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Member Spotlight: Rita

I see you regularly working hard in the gym and training with Manny, one of our trainers.  What are your fitness goals and what motivates you to work so hard?

I play flat track roller derby, a full-contact sport which requires both explosive strength and endurance, so my primary goals are: 1) to be able to move laterally and forward very quickly, sometimes from a complete standstill; 2) not to tire easily but, when I do start to lose energy, to fight through it and keep going; 3) to be able to recover quickly when I fall or get knocked down; 4) to be able to move blockers from the opposing team, (who are all considerably bigger than I am) out of my way if I can’t get around them. Besides the inspiration and encouragement Manny gives me, I am motivated to work harder than I ever thought I could because I do not have an athletic background: I never have played a sport in my life, while many of the other skaters have. I also am not very fast, nor do I have great form, so I feel like I need to do something that will at least enable me to be a competitive player, if not a better skater.

How has using a personal trainer impacted your routine?

Well, I never really had a routine before I started working with Manny. Now, not only do I have a weekly session with him, which I affectionately call “Thursday Hurts Day,” but he’s also given me a specific workout to do every day on my own. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) combines cardio with strength exercises; it’s extremely challenging and exhausting, but it’s the best routine to achieve the goals I mention above. I also am really lucky to be able to work with someone who is both a boxer and familiar with derby, because he teaches me how to move my feet quickly, do a feint/juke to confuse the opposing players about my intended direction, and never to stop trying even when I feel like I’m not going to succeed.

Tell us a little about your roller derby league.

The Puget Sound Outcast Derby league is a gender-inclusive, community-based, skater-run group of players of all ages–with a span of more than two decades between the youngest and oldest–and skill levels, from new skaters to seasoned ones. One of my favorite things about the league is that I’m not the only member who is dorky/nerdy and doing something completely out of my comfort zone. It took me a while to find a league where I felt I could fit in; as soon as I started skating with PSOD I felt like I finally found a derby home. We are a very supportive and fun group, and we need more skaters! If you think you may be interested, please feel free to talk to me in person or email pugetsoundoutcastderby@gmail.com

You are smaller than your average player.  How does that affect your abilities as a team member?

As I mentioned, I feel like I have to work really hard to be able to hold my own against a lot of the other players since they are bigger than I am. On the other hand, as a short woman from NYC, I’m naturally aggressive and conditioned to be in perpetual motion, so I don’t like it when people get in my space and slow me down. When I think about how I used to move my body to get around someone or make my way through a crowd–without being seen, since I’m about a foot below the average person’s eyesight–it reminds me that if I get lower so that I literally am blocked from view by the backs of the players who are blocking me (ha ha), then I have a better chance of sneaking around them.

What are some of the other things you do and interests you have?

I have been a devoted Pearl Jam fan for almost 30 years now, ever since I listened to their first album in the 90’s. They are the reason I moved to Seattle and why I skate under the name Deadly Vedder. Needless to say, whenever I have a chance to do anything band-related, it takes precedence over just about everything else! But the most important thing in my life that defines who I am as a person is improving the health and welfare of both wild and companion animals. Currently I am a volunteer research assistant on an American crow behavior study; I also volunteer at the Seattle Animal Shelter as a canine massage therapist.

What made you choose FHC as your fitness facility?

Multiple things: it’s a small business rather than a corporate franchise; the space is perfect–lots of natural light, water views, and no loud music; it’s never crowded; the location is ideal; it’s unusually affordable; and, of course, the owner and staff are always friendly and helpful.

Interview with Helen Lafferty

We all come from somewhere and our different stories make up this community that we have created at FHC. Here is an interview with one of our members, Helen Lafferty.

1. You are originally from Ireland. What brought you to the US and how long have you been a resident here?
I came from Ireland with my husband in 1986. We are both physicians, and we came to Boston to do some post-graduate training. We thought we were going to stay for three years but somehow ended up staying quite a bit longer than that! Now I have lived in the US for more than half of my life! The years have flown by.

2. Did you become a citizen?
Yes! I became a citizen, because I wanted to be able to vote. And I do vote!

3. What was the process like?
At that time were living in New Mexico, so we had to travel long distances to get through certain parts of the process. Apart from that, it was easy!

4. Do you have dual citizenship?
Yes. I would not have become a US citizen if that had meant giving up my Irish citizenship. Being Irish is still a huge part of my life and my identity. But I am happy to be a citizen of the country I actually live in.

