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A new assisted living facility in Fruitland is expected to help Western Treasure Valley residents who require extra care to stay at home and get services without having to go outside the area, according to Mike Sharp, Regional Vice President of Edgewood Management Group. His company broke ground last month on the $6.5 million, 53-unit Spring Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care Center, which will be next to the future site of St. Luke’s Fruitland Medical Plaza. Spring Creek will provide service for seniors citizens who aren’t able to stay at home by themselves anymore. “I’m certainly pleased and happy to see this come to our community,”

ry care and 34 assisted living units, according to a release from the proj- 3 ect developer, Edgewood Real Estate Investment Trust. The center will have a movie theater, chapel, salon and library. It will also treat patients who have Alzheimer’s disease and will be a fully functional assisted living residence that serves three meals a day as well as offering an activity program with a full time nurse on staff who will oversee the clinical part of the facility, Sharp said. Additionally, the facility will offer employment to at least 30 local resSUBMITTED PHOTO idents. Employees of the Edgewood Managment Group take the first step for the future asFruitland has recently begun to sisted living center in Fruitland recently at the groundbreaking. The center will be adgrow with the St. Alphonsus jacent to the St. Luke’s Fruitland Medical Plaza and should be finished by Sept. 1 of this year. Medical Health Plaza and the St. Luke’s facility construction underFruitland Mayor Ken Bishop said. need them, and it’s great for the way. Spring Creek residents will be “This will provide resources and community.” other services to individuals who Spring Creek will have 19 memo- in an ideal location. “We can see that Fruitland is an underserved area,” Sharp said. “There are no assisted living facilities in Fruitland. It is, however, an area that’s growing. And obviously with the new St. Luke’s facility, that was attractive to us. People are going to be going to that area for health care.” “We plan on providing a wonderful service to this area,” Russ Kubik, chief operating officer of the Edgewood Management Group, said. Spring Creek is expected to be completed by September. Edgewood Management is in the process of purchasing other senior housing properties which it will lease to Edgewood Group under long-term agreements, including other properties in Idaho as well as the Mountain West area.

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SALEM The Oregon Department of Revenue has started its annual review of participant eligibility for the state’s Senior and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Deferral Program. About half the current participants in


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them. They are wonderful people.” Bid opening was scheduled for this month on the planned new facility, which will be about 4,300 square feet and include a large hall for the meals and dances, a kitchen and space for the store, “Second Time Around.” The store at the current center is still open. The new building has been in the

planning stages for more than 10 years. Main funding for the center includes a Community Development Block Grant, which was obtained through the sponsorship of the city of Vale. Because the city was the applicant, it will own the building for the first five years then work out some type of arrangement to turn the building over to the seniors.

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While the Senior Citizens group has about 70 members, only about 20 people show up for the meals because the ramp cannot be used. Because of the ramp situation, there are no more dances planned at the Vale Center, but for the few who can, they make the rounds of dances at other senior centers in the valley and are well-known in Payette, Nyssa, Ontario, Parma, Homedale, Caldwell and Nampa, weather permitting. But in supporting other groups, the Vale Senior Citizens have received that support back as in the last holiday dinner and dance. There were 82 people attending. “We had a lot of outside people,” Mayo said. “We are thankful for



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two years. 9 When Mansor was 18, her family settled in California, where she met her husband while working at the base exchange at Travis Air Force Base, she said. He was a military man, and the two moved to Boise in 1972. Together, they had four children, two boys and two girls, and Mansor now is the proud grandparent of 12, she said. “My grandchildren are very important to me,” Mansor said. “They’re actually a part of why I do WILLIAM LOPEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER what I do, because I think it makes Onalee “Onie” Mansor watches as a recently struck pool ball glides into the side pock- the world a better place and a safe et during one of the three weekly pool leagues in which she’s involved. place for them.” Mansor began to work part-time Ill., where she was born. Her step-fa- was 15 years old, after which her at Malheur Bell and their family ther was in the military, so Mansor family moved to France for a year eventually moved from Boise to moved all over the country until she and then Germany for more than Weiser, where her husband man-


