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Diane Engel: What Does it Take to be a Senior Senior?

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columns Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Charlie's Coffee Clutch has been meeting since somewhere around 1946, depending on who you ask. They have met in places along the years like the Third Street Café, Sweden House in the Markham Hotel, Northern National Bank and they have been at the Senior Activity Center for five years now. It is comprised mostly of Bemidji businessmen who meet to have coffee, treats and conversation every morning. They figure out each day, which one pays for the coffee. Conversations vary between world affairs, politics, local happenings, and general third-hand unauthorized rumors. The group can boast about 29 living members. There is a memorial board on the wall to honor the "Empty Cuppers" with 32 members listed on it, including Charlie Naylor, whom the group is named after. The group donated last year from their coffee fund about $1,700 to area non-profits.

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In July, the group celebrated Charlie Noren's 89th birthday with treats and the birthday song played on a musical cake spatula leading the group. He is the oldest of the group making him the senior senior. Maybe the secret to his longevity is all the coffee, goodies and mostly the conversational banter. They all clustered together for a group photo to be posted on the wall.

Every morning, without fail, the "Coffee Guys" come in to have their treats and coffee. On the way to their meeting room they laugh and joke with each other and the volunteers at the Senior Center. They are always so cheerful with smiles on their faces. Ade Mann, who has the responsibility of leading the group and making the coffee, comes in and makes sure we have the "OPEN" light on. We love having them here!

Thank you to the ladies who donated the baked goods for our recent Bake Sale during Crazy Daze. We appreciate your talents and generosity.

Tax Assistance

AARP tax counselors will provide income tax assistance and Property Tax Refund and Renter's Rebate preparation to senior citizens and low-income individuals from 9 am to noon, Monday, September 9th at the Senior Activity Center, 216 3rd Street NW, Bemidji. This will be the last Tax Assistance opportunity for the year. No appointment necessary, first come, first serve basis. Home owners and mobile home owners should bring their property tax statement. Renters should bring their Certificate of Rent Paid. Other information to bring, include copies of both federal and state taxes as well as copies of Social Security interest dividends and public assistance income.

Wish List

The Senior Activity Center is in need of coffee, postage stamps and monetary donations. If you are able to donate, please drop it by the front desk as it will be greatly appreciated.

Be sure to stop by the Senior Creations Gift Shop, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or on the second Saturday of each month from 8:00-10:30 AM. Check out what's new or stop and buy a handmade card.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 216 3rd Street NW, Bemidji.

Diane Engel is the executive director at the Senior Activity Center.

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