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The Emporium Thrift Center
115 W 3rd Street Sterling
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed on Wednesdays

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The Emporium
Hello - Spring is coming soon! So they say. At The Emporium we will be ready. We will have plenty of flower pots for all your plantings. For your vegetable garden we might have just the right tools to keep the weeds down.
For your remodeling projects check us out, we have something different daily - light fixtures, hanging lamps, tools, and the list is ongoing.
Anyway, stop and shop.

We accept cash or check as payment. No credit/debit cards are accepted. Our policy is also, No layaway, No returns, and No exchanges.

Stop in we will be glad to serve you.
Enjoy the beauty of the season and stop and shop at:
The Emporium Thrift Shop
115 W. 3rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081
Mon - Sat
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays

From the WCSC Executive Director
By Doug Vandersee

June 2017

June is fast approaching and the end of FY 2017 and start of FY 2018 will take place in the next several weeks! This could be the third straight year we have entered a new FY without a State budget to assist with the expense of offering a variety of State and Federal programs for the seniors in Whiteside County. Many seniors in our area need vital services to assist them in their pursuit of staying in their homes for as long as they want. Please contact your local legislators to ask for their support in helping to fund these vital programs. These are not programs to provide anyone with a "free ride" but programs to help seniors maintain a sustainable life without becoming a burden on their families and neighbors. There has to be a happy medium where both sides can look at what is best for the people rather than what is best for them!
I want to welcome several new staff members who have joined us at the WCSC. Please stop by and welcome Beth Sterk who joined us on May 15 as the Assistant Director of the Whiteside County Senior Center. Beth will be working with our program staff including the Senior Services, activities, reception, and daily meal program to look for ways to make sure our services are received by those who need them and to provide a variety of new programs or make some adjustments in our current programs. We also welcome Monte Grooms as the Kitchen Manager and Rose Tarbill as Assistant Kitchen manager as we work to make improvements in our daily meal program. Please stop by and visit with all of the staff members and let us know if we are meeting your needs at the WCSC!
Please check out some of the new activities and trips we are offering over the next several months as we have two trips to Starved Rock State Park and other area attractions. We are trying to set up some day trips this summer and fall besides the Casino trips. Please let Betty know if you have a place a group of 30-50 people would like to visit. Don't forget to get your seats for the Cubs vs Reds game on Friday, September 29 at Wrigley Field. We have one bus full and are working hard to fill the second bus. Get your tickets now as the Cubs are going to get hot and everyone is going to want to go on this trip!
There are numerous activities going on during July so look through the Echo and find one to your liking. Our air conditioning is a great way to escape the heat and more than likely you will run into an old friend or make a new friend on your visit to the WCSC. Please call us if you have any questions regarding the programs and activities offered at the WCSC! Try to keep cool as it looks like the warm weather has arrived! We are hoping to see you at the Senior Center!

Until next month! Doug




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Special Events

Rules of the Road

June 1 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
This class is to help you take your drivers license test. We will help you study and go over the important items.Come and listen. Call 815-622-9230 to register for this free class.

Smart Meter Presentation

June 7 at 11:00 a.m.
This is presented by ComEd and will give you a good look at your future in savings with a free smart meter.
There will be giveaways and refreshments.

Foot Clinic at Whiteside County Senior Center

Wed June 7
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Foot care will be available for all senior citizens. For appointments call Fancy Feet at 815-213-0324 Cost $25.

Euchre Tournament at WCSC

Sunday June 25 at 1:05 p.m.
Sign-in is 12:45 p.m. Cost is $5 per entry and 25 cents a set, with a 100 percent payback. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Price Is Right at WCSC

Wed June 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Come play Price is Right game and guess the price of an item and take that item home. Peg Johnson from Beacon of Hope Hospice. Stay for a home cooked meal of Open face turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes with gravy, vegetable, salad, dessert and drink for only $5.

New to Medicare & Confused? 'Medicare Choices' is the class for you!

Friday June 30 at 12:30 p.m.
We welcome those that are becoming new to Medicare and those who want to learn their options available with Medicare. If you are interested in the class, please call ahead to sign up.


