A Message From The Orange Senior Services Coordinator

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Jun 122020

High Plains

Dennis Marsh released this information from the Orange Senior Center this week.

Senior Center
All senior center activities, classes, and trips are canceled. Please check the senior center
website at www.orange-ct.gov/782/community-services for further information. Or feel
free to call the senior center office at 203-891-4784.

Virtual Classes
If you would like to participate in Andrea Cashman’s Yoga, Danielle Pettit’s Zumba Gold,
or David Chandler’s Tai Chi class via Zoom—call the office with your email and we will
ask the instructor to email you an invite.

If you would like to participate in Chair Exercise, visit the Town Website at Orange-ct.gov, and under Departments, you will see a link to the Senior Center. There you will find the Chair Exercise video.
Join Suzanne Anderson for a weekly Arts and Crafts video on the Town website. I recently added a class on how to make your own face mask at home with Suzanne Anderson and Rae Maclellan.

If you would like to learn how to use Peapod with Josh, visit this link

Frozen Meals
There is a special meal program consisting of a box of 5 frozen meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. We can deliver them or you can come by and pick the meals up. Delivery is only available to Orange residents. Call the office to complete an application. A suggested donation of $3 per meal would be greatly appreciated.
Community Services has an Emergency Food Bank available for Orange residents in need. Call (203) 891-4788 for assistance.

AARP Safe Driving Courses
AARP announced that all in-person AARP activities have been canceled through the end of 2020. AARP Smart Driver online course is an alternative, especially for those who need to renew their car insurance discount. AARP has extended their special 25% off discount through the end of the year.
Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org
Promo code for 25% discount:  DRIVINGSKILLS
Good through: December 31, 2020

AARP Tax Help
Many people have relied on the Senior Center’s AARP Tax Help Program. The AARP Tax Volunteers will not be returning this year. However, I found that the AARP Foundation is offering online tax help. The link is below and it can also be found on the Senior Center web site: orange-ct.gov, put your mouse over Departments and you will see all the way to the right (the last in the list) Orange Senior Center. Click on the Orange Senior Center and in the middle of the next page you will find the link

Social Security
“How can I get help from Social Security without visiting an office?” You can find the answer at www.ssa.gov/onlineservices which links you to some of our most popular online services. You can apply for retirement and disability benefits, appeal a decision, apply for Medicare and much more. Social Security’s newest feature is Advance
Designation, which enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, who you would like to serve as your potential representative payee in the event you ever need help managing your benefits.

All Senior Center trips are canceled until September

News and Events From The Orange Senior Center

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Jan 182018

Dennis Marsh from the Orange Senior Center forwarded this list of upcoming events. 

Hot Lunch

The Orange Senior Center offers a lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30am – 12:00pm. A $3.00 donation is suggested for persons 60 years and over. To register call (203) 891-4765 before 1pm, the day before.   

Living Treasure Nominations Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted through March 2, 2018 for the 2018 Living Treasure Awards. The three individuals chosen will be honored at the ceremony on May 4, 2018 at Race Brook Country Club in Orange. Forms can be found in the Senior Center office. 

AARP Smart Driving Course

The next AARP Driver’s Training course will be Thursday, February 1. The cost of the is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Call the senior center to sign up.

Wellness with Shop Rite

Shop Rite of Orange’s Registered Dietitian, Courtney Huggins, RD will lead a discussion with a tasty dish that she will make right before your eyes. Her recipes are a real crowd pleaser! Join us on Monday, February 5 from 12:00-1:00pm.

 AARP Taxes

AARP will be offering their tax preparation services again on Wednesdays, from Feb 8 to April 12. You must bring with you, last year’s tax returns, Social Security card for everyone on the return and a photo ID. Call (203) 891-4784 to schedule an appointment.

Flower Arranging

Join us on Friday, February 9 at 10:00am, to learn how to make a beautiful basket for your Valentine table. Pre-registration is required with a minimum of 8 students. Cost is only $20.00 to make a beautiful display to bring home.

Movie of the Month

Join us for our Movie of the Month on Friday, February 16 for “Battle of the Sexes”, at 1:00pm, with Emma Stone and Steve Carell. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs Popcorn & soda to be served. Call for a seat (203) 891-4784.

Lions Club of Orange Pizza Party

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, for an Italian themed Cabaret from 1:30—3:00pm. Ashly Cruz will perform Italian music. The Lions Club of Orange will serve pizza and soda. Call (203) 891-4784 to reserve a seat!

CT FLOWER SHOW & LUNCH—No minimum trip February 22, 2018 (snow date 2/23). “Breath of Spring” at the CT Flower & Garden Show at the Connecticut Convention Center with a lunch stop at Dakota’s Restaurant. Cost $86pp. Includes transportation, Lunch, & Admission. Full payment due at registration

Suzanne’s Rock Painting Party

Join us on February 23 at 1:00pm for coffee & cookies as we paint rocks to replenish our Kindness Rock Garden. Let us know that you are coming at (203) 891-4784 and we’ll supply the paint!

