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Mike's Message for November

posted Nov 1, 2020, 4:01 PM by Sarah Haugse

During November, we typically give thanks for all our blessings. Even in this year of a prolonged pandemic, we still have much to be thankful for. Included among those things are our good friends. Friends significantly increase our happiness, and in times like this, they help us to endure stress. CAC is a reservoir of good friends, and as such, is a major blessing. My CAC friends have been instrumental in helping me through this difficult time. For that, I am very thankful. I am thankful to God for giving me good friends, and to those friends for sharing their good times with me, and for keeping me from getting depressed. When the long-awaited vaccine arrives, and we get back to normal life, I look forward to a big party with all my CAC friends. And you will all have to come. 
Mike Kernan / CAC President

Mike’s Message for October

posted Oct 12, 2020, 6:39 PM by Sarah Haugse

October 2020 brings us to another month of limitations due to the pandemic. Sadly, we already know that we will not be holding our annual Christmas Dinner Dance this year. The Board has been managing a Herculean task of booking safe events. But as the weather gets colder, this will become more difficult, as outdoor events will be less practical.  Still, we will keep going. And if you see a Board member at any of our events, thank them for the great work they are doing. I urge all of you to get a flu shot this year as soon as possible. This is one year when you certainly don’t want to get so much as a cold, since there will be no way to tell whether or not you have COVID, forcing you into a lengthy quarantine. So please protect yourself now from that difficult situation by getting a flu shot as early as you can.   
Mike Kernan / CAC President 

Mike’s Message for September

posted Aug 25, 2020, 7:58 PM by Sarah Haugse

Well, it’s September and that puts another month closer to the end of this awful pandemic. When things get back to a semblance of normalcy, I will enjoy and appreciate CAC events all the more. The Board has done a heroic job keeping the calendar packed with events that can be done within the current restrictions, and that is no small task. The warm summer weather has helped. But when the weather turns cold and outdoor events are limited, our job will become a bit more difficult. Please bear with us. When the pandemic is finally over, I think we should throw a big party to celebrate. It makes me think of that old-time song, “Happy Days are Here Again”. I know we’ll be singing it eventually. When all these restrictions get you down, and you feel lonely and sad, just think about that big party when we’ll all sing that song, and keep on looking forward. In the meantime, come to one of our events. Even with a mask, we still have fun.

Mike Kernan 
CAC President 

Mike's Message for August

posted Jul 25, 2020, 9:19 PM by Sarah Haugse

We are gradually plodding through this pandemic while still offering some good, safe activities for our members. We have outdoor hikes, mini golf, biking, canoeing, and outdoor mass, to name a few. The CAC Board is actively working to provide you with ways to enjoy life despite the current restrictions. I think they deserve medals. (Preferably solid gold ones with platinum trim. You can each arrange to have one made and turn them over to me for ultimate distribution to the Board members. I will be more than happy to do that…Much more than happy.) If you have any ideas for safe activities, please contact a board member by email or phone to discuss it. We are always looking for ideas.

Please keep in your prayers those members and former members who have lost loved ones recently.


Mike Kernan / CAC President

Mike's Message for July

posted Jul 25, 2020, 9:17 PM by Sarah Haugse

If you are like me, you are experiencing some degree of depression in the face of this lock down. For single people like us, it is harder since we live alone and have fewer opportunities for interaction. That is why we have CAC. Take advantage of the opportunities we present for you. You will be glad you did. I am certainly glad. I used to hide under the bed when I got worried. Then I joined CAC , and I hardly ever hide under the bed now....well, unless I am being chased by Godzilla, the Boogie Man, or Frankenstein. In those cases, the best place to be is under the bed. But, for all other times, CAC is the place to be. (Hey, that rhymes!)


