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Mora County Notebook - Center receives most-improved award

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By Ruth Fort

The Mora Senior Center recently received an award for being the most improved center in the state of New Mexico.

They were presented with a plaque to commemorate the award. The award was presented by Jenny Martinez, director of the Area Agency for the Aging and Tim Arner, director of North Central New Mexico Economic Development. The reports were prompt and well done.

The number of clients has grown. Wal-Mart has donated money to increase the home deliveries. They now deliver more than 40 home delivered meals every day,  which has doubled since last year.

The Community 1st Bank pays for the lunches one day a week. The seniors thank them for their generosity. The meals are nutritious and well planned. The state staff gives suggestions and the directors choose what they believe is good for their seniors.

There are many activities available to the seniors. The latest program is the installation of two computers and an instructor to teach the seniors the use of computers. There is a promise that there will be three more computers for their use. Three new exercise machines have been installed.

Every holiday is celebrated by a special meal and a party. Trips for shopping and so forth are planned for each month.

There is the usual bingo, cards and pool. Many ladies spend every Monday afternoon crocheting and learning new patterns. They have an expert to share with them.

A retired genealogist has come to help people trace their family history. The newest program that is being started is an artist giving her time to teach the art of water colors two times a month. There is transportation to the center from different parts of the valley when seniors ask for it.

The staff is well trained and is caring and efficient, which makes it a happy experience for the older people of Mora Valley.

The staff is Marino Rivera director, Diana Trujillo coordinator, Angel Martinez, head cook, Katie Garcia, assistant cook, Chevela Colio and Vincent Apodaca, drivers and food distributors.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.