morrison Charlotte Adams Susie Cedro Patty Murphy – in memory of Bev and Bud Albus

LCCOA volunteers

Note: The Dixon Duplicate Bridge Club is sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League and holds open games with a Certified Director on Friday afternoons at 12:30 in the Dixon Senior Center, 100 W. Second St. All bridge players are invited to come play with us! Partner guaranteed, or bring your own.

Thank you to all our volunteers who donated their time, energy and services, and those who gave monetary and non-monetary donations. We also thank everyone who gave anonymous donations. United Way of Lee County Lee County Health Department Dixon Food Pantry

Invenergy Nelson LLC Ken Nelson Auto Plaza Andrew Cox Margaret Shaw Shirley Crabtree Carolyn Herwig Helen Sheridan Diane Pauser Jessie Ware Brenda Boseneiler

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Lee County Council on Aging Board Executive Committee and Officers Bonnie O’Connell, Chair Ed Roller, Treasurer

LaDonna Groshans, Vice Chair Kristin Carlson, Secretary

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204 S. Ottawa Ave • 288-2241 303 E Main St. • 857-2611

Whiteside County Senior Center Board Members and Officers Joe Bright, President Karla Burn, Treasurer Emily Taylor, Secretary Janice Bell John Booker John Espinoza

Al Campbell Michele Miller Cindy Wadsworth



Play ball! Everyone had a great time at the Chicago Cubs baseball game on Sept. 20.

v a e h I E v s e n r had! o i t a c It’s One of the Best Va Immediately following my discharge from CGH for a total hip replacement, I came to Regency Garden Unit for extended skilled care. A patient in my condition is nearly 100% dependent on others for assistance in all areas of life. When I handed over my care to your staff I did so with the belief that they would take care of me and that they cared about me as a person. The entire staff followed through in every way possible with respect to my beliefs, that they would take care of me and would do so in a manner that demonstrated they cared about me as a person. You have much to be grateful for in the staff you have. I extend my deepest gratitude to all staff at Regency Care for the part they had in my healing.

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Grace Sterk enjoyed attending her first Cubs game Sept. 20.

Senior busing is back at Lee County Council on Aging. Our focus? Senior transportation! Buses are now being dispatched out of LCCOA. Hours are 6 am to 5 pm. Did you know that the bus can take you anywhere you want to go? The options are endless: • Medical appointments • LCCOA • Walmart • County Market • A trip somewhere for lunch • A friend’s house • Banking Seniors ride for $1 each way Call 815-288-9236 and ask for Marisa to book your ride. We’re also hiring drivers. Apply within.

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Need a ride? Busing is back at LCCOA!


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A healthy turnout ... The health fair on Oct. 3 was a success. Many people got flu shots courtesy of Gaffey Nursing, and all the vendors got a lot of traffic and people asking about their companies. Great day!

Leola Casey poses with a 1928 Ford Model A at Tommy Gun’s.

Fun at da Gun’s ... There was plenty of food and fun during a trip to Tommy Gun’s Garage in Chicago on Sept. 18. The speakeasy-themed dinner serves up a slice of life in from the 1920s.

A financial assistance program is available to those who qualify, making the Heritage Woods lifestyle affordable to all. Welcome to a gracious affordable assisted lifestyle in your community

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When the stars align, everything falls into exactly the right place! I am so excited to announce that effective 11/1, I will be taking over as the Community Relations Coordinator for Liberty Court! Melissa Jones the current Assistant Director will be transitioning into the role as Community Director. The same great team will be in the community to extend the Red Carpet Treatment. Please stop by and congratulate Melissa! – Sincerely Kelly Shroyer

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The Fall Foliage Cruisers took time during their cruise to honor veterans.

• November 2019

The Fall Foliage Cruisers had a great time during their recent cruise.

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“I moved to Resthave 9 months ago to be closer to my daughter and I’m so glad I did. Everyone including the staff and residents are genuine and friendly. They made me feel at home right away. I have made some friends and have had great conversations. There are activities everyday and I especially enjoy fitness. The food is good and you have a say in what you eat, which is a plus. I loved what I saw the minute I walked in the building. The facility is clean and bright. The staff is very nice and care about you.”

