Courtesy Mat-Su Senior Services
Fresh silver salmon, a dinner many seniors could not afford to purchase, is on the menu once again at Palmer Senior Center, thanks to the annual Silvers for Seniors program. The brainchild of fisherwoman Page Herring and husband Bob Cellers, Silvers for Seniors has become a well-established tradition at Mat-Su Senior Services. Each year members of Northern District Setnetters donate a portion of their catch during a single day of the fishing season to the senior center. Copper River Seafoods provides a tote with ice to haul fish from the Port of Anchorage to the center in Palmer. They have donated fish as well. This year's donation will be put to good use. Senior center chef Phyllis Moore prepared the silver filets with a tart wild blueberry sauce for a delectable dinner. The center will also be able provide nearly 180 meals for local seniors, and an additional 117 meals for local home bound seniors through the home delivered meals program. Additional salmon will be used in salads and salmon soup throughout the fall season. Above, from left, kitchen staff Dave Lambert and Scott Manke, senior center member Mary Brist and Phyllis Moore receive silvers from the Northern District Setnetters.