Health Dept. kicks off Senior Living Series program

The Health Department announces that the Stark County Senior Living Series kicks off in June with the presentation “Darlene’s Silver Streak & the Model T Girls” by John Butte, Local Author; and “Summertime and the Living is Easy” by RaeAnn Tucker, of the Stark County Health Department.  This informative program will be held Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Bradford Courtyard Estates.    John Butte’s program tells of how Darlene Dorgan, a “twenty something” Bradford beautician began organizing summer vacations in her 1926 Model T in 1934, at a time when young women usually stayed closer to home.  Pictured are the Model T Girls and Mr. Henry Ford himself in 1937.
The Health Department announces that the Stark County Senior Living Series kicks off in June with the presentation “Darlene’s Silver Streak & the Model T Girls” by John Butte, Local Author; and “Summertime and the Living is Easy” by RaeAnn Tucker, of the Stark County Health Department.  This informative program will be held Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Bradford Courtyard Estates.    John Butte’s program tells of how Darlene Dorgan, a “twenty something” Bradford beautician began organizing summer vacations in her 1926 Model T in 1934, at a time when young women usually stayed closer to home.  Pictured are the Model T Girls and Mr. Henry Ford himself in 1937.

The Stark County Citizens’ Mental Health Task Force, Petersen Health Care, and the Stark County Health Department and area residents are once again sponsoring a special Senior Living Series.  The Senior Living Series is a schedule of informational programs aimed to give the latest, up-to-date information, that matters, to our area senior population.

The June program will be Darlene’s Silver Streak & the Model T Girls by John Butte, local author; and Summertime and the Living is Easy by RaeAnn Tucker, of the Stark County Health Department.  This informative program will be held Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Bradford Courtyard Estates.

John Butte’s program tells of how Darlene Dorgan, a “twenty something” Bradford beautician began organizing summer vacations in her 1926 Model T in 1934.  Over a nine-year period they would take eight trips, at a time when young women usually stayed closer to home.  Their travels were prodigious as they crisscrossed the continent from New York to California searching for adventure and seemingly finding it at every turn.  Their Depression Era travels included sleeping in country school yards, church yards and jails by night and by day meeting celebrities , movie stars and even Henry Ford…twice!  Mr. Butte has written a book Darlene’s Silver Streak and The Bradford Model T Girls, which takes the reader along on those adventurous summer vacations and chronicle’s his successful search for the old car, finding it in Portland, Oregon, and returning it to Central Illinois in 2012.  Copies of Mr. Butte’s book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the presentation.

Free gifts and a door prize will be given out at each Senior Living Series session.

For more information about the upcoming Stark County Senior Living Series you may contact Beth Smith at the Stark County Health Department at (309) 852-0197 or visit our website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and Stark County Health Departments or follow us on Twitter.

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