Senior Spring Fling a success

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Underneath a white tent, swaying with classic country music and full of warm brisket and red and green chile scents, they caught up with old friends while making new ones with Peralta town officials.

More than 40 Peralta and Bosque Farms senior citizens and their families attended Peralta's first annual Spring Fling for senior citizens last month behind the Peralta Town Hall, said Lucy Romero, Senior Affairs Committee chairwoman and organizer of the event.

Chatter and laughter came from rows of tables, where attendees ate biscochitos, hot dogs, chips and red velvet cake.

Also in attendance were Mayor Bryan R. Olguin, City Councilor Joseph Romero, Valencia County Commissioners Mary Andersen and Don Holliday, Bosque Farms Police Chief Greg W. Jones, Peralta Fire Department Fire Chief John Dear, Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard and Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-7, Belen) for the three-hour event.

"We want to be able to provide (seniors) with resources," Romero said. "When they ask, we would like to have someone listen to them and not just listen, but take their concerns into account and take action."

The purpose of the spring fling was two-fold: Delineate the needs of Peralta's senior citizen community, and to assess the necessity of future senior citizen activities and a senior citizen community center in Peralta.

"We want (town officials) to know that there's a need out there," Romero said.

This is event is laying down a "good foundation for the town of Peralta" by illustrating that town officials are standing up and protecting seniors, said 72-year-old Bosque Farms resident and senior advocate Lillie McNabb.

"The seniors in Peralta are so very special and they are the roots of Valencia County," she said.

Peralta resident, Alice Crawford, said town officials were able to show their support for senior citizens and visit with residents.

The Spring Fling aided 80-year-old Colfita Sanchez with getting to know her neighbors, visiting with old friends and seeing what town officials had to offer senior citizens, she said.

Five volunteers from the town's Senior Affairs Committee organized the event, including Romero, Eileen Stone, Patsy Maez, David Young and Don Smith.


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