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Many seniors do not know what they would do without hot meals delivered daily to their homes.  Many seniors cannot walk or drive to the local senior center and have to depend on the OATS bus, family or friends to bring them. Therefore, it is so important that those in our community volunteer to help deliver meals to our homebound elderly.  We appreciate our many volunteers who have stepped up and will donate their time to deliver these meals.  If you would like to volunteer an hour or two a week, please call the Center (683-5712) and ask for Bonnie.

Rising costs are also squeezing the home delivered meal programs in the Southwest Missouri area.  To ensure meals are provided, each center has to be able to adjust to the many restrictions that our program has been required to follow.  Many items that we ordered in the past can no longer be purchased so we may stay in line with the current budget restrictions.  Our Douglas County Council on Aging Board now purchases these items.  While most needs are still being met, it is of great concern for the many seniors with the increases in fuel, utilities, food, transportation and medication.  With the flat or reduced government funding and the ailing economy, it is important to maintain support of our programs by donating your money to help provide our seniors with a good hot meal Monday through Friday and by providing meals that can be put in the microwave on the weekends.

Our meals at the Ava Senior Center are served starting at 11:15 and going through noon.  Any person over the age of 60 and their spouses are welcome to join us for lunch for only $3.50 per person.

Our menu for this week includes:  Monday, June 11—Chicken Parmesan over noodles, green beans, garlic bread, cake.  Tuesday, June 12—Country fried steak, potatoes and gravy, corn, fruit.  Wednesday, June 13—Roast beef, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, bread, sherbet.  Thursday, June 14—Hot dogs/chili dogs, coleslaw, tater tots, cobbler.  Friday, June 15—Chicken and dumplings, peas and carrots, cookies.

Activities for the week include, but are not limited to:  Tuesday—OATS bus to Mtn. Grove, DCCA Board meeting at 12:30.  Wednesday—OATS bus to Ava, Pinochle tournament, Access Home Health blood pressure 10:30.  Friday—OATS bus to Ava.

We appreciate those bringing in tomato plants and flowers to sell.  We appreciate the summer students and Ms. Taylor and Ms. Chunn for helping to serve and clean up and take out the trash.  Also for the soothing guitar music on the stage–Go Stetson!

Speaking of pitch, the winners this week in the tournament with five tables playing five games were:  Mary Lea Myers (225) Joretta Sawyer (224) and Lucille Collins (220).  Congratulations to these ladies who each received one free meal ticket.

Until next week, have a good one!

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