BELTON — The Texas Traditions Band played to a packed house June 6 at the Belton Senior Activity Center’s monthly country-western dance.

Senior citizens, family members and friends danced, socialized, snacked on goodies and won door prizes.

Patsy Cofer, senior activities director, said attendance at the monthly dances has increased since family members began accompanying the seniors.

“We would rather see family members in attendance than not see the seniors out enjoying themselves,” she said.

Tameka Truesdale, resident activities coordinator for Sterling House of Temple, an assistant living facility, arrived with five residents who danced the waltz and the two-step.

“I haven’t danced since I was married, so I don’t dance,” Terry Field said. “I enjoy being here listening to the music and watching others dance.”

Perry Stophel, David Peirce, Gwen West and Christian Formen all danced to the variety of songs performed by the band, led by Larry Burgin.

Bob Pohoman of Belton danced with the youngest attendee, Kaylinn Hoffman, 10, of Vidor. Pohoman once wrote for the Belton Journal.

“Back then, the editor, a good friend, asked me to write a fish and hunting column once a week,” he said. “He paid me with free coffee and a steak dinner every Thursday.”

For more information about the monthly Belton Senior Activity Center call Patsy Cofer at (254) 939-1170 or go to

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