MATWICH CELEBRATES: For 92-year-old Ray Matwich, going downhill is a good thing - the faster, the better. Matwich, a resident at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland, was an avid skier, taking his last run down the slopes at the age of 72.
Matwich's dream of schussing down the slopes again became a reality when the SOV-Howland Second Wind Dream Team arranged a trip to Brandywine Ski Resort. Ray, along with pal Regis Patrick, who Matwich met when he moved to Shepherd of the Valley-Howland, and three staff, Traci Luther, activities director, Alisha Hadden and Kristine Wilson, both STNA, set off for Brandywine one snowy evening in March.
With the assistance of Mark Gietz and Jason Chonko from 3 Trackers of Ohio, Matwich rode adapted ski equipment. With a bi-ski, the skier must be able to assist with steering and Matwich was hooked up with tether ropes, Jason calling out instructions as needed on the hill.
Joe Hueber from Boston Mills / Brandywine covered the cost for Matwich and two Shepherd staff, and the lodge store gave Matwich a substantial discount.
Matwich had five runs and no wipeouts.
TMH RETIREES TO MEET: A luncheon meeting of the TMH Retirees' club will be held at 11:30 a.m. April 8 at the Buena Vista Cafe in Warren. The program will be "Tornado Awareness." Attendees are to return their "baby bottles.''
All TMH retirees are welcome. For reservations, call Sandy Sarsany at 330-847-7552 by April 5, or email email@example.com.
HOWLAND RETIREES TO MEET: Howland Schools Retirees will meet at 11 a.m. April 2 at Enzo's, Elm Road. All Howland retired personnel, spouses and guests are welcome to attend the monthly lunch meetings.
Those who plan to attend but did not receive the newsletter with response card are asked to call 330-856-5226 by the Saturday prior to the meeting so the restaurant can be given a count.
There will be a collection of nonperishable food, paper goods and hygiene items such as toothpaste, shampoo and bar soap, which will be delivered to Beatitude House after the meeting. Those attending are asked to bring an item or two.
AJAX RETIREES TO MEET: Retirees of Ajax Magnethermic will meet at 1 p.m. April 2 at Station Square, 4250 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Guests are welcome.
WARREN SCOPE OFFERS LUNCH: The Warren SCOPE Center, 220 W. Market St., has opened a coffee bar and lunch site at its facility, and invites all Trumbull County seniors 60 and older to stop in. The site is open from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday for coffee and pastries and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch.
The daily menu includes a choice of two cold sandwiches and two hot soups. Also available daily is one hot entree.
Monday - Barbecue ham sandwich or club wrap
Tuesday - chicken patty or egg salad sandwiches
Wednesday - Philly cheese steak melt or ham salad sandwiches
Thursday - baked penne with garlic bread and ham or turkey sandwiches
There will be a choice of two soups daily.
GUARDIAN ANGELS SEEK VOLUNTEERS: The Guardian Angels of Ohio, a volunteer program of the Trumbull County Probate Court, is looking for volunteers. Angel volunteers receive training to become advocates who reach out as friends to seniors who may need a friendly phone call, a visit in a nursing home, or a visit at home. Angels are also involved in planning special events for seniors such as health fairs and Make a Difference day projects.
The next meeting is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Perkins Family Restaurant, 1953 Niles Cortland Road S.E., Niles. For further information, contact 330-675-2521 or go to www.trumbullprobate.org.
DENMAN RETIREES RESUME MEETINGS: Denman Tire Retirees will resume meeting for breakfast on April 4 at 8:30 a.m. and luncheon on April 18 at noon, at the Wayside Restaurant in Champion.
For more information, call Charlotte Lemaster at 330-898-6283.
TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE TO NUTRITION SITES: Area Agency 11 awarded a grant to Trumbull Community Action Program to transport senior citizens to the Nutrition Sites in Trumbull County that are operated by the Office of Elderly Affairs. Transportation is for people 60 and older or the spouse of someone 60 or older.
Persons wanting to use the service need to call TCAP at 330-395-2287 to schedule rides and the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs at 330-675-2486 to make meal reservations. Both calls need to be made prior to 3 p.m. two working days before they wish to go.
