Friday, January 15, 2021

Tale Through the Mail: Northeast Area Senior Center Edition

 In August of 2020, we started a Collaborative Story Project! Eight different stories originated from our eight senior center locations. Participants were asked to do the following:  

1. Record your information on the contact sheet.

2. Add a sentence or two to the story on the blank pages provided. 

3. Mail or hand-deliver the story to a friend or family member! 

We asked that the stories be returned to WCCOA around October 31, 2020 to be published here. Check back here on January 22 when the Perrysburg Area Senior Center story will be published!

Northeast Area Senior Center Story

Contributing Authors: 
Jan Baker, Dana Kel, Shirley Kingsley, Brenda Oakley, Lois Sounders, 
Mary Wilkolek, and Paul Zam

The phone did not stop ringing all day...

I found out it was the tinnitus in my ear. Whew! Glad I didn't try and answer it... so I got that straightened out. 

I got calls about Medicare, electricity, computer service (I don't have a computer), lower interest on my credit card, debt forgiveness, I won 2.5 million dollars from a contest I never entered, etc. Went back to smoke signals! No more prank calls. 

Seeing the smoke signals, I jumped in my saddle and rode in the other direction, heading further west to the mountains and settled into a wooded area to rest. 

The Lone Ranger and Tonto came and got me. Hi-Yo Silver! We rode away. 

They took me to Walmart so I could get toilet paper and puppy food. I saw a bunch of people I haven't seen in months. 

It was a cold icy winter and my steps on my front porch were covered with ice. I didn't want anyone to slip on them and get hurt so I attempted to remove the ice by getting on my stomach and scraping the ice off. I slipped on each step and ended up in the hospital with a broken wrist and other damages. I only fell five more times since. I now am in my 90s and doing quite well. Thank God. Keep me in your prayers. 

And then the phone rang! It was an evangelist telling me he would pray for me. 

And it rang again. It seems that my car warranty has expired. So I gave my car to Kars for Kids. 

Now it seems that I have won a trip and need to be at the airport PDQ. Unfortunately I'm having trouble hitchhiking with a broken wrist. 

Oh wait... I think I see the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Hi-Yo Silver!! 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

December Trivia Contest Answers

Home Delivered Meal clients received a Holiday trivia flyer at the beginning of December. Anyone who completed the trivia and returned it to WCCOA was entered to win a gift basket (pictured below) sponsored by Walker Family Funeral Homes & Crematory! 

The winner of the December gift basket was George Leslie from Northwood, Ohio!


Correct answers are underlined.

