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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


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Once again it was that time of year when every one claims a bit o Irish heritage, as we celebrated St. Patricks Day. St. Patrick, the priest who drove the snakes from Ireland, among other things, so we celebrate by drinking green beer, pinching those who arent wearing green, and eat corned beef!

Here at the Center we celebrate with in a slightly different, but just as fun, way. We actually did it a few days ahead as it fell on a Sunday this year. That just meant the party could last for three days! As people showed up in their finest greenery, Claudia Wrona got people in the mood through great Irish jigs as well as some non-Irish tunes, but no one seemed to mind. As people arrived they reached into a crock to pick out a shamrock. Minnie Gray had the luck of the Irish about her as she won the 50/50 contest.

There was also a trivia contest, where contests tried their best (and some their worst) to answer questions about Ireland and St. Patricks Day. Not everyone knew the answers, but at the end of the contest, they walked away a little smarter.

However, if there were one memory that was going to stick out in peoples minds it is going to be the food. The father/daughter team of Jim Imbriorski and Martha McGrew spent two days preparing and cooking corned beef, cabbage, carrots, onions, and potatoes for the feast.

Thanks to Don Davis and Aetna for sponsoring the event, as well as volunteers, Linda Brian, Marge Booth, Joan Brieten, Virginia Kautzman, Sally Gomez, Brenda Adams, and Helen, Bridgewater, as well as everyone who came out to help us make it such a fun-filled event.