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Weekly activities and meetings: Lee County Council on Aging Mondays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Open pool table, open cards 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Computer lab 9 a.m. – Exercise 10 a.m. – Dance exercise class 11:30 a.m. – Lifescape Lunch served (Reservations) 1 p.m. – Rummikub

Tuesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m.– Open pool table, open cards 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Computer lab 9 a.m. – Golden Kiwanis 9 a.m. – Senior bowling at Plum Hollow 10-11 a.m. – Line dancing 11:30 a.m. – Lifescape lunch served (Reservations)

1p.m. – Pinochle Wednesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Open pool table, open cards 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Computer lab 11:30 a.m. – Lifescape lunch served (Reservations) 1 p.m. – Pinochle Thursdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Open pool

table, open cards 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Computer lab 9 a.m. – Exercise 9 a.m. – Senior bowling at Plum Hollow 10 a.m. – Dance exercise class 11:30 a.m. – Lifescape Lunch served (Reservations) 1 p.m. – Crocheting and

crafting 1 p.m. – Euchre Tournament Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Open pool table, open cards 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Computer lab 11:30 a.m. – Lifescape lunch served (Reservations) 12:30 p.m. – Duplicate bridge 1p.m. – Dominoes

Weekly activities and meetings: Whiteside County Senior Center Mondays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab 10 a.m. – Kings on Corner cards 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch 12:30 p.m. – Pinochle 12:30 p.m. – Crochet/knitting club; free lessons. See the Special Events listing on page 11 for more information

Tuesdays 8 a.m-4 p.m. – Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab 10 a.m. – Kings on Corner cards 10 a.m.-noon – Commodities; must meet income guidelines 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch 12:45 p.m. – Euchre; $3 to play; prizes; bring a snack. 12:45 p.m. – Scrabble; bring a snack

Wednesdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Playing pool, cards, socializing, computer lab 10 a.m.– Kings on Corner cards 10 a.m. – Canasta 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch 12:30 p.m. – Pinochle 1 p.m. – Bingo; bring a canned good or $1 to play Thursdays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Playing pool,

cards, socializing, computer lab 9-10 a.m. – Yoga; bring mat; membership required 10 a.m.– Kings on Corner cards 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Lunch 12:30 p.m. – Hand and Foot card game; bring a snack Fridays 8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Playing pool,

cards, socializing, computer lab 10 a.m. – Kings on Corner cards 10 a.m. – Intermediate line dancing; check to see where dancing 11 a.m. – Beginning line dancing 12:30 p.m. – Mexican Train Dominoes; prizes; bring a snack. 12:30 p.m. – Pinochle

Monthly activities and meetings: Lee County Council on Aging Nov. 4 2:45 -3:45 p.m. – Census information – Please stop by to learn more regarding the 2020 Census and information on job opportunities Nov. 7 10-11 a.m. – Paw Paw monthly SHIP Site (by appointment only) Nov. 8 9:30 a.m. – Bingo, sponsored

by Regency Nov. 10 Noon – Euchre tournament Nov. 11 1-2:30 p.m. – Veteran’s Appreciation Ice Cream Social; drawing for handmade afghans by the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lee Center. Call 815-288-9236 for reservations

Nov. 12 1-2 p.m. – Ashton monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) Nov. 20 10-11 a.m. – Amboy monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) 11:15-11:45 a.m. – Sublette monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) 1-2:15 p.m. – Make & Take with Chalk, couture crafting hour

Nov. 22 9:30 a.m. – Bingo, sponsored by Regency 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Blood pressure checks by Dixon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Nov. 22 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Christmas Tree contest; all entries due by Nov. 22. Stop by need an application stop by LCCOA

Nov. 25 10-11 a.m. – Countryside Monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) Dec. 7 8:30 a.m.-noon – Santa’s workshop; breakfast, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and shopping at children’s bazaar

Monthly activities and meetings: Whiteside County Senior Center Nov. 4 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. – ADRC walk-In Nov. 6 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Foot clinic; call 815-213-0324 for appointment 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Blood pressure check by CGH Home Nursing 11:20 a.m. – Celebrating November birthdays in song 1 p.m. – Bingo, with prizes by VITAS Hospice, snacks by WCS. Donate a can of food or $1 to play.

