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Center Stage: Celebrating generations and building community

June 26, 2015

By Carmen Rideout When I started at the Senior Center in 2000, I was excited to be working for an organization that would be growing and evolving in the years ahead. Over the 40-plus years the Center has been in existence, it is ever changing and growing to meet the needs and serve our communities. Demographic Read More

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 Read More

Caregivers care through Longest Day Bake Sale

June 19, 2015

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 Read More

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 Read More

Center Stage: Bridging the gap between hospital and home for 27 years

June 12, 2015

By Janet Korp The Sheridan Senior Center is the home of many hats. I have worked for the Senior Center for almost nine years and am still amazed at all the programs we have to help our senior and disabled community. While all the services at the Senior Center are truly wonderful, the one that Read More

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 Read More

Center Stage: The shivaree and car theft

June 5, 2015

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 Read More

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 Read More

Mary Lee Stopka: Boot-scooting and toe-tapping

May 29, 2015

SHERIDAN — Mary Lee Lindeen Stopka will be 91 years young in August and shares that her feet have been dancing for 85 of those years. Since the age of 5, Stopka’s one lifetime ambition was to be a dancer. Her parents were active in the barn dancing community and much to her delight she Read More

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 Read More

Center Stage: Get into the act: Summertime activities to keep you busy

May 22, 2015

By Jane Perkins I’d like to say that the staff at the Sheridan Senior Center believe we all benefit from “forward thinking.” It’s a necessity when you are a part of a vibrant community such as Sheridan and the ever changing world around us. For example, being informed by the “When I’m 64” series is Read More

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 Read More

Cultivating memories of mom in the flower garden

May 15, 2015

By Renee Meador The earth is damp with moisture this April, remnant of the three-foot snowdrift undulating along the south side of my home three weeks ago, and the thunderstorm a few nights ago that created a canopy of sheet lightning while I walked the dog.  The moisture is a blessed relief, not the usual Read More

She’s a winner: Johnson recognized for lifetime of volunteerism

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Her volunteerism spans from locales as exotic as Guam to as familiar as Sheridan. At age 83, Billie Johnson was honored for her community volunteerism as one of four finalists for the Wyoming Jefferson Award in 2015. The Jefferson Award is given to outstanding volunteers in every Read More

Center Stage: Sheridan is fortunate to have Day Break facility

May 8, 2015

To the angels of the Senior (Center) Day Break, I want to extend my sincere thank you for all the magnificent work that you do with our senior population, specifically my mom. The ladies and other team members at the Senior Day Break offer so many wonderful opportunities for social activities, laughs, games, lunch and Read More

Appointments for free assistance with tax refund for elderly and disabled

From the Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Senior Center will be taking appointments to assist older and disabled Wyoming residents with applications for the tax refund program for elderly and disabled.  The purpose of this refund program is to provide an allowance to help cover sales and use taxes, property taxes and utility Read More

Johnson’s protagonist is a grandfather

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — The Walt Longmire novels and television series are well known to many who read or who watch television, both in the United States and 100 other countries worldwide, broadcast in English and 12 other languages. Craig Johnson, the creator of the Walt Longmire character, is a Sheridan Read More

Center Stage: Pouring concrete

May 1, 2015

By Bob Huff One of the concrete men around Upton, Wyoming, was Tom McCarter by trade.  McCarter hired me when I turned 13 years old.  Wheeling concrete was sometimes a struggle at that age.  The authorities would not allow that employment to happen today. McCarter paid me 50 cents an hour.  I had a lot Read More

Senior Center Happenings May 2, 2015

• Mother’s Day Tea at the Senior Center, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Invite that important lady in your life. Carolyn Wertman will share the history and special memories of her doll collections. Hats, gloves and boas are optional. There is no charge for the evening, but please call 672-2240 to let us know that you are Read More

Talented local artisan is adopted son of Crow

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — He is talented, which is an understatement. His story has been published in Wyoming Wildlife and Destination Sheridan. It’s most likely because he has an interesting story. Kim Fuka is an extraordinary artist who works with beads, feathers and porcupine quills. What’s most special about Fuka is Read More

Senior Center Happenings April 25, 2015

April 24, 2015

• Monday nights are Support Group nights at the Senior Center: family caregiver, cancer support and Parkinson’s support. The groups meet separately throughout the Senior Center at 5 p.m. (cancer support) and 5:30 p.m. (caregiver and Parkinson’s). For more information, call Stella Montano at 675-1978. • Many grocery stores will pay for your round-trip ride Read More

Center Stage: Without community collaboration, it’s a zero-sum game

I recently attended the 2015 FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference here in Sheridan. (If you’ve never gone, I encourage you to consider going next year even if you can’t attend the entire conference. The workshops are great!). The conference is one afternoon and evening; you can attend the entire time or just portions as Read More

Erpelding finds comfort in a life of rhymes

By Jessie Hetzler Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Writing poetry came to her years ago when she was faced with hardships. As the wife of a civilian missile contractor, her family moved frequently and was not always welcomed by community residents where the missiles were being built during the Cold War. “Not being accepted by Read More

Lessons from one lifetime

April 18, 2015

By Barb Blue Mary Magdeline Legerski is a redheaded Bohemian who grew in Monarch and is cute as heck.  Our friendship began four months ago when Mary started coming to Day Break. Mary is a delight to visit with. She is fortunate to have a close-knit family that cares for her as she ages. Family Read More

Planning for the future with long-term care

By Lois Bell Sheridan Senior Center SHERIDAN — Do you have a plan in place should you need long-term care? Many people believe they have their affairs in order when they have a will in place.  But this is not enough. Life is not always an off/on switch. What are your plans should you be Read More

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