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Silver Bay resident named Outstanding Senior Citizen

The Outstanding Senior Citizen award honors one community member who has made a significant contribution to their local community through volunteer work after the age of 65.

Qualifying volunteer work must be unpaid, demonstrate commitment to the local community, show a diversity of accomplishments, touch the lives of others in the community and demonstrate a variety of services performed and involvement in organizations.

This year's award winner is Mabel Waxlax-Tarlton, of Silver Bay. The review committee felt that Waxlax-Tarlton represents the true spirit of volunteering and giving of oneself, making her communities such amazing places to live.

Waxlax-Tarlton has spent thousands of hours volunteering, serving as a leader for the Silver Bay Food Shelf, as chairperson of the Northeast Minnesota Food Shelf Network, president of the board for Northwoods Pioneer Gallery and Gifts, a local craft cooperative, and for the Northern Lake County Art Board. She has served as a board member for the Lighthouse for Vision Loss and volunteered with State Services for the Blind.

She has taught exercise classes to help older adults prevent falls and build bone strength, and taught classes on senior nutrition and arthritis, and has been a fundraiser for St. Jude's Hospital and Minnesota Epilepsy Foundation.

Waxlax-Tarlton currently dedicates time to driving older adults to appointments and helping with their daily living needs.

"Mabel's generous and buoyant spirit infuses her activities and infects those with whom she works," said Lise Abazs, the executive director of North Shore Area Partners. "This means she frequently wraps others into her ethic of volunteerism by encouraging them to join in and convincing them they have much to offer... Mabel is a prime example of the benefits of a volunteer driven life for the individual and the community."

Waxlax-Tarlton was invited to the Minnesota State Fair Volunteer Ceremony, and her name will be put forward as Lake County's applicant for the state-wide Volunteer of the Year.