Ripley Senior News Column: Senior center guidelines and potato salad

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Patriotic wreath

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why were the early American colonists like ants?

The senior centers have reopened. As a reminder, the following are guidelines that they will go by:

  • Hours will be from 11a.m.-noon for lunch only on Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Starting 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.
  • We will be observing CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you may call the center at 304-372-5151.
  • 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.

We would like to send our love and prayers to the family of Margaret Boggess. She was a long-time member of the Ripley Senior Center. Margaret was always willing to lend a helping hand. She made many delicious dishes for our dinners and events for everyone to enjoy. She loved participating in the different parties and programs provided at the center. She was a well-loved friend to us all. We will miss her, but we know she is in a better place. The memories we shared will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Last week I told you that July is National Ice Cream Month and National Blueberry Month. Did you know that it is also National Picnic Month? I love picnics. We are lucky to have Cedar Lakes nearby. It is a great place to go for a picnic. You can also do it in your own yard. When my kids were young, I’d throw a quilt on the ground and we’d go outside under a shade tree and eat sandwiches and drink Kool-Aid. We’d have our own little picnic. Just about every summer, Mom and Dad came out on the Fourth and we’d eat outside. It was also my mom’s birthday and I’d bake her a special patriotic birthday cake. I’d decorate it with strawberries and blueberries. I miss those days.

One of my favorite things to eat on picnics is potato salad. You can buy a container at the store or make your own. I prefer to make my own. I’ll make it the night before and it is nice and cold for eating the next day. Here is the recipe I use:

Potato salad

4 cups diced potatoes

3/4 cup of sliced carrots

Cook potatoes and carrots until tender, but firm. Drain.

Pour 1/2 cup of zesty Italian dressing on potatoes and carrots and stir gently.

Let cool.

Boil 4 eggs, dump in ice water, roll on countertop with palm of your hand, then peel.


1/2 cup of Mayo (I use light mayo)

1/4 cup of sour cream

Squirt of mustard

Blend and pour dressing over cooled potato mixture and stir in well.

Stir in diced boiled eggs (leave out about 4 slices) and 4 tablespoons of sweet pickle relish.

Put finished potato salad in a large bowl, place 4 slices of the boiled egg on top, sprinkle with pepper, cover and refrigerate.


I hope you got to enjoy the celebration of our nation’s birthday with a family picnic.

I leave you with the following verses:

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalm 28:8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Answer to riddle: Because they lived in colonies!