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Tfcftitesburq Raqls ^Moil .GoljesbufflJJl.,. , Ffidoy, July 13, 1973 fill's Eiirollitietit tiy Top 1972's SAtoOMB — Western Illinois §ir #sity's Slimmer Session was 3,530 on July lO^iibcofdin^ to Dr. James J MMp ^y, summer session direc- IIS%fedicfed the total wMex* e^SlSiast year's 3,644 by the 'many extension, workshop * registrations are final- WlU's summer session jistose Aug. 18. ^breakdown of the current ' ..shows that there .are 2,730 fadiuate and 800 gradu ate students enrolled at Western, Murphy said. Henderson Grove Social July 15 NORTH HENDERSON -Henderson Grove Grange will have an ice cream social July 15 at the Grange Hall. Serving will start at 5 p.m. Mr, and Mrs. JimNalley and fafliily have returned home after visiting relatives in Kentucky. READ THE WANT ADS! Getting Too Far OAK CREEK, Colo. (NBA) —When Esther Lewis was younger, settling down from a brief career in vaudeville, she thought the Colorado Rockies would be an ideal place to live out her life. . Now that she's old, however, has a bum leg, has cramps in the arm and needs help she can't get, the mountains are not so lovely as they are looming. "Stuck away like this," she says, "why, I suppose I could die and not be found for days." MRS. LEWIS is 72. She lives at the end of a barracks-like row of weathered apartments in this community of 500 people. Her husband died yearsr ago. Most of her friends are ARE NOW IN STOCK Hines'McClinlock 18 E. MAIN PH. 342-7714 gone. Her neighbors give little indication they know she exists. She is lonely, isolated, ignored and, most of all, vita* nerable. "Once I had to go into Denver to get a brace for my leg. There is no train so I made it drawn to the highway to 'catch the bus. It's 150 miles to Denver and with my leg and alHt was very uncomfortable. Then when I got there I had to tarry my cwn.baig. I asked a policeman for help andhe turned away. My cab driver said he didn't like picking up han* ddcapped people. Oh, it was an awful trip. But I haven't any choice, living out here." Mrs. Lewis is not unlike hundreds of thousands of other rural elderly. Not many of them have any choice. Only one or twoper cent of Americans move when they reach retirement age; thus, not able ta seek r out anything better, they must-rely- on their communities for ojd-age assistance. .And in many instances, in rural America, there isn't any assistance. GROWING OLD anywhere has its problems. But growing old in rural America can be severely difficult. Oak Creek is a good example. One of four communities which make up a region known as South Routt County, it has neither the time nor money to help its aged. Once a mining center, Oak Creek, almost folded (in the 1950s) when its coal industry^ did. It hung on, to some extent, because many of the older citizens had nowhere 1 else to go. Says Margaret Rossi, wife of a local rancher: "The usual things happened here. The tax base fell away. Young people started moving out. Existing servicss went to pot. When our one doctor retired we couldn't get a replacement. It beoaime difficult to make it around here, for the old people especially. As it happened, the old people made up a significant part of the population. The old- young population ratio in Americans 1 to 10 (20 million to 210 millon), but the ratio in rural America is often 1 to .5. In South Routt County, for. <-» limn • finnrn TVfl *»r« T? *^r<o i Od Esther Lewis ( ... her problems start at door Set it with SAKRETE Concrete Mix Strong, scientifically proportioned, D uality controlled. Just add water, or setting all kinds of posts. Alexander Lumber Co. 212 E. South St. Ph. 343-2171 Point it with SAKRETE Mortar Mix Quality Controlled. For laying brick, stone, block, pointing or stuccoing. Easy to use. Just add water. PEOPLE'S .MATERIAL & SUPPLY CO. 468 E. Berrien - 342-6151 per cent of the people, weffe over 65. ./..'•. MRS. ROSSI TRIED to organize some relief for the elderly. She instituted a teIe-> phone reassurance s y stem where every retired person in the area was called daily. She organized a transportation fleet to get the aged back and forth (the nearest hospital here is ft minutes from Oak " Actually,iWhat I did was to try; to get everybody interested in h«l|riing the old people. We didn't have any contoiuni- ty money to begin grand schemes, but we had people. 'I figured if all the people got togethsr,, young and old, we could do a lot for one another." ••' - " A nice 'thought. Unfortunately, it was not shared :by the majority. Mrs. Rossi found some numbing cases of helpless old people—"I insisted on taking -wfe lady to; the hospital 1 and she passed blood clots right in my car, and them, she just went unconscious"— but she could find little public support. "PEOPLE JUST couldn't care less. I don't, know why that is. I guess it's just inborn in them that out here everybody has to fend for them- HOME PROJECTS ARE EASY AND FUN TO DO WITH SAKRETE CONCRETE AND MORTAR MIXES You can make your, back yard the .envy of the neighborhood ...have a patio, terrace'walk, lawn benches and flower bed curbing... entertain around an outdoor grill. t Fun to do and economical too, with Sakrete . ..a mix for every type of |ob. Builders lupplyCo 600 E. Main 3424155 selves.,People.In the mountains hate.charity, you know, and amy time you. try to help them they think its "charity. Even the old people feel this way." Mrs. Rossi says most old people subscribe to a stark code: They go over the hill quietly, never complaining, never requesting. "Even when I was able to Help someone, they always insisted on recipe iTocating. They'd give me something for the favor. That's the way they are." fortunately for this sense of rugged individualism, as well as minimising suffering among the old, things have begun to pick up economically in South •> Routt. Mohiey being spent for the development of nearby Steamboat Springs (al skiing area) is creating area- wide jobs. Young people are once again coming in. Oak Creek has. been promised a new ambulance. A full -timei doctor.is.expected to occupy ithie local-dihic. In addition, Margaret Rossi's pleas for mercy have sunk-in a little'} "THE GAME WARDEN fro longer throws the confiscated meat away. He gives it to me- end I in turn pass it on, very discreetly, to the old folks." . Still, the elderly here, as in many other parts of rural America, are shamefully neglected. Esther Lewis for one. Even revitalized, Oak Creek continues to forget the lady's alive. "The worst thing," she says,' 'is that I can't leave my apartment There's no one to take me. I used to try to get around by myself, in the summer, but now I can't even do that. There are all kinds of dogs outside my door. I'm afraid one would knock me down." She sighs, then points to her rigidly braced leg. And though, she does not say it, Esther Lewis must sometimes wonder, in this careless world: If she was knocked down • would any of her otherwise occupied neighbors bother to pick her up? : It's quick and easy with SAKRETE Black Top Why hire an expensive crew to repair holes, breaks, or cracks in blacktop? You can do it yourself N with SAKRETE* Black Top Mix. Everything is in the bag in an easy-to^handle mix. Just put • in place and tamp for smooth, professional results. Catch up on your homework with SAKRETE* Black Top. To renew and protect blacktop against further damage, use SAKRETE* Black Top Sealers. Ift fun and easy to build with ; ®- "Look for the Yellow Diamond Bag" ••« At Lumber, Hardware & Building Material Stores. , SAKRETE 1$ th« Reg. T.M. 01 SAKRETE. Inc. 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