Senior Living July 5th

Senior Living July 5th

Summer – when the days get hot and the nights start getting longer; a time to slow down and work in the yard, read that book you’ve been meaning to read, and travel to see friends and family or old high school classmates. But everyday more than 100 individuals, who have difficulty preparing meals on their own, depend upon Meals-on-Wheels for a daily nutritious and tasty meal.

There are over twenty five dedicated volunteers who help deliver the meals, but during the summer, several take time off for their summer activities and practically every day Ashley, who manages the meal deliveries, is driving a route herself which takes her away from her other duties. Consequently, Ashley is desperately seeking Susans or Barbaras; Roberts or Stanleys to help fill in during the summer and make sure the meals are delivered. Last week Ashley took me along on one of the seven routes – it took a little over an hour – and it was rewarding to know I was providing for some – their only nutritious meal and daily contact. If you are interested in driving once a week or whenever it fits your schedule, call Ashley at Meals-on-Wheels – 541-298-8333 and she will get your started.

The Center’s 2011 Annual Membership meeting is scheduled for Tuesday July 19th at 1:30. The agenda will include a review of the past year’s accomplishments, presentation of the goals for next year, a review the 2011-2012 budget, election of new board members and then adjournment for a little dessert. But you do need to be a Center member to vote. So what are you waiting for? Join now and attend the Annual Membership meeting on Tuesday July 19th

Now some good news and some bad. The bad news is that the Center has sold all the tickets for the August 28th matinee performance of Momma Mia. We are taking names for a waiting list in case life happens and plans change and a ticket becomes available. But the good news is we still have plenty of tickets for the Sunday August 7th matinee performance of the musical Les Miserables – a tale of redemption and revolution. Because we bought these tickets last summer, we have very good seats in rows H, J and K on the main floor. Les Miserables is one of my favorite musicals with hits including “I Dreamed a Dream” which you may remember Susan Boyle singing on “Britains Got Talent”. The cost is again $70 including to the door – but you will have to walk to your seat – transportation. Call the Center to reserve your ticket.

The Center keeps pumping out the sounds every Tuesday night with Martin and Friends taking their turn on the 12th. Tonight the Strawberry Mountain Band will be strumming their guitars for your listening and dancing pleasure. The foot action and finger picking starts at 7:00 and everyone and their kid sister is invited. Donations of the monetary kind are always appreciated.

Many times I end this column with a quote that either complements the column’s theme, succinctly describes a simple truth or I just find amusing. One of the authors I occasionally use is Robert Brault. And last week I was asked who is this masked man of many quotes. I did some “googling” and learned he is a freelance writer for over forty years and writes a wise and insightful blog “A Robert Brault Reader” at You may want to check it out.

The answer to last week’s “Remember When” question was the solemn Chet Huntley anchoring from New York and the twinkly David Brinkley reporting from Washington DC – who were the hosts of the Texaco Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC from 1956 through 1970. This week’s question is back to a musical theme song for the days of summer. Sung by Brian Hyland this song reached #1 during the summer of 1960 and made this style of bathing suit – which was initially considered too risque – the rage of the beaches and swimming pools to the glee of every young man. What was the name of the song? Or can you “One, two, three, four/Tell the people what she wore”? E-mail your answer to, call 541-296-4788 or write it on the back of a first class plane ticket to Daytona Beach.

Well it’s been another week watching things go boom in the night. Until we meet again, keep the torch lit, but the water bucket nearby.

“The trick to accomplishing anything is to avoid the obstacles that are not in your way.” Robert Brault

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