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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


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Its time for us to thank those of us, who have the honor of being called Grandma or Grandpa. September 12th is National Grandparents Day. It was the brainchild of Marion McQuade, a housewife. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide. Something we can all understand. Then, in 1978, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

Grandparents Day even has an official song A Song for Grandma and Grandpa, by Johnny Prill, as well as an official flower, the Forget-me-not, symbolizing that the memories of grandparents are not faded out with the span of time. So make sure to spend some time with the grandkids and talk to them. Let them know what life was like growing up and how things have changed (for the worse and the better). Give them a family ancestry; teach them about their lineage. After of course they take you to dinner!