On Tuesday, Feb. 1, a good crowd of 44 people enjoyed a dinner of barbecued beef sandwiches, french fries, coleslaw and a dessert buffet of cakes and cookies.

We welcomed guests Chris Wenzel of Monument and Louise Williams of the Longview Ranch, Kimberly. Come again!

Certificate winners were: May deEtt Hinton for the free meal; Ron Groves, Chester's Thriftway; and Frances Arnesen, Len's Drug. We appreciate the support of these local businesses.

Our new fearless leader, Jack Sweek, presented several Certificates of Appreciation. One was to the Monument Grange #742 and American Legion Post #148 for their donation of land to the City of Monument for our Senior Center. This certificate will be framed and hung on the wall.

Another was presented to Betty Richards for her husband, Van Richards, in appreciation of his many years of service to our Senior Association. He was actively involved in the organization from the beginning, but because of ill health, was unable to attend.

Finally, certificates were presented to both Marty and Dotty Jensen for their contributions of time, talent and work. Marty, for his services as bus driver, general fix-it man, and uncounted hours as board member and board chairman. And to Dotty, for volunteer work in many ways and her donation of talent and material in decorating the hall.

We all got a little emotional in bidding them goodbye, as they are moving to a new home in Lacey, Wash. We will miss them, but they left with assurances that they will be back to visit.

An appropriate word for the day: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

In a recent column, Don and Ray Capon were included among visitors from Long Creek, but the Capon ranch (a Century Farm) is located on the North Fork of the John Day River, a couple of miles downriver from Monument.

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