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It can be the loneliest time of the year for seniors. “Holidays are a time about giving. These people gave their whole live and now maybe their family has passed away or lives across the country. They just don't get to see them.   They might be in an assisted living, or nursing home, or even in their own home, and they spend the whole holiday by themselves.” Todd Sensenbach of Home Instead Senior Care started a program called "Be A Santa to a Senior.” If you know of a senior who will be lonely for the holidays, Sensenbach wants to know about them.  The names are placed on various gift trees located throughout the community.   You can take a name off the tree and buy a gift for the senior. Home Instead will make sure the gift is delivered. You can find more information at: www.beaSantatoasSenior.com.

 

Also, Sensenbach says the holidays should be the happiest time of the year, but for many in Central Oregon including seniors, it could be the loneliest time of the year.  “They may be depressed. Things that you can watch for are changes in weight, changes in mood, changes in appetite.” Sensenbach says often families have moved away or have died and these seniors have no one with which to visit.   He adds that often these seniors could be helped tremendously by a single visit or even a phone call.   Small tokens that you have not forgotten them, such as a card or letter can mean a lot to a lonely senior.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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