Ripley Senior Center news and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What did one sailor say to the other sailor when they had the same problem?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served and if you’re not comfortable eating inside, curbside meals will still be offered and served from 10-10:30 a.m. A reservation is required.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • It is encouraged for everyone to wear a mask; they will be provided at the centers if you don’t have one.
  • 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.

Hopefully staff and participants will stay healthy, and we won’t need to shut down again.

The schedule for inside activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Exercise

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m.-noon.

We will be practicing social distancing during our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

We have had good turnouts at the center since reopening. The seniors are happy to be back, and it is good to see their smiling faces again. Teresa served hot cocoa the first two days the center was opened.

We had our birthday meal and drawing for the month of November. Cecil Dunbar won the drawing. He turns 94 years young this month! Congratulations!

The center will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Our Thanksgiving meal will be served on Nov. 18. We will also have a special Thanksgiving bingo that day. On Nov. 24, breakfast will be served from 10-11 a.m. and the center will close early that day for the holidays. The center will be closed for Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 and 26.

The Senior Club will vote on new officers on Dec. 15.

Carmen and I held our first craft class. We had a good turnout and they put together an hourglass. The senior crafters and I send out our thanks to my son Andrew. The hourglass was his idea and he cut out the tops and bottoms for the project out of walnut wood. He sanded them and drilled the holes for placement of the small wooden spindles. They turned out very nice and everyone enjoyed putting them together.

The coverall winners of Bingo this past week were Hazel Fleming and Ruth Henthorn.

The seniors have been doing gentle yoga to the oldies during their exercise classes.

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to recognize our veterans. Our veterans are Don Champ, Lester Click, Cecil Dunbar, Hazel Fleming, Thomas Giannunzio, Gene Harpold, Charley Smart and Dave Stump. Thank you for your service!

Veterans Day celebrates all military people who served the nation during war or peace. It is a way of thanking them for their service. Some calendars and ads insert an apostrophe into Veterans Day. Using an apostrophe indicates possession. The U.S. government decreed that Veterans Day does not include an apostrophe because it is not a day that 'belongs' to veterans, it is a day for honoring veterans.

I leave you with the following verses:

Psalms 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Psalms 106:1 Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Answer to riddle: We’re in the same boat!