By Janice Vuich-Cawyer

  When I was in the center working last Friday, I decided to cross check the emails on the new 2018 list with the ones I already had listed from the year before.  C.I. Curtis, had brought it to my attention that I had a member listed who was no longer with us.  When I came upon the name, I went to delete it, but instead, I deleted the whole list from my computer!  Needless to say, I was upset with myself. 
                I’m sure someone with greater skills than I have could’ve retrieved them, but they were nowhere around, so they were irretrievably lost.  If you previously have received emails from me and are no longer receiving them, It’s because you didn’t include that information on your 2018 registration form.  Please let me know if you wish to continue to receive emails from the center.  Either email me stating so, or call me here at the center at 208-257-3358.
                We have a few birthdays to celebrate this month:  Darcy Gagnon, Carol Jaeger, Beth Bramble, David Winther, Bill Noah and Gene Neumann!  Happy Birthday wishes to you all and may all of you be blessed with another year of good health!
                I don’t know what happened to our back screen door, but somehow the door closer broke.  If any of you men or women reading this  are handy with tools, how about giving the center a hand and install a new door closer for us.  I bought a new one, but I don’t think I can install it.  Your help would be much appreciated.  With warmer weather insects start hatching and some of them inadvertently find their way inside if there are any nooks and crannies open, and warmer weather will surely start becoming a reality soon!
                If you are on the board, remember the board meeting this coming Wednesday, March 14th at 10:30 at US Bank.  Our food pantry is the following Wednesday from about 1:45 to 3PM.  We have been starting a little earlier, but still end at the same time.  As always, we never know what we will get from the food bank.  Sometimes it’s a lot and other times, it’s pretty scanty.  We do try to keep a stock of canned foods for times when the pickings are slim or for emergencies, so we at least have something all the time for folks.
                I have heard through the grapevine that some people think we should give everything out every time.  The pantry, according to the Food Pantry guidelines from the Idaho Food Bank,  is supposed to give out food based on family size to last for three or four days.  It’s meant to be help for stretched budgets, not a month’s worth of food.  The senior Center does this as a service to the whole community and we pay for the freight and extra electricity it takes to run freezers and refrigeration to store the food.  We also provide this service by using efforts on many volunteers, who come in early and unload the truck, and start the boxes with the basics to help the pantry run smoother. 
                If any of you would like to know more about the workings or the “Why” of things, I invite you to either talk with me or Lynda Yoder.  Or better yet, why not volunteer your time to help serve others.  The number to reach me is 208-257-3358.  If I’m not here, leave a message and I will return your call.
                Also, if I haven’t mentioned this before, If you need food at another time, besides pantry day, give me a call here at the center.  We can provide you with extra food at other times as well.  We don’t want anyone going hungry.
                I guess I had better give you this week’s menu.  On Wednesday, March 14th we are having Sweet and sour chicken over rice with mixed vegetables, rolls salad and Wickey wacky cake.  On Friday, March 16th we are serving Ham and beans, corn bread, salad, mixed fruit and dessert.
                Then on Wednesday, March 21st, we are having Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, beets, rolls, salad and Rhubarb dessert.  On Friday, March 23rd, Ursula is serving one of my favorites; Pizza!
                Have a fabulous week, everyone!