Seniors Ring in New Year's Early

Sisters, Frances Mieck, left, and Florence Young, share a toast, with Trudy Brooks toasting in background. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

About 150 people rang in the New Year a little early yesterday, at noon, to be exact, at the senior center in Sheridan.

Canary Joe, aka Jane Perkins, sang out the old year with “Auld Lang Syne” as revelers, many in party hats, whooped and hollered and cheered, “Happy New Year.”

The group had already been served a noon lunch, so it was on with the Bingo game, shared with friends and family, like Frances Mieck was doing with her sister Florence Young who came all the way from Montana. The two were making the event a dual celebration of New Year's and Young's birthday.

When asked if this wasn't a great way to celebrate a birthday, Florence said ...

And when her sister, Frances, was asked what she thought of the visit, she said this...

Peter Clark was the caller for the Bingo game. But as soon as that was over, within the hour, and the dinner tables cleared, he was already at work with senior center staffer Lois Bell, sitting at a table in the lobby, stamping and stuffing envelopes.

Seniors toast the New Year. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Peter Clark called the Bingo game. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)