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On coal trains, senior meals and health care

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Dear Editor:

It is so nice to hear the coal trains going through town again -- much more frequently than lately. It gives some credence to the edifice being built at the west end of Rogers Mesa.

I don't do this often so will touch on other subjects -- the ambulance service for the North Fork. It is hard to believe that people do not sign up for the convenience of having an up-to-date ambulance service in our area. It doesn't cost that much to join and if needed certainly does save a lot of money for families. I haven't personally ridden in an ambulance in over 35 years but ambulance personnel have helped my family immensely over the years we have lived here. As some of us get older, and yes there are those who don't believe they are doing so (more on this in a moment), accidents happen around the home requiring emergency room visits, so best be prepared.

About not growing old -- senior meals are available for a $3 donation for anyone 60 and above on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. Pretty good food and it surely does beat cooking. So do encourage those over 60 in Paonia and Hotchkiss to visit the senior meal site. Volunteers are also needed to work there. Tasks are not difficult and there is job security. You won't get fired. It's a good way to help our community and join a very congenial group.

To continue, in regard to North Fork Clinic, Dr. Meilner and Dr. Hundley were so kind and patient with my husband over the years and during his last months of life. I can't thank them enough. We have had such quality medical care in this valley for so many years; we must do all we can to maintain it.

I've touched on all my topics, so hopefully someone is heeding this information.

Joyce Chapdelaine

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