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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

We have been fortunate to be able to watch some of the high school basketball and softball games this month. Kids that are playing in two sports — mainly basketball, softball and baseball — have been busy trying to compete in the games of their chosen sports as schedules may be overlapped. By the time you read this the basketball games will be state tounament games. Hopefully our boys and girls were (are) participants. If not, we have enjoyed watching the games we did get to see. Annie Hunt has been amazing on the girls team. We hate to see this talented senior depart but all kids must move on. We have watched a couple of freshmen girls who will be outstanding as they continue their careers in future years.

We have been to several of the girls softball games. I usually sit in the “press box” area. There is a stool there that I claimed as mine several years ago and I have my name on it. This year Emily Stutler has been announcing the games and she’s been assisted by her boyfriend Noah Smithson. Both of the young folks have been very kind about “my stool” and if one of them is sitting on the stool when I arrive at the press box they immediately relinquish the stool to me. Both of these young kids have been extremely friendly and kind to me. I really appreciate them. They are doing a terrific job with the scoreboard and announcing each player as they come to bat.

The Ohio River Festival Committee is sponsoring a golf tournament at the Green Hills Golf Course on June 19. They are looking for teams to participate in the event. You may call 304-273-2293 for information about the tournament.

The River Rats have started playing music at the Riverfront Park on Thursday evenings. They are being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and snacks and beverages and enjoy an evening of good entertainment. There is a concrete area in front of the stage for those who like to dance to the music.

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We are still waiting for the center to reopen and begin some of the activities we did before the virus stuff occurred. I understand that every county in the state must be clear before any senior center can reopen. So for now we just have to bide our time and hope all gets back to normal soon.

We are giving out hot meals at the front of the center from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Frozen meals are given out on Thursday to cover for meals on Monday and Friday. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 to order meals and learn more about the meal program.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to make some changes on the dates of some trips. If you have signed up for a trip and are uncertain if the trip will still be held you may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 and she will give you an update on the trip.

One-day trips include the Ohio Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio, on June 24. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 6 we will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a day of shopping. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling, W.Va., to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall then dinner will be on your own at Melmann’s Cafeteria.

Aug. 18 and 19 we will travel to Kentucky to see the Ark Encounter which features Noan’s Ark. One lunch is included in this trip.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This trip includes the Badlands, the Black Hills and Mount Rushmore. We will also visit Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Unique Journey Museum and town of Deadwood. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Sept. 27-30 we will attend the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We will have a day at Dollywood and enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-15 we will travel to Niagara Falls and Toronto Canada. You MUST have a passport for this trip. We will visit Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queen Victoria Park, see the Falls on a “Hornblower Niagara Cruise” and visit the CN Tower and other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip.

Nov. 16-18 we will go to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical productions including “Queen Esther” and “The Christmas Tree Ship.” Two dinners including a family-style dinner and a “Bird-in-Hand Smorgasbord Dinner" are included in this trip. Shopping time will be at the Kitchen Kettle Village and the Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets.

Dec. 6-9 we will journey to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, visit the Biltmore Estate, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Visitor Center and enjoy a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this fun Christmas holiday trip.

Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Insurance is available on multiple-day trips. Each trip and insurance must be paid by separate checks.

Have a great day!