Monday with Maplewood

Join us on March 19 when Chef Leif returns with his culinary delights for you to sample. Call (203) 891-4788. Your taste buds are sure to be pleased! We are very fortunate to have an Assisted Living in Town so check them out.

Movie Club

Join us on a celluloid adventure! Our group will discuss a current movie playing locally. We will then meet to critique the film as we discuss the script, acting, cinematography and directing. Meetings are held on the second Friday of the month at 3pm in the town conference room at the HPCC

Orange Swimming Pool

We received word that renovations on the town pool will begin in late August. During that time the pool will be closed. More information to come.

More Trips

PACIFIC NORTHWEST & CALIFORNIA, April 23-30, 2018. 8 days, 10 meals. Highlights: Seattle, Mount St. Helens Visitor Center, Portland, Columbia River Gorge,    Portland Spirit Cruise, Redwood National Park, San Francisco, and more. Cost: $2,999pp double, with early booking discount before Oct. 23, 2017. Deposit & insurance due at registration


ICELAND’S MAGICAL NORTHERN LIGHTS, October 30-November. 5, 2018. 7 days, 10 meals. Highlights: Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Geysir, Blue Lagoon, and much more. Cost: $3,299pp double. Deposit & insurance due at registration

MOHEGAN SUN 2018 AAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SEMI-FINAL GAME– Monday, March 5, 2018 no minimum trip. Cost $95pp, includes transportation, AAC Semi-Final Game Ticket, Food Voucher and Casino Bonus. Full payment is due at the time of registration.


SLEIGH RIDE AT ADAMS FARM, VT No minimum trip March 7, 2018. Every sleigh is pulled by a team of Belgian Draft Horses through maple groves and pines, into a an open meadow where the views are wonderful. Cost $117pp, includes transportation, luncheon, sleigh ride and driver’s gratuity. Full payment is due at the time of registration.


ST PATRICK’S DAY at the Aqua Turf – no minimum trip March 20, 2018. Enjoy live Irish entertainment by Padraig Allen and the Maclean Avenue Band. Enjoy an Irish lunch including corned beef & cabbage, baked scrod, and all the fixings, topped off with carrot cake. Also a complimentary glass of wine or beer. Cost: $79pp. Includes transportation, lunch, show, & driver gratuities. Full payment is due at the time of registration.

Orange Senior Center Inclement Weather Policy

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Oct 032017

An important message from Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh.

With the colder months coming, it is time to cover the Inclement Weather Policy.

If the Orange Elementary schools are closed due to weather then classes at the Orange Senior Center are canceled for that day. If the Orange Elementary schools are delayed and your class is within the delay period then a class is canceled.

If students pay a fee to attend the class then it will be made up at the end of the session. Orange school
closings and delays are reported on WTNH-8 and WTNH-8 will be the official vehicle of notification.

Please be aware Orange is part of the Amity Regional School System and will be posted as Amity. Any question as to whether a class is on, you are encouraged to call the senior center office (203) 891-4784. I encourage all instructors to tell the weather policy to their class at the start of the first class.

I encourage all instructors to tell the weather policy to their class at the start of the first class.


Summer Concerts – ♫ Music Under the Stars ♪

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Jul 032017

The first of four Summer Concerts in the ♫ Music Under the Stars ♪ series took place on the Orange Fairgrounds before a record crowd last Thursday evening.

The bands are brought to you by Orange Community Services and the Orange Economic Development Corporation through the generous donations of several sponsors.

The concerts all are family friendly and free to everyone.

Come out on July 13, for 60’s “Satisfaction” at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Farmers’ Market first, open from 3:30 p.m. to 7 pm.

The third concert will be “Fools on the Hill” on August 10 with a rain date of August 17. “Fools on the Hill” is a Beatles Tribute band that is sure to please.

For the fourth concert, Dennis Marsh is working on an 80’s Band to perform on Sept 7. More details will be released when the plans are finalized.

Orange Took on the Cape and Made It!

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May 192016

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 7.19.20 PMDennis Marsh and Denise Stein of Orange Community Services assembled a team to take on Ragnar Cape Cod, a 200 mile Relay Race.

The team of 12 started in Hull MA, on Friday May 13 at 8:30 a.m. and ran to Provincetown MA.

“We arrived at the Pilgrim Memorial on Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 p.m. We completed the run in 33 hours, 1 hour ahead of our expected time,” Marsh said. “The run raised more than $3,000 for the Town of Orange Emergency Fuel Bank and Food Pantry.”

Also on the team were Aubry Monahan, John DeMarsilis, Antea DeMarsilis, Christine Kratz, Emily Hayes, Chris Gates, Bridget Gates, Alyssa Couden, Amanda Keeler, and Michael Mariano of Center of Balance gym. Center of Balance is a premiere training facility here in Orange.

Mike was instrumental in preparing the team for the challenge that the team would face.

