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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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With all this talk about everyone going green, St. Patricks Day took on a new meaning, as the Highland Senior Center celebrated one of the few holidays that celebrates the day someone died! Even then it is one of the most popular holidays, especially with partiers.

Well anyone who knows the center, knows that our crowd loves a party. Not only the companionship, but the food and fun. Everyone avoided getting pinched by making sure they wore green, somewhere on them, and dined on the traditional corn beef, cabbage, potatoes, rye bread, and of course, green jello. While we did not have green beer to wash it down with we did have Pennys homemade Irish Green Koolaide.

After everyone drank the koolaide, it came time to see who had the luck of the Irish. There was a trivia wheel of fortune, as a lucky few got to spin the wheel for a chance to answer a question about Ireland or St. Patrick, and win a prize. Many were called, but only a few knew the answer. However it was Joan Lewis lucky day after she won the 50/50 raffle.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the day with us, as well as those who volunteered to help serve. Finally, \"Go raibh maith agaibh\" to Al and Claudia Wrona for the great songs.



Until next year:

May love and laughter light your days,

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all life\'s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!