5. What has caused you to take multiple trips back there lately?
Well, my Dad died in January this year. It was very, very difficult for me to be so far away when that happened. I made three trips to Ireland this year because of that – for his funeral, getting his house ready to sell etc. Then, after that, my husband’s sister died at age 58, so we made another trip to Ireland for her funeral. In October I made one more trip for a family wedding (my fifth of the year!), and it felt good to finally go back to Ireland for a happy event!

6. Have you felt it difficult to be a part of two worlds, and what are the things that make you feel most connected to your home in Seattle?
For me it has been very hard to be part of two worlds and to have two places I call “home.” I love living in the US, but it has also been hard for me to be so far away from Ireland, especially from my parents as they grew older and I was not there to be able to help them. I imagine many, many immigrants to the US feel that same yearning and pull to the country of their birth. I don’t think it ever really goes away. My husband and three adult children are here in the US, so this is home for me now! But I will always love Ireland dearly, and I hope to continue going back there regularly to enjoy my beautiful country of origin.
I think Seattle is a wonderful city to live in. It is just the right size for me – not too big (or too small!). It has the best climate in the US for an Irish person – not too hot or too cold! It has all the art galleries and music venues and bookshops that I love to have close by, and it is easy to get around – I walk as much as I can around the city. Best of all, it has beautiful nature that is very close by. I have lived in quite a few places in the US, but Seattle is where I will stay!

7. You stay in great shape. How has FHC been a part of this journey?
I LOVE Fremont Health Club! The teachers are wonderful, the staff are all very friendly and helpful, and the schedule of classes is great. I do not use the machines, but I go to a lot of classes. I have met many wonderful people at FHC and made some great new friends through the gym as well.
My Dad was almost 92 when he died in January, and he had been going to the gym three times every week until a couple of months before he died. He inspires me every single day to try and stay as fit as I can for as long as I can. FHC is helping me along that journey, and I am really happy to be a member of this gym.

8. Anything else you would like our members to know about you?
I ride my bicycle with my husband – that is our entertainment! Last year, we cycled across the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park in Montana. That was HARD! But we love to be outside as much as we can, enjoying this beautiful earth we live on.
My other form of entertainment is singing. I sing with a great choir in Seattle – Seattle Pro Musica.

Thank you Helen for sharing your story and for showing us what a privilege it is to vote!

Tips for Aging in Place

What Every Senior Should Know About Safely Aging In Place

Kent Elliott

Nearly 90 percent of seniors in the U.S. want to age in place (stay in their homes), even if they may eventually need daily assistance or in-home health care. While it’s understandable why one would want to maintain their independence in their own surroundings, their home may not be adapted to mobility and health issues, so it’s important that modifications are made to ensure one’s safety and comfort. Of course, the best time to make such changes is before they are actually needed to prevent injury from occurring — some people start as early as their fifties or sixties.

While you can conduct your own home assessment in order to determine your needs, it’s best to hire an occupational therapist (sometimes paid for by Medicare) to do the job for you, as they’re trained to make such judgments, even prematurely. These pros also have extensive knowledge of assistive technologies, which is helpful because there is an abundance of new options and advancements on the market on a regular basis.

Once you figure out which modifications you need, decide which ones you can do yourself, which require the help of a pro, and how you’re going to pay for everything. Here’s a guide to help you navigate this process so that you can stay safe while saving as much money as possible.

DIY

There are many simple tweaks you can do on your own that take little time or effort, starting with removing all tripping hazards, such as area rugs and excessive clutter. Other considerations include:

  • Swapping out grungy carpets for a low-density, shorter pile variety and installing slip-resistant flooring in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • For those struggling with visibility (including those with dementia), task lighting can make it easier to perform everyday activities, such as brushing teeth, reading, and cooking. Painting the walls in a light but glare-free color while keeping the ceiling white can improve the lighting in a room, too.
  • Replace regular faucets with modified anti-scald valves that rely on water pressure to regulate the flow of hot water.
  • Handrails on both sides of all staircases and grab bars in the bathroom near the toilet and in the shower/tub are essential aids for preventing falls.
  • Assistive technology such as a video doorbell that’s connected to Wi-Fi provides both safety and convenience, while a personal medical alert system offers peace of mind to seniors and loved ones alike.

Hire A Pro

Before hiring a pro, make sure you obtain references — particularly from clients who also needed similar home modifications. While it is possible to build a wheelchair ramp yourself, it’s a complex and time-consuming project, so you’re better off leaving it in the hands of an expert, especially since safety is a concern. Other big-ticket projects that require assistance are installing a chair stair lift or elevator, replacing a tub with a walk-in shower, and lowering countertops and cabinets for easier use.

