World Of Wine – Pinot Grigio



Imagine travelling the world without leaving your seat! On April 18th I accomplished that by participating in the second “World of Wine Series – Pinot Grigio” event at OSCC Legends Branch.

We tasted pinot grigio-based wines from Australia, France, Italy and Ontario. Each wine was perfectly paired with an appetizing food which accentuated the qualities of that wine. Wine expert Christine Bilas explained how to tell the difference between a Pinot Grigio wine (from Italy) and a Pinot Gris wine (from France) and how to interpret wine labels to determine the vintage, dryness, and geographical particulars of each wine.

Christine also showed us how to taste wine using the “swirl, sniff and slurp method” – very effective and lots of fun! The subtle flavours detected ranged from flowery to fruity to slightly spicy and all were delicious! The food pairings began with Alfredo Tortellini to compliment the Australian Yellow Tail wine and ended with Mascarpone cheese-stuffed dates drizzled with local honey – a marvellous taste combination with Ontario Naked Grape wine!

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Thus, I travelled the world through my taste buds and felt wonderful when I returned from a refreshing and educational adventure.

Please join me at OSCC Legends Branch on July 12th for “Legends’ Champagne 50th”. We’ll enjoy some “bubbly”, hors d’oeuvres and smooth jazz.

No passport necessary!







With this nice weather, Marjorie Fudger recalls her many years out on the greens. Golfing was one of the many interests that has filled her long and active life. In 1973, after raising five children, she was hired at$2.15 an hour to serve as a secretary/girl majorieFriday, for the surgical ward of the Oshawa General Hospital. Marjorie remarked that the hospital gave her a chance, trained her as needed, and she rewarded them with 21 years of faithful service. Marjorie had a good rapport with the doctors and staff. For the nurses she even co-ordinated fun bus trips to Toronto, outings away from the stresses of the hospital environment.

After retiring at age 65, Marjorie joined OSCC. Before the Conant Branch was opened, Northview became her main place to go dancing and playing cards.Perhaps Marjorie is a participant at your euchre, scrabble, and mah-jong games, or you have been on the same OSCC excursions to musical productions.

Beginning in the year 2000, Marjorie chalked up over 500 hours which included volunteering in the OSCC lunch room, As a member of the Special Events Committee, she liked serving refreshments for the Men‟s Night Out. Marjorie has been described as the fundraising cheerleader for the 2015 and 2016 OSCC golf tournaments and annual curling funspiels. She assisted staff in running the events by engaging participants to donate to the raffle. She loves anything to do with golf and twice has scored a hole in one.

Over the years, Marjorie made time to volunteer at St. Vincent‟s Kitchen. Her hobbies have included sewing and knitting. How many new-borns left the hospital wearing one of the cozy toques that Marjorie knitted as a partner of the local drugstore‟s Guardian Angel program? She also sought employment on local, provincial and federal election days.

Recently, Marjorie was honoured with the 2018 Oshawa Community Care Lifetime Achievement Award and a 15-year certificate. From 2002 to 2017, she was a popular and trusted driver, taking Community Care clients to their appoint- ments locally and on occasions to Scarborough.

Marjorie has been very comfortable in the same Oshawa apartment for the last 45 years. From the balcony, she has witnessed the growth of the hospital and has seen generations of students attending A. E. O‟Neil High School.

In 1965 Marjorie was told had she had colon cancer. She outlived the quoted six months and believes a good attitude brought her through it. Marjorie is a morning person. By 10 a.m. she is dressed and has done the dusting, ready for what the day may bring.

Her travels may have taken her to Mexico, Thailand, Holland, Spain and Portugal, but she would rather be golfing!


Being Safe with Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Alarms


At the May Men‟s Night Out presentation by Paul Hunt, Fire Prevention Inspector, we paul huntreceived a lot of good information that one should follow to ensure they are safe and meeting the requirements of law with regards to smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

In 2014 the Province of Ontario announced that the Ontario Fire Code made it mandatory to have carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in most residential properties. Any residential property with a fuel-fired appliance or attached garage must have an alarm. These alarms must be installed near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in service rooms, and in adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units.

It is mandatory for homeowners to have and maintain working smoke alarms on every level, in addition to the requirement of having smoke alarms outside all sleeping areas. Because smoke rises, smoke alarms outside all sleeping areas. Because smoke rises, smoke alarms should be installed on the ceiling. If this is not possible, install the alarm high up on a wall. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing smoke alarms.Avoid putting smoke alarms too close to bathrooms, windows, ceiling fans and heating and cooking appliances.

