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Ripley Senior Center activities and updates: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News
Nativity scene

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What Christmas carol is a favorite of parents?

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, 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.

Christmas lunch was served on 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 instead of lunch. Subject to change, the breakfast those two days will be scrambled eggs, gravy, sausage, hash browns, hot apples and biscuit.

Janice Clark won our December birthday drawing. The bingo coverall winner on Dec. 9 was Sandy Browder, Ann Thaxton won on Dec. 14, and Evelyn Carpenter won on Dec. 16.

The Senior Club met on Dec. 15, and we voted on new officers. Hazel Fleming is our new president; Shireene Matheny, vice president; Ann Thaxton, secretary; and Kathy Backus, treasurer. Congratulations to the new officers.

Carmen and I conducted craft class on Dec. 13. The seniors decorated glass ball ornaments. We had extra glass balls and those who wanted to were able to decorate two or three to put on their tree. They all turned out very nice.

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

We would like to thank the 4H groups of Jackson County and the Commission on Aging Office for the nice Christmas bags they gave out to the seniors.

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.

Christmas is almost here. We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. The following is a poem I wrote that I sometimes put in my Christmas cards. It is my small gift to you.

Shepherd boy's song

It was a starry night

When angels came to earth

To tell a shepherd boy

About our Savior’s birth.

He went to see the Babe

All dressed in swaddling clothes.

He looked into his eyes

And touched his little nose.

He went to see the Babe

Snug in his straw-filled bed.

He gazed upon his face

And touched his little head.

He went to see the Babe

The angels told him of.

He sang to him with joy

And gave him all his love.

I leave you with the following verses:

Luke 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men

Answer to riddle: Silent Night!