Aging Well June 30

Television is a far cry from when there were only three major television networks, late night television test patterns, and if you missed a show you would have to wait for the summer rerun. Not anymore. With the Internet and YouTube, you can watch a program again at your own convenience or even send a news clip to your friends across the globe. And this is a good thing if you happened to miss seeing the Center and Meals-on-Wheels on CGN7 or Carl Kramer on KATU.

CGN7, channel 7 on cable TV, has expanded their local programming and initiated a new series called “Making a Difference” focusing on non-profits in the Gorge. For their first episode, they chose the programs and activities provided at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center and the Adult Center in Hood River. They particularly highlighted the good work provided by Meals-on-Wheels and their dedicated staff and volunteers who serve between 140 and 180 meals five days a week. Meals-on-Wheels and the Center do make a difference and it is nice to be recognized. The series airs at 8:00 PM on Thursday evenings or you can watch it on the Internet at

Also the KATU news crew came to The Dalles to report on our own centenarian, Carl Kramer, who exhibited his usual grace and humor. Several weeks ago someone stole Carl’s new scooter which he had recently bought to replace his old “Ferrari” scooter. Many days Carl would ride his scooter to Meals-on-Wheels at the Center for lunch and now he has to rely solely on the bus. If you haven’t seen the news clip and want to see Carl or maybe spot yourself in the lunch crowd, you can go to the Center’s web site at and click on the link.

The Center is hosting a rummage sale to rid itself of many items that have been stored in the basement for some time. We will try to follow the “two year” rule: if it hasn’t been used in the last two years, it goes. But there are several keepers of the history who will make sure I don’t toss anything of significance. The sale will be in the Center’s basement on Friday and Saturday July 10 and 11th from 9 – 3 pm. As the saying goes “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure”.

Truman Boler and his one-man-country-jam will be back next Tuesday Night to perform for your dancing and listening pleasure. And tonight is a special treat with a visit from the Dufur Boys. As I was reminded this Sunday, dancing is good for the body and spirit and helps wash your cares away. Music starts at 7:00 and is free but donations are graciously accepted.

“The Senior Center puts on a great breakfast, but I would rather eat at Alice’s Restaurant” was Joanne Scott’s correct answer. Alice’s Restaurant sung by Arlo Guthrie was released in 1967 but the answer to this week’s question started in the fifties. What is the longest running prime time western television series and was number 1 from 1957 – 1960? Email me the correct answer at and you too can win a free breakfast at the Center on July 18th before the Ft. Dalles Parade.

That’s another wrap. The Center and Meals-on-Wheels will both be closed Friday and Saturday for the extended Fourth of July weekend, so you’re on your own. Until we meet again, don’t forget Carl Kramer’s secret to a long life. “You inhale, then you exhale, then you inhale, then you exhale, then you inhale, then you exhale and if you can keep that up long enough you’re going to be a hundred years old.”

“Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” Victor Hugo

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