Funding The Modifications

Not all modifications come cheaply, but there are grants available to those in need. Though not available everywhere in the U.S., there are some state assistance programs to help fund age-related construction and home enhancements.

If home modifications aren’t enough to make a completely safe environment, consider searching for an accessible property in your area. Make a checklist to find what you’re looking for, and use an online filter to help you narrow down your options. Note that homes in Seattle, Washington, typically sell for $737,000.

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Trainer Spotlight: Tim Beauchamp

Trainer Spotlight: Tim Beauchamp

You teach a regular morning class, “Strength Training 101”, at FHC. It is geared for members that are 50+ years of age. Why is this target group such a passion for you?

It’s funny, it did not start out being a primary interest, but I was offered the chance to take over a class that Swedish Hospital had been running for post-cardiac rehab patients at my old gym, Sound Mind and Body. After watching what they were doing, I went and talked to the members of the class and said that I would take over the class, but would change things up because I did not think that they were doing enough. The class became “Silver Power” (the students picked the name, not me). That was almost 15 years ago. As I have trained more and more, I realize that there is a huge need for older people to do more for their basic health. Aging is so popular, that everybody is doing it, but not that many are doing it as well as they could. I have worked hard to stay fit as I get older and have learned a lot that I think is useful for others. I have also learned a lot from the older clients that I have trained, have seen the difference that physical training can have on people’s lives first hand.

What is your background? What drew you to training and teaching?

I have been an athlete all of my life, starting to play tennis when I was six and becoming a serious cyclist and swimmer in high school. I played tennis in college and was first exposed to judo there as well. Once I moved to Germany as a new lieutenant in the Army, I joined the local judo team and worked my way onto the highest level competitions in Germany. After some serious surgery on both of my legs, I got back into cycling and swimming to rehabilitate myself. Because I was already in the Army and had been a runner, I soon decided to try running a triathlon. I competed internationally for several years in Europe and continued to train to this day. Back in the States, I was in a military reserve unit as a major and was approached by the brigade commander to help set up a remedial Physical Training program for the unit. After being struck by a car while on a training ride, I again rehabilitated myself. Friends suggested that I knew so much about training and rehab that I should make a career of it.

I also hear that you are a do-it-yourself carpenter, a musician, and a writer. Did I miss anything?

I am getting back into my photography and scuba diving, and hoping to get my planted aquariums back up and running!

Member Spotlight: Peter Brickman

If you haven’t met Peter Brickman during your workout, he is one of our long-time members and comes in almost daily for his workout. He’s newly retired but is as active as ever. One of the friendliest guys you will meet, Peter loves bicycling, dogs and tennis, and staying active.

Peter, you are a very active senior. What keeps you going so strong?
Some years ago, when I thought I was old, I referred to the joke: “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” Now that I really am old, it’s not that funny. I’m an insulin dependent diabetic, so diet, exercise, and reduced stress are things that I am constantly aware of; of course, this is important for everyone! Exercise has always been part of my life- it’s become a good addiction!

Besides coming to the gym almost every day, what other activities do you do?
I ride my bike everywhere! My tennis game has suffered, due to some physical restrictions. But, I’m still enthusiastic and every once in a while I hit a good shot that brings me back. Now that I’m recently retired, I’m catching up on my books and DVD’s and plan on taking continuing education classes. I have worked as a professional chef and I have more time to test my cooking skills and surprise myself.

How has the Fremont Health Club made a difference in your life?
The family atmosphere is comforting and inviting. The new sauna will seal the deal forever.

My dog, Harley, jumps up as soon you enter the building because he knows you so well. Are you a dog whisperer?
I try to say “Woof!” to every dog I meet, to let them know I’m a member of the pack. Harley is my BFF.

Any advice you want to pass along to others?
Good health is everything.

 

Instructor Spotlight: Katelyn Page

We are thrilled to have Katelyn Page back with us,  teaching Barre and Yoga. We asked her a few questions about her motivations as a teacher, her teaching style, and the importance of community.

FHC: You teach different types of classes, such as Barre and Yoga. What are the benefits of practicing a variation of classes?

KP: I love Yoga and I love Barre and they each give different challenges physically and mentally, and I think that’s important.  A well-rounded approach works best in the fitness world. Each class has a different intention. With Barre, there’s a big emphasis on muscle endurance. With yoga, there’s more emphasis on stretching and growing flexibility. It’s important to find different ways to gain muscle strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular endurance, and of course intentional nutrition. When the goal is optimal results, it’s important to find the well rounded cross-training experience.

