Volunteers honored for their service

Lance McNeil lines up the desserts for the containers.

Lance McNeil lines up the desserts for the containers.
Photo by Steve Ranson.

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Before the American Legion Post 16 members and community volunteers prepared containers to deliver on Christmas Day as part of the Meals on Wheels program, two longtime volunteers were recognized for their years of service.

Lance McNeil, who has spent 30 years organizing the food deliveries to the county’s senior citizens on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Linda Rupert, who finished her 27th year as a volunteer, each received a plaque to honor their service.

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Lance McNeil and Linda Rupert were honored for their years of service in volunteering to prepare meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas. From left are McNeil, Alex Riddle, Paul “Pip” Valentin and Rupert.

Come rain or shine and the occasional snowstorm, McNeil and Rupert have prepared meals for delivery to the area seniors. On Christmas Day, volunteers prepared and then delivered 136 meals. McNeil’s volunteers come from Naval Air Station Fallon, the other veterans service organizations, the ranks of retired veterans and residents.

People such as retired elementary school teacher Eileen Montgomery is a regular volunteer. It’s in her blood.

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From left Katherine Richard, Kat Richard and Eileen Montgomery prepare to load food into containers.


“It’s an opportunity to give back to the community and to all the families from all generations,” she said.
Montgomery comes from a family of firefighters, and her brother served in the U.S. Army.

Teri Korsmo, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1002, said it’s a good feeling to serve the area’s senior citizens.

“I like doing this at Thanksgiving and Christmas,” she said.

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Michelle Diedrichsen serves mashed potatoes.



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