Gilpin seniors celebrate December birthdays
The Gilpin County Seniors celebrated December birthdays during their luncheon on Wednesday, December 11, at the Gilpin County Community Center.
The seniors have an activity almost every day except for holidays. December events so far have included a tree-trimming party, shopping at King Soopers and Walmart, exercise classes, a field trip to Colorado Mills Mall, Bingo and toenail and blood pressure clinics.
Ameristar catered a luncheon on December 4 and was very popular among those at the birthday party. More shopping trips and clinics are scheduled throughout the rest of December, with a New Year’s Eve party on December 30. They will be closed for Christmas on December 25 and 26.
Seniors at the December 11 birthday party were treated to homemade chicken noodle soup and an incredible chicken chef’s salad complete with cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, carrots, and a variety of other vegetables. Cake followed in honor of Roland Huie and Billie Schoser.
Regular attendee Anna Clark said, “We love the food, but we really like the camaraderie.” Clark retired in 2009 from a job with the Director of National Intelligence in Washington, D.C.
She worked for five years with the Defense Intelligence Agency and then three with the National Intelligence director. She also has been a school teacher. She came to Gilpin County when her husband bought a house here, but he since has passed away.
Two other seniors came to Gilpin County in an interesting fashion. Richard Deubel worked for United Airlines in the northeast. He flew out to Denver and after driving to Golden decided to live in Colorado. Two aspects particularly impressed him. The housing was much cheaper and the streets were clean. He transferred to United Airlines in Denver via a flight, and then had a relative who lived in Colorado drive down his car loaded with his stuff.
Howard and Marie Roche followed their daughter to Colorado. Howard’s first job was setting pins in a bowling alley. Howard served in the army for two years and then spent 42 years in information technology. Back in the day, he put punch cards in a machine to produce a report. At the end of the report he wrote, “This is your computer talking.”
Roche’s daughter taught violin and worked an afternoon shift, but she complained that there were no men in Wisconsin. She had a friend in Denver and she moved here. Three years later she was married and had a family.
Howard retired in Ohio and discovered the cheaper taxes in Colorado. “Somehow we ended up in Gilpin County,” he said.
The next meeting of the Gilpin County Seniors will be any day you want to come except holidays. All are welcome.