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Makayla Cronin is pictured with the Girl Scout cookies she fundraised to buy to donate to seniors.

Island Girl Scout Brownie Makayla Cronin gifted Girl Scout cookies to seniors enjoying their lunch at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church on Friday, March 22. This is the third year that Makayla has fundraised to give the cookies to seniors.


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JULIE LANE PHOTO Winding down, Henrietta Roberts will end her long career as coordinator of senior services on March 11. There will be a brief hiatus for the Silver Circle program that will return by mid-April.

JULIE LANE PHOTO| Winding down, Henrietta Roberts will end her long career as coordinator of senior services on March 11. There will be a brief hiatus for the Silver Circle program that will return by mid-April.

Silver Circle participants on Shelter Island aren’t losing the program they value.

That’s the word from Councilwoman Chris Lewis, who is liaison to the Senior Activity Center. (more…)

01/17/12 9:00am

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO A toast ‘To life’ at Silver Circle party.

Friends and family of Silver Circle Club members and supporters from the community gathered about noon last Wednesday at the Senior Activity Center to toast the New Year, old friends — past and present — and the gift of life.

Town Councilpersons Ed Brown, Peter Reich and Paul Shepherd were there as well as recently retired Superintendent of Highways Mark Ketcham; SCAC Chairman Ron Lucas; Sy Weissman, president of the Senior Citizens Foundation of Shelter Island, Inc.; and Bob Costanzo, president and CEO of Be Safe at Home. Bob has been a regular monthly visitor at the Silver Circle for years.

The artists who have loaned their “treasures” to the Senior Center were represented by the nationally recognized environmental artist, Janet Culbertson.

After brief opening remarks by Program Director Lois Charls, Peter Reich and Ron Lucas, Lois introduced the club members present. Kay Corbett, Karoline Kilb, Jean Tuthill and Joe Salsedo commented on their participation in the Silver Circle, best summed up, perhaps, by Kay, who wished “every day was Wednesday.”

A buffet lunch, catered in part by the Eagle Deli, was set up in the “Portrait Room.” Guests sampled the party punch, a tart and tangy concoction prepared and donated by Jeanne Woods.

Pastor Tom Charls’s thoughtful New Year’s meditation moved the program towards its rousing close —  a sing-along featuring vocalists Vivienne Lindemann and Mel Mendelssohn and guitarist Mark Krauss. Their final number, now a tradition, was “Auld Lang Syne”; the final moment, a toast — the sweetest toast of all — “to life.”

The Silver Circle is a social and activity club for older Island seniors. Ages, which are confidential but not in this context, range from 80 to 94. The club meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Activity Center. Dues are $10 a week. Call Program Director Lois Charls at 749-0276 for information and enrollment details.

10/19/11 5:00pm

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Some of the Silver Circle members and friends taking their ease on the Camp Quinipet deck. From the left, Gail Holm, Vera MacDonald, Bob Carlson, Greg Nissen, Diane Anderson and George Dawson.

For some Silver Circle Club members and staff, the September 14 trip to Camp Quinipet was a chance to relish and review their recollections of Quinipet’s history with Greg Nissen, the camp’s director. For most of the members, it was an opportunity to rock away an hour or so on the new deck and let the waterviews of Shelter Island Sound take them, in reverie, wherever they chose to go.

We plan four or five outings a year for the Silver Circle, a social and activity club for Shelter Island’s older seniors. Some are informative, like last year’s trip to the Mashomack Preserve. We visited the fields to see the bluebirds and their nest boxes and to learn about their return to the preserve.

Another outing is the now annual excursion to the Tuck Shop, the ice cream emporium on Menantic Road, where we are treated, thanks to proprietor Pat Sulahian, to all the ice cream we can eat.

Our trip to Camp Quinipet was very different, and we shall take advantage of Greg Nissen’s standing invitation to return and rock away an hour in reverie.