Test alarms monthly, change the batteries once a year, replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarms after 10 years, and develop and practice a home fire escape plan with everyone in your household. This applies to all single-family, semi-detached and town homes, whether owner-occupied or rented. It is the responsibility of landlords to ensure their rental properties comply with the law. If you are a tenant of a rental property and do not have the required number of alarms, contact your landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with the alarm.

Failure to comply with the Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50,000.

A working smoke / carbon monoxide alarm can save your family’s lives in the event of a fire in your home. To make sure your alarm is working, you should test it once a month by pushing the test button.

Never remove the batteries from smoke alarms. If nuisance alarms are a problem, try relocating the alarm or purchase an alarm with a “hush feature” that temporarily silences the alarm.

Make sure everyone in the household knows what to do if the smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounds. If your smoke alarm goes off when cooking or showering, do not remove the battery. There are solutions to deal with the problem. Keep stove burners and ovens clean, adjust the timer setting on the toaster, use the range hood fan when cooking, and turn on the bathroom fan while showering. You can also replace ionization smoke alarms located near kitchens or bathrooms with photo-electric smoke alarms.

Paul also surprised everyone when he mentioned that if an Oshawa resident is 65 or older and owns and is living in their house then they can make an appointment for Fire Inspection Services to come to their home and check all of their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge.The detectors, if needed, will be replaced by the inspectors free of charge. To arrange an appointment contact the Fire Prevention Division at 905-433-1238.

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Pictured here from the 2017 Swing Into Summer, Paul is making the rounds as Rescue Ronnie with Firefighter Keven Chiavatti

All You Need Is Love


As a follow-up to my February, 2018 article regarding interesting and unusual ways that some OSCC couples met, I share with you another love story – one with a “twist” at the end…

A Fish Tale

Jim had a Toronto neighbourhood buddy whose parents had a cottage on Lake Chemong and Jim was invited to come along for the weekend. Jim and his buddy were enjoying a day of fishing on the lake when they noticed a red canoe gliding towards their boat. As the canoe came nearer, they could see that it contained two girls who were approximately the same age as Jim and his friend. The canoe stopped alongside the boys’ boat and the four teenagers chatted for a while.          fish tale

Jim and Judy became friends. For visits, Jim made several trips by train to Peterborough, where Judy lived. After completing school, Judy moved to Toronto to work and the courtship became easier. After four years Jim and Judy Grieve were married. They had three sons and a daughter and shared 52 wonderful years together.

fishyJim still likes to muse, “I was the one who went fishing but I was the one who got caught!” 

Do you have an interesting story to share about how you met your partner? We’d love to hear it and perhaps include it in a future issue. Please contact Jennifer Milligan at ext. 2832 for information

… and remember, “All you need is love!

Intro to Handwriting Analysis


The “Power of the Pen” was explained in a very entertaining way by Elaine Charal to attendees on March 23rd, at the Conant Branch. We saw examples of cursive writing styles and learned what they subtly projected about the writer. This was after each of us had copied a set sentence and provided a sample of our signature. By the end of the class, Elaine gave individual evaluations of these cursive writings. Thus, she interpreted the mood, personality and even hinted at the possible vocation of each participant.

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Studies show that cursive writing lights up parts of your brain that typing does not, thus improving brain plasticity. Elaine explained that daily practice of pen strokes can help heal your mind. A forward slant of your writing on a blank page is desirable. This may change during the day, reflecting the state of your mind.

There are only three basic movements found in cursive writing: under curve, over curve and down strokes. This is easier than printing, for young hands to manage. Elaine‟s website expands upon ten advantages of developing or improving this method of communication. Did you know that cursive writing can instill awareness of spelling and reading? Computer spellcheck may miss a “cheque”.

Montessori schools have been teaching cursive writing for years beginning in grade two and continuing daily to grade eight. They also utilize spelling tests.

In the United States they are now encouraging schools to return cursive writing to the curriculum. In recent years, many students were unable to read the Constitution. However, are there enough younger teachers who have experience with this writing method?

Elaine gave the example of a poorly hand-written note a bank robber tried to pass to a teller. He left when another staff member was summoned to try to read it!

