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Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

We enjoyed going to the Drift Run Church ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 28. The proceeds go toward the Drift Run cemetery fund. As usual their ice cream was homemade in the old-fashioned freezers you crank by hand. It brings back memories of when we made ice cream as kids. We kids always had to do the “cranking” and you could bet my twin brother Carl had to do most of the work while my brother Ray got in on the tail end of the job and only had to do a “little” of the job. Ray was very good at getting out of the hard work! We bought a block of ice from the old Coca-Cola plant in Ravenswood to use to freeze the ice cream. Mom always made a delicious vanilla flavor mixture to make the ice cream. Robbie and I love going to the ice cream socials. We like to support the fundraisers the different groups do to help their cause.

We’ve been eating a lot of the Sisters food at Riverfront Park. Sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of the car and go over to the stand so we just stop at the stand and the nice lady comes out and takes our order and then brings the food back to us when it is ready. Robbie loves the fried green tomato sandwich and I prefer the macaroni and cheese and the baked beans. So if you have a problem walking to their stand they will be happy to come and take your order and bring the food back to you. You might call it “curb service” — at any rate we appreciate the ladies' kindness and hospitality!

We are so happy the high school sports have begun and the schools are letting the fans attend with no strict rules. We have gone to several volleyball games and will go to the football game. We’re trying to learn who the athletes are once again. We’ve been close to some of the past players and love when they see us after they graduate and they remember who we are and that we supported them during their high school days.

I want to remind you that the high school is not selling senior passes this year. They don’t want the hassle of refunds in case they would have to limit the attendance of fans again. Hopefully next year there will be no worries about the virus.

We listened to the boys football game on radio with the Bloxton Brothers broadcasting the game. They talked about our son Jamie during halftime and his love for the press box. We were surprised but also grateful. We are burying Jamie’s ashes at Pine Hill Cemetery in Ripley in the morning and then will have a celebration of his life at Riverfront Park Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5, with a picnic meal for everyone who wants to come to his memorial.

Our son-in-law Mark King (Kris’s husband) lost his brother Mike just two weeks after we lost Jamie. Mike has a sister Angie in Texas and a brother Tim who lives at Ripley.

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Our center is now open during the morning hours. You may come in and play billiards, quilt, use the library and work puzzles.

Meals are being served in the dining area each day with pick-up meals also available if you aren’t comfortable with being around other people yet. You need to enter the building through the dining room doors when you come to the center. You will go through a small screening process as a safety guide for the virus.

The Recycled Teenagers travel schedule has been altered somewhat this year due to cancellations of trips earlier. The following trips are now scheduled:

Oct. 11-13 we will travel to Niagara Falls, N.Y. We will visit the Made in America store, visit the Seneca Niagara Casino, enjoy a tour of the Herschell Carrousel Museum, enjoy a Maid of the Mist boat cruise, visit Cave of the Winds, tour Old Fort Niagara and enjoy other venues of the area. A $30 meal credit and a dinner at the Top of the Falls Restaurant are included in this trip.

Oct. 29 we will travel to the Ohio Star Theater for The Isaacs Concert. A buffet meal at the Dutch Valley Restaurant is included.

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 light 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 are going to Lancaster, Pa. We will see two biblical shows 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 and Tanger outlets.

Dec. 6-9 we will travel to the Biltmore Estates in Asheville, N.C. We will have a guided tour of the city of Asheville, 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. The motor coach company we will be traveling on requires that all passengers have been vaccinated for the virus.

We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. You may pick up a detailed flyer of the costs of this trip and what all it includes at the center.

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 also available on 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 details on trips of your choice.

Don’t forget to go to the Riverfront Park each Thursday evening to enjoy music by the River Rats group of musicians and any guests they may have come to entertain you. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite snacks to enjoy.

Have a great day.