Senior Connections Senior Connections Sept 2019

Connecting Seniors Through News, Information, and Advertising September 2019 VOLUME 1 | NO. 13 Senior Connections HJ.COM GRAB ONE - FREE! Trippin’ with the Delano Senior Center AMY JOHNSON Correspondent It’s 7:30 a.m. Friday morning as Pete Johnson pulls up to the Delano Public Works building. After parking his car, Pete goes inside to grab the keys and walks back to the bus to begin his pre- trip inspection. Pete conducts a visual inspection of the bus, checking the fl uids, testing the lights, and kicking the tires. After completing the inspection, he drives to the Delano Senior Center to pick up his passengers for the day. Upon arriving at the senior center, Pete heads inside to get his passenger list and trip details from Nick Neaton, the senior center coordinator. They chat for a few minutes about the day’s schedule. Once everything is set, Pete heads back to the bus and gets everyone checked in. He gets a few laughs from the group when he announces, “The seatbelt sign has been turned off and you are now free to roam about the cabin.” Once everyone is settled in, they head off towards today’s destination, the Fox 9 studios in Eden Prairie to attend a live taping of The Jason Show. The group arrives at the station about 9 a.m., goes through a security check, and gets escorted into the studio. The next 90 minutes are spent clapping, laughing, participating in a trivia contest, and enjoying the show. Once the cameras are off, Jason spends 15 minutes talking with the audience and answering questions. Pete heads out of the studio fi rst to retrieve the bus and parks it by the entrance for pickup. The group heads over to Baker’s Square for lunch before driving back to Delano. The passengers thank Pete for getting them safely to and from their destination as they exit the bus. Once everyone departs, Pete closes the doors and drives the bus back to the city garage. Senior Center bus trip history Nick Neaton has been the senior center coordinator since 2014. During his fi ve years as coordinator, Neaton has expanded the frequency and diversity of the bus trips. Neaton stated, “This is a new generation A group of 12 from the Delano Senior attended the Jason Show at Fox 9 on Aug. 9. Front – Nancy Nelson, Sharon Weber, Sharon Haff ten, Dee Kosek; middle – Kim Harris, Carolyn Goble, Brooke Ortiz, Alice Leuer, Pete Johnson; back – Sandy Stockler, Louise Kiscaden, Jane Lewis, Siiri Burmeister. PHOTO BY AMY JOHNSON of seniors who want to get out. While our numbers for cards and games are down, the numbers for trips have gone up.” The Delano Senior Center has had a transportation system in place since the 1980s. The Delano drivers Senior Connections used to pick people up at their homes in Delano until Trailblazer Transit was awarded public transit More SENIOR CENTER on Pg 2 is distributed to: Annandale | Buffalo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litchfi eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted