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 do you get if you cross a snowman and a witch?

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; one 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.

The center will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. It will close early on Thursdays, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30; instead of lunch, a late breakfast will be served these two days. Subject to change, the breakfast those days will be scrambled eggs, gravy, sausage, hash browns, hot apples and biscuit.

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

We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We went to our son and daughter-in-law’s house. My contribution to the dinner was dressing, rolls, sweet potato casserole, cheese ball, deviled eggs and mini pecan pie muffins. No one had reason to get up from the table hungry.

We had a good turnout for craft class. I send thanks to my husband, Charley, for helping with the crafts. Carmen was under the weather and unable to help. We send get well wishes out to her. I made a Thankful Tree from broken twigs I found in the yard and placed in a vase to look like a tree. Everyone painted a round wooden disc, decoupaged a fall piece of material on one side and wrote on the flip side their name and what they were thankful for. We also painted acorns. We hung all of these on the Thankful Tree, and it is on display at the center.

The coverall winner of bingo on Nov. 23 was Jim Kay. On Nov. 18, the Thanksgiving bingo coverall winner of the Bob Evans gift card was Ann Thaxton. During that bingo game, we all learned a lot of interesting facts about the first Thanksgiving.

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

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.

I hope everyone is staying warm during these cold days. Bundle up when going outside.

I leave you with the following verses:

Romans 15:13 — Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 12:12 — Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Romans 8:24 — For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Answer to riddle: A cold spell