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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

We were happy to see the volunteers come out and help in the cleanup process of the McIntosh Community Building on Sunday, June 13. This process is going to take a lot of work. Robbie and I would love to be helping but our bodies say “No.” Accolades go to Katrena Ramsey for getting a work crew together in a short period of time. There is a lot of pride in our community with hopes that the building can be restored and remain a center for families and organizations to use as has been done for so many years. People are already making monetary pledges to cover the costs of restoration.

It’s nice that the county fire departments have worked together in battling the fire at our community building in Ravenswood and assisting the town of Ripley in cleaning up after a storm hit that city almost two weeks ago causing flooding of several businesses. Our towns have our friendly rivalries but when disaster hits we come together as one.

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Our center will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week. Beginning in July we will be open Monday-Friday.

Masks will not be required by seniors or staff. Proof of vaccine is not required. Those who have not received 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 who are not comfortable with attending the senior center. The center will serve meals only in the beginning and activities will be added at a later date. Dine-in meals will be served from 11 a.m.-noon. Pick-up meals will be served from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Transportation to the centers will not be provided in the beginning due to reduced hours at the center. 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-fee 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 decision to begin building rentals will be postponed until the beginning of 2022.

If you have any questions about the center reopening, call our site supervisor, Stephanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 Travel Schedule has been revised on some trips. The schedule now includes the following one-day trips:

July 24 we will attend the Guy Penrod Concert. A meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in this trip.

Oct. 29 we will attend The Isaacs Concert. A meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included in this trip.

Nov. 6 we will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for shopping. Meals are on your own this day.

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling, W.Va., to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. A meal at Melmann’s Cafeteria will be on your own.

Multiple-day trips:

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

Aug. 28-Sept. 5 we 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, the town of Deadwood and Mount Rushmore. Eight breakfasts and six dinners are included in this trip.

Sept. 27-30 we will attend the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. We will have a day at Dollywood and attend several gospel music shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-25 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 the area. Four breakfasts and four dinners are included in the 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.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tour motor coach for the South Dakota, Niagara Falls and Biltmore Estates trips. The company requires that all passengers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 for the multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in 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!