The Mabel Business Association hosted its annual Golden Age Dinner with around 70 in attendance on April 23.  DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
The Mabel Business Association hosted its annual Golden Age Dinner with around 70 in attendance on April 23. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
The Mabel Business Association served around 70 area senior citizens during its annual Golden Age Dinner at the Mabel Community Center on Wednesday, April 23.

The annual dinner is intended to honor community members who are age 80 and over. "We want to honor the people in Mabel who have contributed to Mabel for many years," said Dee Erickson, business association president.

Clara Karli, a longtime Mabel schoolteacher who reached her 100th birthday last summer, said she has not missed a single Golden Age dinner in the past 20 years. "I just love it...I haven't missed one since I turned 80."

Karli, the most experienced person in attendance, also shared some of her collective wisdom at the event. "Be yourself - don't try to put on a show," she said. "Always be friendly and courteous to everyone. I have a lot of friends from all over..."

She continues to live on her own in Mabel and enjoys reading the newspaper daily. "I like the small town...it's a friendly town," Karli concluded.