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Page 12 - Thursday, December 13, 2001 "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The Sundance Taking advantage of the comfort of the new Senior CitiZl)ns Center, old friends gathered to visit Sunday afternoon. They are (clockwise from the left) Bob Cronn, Edith Mills, Peggy Cronn, Dale Mills, Wally Elwonger, and Merlene Elwonger. II By LINDA JOHNSON Judging from the number of that they have many extra people who attended the open items they cannot use. They are house at the Senior Citizen Cen- planning to have an auction ter, the reopening was a much-later in the spring. Ellsbury anticipated event. About 90 people said that people had been very signed the guest register Sunday, generous donating items for the Dec. 2, and toured the newly re- Center, but that they just modeled facility, couldn't use all of it. "There are Among thecommentsheardfrom people who can use some of those touring the new kitchen these items," she said. "That's were: why we're going to have the In reference to the new refrig- auction." erators, "Good. These are really The Senior Citizens served the good." first meal prepared in the new "This is better than the hospi- kitchen Monday, Dec. 3. "We tal kitchen." served some meals last week that "Can you roll out pie dough on were prepared by the hospital, but this countertop?" which w~s fol- this is the first time in the Center lowed by various speculative com- since the remodel," Ellsbury com- ments. ~ mented. "Look how clean this. stove will She invited members of the pub- be." lic to join Seniors for lunch. The "This stove cost more than cost is $4.50. If you want to have most of the cars !~e owned." lunch at the Center, please call the Annabelle Ellsbufy, Senior Citi- day before or at 8:00 a.m. the zens president, pointed out now morning of the day you wish to eat that things are pretty much in there so the cooks will know how place, the members are finding much to prepare. Margaret Beagle (left) and Darlene Taylor serve the first meal prepared in the new kitchen. Pork chops with meshed pots- toes, carrots and peas were on the menu. Asked how he liked the dinner, one elderly gentleman said, "It's okay, but I wish they would leave the carrots and peas out." (Photos by Linda Johnson) By GEORGE M. WATTS An elderly couple was living alone, In a modest home that was not their own. Their health was such that they could not work, Nor contribute much to each other's worth. They never complained nor asked for aid. They had done for themselves during the life they had They had experienced hard times, sickness and war, But you never heard a peep of complaining or more. made. "7Luas a bit lonesome when the kids left the nest, To lives of tbreir own. They knew what was best. Grandchild 4en came along and brightened each day. ~We're really blessed," you'd hear them say. Grandma and Grandad's family were out on their own. The harvest reaped for the seed they had sown. Their children were so wrapped up in their own livin' They didn't have time to think of those who had given Them life, love and care through all those long years, When dollars were scarce and at times in arrears. Through sickness and health, they had helped them along Till they tried their own wings in a life of their own. Inflation runs rampant, the prices are up. No one seems to give much thought to those who are They go gaily on as their income keeps pace, But the old folks get poorer in this vicious rat race. hurt. Holidays can intensify the grief of losing a loved one. Here are a few suggestions that can help you get through the season. Keep it simple. Don't schedule too many events or overcommit yourself. Do what's best for your immediate family, some of whom may have their own ways of cop- ing. Rest. The combination of holi- days and grief can lead to exhaus- tion. Break tradition. Consider tak- ing a vacation or planning a differ- ent menu or mealtime. Accept help when it is offered and remember to ask for help when you need. Don't hold back. Tears are a natural part of grieving, no matter what season it is. For more information about deal- ing with grief during the holiday season, visit the following websites: www.beyondindogo.com griefnet.org/library/coping.html Source: Guideposts In 1900, large stores erect big illuminated trees. FIDLER FUNERAL 208 Main Street. P.O. Box 678 Sundance, WY 82729 (307) 283-3334. (888) 642-2633 toll Crook County's family owned and operated funeral home. DAMON L. ISBURG Owner/Funeral Director Serving all of Sewing compassion for over 45 years. 