FHC: How did you start teaching yoga?
KP: I fell in love with yoga when I was young. My mom has scoliosis and so we would do some yoga together in our living room. I was drawn to how powerful I felt breathing with intention, and to how strong I felt holding postures. Armed with this appreciation, my relationship with yoga grew the more I practiced. Once I decided to take the leap and take teacher training, I haven’t really looked back since.

FHC: What inspires you most about teaching?

KP: My students. Seeing their progress each week inspires me to be better. There’s such an incredible feeling when a student gets crow pose after weeks of practicing. Or seeing a student nail a V-Sit Ball Exchange. Experiencing that communion together feels spiritual. A lot of my students have become my closet friends, and it’s just because we both show up each week. I am genuinely honored to be teaching and it’s been so humbling to meet so many amazing individuals.

FHC: Why do you emphasize community in your classes?

KP: I have never tried to incorporate community, inclusion has always come naturally for me. Many students come to the same classes each week, and we see the same faces each time. We experience a class together, and if you’ve taken my classes then you know it’s a challenge, and we are all struggling together. To me, it feels natural to show encouragement to each other, or interact and acknowledge that we are all experiencing something together. At the beginning of each Barre class, I have my students introduce themselves to their neighbors and instantly the mood in the classroom shifts from a very intense and solemn vibe to a more playful, friendly, and inclusive experience. It’s hard to make friends as an adult, and I understand that for many, life is really freaking hard, and sometimes lonely. Taking the time to create a sense of community, to know that we’re not alone, it’s important.

FHC: For those that haven’t taken your classes yet, what do you want them to know?

KP: In my classes, you can expect a playful and challenging class, where you can come as you are. I try to let loose, have fun, and will probably dance during class. Oh, and I play fun music that you’ll want to dance to too. Life is way too short not to celebrate! I want my students, new and old, to know that I think they are important, that they matter a great deal, and that showing up is enough. My only expectation for you is to be kind. To those around you, but also to yourself.

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Janell Hartman

Janell Hartman, true to her name, has a big heart. She has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga at FHC since we first started six years ago.  In the early years, she volunteered with us, while we got established.  Her knowledge, experience, and love for the art of yoga have been a life-changing for many. Besides her involvement with the FHC, she is spreading her love and knowledge of yoga to critical programs like Yoga Behind Bars and offers Teacher Trainings in the Seattle area. Basically, Janelle is a rock star and we wanted to share a few things about her with you all.

What drew you to volunteer to teach with Yoga Behind Bars?

Early 2013 I happened to answer a call for help one evening at a friend’s restaurant when one of their servers was sick. They were hosting a fundraiser for Yoga Behind Bars and one of the guest speakers was a former inmate who had been released from prison a couple of years prior. She shared how the yoga classes and teachers had impacted her life inside and helped her integrate when she got out. I was moved to tears. That was it for me. I got involved right away.

What inspires you the most about teaching in prison?

There are very few folks who ever get to know themselves as well as those who’ve been to very dark places, have been ostracized, and experienced profoundly deep conflict. When that degree of darkness is navigated and transformed, the light of that redemption can guide a suffering world into balance. I witness the power of ethics and soul development at the core of the ancient Yogic teachings changing these guys in a big way. They’re forging true freedom independent of their circumstances. They’re turning around and sharing it. That inspires me.

What else are you up to?

I conduct teacher trainings for Yin and for Restorative yoga a few times per year here in Seattle and out at Breitenbush Hotsprings. My main work is at the Tummy Temple, a wonderful naturopathic healing center where I am a colon hydrotherapist and electro-lymphatic therapist. I’m also their director of outreach and education. I teach a free community class on a different practical natural health topic every first Thursday of the month at Tummy Temple. Hop on our website and check out our services and happenings!

How to get the most out of classes at FHC

In this post, one of our wonderful trainers, Allison Axdorff, shares a few thoughts on the value of group fitness:

Did you know FHC offers over 45 classes each week? If you haven’t tried them yet, you may not be getting the most out of your membership.

You may consider me little biased. I’m a long-time group fitness fanatic and instructor of POUND, a full body workout inspired by the energizing and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. But, there are reasons I am this passionate about group fitness. Read on to learn why and how to get the most out of classes here at FHC.

