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Meals on Wheels Driver Len Barr retires after 22 years of service 

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Len Barr & Kathleen Shea on their sailing trip in Maine.

Len Barr turned 91 years old this year and although he is still very active he has stepped down from his driver position with Meals on Wheels after 22 years. 


According to Dick Blomgren, the Board President at the Rim Country Community Center, “He trained me and many other drivers over the years. He was always available if someone couldn’t drive. He was very loved by all the Meals on Wheels clients and has been sorely missed. He deserves a great thank you by the Center and the entire community for his endless contribution.”


In 1996 Len married Kathleen Shea and they moved to Overgaard. Len’s late wife Gloria was Kathleen’s sister. It’s a poignant story that ran in this publication two years ago this month. In an excerpt from that article:

…The newlyweds decided to return to Arizona so they moved into the cabin in Overgaard. Len, who loves to stay active was looking for something to do. Kathleen’s mother was getting Meals on Wheels in Mesa and Len decided that was a good thing to do. He’s been a Meals on Wheels driver every Monday in Overgaard for the past 18 years now. “I’d rather deliver than be delivered to,” Len quipped.


Len and Kathleen have both served this community well the last 22 years—Len at the Senior Center and Kathleen who retired as long-time manager of the Rim Community Library. Happy trails to you both!


If you’d like to read the rest of Len and Kathleen’s story, it’s available online at www.mogollonrimnews.com/ordinary-people/.


Center Updates for October

Line Dance Classes are on Monday and Wednesday but the times are moved to 4:30 for Beginners and 5:30 for Intermediates

A Chili Dinner will be held on Saturday October 20 at 5:00 pm. Cost is $5. There will be raffles and door prizes

Walking class is now 9:00am Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Yoga is Thursdays at 4:30pm

Art classes continue Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Bunco is Thursdays at 6:15pm

A Caregivers’ Workshop is continuing each Thursday at 9:00am in October. Call Lita Nelson of NACOG for details/registration toll-free 1-877-521-3500

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 Tuesday Talk’s  features guest speaker is Outpatient Registered Dietitian, Rebecca Moffat, from Summit Healthcare to discuss diabetes for Diabetes Awareness Month.  9:30 am to 10:30am


For the rest of the schedule go to Rimccenter.org, call 928-535-5525 or stop by to pick up your copy.

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Barbara Samples was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and has called Heber-Overgaard home since 2008. She is married to Larry Samples, who is co-owner with her in L & B, Inc., owner of the Mogollon Rim News. They have four (grown) children and two grandchildren. Barbara serves as the Editor.