Please note that the CAC Board has been working diligently to provide events during this pandemic. Sadly, a lot of them could not be held, but we keep trying. Fortunately, we did manage a few outdoor events last month and everyone seemed to enjoy them immensely. The simplest event can be a big deal during a lock down. For July, we have various events scheduled. We are much more hopeful that most will take place, as the lock down is supposed to ease as time goes on. So, check your newsletter for some great social options. Of course, all events must abide by social distancing guidelines, and we should continue wearing masks, at least for indoor events. (It just occurred to me that Godzilla, the Boogie Man, and Frankenstein never wear a mask. I should probably report them. Maybe that will get them off my back.)


Mike Kernan

CAC President

Mike’s Message for June

posted May 21, 2020, 10:39 AM by Sarah Haugse   [ updated May 21, 2020, 10:40 AM ]

Well, I have managed to survive this pandemic so far. I am not surprised because I grew up with six sisters. I had to live in a house crawling with girl cooties. If I survived that, I can probably survive anything. As you may have noticed, the CAC Board has been diligently planning events in case we are ever released from this quarantine. Just like last month, the newsletter is populated with activities in case the stay-at-home order is lifted. All events are tentative depending on the Governor’s orders. In the meantime, please say a prayer (or two) for those people suffering most from this pandemic. We are all suffering a little, but especially those who have lost loved ones, or who have loved ones at risk. Please keep them all in your prayers as we approach our Lord for deliverance from this plague. In the meantime, keep the faith, stay optimistic, and if you get depressed or lonely, call one of your CAC friends to chat. They can lift your spirits. (They always lift mine).

Mike Kernan 
CAC President 

Mike's Message for May

posted May 3, 2020, 12:46 PM by Sarah Haugse

The past two months have been a difficult for all of us. Our events were cancelled and our entire lives came to a standstill. As of this writing, it is not apparent when this will end. CAC has planned events for May, with the hope that life can resume by then. Of course, everything is tentative, and is contingent upon the lifting of the stayat-home order. Some major events, like the Square Dance, are being postponed for logistical reasons. We will publicize the new scheduling when ready. A lot of people are concerned about the Fall Weekend trip to Niagara Falls. That trip is still on, as we expect that things will be well back to normal by then. However, if the travel agency would cancel the trip, they would refund our money. Unrelated to the current emergency, we have also faced the loss of old friends among the CAC alumni. In the past few months, we lost both Steve Ruggiero and Rick Faccenda, who were very active and much liked club members in the 80’s and 90’s. Also, various members and alumni have reported the recent deaths of their parents. Sadly, all this is to be expected as we age, but it is nonetheless difficult and disheartening to say “Goodbye” to loved ones. And it is made all the more difficult now because we cannot come together to share our grief or to celebrate our shared lives. We couldn’t even celebrate Easter in church! But with hopeful hearts, we will continue to plan for a lively CAC, and I encourage you to keep in touch with your family and your CAC friends during this difficult time. This will help us all to endure until our lives return to normal again. May God bless and keep you all.
Mike Kernan / CAC President

Mike's Message for April

posted Mar 16, 2020, 5:22 PM by Sarah Haugse   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 10:48 AM ]

I love April because it is full of warmth, sunshine, blue skies and flowers---well, at least when it‘s not raining. Now we can begin planning our outdoor activities, like hiking and biking, and canoeing and softball and parades. There will be no need for our members to sit at home sulking because there is nothing to do. No Siree! All you need is your April Newsletter, and there it is: a whole month loaded with great activities with super fun people(like me).Sadly, the Board did not approve my request for funding for a paddy wagon, rope, and cattle prods to coax reluctant members to attend our events. But don’t worry. You can still come on your own just for the fun of it and you can meet all those fun people who regularly attend (like me). We have some exciting events this month, and still more in future months. Everything we do ends up being fun. Check out our annual spring mixer on April 17th. Don't forget the play "Xanadu" at Bishop Canevin on April 25th. In May we’re planning a Pirate baseball game and a Canoe Trip on a calm water section of the Youghiogheny River. These are just a few of the great events the Board has planned for us. So, when the April sun shines through the window, greet it with a smile because CAC has some great plans for you! Aren’t you glad you joined? I am.

