Seniors Were Honored by all All Three Mayors and Governor Walker

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Today, several hundred senior citizens filled the Carlson Center to watch as their peers received recognition for commitment to fitness, and outstanding volunteering.
"You folks are the Pioneers of Fairbanks and the backbone of what we do, and you set the standard and raise the bar of younger folks in our community to look up to," Mayor Karl Kassel said.
Mayors Kassel, Ward and Matherly read proclamations and presented the shining plaques to the recipients. Mayor Ward handed an award to a woman he called his favorite North Pole resident.
"Patricia Thurman has been an Alaskan resident for the last 49 years living in North Pole. Woo!" said Ward.
Before the awards ceremony, Governor Walker honored the day by signing into law House Bill 236, which would extend the current Senior Benefit Program for Alaska's most at–risk seniors.
"For the seniors, it is just, it is critical for many of them able to stay in their homes, they're able to stay in Alaska, so it's a very exciting day for me to sign this in Fairbanks."
Teenagers, Hannah and Leilani Calhoun closed the event with their dulcet tones entertaining the audience.