The mission of the Baraboo Area Senior Citizen Organization is…….


Project of the Month

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BASCO has a committed group that helps to clean and stamp gently-used books for the Baraboo Literacy Council’s Bright Red Bookshelf Project. They meet the last Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Come and join them!

Senior of the Month

Ellen Jarrett

Ellen Jarrett

Ellen Jerrett grew up on a farm 3 miles out of Plain, WI. She walked to school with her brothers and sisters. Her family then moved to Sauk City. When Ellen was 18 years old, she decided to leave the nest and found a waitressing job at Romie's Dinette in Sauk City where she worked for 17 years. When she got married, they moved back to Plain. Her life there had its ups and downs.

Ellen divorced after 20 years and later married a “good man” and moved to Baraboo. Her husband loved to travel; they visited all but 5 of the contingent states. During this time, she worked at Flambeau, Inc. in the finishing department where she smoothed out and removed sharp edges of the plastic products with a sharp knife. She was later employed at St. Clare Meadows in housekeeping, where she worked for about 8 years until she retired in 1991. She is proud of all six of her kids. They have been very good to her and visit often. She also has 5 grandchildren.

Ellen had learned to play the harmonica when she was young. She is very thankful that in her retirement years, her brother encouraged her to pick it up again. She started playing with Clyde and Lynn for birthday parties at BASCO. When Clyde passed away, Tex joined them and they continue to entertain at BASCO events whenever the three can get together. She enjoys her music, both listening and playing, and all her wonderful friends. As interviewed by Linda Baumeister


Do I dare say Spring Greetings? After a long, cold and snowy winter, it’s so good to feel the warmth of a high, springtime sun, shed the hats, mittens and heavy jackets and lighten up a bit! You just hope that Mother Nature doesn’t decide to play an April Fool’s prank and send a late-season blizzard our way! It seems like, for me, there has been a blizzard of BASCO activities keeping me almost “buried under”! The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) recognizes BASCO for its willingness to help “test” new evidence-based programs. Programs that we’ve been involved in are: Walk With Ease, Mind Over Matter and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.

I am currently working on my certification for a new WIHAapproved program: Tai Chi Prime. When I receive my certification, I will be one of only 10 Tai Chi Prime instructors in the state. BASCO is only one of five sites that WIHA has selected to debut its’ new “Physical Activity for Lifelong Success” (PALS) program geared for sedentary older adults who wish to start getting fit. We will be starting this innovated program this month and 10 sedentary but lucky participants will be on their way to better health and fitness! I am especially excited about the newly established BASCO Outdoor Club. Under the direction of new board member and avid outdoorsman, Jack Burton, it will provide several opportunities to enjoy the natural bounties of the Baraboo area, keep fit by outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking and meet new friends as well! The next outing is Tuesday, April 16. I want to commend Center Assistant Jan Hollet for developing a comprehensive “Guide to Volunteer Opportunities in the Baraboo Area”. It is now available at the Center. Check it out! D