Challenge yourself – Content by Judy

    We are in a new decade in a new century in the midst of a huge political season.

    Take some time and reflect. Decide what you believe in today. Challenge yourself.

    Don’t settle for status quo.

    What we thought was most important in the past might have changed. We are not the person we were 20 years ago nor is the world the same.

    I recently was at a networking event and we were asked “What is important enough to you that you would protest for it?” That’s a pretty deep question to answer when you don’t know those around you. My answer was “our basic rights” The freedom of speech. The right to assemble. The right to bear arms and the right to vote.

    For others it was the ocean or the environment. We all know there are many important issues. Some have been around for a very long time and resurface. And this country was founded so we as individuals could not be suppressed. We have freedom of speech which enables us to voice our beliefs and we need to continue to exercise all these basic rights.

    We need to be a part of the process. We need to stand for what we believe in. We need to be different. Have different beliefs and wants.

    But we need to hear each other and be respectful.

    Look around at the candidates running for office. In your town, state and nationally.

    Who stands out? Who is expressing what you are thinking? Who do you think would do the best job?

    Pick a campaign or pick a cause. Get out there. Get involved. I don’t know of a group that isn’t welcoming others to join them. Campaign for what and who you believe in.

    Remember we don’t all need to agree. But we must respect our differences and listen to those other opinions.

    And as Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed’ it’s the only thing that ever has.”

    Now go out and be a part of that change!

    “ Real ID” Project releases information on identification need to fly on an airplane:

    *Starting October 1st, 2020 every adult boarding an aircraft in the United States including ALL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS will need a REAL-ID Compliant Driver’s License or a REAL-ID State Issued ID

    *Real-ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses are generally marked with a STAR located in the upper portion of the card/Enhanced driver’s licenses are generally marked with a flag

    *Passengers who do not provide a REAL-ID with a star (or another type of ID mentioned on the specific airline websites) will not be permitted through the security checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly

    *If you do not have a REAL-ID License you may use a different form of ID including passports-check specific airline websites for a complete list of acceptable forms of ID

    *Travelers who are not sure if their State-issued ID is compliant should check with their State Driver’s License agency

    *Michigan, Vermont, Minnesota and New York-Real ID and State issued enhanced Driver’s licenses

    *State-issued enhanced driver’s licenses are marked with a flag

    *Please check your local DMV for the documents needed to receive a REAL-ID

    For additional information go to: CT Department of Motor Vehicles:

    Congregate Café Program- March Menu

    March 2nd…..Stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu, tater Tots, Green Beans, Pineapple Tidbits, bread, margarine, beverage.

    March 9th…..Meatballs Marinara, Penne Pasta, Cauliflower, Carrots & Snap Peas, Diced Pears, bread, margarine, beverage.

    March 16th….Crispy Cod, Macaroni & Cheese, Brussel Sprouts, Pineapple Tidbits, bread, margarine, beverage.

    March 23rd….Ethnic Celebration: Corned Beef & Cabbage, Steamed Parsley Potatoes, Sliced Carrots, Dinner Roll, Margarine, Irish Soda Bread & Apple Juice, beverage.

    March 30th….Meatloaf w/gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Zucchini, Peas & Carrots, fresh Orange, bread, margarine, beverage.

    We ask that participants register for the Monday program in advance. Please call 860-887-5581 ext. 6 leaving your name, telephone number and date which you plan on attending the program.

    Cribbage, Cards & Games- Third Tuesday of the Month

    We are pleased to announce that we will continue to offer a game day on the third Tuesday of each month. The senior center opens at 1:00 p.m. and you are invited to attend for any length of time that you wish. Cribbage boards, cards and assorted games will be available for your use or you may choose to provide your own items.

    New Information about ECTC Program:

    Good news for individuals who currently participate in the ECTC medical transportation grant. There will be an additional 6 round trips granted to this year’s program. So, if you have already maxed out your rides, you will receive the benefit of scheduling a few more trips. Contact ECTC as you normally would to schedule your medical transportation. Phone 860-848-5910.