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: Why did they let the turkey join the Thanksgiving band?

The center is now open for lunch and activities.

Here are the guidelines they will follow:

  • Meals on Wheels clients are still being served; 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 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.

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.

We had a good turnout for craft class. They painted baskets. After picking out a cloth liner to put in theirs, they chose a color of paint to match. We had red, blue, light green and yellow baskets. They turned out very nice. Now all they need to do is decide what to use them for. Someone said they might put their mail in theirs. They would also be good to hold bread, fruit, potatoes or even Christmas cards in December. I also passed out fall word-search sheets and fall coloring pages, and I read a fun story I wrote titled, "The Flight of the Turkeys." The seniors enjoyed my tall tale about how wild turkeys became skinny.

The coverall winner of bingo last week was Junior Spinks.

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

We would like to thank Ruth Henthorn for bringing potatoes from the Amish Country to share with the seniors.

We’ve had a lot of hard freezes where I live. The temperatures reached the low 20s in the mornings. A lot of outside plants died from the extreme cold and leaves fell from the trees. We are almost done harvesting our black walnuts. I’ve never seen so many in my life. It’s been a very good year for nuts. Our ornery neighborhood chipmunk has been gathering all he can too. He has an entrance to his underground home in our front yard. We watch him pop in and out.

I leave you with the following verses:

Psalms 100:1-5 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Answer to riddle: Because he had the drumsticks!