1. What is Ralphie’s little brother’s name in the movie A Christmas Story? Randy

2. What Christmas decoration was originally made from strands of silver? tinsel

3. What was Frosty the Snowman’s nose made out ofa button

4. What beverage company has been using Santa Claus in its advertising since 1931? Coca-Cola

5. What is the number one best-selling holiday single of all time?  White Christmas

6. This Saturday Evening Post artist was known for his whimsical pictures of Santa Claus? Norman Rockwell

7. This one reindeer is never mentioned in “The Night Before Christmas”?

    A. Donnor       B. Rudolph

    C. Comet          D. Dasher

8. In what city did Miracle on 34th Street take place?

     A. New York         B.  Philadelphia

     C. San Diego          D. Pittsburg

9. This appliance became Santa’s sleigh in this memorable commercial from the 1960’s?

    A. Norelco Electric Shaver     B. Vacuum Cleaner

    C. Toaster                                  D. Microwave

10. Which hymn’s second verse begins with “Christ by highest heaven adored”?

    A. Away in the Manger        B.  O’ Holy Night

    C. Little Drummer Boy        D. Hark the Harold Angels Sing

 11. In 1949, Gene Autry recorded this holiday song?

      A. Frosty the Snowman                    B. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer             

      C. Silent Night                                  D. Deck the Halls

12. What’s the most popular Christmas play featuring toys that come to life?

      A. The Nutcracker                 B. Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

      C. Phantom of the Opera         D. The Grinch

13. Which holiday song mentions “figgy pudding”?

      A. Jingle Bells             B. We Wish You a Merry Christmas

      C. Deck the Halls       D. The Twelve Days of Christmas

14. In the movie “A Christmas Story,” what was the name of the next door neighbors whose dogs ate the Christmas turkey?

      A. The Bumpuses            B. The Burkes

      C. The Brooks                   D. The Bells

15. Who said “God  bless us, everyone!”?

      A. Santa Claus              B. Tiny Tim

      C. Charlie Brown         D. Ebenezer Scrooge 

16. Which one of the these is NOT one of Santa’s reindeer?

      A. Donner        B. Dancer

      C. Dasher          D. Dixon

17. As the clock chimes midnight to ring in the New Year, a Spanish tradition involves eating twelve of  what – one for each chime?

      A. Pecans              B. Chocolates

      C. Sugarplums     D. Grapes

18. Gingerbread houses were inspired by the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel.  True

19. A star is the most popular Christmas tree topper.  False (Correct Answer: Angel)

20. Jingle Bells was the first song ever to be played from outer space.   True

21. Theodore Roosevelt banned Christmas trees in the Whitehouse.  True

22. Candy canes were made to imitate a shepherd’s hook in honor of Jesus. True

23. Ten reindeer drive Santa’s sleigh.  False (Correct Answer: nine reindeer)

24. The ox and lamb kept time with the Little Drummer Boy.   True

25. In A Charlie Brown Christmas, Lucy charges 10 cents for her psychiatric services.  False (Correct Answer: 5 cents) 







Thursday, December 31, 2020

Tale Through the Mail: Wood County Senior Center Edition

In August of 2020, we started a Collaborative Story Project! Eight different stories originated from our eight senior center locations. Participants were asked to do the following:  

1. Record your information on the contact sheet.

2. Add a sentence or two to the story on the blank pages provided. 

3. Mail or hand-deliver the story to a friend or family member! 

We asked that the stories be returned to WCCOA around October 31, 2020 to be published here. Check back on January 8 when the Northeast Area Senior Center Story will be published!

Wood County Senior Center Story

Contributing Authors: 
Charlene Avery, Carol Ballard, Becky Bhaer, Vicki Carver,  Linda Frizzell, Nada Knauss, Debbie LeGalley, Joyce Osterud, Marilyn Riewaldt, and Jo Sipes.  

There's an old legend that talks about magical fairies living in the forest... 

    Stacy's grandparents have a farm near the forest, or "big woods" as they call it. Stacy knew about the legend and magical fairies, and although she didn't really believe in fairies, she did wonder...

    Whenever Stacy visited her grandparents' farm she loved to walk through the woods and ponder how she would recognize the signs of the fairies' existence. She listened and observed as she walked along well-loved paths. Then one day...

    Stacy saw something flitting in the trees and felt as if she was being watched. 

    "It's only my imagination playing tricks on me," she thought. But after a few minutes, she realized she HAD seen something - a small human-like form with diaphanous wings, long golden hair, and a lovely smiling face. It seemed harmless enough, almost friendly in its appearance so Stacy approached the tree in which the being appeared to be sitting. 

    Stacy said very quietly and slowly, "HELLO". A big voice answered back and said, "I am Susie Sunshine. Do you want to be friends?"

    Stacy thought about answering and finally said "OK, I'd like to be your friend. Can I tell my grandparents about you? Will they believe me? How did you get up there in the tree? Did you fly?"

    Stacy, when your grandparents were young, they believed in fairies. As people lose their innocence of youth, their visions of fairies dim. Perhaps we could rekindle their excitement. Let's try! Ready for an adventure?

    Stacy felt immediately that she could trust the new friend. And she lifted her arms to be caught up in the awe of Susie Sunshine. Together, they flew into the dense forest around and around until a bright glow appeared in the thickest part of the "big woods". As they floated down to a wondrous sight of diaphanous beings dancing and singing, Stacy could hardly wait to tell her grandparents all about this.

