Office for the Aging


Dutchess & Erie County Honorees

Dutchess County

Ted and Delores Plass are outstanding residents of the town of Hyde Park, NY. They raised their four children there and currently care for Delores' 92-year-old mother, Alma.

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Both Ted and Delores are volunteers with Roosevelt Fire Company #2. They are both volunteer Fire police and Ted is a volunteer exterior firefighter. In the past Ted has been Lieutenant of Company #2, Captain of Company #2, President of the Company, Captain of the Fire Police, Lieutenant of the Fire Police and District Safety Officer.

In addition, Ted is the volunteer President of the Board of the Union Cemetery and Delores is the Secretary. They also attend the Hyde Park Methodist Church where they are active volunteers for a number of church functions and Delores volunteers at the church thrift shop. They often make time to help neighbors and friends who are in need of transportation to medical appointments.

They have volunteered since they were teenagers. They have always believed in helping others. Then one day they saw a billboard with the slogan "You Rest, You Rust," and they adopted it as their life motto.

Ted and Dolores feel that staying active and involved keeps them going and connected with their community.

Erie County

From Chafee, NY, Clinton A. Salmon, at age 87, continues to be a vibrant and vocal voice for seniors after his retirement as a New York State Trooper.

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Clint strives to ensure that every senior is represented and attended to. For 10 years he has served as President of the Town of Sardinia Senior Citizens, and was a founding father of the group orchestrating writing of the by-laws in 1989. He initiated "Blizzard Boxes" for Western New York seniors, where food items are donated at a Thanksgiving dinner, then sorted, boxed, and distributed to seniors in need. He has served on the Rural Transit Advisory Board since 1997, serving thousands in Erie County, and has volunteered as driver for more than 15 years. Clint is also area supervisor for South Towns Meals on Wheels Program, and has been with the program since 2002. He has spent numerous hours on paperwork and has had untold amounts of personal contact with clients. Additionally, he has served on the Chafee-Sardinia Kiwanis for 50 years, was a member of the American Legion Post 1248 for 40 years, and is a lifetime member of the VFW Post 374.

Clint has been volunteering for more than 20 years, and stopped volunteering to drive the vans only after being advised by his doctor to do so.

"When you see something that needs to be done, you step in and do it, and do it right," he said.

Mitch Flynn is a lifelong Buffalonian, attending Canisus High School and Georgetown University. Today, at 62, he is an advertising executive, neighborhood block club leader, avid cyclist, and the husband of Ellen Goldstein.

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The Ride for Roswell is an annual fundraising event in Buffalo for cancer research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Mitch started the event in 1996 when a friend and neighbor with three children died following a long battle with cancer. Since it began, The Ride has brought in more than $20 million for cancer research. In 2012, 8,000 riders raised $3.8 million (Mitch has the second highest total in individual fundraising since The Ride began).

Among his other volunteer efforts, Mitch is on the board of Go Bike Buffalo, a past board member for The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at SUNY Buffalo, and member of the Center's Alumni Association. He's participated in Leadership Buffalo and the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program.

Mitch says, "I have been volunteering for more than 35 years, and I thought volunteering would be a good way to meet new people, better understand myself, do something for the community, and have some fun."

"What I've found most rewarding about volunteering is that it provides a context in which both community good and personal best are mutually attainable," he said.