Show up

When you sign up for a class you are penciling in time that you’ve made for yourself and that self-care is a wonderful thing. We all know that life happens, but committing in advance keeps you accountable for the time you’ve set aside. Let us be your “accountabilibuddy”. Even if you show up holding on to your stress and worries, you’ll leave feeling more positive and ready to tackle whatever is next.

Mix it up

It’s important to change up your workouts to avoid muscle stagnation, prevent injury, and keep your mind focused and engaged. The instructors at FHC bring new moves and routines to class to ensure it stays fresh. You can also mix it up by trying new classes. During prime time at FHC there is often more than one class on the schedule, which allows you to mix it up while keeping a routine.

Trying a new class takes (or anything new) takes courage. Even as an instructor, I find that I can be nervous or feel awkward trying a new class or format for the first time. I remind myself that everyone either is or has been in the same position. At the end of class, I’m always happy that I tried something new. Sometimes when you’re new to a class format your brain may be doing as much flexing as your muscles. I encourage my students to try a class two or three times to get a true feel for it.

There are also smaller ways to mix it up with the classes you may already be attending. We are creatures of habit, even when it comes to “our spot” in the room. Try taking the class from another location in the studio and see how it changes the experience. Maybe with the new angle, you’ll notice something different about form or at the very least make a new friend.

Connect

I’m a strong believer that group fitness is about so much more than the workout. One thing I love about FHC is the small class sizes. Over the past year that I’ve been teaching at FHC, I’ve been blown away by how kind, passionate, and fun FHC members are. Make sure to say hello and meet someone new in your next class!

Make it your own

In group fitness, while we are working out together, we shouldn’t all be working out the same.

Another benefit of the small class sizes at FHC is that your instructors are there to help customize the class so you get the most out of the workout. Whether you’re looking to take the intensity to the next level or find the right modification, it can be accomplished. Ask your instructor before or after class how a workout can be customized for what you need. Lastly, your feedback about any part of the workout is always welcome (seriously, if you’re not digging the new Iggy Azalea lunge track let me know). This is your workout too and together we make the best spot in Fremont to get fit.

I encourage you to keep these in mind as you make the most of the classes offered at FHC. And if you come to my class, all I ask is that you make the workout what you need (with help from me of course) and HAVE FUN. In the POUND Rockout Workout, you can’t make mistakes, you can only have drum solos.

See you at FHC,

Allison Axdorff

Meet Kristin Varner – an incredible illustrator and a loyal FHC fitness enthusiast

 

We were so impressed by Kristin’s work, we wanted to share it with you. Check out the Q&A below to learn a bit more.

 

Q: Tell me about your published work.

A: I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator for about 18 years. My first published work out of college was mainly editorial illustrations for magazines, newspapers, and brochures. Over the course of my career, I’ve created art for television commercials, educational books, toys apparel and other products. However, the last few years I have been fortunate enough to focus on my true passion which is children’s book work. I have one picture book published titled, PINK CUPCAKE MAGIC, written by Katherine Tegen and published by Henry Holt and Co. I am currently working on another picture book (writing and illustrating) as well as a graphic novel that I hope to be sending out to publishers soon.

Q: What got you started in this field and what are your goals?

A: I’ve been drawing since childhood and by high school, I began to take it more seriously. I attended art school at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and graduated with a BFA in Illustration. I was never exactly sure what area of Illustration I wanted to specialize in, but the whimsical nature of my work lent itself to the children’s market. I have always loved and collected children’s books, so naturally, to create them has been a lifelong dream of mine.

Q: Have you hit any obstacles, and if so, how did you get through them?

A: How to survive financially has been the hardest obstacle I’ve faced living the life of a freelance illustrator. Concentration in the children’s book industry has been particularly tough due to the market being so over-saturated with the many talented illustrators out there. It’s been a rough go at times and I’ve had to take less desirable jobs to make ends meet, but keeping goals in sight and never giving up when I’ve been tempted to throw in the towel have kept me going. Also relying on my people skills has helped me tremendously, as I’ve been fortunate to forge many good relationships with clients that have continued over the years.

Q: Tell us some more about yourself and your family.

A: I grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Salt Lake City, Utah and still find my happy place, skiing or snowboarding in the mountains here in the Pacific Northwest. I lived for several years in Brooklyn, New York, where I met my husband. We moved to Berlin, Germany where our daughter, Francis was born. We were pulled back to the States by the mighty Amazon giant, and have been here in Seattle for the past five years, and happy to call Fremont our home. I love traveling, enjoying time with friends and family, riding bikes, and I’m also a bit of a history nerd.   