Nov. 9 1 p.m. – Sauk Computer Users Group Nov. 11 Closed for Veterans Day Nov. 12 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – ADRC Walk-in 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Prophetstown monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) Nov. 13 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – Foot clinic. Call 815-213-0324 for appointment. 10:30 a.m. – Presentation on

Essential Oils, by Roger Stanfield 10 a.m.-noon – Morrison monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) 11 a.m.-noon – Blood pressure check by Gaffey Home Nursing 1 p.m. – Bingo, with prizes by Citadel, snacks by WCSC. Donate a can of food or $1 to play Nov. 14 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Veterans coffee Nov. 18 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – ADRC walk-in

Fulton Nov. 20 – Fancy Feet Foot Clinic; call Sharon Krahn at 815-718-5294 for an appointment. Nov. 21 – Whiteside County Senior Center Outreach at Andresen Nature Center, 409 N. Fourth St., Fulton. Call 815-622-9230 for an appointment.

Nov. 20 10 a.m.-noon – Erie monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) 10:30 a.m. – Price is Right by Heritage Woods 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Blood pressure check by Castor Home Nursing 12:30 p.m. – TRIAD 1 p.m. – Bingo, with prizes by Regency Care of Sterling, snacks by WCSC. Donate a can of food or $1 to play Nov. 21 10 a.m.-noon – Fulton monthly

SHIP site (by appointment only) Monday, Nov. 25 9 a.m.-1 p.m. – ADRC walk-in Nov. 26 12:30-2 p.m. – Brain Health Class – free and fun! Nov. 27 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Blood pressure check by Citadel of Sterling 1 p.m. – Bingo, with prizes by Hospice Compassus, snacks by WCSC Nov. 28 & 29 Closed for Thanksgiving

If you are interested in joining us for the above monthly activities, contact Whiteside County Senior Center at 815-622-9230 or 888-622-9230; or Lee County Council on Aging at 815-288-9236 or 855-407-9236.

Upcoming Trips

Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque, Iowa

Nov. 13 Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members Cost includes transportation and free buffet lunch. Pick up at Dixon County Market (near storage sheds)

Christmas Bakeries Bus

Nov. 22 Cost: $137 for members, $142 for non-members Cost includes transportation, lunch, and the whole tour. Visit 4 to 6 bakeries and shops during our extremely popular Christmas Bakery Bus in Milwaukee! At each of the stops, your guests will receive treats, samples, and shopping time. Your fully narrated tour includes the history of Christmas holiday traditions of the Polish, Germans, Italians, Irish, and more. Tour starts at 10 a..m. and lasts 5 hours, with lunch at Mader’s. Wear your Christmas sweaters! There’s minimal walking but you must be able to get on and off the bus multiple times. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 6. Bus will leave Sterling Walmart 7 a.m. and Dixon County Market at 7:15a.m. . Pay for this trip at WCSC.

East Peoria Festival of Lights

Thursday, Dec. 5 Cost: $55 for members, $60 for non-members Cost includes transportation, dinner and admission to the lights. Bus will leave Dixon County Market at 2:30 p.m. and Sterling Walmart at 3

pm then we will eat dinner at 5 p.m. at Golden Corral Buffet in Peoria. Then we will drive through the Peoria Lights, which is wonderful. Additional light displays are added every year. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 20. Pay for this trip at WCSC.

LCCOA presents Mackinac Island Here we come!

June 2020 Cost: $550 for members, |$575 for non- members LCCOA is planning a trip in June 2020 to Mackinac Island, Mackinac Point Lighthouse, Kewadin Casino, Mackinaw Crossings, Soo Locks Cruise and a tour of Colonial Michilimackinac, all for a low price of $550 for members and $575 for non-members. This wonderful trip is for 5 days/4 nights and includes eight meals, guided tour of Mackinaw City, four nights of lodging in northern Michigan, motor coach, guided Carriage Tour on Mackinac Island, boat ride through the Soo Locks, and much more. Call LCCOA 815-288-9236 for details.


If you are interested in taking a trip to Hawaii, Bahamas, Australia, Italy or Ireland please call LCCOA at 815288-9236. We are compiling a list of

future trips based on demand. Please provide your name, phone number, trip and month you would like to travel. Thank you for your assistance.

