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Letter to the Editor: Fellowship day

— Fellowship day

To the editor:

If you want a day of fellowship, dancing, music and good pie, then take a drive on the first Sunday of every month to the Ramsey Grange in Dufur from 2 to 5 p.m. You will find a variety of musicians, singers and dancers there; mostly they are seniors. Some months you have more musicians, but it is always interesting.

During the rest of the month on Sundays from 7 to 8 p.m., a number of these musicians, calling themselves the Dufur Boys, are playing at the various assisted living facilities. They appear at Mill Creek Point, Cherry Heights, Flagstone, and sometimes at the Oregon Veterans’ Home for the residents and visitors. There is a group of us who follow them around to support the Dufur Boys and visit some of the residents, as not everyone is able to play an instrument or sing, but enjoy their music.

Last week at one of the facilities something different happened. A young woman rushed in and went to a table where an elderly man was sitting alone. She took off her hat, scarf and coat, and threw her arms around him. She proceeded to put her coat and things back on and off again and tried again to get the gentleman to dance.

We thought this might have been his granddaughter or something, but she seemed very agitated. The gentleman managed to avoid her and began dancing with someone else. The young lady then went into the locked kitchen, at which time we decided she must work there as she had a key, and came out with ice cream bars. She tried to make him eat one, and then offered them to a few other residents.

I would feel very uncomfortable if I lived there or had a loved one there, if this was her normal actions. As a senior, I wonder who the residents or I should take these concerns to.

Please don’t let this frighten you off from enjoying the wonderful music and special entertainment provided at Ramsey Grange or places you might find the Dufur Boys as they provide a great deal of pleasure to us all.

Dorothy Hill

The Dalles

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