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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

We want to congratulate Julia McCoy on winning a full scholarship to West Virginia Wesleyan College. She will be a senior at Ravenswood this coming school year. Julia’s mother Rebecca was an employee at our senior center many years ago. Rebecca hasn’t aged in looks at all and one might think “she” was the recipient of the scholarship! Julia will do well in her chosen field of study.

We also want to congratulate Emily Curtis and Hattie Kennedy on being named to the first team LKC softball team. Emily Wratchford was named on the second team and Libby Hall and Braylin Tabor made Honorable Mention. We watched several of the home games and I think the LKC did a great job in their selections. It isn’t easy being named to the LKC All Conference teams as there are so many schools with equally good players.

I saw Steve Titus recently and asked him if the football team was going to sell Fall Gun Giveaway tickets again this year. He said they were. Robbie and I helped sell them for years but we are no longer physically able to do it. I wanted to make sure he knew about certain people who always supported the gun fundraiser. We are still interested in the success of this cause, so if you see Steve around town he’ll be happy to see you a ticket. You can also make a purchase at the Affectionately Yours Flower Shop located on Washington Street downtown.

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We are happy that our senior center is now open Monday-Friday with abbreviated hours. Masks are not required by seniors or staff. Proof of vaccine is not required. Those who have not received the vaccine 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 are to be served due to the 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 the building. 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 reopening you may 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 at the Ohio Star Theater. The cost is $105 and includes a meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant, the cost of bus, a driver tip and a concert ticket.

Oct. 29 we will travel back to the Ohio Star Theater for The Isaacs Concert. The cost is $105 and includes the bus cost, a driver tip, a concert ticket and a buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant.

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

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling to see the Christmas displays throughout Oglebay Park. We will stop in St. Clairsville, Ohio, for shopping at the mall. Dinner will be on your own at Melmann’s Cafeteria.

Multiple-day trips include the following:

Aug. 18-19 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 journey 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 shows. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-25 we will go 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 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 will be a trip 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 vaccination.

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 insurance policies and trips must be paid in separate checks.

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

We want to remind you that the River Rats are playing music at the Riverfront Park each Thursday evening weather permitting. They are sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and runs until approximately 7:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and your snacks and beverage and enjoy an evening of great music and socializing with your friends.