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Café 60 welcomes seniors to Applejack’s for Marinette County meal program

MARINETTE — Bring the grandkids to Applejack’s or go as a party of one — either way, for those 60 or older, going out to a restaurant doesn’t have to break the bank.

Marinette County Elderly Services recently launched Café 60, a new senior dining site at Applejack’s Restaurant & Pub, 20 W. Hosmer St., Marinette. The restaurant serves meals off a select menu from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. each Thursday.

All seniors age 60 or older are welcome, regardless of their ability to donate, although suggested donations are $5. Head to Applejack’s and sign in with the Elderly Services staff member, drop a dollar amount in the box and take a seat.

Those taking advantage of this dine-in option can sit anywhere in the restaurant and order from a designated menu. Other party members can order and pay off the menu as expected if they’re not eligible for the program.

“Everybody is welcome. It just provides that for people that can’t normally afford to go to a restaurant. They don’t have to live in Marinette County either,” said Olivia Cherry, director of Marinette County Elderly Services.

She said they toured many restaurants undercover and landed on Applejack’s for its wheelchair accessibility, roomy bathrooms and dependability.

“Applejack’s was by far at the top of our list. They’re a well-oiled machine. It’s been wonderful working with their manager, Pam,” Cherry said of the restaurant, which also met the nutritional requirements of a senior program. “Their waitstaff was incredible. Their kitchen kept up with the amount of diners.”

The partnership with Applejack’s was a way to get seniors active and socializing again, in addition to the 250 home-delivered meals they provide to people across the county regularly — a crucial part of their countywide nutrition program.

“It brings some neat aspects that other dining programs don’t have,” Cherry said.

She said there isn’t another restaurant partnership in Northeast Wisconsin, with the closest one in the Madison area. Elderly Services also provides transportation, benefits counseling and family caregiver support.

“We are in a very rural county,” Cherry said. “There’s a lot of people whole don’t have a neighbor next door that can help them. Those are the people we want to reach out to and let them know we are here.”

As for the menu, Elderly Services based it on Applejack’s existing offerings. The six meals to choose from are served with a cup of coffee or milk, with selections like a cup of soup and croissant sandwich, Salisbury steak, baked pollock, spaghetti with meatballs, a grilled chicken wrap or sandwich and a grilled pork chop.

With plenty of sides with each meal, Cherry said the main goal was to make sure seniors get the daily allowance of nutrition they need. The program may encourage seniors to return for more “nutrition” throughout the week.

“It’s going to be a great win-win for them and for us,” she said. “Maybe this will bring in more people on other days.”

People can call Marinette County Elderly Services at 715-854-7453 or 800-990-4242 with any questions.

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Person dies in Wausaukee fire

WAUSAUKEE — A person died in a fire Monday in the Village of Wausaukee.

Marinette County Dispatch received a call at 9:16 p.m. Monday of a structure fire on Elizabeth Street in Wausaukee, according to a press release from Chief Deputy James Hansen of the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office. He said one person died in the fire and Medical Examiner Kalynn Van Ermen has ordered an autopsy to positively determine the identification of the victim.

At the request of the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal at the Wisconsin Department of Justice — Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was contacted to assist in the investigation. The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and DCI are conducting the investigation into the origin and cause of the fire. The investigation remains open and ongoing.

Multiple agencies assisted with the scene including: Wausaukee Fire, Middle Inlet Fire, Wausaukee Rescue, Wisconsin Public Service, Wisconsin Fire Marshall’s Office, Marinette County Dispatch, Marinette County Medical Examiner’s Office and Marinette County Sheriff’s Office.

Chase Grabowski, left, rehearses with James Porras, right, for “Tick, Tick… Boom!,” a musical with showings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Marinette High School W.J. Jones auditorium. The show is put on by the Coastal Players, a local theater company.

STAA’s Brooklynn Rennie and Gillett’s Lily Hansen compete for a loose ball during the second half of Monday’s Marinette and Oconto Conference game in Marinette.