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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

This is one of the hardest things I have written. As many of you know by now we lost our son Jamie Robinson on Aug. 9. Jamie suffered a very bad stroke on the morning of Aug. 6 and lost all brain activity.

Basically he was in a vegetable state. Our prayer was that the Lord would take him quickly — which we feel was answered. Jamie had been a patient at the Ravenswood Village for almost four years and all he could do was watch TV as he only had the use of his right arm.

He didn’t complain and was always in a happy mood when we visited him. Our last visit with him was on Monday, Aug. 2. We always went to see him at 11:30 a.m. Jamie was getting hungry and it was almost lunch time so he asked us to leave so he could go eat! That was Jamie — he let us know what he wanted and we always tried to abide by his wishes.

Jamie was well known around town and especially for being the manager of the Press Box at the high school football field. He was a good “bummer” as he made sure the press box had plenty of food that was donated by local merchants for the visiting teams' reporters to eat. We have been told many times over the years how the press liked to come to Ravenswood for the football games and food!!! Jamie had many friends but he was especially close to Bob Staats, Bill Pease, Doug Bashaw, Jim Scritchfield and Vic DeRito. We appreciate the many times these guys took Jamie to games out of town and other events.

Jamie’s sisters Bev Thompson and Kris King stayed at the hospital continually with Jamie during his last four days. We thank Jackson General Hospital and their staff for all the snacks and drinks they provided our family and the care given Jamie as we visited him. Our thanks also goes to the Ravenswood Village and their staff for all the care they gave Jamie the past four years.

Jamie was cremated and his ashes will be buried with his mother and his sister at Pine Hill Cemetery in Ripley at a later date. A celebration of Jamie’s life will take place at the upper shelter at Riverfront Park on Sunday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. It will be a covered dish meal. Everyone is invited to attend. If you don’t want to bring a covered dish that is fine — come anyway. Jamie’s siblings Kris King, Bev Thompson, Sue Ann Norman, Joel Robinson, Scott Shafer and John West and Robbie and I and the rest of our family would love to hear your stories about your friendship with Jamie.

Ravenswood Senior News

Our center is now open from 9 a.m.-noon. You need to enter the building through the door that leads into the dining room. You will have a temperature check as a preventive measure for the COVID-19 virus.

We ask that you observe the six-feet distance rule. Meals are being served in the dining room from 11 a.m.-noon. Pick-up meals are being handed out from 10:30-11:30 a.m. All meals are being served in disposable trays along with plastic wrapped utensils. Bottled milk and water is available. You may bring your own coffee, soda, tea, etc. We are open for billiards, quilting, using the library, playing games and working puzzles.

Tom Reynolds is now leading the Ravenswood Senior Choir. There is no age limit to be a member of this group. At the present time they are meeting at the Calvary Baptist Church located next to the high school football field. Practice is from 12:30-2:30 p.m. each Monday afternoon. You may call the center at 304-273-5648 for more information about the choir.

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

Oct. 11-13 we will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y. Highlights include visits to the Made in America Store, a tour of the Herschell Carrousel Museum, a Maid of the Mist boat cruise, a Cave of the Winds visit, an Old Fort Niagara tour, Seneca Niagara Casino time that includes $70 free slot play and a $30 food credit, dinner at Top of the Falls Restaurant and much more.

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

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

Nov. 13 we go to Wheeling, W.Va., 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.

Nov. 16-18 we 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 trip.

We will be traveling on a Diamond Tour motor coach to the Biltmore Estates. The company requires that all passengers have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

We have scheduled to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. You may pick up a detailed flyer of this trip at the center. There are several options on this trip that will alter your individual price.

One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is available for multiple-day trips. Each trip and insurance policy 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.

We remind you the high school is not selling senior passes for ball games this year. Hopefully they can resume selling them next year.

Don’t forget to go watch the River Rats at Riverfront Park on Thursday evenings. Bring your lawn chair and snacks and enjoy an evening of good relaxing music.

Have a great day!