Her workshops have assisted employers to hire the right person for the company. She also advised checking the hand writing of a would-be suitor! Fundraising charities find that when envelopes are hand written they are actually opened, rather than tossed in a recycling bin.

Your personality is also revealed by the amount of pressure utilized to place the strokes on paper. Why not treat yourself to a good writing instrument?

Pharmacists translate the vague scribbles most medical doctors use to write prescriptions. Nowadays, physicians can use a tablet or computer to send prescriptions and include their registration number. When the prescription has been printed, they may then stamp or write their signature.

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We seniors are products of an education system that stressed neat penmanship, which reflects logic and good problem-solving skills. Thus, Elaine thinks our generation should be running the world! Locally, someone could start a kitchen business to provide a service of handwriting thank-you letters for brides. Computer selected fonts still leave one feeling that the message lacks a genuine touch.

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Why not make time to share this skill and pass it on to your grandchildren? Unless the world is going to accept digital finger-prints, someday they too will be required to have a consistent signature to legalize documents and passports.

Elaine provided each participant with a positive hand-analysis of their hand-writing, using violet ink to make her comments stand out. We left feeling good about ourselves, having been entertained, stimulated, and given food-for-thought.

You can learn more about hand-writing analysis by visiting Elaine’s website at

Karaoke Night


It was clear that the people gathered at the John Street Branch on June 1st were folks who just love to sing. The lower assembly was buzzing as MC Andrew Goss, king of jokes and trivia, welcomed one and all. D. J. Darrel Dickson, whose energy and enthusiasm were infectious, kept the party rolling. As singers took their turns at the mike the music changed, from rock to jazz, from country to Broadway and Hollywood. Beautiful voices sang sweet ballads. Elvis, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash were there. Bette Midler, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton made appearances. And through it all the audience sang along, clapped and toe-tapped to the beat,applauded wildly and had a wonderful time.

Such talent! What a fun evening!

50th Anniversary Gala – Announcement of New Branch

Thank you to everyone who attended the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Dance on May 3rd. The OSCC welcomed over 400 guests to General Sikorski Hall to celebrate. The evening was full of friendship and reconnecting, a hearty meal, a 12-piece band, dancing, a candy bar and a photo booth, along with tributes and congratulations from many levels of government. We invite you to view the entire album of photos at the OSCC’s Facebook page:

At the event, Mayor Henry and OSCC Executive Director, Sandy Black announced the addition of a fifth branch. The OSCC recently received confirmation of provincial funding from the Seniors Active Living Centres (SALC) to assist with the fifth branch of the OSCC.

Earlier this year, Oshawa City Council pledged to fund 20% of the net annual operating costs of the proposed new branch within the 2018 approved budget and endorsed the OSCC’s proposal to the SALC.

The new branch will be temporarily located at Sikorski Hall, 1551 Stevenson Rd., N. and will service seniors approximately three days a week, beginning with summer programming. If successful, those services would be moved if a new community centre is built in the north end.



Our Gift to You, Happy 50th Anniversary OSCC

Fifty years is an amazing milestone and it’s time to celebrate! The OSCC is planning a Gala night for members, friends, family, past and current staff and the entire community to reminisce about the great memories, friends made, and achievements reached over these 50 incredible years. We invite everyone to join us on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the General Sikorski Hall for a night you won’t want to miss.

The 50th-anniversary planning com- mittee appreciates all the members who have offered a helping hand, but for this event, staff are doing the “heavy lifting” so to speak, to plan this for YOU. Every day we see you, there are stories we hear, jokes told, friendships made and it makes our job feel like a second home. The Gala is our thank you to all of you, for putting a smile on our faces and making us laugh and love the place and people we work with.

The celebration will give members time to mingle during the cocktail hour and take a walk down our “Hall of Memories” highlighting memorabilia, achievements and wonderful memories. The cocktail hour will have a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres leading into the dinner hour. A delicious dinner prepared by staff at Sikorski will include a garden salad followed by a meal of chicken, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies, cabbage rolls and pierogis. Anniversary cake will be served as dessert with a choice of tea or coffee. But the night won’t end there. Known as one of the best bands in Toronto, Kim & Company will be bringing us live entertainment. With a 12-piece band performing classic songs to the tunes of today, you will be sure to get your dancing shoes on. If you enjoy fun, good food and great company, you will love the 50th anniversary Gala. Tickets are only $35 and can be purchased at any OSCC front desk.

