Battle Ground Senior Citizens honor law enforcement at monthly luncheon


Battle Ground Senior Citizens, Inc. honored first responders on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9 during the group’s monthly luncheon at the Battle Ground Community Center.

Sharon Wodtke, the president of the seniors group, presented Battle Ground Police Chief Mike Fort with three dozen cookies and a photo board from the annual Shop with a Cop event where a few of the seniors helped. 

Several officers, including the chief, stayed to enjoy lunch with the seniors, stated a news release from the organization. 

“Battle Ground is blessed with the best police department in all of Clark County,” Wodtke said. “It was our honor to show them a little bit of appreciation on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and to share a bowl of chili and honey cornbread.”

Dustin Waliezer with Fire District 3 spoke to the group about a form they should fill out and place in their home regarding medical issues and medications. 

Dr. Wysham and nurse Renee Klein also spoke to the group about the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form, otherwise known as POLST. The seniors were talked to about the importance of the form, how to fill it out, where to display it in their home and were told a doctor needed to sign it. 

The monthly luncheon provided 140 senior citizens with chili, salad and cornbread prepared by Russell Brent, former owner of the Mill Creek Pub. Brent used a recipe of Rick Browne, an award winning chef, who could not make the event due to health issues. 

Home Instead supplied a variety of cookies for dessert.

Shannon Wyman with Legions Realty sponsored the event and spoke to the seniors about current property scams and how to prevent falling prey to them. 

The event featured 11 volunteers and six guest speakers. 

The next luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 at the Battle Ground Community Center. Detroit Pizza will provide pizzas and salad at the luncheon, while Safeway will donate cupcakes. 

Members of the Clark County Assessor’s Office will speak and will offer the seniors help on how to fill out applications for property tax reductions. 

Dan Dingman, a local musician, will sing and play the guitar to entertain those in attendance and will also perform in memory of member Don Monfort who passed away in July. Feb. 4 would have been his birthday and he used to sing to the group, stated the release. 

The Battle Ground Community Center is located at  912 E. Main St.


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