Wednesday, September 25, 2013
It started off with reminiscing about old cars, and ended up with a trip to La Grande in a brand-new Cadillac for Senior Wish recipient Buck Hermann. With funds raised from the recent Country Fair at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living, Community Relations Director Kelly Emerson and Resident Care Coordinator Melissa Stanton hit the road to grant Buck his very own wish: a trip home.
Greeted immediately in La Grande with a warm welcome from sister community Grande Ronde Retirement Residence, Buck was reunited with his sister-in-law for a truly touching moment. Both in their 90s and with visits now few and far between, it only took a matter of seconds before the stories started to fly.
In one instant, a wish was granted for each of them. Memories relived, time with family, catching up on old times. A simple thing, that means so much.
After an afternoon of catching up, a celebration dinner was held at Bear Mountain Pizza in La Grande (location of Buck’s former business and family home), to bring together family, friends and colleagues. Guests lined up for a moment with their old friend. The current mayor of La Grande was the first to greet Buck and thank him for his service to the community.
A surprise followed when the local Shriners group presented Buck with a plaque awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award for his fundraising efforts and contributions to the Portland Shriners hospital.
The trip to La Grande ended with a very special ride, when Buck led a caravan of cars around the countryside for a tour in his old Cadillac. When asked how the two cars compared, Buck simply stated, “Well, this (2013) Cadillac has all of the bells and whistles, but mine is just as comfortable.”
All around, a fantastic experience, a wish fulfilled and a moment that will not soon be forgotten.
Submitted by Kelly Emerson, community relations director at Hawks Ridge Assisted Living.
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge