Category Archives: Seniors

Help us continue to realize the dream

We are so privileged to live in a community where, by virtue of group effort, many dreams get realized and hopes become fulfilled. It is a pleasure to write about one of our local gems that originated in 1973 under the helm of Ky Dixon and now Carmen Rideout as Executive Director of the Sheridan… Continue Reading

Happy birthday Older Americans Act

Anyone who knows me knows that I just don’t have that muscle in my body that triggers getting a card out to someone before their birthday, anniversary or any other big occasion. So, is it no wonder that I didn’t get a birthday greeting out to Washington wishing them a Happy Birthday for the 50th… Continue Reading

Man of many talents

Man of many talents

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — John Engels, 68, was born in New York near Lake Ontario. He moved to Wyoming with his family at a very young age when his parents purchased the Banner store. His mother served as postmistress there for nearly 50 years. Farming was Engels’ main occupation until he… Continue Reading

Good eating and good health are good partners

SHERIDAN — Advancing age can involve increased health problems. Excess weight has been proven to be a major cause of chronic diseases. Weight loss to an ideal weight can add years to your life. Being careful with your diet has been proven to significantly slow down these effects, according to Georgia Boley, registered dietitian. Boley… Continue Reading

Sharing tales of Red and Pete

Leslie “Red” Popham and Pete Larson were neighbors about 20 miles south of town close to Lodgepole Creek.  They hardly did anything individually.  Their projects generally involved both of the men.  They both liked their alcoholic beverages as well. Dad did trucking for both of the men.  The markets for their animals that they raised… Continue Reading

Living as a traveling teacher

Living as a traveling teacher

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Harold Johnson has lived anything but a dull life. Following high school, Johnson pursued a nursing degree but his college education was a series of stops and re-starts. Some years after having a series of starts and stops with college, friends of Johnson’s parents returned from Japan… Continue Reading

He’s been a traveling man

He’s been a traveling man

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Jon Quarterman, 64, was born in San Diego, California, to a service man father who traveled a lot and a mother from Sheridan. “My father looked and sounded just like Johnny Cash,” Quarterman said with more than just a bit of admiration. When Quarterman was in the… Continue Reading

Caregivers care through Longest Day Bake Sale

By Stella Montano Tomorrow, June 21, is the Summer Solstice, a day referred to as “The Longest Day” in the Northern Hemisphere. For someone living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, every day is “The Longest Day.”  The Alzheimer’s Association has elected the longest day of the year to raise awareness about the challenges and… Continue Reading

Loving his new direction

Loving his new direction

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — “I just love what I do; I just love it,” Gene Brewer said. Brewer refered to a new direction in his life after years as a caregiver: He is now volunteering at the Sheridan Senior Center’s Green Boomerang Thrift Store. “When my brother-in-law died,” Brewer said, “I… Continue Reading

Variety leads to an interesting life

Variety leads to an interesting life

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Despite his name, Ron Sheridan is not a resident of either Sheridan or Wyoming. Sheridan was born 68 years ago in Queens County, New York, to a hair dresser mother and fireman father. At the age of 4 he went to work selling newspapers, then donated the… Continue Reading

Center Stage: The shivaree and car theft

Mom and Dad were married in October at Deadwood, South Dakota.  A common practice back then was to shivaree the newly marrieds.  A dance was held to honor and shivaree the newly married couple.  The dance was held in the loft of the barn belonging to Bill Foltz.  The Foltz place was about five miles… Continue Reading

Courage to make a good life

Courage to make a good life

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Yes or no: do our attitudes change as we age?  Can we have a good life to the end? According to Dr. Beth Kelsey, studies show that people report more positive emotions as they age. We become less prone to anxiety, depression and anger even though facing trials… Continue Reading

Can we be a ‘Greatest Generation’ for our future?

As the development director for the Sheridan Senior Center, I get excited when the time rolls around for our annual Operation Independence Campaign.  At the Senior Center, we have made it our mission to help older adults maintain and regain their independence. This year our Operation Independence Campaign is a part of our larger effort… Continue Reading

An act of love

An act of love

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — They are bonded through love for their children that began out of personal tragedy. Twenty-one years ago, a very special group of volunteers began tending the baby section at Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. In 1981, Mary and Rod Reimers’ son, Steven Phillip, was buried in the baby section. “We… Continue Reading

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