WCSC 2020 TRIPS MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Celebrity Cruise Line 2020 11 nights and 6 islands

Oct. 4, 2020 Cost: Starts at $2,300 for inside cabin, based on double occupancy. We will fly to Fort Lauderdale and spend one night in a hotel. The following day we will take the bus to the ship and visit St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antiqua, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten. We will fly home Oct.16. Trip includes all transportation, hotel, and cruise. Please call the WCSC 815622-9230 and ask for Glenda. Early booking bonus: Book by Feb 1, 2020, and save $200. Other 2020 trips Savannah, Georgia – April 2020 Tennessee – August 2020 Hoover Dam/Las Vegas – June 2020 Ride the Rails in West Virginia – October 2020 Watch the Golden Echo for more information to follow! Sign-up will begin in January.


LCCOA, WCSC keeping busy during Medicare Part-D season Closings

Medicare Part-D season

Please note: The WCSC Outreach office will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day on Monday, Nov. 11. The WCSC will observe walk-in day on Tuesday, Nov. 12. To those of you who served our country: WE THANK YOU! The WCSC and LCCOA Outreach offices both will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

We are in the heart of Medicare’s Part-D Annual Open Enrollment season, helping you with your choices when it comes to looking at cheaper drug plans for 2020. We appreciate your patience as this time of year always proves to be our busiest! Our agencies each run several hundred Part-D comparisons each year as we look at savings for each of you! LCCOA and WCSC Outreach Departments each have their own ways of handling appointments during this time, but both work on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact them directly to see what is needed and to get scheduled. Plan to have your Medicare card, updated list of medications, and preferred pharmacy choices ready if you are wanting to compare.This time of year our appointments fill up quickly, but we do our best to accommo-

Medicare Choices Class During the Medicare Annual Enrollment Season, the WCSC will not be hosting the Medicare Choices Class. If you are new to Medicare and are needing information on your Medicare Choices, please give us a call to get an appointment scheduled at 815-622-9230 Ext. 194. We will resume our Medicare Choices class at the end of January 2020.

Site schedule for November 2019

Nov 12: Prophetstown Monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) Nov 13: Morrison Monthly Site (by appointment only) Nov 20: Erie monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) Nov 21: Fulton Monthly SHIP site (by appointment only) date you the best way that we can. We do ask that if you are unable to keep your appointment, or decide to go elsewhere while awaiting an appointment slot, to please notify us as soon as possible so that we can assist those who still need our services. The Medicare Plan Finder tool has been replaced with new security measures and programming thus requiring a user name and password in order to properly run a Part

D comparison.If you already have a account, then we will need this information in order to proceed to your results.If you do not already have an account, one will be set up for you, and the information will be provided to you.CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will also be sending you a letter approximately 10 days after we set up your account to welcome you to the secure online services and to explain what you can do with your MyMedicare account. During this season, Lee County Council on Aging will have no walkin hours available, so please be sure to call ahead to discuss appointment options and questions. For WCSC Outreach, walk in hours will remain on Mondays (unless it falls on a holiday) for any non-Part D related applications. Please call LCCOA at 815-288-9236 or WCSC 815-6229230 ext. 194 for any questions.

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Sept. 3-11, 2020; 9 days/8 nights Cost: Starts at $2,944, based on double occupancy This wonderful opportunity offers all the extras! With transportation from Dixon to O’Hare, the flight, transportation to the Grand Hyatt hotel, a 3-hour morning city tour of Seattle, the cruise itself, and all return transportation. In addition to this you will be traveling with Samantha Harazin of our Outreach Department as your group leader. Included with the cruise is a special on-board cocktail party, and two Sailyour-way perks that can truly make it an all-inclusive vacation! . Passports are required and deposit is due upon sign up to reserve your spot. Space is limited. For more information call Lee County Council on Aging at 815-288-9236 and ask for Samantha.

at 8 a.m. and Sterling Walmart (northeast corner) at 8:30 a.m. Pay for this trip at WCSC.

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LCCOA presents Alaska, with Celebrity Cruises and a pre-night stay in Seattle at the Grand Hyatt


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November meals at Lee County Council on Aging Nov. 1

Friday: Lemon tilapia, wild rice, peas, dinner roll, fruit cocktail.

