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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Tonight is a big night for the seniors as they graduate from high school. It has been 71 years since my twin brother and I graduated from Ravenswood High School. Our Class of 1950 was the very first class to graduate on Flinn Field. Our class had a lot of “firsts” as we didn’t follow all the things that classes ahead of us did. We changed the color of the gowns to white for the girls and black for the boys. We didn’t like the maroon color gowns that the girls had always worn. We changed the company we bought our class rings from and also our invitations. We weren’t rebellious — just wanted to do our own thing! Class rings were all just alike — everyone bought the same style. That’s why it was called a “Class Ring.” Today’s kids buy a variety of rings — if they even decide to buy one!

Things change over the years but I still like some of the older things that classes did together. I want to wish this year’s graduating class a successful and healthy life.

The Ravenswood High School Class of 1960 lost its salutatorian recently when Donald Lockhart passed away. He was married to Barbara Wildman and had three children. Don grew up in Wiseburg north of Sandyville. He was an avid WVU fan and Cleveland Browns fan and enjoyed Nascar, fishing, reading, camping and spending time with his family and friends. Don’s remains were buried at the Ravenswood Cemetery on Saturday May 15 with family and close friends in attendance after which they went to Riverfront Park for a meal.

Congratulations to the Marshall University Thundering Herd Soccer Team for winning the National Championship on May 17. My mom was a 1914 graduate of Marshall and I’m sure she was smiling down on the team that evening.

The Ohio River Festival committee is sponsoring a golf tournament at the Green Hills Golf Course on June 19. They are seeking teams to enter the event. You may call 304-273-2293 for more information on the event.

We want to congratulate Drew Dormagen on winning a gold medal at the recent Special Olympics Golf event in Morgantown. Drew was honored with a party at the Green Hills Golf Course last week.

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We are still waiting to be allowed to reopen the center and get back to normal activities.

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

We have added some trips to the Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule. We will be traveling to the Amish Country for the Guy Penrod Concert on Saturday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $105 and includes a buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. Following the concert we will go to Walnut Creek to visit the cheese shops and other Amish shops. We will leave for home at 6 p.m.

Oct. 29 we will attend The Isaacs Concert in the Amish Country. The cost is $105 and includes a buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant at 5 p.m. We will return to Ravenswood following the concert.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tours motor coach to several of the scheduled trips for this year including trips to South Dakota, Niagara Falls and the Biltmore Estates. Diamond Tours requires that all passengers have been vaccinated for the COVID virus. We also remind you that you MUST have a passport for the Niagara Falls trip.

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

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

We travel to Mount Rushmore and 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 TN. We will have a day at Dollywood and will enjoy several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

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

Nov. 16-18 we travel 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 NC. 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.

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

We remind you the River Rats are playing music at the Riverfront Park on Thursday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. They are being sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks. Bring a lawn chair and snacks and enjoy an evening of good entertainment by our local musicians.

Have a great day!