 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be providing free income tax return preparation services during 2017 beginning in February 2017 at the sites listed

Whiteside County Senior Center in Sterling on Mondays, call 815-622-9230 for an appointment
Sterling YWCA in Sterling on Thursdays, call 815-625-0333 for an appointment
LCCOA in Dixon on Mondays and Thursdays, call 815-288-9236 for an appointment
Please bring all the information required to prepare your return
Photo I.D.s for you and your spouse (if applicable)
Social Security Cards for you, your spouse (if applicable) and all your dependents
Last Year's Tax Return
All your 2016 Tax Documents
Any Affordable Care Act or Health Care Statements you received
Any 2016 year-end Brokerage Statements
Bank Routing & Account Number (these can found on your blank checks) if you wish to have Direct Deposit/Debit of any refund/balance due


Monthly Activities for March 2017
Whiteside County Senior Center

June 7

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Blood pressure check by CGH Home Nursing
11:25 a.m. Celebrating June Birthdays
1:00 p.m. - Bingo, Prizes by Vitas Healthcare, snacks by WCSC
(Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

June 10

1:00 Sauk Computer User Group will meet with a question and answer time. There will be a short business meeting, followed with a presentation at
2:30 PM on "Planning a Trip using Different Travel Sites" by Glenda MacLennan & Joe Fornero. Everyone with an interest in computers/technology are invited, refreshments will be available.

June 14
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Blood Pressure check by Gaffey Home Nursing
1:00 p.m. Bingo - Prizes by Sterling Pavilion, snacks by WCSC
(Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

June 21

10:30 a.m. Price is Right
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Blood Pressure Check by Sauk Valley Living and Rehab
1:00 p.m. Bingo, sponsored by Sauk Valley Living and Rehab, snacks by WCSC
(Donate a can of food or $1 to play)

June 28

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Blood Pressure check by Sterling Pavilion
1:00 p.m. Bingo - Prizes by Regency Care of Sterling, snacks by WCSC
(Donate a can of food or $1 to play)


Land and Water Cruise
June 29

Cost $55
Bus leaves Sterling Walmart at 9:00 a.m. and Dixon Shopko at 9:30 a.m. Tour will include a relaxing trolley ride, hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge in our rustic Dining Room, and a leisurely, 1-hour river cruise on the historic "Belle of the Rock", an authentic paddle wheel boat.

The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum
August 21-24

Cost $489 Members and $539 Nonmembers
Ark Encounter features a full-size Noah's Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Spanning 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high, this modern engineering marvel amazes visitors young and old. You will experience the pages of the Bible like never before. Sister attraction is the Creation Museum which allows you to venture through biblical history. 75,000 square feet of exhibits, full-size skeleton, botanical gardens, petting zoo, and more to see. Stop in at WCSC to register or call 815-622-9230 for more info.

Cubs Baseball Trip vs Cincinnati Reds
September 29, 2017

1:20 p.m. game
Cost is $85 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Seats are terrace reserved third base side. Bus leaves Dixon Shopko at 7:30 a.m. and Sterling Walmart at 8:00 a.m. Will stop at Dekalb Oasis on the way in and the way home.

Mexican Rivera Cruise
September 30, 2017

On Sept 30, 2017 we will fly to San Diego and board Holland America's Oosterdam for 7 nights. We will visit Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta then sail back to San Diego and fly home. Trip includes meals on ship, airport transportation, transfers, and round trip flight. Prices start at $1900 per person based on double occupancy. A deposit of $600 is due at signing. Final payment due June 28. Please call Glenda at 815-622-9230 for details. Hurry, 1 cabin left!

Biltmore Estate & Asheville, NC
October 15- 20, 2017, 6 days and 5 nights

Cost: Members $605 and Non Members $655
Insurance: $59. Can put all on one check.
$75 deposit required to book trip
Price is for double occupancy and includes gratuity for bus drivers and stop-on guides. Sights to see: a full day to visit Biltmore Estate, Antler Village and Winery. Guided Tour of Asheville, St Lawrence Basilica, drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the famous Folk Art Center. On the way home visit the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Ky. So you can explore Kentucky's crafts, history, and shop. Sign-Ups begin Dec.1, 2016. Contact Betty at WCSC about this trip. Come get a flyer about this trip.

Tribute to Alan Jackson
November 13

Cost $60
Bus leaves Sterling Walmart at 9:00 a.m. and Dixon Shopko at 9:30 a.m. Cost includes lunch, matinee, and transportation. Doug Brewin sings and plays the hit songs recorded by living country music legend Alan Jackson, capturing the true look, sound, feel and experience of Alan Jackson in concert. Beautiful scenery.Pay for this trip at WCSC.

So far 2018 will bring;
Mackinac Island


  Recycle Cell Phones, Ipods, and Ipads.
The Whiteside County Senior Center and the Lee County Council on Aging collects used cell phones, IPods, and IPads to be recycled. If anyone has any these items lying around and want to dispose of them drop them off at the WCSC, 1207 West 9th street, Sterling or the LCCOA 100 W 2nd St, Dixon.