People will be asked to make a donation for both their ride (while on the van) and for their meal (while at the nutrition site).
Trumbull County Nutrition Sites are:
Cortview Village, Cortland, noon Thursday and Friday
Girard Multi-Generational Center, 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Hubbard Senior Center, 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
Johnston Senior Center, noon Monday through Friday
Kinsman Fire Hall, noon Monday through Wednesday
Lordstown Administration Building, 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday
Morrison Village, Warren, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Newton Falls Community Center, 11:15 a.m. Monday through Friday
Niles Steelworkers Hall, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
Calvary Presbyterian Church, 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
West Farmington Senior Center, noon Wednesday through Friday
FREE TAX PREPARATION AVAILABLE: AARP Tax-Aide is a program of the AARP Foundation, which is offered in conjunction with the IRS. This program provides free tax preparation and filing for federal and state tax returns through April 15. Those who attend must bring a photo ID, Social Security card and a copy of last year's tax returns.
VAN HUFFEL, VANEX MEET: Former Van Huffel and Vanex Tube employees meet at 8 a.m. Fridays at Wayside Restaurant, 825 State Road N.W., Champion. For more information, call Jim Franklin at 330-856-4231.
NUTRITION SITES AVAILABLE:The Trumbull County Nutrition Program for the Elderly is provided by the Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs and operates nutrition sites at 11 locations throughout Trumbull County. These sites provide a meal and the opportunity for socialization. Donations will be accepted.
Any senior citizen age 60 or older and his or her spouse is welcome for lunch at any of the following sites:
For more information or to make reservations two working days in advance before 3 p.m., call 330-675-2486.
The menu for the week:
Today: Tuna noodle casserole, wax beans, applesauce, lettuce with French dressing, wheat bread
Monday: Breaded fish, zesty potatoes, broccoli, hamburger bun, diced peaches
Tuesday: Steak burger with mushrooms, cheesy onion mashed potatoes, Mexicorn, diced pears, hamburger bun
Wednesday: Porcupine meatball, mashed potatoes with sauce, diced carrots, wheat bread, tropical fruit
Thursday: Chicken drumsticks, baked beans, potato spudster, rye bread, grape juice
April 5: Meatloaf with gravy, Rosemary potatoes, peas, wheat bread, orange
FOWLER-VIENNA SENIOR CITIZENS: The group meets 9:30 a.m. or later every Thursday at the Fowler Community Center to play cards and games, to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, and for a 50-50 raffle and meals.
Special meals are served on the fourth Thursday of the month. All those 55 and older are welcome. Annual dues are $12.
Rear of Lordstown Elementary School, 1776 Salt Springs Road; 330-824-2173. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call ahead for lunch Monday through Friday, $3. Membership is $12 per year, or $22 for a couple.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., Computer class with Joe Fabian; 10 a.m., Wii bowling and cards; 10 a.m. (until April 15) AARP Tax Aid; noon, lunch
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., Bridge, Wii bowling and cards, crafts with seasons; noon, lunch
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., Woodcarvers gather; 11 a.m., organ music; noon, lunch; 1 p.m., chair yoga with Rosanna (HMHP screenings 10 a.m. last Wednesday of month)
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., Bridge, Wii bowling and cards, crafts with seasons; noon, lunch; 7 p.m., bridge.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., Wii bowl or cards; 11 a.m., 25 cent bingo; noon, lunch; line dancing with video after lunch
NUTRITION SITE OPEN: The Kinsman Senior Citizen Nutrition Site is open every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to seniors 60 or older or their spouses. Meals are served about noon at the Kinsman Fire Hall, and donations are accepted. Doors open at 10 a.m. For information on meals, call site manager Dollie Davis at 330-876-5123.
Cards and bingo are played every day, and singing is on Wednesdays. To attend, call Davis two days prior.
JOHNSTON SENIOR CENTER
5922 Warren Road, Cortland, 330-924-0412. Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Membership is $12 a year. Puzzles, games and coffee bar are available daily.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., chair yoga; 10:30 a.m., trivia; 12:30 p.m., cornhole.
