Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Welcome, Boomers

Senior Center begins thinking about new retirees

Express Staff Writer

Tammy Eaton

Though Baby Boomers have already begun retiring, their idea of the subject is a tad different from that of generations that preceded them. New career challenges, activity, travel and further education are just some of the concepts boomers are looking towards.

Nevertheless, the onset of a large portion of senior citizens prompted the Blaine County Senior Connection to hire Tammy Eaton as its full-time fundraiser and events coordinator.

She will raise funds with an eye on expanding and remodeling the Senior Connection facilities at 721 Third Ave. S. in Hailey. The expansion is designed to allow more efficient use of the existing space by adding classrooms, fitness resources and a game room.

That will "enable the Connection to offer enhanced activities geared towards providing for our new incoming Baby Boomers together with our existing 60-plus population," said Jim Spinelli, Senior Connection board president.

The addition will also assist in making room for the growing in-home care staff of the Outreach Department.

A 12-year resident of the Wood River Valley, Eaton graduated from the Northwest Community Development Institute recently with a certification in community and economic development. For eight years she has been a Bellevue City Council member and for a decade was the civil administrator for the Blaine County Sheriff's office.

Eaton will also oversee the Festival of the Trees annual fundraiser, to be held this year on Nov. 20 at the Limelight Room in Sun Valley.

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