Hitting a Milestone in Style: Sterling Senior Center celebrates 35th anniversary with ‘birthday’ gathering
By, Austin Hough, The Voice News - April 12, 2018
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Guests gather for the 35th anniversary of the Sterling Senior Center on March 18.
It was a celebration in Sterling on March 18, as the Sterling Senior Center held a “birthday party” to mark the 35th anniversary of the center’s existence.
Started on March 17, 1983, the senior center provided transportation, handyman and housekeeping services for village residents aged 60 years or older. The center works with the Blue Rivers Area Agency on Aging (BRAAA) to provide these services to all of Johnson County. BRAAA oversees the general operation and distribution of government funds.
The senior center has been delivering meals to homebound seniors in the area since 1995. They also have daily lunches for the senior citizens in the county.
Not only was Sunday a celebration for the Sterling Senior Center, but it was a celebration for its site manager, Doris Behrens. This is the 30th year Behrens has served as the site manager for the senior center, a feat that was admired by her peers throughout the evening.
“I can always tell the communities who really support their meal programs,” BRAAA executive director Zoe Olson said. “Sterling is definitely one that does. A lot of that, I’m sure, comes from the hard work that Doris puts in everyday and her smiling attitude.”
The event Sunday was full of laughter, singing and food. A skit of the “Newlywed Game” was performed, with three “newly married couples” playing the classic televison game show. Then, the “Kramer Sisters” performed live music for the nearly 60 people attending the dinner. They featured a bunch of classic country music, with some Irish music added in there in honor of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Finally, a dinner featuring chicken, green beans and cheesy potatoes was served to the guests in attendance.
Promoting a family atmosphere is key for Behrens.
“It’s fun getting together,” Behrens said. “People come to eat every day and they get to be just like a family. Our people are close out here. It’s important for a lot of them because some of their kids live far away.”
The center is already 35 years old, and Behrens hopes to see it stay a permanent fixture of the Sterling community.
“I hope it keeps going. It really comes down to having more people still coming to eat with us,” Behrens said.
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