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6 I The Lovell Chronicle Historical Edition ] June 14, 2012 BY PATTI CARPENTER The senior center has named Lovell residents Linda Martin and Steve Ramsey as this year's senior VIPs. According to North Big Horn Senior Center Di- rector Denise Andersen, the tradition of naming senior citizens as Mustang Days VIPs(formally known as se- nior:royalty) has taken place for more than 30 years. "What's wonderful about this is that you get to honor people, in this case, these two wonderful folks who do so much for the community and set such a good example," said Ander- sen. "This honor allows us to give them the accolades they deserve for all of their time and for the resources they use to help others." Martin and Ramsey are both retired and use their spare time to be active members and volunteers at the senior center. The two volunteer for many activi- ties including the meal de- livery program. Martin also serves on the board of direc- tors. Martin retired from Georgia Pacific 5 years ago. Ramsey retired two years ago with 26 years under his belt as a chief fi- nancial officer at a hospi- tal. The couple has lived to- gether in the Lovell area for many years. They have five children, 16 grandchildren, two dogs, a cat and nine peacocks between them. Martin is originally from Michigan; Ramsey grew up in Worland. They met in Powell. "More than anything this couple represents the spirit of what our senior services are all about," said Andersen. "They represent a particular group of new- ly retired seniors who have energy and time and who want to contribute. They are an example of our next generation of retirees." "The senior center has been my second home," said Martin. "I love helping oth- er people." Martin remembers how important the meal deliv- ery program was for her mother in a different com- munity and has made the personal commitment to be a part of the program in Lovell. "If I can do something that brings a smile to some- one's face, like bring them lunch or help them with something they need done, it makes me happy, too," said Martin. "The people I deliver meals to remind me of my mother and they de- serve respect just like she did." "For a lot of people, coming to the senior center is their only social activity," added Ramsey. "For some of the people who get meal delivery, it is their only so- cial contact." "I remember when Lin- da came in and asked me what she could do to help the meals on wheels pro- gram," said Andersen. "She said she wanted to help be- cause her mother who had passed had been helped so much by a similar program. The fact that she wanted to help spoke volumes to me." Ramsey and Martin don't just drop off a meal. "We talk to them, we see if they need anything, we are there for them," said Martin. "These two represent the personalities that get involved, who are involved in many of our activities and are active in all of our fundraisers," said Anders- en. "They just have a blast and when they start laugh- ing and have a blast, every- one has a blast with them. This is our way of saying thank you for your partici- pation." "It's one thing to honor people for the things they do, but it's also an oppor- tunity for us to show peo- ple what they can do," said Ramsey. "These two personify that next step in people's lives, when they step away from work and into com- munity involvement," said Andersen. "This particular generation, the so-called boomers, is going to have more time on their hands and hopefully be healthy enough to take that fabu- lous opportunity to contrib- ute to the community." The couple will appear in the Mustang Days pa- rade as representatives of the North Big Horn Senior Center. "It's never very difficult to select people for this hon- or because every day angels walk through our doors here at the senior center," said Andersen. Local Lending To Meet Your Financial Needs PATTI CARPENTER Lovell residents Linda Martin and Steve Ramsey were named senior VIPs and will represent the North Big Horn Senior Center in the Mustang Days parade. continued from page one horses was written by Bess Tillett who said she remem- bered seeing the horses in the late 1800s as a 4-year-old traveling with her family by wagon through the area. It is believed that the horses are linked to Spanish heritage and many of the horses still have characteristics like multi-colored manes and striping on their legs that are typical of that heritage. Cloud stands out because he is a palomino roan color, which is very close to pure white. According to Graham, Cloud leads a band of horses that live in rugged territory within the 38,000 acre wild horse range managed by the BLM. Due to the difficulty in navigating the rough terrain, very few visitors actually get to see him. "The roads to get to where Cloud lives are very rugged even for most four-wheel drive vehicles," said Graham. "At certain times of the year, it's impossible to get out to where he is. At other times, it's possible but very difficult." You will find us to be responsive and knowledgeable. You canount on us to help you move through the artp ess quickly and smoothly and to create smart solutions for you to select om. Home Mortgages Business Loans Construction Loans Lines of Credit Personal Loans Where YOU A hot and cold deli, featuring WonderRoast chicken, Chester Fried chicken, salads, donuts, cakes, cookies and so much more! Take care of all of your photo needs with our Fujifilm photo maker. A wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in our produce section, great for picnics and B-B-Q's! stome part ars, se ce., in Lovell. 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