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Delmar Otten devoted 7 years to serving seniors

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POSTED January 31, 2013 12:39 a.m.

For the past seven years, Delmar Otten has been an invaluable member of the Senior Center Commission.

Yet he was quick to credit the help of others for making possible the proclamation in his honor as presented at the Jan.15 Ripon City Council meeting.

Otten, who recently stepped down from the post he held since 2005, recalled a fire that occurred some years ago at the Ripon facility, resulting in $20,000 in damages.

“The repairs were done, but there was a lot of smoke damage, so people painted and put up new wallpaper,” Otten said.

The help and generosity of others also paved the way for new office furniture followed by the replacement of the copy machine, air conditioner and kiln.

The kitchen, meanwhile, is in the process of being updated.

Today, Otten estimates that 30,000 people go through the Senior Center doors every year.

Included in the mix are the 100 meals served to those every day not to mention the 40 home deliveries.

“The center has exercise equipment that gets used every day and people also come here to play pool and bingo,” Otten said.

In addition, he acknowledged the cooperation he received from the city, in particular, public works director Ted Johnston.

Otten will continue his involvement with the brown bag program.

“He will be missed at city hall,” said Councilman Elden ‘Red’ Nutt.

Vice Mayor Chuck Winn added: “Del always had a passion for the Senior Center – he (was) always there to take care of a problem.”

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