April 10, 2018


Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:00 am

DSC_14631.JPG>Gary Calligas flanked by Dick and Marilyn Hainey

Gary Calligas received the 2017 Torch Award at the opening ceremony of the 26th NW La. District Senior Olympics Tuesday (April 10).

The presentation of the coveted award, given in honor of the late Hazel Gay, highlighted the event, which returned to the Bossier Civic Center after 10 years in other locations. Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker welcomed the Senior Olympics back to the Civic Center to open Tuesday’s ceremony.

Others receiving awards for the 2017 year were Linda Comstock (Ken Howard’s Spirit Award), Ruby
Thomas and Lionel Brangham (Athletes of the Year), Velma Johnson (Most Valuable Player), Emma Gene Brown of Red River Bowmen Range (Volunteer of the Year) and Don Ashworth (Susan Berry Memorial Outstanding Golfer Award).

Denny Rogers, Managing Partner of Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM, was named winner of the Distinguished Service Award for steadfast support of the district games for more than 10 years. April Babcock, Landers Customer Relations Supervisor, accepted the award for Rogers.

Calligas, the man behind The Best of Times magazine and The Best of Times radio program, has been a member of the district’s supervisory board for nearly 20 years. The Best of Times has conducted senior health fairs as part of district’s opening ceremonies during that span.

Senior Olympics activities resume on Thursday with Table Games competition at the Bossier Council on Aging on Bearkat Drive at 9 a.m.

AN ASIDE: While Mayor Walker was being introduced for his welcoming words to the seniors, it was noted that he is a veteran of the NW Louisiana District Senior Olympics. “He was a great third baseman for our slo-pitch softball team,” a former team member told the audience. The Mayor smiled at the recollection.

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