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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Robbie and I attended our high school girls state tournament game at the Charleston Coliseum April 27. The girls played hard but a win wasn’t meant to be. They lost to eventual runner-up Parkersburg Catholic. This was their third loss to this team this season. The main thing (as far as I’m concerned) is that the girls made it to the state tournament. There were a lot of girls around the state that would have liked to play in Charleston. Hopefully our girls can make it back for another chance at a state title in the next several years.

Our great granddaughter Payton Woodard of Williamstown celebrated her 16th birthday with her Jackson County family members at Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 1. Her birthday is actually May 3. We had a nice time being able to finally get together for some family fun. Payton’s mom Jennifer (Simmons) got a chance to see and chat with her former Ravenswood High School teacher Sue Hinkle who was walking around the park with her husband Dale. We had a picnic type meal featuring grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, potato chips, soft drinks and cake. Payton had a second celebration the following weekend at her home with her high school volleyball team and other school friends. It was nice to finally get to do something “normal” with our family.

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

The River Rats decided on Thursday evening a couple of weeks ago to not let the weather keep them from playing their music at the Riverfront Park. It was rainy and a bit chilly but they took the stage anyway. We listened to the music on the radio (90.1FM) as we sat in the car. I think it was the most relaxing evening I had had for a while. They are being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation and will be at the park every Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and your snacks and sodas and enjoy an evening of music when you can be there.

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It is still unknown when we can return to normal activities at the center. In the meantime we are handing out hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the front of the center from 11 a.m.-noon. Frozen meals are given out on Thursday to cover meals for Friday and Monday. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 to learn more about the meal program and to order meals.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has been partially revised. If you have paid for a trip and are uncertain about whether it will still go on the date as scheduled you may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 and she can update you.

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 a trip to Wheeling, W.Va., on Nov. 13 to view the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall before going on to see the lights. Dinner will be on your own at Melmann’s Cafeteria. No meals are included on one-day trips.

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.

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we will travel to Mount Rushmore, the Badlands and the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will visit 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 one day at Dollywood and enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-15 our destination is 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. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in the 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 Rockvale Square and Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village.

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 Parkway Visitor Center and enjoy a ride 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 in separate checks.

Have a great day!