SILVER THREADS: Thrilled to be back in the green

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We have finally been released from the lockdown in our province and it’s been a long and trying time for many of our citizens.

The best phone call that I received this week is the one call from my hairdresser telling me that I had an appointment this month. It may seem as though this is a very trivial thing to be excited about but I love going and getting my hair done by the nicest person in the Valley. Seeing her and her co-partner is part of my life. There are people in our lives that we used to see on a regular basis and when they are not allowed to open their businesses, we truly miss them. I like to see the familiar faces at the grocery store, drug store and other places I shop for our family necessities. Maybe, with the vaccine we can finally allow our businesses to restart and allow everyone to return to work.

Silver Threads Seniors reopened on Tuesday, Feb. 16, for the many activities that we love to participate in during the day. Everyone will be subject to a temperature check on entering the building. Wearing a mask is mandatory and all COVID-19 safety standards will be adhered to as outlined by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit.

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Debbie’s fitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays will commence as per the usual time at 10 a.m. and Junko will resume her classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Bingo, line dancing, artist group, and yoga will be welcoming members back to the regular sessions. We are selling frozen food entrees for $7 to seniors and free meals to all seniors who cannot afford to buy meals. Phone the seniors club at 613-687-6574 or email silverthreadspetawawa@hotmail.ca. The meals are from a local company, Griffith Market, located just down the road from us and there is a huge selection of food available.

February is heart month and here are some tips on staying healthy and preventing heart disease. Eat a healthy diet, stay active, reduce stress, and maintain a healthy weight. It’s easy to say these things but it can sometimes become a struggle to stick with the plan, especially during a pandemic.

Alzheimer’s disease is highlighted this month as well. This is such an awful disease and I can attest to it myself as I am seeing a sister who was vivacious, engaging and full of life, trying to cope with a loss of memory. There are supports in the community for everyone trying to cope with this disease.

Finally, Petawawa’s Cabin Fever winter carnival will run February 19 to 28 and is going to be a virtual experience this year. You can participate in virtual bingo, virtual trivia and the kids have a virtual bingo and trivia night also. And there will be public skating too. Check out the website for any changes that may occur in the activities.

We remind you to participate in the local radio bingo and be sure to support our businesses and if you shop at the local Independent Grocers store, place your stamped receipts in the mail box on the left side of the main doors at Silver Threads. We also have a box for food bank donations and you can phone the office and bring your items to the door.

Take care and be safe. Wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance and we will all stay in the green. Yeah!

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