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Ripley Senior Center activities and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: If roses are red and violets are blue, what is stuffed, brown, and blue?

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 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 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.

On Wednesday, 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 Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25 and 26. The center will also be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31.

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

We had a good turnout for craft class. We painted and decorated wooden spoons to look like turkeys and placed them in small terracotta pots. They can be displayed on their dinner tables on Thanksgiving. While the paint was drying, Carmen and I led them in singing and dancing the Turkey Hokey Pokey.

One of the coverall winners of bingo last week was Jim Kay. We also had a Thanksgiving bingo on Thursday. The coverall winner won a Bob Evans gift card.

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

A delicious Thanksgiving lunch, complete with pumpkin pie, was served to the seniors on Thursday, Nov. 18.

We send out get well wishes to Janet Stocksdale and Geraldine Dewees. And we send our condolences to the Brown family. Russell Brown, a long-time member of the senior center, passed away.

Since cold weather is here and winter is on the way, I thought I’d remind you of the Jackson County centers' inclement weather policy. When Jackson County Schools are closed due to bad weather, the senior centers are closed. If school is on a two-hour delay due to bad weather, the senior centers will be open, but vans will not run. When Jackson County Schools are closed or delayed due to bad weather, meals will not be delivered.

Here's an update on what’s happening around our place. We’ve lived in Fairplain since 1980. We love it out in the country. Since moving here, we’ve seen deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, groundhogs, moles, mice, ducks, geese, herons and just about every bird imaginable. Recently, for the first time since living here, we’ve seen beavers. They are building three dams in the creek that surrounds our area. I guess there’s a first time for everything.

I leave you with the following verses:

Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalms 50:14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Answer to riddle: A turkey holding its breath.