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Written by DAVE BOEHLER   
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:41


    The lunch is great, but Marlys Herbert sure would like to stop her losing streak in Bingo.
    “It’s been a couple weeks,” she said.
    Herbert is one of about 24 seniors who eat lunch — and play games afterward —  each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Saukville Food and Friendship Dining Center at St. Peter’s Fellowship Hall.
    Herbert, of Belgium, is widowed and says she has been coming for lunch for 10 years for the interaction and to have a good time.
    “It’s something to do and get out among people,” Herbert said.
    Saukville’s Hildegard Homann is divorced and enjoys playing Sheepshead after lunch. She started coming to the weekly lunch when she moved here 12 years ago.
    “We don’t come only for the meal, we come most of the time for the comraderie,” Homann said. “I like to see some other people, to have some fun. When you’re alone, it’s a different story.”
    People as old as their 90s attend the lunch, and all that is asked for is a $4 donation since the program is mostly funded from a state and federal grant called the Older Americans Act.
    Kari Dombrowski, who is the Aging Services Manager for Ozaukee County, says there are six other lunch sites in the area (Belgium, Cedarburg, Fredonia, Grafton, Mequon and Port Washington).
    “Because of the friendships and stuff that are started, there’s natural supports that are created for these folks,” Dombrowski said. “So all of a sudden they’re checking on each other or they’re helping each other by picking them up and taking them to an appointment, or taking them to the store, that sort of thing. So the natural supports that are created are absolutely wonderful.”
    That is what keeps Grafton’s Louann Lazzari coming back as the meal site manager.
    “If this program wasn’t here, these people would not have anywhere to go,” she said. “This is like the only event they go to all week.”

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