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  • Newsletter from the Paxton Council on Aging


    17 West Street

    Paxton, MA 01612

    Tel. 508-756-2833

    Fax: 508-756-3762

    Volume 2018

    Issue 1

    January 2018

    Inside...p. 2: A New You p.3: Brunch at PCS p.6: Diner Menu

    Joan Jim

    Our Active Senior Center

    Sharing … Supporting … Socializing

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    Dining Out—The Old Mill

    Bus Trips—Bon Voyage!

    M ens Club-

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    Creati ng Au

    tumn Wreat

    hs Learning Together

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    Officers Chairperson – Curtis Hammar Vice Chair – Alice Crowley Secretary – Joan Bedard Treasurer – Bob Callahan

    Board Members

    Barbara Braley, Gino Gangai, Jim Putnam, Natalie Siemen, Jean Wilde

    Associates—Mark Ahearn, Paul Bergin, Howard Coleman, June Herron, Bob Lamotte


    Director/Outreach – Cindy Love


    Office Assistant—Dolores Rauschl

    Van Drivers Pete Belsito, Jack Crowley

    Olde Schoolhouse Diner Dining Site Manager – Tina Bullock

    Friends of the Council on Aging President – Dave Wheeler Vice President - Bill Cutroni Treasurer – Bob Wilby

    Secretary – Melinda Johnson Associates - Dick Bedard, Judy Taylor

    Newsletter Editors - Curtis Hammar, Cindy Love

    It shall be the mission of the Council on Aging to

    evaluate, promote, and encourage new and existing services and activities which enhance the quality of life

    for elders in the town of Paxton�

    Winter Cancellations

    During the winter months if you are planning to come for lunch, a program, or event at the Senior Center please check ahead for any cancellations due to weather. Call the COA office at 508-756- 2833.

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    A reminder in the event of inclement weath- er, the Van service may be cancelled for the day. If the Wachusett Regional School District is closed, there will be no van service. Cancel- lation announcements for Wachusett can be seen on Boston TV stations. If poor weather conditions occur while the Van is operating, the remaining schedule may be cancelled for the day. Scheduled riders will be notified by phone. As always, call the COA of- fice for any of your transportation needs.


    A fter a holiday season of overeating and indulging, we all find ourselves starting

    the New Year off by trying to eat healthier. Healthy eating is not a diet or a fad diet. We all need to make changes in the way we eat. Don’t try to change everything at once. Think small and you can reach your diet goal one step at a time. Any diet change is easier if you take small steps. Healthy eating means eating more:

    • Vegetables, fruits, whole grains

    • Seafood, lean meats, poultry, eggs, beans, and nuts.

    It’s also important to limit:

    • Salt, refined sugar

    • Saturated fats (cheese, whole milk, but ter, fatty meats)

    • Refined grains (cookies, white bread, snacks)

    Eating a balanced meal helps improve health, body and mind. It can also help pre- vent heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. So take the step now by making these simple changes.

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    February Preview (Full details in next month’s Newsletter) February 13 Valentine’s Day Lunch

    22 Lions Low-Vision Program

    Happy New Year 2018!

    Brunch at PCS We’re all invited to Paxton Center School on Thursday, January 25 at Noon for a special Senior Brunch present- ed by the Student Council and PCS food staff. The menu includes Quiche, salad, rolls, desert, and beverage. We thank all who make this annual event possible. Reserve by January 17 at 508-756-2833.

    Friends of the COA You can support many programs and projects throughout the year by becoming a valued Friend of the COA. Look for your letter in the mail outlin-

    ing the contributions of the Friends and how you can be a part of it.

    Mens Club A timely financial update is the topic for the Mens Club on January 17 at 10 am. Jacqueline Croft, Fraud Analyst with our friends at Country Bank is the guest speaker. The program will focus on identity theft, card fraud, elder exploitation, and scams. There will be a Q&A following the presentation. Coffee “and” provided.

    Book Club Our growing Book Club meets on Monday, January 8 at 11 am to consider David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife. Inspired by the life of Ann Eliza Young, the novel intertwines a historical narrative with a modern-day murder mystery. Join us for coffee at 10:30. New members are always welcome!

    Schoolhouse Café Brush off winter and enjoy the warmth of the Café on Wednesday, January 3 from 9 am to Noon. A festive New Year breakfast is in store: Our thanks to Donmarie Desrosiers for generously sponsoring this “brunch.”

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    Monthly Activities � � � � � ���� ��

    Around Town Many Town volunteer positions are open to residents looking to help and get involved. Anyone interested should contact Carol Rich- es, Town Administrator, at 508-754-7638, ext. 20 or via email:

    Open Positions: Finance Committee Planning Board Library Trustees Board of Assessors

    Zoning Board of Appeals Capital Improvement Committee

    Conservation Committee Cable & Communications

    Bus Trip Plans Plans are underway for our fabulous Bus Trips for 2018. There are some new destinations along with popular favorites in the works. Watch for an announcement this spring!


    Try your hand at this challenge submitted by Anita Fenton 4 FILL IN the numbers from 1 to 4 in each row and col- umn. Do not repeat a number in any row or column. The areas of the grid with dark outlines around them are “cages.” At the top left of each cage is a target number and operation. In this example, the cage at the top left says "5+". That means the three numbers that go in that cage must add (+) up to 5.

    SOLUTION: Back Page

    Special Thanks—We appreciate all the support throughout the year by our friends at Howe’s Farm and Garden.

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    Paxton Council on Aging

    17 West St

    Paxton, MA 01612


    Lunch at the Schoolhouse Diner

    JANUARY MENU (Subject to change)

    Bread, milk and dessert included. Suggested donation: $2.50. TO RESERVE: Please call 2 days in advance (508)756-2833.

    Newsletter published in part through a grant from the Mass. Executive Office of Elder Affairs



    2 Hoppin’ John (pork) Steamed rice, Cabbage/carrots

    4 Chicken Pesto Pasta, Succotash

    5 Beef Burgundy Brown rice, Brussels sprouts

    9 Beef w/onions & peppers Mashed potato, Glazed carrots

    11 Spaghetti w/meatballs Green Beans

    12 Macaroni & Cheese Spinach, Stewed tomato

    16 Greek Chicken