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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

Our Riverfront Park has been quite busy recently and looks like activities are back to normal for the most part. The River Rats played music at the park on Thursday evening, June 3, with a nice crowd in attendance. On Friday evening, June 4, the Relay for Life held their event. Unfortunately it was a small gathering but I attribute it to people not knowing about it. WV Bass Nation held a tournament on Saturday, June 5, with approximately 50 boats with fishermen participating. That evening the Jackson County Troop Link held a fundraising event at the stage area with a nice crowd in attendance. There were lots of other people making use of the picnic areas and strolling around the walk — some with their pet dogs. It’s really nice to see all the activities going on outside now without people having to wear masks and be cautious about their “distance.”

The fire at the McIntosh House was devastating to say the least. I’m no expert on rebuilding places after a fire but the shell of the house still looks pretty good. I’m hoping the internal part of the home can be rebuilt using the outside of the home as it still stands. Our family is like many others — we have used the Community Building for birthdays and family reunions and will miss having this option at the present time. Those needing a place for an event will find a place — the fire station has a nice room that we’ve also used in past years for family get-togethers — and several churches have nice rooms that might be available. We are thankful no one was injured in fighting the fire and thankful for all the area firefighters who came together to fight this terrible fire.

Ravenswood Senior Center

Ravenswood Senior News

We are happy to report that our center is beginning to reopen. We will reopen on Tuesday, June 22, and will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only for the remainder of the month of June. Beginning in July we will be open five days a week. Masks will not be required in buildings by seniors or staff. Proof of vaccine is not required. Those who have not received the vaccines cannot be discriminated against. This includes but is not limited to separate dining areas.

Grab-and-go meals will still be offered for seniors not comfortable with attending the senior centers. In the beginning centers will serve meals only. Activities will be added later.

Transportation to the centers will not be provided in the beginning due to reduced hours at the centers. Drivers won’t be available at the times meals will be served due to larger than normal volume of home-delivered meals. Buildings will be open to full capacity while observing CDC guidelines for six-feet social distancing. More than one mealtime may need to be offered.

All meals will be served in disposable trays along with plastic wrapped utensils. Bottled milk and water will be available. There will be no self-serve condiments or drinks. You may bring your own soda, coffee, tea, etc.

There will be one entrance point at the center for seniors to enter. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted. A screening form will be provided. This procedure will be to limit exposure if attendee is showing symptoms and for contact tracing in the event there is a positive COVID-19 case.

The Jackson County Health Department has been contacted and will be inspecting the centers before reopening. The decision to begin building rentals will be postponed until the beginning of 2022.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the reopening of our center, you may call our site supervisor, Stephanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648. She will be glad to assist you.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has had some changes since first published. Our one-day trips now include The Guy Penrod Concert on July 24, The Isaacs Concert on Oct. 29, a shopping trip to Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 6 and our annual trek to Wheeling on Nov. 13 to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. The Guy Penrod and Isaacs concerts include a meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant. Meals are on your own on the shopping and lights 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 Black Hills and the Badlands of South Dakota. We will 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 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 visit 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 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.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tours motor coach on the South Dakota, Niagara Falls and Biltmore trips. The company requires that passengers are vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus.

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 on multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid by separate checks.

You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

Have a great day!