Steamboat Springs The 2013 Senior of the Year credits her good health and longevity to the programs and services that are offered to seniors in Routt County.
“Keep eating, keep exercising and stay healthy,” Louise Iacovetto said to her fellow seniors while accepting the award at the annual Spring Fling held Friday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.
The Routt County Council on Aging each year chooses a senior who has dedicated themselves to helping other adults and shows exemplary service, peer relationships and contribution of leadership, knowledge and skills.
“If you need to get something accomplished in South Routt, you start with Louise,” Council on Aging Executive Director Laura Schmidt said. “Louise is kind, compassionate and thoughtful, but those traits don’t stop her from adopting a take-no-prisoners stance when it’s time to advocate for change. She is a true leader.”
Iacovetto is 88 years old and has lived in Phippsburg her entire life. Her late husband, Ray, was postmaster from 1949 until 1981, and Louise Iacovetto took over the job until retiring in 1989. The couple also ran the town’s general store.
Ray Iacovetto passed away in 2006.
“When I lost my husband, it would have been easy to be a couch potato, but I reached out and wanted to socialize,” Louise Iacovetto said.
She regularly attends the exercise classes and senior lunches offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the South Routt Community Center. She said they are trying to attract more participants.
“Come and try it out, and you might like it,” Iacovetto said.
The cost is $3 for people 60 and older to have lunch. Those who are younger are asked to pay $6. Transportation is available to the lunches, which also are offered in Steamboat and Hayden. For more information call the Council on Aging at 970-879-0633 or visit www.rccoaging.org.
In addition to the Senior of the Year award, the Steamboat Kiwanis Club was presented with the Friend of the Seniors Award. Kiwanis Club President Bud Romberg accepted the award.
“It’s nice to be recognized for the service that has been provided,” Romberg said during lunch. “We don’t do it for the recognition, but it’s nice to be recognized.”
Romberg said the Kiwanis Club focuses on helping youths and seniors. He said the club used to organize and pay for the bus that would take seniors on errands to the bank and grocery store. The Council on Aging took over that program.
“We have supported it financially every year,” Romberg said.
The club also used to take seniors on a boat ride to Steamboat Lake. Today, the club still gives money to programs that support seniors, and the dozen club members volunteer their time.
“The group is small and mighty, and we’re grateful to them,” Schmidt said.
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