January 2023
The Staying Put office will be closed
Monday, Jan. 2nd for the New Year Holiday and
Monday, Jan. 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A reminder that if the New Canaan Public Schools are closed due to weather conditions, so is the Staying Put office, and rides will need to be rescheduled.
January at a Glance
Sun., Jan. 8, 2pm-4pm - Staying Put's 15th Birthday Party
Snow date - Sun. Jan 22, 2pm-4pm
Wed., Jan. 11, 12pm - Staying Put's Book Talk Group
Thurs., Jan. 12, 10am - Men's Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Jan. 18, 12pm - Chinese New Year Lunch at Ching's Table
Thurs., Jan. 19, 10am - Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put
Wed., Jan. 25, 12pm - Lunch and Learn at Lapham
Tues., Jan. 31, 12pm - Nic's Adventures in India and Lunch at Lapham
Save the Date
Tues., Feb. 14, 12pm - Valentine's Day Lunch at One Twenty Three
Call Staying Put at 203-966-7762 to sign up for member events.
Membership Renewals
If you have not already, please remember to send in your
Staying Put 2023 Membership Renewal Form.
Sun., Jan. 8, 2pm-4pm: Morrill Hall, St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Come celebrate Staying Put's 15th birthday! Enjoy light refreshments, cupcakes, entertainment and seeing all your friends. Free. RSVP by Tues., Jan. 3rd. Snow date, Sun., Jan. 22nd, 2pm - 4pm.
Wed., Jan. 11, 12pm: Book Talk and Lunch. Join Staying Put members who meet for lunch and exchange recommendations about current fiction and non-fiction books the group has enjoyed reading. Lunch will be provided. Free. RSVP by Tues., Jan. 10th.
Thurs., Jan. 12, 10am: Men's Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Free. RSVP by Wed., Jan. 11th.
Wed., Jan. 18, 12pm: Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Ching's Table. Enjoy lunch at Ching's Table as we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. Appetizer, entree and coffee or tea included. $15. RSVP by Fri., Jan. 13th.
Thurs., Jan. 19, 10am: Ladies' Coffee at Staying Put. Join Staying Put friends for coffee, morning treats and good conversation. Free. RSVP by Wed., Jan. 18th.
Wed., Jan. 25, 12:30pm: Lunch and Learn at Lapham: Fraud Prevention with New Canaan Police Department. In 2022, NCPD saw a 128% increase in fraud complaints. According to the Department of Justice report on Senior Abuse and Financial Exploitation, each year an estimated $3 billion is stolen from seniors through a variety of ever-evolving scams. Join to learn how to avoid becoming a fraud victim. Lunch will be served at 12:30pm and program begins at 1pm. Free. RSVP by Fri., Jan. 20th.
Tues., Jan. 31, 12pm-1:30pm: Nic's Adventures in India and Lunch at Lapham. Join us for a presentation by our own Nic as she shares pictures of her adventure to India, including a traditional Indian wedding. This a members only event and an Indian fare lunch will be served. Free. RSVP by Fri., Jan. 27th.
Happy Birthday!
Jan. 1: Tom Nissley
Jan. 3: Maryann
von Dwingelo
Jan. 7: Geraldine Snyder
Jan. 8: Shashi Shah
Jan. 11: Don Gilbert
Jan. 12: Bill Stoops
Jan. 17: Barbara Leeming
Jan. 21: Cathie Seton
Jan. 22: Martine Brophy
Jan. 24: Midge Murphy
Jan. 27: Janet Lindstrom, Sydney Fulford

Welcome to the new
Staying Put Board Members
Paul Bamatter
Doug Gillespie
Jim Hilboldt
John Kerchoff, DMD
Staying Put welcomes new Board members Paul Bamatter, Doug Gillespie, Jim Hilboldt and John Kerchoff, DMD. They join Tom Stadler, President, Peter Ziesing, Vice-President, Susie Catlin, Secretary, Tracy Karl, Treasurer, Betsy Afragola, Ray Boller, Sherman Bull, MD, Ralph Hills, Judy Johnson, Joel Pelzner, Mimi Pitt, and Donna Simone in contributing their knowledge and expertise to Staying Put. We greatly appreciate their dedication.
Telemedicine Services
Waveny LifeCare Network
Learn more about how New Canaan residents benefit from Waveny's new Telemedicine Services platform, free of charge due to an ARPA grant through the Town of New Canaan. Call Waveny LifeCare at 203-594-5360 for more information and to schedule your free personal delivery and service from their team.
Postage Increase
Now is the time to stock up on Forever stamps. Beginning Jan. 22, 2023, the cost of a first-class stamp will be rising from 60 cents to 63 cents, a 5 percent increase. Other postage costs will increase as well.
Domestic postcards will rise to 48 cents from 44 cents. And outbound international letters will rise from $1.40 to $1.45.

