LIFE after 50 - Current Issue - October 2014 Vol. 24 No. 10

New VA clinic named in honor of hometown hero

Written by Jeanne Davant

1014_01_MaxBehamA ceremony Sept. 26 marked the grand opening of the Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.

The ceremony included a motorcycle procession and remarks by VA officials and Rep. Doug Lamborn and Sen. Mark Udall, who cosponsored a bill to have the clinic named after Lindstrom, a Medal of Honor winner who was killed in the battle of Anzio in 1944.

Perhaps the most moving remarks, though, came from another hometown hero, Max J. Beham, who was wounded in the same battle and encountered Lindstrom on the bloody beachhead.

Lindstrom grew up at the Myron Stratton Home, then a residence for indigent women and children. He graduated from Cheyenne Mountain High School in 1931 and worked for the next 11 years as a truck driver.

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Active Florence seniors run their own center

Written by Jeanne Davant

1014_02_FlorenceSC2The Florence Senior Community Center is a place where people 50 and older can go to play cards, enjoy meals and socialize.

Ione Stroup likes to go to karaoke Thursday nights.

“From 7 to 9:30, people of all ages sing and dance, and let me tell you, these old people know how to dance,” Stroup says.

Ipsen, who just moved to Florence in March, likes to play Hand and Foot.

“The first place I came was the senior center,” Ipsen says. “That’s where you get your news.”

Ben Combs, one of five volunteer drivers for the Meals on Wheels program, enjoys playing pinochle. His wife, Sally, also likes the card games on Mondays and Thursdays.

Marianna Cox’s favorite is the potluck and jam session hosted Friday nights by Bob Basham.

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