Five residents age 90 and over were recognized at the Coon Rapids Senior Center Sept. 12.
It was the annual over 90s celebration hosted by Coon Rapids Senior Services and Coon Rapids Senior Dining.
The five were presented with a certificate and gift, then were entertained by the Goldentones Senior Choir, directed by Betty Orton, singing some old-time favorites before they sat down to a noon meal.
Honored were Norma Hazelton, Camille Sadler, Gladys Bandimere, Laurane Bixby and Tony Blake.
In fact, both Hazelton and Sadler are longtime members of the Goldentones Choir.
And Sadler, at 91, still drives to and from the senior center from her home at Epiphany Pines, while Bandimere continues to mow the lawn at her Coon Rapids home with an electric lawn mower and Blake still makes trips to casinos.
Cindy Olson, Coon Rapids Senior Services program assistant, congratulated the over 90s celebrants and told them that they are aging gracefully and still having fun.
“You are a very elite group,” she said.
She had researched some of the events that took place 90 years ago in 1923, Olson said.
According to Olson, “Time” magazine was founded that year, Lon Chaney Sr. starred in the silent movie, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” women wore one-piece bathing suits for the first time, Calvin Coolidge became president of the United States and the first domestic refrigerator was produced in Sweden.
The most popular girls’ names in 1923 were, in order, Mary, Dorothy, Helen and Margaret, while for boys, it was John, Robert, Williams and James, Olson said.
Olson quoted the late actress Helen Hayes, who said of growing old, “If you rest, you rust.”
She also gave some other quotes including “You are young once, you can be immature a lifetime,” “Don’t regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many” and “In the end it’s not the years of your life that count, but the life you lead in those years.”
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