40 years of serving seniors

EWEN ?- The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the annual Senior Fest on Wednesday, with some 158 seniors attending. The fest took place at the Ewen-Trout Creek School and included music, lunch, door prizes, numerous drawings, blood pressure screening, and a variety of other activities. Prizes were awarded for the oldest man and the oldest woman in attendance. John Harris, 97, and Elaine Esseg, 96, were the winners. A wide range of vendors were also present, offering information and displays.

Reverend Ted Trudgeon, pastor of the United Methodist Church, serving Ewen, Bergland, and Wakefield, was present to offer the blessing before lunch, and the benediction as the fest ended. Trudgeon said he has a very deep appreciation, respect, and affection for the elderly.

“In these people we have a wonderful resource,” Trudgeon said. “We should build our schools and elderly facilities together; the elderly are a valuable resource and have so much to offer.”

Joan Harris, director of the Commission on Aging, was also present, making sure everything ran smoothly. She has been the director of the commission since 2003.

“I’m still learning. We have our hands in so many pots. It takes a year just to get to know everything, especially things like the fest that only occur once a year. But it is so rewarding,” Harris said.

The Senior Fest began in 1975 as a county-wide senior day. The event consisted of speakers, entertainment, and the crowning of the oldest male and female in attendance as the senior picnic King and Queen. Since then, the event has taken place on the third Wednesday in July.

40 years of serving seniors

EWEN ?- The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging celebrated its 40th Anniversary at the annual Senior Fest on Wednesday, with some 158 seniors attending. The fest took place at the Ewen-Trout Creek School and included music, lunch, door prizes, numerous drawings, blood pressure screening, and a variety of other activities. Prizes were awarded for the oldest man and the oldest woman in attendance. John Harris, 97, and Elaine Esseg, 96, were the winners. A wide range of vendors were also present, offering information and displays.

Reverend Ted Trudgeon, pastor of the United Methodist Church, serving Ewen, Bergland, and Wakefield, was present to offer the blessing before lunch, and the benediction as the fest ended. Trudgeon said he has a very deep appreciation, respect, and affection for the elderly.

“In these people we have a wonderful resource,” Trudgeon said. “We should build our schools and elderly facilities together; the elderly are a valuable resource and have so much to offer.”

Joan Harris, director of the Commission on Aging, was also present, making sure everything ran smoothly. She has been the director of the commission since 2003.

“I’m still learning. We have our hands in so many pots. It takes a year just to get to know everything, especially things like the fest that only occur once a year. But it is so rewarding,” Harris said.

The Senior Fest began in 1975 as a county-wide senior day. The event consisted of speakers, entertainment, and the crowning of the oldest male and female in attendance as the senior picnic King and Queen. Since then, the event has taken place on the third Wednesday in July.