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Chamber Senior of the Year Bill Apgar

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Bill Apgar


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   Bill Apgar was named the 2006 Senior Citizen of the Year at the Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held Oct. 21, at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort for his years of volunteer work in the community.
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   How long have you lived in Jefferson County, and what brought you here?
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   My wife Jeanne and I have lived here for 44 years. A job offer to work as a forester for the Bureau of Indian Affairs brought me here. I worked in Warm Springs and for the last 17 years was the assistant forest manager for the BIA. I retired in December of 1988.
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   What is the best aspect of living here?
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   The area's people, climate, rural nature and scenery.
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   What's your favorite way to spend a day?
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   Enjoying the outdoors, traveling in Oregon, especially to Camp Sherman and the Metolius River, and reading. I enjoy reading mysteries, fiction and science fiction.
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   What are your hobbies, interests?
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   We've been members of the American Association of Retired Persons for 25 years, and I have been the local group's president for four years.
   I was a volunteer with the Jefferson County Rural Fire Protection District from 1968 to the 1980s, then served on the board of directors from 1972 to the present. I am a past state president of the Oregon Fire District Directors Association.
   From 1992 to 2004, I did Red Cross emergency disaster relief work where I'd be gone for three weeks on assignments to help victims following hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes. I was in New York following the 9-11 disaster, and have helped in Kauai, the Virgin Islands, Georgia, Alabama, California, Texas, Iowa, and other states. In Central Oregon I've helped open shelters for evacuees during forest and wildfires.
   I'm not as active as I have been, since I'm now involved with a lot of health care for myself and my wife. But we enjoy traveling in the area, our grandkids, and attending the Missionary Baptist Church.
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   How many kids, grandkids?
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   We have three children, Michele Goodpasture of Bend, Chris Apgar of Portland, and Wendy Apgar, who passed away in February 2006; 12 grandkids; and two great-grandkids.