January 25, 2018

Dear Editor:

How very disappointing to learn that the The Clare County Senior Services Department (a privately held company in Harrison) has chosen to close the Monday-Friday lunch and activity program in the town of Lake.

For over 30 years, Lake seniors have enjoyed the company of other seniors who attend, many who enjoy the only socialization geared to the senior population, available in our small town. The puzzle table is a daily draw for many of us, and planned activities including birthdays, Bingo and other game days during the month, are enjoyable. Our friendly activities leader, chief cook and bottle washer, Reva, keeps things hopping and fun.

Seeing this important program abruptly closed, ending not just a place for pleasant interaction, but also a good, square meal a day for each of us, is very hard to comprehend.
After taking over the program from the Clare-Gladwin Council on Aging in ‘09, The Clare County Senior Services Department has closed the Farwell lunch site and is closing the Lake site.

The reason given for the closure was “The building is in bad shape and it’s not very safe.” Having been at the DAV many times, I question the validity of that statement. Many of us would like to know what this determination is based on, this seemingly casual decision, made by people who I’m guessing aren’t all that close to 80 or 90 years of age, that will cause the seniors in Lake to be bused, easily adding over an hour on the road every day, in order to eat a good lunch and chat with friends.
Diana Scheer

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