We look forward to seeing you at our celebration!

Let’s Connect

Starting this year, Let’s Connect has expanded to reach the entire membership of OSCC. Come join us at the “Diamond Café” (John Street cafeteria) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30. Karen and Paul are available to answer your questions and demonstrate selected game apps. If you have never used a tablet computer this a great learning opportunity. If you are thinking of purchasing a tablet computer, this is an opportunity to try before you buy. Free and open to all. No appointment required.

Let’s Connect has incorporated into daily program activities at all four adult day programs at OSCC. We are looking forward to developing programs that utilize OSCC’s wi-fi network for live video gaming and communication between agencies. We are always looking for volunteers to play tablet computer games with day program clients. Not tablet savvy? No problem! Volunteers receive training and ongoing mentoring. Contact us at the number below to get involved.

In meeting our aim to extend the benefits of Let’s Connect to other agencies we always seek opportunities to spread the word about Let’s Connect and ways it can reduce social isolation in our community and beyond. Last October Karen Cotnam, our Education and Out reach Coordinator, was interviewed on the “Seniors in Our Community” radio program on CJHR-FM 98.7, Renfrew, ON. In December, our Project Manager, Teresa Shearer, delivered a multimedia presenta- tion highlighting the vision, goals and success of Let’s Connect at a conference hosted by Central East Stroke Network.

Please contact us if you would like us to speak at your club or organization. We continue to seek donations of

tablet computers for our lending library. To date we have received 11 tablets, including 8 Samsung SM-T110s from MTC Factory Direct of Whitby.

All You Need Is Love

Have you ever observed
couples and wondered how they
met? Who or what brought them together? Was it a common interest, was it arranged, or was it just by chance? I interviewed three OSCC couples on that topic and was treated to three wonderfully romantic yet totally different stories. Enjoy…

I See The Girl I’m Going To Marry

In 1970, while at home and on the phone with a chum, Larry Friend saw a vision called Brenda walk by his house. He told his chum, ” I see the girl I amgoing to marry!” His chum encouraged him to find out who this girl was.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.27.42 AM.pngLarry watched the girl go into the house across the street. He walked across the street and opened the porch door. Much to his surprise, he realized that he was actually walking into her family home! Once inside, he saw the girl and her parents standing in the kitchen. There seemed nothing else to do but to introduce himself and explain that he would like to meet this vision and ask her out. Larry and Brenda were engaged within two months and married within a year. It’s now been forty-six years and counting.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Betty was a widow of six years and a volunteer on OSCC Legends Branch front desk the day she registered Siebe as a new member.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.29.38 AM.png They briefly chatted a few times, during which Siebe revealed that he was a widower of three years. Rose Logan operated the Legends Branch cafeteria at that time and one of her specialities was

matchmaking. Rose saw Betty and Siebe chatting and sprang into action!

She told Siebe that Betty was interested in getting to know him and she told Betty that Siebe was interested in getting to know her. The wheels started rolling and haven’t stopped. On April 28, 2018, Betty and Siebe Rekker will celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary.
Bound By A Common Love

Marjorie and Paul met in October, 2004 at a singles ballroom dance class at what was then the Clarington Older Adult Centre in Bowmanville. After a few classes, Paul invited Marjorie for coffee during which they discovered that they had a lot in common. Both had grown up in Toronto in the same general areas of Broadview and Danforth, North Toronto, then Willowdale.Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 9.34.59 AM.png In the 1940’s, both of their families had attended the same downtown church. Even as a teenager, Paul, like Marjorie, loved dancing. He attended and ran many dances and later was a popular disc jockey. In the 1970’s, when Marjorie was teacher/owner of the Bayview School of Ballet on Willowdale Ave., Paul had an office upstairs in the same building. During all that time, their paths never crossed!

They also discovered that they shared lifestyles that included an appreciation of history, art, architecture and antiques. They even liked the same television programmes!                                                                                         After having lived several years as a widow and a widower, Marjorie and Paul are still in awe at their good fortune in meeting one another. They are grateful that they were given and are enjoying, their second chance at happiness.

Can you imagine the number of love stories there are at OSCC? Do you have an interesting story about how you met your partner? Perhaps we can include it in a future issue. Please contact Jennifer Milligan at ext. 2832 for more information.

And remember “All You Need Is Love!”