Ravenswood Senior News: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News
Ravenswood Senior Center

Our son Jamie has reached his final resting place. Our family gathered at Pine Hill Cemetery Saturday morning, Sept. 4, for a graveside service conducted by the Rev. Tom Nolan. It was a beautiful morning and the service was very nice and exactly what we wanted.

We had a celebration of Jamie’s life at the shelter at Riverfront Park Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5. Unfortunately Robbie became ill that morning and we ended up spending the afternoon in the emergency room at Jackson General Hospital. Our girls took over at the park and the celebration was held with many family members and friends in attendance. It was especially nice that the Press Box crew came in their shirts that Jamie had created for them several years ago.

We want to thank our North United Methodist Church for all the food donations along with all those who brought food for the occasion and the city of Ravenswood for the use of the shelter. It’s nice to live in a small town where people care for one another and support them in their time of need. We’ll miss Jamie but know he is at rest alongside his mother and little sister. God bless each and every one who sent a card, called or just stopped to chat with us during this time.

We have been able to attend some of the high school ball games. The kids are doing their best to win their games. We urge you to come out and support our young athletes if you can. We must remind you that the high school is not selling senior passes this year in case they have to restrict attendance. They don’t want the hassle of having to return money to those that might have passes. Hopefully next year they can resume selling the passes.

Don’t forget to support the Ravenswood Football Boosters with their fall gun giveaway tickets. You can buy tickets at the Affectionately Yours Flower Shop downtown as well as the boosters.

We appreciated the memory to Jamie at the beginning of the football game Friday night, Sept. 3. He truly loved the football program and managing the Press Box.

Ravenswood Senior News

Our center is now open during the morning hours. You may come and play billiards, quilt, use the library, work puzzles and drink a cup of coffee and visit with other seniors.

Meals are being served in the dining area each day. Pick-up meals are available if you feel uncomfortable eating in the dining room. Pick-up meals are being handed out from 10:30-11 a.m. Dine-in meals are served beginning at 11 a.m. We remind you that you must 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 2021 travel schedule has been altered somewhat due to cancellation of trips earlier this year. 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 the Cave of the Winds, tour Old Niagara and enjoy other venues in 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 in this trip.

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

Nov. 13 will be our annual trip to Wheeling to view the Christmas displays at 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 journey 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 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 dinners are included in this trip. The Motor Coach Company we will be traveling on requires that all passengers are vaccinated for the virus.

We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. You may pick up a flyer with trip details at the center. Prices vary according to the accommodations you choose for this Hawaiian cruise tour.

We remind you that one-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as stated on the trip flyer. 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 to learn more about trips of your choice.

The Recycled Teenagers returned home this past Sunday from a nine-day trip to South Dakota. Passengers included Gary and Nancy Griffith. Nancy posted pictures and a brief summary of their trip day by day. Those on the trip had a wonderful time and enjoyed great weather for most of the trip. I’m trying to get Nancy to write a story of the trip for this column. We’ll see!!!

The River Rats are still playing music at the Riverfront Park on Thursday evenings. They are sponsored by the Ravenswood Board of Parks and Recreation. Bring a lawn chair and a snack and drink and come out and enjoy an evening of good music. Some Thursdays they have a guest band which are also very entertaining.

Have a great day!