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A good turn for a senior turns into full-blown event

It started this summer with a routine phone call to Ace Mountain Hardware. A sweet-voiced customer inquired about gardening tools and store hours. What it turned into was a heart-felt holiday project to brighten the day of dozens of Truckee seniors.Seventy-five-year-old Romaine Smith wanted to plant a small garden at her home in the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments. But Smith cannot drive. She has multiple sclerosis and requires the use of a wheel chair, and had no tools with which to plant. So she called Mountain Hardware and told the lawn and garden department head Julie Bedford of her situation.Days later Bedford and a group of friends arrived at Smith’s door, soil and flowers in hand, and planted the woman’s garden. Also planted that day was a seed in Bedford’s mind that would grow in to a small philanthropic quest to continue helping her new friend, as well as others in the senior community. “[Mountain Hardware] adopts a couple of families every year at this time. We collect gifts and cook them Christmas dinner,” Bedford said. “It’s wonderful that we do that, but I think that we need to do something for the seniors because they are so often forgotten.”Employees of the hardware store will host a holiday trivia night at the Truckee Senior Center Sunday night, with games such as Name that Tune, and TV Trivia, plus prizes and donated gifts from local merchants. “It’s a creative, fun, engaging activity for the seniors,” said Melanie Kauffman, executive director of the Truckee Tahoe Seniors Council. All Truckee seniors are invited to attend, though seating is limited, so call the seniors council information line at 587-4611.Check it OutSeniors Holiday Trivia Night• Sunday, Dec. 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.• Truckee Senior Center

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