Nov. 4-8

Monday: Barbecue chicken breast, wheat bun, cheesy potatoes, green beans, diced pears; Tuesday: A) Beef stew B) Roast beef w/cream of mushroom, buttermilk biscuit, Mandarin oranges; Wednesday: Baked chicken quarter, mashed potatoes w/gravy; broccoli, dinner roll, pumpkin bar; Thursday: Mushroom Swiss burger on bun, buttered red potatoes, baked beans, tropical fruit; Friday: Fish patty, wheat bun,

potato pancakes, California blend veggies, applesauce, tartar sauce.

Nov. 11-15

Monday: Country meatballs, mashed potatoes w/gravy, Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, peaches; Tuesday: Cheeseburger, wheat bun, green beans, farmer potatoes, diced pears; Wednesday: Spaghetti, w/ meat sauce, steamed peas, whole kernel corn, garlic bread, sliced apples; Thursday: A) Hot turkey sandwich B) Ham, w/chicken noodle soup, winter blend vegetables, wheat bread, 2, fruit cocktail; Friday: Cheesy beef taco, flour tortilla,

lettuce w/tomato, Spanish rice w/ beans, fresh fruit.

Nov. 18-22

Monday: Chicken Parmesan pasta w/marinara, Sicilian blend vegetables, dinner roll, diced pears; Tuesday: Sausage gravy w/biscuit, has brown potatoes, fruit juice, 2 sausage patties, baked peaches; Wednesday: Polish sausage, sauerkraut, potato wedges, baked beans, chilled applesauce, hot dog bun; Thursday: Cheese ravioli w/ meat sauce, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, garlic bread, fruit cocktail; Friday: A) Pepper steak B) Turkey

w/vegetable, Lima beans, wheat bread, 2, Mandarin oranges.

Nov. 25-29

Monday: Hamburger patty, wheat bun, mac and cheese, California blend vegetables, diced pears; Tuesday: Barbecue chicken breast, cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, dinner roll, Jell-O with fruit; Wednesday: Baked pork chop, mashed potatoes w/gravy, mixed veggies, dinner roll, apple crisp; THURSDAY & FRIDAY: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING. All meals served with 8-ounce, low-fat milk.

November meals at Whiteside County Senior Center Nov. 4-7

Nov. 11-14

Monday: Chicken and noodles, bread, salad and dessert. Tuesday: Baked pork chops, potato, vegetable and dessert. Wednesday: Chicken Fajitas, rice, refried beans, and dessert. Thursday: Resthave Catering.

MONDAY: CLOSED FOR VETERANS DAY. Tuesday: Bacon cheeseburger, potato, vegetable and dessert. Wednesday: Roast pork with potatoes and vegetables, salad and dessert. Thursday: Chili, baked potato, cornbread, salad and dessert.

Nov. 18-21

Monday: Pork Tenderloin sandwich, fries, vegetable, salad and dessert. Tuesday: Baked chicken breast, potato, vegetable and dessert. Wednesday: WCSC Thanksgiving meal. Thursday: Baked cod or alternative, potato, vegetable and dessert

Nov. 25-28 Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs, bread, salad and dessert Tuesday: Salisbury steak, potato, vegetable and dessert. Wednesday: Oven fried chicken, potato, vegetable and dessert. THURSDAY: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

November meals at Golden Meals in Rock Falls Nov. 1 Monday: Tuna salad sand, potato salad, applesauce

Nov. 4-8 Monday: Hot dogs, sauer kraut, baked beans, fruit; Tuesday: Scalloped potatoes & ham, carrots, fruit; Wednesday: Mac & cheese casserole, green beans, fruit; Thursday:

Baked cod in lemon butter, parslied potatoes, spinach, fruit; Friday: Chili, applesauce, corn bread

Nov. 11-15

Monday: Closed for Veterans Day; Tuesday: Lemon pepper chicken, cheesy potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit; Wednesday: Pepper steak, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit; Thursday: Cabbage rolls, glazed carrots,

applesauce; Friday: Ham salad, cole slaw, fruit

Nov. 18-22

Monday: Swedish meatballs, parslied potatoes, green beans, fruit; Tuesday: Chicken & dumplings, buttered carrots, fruit; Wednesday: Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, corn, fruit; Thursday: Roast pork loin, potato casserole, mixed vegetables,

fruit; Friday: Chicken salad, pea salad, peaches

Nov. 25-29 Monday: Cowboy hash, potato wedges, fruit; Tuesday: Tuna & noodles, peas, fruit; Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Lima beans, fruit; THURSDAY & FRIDAY: CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING

