Category Archives: Seniors

Transcribing a resonating life

Transcribing a resonating life

“I don’t think they would ever print anything from my diary if they found it somewhere a hundred years hence.” ~ Elsa Byron Spear Born in Big Horn in 1896, Spear grew up in Sheridan and on the families’ ranches at the beginning of the 20th century. In the photographic community, Spear is known for… Continue Reading

Center Stage: WWII and the troop trains

During World War II a common practice was to move large numbers of men by rail.  The steam engines that pulled the troop trains took on coal and water in my hometown.  For some unknown reason, the whole town knew when a troop train would be arriving. The high school band would be there playing… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings — March 5, 2016

• ‘Conversations in History’ with Helen Laumann. March 9, 10 a.m., Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith St. March conversation: “The History of Clearmont and the Clear Creek Valley.” No need to sign up in advance. Just come in, grab a beverage in the dining room and join the conversation! Ask for the room at the… Continue Reading

Tax aide volunteers trained and ready to file for you

Tax aide volunteers trained and ready to file for you

SHERIDAN — As if filing your annual tax refund isn’t a chore in itself, there are still the requirements about filing around the Affordable Care Act that can make filing more arduous. Volunteer Bonnie Zowada shares the value of the program’s service especially for those reporting participation in the Affordable Care Act. The Act has… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Activities for the heart, mind and soul

I recently attended the National Adult Day Services conference in Phoenix, Arizona, and came away with a new and fresh outlook. I learned how when dealing with the  loss of independence, which many of our participants face,  that building personal wellness can be found by a healthy balance of activities for the body, mind and… Continue Reading

Terry Garrison: letting the music take control

Terry Garrison: letting the music take control

SHERIDAN — His preferred instrument is the guitar and he proudly owns a Gibson Electric 335, two Godin guitars and a Tanara. When Terry Garrison plays either instrument, musical magic spins. “I’m always trying out guitars,” Garrison said. “You can’t have too many guitars.” Many Sheridan County residents have been treated to Garrison’s musical melodies… Continue Reading

Question, persuade, refer could save a life

Question, persuade, refer could save a life

SHERIDAN — Those in the audience were age 14 and older. Every hand in the room went up when the presenter asked, “Do you know of someone who was lost to suicide or who lost someone to suicide?” Most would prefer to not have to talk about the topic of suicide. But it’s this difficult… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings — Feb. 13, 2016

• Senior Center 101. Join us on Monday, Feb. 15 at the Senior Center. Learn about the mission of the Senior Center! 1 p.m. in the Senior Center Conference Room, 211 Smith St. • Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild? There is support for you in your very special role. Join us on Wednesday,… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Giving care to caregivers

I often think of a quote by Rosalynn Carter saying “There are only four kinds of people in this world: Those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Now that we have everyone covered, we can agree that it is in our… Continue Reading

Two valentines from Eatons’ Ranch

Two valentines from Eatons’ Ranch

The Academics for All committee is proud to honor Samantha Hamilton, daughter of Mike and Laura Hamilton, as this week’s Summit Award winner. Hamilton carries a cumulative GPA of 3.94 and received academic letters her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She remarks, “Education is indispensable, and learning gives me great satisfaction.” Having aspirations of becoming… Continue Reading

A bold new front for Green Boomerang thrift store

A bold new front for Green Boomerang thrift store

SHERIDAN — Volunteers worked with the efficiency of a bucket brigade and now it’s official: The Sheridan Senior Center’s thrift shop, Green Boomerang, has joined the business community in historic downtown Sheridan. The Senior Center is targeting to open Green Boomerang on Feb. 6 at its new location at 226 N. Main St. moving into… Continue Reading

Lady warrior with a gentle strength

Lady warrior with a gentle strength

SHERIDAN — One can almost hear the soft summer nights and country roads of a small Texas girl when Sue Moomey speaks. Moomey speaks with a soft elegance that is a light veil over an attitude of exuberance. One soon realizes he is speaking with a Southern lady, but may not readily discern that they… Continue Reading

Protect yourself from fraud: File with the IRS

SHERIDAN — The IRS and AARP Foundation tax aide volunteers are encouraging everyone to file a tax return for 2015 regardless if they don’tmeet the filing requirements. Why? “It’s part of the IRS campaign to try to protect us from fraud,” said Janet Dill. Dill has been preparing tax forms for AARP Foundation’s Tax Aid… Continue Reading

Michelle Keller: building bridges

Michelle Keller: building bridges

SHERIDAN — You wouldn’t immediately conclude that Michelle Keller is a bridge builder when you first meet her. But she is. Tongue River Valley resident Keller has joined the Sheridan Senior Center team. Her objective? To increase community awareness of what services are available for older residents to maintain independent living in their homes. For… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Valentine tributes and fun facts

Did you know that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day several times a year?  According to an article by Elizabeth Hanes on the History website, called “6 Surprising Facts about St. Valentine” because of the abundance of St. Valentines on the Roman Catholic roster, you can choose to celebrate the saint multiple times each year. Besides… Continue Reading

Cowboy up with your diabetes management

Cowboy up with your diabetes management

SHERIDAN — It’s a fit much like putting on your favorite pair of well-broken in boots: managing your own diabetes or pre-diabetes. What does it mean to cowboy up in managing your diabetes? According to one definition, to cowboy up is to keep going when the going is tough. But it does not mean going… Continue Reading

Senior Center Happenings Jan. 9, 2016

• Is it becoming a national event? Whether you spell your first, middle or last name Jane, Jayne, Janie or – however – you are invited to the annual JANE PARTY! The party is Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at the historic Sheridan Inn. Please call 672-2240 by 5 p.m. on Jan. 8 to let… Continue Reading

Center Stage: Another new year

Happy New Year! Are you someone who loves the New Year? Do you get excited and motivated to try something new or make a change to better your life? Maybe you are looking at it as good riddance to a tough 2015 and you have hope for better things to come in 2016? Are you… Continue Reading

Fraud watch: be your own advocate

Fraud watch: be your own advocate

SHERIDAN — The amount of money forfeited to fraud is estimated at $18 billion according to Les Engelter. Engelter was one of two presenters at the Senior Center on Tuesday as the Senior Center kicked off its 2016 monthly “When I’m 64…or more” life planning lecture series addressing the topic of fraud. Detective Jerome Smith… Continue Reading

Column: Say ‘no’ to IRS scammers

Last March, the Senior Center offered a Fraud Watch presentation as part of the Center’s “When I’m 64…or more” life planning series.  We invited local AARP Chapter leadership and the Sheridan Police Department to present warning signs and preventative actions all of us can take to dodge being scammed. Folks who attended were surprised when… Continue Reading

Ringing in the new year unique and varied

Ringing in the new year unique and varied

SHERIDAN — New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day give many an opportunity to reflect or resolve. For some, New Year’s Eve and Day called for special celebrations or activities. And even if the moment didn’t seem special at the time, some activities turn out to be special after all. “We used to go to… Continue Reading

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