Betty Orton named Outstanding Senior

Senior Day at the Anoka County Fair took place July 24. Special events included free bingo, a free hotdog lunch, door prizes, live entertainment, recognition of couples married 50 or more years and the annual outstanding senior awards.

Betty Orton of Coon Rapids (far right) and Earl Hatten of Fridley (second from right) were named 2013 Anoka County Outstanding Seniors. Other nominees for the award were Lucille Lewis of Fridley and Gene Erickson of Coon Rapids. Submitted photo

Betty Orton of Coon Rapids (far right) and Earl Hatten of Fridley (second from right) were named 2013 Anoka County Outstanding Seniors. Other nominees for the award were Lucille Lewis of Fridley and Gene Erickson of Coon Rapids. Submitted photo

The Anoka County Fair named the winners of the Anoka County Outstanding Senior Award 2013 as Betty Orton of Coon Rapids and Earl Hatten of Fridley.

Orton is the director of the Goldentones Choir, based out of the Coon Rapids Senior Center. The group rehearses hundreds of hours and performs 30 times a year at various senior living facility.

She has also been a local, state and national soloist for Fridley VFW Post 363, as well as a performer at Memorial Day services, holiday events and numerous churches.

Orton is a bundle of energy that touches everyone with her gift of music, genuine warmth and pleasant smile, according to Kris Niebler, Coon Rapids Senior Services program specialist.

Hatten is the gardener at the Fridley Senior Center and Community Center. He is also involved with the Medtronic Retirees, works with the American Cancer Society, gives rides to seniors, works with Southern Anoka Community Assistance (SACA) and is on the founding board of the Life Enrichment Adult Forums program.

Hatten is a kind and humble man who quietly lives his life in service of others, Niebler said.

County outstanding senior winners will be recognized at the Minnesota State Fair on Senior Day, Thursday, Aug. 29.

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