Whiteside County Public Transportation

Lee-Ogle Transportation System

Fares: (within county)

Fares: (within zip code)

Ages 5 and under (must be accompanied by an adult): 50 cents one way

Ages 5 and under (must be accompanied by an adult): $1 one way

People age 6 to 59 years: $2 one way

People age 6 to 59 years: $2 one way

Seniors or individuals with a disability: Donation suggested (unless qualified under Medicaid or other program)

Seniors or individuals with a disability: $1 one way (unless qualified under Medicaid or other program)

Out-of-county trips can be arranged, subject to availability: 25 cents per mile

Out-of-town trips can be arranged, subject to availability: 35 cents per mile

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Hours: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

855-625-7433 or 815-625-7433

888-239-9228 or 815-288-2117

Upcoming Special Events in Lee County Life Story Writing with Carla Belzer

1-2:30 p.m. Mondays, Nov. 18 & 25 and Dec. 2 & 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 10 Must sign up in advance. Contact LCCOA at 815-288-9236 to sign up; seating is limited.

Veteran’s Appreciation Ice Cream Social 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 11

The wonderful women of the First Congregational United Church of Christ of Lee Center have handmade 24 afghans and blankets to be given away as door prize/free raffle to the men and women who have served our country with pride. All are invited to come and honor these courageous soldiers. Please call 815-288-9236 for reservations.

LCCOA is heading to the Fireside Christmas Musical Nov. 13 NOTE: This trip is filled, but we will take names for a waiting list in case of

any cancellations

Trees, tree, glorious trees! Christmas Tree Decorating Contest Due date Nov. 22; drop-off times from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pick up your applications and rules at LCCOA

Make & Take Christmas Edition 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 Erica Bentz, independent Chalk Couture Designer, joins us once again for a fun-filled crafting hour full of vari-

ous options for you to choose from for home décor crafts for you or a loved one. Nominal fee charged for board base (starting at $5). Call 815-2889236 for more details.

4-H Digital Ambassador Program Dec. 3, 10, 17, Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4 (snow date: Feb. 11, 2020) Call 815-857-3525 for reservations. This partnership elevates teens as teachers to provide training and communication to assist adults in their community with increasing their comfort level in utilizing new technology.

Free crochet and knitting classes Every Monday Must bring four-ply yarn for either class. For knitting, please bring a No. 9 needle. For crochet, bring a G hook

Yoga Every Thursday from 9-10 a.m. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. $25 membership required.

Foot Clinic 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 13 Foot care will be available for all senior citizens. They will soak your feet, trim your toenails, and give you a fabulous foot massage. For appointments call Fancy Feet at 815-2130324. Cost: $25.

Essential Oils presentation by Roger Stanfield Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Come and smell and order some. Learn how essential oils can help you.

Veterans Coffee

10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 Open to all veterans. Free coffee and conversation the second Thursday of every month. Charisse from the VA clinic will present services available to local veterans. An honor ceremony will follow.

Sauk Computer User Group

1 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9 Sauk Computer User Group will meet at 1 p.m. for a question-and-answer time, followed by a short business meeting, and a presentation at 2 p.m. by Tom Rich on how to clean your computer. Everyone with an interest in computers/technology is invited. Refreshments will be served.


12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 Come and join this group that is all about senior citizen safety. This group is composed of public safety, community agencies and senior citizens. Everyone welcome!

Brain Health Class

12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 Karla of the University of Illinois Extension will help us better understand our brain. She will go over

information related to brain health research, as well as fun and interesting strategies and exercises to challenge ourselves as we age. Come and join the fun at this free event!

First annual Holiday Talent Show 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 Spread some joy by sharing your talent. If you might be interested, please see Beth. Ed Kerley will be our emcee.

Price Is Right at WCSC

10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 Come play the Price is Right and guess the price of an item and take that item home. The Price is Right is sponsored by Heritage Woods. Stay for lunch, which will be our Thanksgiving meal.

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