Congratulations, TME!

Serene Karplus, Nederland.  Our heartiest congratulations to The Mountain-Ear on its 40th anniversary! We celebrate both the individuals and the rare few businesses who survive so long in the mountains. Both must endure lean periods to enjoy more prosperous ones. Like the bears who will hopefully make it through this winter after a season of little fruit, we recognize how much hardiness tough times require. Thank you, Barbara Hardt, for pulling the publication through this past decade of media changes!


The great relationship we have shared with our local newspaper began 15 years ago. As a new Nederland-area resident, I fell in love with our local rag and raced into its office, back when it was housed in the old post office (now Business Connection). I found Barbara Lawlor at her desk and asked to speak with the founding owner Kay Turnbaugh. She stepped up to the old postal counter and said they didn’t need any help, dashing my hopes of writing for them. So, I wrote articles for the Boulder County Business Report instead.


A short time later, after 27 years in business, Kay sold the paper to a young woman from Gilpin. Lora Rambo asked me to proofread at the little home/office across from the fire station that then housed the paper’s operations. Waiting there for copy the minute it was prepared, the timing was always too narrow for layout to complete it in time to review and alter in that eleventh hour before the print deadline. After a few weeks of uncorrected copy being published, I asked to have my name detached from that responsibility.


During that owner’s tenure, I shifted from my position with the then-thriving Chamber of Commerce to the then-part-time position I now hold with Nederland Area Seniors. Within one month of my arrival at NAS, we launched a weekly outreach column supported by our nonprofit organization’s kind donors. Our first “Senior Scene” column was published on February 8, 2007. It was always intended to appeal to adults of all ages, with information of interest to all, not just Seniors.


Our inaugural column included the following invitation and intention (which still stands): “As we introduce this column to readers of this paper, we encourage your feedback with ideas for topics of interest to you to read here. We will share notes from presentations at our luncheons, other items we’ve come across that we think will be of interest to everyone (not only to Seniors), announcements of upcoming events, and a weekly menu of our upcoming lunches.”


We are proud to have produced over 550 columns for this paper since that time. Sleepless nights sweating deadlines, trying to come up with topics each week, along with squeezing in the time to actually produce the content, remains a challenge. Each week’s column faces the litmus test of “is this relevant to all ages, does it have a message to carry to the reader, is it written clearly in inviting and engaging language, and does it help show that our mountain older adults are an integral, contributing, vital part of our community fabric?”


We persevere, hoping and believing from the comments we receive from faithful readers that we have at least sometimes succeeded with this intention. Please feel free to offer feedback at any time to or 303-258-0799.


Thank you to The Mountain-Ear for working so hard to continue to provide a weekly print publication, especially for those of us who still prefer hard copy we can read over our breakfast coffee instead of the bright lights of electronic media. Thank you, dear readers, for continuing to support this publication and honor the tradition and values it represents in bringing our community of all ages together.


Best wishes to all as we enter the next decade!



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All adults are welcome at all Mountain MidLife and Nederland Area Seniors events, attended mostly by folks over age 50. Everyone is invited to all meals at the Nederland Community Center. Please call two days ahead for lunch reservations (a week ahead for dinners and breakfasts if possible) to 303-258-0799. Missed the deadline? Call anyway. Costs listed show first the over-age-60 requested anonymous contribution, then the under-age-60. Please note that all over age 60 are welcome regardless of ability to contribute financially.

Serene Karplus

About the Author: Serene Karplus – is the Executive Director of the Nederland Area Seniors, Inc. (NAS) which assists senior citizens in enhancing their quality of life, enabling them to live a life of respect and honor.  This is accomplished through the facilitation of nutrition, transportation, education, recreation, socialization and outreach programs for all seniors living in the Greater Nederland Area. Serene is a contributor to The Mountain-Ear with her Senior Scene column.