111[ Si(mlll m t 2.t B lint Y//dmAm'r $599.951Tm'CCr. ~ ~ Chain Saw Center Serv/t,e ]Ttat's A Above Tke 414 ~ ~ ~,~'~f Sl) By GEORGE WATTB In 1974 our lives were going Many items were donated by the along in a normal fashion when we members. The public really got heard of a new kind of activity behind our effort. Many donated called Senior Citizens. A young their labor, and the ladies took lady called Jackie Howard had turns cooking, which helped a lot. married a~O~t~an~ ~'ld There would be various things they live4in Casper ~~-]$y pcop!e would suggest to make it had emp~t~ ~ ~" all work better. You must have co- Jackie had got interested in the operation and willingness to take new Senior Citizens movement. It an active part. John Bunney, seemed to be her kind of employ- Harley Douglas, Montgomery, my- ment. She loved to help and be self, and various others took a very around older people, active part in working on the At this time there were already project. Senior Centers in most larger My wife and I traveled the east- towns, so she called a meeting in ern half of Wyoming, attending Sundance. As the government had meetings and learn'rag what other begun to establish rules to go by, centers were doing to better them- quite a few people showed interest selves. We brought it home to our in it. board and members to put into It sounded so good, where older people could have a place to meet, practice here. We were paid for our visit, play games, dance, have tat- efforts, gas, lodging, meals, but ent shows and other activities. It just enough to take the edge offour appealed to most everyone. So we expenses. decided to see if the movement We took notes and saw to it that would go in our community, everything was brought up to take I believe our first meeting was home and inform our members. held in the Methodist Church We met and got acquainted with basement or the lunch room of the many wonderful friends in our old school house. As I recall, a travels to various meetings. Every- board was put together, and one we met was inspired by the Dorothea Hindman was elected Senior Citizen movement and re- president. ~ Can't remember any ally put their full energy behind the other board members, only Mar- movement. garet Beagle and myself. The central office in Casper was We immediately got some mem- a wonderful help in giving advice bership cards and made a drive in on problems we had trouble iron- the area for members. As i recall ing out. Inviting people from other we got about 284 people in the area centers created an exchange of to join at $5 each. ideas and friendship between the Then began a search for a meet- centers, ing place. We finally found a place An active group of people who in the building used at Fair time have the time and energy to really for showing displays and where plan activities and help carry them various Farm Bureaus had an area out is helpful to a Center. It is a they could show their displays in. continuing thing and not a one- By doing some rearranging, we got shot deal. Also, you cannot tire a single board buildLng from the your help. Fair Board. This we rewir~, recov- I wrote a poem back when we first ered, and insulated so elderly started the Center. People from all people could meet and have din- over the area commented on it. It hers there in comfort, gave them the idea of what the I remember Kenneth Montgom- Center was trying to accomplish. ery had the aides and overhead insulated. We left the big room open so we couldhave shows and dances and plays. We had a talent show and dance that was really a success. This really helped our fi- nancial si~tion. At this time I was elected as president. 111 National Belle Fourche, SD 5;7717 Front & Rear Wheel Alignment & Balancing Brakes, Struts. Shocks, Frame Service Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5; p.m. Owher Bus: 605-892-2851 Res- 605-892-6453 We insisted that members could come to board meetings and have a voice in its management. This seemed to work weU. Anytime the board met each month, any mem- ber could ~~,prC~lem con- ceming Senior CAti mto be talked over and ~~. This kept friction down. After we ~the, building liveable, Kenneth ' and I took our I Defense in Cheyenne and of furniture, chai~, tables, office items and such. This helped a lot. *It's okay, Pa. We'll be okay," Is what Ma keeps saying in her loving old way. But Pa knows different. He knows when he's stuck And feels they can't survive it even with luck. The days flow on by, and they keep bravely on, Making do with what they have and glad for each dawn. Another day by; Pa said to himself .... "ZEL l'll take care of Ma till I'm placed on the shelf. They heard of a center where old folks could be, Get a nourishing meal, and some friends they could see, Visit, lay their troubles away for a while, Return home refreshed, ready to go another mile. When the old car got balky and refused to run, They just called the center for a ride that was fun. van driver was courteous, careful, and deft And saw that they were safely home before he left. Their world got more bearable. 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