The senior members of a community are keepers of so much knowledge and experience about life and all that pertains to it that taking one day to honor them would seem like a reasonable service.
On April 13, 17 members of the Surface Creek Valley community who are 90 years old and older were guests of honor with their family members at a banquet hosted by the Surface Creek Senior Citizens. One attendee remarked that the 10 special guests that day represented a minimum of 1,590 total years of living.
The Volunteers of America lead cook, JoAnn Hanson, prepared a special meal offering built around a main entrée of roast turkey and gravy. Additional meal service was provided by volunteers from the Cedaredge Assembly of God.
There weren't any centenarians at this year's event. However, organizers of the special occasion told the DCI that two of the guests will be 100 on their next birthdays. They are Charlie Hawkins and Howard Dean.
The banquet was a big day for the event, SCSC organizers and dining room helpers, and for the VOA cooks and kitchen helpers.
A total of 30 seniors and family guests attended, and on the day there were 72 meals served along with 32 take-out meals delivered by local meals-on-wheels volunteers.
The master of ceremonies told the day's guests, "We hope you are here many more times in the future to be part of this event."
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.