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February 2019
Clay Kautzman

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone who might be unfamiliar to most. Clayton “Clay” Kautzman. Unless you need to be taken for a ride. No, not that type of ride…a TAP ride! Clay is one of our top TAP drivers, taking homebound seniors to various places four days a week. It was his wife, Virginia, another TAP driver, who got him to start driving for us. Not just a TAP driver who also helps out serving dinners at our Thanksgiving but also delivers meals for our Operation Senior Claus. He’d like to do more but, while retired, he still is quite busy as a handyman at all of his and Virginia’s rental properties. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, he came out to California due to his stint in the Marines. After getting out he went to school to learn more about computers. Following graduation he went to work for Western Union, GTE, then as a contractor out at Norton. Married to Virginia they have two boys, six grandkids, and one great-grandkid. Thanks Clay for taking time out of your busy schedule to take care of others.


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Christmas is just around the corner and Operation Senior Claus is in full force. No matter what you call him (Father Christmas, Black Peter, Grandfather Frost, Swiety Mijolaj, Winter Grandfather, or St. Nick), he is working with all his helpers here at the center to make sure everyone in Highland wakes up with a smile on their face this Christmas. Santas little helpers from the Highland Senior Center, Highland Noon Kiwanis, and the Highland Womans Club are pitching in to help 60 seniors in need.

However, with all these helping hands, Santa still needs your help. We will be preparing Christmas dinners (turkey and all the trimmings), and little gift baskets for some good seniors who managed to stay off the naughty list. To do this we are still in need of money donations, gift cards to food markets, as well as hygiene products (i.e. toothbrushes, shampoo); enough for 60 people.

So please think about helping out those less fortunate as you and maybe, just maybe, if youre on Santas naughty list, this might push you over onto the nice list.

By the way, Kris Kringle is a varation of Christkindl. When Martin Luther was doing his reformation of the church. He was upset that Santa was the main person of Christmas, (over shadowing Jesus). Knowing better than to get rid of the well known gift bringer, He said Santa accompanies the christ child (Christkindl in German). Christkindl became known as Kriss Kingle.