The Senior Center is open
Effective May 1, 2023 we are serving our Senior lunches plated.
'To go' lunches available upon request until 6/30/23.
For congregate diners to receive a fresh meal on weekdays,
please call 1-707-987-3113 before 10 am for pick-up or dining in at 12 pm.
Thank you for your understanding.
We are open for both pick-up and take-home OR pick-up and sit-down. We will have both for as long as our supporters, the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), permit. The AAA has had strict rules outlining how food is prepared and served. We are open 9 am to 2 pm. We wish to see our diners back as well as those who picked up meals but never have eaten on the premises. I know many of you have missed the comradery of seeing dear friends.
As in the past, seniors still need to call in to order lunch before 10 am. At that time, please specify whether dining in or dining out —707-987-3113. Whether dining in or out, you will need to come in to pick up your lunch. If you reserved seating inside, please be seated. If not, please enjoy your lunch off premises (home, park, with friends).
Facts about the Middletown Senior Center
The Middletown Senior Center regularly checks temperatures of all meals. The Middletown Senior Center Meals on Wheels are made in our kitchen and packaged hot and placed in a hot box with heat stones, cold portions of meals are placed in coolers with cold packs. Meals are promptly packaged and sent out at 11:00 am. Our Meals on Wheels drivers check the temperature of cold and hot food at the start of delivery and when the last meal is delivered. Our routes (Middletown, Hidden Valley, Cobb) take 1.5 hours or less.
Anyone is welcome to see a copy of our health inspection report, just stop by our office.
WE COULD USE YOUR HELP (707) 987-3113
We wish to keep our membership list up-to-date. We are not always notified when relocation has occurred. If you know of anyone who have moved “for any reason”, please call and let us know.
If you have a couple of hours each week, we could use more Meals on Wheels drivers. We need drivers who can serve as “on call” to step in when a “regular” needs the time off. We could use more servers and greeters as dining in is growing. More volunteers for the Thrift Store as well as donations for the Thrift Store are also welcome.
The Middletown Senior Center is reaching out to volunteers to assist seniors in our service area.
The needs of our seniors in the Middletown, Cobb and Hidden Valley area have increased due to this active health emergency. Hardesters Market is offering curbside delivery in their parking lot for seniors that are 65 and over or others who are immune sensitive. If you wish to use this service, you can call your local Hardesters (HVL 1-707-987-2200, Cobb 1-707-928-5233). If you are a senior in need and are not capable of picking up your curbside groceries from Hardesters please call the Middletown Senior Center at 1-707-987-3113 and we will make every effort to find a volunteer to assist you. If you are a senior and have a prescription that you are not capable of picking up, you can make arrangements with your pharmacist regarding payment & pick up, and we will do our best to arrange a volunteer to pick up and deliver your prescription.
IT’S BEEN FUN,
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU
Well, all good things have a way of ending, ready or not. But this time I’m ready. Time to retire for real. I have really enjoyed my time here in the office. I remember getting my first compliment on my first article for this newsletter and thus getting hooked. Mr. Jim W. was the culprit. And a writer himself. It really made me feel important. I had a following. I know it was only one person, but that was one more than I had a few minutes before.
And then there was Joanne E. She was very generous with her compliments. And she actually learned something from one of my articles: One can wash whites with dark clothes. No running like in the olden days. She actually tried it out before her demise. I really do miss her. Syd and Laura B. are more followers. Thanks to you two and all the others who gave me “rave” reviews.
It has been amazing how many ideas come to mind just living our best lives. Hubby and I deem ourselves as two of the lucky ones. We’re still healthy—well, on most days anyhow.
Amazing how one can be healthy while being achy. I’m learning each day which muscles are connected to which muscles. Also, recently I thought my wrist was swollen. It wasn’t. I now know that one of my wrists is larger than the other one. This “old dog” just keeps on learning and learning.
It is time that I return to exercising the old fashioned way. It is called “moving”. My yard has been calling my name for quite sometime now, and I have conveniently gone deaf. But I have missed “puttsing” in the yard. My pace has become one square inch at a time, but if I find my way outdoors often enough—whalla.
I’ll see many of you at lunch. Dining in as the only choice is returning July 1.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
On a serious note, we have had many, many complaints on the cellophane wrap we use on our meals to go. I’m with all of you. I can’t stand it either. The problem is we have the same supplier, but our supplier doesn’t have the same manufacturer. Their manufacturer seems to be using a different formula for producing cellophane wrap. It stinks. And guess what—they are using the one and only supplier of cellophane for “to go” meal containers. I kid you not.
To assist, it helps if you run a knife around inside each compartment instead of starting outside a compartment. It seems to have less points for adherence. It is an added annoyance and insult to injury to have the stuff stick to your fingers. Pieces are, also, seen floating through the air in homes.
I have complained to both the supplier and the manufacturer about their product. The solution so far is patience, patience, patience. It isn’t fair. Companies should take pride in their products. Either that or monopolies should not exist.