2017-11-15 / Rockingham

Westminster Cares celebrates elder residents at annual meeting

Eleven residents, all age 90 or older, were celebrated at Westminster Cares’ 29th Annual Meeting on Nov. 5 at the Westminster Fire House. Four attended the event: Charlotte Kurkul, Phyllis Anderson, Bob Gay, and Dot Perry, who is the oldest at 96. - COURTESY PHOTOEleven residents, all age 90 or older, were celebrated at Westminster Cares’ 29th Annual Meeting on Nov. 5 at the Westminster Fire House. Four attended the event: Charlotte Kurkul, Phyllis Anderson, Bob Gay, and Dot Perry, who is the oldest at 96. - COURTESY PHOTOWESTMINSTER — Westminster Cares and town residents celebrated citizens age 90 and older during Westminster Cares’ 29th Annual Meeting on Nov. 5 at the Westminster Fire House.

Westminster has 11 residents who are 90 years of age or older. Seven of them still live independently in the area, and four of them attended the event: Charlotte Kurkul, Phyllis Anderson, Bob Gay, and Dot Perry, who is the oldest at 96. Of the 11, one is 90, one is 91, two are 92, three are 93, two are 94, one is 95 and one is 96, all according to a press release.

Gay, 95, credited his longevity to "the good water of North Westminster! And hard work. I don't dare stop."

Good care keeps Anderson going at age 94. "And good genes -- my mother was 99," she said. She keeps busy and stays active, including playing bridge and doing crosswords.

Perry said that thinking positively was most important for a long life. "Keeping busy, lots of chocolate, and trying to do something for someone," she said. "Because someone always needs something, even if it's just a hello."

Pete Harrison, president, and Don Dawson, board member, gave a video presentation featuring the honored guests. The presentation included photos of wedding days, houses, family members, college years, baby pictures, and pictures of Westminster and Bellows Falls from 1900 through the 1960s.

Tine Biolsi brought her 1-year-old daughter Abilene to the gathering, and a picture was taken of the oldest member of the town, Perry, 96 and Abilene, who was born Oct. 12, 2016 to Peter and Tine Biolsi and shares her space with her 3-year-old brother, Watson. Last year Abilene had her picture taken with Artie Aiken, who was 103 at the time. Artie passed away last month at the age of 104.

Westminster Cares elected Pete Harrison president, Lori Larue vice president, Regina Borden secretary and Miriam Lanata treasurer. Other board members are Sally Ryea, Don Dawson, Heidi Anderson, Barbara Sherrod and Robin Lawrence. Barbara Sherrod is stepping down at the end of this year after serving three years. Director Donna Dawson presented Sherrod with a gift and the board thanked her for her participation and many hours of volunteering.

Westminster Cares’ next board meeting is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Westminster Institute. Everyone is invited to attend.

Volunteers are welcome for this local organization, a nonprofit organization that works with seniors and disabled adults in Westminster to help them remain healthy and independent in the community. 

For more information, call (802) 722-3607 or visit westminstercares.org.

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