Remembering Chuck Roberts
On January 22, 2018 the Tri-Lakes area seniors lost a dear friend: Chuck Roberts passed away quietly with his son and daughter at his side.
Beginning in 2005 and continuing non-stop through 2012, Chuck was engaged in, if not leading, virtually every senior related Tri-Lakes community initiative: Tri-Lakes Senior Forum and Senior Forum Report (2005–2006), Tri-Lakes Health Advocacy Partnership Senior Alliance committee (2006), Senior Alliance funding from Town of Monument (2007) and Town of Palmer Lake (2007–2010), YMCA-Senior Center Collaboration Plan (2007), District 38 support for a Tri-Lakes Senior Center (2007), leadership in creating the Tri-Lakes Senior Center and the Silver Alliance Th rift Store (2008), and creator and editor of this Senior Beat newsletter (2007-2009).
Throughout these many years and beyond, Chuck was on a mission, a laser-focused effort to advocate and champion a senior living facility for Tri-Lakes senior citizens. Several initiatives rose and fell as the economy presented financial challenges. But partially through his unwavering determination to bring the needed services to this community, today the Tri-Lakes now benefits from his years of advocacy for senior facilities.
Chuck was “old school,” one who epitomized the phrase, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” His passionate belief in “home-grown community collaboration” were evident to all. His common sense approach for fostering relationships, coupled with ceaseless energy and drive, brought focus and ultimately helped produce community senior assisted living available in the Tri-Lakes region.
Chuck was a remarkable man.
He will be sincerely missed.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Hungarian Chicken Paprika and Dumplings (Marie’s favorite recipe)Serves 4 Ready in 30-60 minutes
1 (3lb size) chicken, cut into pieces
4 tablespoons butter
½ cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
1 tomato, peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons flour
¼ cup heavy cream
½ cup sour cream at room temperature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
¾ cup water (more as needed)
Brown chicken, onions, garlic in butter until brown, adding salt midway
Remove chicken and add paprika. Cook for 1 minute
Add tomato and ½ of the chicken broth; lower heat and simmer 5 minutes
Return chicken to the pan and cook 30-40 minutes. Remove chicken and keep it warm
Sprinkle the fl our over the drippings, stirring briskly for 3 minutes to smooth and blend
Gradually add enough chicken broth to make one cup of liquid, then stir in heavy cream
When it’s heated through, turn off the heat and add the sour cream to the sauce, blending
quickly so that it doesn’t boil. Spoon over chicken
Variations: Omit heavy cream and put in a pint of sour cream. Chopped green peppers
and mush rooms may also be added to the cooking chicken
Mix egg, salt and water. Add enough fl our to make a soft dough
Heat a pot of water. Add salt. At the boil, make small teaspoons of the dough and place
into the boiling water. When they come to the surface, cook 1-2 minutes.
When finished cooking, add to paprika sauce.
Note: In a pinch, use wide noodles or bow ties instead of the dumplings
Stroke & Heart Attack Awareness
The Black Forest AARP Chapter and the Black Forest Fire and Rescue will present a FREE Stroke and Heart Attack Awareness session from 9:30 to 11:30 AM on February 14th at the Fellowship Hall of the Black Forest Lutheran Church.
Attendees are welcome to stay for the regular Black Forest Chapter meeting and lunch which commences at noon on the 14th. The program for the day will be by Ms. Hilary Valdez from, Penrose Hospital who will speak on how to maintain a healthy heart.
The session is FREE and open to the public. For more information call Ray at 495.6767 or Stan at 596.6787.
Free Transportation For Senior Citizens
Transportation for Tri-Lakes and surrounding area seniors 60+ is provided free by the Mountain Community Senior Services (MCSS) program, funded by the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging.
* MCSS transports seniors to medical appointments in Colorado Springs Mondays through Th ursdays.
* In the Tri-Lakes and surrounding areas transport is provided for any need, including YMCA, Senior Meals, Senior Center, groceries, appointments, etc.
* To schedule a ride: Call 488-0076. Please schedule a week in advance.
* Village Inn for breakfast, then Walmart: Call Jody 481-4824 to schedule a pick-up. Passenger pickup at your home begins 9:30 AM.
MCSS Operates Monday - Thursday
Volunteers Drivers Always Needed
Donations Gratefully Accepted
Senior Chats: Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon
Life Circles Writing Group: First and Third Mondays @ 9:30-11:00 a.m.
History Buffs Fourth: Wednesday of the month @ 2 p.m.
German Conversation Group: Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 p.m.
No registration necessary, all are welcome.
Monumental Readers Book Club: Friday Dec. 15 10 a.m.- noon. This month’s book: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.
Monumental Bookworms: Tues. Dec. 12 7-8:30 p.m. An evening book club sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Friends of PPLD. All are welcome! They’ll be discussing The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. No registration necessary.
Knitting! Wednesday: Dec. 6, 13, and 20, 3-4:30 p.m. This intergenerational knitting group meets the first three Wednesdays of each month. Practice materials are provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own materials. Some instruction provided for new knitters.
Spinning Group! Th ursday Dec. 28, 1:30-3:45 p.m. Exploration of hand spinning.
First Thursday Craft : Woodburning Thursday Dec. 7 2-4 p.m. This month we’ll be woodburning picture frames, ornaments, and more for the holiday season. Registration required: registration opens two weeks before craft day. This month’s craft is moved up one week due to a scheduling conflict.
Meet the Author! Sunday Dec. 3 2-3:30 p.m. Local author Diane Sawatzki will read from and sign her new novel Manyhorses Traveling, the sequel to her time-travel Once Upon Another Time. To be followed by Q & A. Both books will be available for purchase.
Coloring for Everyone: Fri. Dec. 1 4-5:30 p.m. A special session that includes coloring with a paper craft . This time we’ll make Holiday Triskie Globes. All materials will be provided and no registration is needed.
Path 2 Empathy Presentation: Dec. 6 5--6:00 p.m. Join us to learn about Path2Empathy, a hands-on program that helps decrease bullying and behavioral issues by educating young people about empathy. If you are an educator, student, or homeschooler, come to this session presented by two trained educators.
Art Collage Class: Thursday Dec. 14 1-3 p.m. Instructor Joanna Bolek from Joyful Mind Arts LLC. will teach a class on creating artistic collages. All materials will be provided. Registration is required.