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Ravenswood Senior Center news and updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

“It’s beginning to look like Christmas” around town. Steve Bradley and his volunteers have been very busy this week putting up Christmas displays throughout Riverfront Park. The veterans display at the Veteran’s Shelter is always the first one to be erected. It is so beautiful — I just wish it could be there all year! Getting the various displays in place takes a lot of work. Getting the wiring connected to light the displays takes even more work. If you have free time and would like to help with decorating the park, those in charge would be more than happy to have you assist them. All you need to do is go to the park and see Steve. He’s usually there during the day. If not, you can call me and I’ll get you connected to him.

Robbie and I love watching the high school sports teams. We have been focused on football and volleyball the past several months. We supported the football team no matter what their record was throughout the season. There will be better days in the future. The volleyball team had a good year overall. We were more than elated when the team defeated Wirt County and advanced to the regional games. I felt like our girls had won a state title when they beat Wirt County! Unfortunately they lost to Buffalo in the regionals and the loss ended their season. It isn’t easy to win titles in volleyball as there are a lot of very good teams around our area.

Robbie and I were proud that our great-granddaughter Payton Woodard and her Williamstown Yellowjackets team made it to the state tournament. They ended up being regional champions with a win over Ritchie County. They play Moorefield in the state tournament Friday, Nov. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. A win will put them into a late game around 9:30 p.m. Robbie plans on being at the game at 1:30 p.m., but we won’t be at any late game. We don’t want to make that drive home after dark. We wish Payton and her team a successful run at the tournament.

We have been watching the progress of our washer for several months now. It has had times when I really thought it was finished with its life expectancy! Well, it finally happened this past week. Of course, it was filled with water and a load of clothes. Robbie and I got all the clothing out and rang out what water we could and took them to our daughter Bev’s house to complete the job (I could dry them at our house). So as I write this we are without a washer. Bev and her husband Mark will help us in selecting a new washer and getting it installed. It's nice to have family who live so close.

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We are trying to get back to some of the activities at the center. We are now having meals in the dining area for those who feel comfortable eating at the center. We still offer pick-up meals to those who wish to continue picking up meals. You need to call our site supervisor, Stephanie Rhodes, at 304-273-5648 for more information concerning the meals and what activities are going on in the center.

The Recycled Teenagers have scheduled several trips for 2022.

March 19-27 we will travel to Miami and Key West, Fla. Highlights include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina, a tour of the Coral Castle, a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, a visit to the Bayside Marketplace, a cruise by celebrity homes on Biscayne Bay, a visit to the southernmost city in the continental USA, Key West, and much more. Eight breakfasts and five dinners are included in this trip.

June 20-25 we will journey to Mackinac Island, Mich. This trip includes tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, a boat ride through the Soo Locks, a trip to the Kewadin Sault Casino, admission to Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

Sept. 7-19 we are traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. Visits to the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Petrified Forest are highlights of this trip. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in this fantastic trip to the West.

Nov. 15-17 we will go to Lancaster, Pa., for an Amish holiday tour. We will see a Christmas show at the American Music Theater, see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater and have shopping time at the Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this trip.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights include Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, two Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this fun Christmas holiday trip.

We are planning a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. This trip is over a year away but we want you to have time to make payments for it. The cost of the trip will vary according to the accommodations you choose.

We will be having some one-day trips which we will announce at a later date.

Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for multiple-day trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid for in separate checks. You may call our trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

The River Rats will be playing music on Thursday evenings in the near future in the basement area of the North United Church. This venue was selected since they are still unable to use our senior building during the winter months.

Have a great day!