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‘Fox Tales’ wanted at The Den

Every day there is some exquisitely fun, happy and/or ridiculous happening that doesn’t merit a whole story in this column but must be relayed.

For instance, there was a day before Christmas that a truck went off the road at the top of Wolf Creek Pass (no one was hurt), and we were the lucky recipients of two pickup truck loads of potatoes. For two days, our people hauled 25-pound bags of potatoes home.

There was the day that our own Connie Giffin was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal about her Monolithic homes.

And there was the day a caller insisted that Chimney Rock was being knocked down by the government (not true) and what was I going to do about it.

I have made a place for these tidbits called “Fox Tales.” Do you know of good news that needs to be spread? A short funny story? Something great your friend has done but no one else knows? Let me know: Jodi Starr 264-2167, I can’t wait to hear from you.

This week’s news: Carmen Valdez is back in our Den after a long, long time. Billie Jo Kern had a birthday last week and I forgot to announce it. Richard Wholf is a divine dancer and a patient teacher. Archuleta Seniors Inc. is planning the Prom and the Rummage Sale. A Ping-Pong table was donated. High school art students are designing the T-shirt for our Fox Trot Challenge. What is that you ask? Stay tuned.

Art in The Den

On Thursday, March 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the Pagosa Springs High School Art Department will hold an opening for a show of the Art II student work. John Graves will be playing our piano and there will be refreshments. Please stop by our Senior Center at 451 Hot Springs Blvd. (inside of the community center) for this multi media, multi generational event.

Senior Spotlight

Harriet Wright was born in July of 1923, in Winfield, Kans. One of four daughters, she loved to play with her sisters, but was the only one of them interested in sports.

About her childhood, she smiled, winked, and said, “I was the best little girl and I never ever got a spanking.”

Harriet played high school basketball back in the day when there were only a few women’s basketball teams, and loved going to sporting events with her friends.

After graduating from high school, Harriet married and moved from the town into the country onto a farm. She reports that she loved living on the farm, raising Hereford cattle and growing wheat. Cooking for eight men, raising one son named Doug, and chasing cattle kept her happy and busy.

Coming to the Senior Center, walking, watching sports and being around new people and friends is keeping her busy these days in Pagosa Springs. She loves spending time with her son who “is a good friend and a lot of fun to be with. I have so many good memories of him, I can’t just pick out one.”

Harriet is always dressed to the nines. Her hair is coiffed, lipstick in place, jewelry perfectly chosen.

“How do you always manage to look so nice, Harriet?” I query.

“It is just what you do, honey. You have to look good,” she imparts.

Thank you

Thank you Shady Pine 4H Club for the tasty Valentine’s Day cookies and festive poster. The poster is hanging on my door.

Thank you Cecilia Hopper for the Valentine’s Day Roses. They were gorgeous on all of the tables.

Thank you Ed Whitcomb for volunteering to drive the medical shuttle.

Thank you Deanna Schick for the yarn and the projects.

Thank you Tessa Michaelson and Brett Schmidt for the Ping-Pong table and equipment. Anyone want a game? Truly, I am good at this. Bring it.


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 mea home delivery program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, with 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, Feb. 26 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; IFYE Susan Kasza presentation 12:45 p.m.; birthday lunch!

Monday, March 1 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m., Canasta 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2 — Gym Walk 11:15 a.m.; Dennis Driscoll piano music 12:15 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3 — Dance for Health 10 a.m.; Writing for Generations 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 4 — Art in The Den 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Music by John Graves. No lunch, administrative day

Friday, March 5 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Tai Chi Int. 9:30 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Book Club 10:30 a.m.; Tai Chi Beg. 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 11:15 a.m

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, Feb. 26 — Chicken alfredo, beets, cranberry sauce, tropical fruit, bread.

Monday, March 1 — Tacos, refried beans, salsa, broccoli, peaches.

Tuesday, March 2 — Roast pork, whipped potatoes, carrots, strawberry Jell-O, dinner roll.

Wednesday, March 3 — Thai chicken, fettuccine, green beans, mixed fruit, whole wheat roll.

Thursday, March 4 — No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, March 5 — Carrot ginger soup, 1/2 grilled tuna melt, sesame broccoli, apricot and pineapple, garlic biscuit.