Senior Programming a Growing Success Story

By Ruth Leubecker

Giving new meaning to volunteerism and creative thinking, programs for seniors are reaching new heights in Washington County. 

At the same time more low-income seniors are finding meals affordable and in more places. At select community cafes a $2.00 off coupon (see below) may be used repeatedly by anyone over 60.Meals in Machias are held at the Centre Street Congregational Church every Tuesday but the third one of the month, from 11 am until 1 p.m. In Calais, the cafe is at Palmer Estates, beginning at 10 a.m. with activities, and eating at 12 noon, every  Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 

Home delivery of meals is up 40% from last year. But volunteers are needed to keep operations at optimum levels. A cafe manager is needed for the Jonesport cafe. For anyone interested in this position, please call Andrea MacPhee, 1-800-432-7812 or 941-2865. Fran Gardner, the EZ-Fix coordinator for Washington County, is looking for volunteers for the Calais, Machias and surrounding areas for housekeeping and home maintenance. 

May special events at the Calais cafe include a Mother’s Day lunch on May 8. Come celebrate fabulous mothers everywhere with special music and drawings. On Friday, May 22, a picnic will include a bean bag and ring toss, a fishing game and prizes and drawings. May birthdays will be celebrated on May 29, singing and cake included. 

Game Day  is every Monday at the Calais cafe. Don’t miss the special edition of this on May 18 featuring Wheel of Fortune. Cribbage is every Wednesday, and Bingo on May 15 and May 29. Remember all activities start at 10 a.m. with lunch served at noon. 

Machias hasn’t gotten their activities program off the ground as yet, but hopefully this will happen sometime in the imminent future. To learn more, or to help out, call Kim Stanley, area manager for Washington County, 454-2215. To volunteer for EZ-Fix or Meals on Wheels, also be sure and give her a call. 

The Wesley cafe, hosted by Tina Ross at Fox Hill, offers meals at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Last month was Law Enforcement Month with special speakers. Next month the Maine State Police will meet and greet diners at Fox Hill. Then comes Music Month. Ross needs to know how much food to prepare, so call 255-3700 for reservations.

The Eastern Area Agency on Aging will hold its annual banquet honoring all Washington County volunteers on July 15 at UMM’s Kilburn Commons. Please stay tuned for further details. 


Don’t forget to clip the coupon below to take advantage of $2.00 off upcoming meals at these cafes. See page 22 for May’s schedule.