Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

It’s hard to believe that basketball season is over now. We didn’t get to watch all of the games that we wanted to see but were grateful that we got to go to the ones we did see. The boys season ended when they lost to Roane County in the sectional championship game. They played hard but just couldn’t overcome the taller team.

The girls had a longer season. They won the sectional and regional titles and went on to play in the state tournament at Charleston. The regional game against Buffalo was the lowest scoring game I have ever witnessed. Buffalo tried to win by “stalling” the game. I have never liked to see a team hold a ball for minutes at a time. I feel the fans pay to “watch a team play ball — not just hold a ball for minutes at a time”! You can’t score points if you don’t shoot the ball. I want to compliment our girls for not getting upset with the way Buffalo played. I suspect Buffalo girls wanted to shoot the ball more but were following what their coach had decided to do. The final score was 14 to 11 in Ravenswood’s favor.

The girls played Parkersburg Catholic in the first game of the AA playoffs on Tuesday evening, April 27. Since I’m writing this before the game I can’t say how the game ended. I hope the girls had a great game — more on that next week!

Robbie and I love to go the state tournament each year — both the boys and girls, as we get to see some friends from around the state that we only see at the tournament.

We have been able to see some of the girls softball games. They have played very well and won some of their games. More on them later!

Our great granddaughter Payton Woodard of Williamstown celebrated her 16th birthday with a family get-together at Riverfront Park this past Saturday. Payton is an honor student at her high school. She was recently chosen to play in the strings section of the all state orchestra and was also named to the National Honor Society. Payton is a member of the Williamstown High School volleyball team and is doing very well. We are enjoying the rivalry between Ravenswood and Williamstown teams in this sport. I have always told her that grandma’s heart will always be with Ravenswood but I will also support her efforts on the court. She just smiles through all my comments!

The River Rats are playing music at the Riverfront Park each Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. They are being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite snacks and beverages and enjoy an evening of good music provided by local talent.

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

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The center is still closed but we are hoping the virus ban is soon lifted and activities can get back to normal soon.

We are serving hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which can be picked up at the front of the center from 11 a.m.-noon. Frozen dinners are given out on Thursday to cover for Friday and Monday meals. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 for more information on the meal program.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had to make some changes on several trips. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 to learn more about trips of your choice and if any changes have been made to trips you have already paid for.

One-day trips include the Ohio Amish Country in Berlin and Walnut Creek, Ohio, on June 24, a shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 and our annual trek to Wheeling, W.Va., on Nov. 13 to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall and then dinner will be on your own at Melmann’s Cafeteria.

We remind you that all meals on one-day trips are on your own.

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

We will travel to Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Aug. 28-Sept. 5. This trip includes the Badlands, the Black Hills of South Dakota and Mount Rushmore. We will also visit the Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, the Unique Journey Museum and the 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,” visit the CN Tower and also visit other places of interest in Niagara Falls. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in this trip.

Nov. 16-18 will be a trip 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 Estates, visit the Folk Art Center, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway 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 policy must be paid in separate checks.

Have a great day!