aged the local airport, she said. In the early ‘80s, Mansor and her husband divorced, after which Mansor started working full time at 10 the phone company in Ontario. She started at the lowest paying position, which was an order writer and retired in 2002 at one of the highest paid positions, an engineering specialist, Mansor said. It was during her time at Malheur Bell, primarily during the ‘90s, that Mansor volunteered heavily at the local Project Dove organization. She even sat on its board of directors from 1991 through 1998, she said. Shortly after retiring, Mansor said she was asked to head the Kids Safe Program, which was in its infancy at the time. She served as the program director for 18 months and was instrumental in its success, before turning it over to another individual and joining The Family Place, her current passion. “The Family Place has a philoso-

phy that’s very much in line with my own,� Mansor said. “The mission is to strengthen and empower families and it’s been a good fit for me.� This is a small non-profit organization and Mansor is currently a family support specialist and community program manager, she said. She conducts home visits, teaches parenting classes and is in charge of the food pantry. “I enjoy everything I do right now,� Mansor said. “That’s kind of the beauty of being retired. I’ve decided that life is way too short and you should enjoy what you do. Plus, I think I’m making a difference in peoples lives.� Aside from community service and her line of work, Mansor said she is an active pool player and is currently on three leagues. “Pool and my grandchildren take up a lot of my free time,� Mansor said.

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Two have had previous driving occupations but four drivers have happily found new careers working for Malheur County Transportation Services, which is provided under contract by Malheur Council on Aging and Community Services. Transportation Supervisor Dale Abney has only been working at the agency for a year, having been a long-haul truck driver and owner. “This was open at the time,� he said. “It seemed like a good fit for someone in transportation.� While he mainly supervises the system, Abney said he drives occasionally when there is a need. There are nine other drivers besides himself. They operate with 12 vehicles, ranging from mini-vans to 18-passenger diesel buses. “We do demand response, Dial-ARide and access plus,� he said. Demand response is for medical rides in and outside of Ontario, Dial-A-Ride service is for anybody, also inside and outside of Ontario, and access plus helps people get from their homes to the routed bus service. People are asked to schedule their trips 24 hours in advance to get them scheduled. “Our main function is to provide transportation for elderly, disabled and low-income people,� he said. There is also service between Ontario, Nyssa and Vale, separate from the routed service in Ontario, which is provided by another agency under contract. Don Reynolds, Ontario, who has been a driver since August, was semi-retired after 20 years at the co-

op and had done some traveling, but then decided it was time to go back to work. Most of his passengers are elderly he said, and finds the people in the valley, “very, very nice.� For Reynolds, his interest and concern for the people he drives around goes beyond just providing a ride for them. He will on occasion stop in at a person’s house to see how they are doing, he said. “Lately, I’ve been working five days per week, but may not work eight hours per day.� Ben Condie, Fruitland, is another retiree, having worked for Boeing Aircraft Company on the military side. “I’m full time,� said Condie, who has been with Malheur County Transportation Services for five years. He is classified as the lead driver and heads the safety committee. “I was bored in retirement,� he said, explaining why he applied for a position. “I enjoy the people I meet — being able to help people. People just need assistance and a way to get around, get places and do things they want to do.� Mike Prosser, Payette, was a school bus mechanic and driver in Redmond for 18 years and, having lived in Emmett, decided to move back to Idaho when he retired. He enjoyed driving bus, he said,


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and decided to find another driving job, one where he could relate to the people he was hauling. “I’m kind of all over,� Prosser said, but one specific assignment is driving the Bureau of Land Management “crew.� And he recently drove a group of senior citi-

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Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Ontario encourages community to be aware of family’s heart health during February Heart Month that can be prevented or controlled. Avoiding tobacco, moderating alcohol consumption, and working with a health care provider can also help prevent or treat conditions that can lead to heart disease. “For patients with heart disease it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and stay on your medications,� said Mark Parent, MD, Saint Alphonsus Interventional Cardiologist. “By eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of fresh

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER IS a freelance book reviewer. She can be reached in care of the Argus Observer, 1160 S.W. Fourth St., Ontario, OR 97914.The views and opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Argus Observer

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