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United Way fund-raiser supports many local agencies

The United Way’s annual “Party ‘Round Pagosa” fund-raiser is now available as a gift certificate to your favorite restaurant.?

Buy a $25 gift certificate to use at a participating restaurant and the United Way

Why not buy a certificate as a gift for your child’s teacher, friends or family??

Senior citizens say a restaurant gift certificate is the preferred gift for the holidays and gift certificates are great stocking stuffers too!

All you have to do is buy a gift certificate ahead of time and then use it when you are dining at one of these participating restaurants: Alley House Grille, Bacci Italian Restaurant, Bear Creek Saloon and Grill, Boss Hogg’s Restaurant and Saloon, Buffalo Inn Restaurant and Bar, Café Colorado, Dogwood Café, Dorothy’s Restaurant, Elkhorn Cafe, Farrago Market Café, Higher Grounds Coffee Company, JJ’s Riverwalk Restaurant, Junction Restaurant, Kip’s Grill and Cantina, Nello’s Espresso Bar and Café, Ole Miner’s Steakhouse, Pagosa Baking Company, Rose Restaurant, The Floured Apron and Bakery and Victoria’s Café.

Musetta Wollenweber here at the Senior Center (264-2167) will be happy to sell you several. Gift certificates will be sold through Jan. 1, and the expiration date for using the certificates is April 30, 2010.?

By purchasing a gift certificate you are supporting the many local agencies, in addition to the Silver Foxes Den, who receive valuable support from United Way:

American Red Cross, Southwest Colorado Chapter, Archuleta County Education Center, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, Colorado Housing Inc., Girl Scouts of Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, Archuleta County Senior Center, Southwest Smile Makers Dental Program, Seeds of Learning, Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center, Southwest Conservation Corps, Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse.

Senior Spotlight

Charlotte Archuleta was born in 1928 in a cabin at the Pagosa Springs Park. Her mother had come to town to give birth, as they lived in rural Trujillo, which is now Pinon Hills. She attended school through the eighth grade, and then repeated the eighth grade just so she could be with her friends. Friends and family have always been Charlotte’s joy and priority.

She recalls a favorite story of living on a ranch as a child. It was her mother’s birthday and she was going to make a chicken dish for lunch. Back in the day, chicken entrees took two extra hours to prepare as one had to find the chicken, kill it, boil the feathers off (which stunk, she explained), etc. This did not include the time it took to catch this particularly swift chicken and lunch was very late.

Charlotte worked on a ranch in her late teens and loved to dance at the dusty weekend dances that lasted until 2 a.m. Her mother did not appreciate her very talented dance partner, as he was more partial to dancing than working. She reports that her mother said, “Charlotte, what could I give you to give up your dancer boyfriend who doesn’t work?” Charlotte thumbed through her Spiegel catalogue and pointed out an accordion that was roughly $40. Her mother purchased the accordion and Charlotte ended it with the dancer. Every month her mother had to sell a goat for $5 until the accordion was paid off.

James, a hard working gentleman, married Charlotte when she was 22 years old. Together they raised seven children — four girls and three boys. They lived in Hurlong, Calif., where James worked at a bomb factory. They became very homesick and moved back to Pagosa Springs. James built his own auto shop and bought a Chevron station.

Charlotte enjoys making quilts, playing the piano, playing that legendary accordion and visiting with her family and friends.

Thank you

Thank you Bob St. Cyr for volunteering to be another Medicare SHIP counselor. We are so grateful to have you.

Thank you Marty Borges, professional storyteller, for entertaining us with your stories, and educating us about the Pirate Achievement Center at the Pagosa Springs High School. We look forward to more stories, and meeting your students.

Thank you to fellow county employees, Kim and Chris, for helping us serve our amazing Thanksgiving lunch.

Thank you Michael Thomas for playing your beautiful piano music during our Thanksgiving lunch.

Help, please

We need a volunteer to clean up the dining area on Tuesdays after lunch. The cooks are exhausted. The benefits are a free lunch and big love. Call me, Jodi, at 264-2167.

Medicare Part D

The Medicare Annual Election Period is from Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, 2009. This is the time to enroll in Medicare prescription drug coverage, or to switch from one plan to another. Your plan will be effective on Jan. 1, 2010, and you will generally have to stay in that plan until the next annual enrollment period, so it’s important to review your plan and make sure you have the best one for you. To allow time for your enrollment to be recognized and membership materials to reach you in time for use on Jan. 1, it is best if you complete your enrollment by Dec. 8, 2009.


Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home delivery-program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, and frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, Dec. 4 — Tai Chi Intermediate, 9:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beginning; 11 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 7 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 — Chair Massage 10 a.m. (sign -up required); Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; December Nutrition.

Thursday, Dec. 10 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Dec. 11 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Intermediate 9:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beginning 11 a.m.; ASI election in Pagosa Springs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; ASI election in Arboles 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (at the convenience store); Gym Walk 11:15 a.m. Noon music.

Medical expenses

The Silver Foxes Den, in cooperation with Archuleta Seniors, Inc. (ASI), may be able to help with excess medical expenses.? Items covered might be prescription copays, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dental care.?Qualifying amounts are based on income and need. Recipients must be current members of ASI. Dues are $5 per year. For more information about how we might help you or your family, please contact Musetta at 264-2167.

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2009 ASI membership? You may purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs. All 2009 memberships expire Dec. 31.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4 — Coconut fish, brown rice, broccoli, grapes, whole wheat roll.

Monday, Dec. 7 — Porcupine meatballs, whipped potatoes, California vegetables, almond peaches, bread.

Tuesday, Dec. 8 — Corn beef sandwich, french fries, peas and carrots, mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 — Chili relleno casserole, parsley carrots, salad, tortilla.

Thursday, Dec. 10 — Closed, administrative day.

Friday, Dec. 11 — Roast chicken, broth, scalloped potatoes, hot marinated carrots, cinnamon apples, roll.