Q: How has FHC been part of your life and for how long?

A: Several years ago, I was a member at one of the large, club gyms in town which I had joined for the child care option. However, my daughter, Francis,  who was nearly 2 years old at the time, absolutely loathed this gym and would cry incessantly until one of the employees would come fetch me. I was rarely able to get a full workout in. My husband discovered and joined FHC first, and after meeting Lillian he thought that Francis would be much happier with a smaller setting and Lillian looking after her. I decided to give it a shot and quit the other gym. Francis was comfortable with Lillian right away.  That was nearly 4 years ago, and I’ve been coming to FHC ever since and Francis still does too. In fact, I have to be secretive about going when it’s just myself on days when Francis is at school. She loves the gym and always wants to go see Lillian.

Q: How do you stay motivated to keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle?

A: I try to stay in tune with what is going on with my body, and I’ve always been the type of person that gets very cranky if I’ve been working too much or haven’t been to the gym or gone on a run for a few days. Keeping it all in balance makes sense when it comes to diet, exercise and everything else. I cook more often than not so I can monitor more closely what our family is eating  (even though dining out in Seattle is such a treat). I like getting hooked on routines and the noontime classes at the gym have been a game changer for me. I really look forward to those days and the anticipation of not knowing what the instructor will be throwing at us. I also look forward to gym sessions on my own where I finally have time to put on my headphones and listen to podcasts that I like to follow.  I even find that some of my best inspiration for work comes when I’m out on a run or sweating it out.

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Interview with Larry Berger!

A page in the Story of Fremont:  Larry Berger

The other day I went to visit, Larry Berger, at his residence in the heart of Fremont where he has his hair salon.  After my hair cut, he agreed to do an interview with me.  He has done my hair off and on for many years now and it’s always a pleasure to capture insights into his Fremont.  Being a hair dresser, he certainly knows many secrets but you’ll never catch him sharing those stories.  His salon and living areas are filled with collectible treasures that have found a second use and placed skillfully in a way that tell their own story.  He is always ready to strike up a conversation with a stranger or old friend.  He believes in supporting local businesses first.  Larry has referred many other members to us and we are so grateful to have him as one of our long time members.  Here are a few questions I asked him:

What brought you to Fremont?

I was looking for a city that was a bit more sophisticated than my home town of Tacoma.  I was drawn first to the art scene and the Fremont Solstice over 35 years ago.  There was no parade back then, just the fair.  I would go to the disco back when that was the thing. It was in the building where Costa Opa’s was (now Chase Bank).  I also helped some friends find a space to open a tiny coffee shop, ETG.  On the same day I helped another friend find a space to bring Delux Junk (a collectables paradise of reuse treasures) with the apartment above that I eventually moved into and have been there for 30 years now.  After Delux Junk closed, the Tzar Dumpling restaurant is under construction and hopes to open up soon.

What’s kept you here all these years?

It’s a feeling I have that I fit in here.  The most friendly place I’ve ever encountered, unlike any other community.  It is a part of what has attracted to so many wonderful businesses here. I love living in Fremont.

Tell me about your business:

I’ve been in cosmetology for 39 years and have my shop in my home,

I also do paint treatment.  Refurbish old furniture (with an artistic touch).

I am also a part time care giver now for the last 7 years.

I’ve seen you many times walking the neighborhood picking up trash.  How did that get started?

Well, a lot of garbage in the streets.  It’s so much more pleasant when the trash is picked up.  It defiantly gets me walking around and staying active.

What are some of the biggest changes you have you seen since you moved here?

The Burk Gilman Trail has been a big part of the improvements. We have all benefited especially from the Quadrant buildings improvements.

Fremont is a wonderful place.  It’s only going to get better and hoping to see a higher level of consciousness when more people are more vocal to making positive improvements.

What is your vision for future for Fremont?

I want Fremont to be cleaner, if some of the building owners would put up some hanging garden baskets, plant parking strips in front of their buildings and we need more volunteers to pick up trash.  And more trash cans would help.

You recently had knee surgery. Have you been able to use the gym to help you heal?

Yes, in both knees.  One in March and the other in May.  I used to go to MTI Physical Therapy but know I take what I have learned and come to the gym three times a week.  The doctor says I am improving faster than the average and I think it’s partially because I take my FHC gym exercises seriously.

 

Thank you for sharing, Larry Berger.

Larry is looking for new clients and his prices are reasonable: 206-632-2233