    Stacy and Susie Sunshine headed west towards the farm. It was quite a long walk and as they went along their way, Stacy noticed Susie Sunshine wasn't as bright as she was earlier in the day. Stacy asked Susie Sunshine if she would like to stop and rest. Susie Sunshine explained to Stacy that she would be setting soon but would be back bright and early the next morning. Stacy was so excited she hurried back to her grandparents to tell them all about the amazing adventures she had that day. When Stacy got back to the farm her grandmother was outside hanging up the laundry. She looked very busy so Stacy went to look for her grandfather. Stacy looked for quite a while and couldn't find him anywhere. She started walking towards the woods to see if maybe he had gone to collect firewood. As she went further into the woods she came to a clearing and was shocked to see who her grandfather was with...

    He was sitting on a log with a sad look on his face and there was a little gnome, looking equally distressed, standing beside him. Although shocked at the sight of the gnome, Stacy was more surprised by the sad look on her grandfather's usually smiling face. 

"What is wrong, Papa?", she asked with tears starting to flood her eyes. 

"One of my favorite cows has wandered off into the forest, he replied, so I came to ask my friend Lucky Nocktonick if he could help me find her. It's his job to watch over the livestock, but he was distracted by another cow giving birth and didn't see Clover go off alone. He has been unable to find her and, since Clover is also due to have a calf soon, I'm afraid wolves or a bear might get her and her calf if it's born in the forest. I love Clover and don't want anything to happen to her, but the forest is so big. I don't know how we'll find her before it's too late." 

Stacy smiled a big smile and practically shouted "I'll get Susie Sunshine and her friends to look for her." 

"Susie Sunshine?" Her grandfather asked with a puzzled look. 

"She's my new fairy friend", Stacy said with glee, and there are many more like her. They can search the whole forest in no time because they fly so fast!" Stacy took off and ran into the forest yelling "Susie Sunshine, I need you!" 

Within seconds, Stacy was surrounded with what seemed like hundreds of fairies with Susie Sunshine in the lead. "What do you need?" Susie asked with concern. Stacy quickly explained and the fairies took off with a whoosh of tiny wings. 

Stacy ran to tell her Grandfather and the words were no sooner out of her mouth than Susie Sunshine was beside her reporting that Clover had been found and she did indeed have a healthy new baby. The other fairies were standing guard over her until Lucky Nocktonick could stay with her and the calf until they were able to walk back to the barn. Susie led Papa, Stacy and Lucky to where Clover was. Papa decided to name the calf Sunshine to honor Susie Sunshine. He was so grateful to the fairies that he invited all of them to come to his farm anytime they wanted and enjoy all the fresh cream and butter his cows supplied that they could use. Stacy could not wait to tell her mom and dad that she had met a fairy AND a gnome and what they had done. Her parents just smiled sweetly and her mother said "That's nice honey. We'd better go home and put you in bed. Your imagination is running away with you."

Friday, December 18, 2020

Subaru Share the Love Event


The Subaru Share the Love event is held once a year by Subaru of America. During the designated time, any purchase or lease of a new Subaru is eligible for a donation of $250 to a participating charity of the purchaser's choice. Meals on Wheels America is one of those participating charities. 

Our home delivered meal program at WCC OA is a member program of Meals on Wheels America. Therefore, we are eligible to be the recipient of a portion of any monies donated in the name of Meals on Wheels! We participate in many activities throughout the event to be deemed eligible to receive this money. One of the qualified activities is to talk with volunteers who may drive Subarus and we have two active volunteers who do just that. Read more below about these volunteers and their experiences. 

Larry & Sandy Batoki

Larry and Sandy chose a Subaru because, after much research, it seemed like one of the most reliable vehicles on the market and had great reviews. Since Sandy is shorter, she liked the fact that she could sit up higher in the vehicle they chose! 

Larry and Sandy enjoy the clients they serve. Sandy is the driver while Larry is the “face” that most clients see. He has formed many meaningful relationships with the clients over the years.

