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Ripley Senior News: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What does the sun drink out of?

The senior centers will reopen on Tuesday, June 22. For those of you who didn’t see last week’s column, and as a reminder to those who did, the following are guidelines that they will go by:

  • Hours will be from 11 a.m-noon for lunch only on Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Starting Tuesday, July 6, the center will be open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-noon for lunch only.
  • Curbside meals will still be offered from 10-10:30 a.m. on the days the center is open.
  • You must enter through the front door. Before gaining entrance, a screening will be conducted. Wearing a mask is not required, but optional.
  • A reservation is required for indoor dining and for curbside meals. You may call the center a day ahead at 304-372-5151 to make your reservation.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the Center.
  • CDC guidelines for social distancing will be observed. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.

We hope to see everyone on June 22.

There will be no other activities until further notice, only lunch. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, other activities will resume; until then, I’m sure you will enjoy being able to have lunch again inside the center.

Keep your eyes and ears open for further updates.

I hope all of you fathers had a nice Father’s Day on Sunday. I have a few quotes to share with you:

  • A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
  • The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.

A few columns back, I wished Happy Birthday to seniors having a birthday this month. West Virginia, born during the Civil War, is also celebrating a birthday and is another year older this month.

President Lincoln proclaimed that West Virginia would be admitted to the United States as a separate state and on June 20, 1863, West Virginia became a member of the Union. It is the 35th state and the only state to be designated by presidential proclamation.

The rhododendron is our state flower. The cardinal is our state bird, the sugar maple is our state tree, the black bear is our state animal, and the Golden Delicious apple is our state fruit.

Summer is truly here. It is either unbearably hot and stuffy, or stormy. We have started picking peas and squash from our garden when the weather allows it. It has been quite muddy lately and I have had to put on my pink boots a couple of times when picking the vegetables or tying up the tomato plants. There has been quite a bit of rain lately, and thankfully we live up on a knoll and it hasn’t affected us too much. The water did get up on our lot across the road where a creek runs along its boundaries. But it goes back down quickly. Our ducklings seem to enjoy the wet weather.

I leave you with the following verses:

Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim everyone his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

Answer to riddle: Sunglasses!