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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Hopefully you had a great Fourth of July.

Our plans got changed in the wee hours of the morning on Friday, July 2, when yours truly needed a bathroom break from sleeping. I have no idea what actually happened but I suffered a fall shortly after stepping out of bed. I tried to catch myself and somehow hit my right arm on the wall (I think?) and ended up with a pretty unsightly looking bruise from my elbow to my wrist. I also somehow managed to bruise my right foot on top. I yelled for Robbie who came to my aid and helped me get back up off the floor — which isn’t an easy task! I did get to the bathroom which is about 20 steps from my bed, got business taken care of and made it back to the bed.

Needless to say, our plans to go to Ripley for the parade on Saturday got canceled. So we ended up watching the parade on TV. It is always a super parade. I think it’s the first parade at Ripley on the Fourth that we have missed for a long time.

We were happy for the Ravenswood River Rats who won third place in the float division. Our Mayor Josh Miller drove the tractor that pulled the mobile stage featuring the River Rats musicians. The float honored Navy veteran Lester Click who served in World War II. The musicians included Junior Conger, Dewey Taylor, Les Cult, Jim Yates, Harold Taylor and Steve Bradley. You can listen to the River Rats on Thursdays at the Riverfront Park from 5:30 until approximately 7:30 p.m. when the weather allows. Bring a lawn chair and snacks and your favorite beverage and enjoy this group which is sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation.

I remember when the Recycled Teenagers had a bus trip to Alaska and we were in a very small town on the Fourth of July. The town had a parade and because there are no high school marching bands in the area the parade organizers had a “made up” band of people using cut out figures of band instruments and the band members played patriotic songs on kazoos as they marched down the parade route. It was very unique and I think one of the most memorable Fourth of Julys our tour group has ever experienced.

Our mayor told me recently that our town hopes to have some fireworks for the Fourth of July next year. It is not to compete with Ripley — it’s for those who can’t go to Ripley and would like to see some fireworks locally. I think it’s a nice idea. We’ll see what happens in 2022!

Ravenswood Senior News

We are happy to be able to be back inside our center for meals. Meals are still being given out at the front door of the center from 10:30-11:30 a.m. for those who are still uncomfortable about going around crowds.

You need to enter the building through the door that leads into the dining room from the parking lot. Masks are not required by seniors or staff. Those who have not received the vaccines cannot be discriminated against. Meals only are being served. Activities will be added at a later date. Transportation to the center is not being provided at this time due to the reduced hours at the center. There will be no building rentals until 2022.

You may call our site supervisor Stephanie Rhodes at 304-273-5648 for more information about the meals and other activities of your interest.

The Recycled Teenagers 2021 travel schedule now includes the following trips:

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

Aug. 28-Sept. 3 we will 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 breakfast and three dinners are included in this trip.

Oct. 11-25 we will 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 fabulous trip.

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

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

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

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 Bird-in-Hand Smorgasbord dinner and a family-style 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 are going 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 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!