Peggy Booth

Peggy liked the safety record of Subaru vehicles, so last March when she needed a new car, she thought the Subaru Forester would be good for her. It is big enough to pack a lot of stuff when she makes her summer trips to Maine, but isn't TOO big. She is very happy with her decision and loves her Subaru Forester! She likes the style and safety features. She drove it in snow for the first time this week, and it handled very well.  At one point, when looking for a new address for meal delivery, she had to stop quickly in the snow, and it did so, no problem. Some of her prior vehicles didn’t have enough leg room in the second seat for passengers. This vehicle is very comfortable for both her passengers and for her!

Peggy's favorite part of delivering meals is getting to know the personalities of the clients she delivers to. She knows that her delivery is probably the highlight of their day.  Most of them give me her a big smile and thank you. She also enjoys comments on the meal of the day – either excited, or wishing it was was the WCCOA meatloaf. 

Thank you to Peggy, Sandy & Larry for taking the time to answer our questions and pose for a quick picture before your meal deliveries. And of course, thank you for your continued service to the older adults you serve across Wood County!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

November Trivia Contest Answers

Home Delivered Meal clients received an Ohio History trivia flyer at the beginning of November. Anyone who completed the trivia and returned it to WCCOA was entered to win an Ohio themed gift basket (pictured below) sponsored by Walker Family Funeral Homes & Crematory! 

The winner of the November gift basket was John Davis from Perrysburg, Ohio!


Correct answers are underlined.

1. What state is the Liberty Bell located in?  Pennsylvania 

2. What is the most populated state in America?  California

3. Whose face appears on the fifty dollar bill?  Ulysses Grant

4. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from which country?  France

5. What historic U.S. document was signed in 1776?  Declaration of Independence

6. What is the longest river in the United States?

    A. Mississippi River       B. Colorado River

    C. Missouri River         D. Columbia River

7. Who was the first President to live in the White House?

     A. George Washington     B.  John Adams

     C. Andrew Jackson          D. James Monroe

8. The ________________ is the first ten amendments to the constitution?

    A. Declaration of Independence      B. Bill of Rights

    C. Pledge of Allegiance                   D. National Anthem

9. This military branch is the only branch that falls under the Department of Homeland Security?

    A. Army                   B. Navy

    C. Marine Corps      D. Coast Guard

10. This monument was built to honor the United States, first president and stands 555 feet tall?

      A. Washington Monument        B. Mount Rushmore    

      C. Lincoln Memorial                   D. Thomas Jefferson Memorial

11. Which of these is NOT a branch of the United States Government?

      A. Legislative       B. Judicial

      C. Presidential    D. Executive

12. What year did the tradition of playing football on Thanksgiving begin?

      A. 1876 (shortly after the game was invented)     B. 1912

      C. 1943                                                                      D. 1966

13. This was the first year of the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade which stretched 6 miles?

      A. 1920       B. 1922

      C. 1924       D. 1926

14. Since at least 1947, what has the US President been presented with on Thanksgiving ?

      A. Candied Yams              B. Live & Dressed Turkeys

      C. Stove-Top Stuffing       D. Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

15. Finish this quote by W. Clement Stone . “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You…….?

      A. Pray         B. Smile

      C. Feast        D. Share

16. What is the name of the famous rock where the pilgrims first landed?

      A. Rosetta Stone            B. Blarney Stone

      C. Plymouth Rock        D. Rock of Gibraltar


17. Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for Plumbers.  TRUE

18. The first Thanksgiving in 1621 lasted 3 days.  TRUE

19. Woodrow Wilson was the first US president to appear on television.   FALSE 

       (It was not Woodrow Wilson: Franklin Roosevelt appeared first.)

20. In 1918, the Bubonic Plague killed 548,000 people in America.  FALSE

      (It was not the bubonic plague but the flu epidemic.)

21. Federalism allows the sharing of power between the states and the national              

      government. TRUE

22. Winston Churchill played prominent roles in both WWI and WWII.   TRUE