Mike Kernan / CAC President

Mike's Message for March

posted Mar 16, 2020, 5:06 PM by Sarah Haugse

When I was a little kid, I used to think that, on the first day of spring, the weather would stop being cold and blustery, and immediately turn sunny and warm. I awaited the first day of spring with great anticipation, expecting to run outside in a light t-shirt and frolic in the sun. Imagine my disappointment when I woke up on March 21, went over to the kitchen door and peered out to see a cold, dreary, overcast morning with a couple of flakes of snow, and a no hint of sunshine. I felt gypped! I thought, “Who is in charge of this stuff anyway? Mommm! What happened to spring?” Of course, Mom couldn’t fix this disaster, and instead, she imparted some parental wisdom on me. She said, “Spring comes when it wants to come. Not when you want it to come.” Instead of learning a lesson, I felt even more gypped. What good are parents anyway if they can’t fix this stuff? 

Well, shoot forward in time a few decades or so. Now I am president of a really great social club that offers lots of fun things to do. But when I go to an event and I see the participants enjoying themselves with laughter, joking, conversation, fun and good food, I wonder about all those people who did not come out to join us. Where are they? They should be here too, sharing in all this fun. Then a version of my mother’s words comes back to me saying, “People come to events when they want to come. Not when you want them to come.” What!? Gypped again! We can’t have this! I am president. I should be able to fix this. So I stayed up all night figuring out how to get everybody to come to our events. And I came up with a plan. I will only need the club to buy a few items necessary to carry out my plan: A list of all members, associates and subscribers (check), A few people to take attendance at our events (I can do that), a paddy wagon, rope and tethers, and a cattle prod (in case anybody gets ornery). All we have to do is drive the paddy wagon over to the homes of those recalcitrant people who did not show up, and drag them out to the event. While a few people might be a bit put out, I am sure most will thank me after the event proves to be a great and fun experience. The plan is fool proof! 

Good. I just need a few volunteers to drive the paddy wagon, and to ride in the back with the “guests.” I already managed to find some used cattle prods at a very good price. They work fairly well, but you have to handle them carefully because they tend to --Ouch!-- short circuit occasionally --Whoa!--. But with a little practice --Yow!-- anyone can Yipe!-- master them. I also managed to get a paddy wagon on budget. It looks like a rickshaw, so we’ll need some brawny volunteers to pull it. (The cattle prods may come in handy here too.) Now then, aren’t you glad you elected such a dedicated, competent and effective president? All I need is to have the Board approve my expenses. All in favor… 

Mike Kernan / CAC President

President's Message February, 2020

posted Jan 30, 2020, 9:33 AM by Gary Urbatis   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 10:44 AM by Sarah Haugse ]

Mikes Message for February

It’s February, and Ill bet that many of you have already broken most or all of your New Years resolutions by now. But not me. I dont even make my resolutions until February. That way, if people ask me if I have broken them yet, I can truthfully say “No.”  And I have some great resolutions, which, as you have probably figured out by now, I am going to share them here. Here are the best New Years resolutions youll ever hear in


1.   I will learn what resolution” means.

2.   I will stop crossing my fingers when I make resolutions.

3.   I will wait until the pizza cools so I dont burthe roof of my mouth.

4.   I will only eat white snow.

5.   I will stop licking frozen flagpoles.

6.   I will attend more CAC events.

7.   I will respond to tense situations with compliments, even when they are punching me.

8.   I will be welcoming and warm to all new people at CAC events.

9.   I will work to improve my memory.

10. I cant remember the last one.

If this list seems too long and difficult, then I suggest you select only one of these resolutions for yourself. I recommend #8, because it makes you feel real good and you make great new friends that way.

Now you are probably wondering why I need to make resolutions since I am already perfect. Well, I have news for you: I am not perfect. I used to be perfect, but I had to give it up because it made people jealous of me. gave up perfection in 1998. It was my new yearresolution at that time, and I am proud to say that I have kept it ever since.

Mike Kernan

CAC President

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