Seniors back at home in Minturn |

Seniors back at home in Minturn

Lauren Glendenning
Minturn, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyEstrella Romero, right, and Sadie Mondragon enjoy their time together at Minturn City Hall Wednesday. It was Eagle County Adult Services' first day back in the City Hall building after a broken pipe forced the group out last December.

MINTURN, Colorado – The tens of elderly people who meet at the Minturn City Hall for lunch twice a week are happy to be cozy again in the building they were forced to leave.

A frozen pipe in the City Hall building exploded on the second floor last December, causing a huge mess that took about two and a half months to clean up. The town’s treasurer, Jay Brunvand, said there was about $40,000 in damage to the building.

“It’s part of life,” said 95-year-old Polly Jeffries, who has lived in Minturn since 1934 and lived in Gilman before that.

The seniors who meet there as part of the Eagle County Adult Services program were sent to the St. Patricks Church down the street in the mean time. The seniors were happy to have a place to go, but didn’t feel quite as comfortable in their temporary meeting place.

Estrella Romero, a Red Cliff woman who started going to the adult services program about four years ago, said the group couldn’t complain about the church that stepped in to help them. It was a bit colder there, though, she said.

“We’re more familiar with this (City Hall building),” Romero said. “It feels good to come back.”

At least 20 people came for Wednesday’s first lunch in the renovated building. They did what they always do – sat together and talked, participated in exercise groups like yoga and of course, ate a nutritious lunch together.

“We have an excellent chef,” Romero said.

The chef, Bart Petro, was as excited as anyone to be back in the regular meeting place. He got hired in December, right when the frozen pipe busted – he’s been cooking at City Hall and driving the food to the church ever since.

“This is the first time I’m actually cooking and serving here at this center,” he said.

Mary Ellen Cope, who has been volunteering with Adult Services for about five years, said the group could have a good time practically anywhere. Cope was excited to see such a great turnout for the first lunch back at City Hall.

“I just love working with this population,” Cope said. “They’re just so appreciative for everything you do.”

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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