Seniors Situation Room By Dawn Ford Looking for Lifeline Funding for Seniors

APRIL 20, 2022 – Some Seniors were talking about how much fun It was coming out of a musical movie in the 50’s. We were usually laughing or singing as kids having just seen ‘Oklahoma’ or ‘Singing in the Rain’. You had to have at least 12 cents to get in and if you were really flushed you might have another 5 cents or 10 and could get a cola and/or popcorn at the Palace, Capital or Roxy theatres.

That is when loitering came in handy in those days. If you found a couple of coke bottles that someone had thrown on the curbs or lawns, you could get a few pennies for them at the corner store which would help when you went to a show. No allowances in those days. We were lucky to have the 12 cents and you could always bring a Kick Cola from home maybe.

We enjoyed the dramas and westerns also like ‘Shane’ and ‘High Noon’. Remember the haunting cry of the young lad, “Shane! Come back , Shane!!”

Or the theme song ballad from’ High Noon’ which said,

‘Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’, on this our weddin’ day. Do not forsake me, oh my darlin’. Wait, wait along. I do not know what fate awaits me. I only know I must be brave. And I must face a man who hates me. Or lie a coward, a craven coward or lie a coward in my grave. Oh, to be torn between love and duty.”

High drama.!! I won’t tell anymore in case you haven’t seen the movie other than to say she didn’t forsake him, big time. Great movie.

Lots of wonderful movies in those days.

Have you seen the cute commercials of Chevrolet where a cat is trained like a dog? In one ad he leaps into the water and comes out with a stick in his mouth like a dog might. I didn’t think cats like the water. Another he sits with a leash in his mouth waiting to go out. Another he is with his owner on a skidoo wearing goggles. Then he is seen trying to rescue a skier in a snow bank by clawing at the snow around the man. So cute. Hard to believe you can train cats like that. I wonder what they gave him for a treat. A milk bone wouldn’t do it, I don’t think.

I couldn’t even train Tiger to stay out of the fridge when he would try to get in the opened door and sniff the celery. Who ever heard of ‘pot celery”?? He loved to sniff it. Some cats are more trainable I guess. It was cute to see Tiger come from nowhere and feel his fur on my leg all of a sudden with his little nose tucked into the fridge sniffing at the celery stalk, even if it was wrapped in aluminum foil. He liked his ‘pot celery’. What a cat!! Miss him so much.

Here is a hungry little one – a squirrel gnawing at the little old acorns on the tree branch. They are amazing to watch as they lie or sit on a tiny thin little sprig and keep their balance. I guess if you were hungry enough…!!!

Thanks to Bob Katz for showing us this delightful photo .

According to a release sent to me by Allan Smith of our MPP Jim MacDonell’s office, The Ontario Seniors Community Grant (SCG) is accepting funding applications for local projects to help Ontario seniors stay safe, healthy , active and connected to families and friends in their communities. It says that organizations may be able to receive between $1,000 and $25,000 which could help to provide a wide range of initiatives and programs to bring Ontario seniors together to learn new skills, socialize and keep fit.

Go to : information for seniors’ organizations| for more information on the guidelines or email: The deadline is 5pm. April 28, 2022.

I had called MPP Jim McDonell’s office hoping to find a grant that might help seniors be able to afford life lines. Allan Smith was very helpful as was Kathleen, a lady I spoke with who is the regional development advisor ( 613-294-6652)of the new grant.

I had hoped that maybe the grant would enable some seniors or the seniors apartment building to receive some cash to enable more seniors to get lifelines.

I also called MPP Raymond Cho , Minister for Seniors and Accessibility’s office for information on a possible grant. I spoke to a very helpful and pleasant lady who will forward information on a possible available grant but have not heard anything at this time.

In the past couple of months we have heard of two more deaths that may have been preventable had the senior had a life line. Some people say they don’t need them because they are fine. But, if the lifeline is there at the moment when they suddenly don’t feel fine and can’t get help, it just might be a life saver.

One of the things I like about watching the curling and basketball matches is the sportsmanship. After a game, win or lose they shake the hands of the other team or even give each other some hugs. Nice to see.

Cornwall Community Votes voted Centre 105 as the Top Non-Profit in Cornwall for 2021. Congratulations!!

Centre 105 is an official registered charity (10808-4658RR0030). According to their latest newsletter, Peter Cazaly Board Chair, writes that they provide a range of services which include a nourishing breakfast, social recreation and service agency referrals. and in- house partners. They serve and greet close to one hundred people three mornings a week who regard the Centre as a second home. With the COVID restrictions lifted they have moved their programs back inside for indoor dining. Taylor Sequin, Executive Director tells in the newsletter about a new program starting at the centre. They have partnered with Recovery Care and The Cornwall Community Hospital on the Mobile Clinic Project. The program features an addiction counsellor and a registered nurse who will visit Centre 105 every Friday from 9am to 12pm offering various health care services.

Their mailing address is Centre 105, 105 Second Street W., Cornwall ON K6J 1G4.

Please call 343-585-4360 or email: or visit their web site: for information. Centre 105 would appreciate donations of food items, hygiene items and clothing . They are also in great need of financial donations to keep their program running. All donations of $20.00 or more receive a charitable tax receipt.

A joke from a friend:

In the Wisdom of Solomon:

Two women in a bus fighting bitterly over the last available seat.

The conductor had already tried unsuccessfully to intervene when the bus driver shouted to the conductor, “Let the ugly one take the seat.”

Both women stood for the rest of the journey.

Argument done!!

Have a good week, Dawn

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