Covid Tests
The Government is restarting its free at-home COVID testing program. With the current uptick in COVID cases, it behooves all of us to remain vigilant and test ourselves whenever we have any symptoms. Every U.S. household can now order 4 free at-home COVID tests at covidtests.gov. Shipping is also free.
As a child and in mid life
Age used to whisper in the
background of activity
You have time, time, time
But at 81, Age has raised its
It shouts NOW! NOW! NOW!
The word echoes and
My being must respond!
NOW...Has arrived!
Poem by Staying Put member Cathie Pike.
Staying Put's Ride Policies
Thank you to everyone who has read up on our ride policies. As a reminder, we always honor urgent medical appointments, but ask that members give us as much notice as possible for scheduled appointments and other rides. Please remember our rides are provided by volunteers who, like you, are busy. For appointments, grocery trips, and other non-urgent rides, please give us a minimum of two days' notice.
Lapham Center
Fri., Jan. 6, 12:30pm: "The Name is Bond....James Bond": An All Things Bond Celebration. Join Mike Bacon for Bond trivia followed by a Bond film at 1pm, chosen by popular vote.

Wed., Jan. 11, 10am - 12pm: "Create" with Faith Kerchoff. Learn about the 30 years of creative fundraising projects which have supported beloved New Canaan institutions. Brunch and presentation.

Thurs., Jan. 5 and Jan. 19, 1pm: Life Reimagined. Purposeful living promotes happiness, better sleep, longevity, a healthier heart and reduces the risk of Alzheimers and other diseases. Hosts Marcy Rand, LCSW, Adult and Senior Service Coordinator for New Canaan's Human Services Department, and Robin Rockafellow, LCSW.
Call the Lapham Center at
203-594-3620 for more information and to RSVP.

Thurs., Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, by appointment: Free Medicare Counseling. Medicare counselor, Dick Neville, can guide you through enrolling in Medicare, choosing a Medicare supplement plan, a Part D prescription drug plan and answer your Medicare questions.

Mon., Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 11:15am to 12:15pm: Blood Pressure Clinic. In person blood pressure clinic with Bethany Zaro, RN, MPH, Director of Human Services.
Christmas Tree Recycling at The Steve Benko Pool
Sat., Dec. 31 to Sun., Jan. 8
9am to 3pm
Christmas trees can be dropped off at the Steve Benko pool for recycling. Trees need to be free and clear of all decorations and will be recycled into mulch and spread at the New Canaan Nature Center trails. For more information go to planetnewcanaan.org
The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy
Wed., Jan. 4, 9:30am to 11am
Online Webinar
Douglas Tallamy, T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will discuss topics from his most recent book, The Nature of Oaks. Oaks sustain a complex and fascinating web of wildlife and Dr. Tallamy will explore the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal that center on the many varieties of oaks native to North America. His book will be available at Elm Street Books. To register for this webinar, go to: newcanaanbeautification.org
The Romance and History of the Hooked Rug
Wed., Jan. 25, 2pm to 4pm
at New Canaan Museum and Historical Society
Join rugmaking historian and owner of Ribbon Candy Hooking Deanna Davis for a workshop on “The Romance and History of the Hooked Rug.”  
Deanna will discuss the distinctly North American craft of rug hooking through a collection of antique and modern examples. The talk will be followed by a class where participants will hook a rug pattern based on the ‘The 1880 Flower Vase’, an extraordinary 19th century hooked rug from the Hanford-Silliman house. Learn this simple, old-time textile art while paying tribute to your favorite historic home. The lecture is free. The cost for the workshop, which includes all materials to make your own rug, is $95. To register, email: ngeary@nchistory.org.
Please call us anytime
at 203-966-7762
- Gina, Kim, Nic and Robin
PO Box 484
58 Pine Street
New Canaan CT 06840