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Ripley Senior Center updates and activities: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Ripley Senior Center

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What is it called when a snowman has a temper tantrum?

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. Also, if you are eating lunch at the center, inform Teresa the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, 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.

Janet Stocksdale, a long-time member of the Ripley Senior Center, passed away. We would like to send our condolences, love and prayers to her family. She loved socializing with all her senior friends and participating in the parties and events. We will miss her but will cherish all the memories of times past. She lived a very interesting life and I enjoyed listening to her stories about her past. I will miss her sweet smile and sparkling eyes each time I look over at the table where she always sat.

Christmas lunch will be served on Thursday, Dec. 16. We will have Christmas bingo on Tuesday, Dec. 21. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, we will have a small Christmas celebration observing COVID guidelines. The center will be closed on Fridays, Dec. 24 and 31. It will close early on Thursdays, Dec. 23 and 30, and a late breakfast will be served these days instead of lunch. Subject to change, the breakfast those two days will be scrambled eggs, gravy, sausage, hash browns, hot apples and biscuit.

Birthday lunch was served on Thursday, Dec. 9, to celebrate our December birthdays.

The coverall bingo winner on Dec. 7 was Kathy Backus.

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

Carmen and I were both under the weather on Dec. 6 and Teresa took over craft class for us. They made Christmas ornaments and filled out Christmas cards. Thank you, Teresa.

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.

We finally had our first snow. We’ve put out our bird feeders and peanuts for the blue jays, titmice and woodpeckers so they will have plenty to eat on these cold days. My Christmas tree is up, but I haven’t finished decorating it yet. At the moment there are only three ornaments on it, all of them homemade. Have you put up your tree yet? If so, I hope it has more decorations on it than mine. The center has been decked out for Christmas inside and out. It is filled with greenery, poinsettias, Christmas ribbon and a nativity, which is the reason for the season.

I leave you with the following verses:

Luke 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

Luke 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.

Answer to riddle: A meltdown!