Posted Monday, February 28th, 2011

A search is on throughout Morris County to identify older people whose service and commitment to others have made them “living treasures.”

The treasure hunt is being conducted by the Morris County Office on Aging, the St. Francis Residential Community and the Northwestern Region of the American Association of Retired Persons. The agencies want to recognize older people who are an inspiration to friends, neighbors and the younger generation.

Nominations will be accepted from organizations and individuals and will be judged by a panel of representatives from the sponsoring groups and the community. To be eligible, the nominee must be 70 years of age or older, a legal resident of the United States and a current resident of Morris County.

A nominee should be an active individual who enjoys life and who acts with compassion and kindness and who has a history of commitment to others through volunteerism and sharing his or her talents, time and “elder wisdom” in community programs and activities.

Those who are selected will be honored at a reception at St. Francis in Denville on May 20.

Nominating forms may be obtained by calling St. Francis Residential Community at 973-627-5000, the Morris County Office on Aging at 1-800 564-4656 or they may be requested at either location.

All applications must be completed and returned to St. Francis Residential Community, 122 Diamond Spring Road, Denville, N.J. by April 15.