It’s that time of year when you dust off that emerald green pom-pom Tam, bring out your Aran Isle sweaters, and leave early to get a parking space at St. Coleman’s on West 65th. You get to your brother’s house, only to find out that he slept in. You have now lost every chance to get a parking spot at the Recreation Center on Lorain. WJCU 88.7 FM has its Irish Show spinning the tunes of the day, and you’re now running late and you say to yourself, “well there’s always room in the balcony.” You manage to invent a parking space at the RTA parking lot, and start hoofing it to church. As you come out from the steps to the balcony you soon discover, everyone there thought the same thing and soon you dread trying to peek over the shoulders of the 6’4” dude who got there first standing right up against the rail, blocking the view of the six rows of people standing behind him. Before you know it, “Dear Little Shamrock,” starts up, then the pounding drums come roaring down the center aisle, preceded by the fifer’s. It’s ever the same; but so are traditions. Whatever traditions you may have, pass them on to your children. Family traditions are your true treasure.


Sick of the snow? How about dinner and a show? Join us on May 6, 2016 for our first tour of the season. We’ll be traveling to the Riverside Inn Dinner Theater in Cambridge Springs, PA. The production, Jerry’s Girls, has received rave reviews from Broadway critics such as The New York Times and Variety. They called it “A show of tremendous musicality and great wit.” In other words, a great time to be had by all. Don’t forget to bring your appetite. Doors open at 7pm, and you will be seated to enjoy a marvelous meal featuring: roasted beef tips, potato topped cod, chicken parmesan, rice pilaf, and broccoli. During the first intermission homemade white cake with rich butter cream frosting will be served. It is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. We’ll be departing from the Humenik parking lot at 5:30pm, boarding at 5pm. Please park at the west end of the parking lot, closest to CVS. We’ll return by 12:30am. Cost of the trip is $75.00 per person. Please register by March 11th.


In this, the third of a series of articles, we would like to present Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve is a nonprofit hospice organization founded in our local community, serving neighbors for nearly 40 years. We are not part of a national, for-profit chain, so we are not bound by shareholders or a compensated board of directors. Our focus is solely on the well-being of our patients and families.

When you are considering hospice care, you have many choices. Not all hospices are the same, so research is important.

We provide care in your loved one’s own home, or anywhere he or she calls “home,” and offer the region’s largest team of professionals certified in the medical specialty of hospice and palliative care. Expert management of pain and other symptoms is provided for any advanced illness. Our circle of care extends to you, the caregiver, with 24/7 phone access, respite care and support from 3,350 trained volunteers.

Ask for Hospice of the Western Reserve by name. Visit hospicewr.org, or call us at 800.707.8921


You talk about everything. You share the big events and small victories. But there’s one conversation you probably haven’t had: it’s time to have the talk about how you want to be remembered. It can make the difference of a lifetime. Sharing stories with those who matter most isn’t just important today; it will be especially significant when it’s time to commemorate a life. These discussions can help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Through meaningful memorialization — that is, taking time to reflect on the unique life of a loved one and remember the difference they made — families and friends take an important step in the journey toward healing after death.


Our late summer tour of New York City has been postponed until June of 2017. There is so much to arrange that we really need the extra time to make reservations, buy tickets to events, etc. It works out for all of us. We put together a top flight tour, and you get to budget so that you can be there with us. As we said in last month’s newsletter, please take the time to make suggestions, or detail your bucket list. You can use the form at the top of the page, drop us an email, or post something on our Facebook page. We’ll see you on our 2016 trips as well!