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Area Agency on Aging selects Eleanor Knupke as 2016 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Ashland County

  Posted on September 1, 2016

Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce Eleanor “Cupcake” Knupke has been selected as the 2016 Outstanding Senior Citizen for Ashland County. She and eight other recipients were honored on Thursday, August 25 at a ceremony hosted at Hawkins Corner.


Knupke, 92, is a published author of a book of poetry and is described as a “true inspiration to her peers and the staff at Colonial Manor [Health Care Center]”. Knupke is a member of the Jolly Grandparents Club and the Resident Council and enjoys volunteering at bake sales and craft shows. She is currently working on her second book, “Life at the Manor.”


Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging.


Awardees must first be nominated by an individual or organization involved with seniors. They are then selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.


There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot, respectfully.)


Additionally, the following residents of Ashland County received the 2016 Safe Driver Award at the ceremony: Cindy Baughman, Allen Black, John Chorpening, Tassie Cole, Doug Fike, Ruby Murphy, Jim Norris, Vic Staley, and Paul Uebel.


The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario,provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.