Once a year the Delta County Council on Aging sponsors luncheons at all the senior centers in Delta County, including Delta, Hotchkiss, Cedaredge and Paonia.
This year's edition at the Paonia Senior Center took place April 13. Seniors aged 90 and over were encouraged to attend.
Attending the event in Paonia were Ed Rozman (93), Josie Minerich (96), Myrl Shideler (91) and Orville Schneider (91). Each honored person also had a guest.
Over 30 friends and neighbors attended the luncheon and enjoyed a menu of roast turkey with all the trimmings and marble cake for dessert.
Bill Wason played several selections on the saw with musical accompaniment, thrilling the audience especially when he played "The Ragged Old Flag" by Johnny Cash.
"We have seniors who want to keep up with what is going on in their community," lifelong Paonia resident Lynne Bear, vice president of the Paonia Senior Center, said. "We visit and talk a lot and just enjoy each other. Several come on the bus and are picked up at their homes. Some share rides with other friends."
The president of the Paonia Senior Center is Jim Nierenberger, who is undergoing treatment for cancer in Grand Junction. Bear communicates with him regularly and conducts the events at the Senior Center along with a board of directors.
The Paonia Senior Center offers lunches at noon three days a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The lunch is $3 for individuals 60 and over. On the first Wednesday of each month, they celebrate birthday meals for those born that month.
The Paonia Flower Shop furnishes a new flower arrangement every Wednesday.
The Paonia Senior Center is run with a community effort, as no fewer than 18 volunteers help in the kitchen, in the dining room, at the desk and delivering Meals on Wheels.
Individuals needing a ride to the Senior Center have many options. The bus is an "All Points Transit" bus, has a minimal fee and with advance notice will stop at the Post Office, Hays Drug Store or wherever the seniors need to go.
On Fridays the bus goes to City Market in Hotchkiss. Also, once a month they take anyone who wants to Walmart in Delta, and then they go out to dinner to a restaurant of their choice.