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., art; 12:30 p.m., Wii bowling.
WEDNESDAY: 10:30 a.m., needlework; 10:30 a.m., blood pressure check; 12:30 p.m., balance.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., Wii bowling; 12:30 p.m., bingo.
FRIDAY: 10:30 a.m., Yahtzee; 11 a.m., Wii bowling; 12:30 p.m., balance.
Daily meals are served at noon. Donations are accepted. Call for a reservation.
There are also monthly craft days and birthday parties.
FARMINGTON SENIOR CENTER
Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon Mondays.
MONDAY: 7 a.m. to noon, full breakfast menu, open to the public.
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m., exercise class and quilting, cards and crafts; 6 p.m., cards, player's choice.
WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY: noon, nutrition program lunch, and quilting, cards and crafts.
Weight Watchers - Doors open at 5 p.m. with meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.
Self-serve breakfast is available from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call 330-889-2733.
4451 Mahoning Ave.; 330-847-8179.
Call ahead to attend meals; beverages are included with meal.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m., "Biggest Breakfast in Town"; 11 a.m., speakers; noon, ballroom dancing; James Clime at the organ the fourth Monday of every month for the breakfast hour.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m., Scrabble; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:15 p.m., arthritic exercise.
WEDNESDAY: 9:30 a.m., cards, 500 bid; 11:15 a.m., lunch; 12:15, bingo.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., Scrabble / Uno; 11:15 a.m., lunch; noon, painting and crafts.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., tai chi; 11:15 a.m., lunch; noon, painting and crafts.
NILES SCOPE SENIOR CENTER
14 E. State St., Niles, Ray Novotny and Judy Fabian, managers. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday. 330-544-3676.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bridge; 11 a.m., Arthritis Foundation exercise program, Debbie Eschman therapy; 1 p.m., cards, player's choice; 1 p.m., quilting; 4 p.m., Monday Night Cards; 5 p.m., weight loss support group "Weigh-Inn."
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m. square dancing, Norm Flavell, caller and instructor; 11:45 a.m., Happy Tappers exercise / dance group; 1 p.m., cards - 500 tournament, first, second and third Tuesday each month, pre-registration required; 1 p.m., American Red Cross Blood Drive (when scheduled); 2:30 p.m., pinochle; 3 p.m., blood pressure checks, first and third Tuesday each month, Niles Health Department; 7:30 p.m., Square Dance lessons with Gene Hammond. Call 330-534-4426 to sign up.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., chair yoga; 11:30 a.m., lunch (VIP monthly birthday luncheon, third Wednesday); 1 p.m., bingo with a guest caller each week; 1 p.m., Texas Hold 'Em; 2:30 p.m., cards, players choice; 7 p.m. (third Wednesday), Friendly Squares dance.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., line dancing, Norm Flavell, instructor; 11:30 a.m., lunch; 1 p.m., pinochle, bridge and Game Day (uchre, board games, wii bowling); 6 p.m., Thursday Night Clean People Narcotics Anonymous, 1-800-GET HOPE.
FRIDAY: 9:30 a.m., AARP Free Tax preparation by appointment only; 10 a.m., Free glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings (every third Friday); 11 a.m., arthritis exercise program, Debbie Eschman therapy; 11:30 a.m., Must Go Friday Lunch; 1 p.m., choir practice; 2 p.m., mixed chorus (second Friday), sing at Briarfield at the Ridge, (third Friday), either Autumn Hills or Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
Pool table, piano or television available when not in conflict with other activities.
8273 High St., Howland.
MONDAY: 9 a.m., pinochle; 12:30 p.m., yoga; 1:45 p.m., senior zumba; 1:45 p.m., Mexican train dominos; 7 p.m. first and third Mondays, WRIPCA meetings.
TUESDAY: 12:30 p.m., bingo; 12:30 p.m., Book Club (third Tuesday); 1 p.m., mah jongg (first, second and fourth Tuesday); 3 p.m., cornhole; 6:30 p.m, American Legion Auxiliary Riders meetings each week.
