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Ripley Senior Center news and updates

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: Why was the peach late for work?

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

  • Hours will be from 11 a.m.-noon for lunch only Monday-Friday.
  • 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.

The vegetable vouchers will be available sometime in August.

Our seniors would like to send our love and prayers to the friends and family of Arthur Nichols. He was a long-time member of the Ripley Senior Center. He never missed a day unless he was sick. He was such a kind heart and was loved by all of us. We will miss our dear friend, but we know he is in a better place of no more suffering. Arthur had a speech impairment, but his friends could understand what he wanted to say, and his smile would brighten every day. His chair may be empty at the lunch table, but he will always have a special place in our hearts. We want to send a special thank you to Barbara Godfrey for giving Arthur such good care during his illness. Barbara went above and beyond to make sure Arthur was always taken care of. Rest in peace, our dear friend, until we meet again. I personally will miss his smile and the twinkle in his eyes.

Three years ago, I interviewed him for this column. In it he told me that he loved watching Westerns, lifting weights and coloring. I asked him what he liked best about coming to the center and he said he liked socializing with the people and joining in with the exercise classes. An interesting fact about Arthur is that he was born on the Fourth of July.

July is almost gone. It is a month of picnics, parades and peaches! In March of 1982, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July to be National Peach Month. The National Peach Council promoted activities and encouraged everyone to “reach for a peach” during the month of July.

That’s exactly what we have been doing today — reaching for peaches. We planted a couple of peach trees about four years ago. This spring their blossoms survived frost after frost and gifted us with peaches for the first time. In a few days I will be canning peaches and making a peach cobbler or two.

A fun fact is that in 2007, the world’s largest cobbler was made at the Georgia Peach Festival.

The cobbler consisted of 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk and 75 gallons of peaches!

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 5:4 — Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Psalms 147:3 — He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

1 Corinthians 10:13 — There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Answer to riddle: He had to make a pit stop on the way there.