Mayme Ohnemus, center, is shown in this undated photo inside the Cooper Landing Museum schoolhouse buying a 2005 museum calendar from Mary Fort, right.
Just in time for Christmas, the indefatigable Mayme Ohnemus has done it again with the Forget-Me-Not Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners (SSDC) book of recipes and biographies.
Mayme and friends started the cookbook two years ago with the idea of dedicating it to her daughter-in-law, Amber Mullican Ohnemus, so she could acquaint Amber with her “very special and dear friends.” Jan Mitchell helped Mayme with printing and binding. A third printing is planned.
The book is a welcome addition to the Cooper Landing Museum for the life stories and pictures of more than 40 residents and the history of the SSDC. Mayme and Duane Ohnemus and the SSDC are important to the museum. Several SSDC members volunteer regularly during the summer and the group supplies the museum with gift bags containing garbage bags, plastic gloves and other items to give to guests. The bags were part of the group’s Make A Difference Day project three years ago.
The Ohnemuses donated the wood cook stove, a treadle sewing machine, and a rocking chair to help outfit the cabin that was the Cooper Landing Post Office for 40 years. We appreciate Duane’s work with Bill Fort on the museum’s waterline and other maintenance.
For almost 40 years Mayme worked in local restaurants, was teacher’s aide at the school, drove the school bus, founded the softball tournament, the Snug Harbor Snail-a-thon, the Sexy Senior Dumpster Cleaners, and was president of Dall Homemakers, Cooper Landing Community Club, Cooper Landing Senior Citizens Corp. Inc.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner also was Mayme’s idea for a way to benefit the school. As one of her friends put it the other day, “Mayme can’t go five minutes without an incredible idea coming out of her head!”
Litter prevention, cleanup and recycling efforts led Mayme to form youth and senior litter patrols for several miles of Adopt A Highway program .
Mayme’s zeal for a clean environment almost led her where she wouldn’t want to go when she unknowingly picked up a bag of marijuana one evening in Girdwood and tossed it in her car until she came to a garbage can.
Fortunately, all ended well and Mayme and her Sexy Seniors will continue to clean Dumpster sites in Cooper Landing, Hope and Moose Pass.
In nine years, Mayme figures they’ve picked up 204,021 pounds of trash. Add a few “ounces” to that.
This column was provided by Mona Painter with the Cooper Landing Historical Society and Museum.
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