Klamath Falls, Ore. – A volunteer at Sky Lakes Medical Center has celebrated a big birthday.
Muriel Webbon has been volunteering at Sky Lakes for the past 13 years.
She turned 97 Tuesday.
When asked why she didn’t take her birthday off, she responded: “What would I do other than this that I enjoy doing?”
Muriel works with other volunteers at the main information desk.
“She is a mentor to the newer volunteers.” Explains Reid Kennedy of Sky Lakes Volunteer Services. “She helps train them as they come on board as volunteers for helping the community.”
Muriel’s son Bruce Webbon says she’s been volunteering all her life. “She was volunteering in a senior center in Half Moon Bay, and it amused me that she was taking care of people most of whom were 10 to 20 years younger than she was.”
“I volunteered down there in California.” Muriel confirmed. “I volunteered in Florida, and I volunteered in Connecticut when I was a girl scout.”
Bruce says his mother has always been a leader. “She graduated, as I believe, valedictorian of her high school class, which was back in the late 30’s – she went to and ivy league school, University of Pennsylvania, at a time when girls just didn’t do that.”
If you’d like to volunteer with Muriel, she says they’re always room for helpers. “Come and see us, and we will find something for you to do that you will enjoy.”
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.