Helpful Info

The Saint Germain PrimeTimers is a very active group. Activities are scheduled as reoccurring events (see the Weekly Events and Up Coming Events page) and events that happen once a year (see the Up Coming Events, Theater Plays and Special Tours pages).

To find out about a specific PrimeTimers activity see the Upcoming Events page on the web site. The current activity list is included in each Newsletter.

Vilas Commission on Aging – The Commission on Aging offers many services to assist any person age 60 or over.  They can be reached at 715-479-3625 or 1-800-374-1123.  Click here for a list of the various service offerings of the COA.

Alzheimer’s Story – If you did not see “60 Minutes” on Sunday, April 22, please take time to click on the link below and listen to the story.  It is powerful and very moving.  This is what our clients that are on the Alzheimer’s Program go through.
For 10 years, Dr. Jon LaPook has been checking in on Carol Daly, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and her caregiver husband, Mike.  After a decade, the disease has had a devastating impact on each of them.
Mike and Carol Daly have been married for 53 years.  Like more than five million American families, they’re dealing with dementia.  Carol has been suffering from Alzheimer’s, the main type of dementia.
What makes this story so unusual is that almost every year for the past 10 years we’ve interviewed Mike and Carol as Alzheimer’s took over her brain.  Even though this is intensely personal, they wanted all of us to see the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s, on each of them, over a decade.

COA Survey – The Vilas County Commission on Aging is asking Vilas seniors to complete a five question survey.  Please answer the five questions and mail it in or get it to Milt at the April meeting. The Commission On Aging needs your input for determining the programs that are wanted and needed for seniors.  The information they get from this survey will be used in setting their three year plan.

Stand Up & Move More – A free four-week health education workshop. Learn about the health benefits of sitting less.  This is part of a research study being conducted by the University of Wisconsin.  It is not a fitness program, but rather a health education program.  Do you have any questions?  Are you interested in participating?  For more information click here –  Stand Up & Move More, then call Amie Rein, Health and Wellness Coordinator, at the Vilas County Commission on Aging at 715-479-3625.
There is no fee for this program, but upon completing the program and assessments you will receive up to a $50 gift certificate.

Code Red registration – Vilas County had established a “Code Red” program that notifies you of impending bad weather, evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices and missing child reports.  You must sign up for the Code Red Alerts. Go to Emergency Communications Network.  Fill in the required information including your home and cell telephone numbers.  This will enable you to be notified regarding reports via your telephone.

Daybreak Adult Center – Daybreak, located in Eagle river, is an activities and respite program that provides an opportunity for your loved one to socialize with other adults AND for you to take a break, comfortable in the knowledge that your loved one is being cared for! See their web site or call 715-617-0584 for more information.

Escort drivers – the Commission on Aging is looking for drivers for the escort program. The escort driver transports others to medical appointments and shopping. It pays 56 cents per mile of travel. Your time is donated. Can you spare some time to help people who cannot drive? Call the Commission on Aging at 715-479-3625.

Get Well & Sympathy Cards – Please notify our “Sunshine” person, Karen Engels 715-479-5322 if you know of a PrimeTimer that has an illness, hospitalization or death in their family so we can send them a card. This will help someone in distress receive a little sunshine in their day.

Grocery Store Receipts – When shopping at Camp’s Sentry Foods in Saint Germain please remember to put the PrimeTimer ID number ( CD11 ) on your receipt and place it in the basket provided in the store.

Hospital Stays – When you stay overnight in a hospital do you know what your hospital status is and how it affects what Medicare and your insurance might pay, or not pay? Take a look at this document for an insight –   “Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?

Self Watering Tomato Buckets – At our May 2015 meeting Nancy Dobrinski gave a presentation and instructions on how to take two five-gallon buckets and make a self-watering container for tomato or pepper plants.  A number of PrimeTimers tried it that summer and had great success.
Here are the instructions for making this self-watering container.
Note that these instructions were written with a sense of humor.

Wild InstinctsWild Instincts provides quality, ethical wildlife rehabilitation while promoting wildlife stewardship through education and research. Click here to see their Wild Instincts Newsletters

Vilas Food Pantry – 1542 Highway 45 North, Eagle River. Located just north of the Kalmar Center. Contact Pam Zaugg 715-497-3388. Open every Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:00 AM, and every second and fourth Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. It is recommended that you get on a schedule of picking up a two-week supply of groceries. This would allow you to go two times per month. Those who are picking up food at the Vilas Food Pantry can eat next door at the Kalmar Center at 5:00 PM without charge.

Lakeland Area Food Pantry – 1707 Highway 51 North, Arbor Vitae. Located just north of Northern Lights Harley-Davidson on the opposite side of the highway. It is open for food distribution on Tuesday. Doors open at 8:30 AM, with food distribution from 9:00 to 11:30 AM. Guidelines are available at the pantry. Call for days and times 715-358-2222.

Links –

Town of Saint Germain
Saint Germain Town Officials
Saint Germain Area Chamber of Commerce
Vilas County Commission on Aging
Vilas County Government
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups (CWAG)
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR)
Lakeland Cinema  – in Woodruff
Vilas Theater – in Eagle River
Rouman Theater – in Rhinelander
Northwoods Children’s Museum – in Eagle River
Northland Pines School District
Sayner-St Germain Fish and Wildlife Club
Trees For Tomorrow – in Eagle River
Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR),

State Senator 12th Senate District –
Senator Thomas Tiffany
Telephone 608-266-2509

State Representative 34th Assembly District –
Representative Rob Swearingen
Telephone 608-266-7141 or 888-534-0034

U.S. Senator –
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson
Telephone 202-224-5323
Contact Senator Ron Johnson

U.S. Senator –
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
Telephone 202-224-5653
Contact Senator Tammy Baldwin

U.S. Representative District 7 –
U.S. Representative Sean Duffy
Telephone 202-225-3365
Contact Representative Sean Duffy