Updates from the Director

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August 2018

Updated 7/17/18

Alasa and I have been spending the last couple of months watching a lot of baseball games. Her sons, Hunter and Saxton, and my grandson, Gavin, play on opposing teams in Stoughton’s Little League, and Hunter and Gavin are teammates on Stoughton’s Traveling Team, playing in weekend tournaments in neighboring communities, including Verona. It all adds up to a lot of time outside in the summer sun. The spectators are a mix – moms and dads cheering and taking pictures, younger siblings laughing and running around, teens chatting with friends, cute puppies, and grandparents like me, settled comfortably into lawn chairs. It’s a snapshot of the best of small town USA, everyone turning out to support a group of young boys playing America’s game.

The players are learning a lot about teamwork, backing each other up, cheering each other on, and being responsible for their actions, good or bad. They make a great catch… or bobble the ball. They hit a home run… or strike out. They pitch well… they pitch wildly. Sometimes they make a great catch. Sometimes they make the last out. Once in a while, they get hit by the ball, and it smarts. There might be a few tears, but when their coach calls out kindly, “shake it off”, they get up and go on playing. As I sit there on the sidelines, I can’t help but think that spending the summer playing Little League is great preparation for life. Work together as a team, practice, and learn from your mistakes. Give it your all. Encourage each other. It’s fine to be proud when you make a great play, but on those days when the ball hits you, get up, shake it off, and go on. Tomorrow is new inning, a fresh chance to apply all that you’ve learned and try again. Play Ball!

Mary

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July 2018 –

The parking lot replacement is nearly done! Thank you for your patience and perseverance as you dodged cranes and steamrollers on your way in to the Senior Center.

The Fall/Winter Prairie Kitchen Cooking Club classes co-sponsored by Badger Prairie, UW Verona Family Medical Clinic, Hy-Vee, and Verona Senior Center start in August. It’s a great way to find some exciting new recipes for healthy and flavorful meals. If interested, sign up soon! See p. 21 for details.

Verona Senior Center welcomes donations of clean, gently used walkers, wheelchairs, bath seats and other assistive devices. We make them available to individuals who may need them due to illness, surgery, or injury, or for a visiting friend or family member.

We’ve had a few people ask for clarification about the birthday/anniversary meals. City of Verona residents over age 55 and active volunteers at the Verona Senior Center are welcome to enjoy a free meal the month of their birthday/anniversary at our Birthday/Anniversary party. Guests from other communities are always welcome to join us, but they must cover the cost of their meals, even if it is their birthday or anniversary. All are welcome to enjoy the musical program after the luncheon at no cost.

– Mary

Posted 6/20/18

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June 2018 –

Hopefully by the time you read this, the parking lot and sewer work will be done. The new parking lot will have more disabled parking spots, roomier stalls, paint stripes that are actually visible, safer footing, and better drainage, resulting in improved accessibility for all our visitors. Yes, it has been a long, loud, and dusty process. Thank you for your patience.

Have you tried out our Virtual Reality equipment yet? You can take a tour of the White House, see the view from the Eiffel Tower, go on safari or check out the neighborhood where you grew up. Virtual Reality is amazing and fun. Check the calendar for our Virtual Reality tours or call to set up a time.

Mary

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Posted 5/17/2018