Screen Shot 2016-05-19 at 7.17.13 PMMarsh and Stein Thank Center of Balance and all of their sponsors:

Gold Level: Yale New Haven & State Affairs, Lions Club of Orange, Orange Rotary Club

Silver Level: Cody White, F&W Equipment, Orange Fence, Stein Beck Family, People’s United Bank

Bronze Level: Bob’s Discount Furniture, Advance Spine & Sport, Puerto Vallarta, Orange Visiting Nurses Association, Law office of Floman DePaola, Birmingham Family, Consiglio Family, Cretella Family, Gentile Family, George Family, Hudgens Family, Maley Family, Moule Family, and Pol Family.

“And thank you to all our sponsors at the Friends level,” Marsh said. 

Orange to take on Cape Cod – 200 Miles or Bust — It’s Not Too Late To Donate

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May 102016

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Great people have tackled great obstacles. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, while Robert Peary is generally credited as being first to visit the North Pole. Of course we all know that Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon.

Well, Orange is going to tackle our own insurmountable task. Denise Stein and Dennis Marsh will co-captain of the Orange Community Services Ragnar Team to run the Cape Cod race on May 13-14, 2016. Ragnar is a 200 mile relay race.

Each team is made up of 12 runners. Each runner will run 3 legs of the relay. The legs vary in distance from 3 to 12 miles.

Marsh said, “We will run all day Friday, all night long, and all day Saturday. We will not stop until we reach the end of the Cape. I want to invite you to be a part of the Orange Community Services team. We are inviting the entire community to show its support! We are looking for runners and sponsors. Proceeds raised from the Orange team will go to the Town of Orange Community Assistance Fund.”

This fund is the Town’s Emergency Fuel Bank and Food Pantry that helps residents in need. We have 3 levels of sponsorship: Gold Level for $500, Silver Level for $250, or Bronze Level $100. But let’s be honest, all dollar donations and any form of support is welcomed.

“This venture is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our wonderful Town of Orange. Show your support for Team Orange when we take on the Cape, 200 Miles or Bust!” Marsh said.

For further information or questions, please contact Dennis Marsh, Senior Services Coordinator at (203) 891-4784 or e-mail dmarsh@orange-ct.gov. You also may speak to Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach/Municipal Agent (203) 891-4787 or e-mail dstein@orange-ct.gov.

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Originally published on Feb. 22 @ 2:43 p.m. 

Second Publishing on: Mar 11, 2016 @ 08:37

Let’s “Do Lunch” at the Orange Senior Center

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Aug 112015

dennis marshThe Orange Senior Center at High Plains, 525 Orange Center Road, offers something for everyone, including a hot meal at lunchtime  Mondays through Fridays sponsored by the Elderly Nutrition Program of New Haven.

A reservation and donation are requested, call 203-891-4765 to reserve your spot.

Click HERE for August’s Menu.


There’s A New Notary In Town

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Sep 112014

NOTARYpublicLogoHave you ever needed something notarized, but think it’s a hassle to find someone authorized to do it for you?

Maybe you don’t go to Town Hall that often, or you’re just not sure about which notary can complete the task on your schedule.

Well, here’s some good news for those who frequent the High Plains Community Center. Senior Services Coordinator Dennis Marsh has earned the right to conduct the duties of a Notary Public for the State of CT.

So if you need anything notarized you can come to the senior center for this free service.

Be aware that Marsh will follow the policy and procedures as established by the common practices of the other town notaries. Which means, he will decline to notarize anything that requires him to make a judgement call as to the requestor’s competency such as wills and living wills.

“I can notarize your signature,” Marsh said. “So feel free to come down if you need something notorized.”

Lions Serve, Seniors Cut A Rug at Annual Picnic

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Aug 202014

Members of the Orange Lions Club helped serve dinner and the two-man band Good 2 Go entertained at the annual Senior Cookout under the Pavillion on Tuesday night.

Everyone seemed to have a good time, enjoying their meals,  and cake and dancing to the “oldies.”

Nice job, Dennis Marsh, on getting this together after a brief shower led to its postponement from last week.



Nice Job, Dennis and Summer Concert Sponsors

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Aug 082013

Cruz Machine

Cruz Machine

When Dennis Marsh first announced that he had arranged for three summer concerts sponsored by the Orange Community Services, Maplewood of Orange, the OVNA, Geico Insurance, the Urgent Care Center, and the Congregation Or Shalom, many residents were taken by surprise.

This was a nice way of several organizations coming together to give residents a place to go on a Wednesday night without costing the town a dime.

Marsh found three little known bands, that turned out to be very good.

On June 26, we heard classic rock music with Wango Tango, then last month on July 17 the country band Bourbon Cowboys from Milford took the stage. Each left an impression, but this week’s band Cruz Machine, a classic rock band from Coventry, which is known in the western part of the state may just have earned some new fans.

With singer Ashly Cruz rocking out the lead vocals on classic hits by Led Zeppelin, Pat Benatar, Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin and more. The band also performed original songs in their two sets. Ashly’s strong raspy voice and dramatic stage presence help make Cruz Machine a band to remember here in Orange.

So thumbs up to Dennis Marsh for going that extra mile, getting all the sponsors together and finding these bands to entertain us all summer.