Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Baker City Senior Center is truly a special place

The recent letter from Ramona and John Creighton was right on. I would like to add my story.

My late husband, Leo, and I began visiting the Senior Center in 1980 or so, when it was housed in the Extension Building. Leo soon joined the Buddy Band which played for every dance or function requiring music until he had to put away his beloved saxophones about 1998. Leo decorated the hall for every holiday or occasion. I handed him ribbons, pins or tape. Leo was president of the Baker County Seniors for several years. He passed away June 6, 2003.

In 1982, Peggi Timm asked me to be treasurer of the Seniors. I have carefully accounted for every penny - even those found in the pockets of donated clothing or on the pavement of the parking lot. I have asked numerous people if they would like the job. Answers have ranged from "Oh, I don't think so" to "Hell no!" I'll carry on as long as I can.

Marion Kolb started the Klothes Kloset with one rack of clothing. The first deposit was on April 9, 1993, for $24.75. Several ladies managed the project, and I took over after Meredith Stephens' death Aug. 5, 2010. Several good friends have helped me. We will soon reach my current goal of $40,000.

The Fall Bazaar will be Nov. 2. Our prices will start at 10 cents, and there's sure to be an item you can't live without.

I have played many games of pinochle at the Center and enjoyed them immensely.

The lunches served are delicious and plentiful. There is some activity for everyone.

Baker County Seniors Inc. owns the building and land. Office space is rented to Community Connection, which handles the meals, transportation and various government funds. People of all ages and economic situations are welcome. Please come.

The above activities have helped so much with my loneliness the past 10 years.

Louise Palumbo

Baker City

Our local first responders deserve our thanks, prayers

The past few weeks have brought tragedy and misfortune that affects all of us as a community. We all grieve and have sympathy for those closest to the victims and others directly involved.However, there are a great many of our friends and neighbors who deal with such instances on a daily basis.

The first responders in our community are there from beginning, to well beyond the end, of the events that impact us all on a very emotional level.Mental health care providers, medical providers, emergency services personnel, clergy, counselors and teachers are among the first ones there to provide their services and expertise to those in need.

Even though they have chosen their careers, their level of commitment and compassion is stronger in many cases because of those choices. Their lives have been greatly impacted as well. We all know these folks, they are our neighbors and friends. So, when you see someone who serves our community in times of distress, give them your thanks and prayers. They deserve both.

Dave and Linda Noble

Baker City