WEDNESDAY: 9 a.m., Ohio Star Quilters (first, third and fourth Wednesday); 9:30 a.m., bridge club; 1 p.m., Red Hatters (first Wednesday); 6:30 p.m., line dancing.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., computer class (five-week course); 10 a.m., needle art; 11:45 a.m., string art class; 2 p.m., Line dance with Gloria Stone; 12:30 p.m., Red Hatters (first Thursday); 2 p.m., Investment Club (meets at Panera Bread, Warren); 4 p.m., card night.
FRIDAY: 11:30 a.m., line dancing; 8:15 a.m., golf.
For more information on programs and events at Howland SCOPE, call 330-609-7806.
125 N. Bank St., Cortland; 330-637-3010; Harbor Day Care, 2627 Atlantic St. N.E., Warren, 330-399-4495.
MONDAY: 10 a.m., bridge club; 10 a.m., beginners line dancing; 12:30 p.m., arthritis exercise; 4 p.m., pool league.
TUESDAY: 10:30 a.m., Book Club (first Tuesday of the month); 11:30 a.m., chair yoga; 1 p.m., crochet class (beginners welcome); 2 p.m., line dancing.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., bridge players; noon, arthritis exercise class; 1 p.m., jewelry class.
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., cards( first Card Party 10:30 a.m., call for table reservations, 330-637-3010); sewing, open, free (closed at 2 p.m. until further notice).
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., art group, free; 10 a.m., cards; 10:30 a.m., omelet in a bag, first Friday; 2 p.m., woodcarving class.
220 W. Market St., Warren. Donations accepted for lunch. For more information, call 330-399-8846.
The pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Cost for breakfast is $2 per person.
MONDAY: 10:30 a.m., arthritis exercise; 12:30 p.m., cards (500); 4:30 p.m., pool league.
TUESDAY: 9:30 a.m., art class - portraits; 4:30 p.m., Railroad Club; 7 p.m., bridge; 7 p.m., Stephen Foster Chorus.
WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m., line dancing, Norman Flavell; 10 a.m., beginners computer class; poker (closed group).
THURSDAY: 10 a.m., bridge; 10:30 a.m., arthritis exercise; 12:30 p.m., bingo; Poker (closed group); 4:30 p.m., pool league.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., chair tap dance; 10 a.m., intermediate computer class; 10:30 a.m., tap class.
All skill levels are welcome. A beginner class is scheduled to start on from 10 a.m. to noon April 10. This class is only for those with laptops. A beginner class for those with desktop computers is slated to begin on April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.
An intermediate class is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon April 9. Contact the Center for information.
AUSTINTOWN SENIOR CENTER: 100 Westchester Drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Register for a free 11:30 a.m. lunch by 10:30 a.m. at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 330-953-1416.
MONDAY: 9:30 a.m., painting class; 10 a.m., bingo; noon, monthly wellness check, including blood pressure, hearing, vision and medication checks.
TUESDAY: 10 a.m., line dancing with Bea; noon, bingo trip to Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh.
WEDNESDAY: 9:15 a.m., cards or cornhole; 10 a.m., bingo; noon, tai chi.
THURSDAY: 9:30 a.m., yoga, cards, Wii; 50/50 drawing, birthday party; noon, bingo, sponsor Briarfield at Ashley Circle.
FRIDAY: 10 a.m., bingo, cornhole, Wii.
Lunch is offered Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis to seniors 60 or older.
The center features speakers at 11:30 a.m. every Friday, followed by the taping of the ''Senior Focus'' TV show.
GIRARD MULTI-GENERATION CENTER
NUTRITION MEAL PROGRAM
Trumbull County Office of Elderly Affairs: 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call reservation in at least two days in advance at 330-675-2486. Donations accepted. For seniors ages 60 or older and / or their spouses. Menu calendars are available at the center.
COUNTRY NEIGHBOR: Country Neighbor Community Center, 39 S. Maple St., Orwell, is offering the following programs. For reservations or information, call Diana Ristimaki, program coordinator, at 440-437-6311.