Malenseks featured as subjects of April Photo of the Month

By: 
Joni Schaff

Courtesy photo

This photo, provided courtesy of Margaret and Cliff Arbogast, is the Photo of the Month for April at the Hardin Senior Center. It shows Elaine and Joe Malensek, who currently are active members of the center.

Senior Center News

At the Hardin Senior Center, Margaret and Cliff Arbogast have displayed photos of the senior activities, patrons and scenery from around the area.

The portrait of Joe and Elaine Malensek is the Photo of the Month. Joe and Elaine are both active members at the senior center. Elaine serves as treasurer for the Seniors Association and Joe is ready to help with the 50-50 drawing held each month.

Their story together begins in Hamilton, Mont. They were high school sweethearts and married in May

of 1966. They have two children – Randy and Brenda, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

When they moved to Hardin, Joe was the manager of the Anthony’s Department Store. He spent 25 years in that position. Joe and Elaine bought the Coast to Coast Store in downtown Hardin some 29 years ago. They retired from the now True Value Store 14 years ago. The store is now owned by their son Randy and his wife Belinda.

The Malenseks started traveling following retirement and have visited all but three of the states. They wintered in Texas and spent summers in Hardin. Their full-time home is now in Hardin. The portrait on display shows the love and admiration they have for each other. They are really great folks.

Volunteers decorated the senior center last week with a spring theme. We thank Etta Kollekowski, Miriam Old Coyote, Elaine Malensek, Patty Nordquist, and Margaret and Cliff Arbogast for their time and effort. The pretty spring bouquet wall hanging was made by Etta. She explained that it started out as a table runner, but became this quilted wall hanging instead.

Deborah Thingvold of the USDA Rural Development office and Gail Pomeroy have sent more information on their informational visit on Thursday, April 26 at the Hardin Senior Center at 317 N. Custer in the Little Big Horn Center Complex.

The USDA Rural Development Repair Loan and Grant Program may be of interest to you. The loan and grant program can help if you need home repairs. The loan/grant offers a 1 percent interest rate for up to $20,000 in repair loans, no application fees, grants up to $7,500 for those 62 years and over, flexible credit and qualifying guidelines, and low monthly payments spread over 20 years. You have a modest dwelling for the area in which you live and income eligibility applies.

The ladies will be here during the noon time. If you’d like to join us for lunch, call (406) 665-2581. As well, you may just be here for the information and assistance afterwards.

Deborah Thingvold can be reached at the Billings USDA Rural Development office at (406) 657-6297.

Activities coming up at the center include the Seniors Association meeting on Friday, April 13 at 11 a.m., bingo on Tuesdays and the birthday dinner on Wednesday, April 18. You must make a reservation for the birthday dinner by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April

17. This includes congregate, home-delivered and takeout meals. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please leave a message if need be.

Hardin Senior Center menu:

Thursday, April 12 – pork chops, potatoes, pasta salad, dessert

Friday, April 13 – sloppy joes, mac salad, fries, dessert

Monday, April 16 – mac and cheese, hot dog, vegetables, dessert

Tuesday, April 17 – beef barley soup, sandwich, dessert

Wednesday, April 18 – birthday dinner (ham dinner, cake and ice cream)

Thursday, April 19 – blueberry pancakes, sausage, fruit

Lodge Grass Senior Center menu:

Friday, April 13 – chicken noodle soup, sandwich, fruit salad, strawberry shortcake

Monday, April 16 – lasagna, salad, garlic bread, banana cream pie

Wednesday, April 18 – birthday dinner (roast beef)

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