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New face at senior center grateful for local public transportation

By Dedi Mellies

Hello, I am Dedi Mellies – the new face at the Osage County Senior Center. I may look familiar to some of you because I worked at the Cotton O’Neil Clinic here in town as a nurse for 27 years. Last year I experienced a life changing medical condition that caused me to have to give up driving.

I have always been a very independent person – driving was something I just took for granted. You just don’t know how many times you just jump in the car to run to the store for little things – or people call and ask you to do them a favor and out the door you go to jump in the car. I was faced with the possibility of losing my job that I loved – both because of the financial security it provided but also because of the love of my coworkers and patients. That is when my supervisor, Vida Lewis RN, called me and told me about a service that she had discovered that would change my life yet again!

This awesome service is called Osage County General Transportation and they are based here in the Osage County Senior Center. I called them and told them of my dilemma and they jumped into action. Before I knew it they had made arrangements for me to be picked up every morning to get to work and every evening to get me home. I was flabbergasted that such a service was available and that I had never heard of it before. Then I thought I would never be able to afford it and that I was 61 years old so was not quite considered a senior citizen. Image my surprise when I found out that this service is funded in part by the Kansas Department of Transportation and the cost is only $3 per day if inside of Osage County and $5 per day if a trip outside of Osage County is necessary – and the service is available for any age group! Needless to say I signed up for the service and found everyone to be very accommodating and kind as they drove me back and forth every day.

Eventually I started thinking about retiring from my nursing job and that is how I came to be working at the senior center. I saw what a tremendous asset this center is to the community and wanted to be a part of it. Luckily they asked me to join them.

I wanted to share this story so that if there is anyone out there who is letting lack of transportation hold you back, please give us a call to see if we may be of help. It may be just to get to the store, hair appointment or doctor’s appointment – basically anything that you may need to stay independent! We have vans that accommodate wheelchairs and scooters. Also there are scheduled trips that our drivers plan out for everyone’s enjoyment. For instance – remember the solar eclipse? We had a bus trip for that! We will have the schedule posted here on Osage County News.

For more information, call the center at 785-528-4906, or stop by at 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.


  • Thursday, Feb. 1: Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday , Feb. 2 : Bingo 10 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 4: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; evening cards begin at 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 6: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb.  7: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; bus trip to Green Acres 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8: Art and painting 9 a.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9: Bingo 10 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10: Fundraiser 11 a.m., art show, cupcake decorating contest, silent auction, spaghetti lunch.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.

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