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Summer Citizens Couple Talks Joys of Being 'Lifelong Learners'

The Herald Journal Thursday, Jul. 05, 2018


Arizona residents Howard and Sharon Poch love Utah State University's Summer Citizens— a program that kind of helped them fall in love. ... Still, Howard and Sharon managed to find time for Summer Citizens, a 40-plus-year-old program that allows seniors to learn new things and experience the sights of Utah. He had been signed up since 2000; she since 2004. The couple still remember meeting by chance during Sharon’s first time with Summer Citizens. She came up to Cache Valley with her husband, and when they arrived at Old Farm Apartments, Sharon happened to ask Howard to help her unpack the car. ... In 2014, years after Sharon’s husband passed away and Howard divorced, the two married. Since then, they have traveled every summer from their Sun City West home to Cache Valley to participate in Summer Citizens. This summer, Howard, 79, and Sharon, 76, are enrolled in three classes taught by USU professors.

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