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Ravenswood Senior Center updates: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

We were elated to see the demolition of the old “Dow House” at the corner of Washington and Sand streets. The Dow family lived there for many years. Mrs. Dow was noted for her baking skills and made many birthday cakes for the town folk. I can’t remember the price of the cakes but it was very reasonable and they were delicious. She also made pies and sold them. There was always an alluring aroma coming from their home. Mrs. Dow was a special lady and was very well-liked by the community. In a way it’s sad to see the home torn down but after years of sitting empty the home became dilapidated and was an eyesore as you entered town. I don’t know if who owns the property now will build something else on that corner but for now we are just happy to see it being cleaned up.

The city has erected several “blow-up” Christmas decorations and a Christmas tree in front of the city building. We were happy to see the displays as they help bring the spirit of the season for all to enjoy. I remember back in the 1950s when the city put up a huge Christmas tree on Sycamore Street at the city park and there would be a special night to turn on the lights. The high school band would play Christmas music and the event was a celebration to begin your Christmas shopping. Eventually that tradition went by the wayside. We enjoy the present-day tradition of having a parade and the arrival of Santa Claus and ending up at Riverfront Park to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season.

We love driving around town and seeing the various Christmas displays at people’s homes. We especially liked to drive by the late Tom Lambert’s home as he had his yard filled with decorations. Tom passed away last week and we will miss all his creations in the future. He was a very friendly man and you could see him around town helping out when needed.

We are elated that our high school basketball coach, Mick Price, reached his 700th win when they played their game at Buffalo last week. We have a talented group of boys on the team and we look forward to a winning season and hopefully a trip to the state tournament. The girls team is also playing well. They won against Williamstown last week in a “back and forth” game. Once again Hadleigh McGoskey had a big part in the win. Come out and watch these girls if you have a chance to do so. They love having a big crowd to watch them.

The River Rats are playing music the first and third Thursday evenings at the North United Methodist Church. They will be in the basement/dining area. Music begins at 5:30 p.m. and they will play until around 7 p.m. Bring your own snack and beverage if you wish to do so.

Ravenswood Senior Center

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The pool people still have a few nuts for sale. They include pecans, cashews, mixed nuts, double-dipped chocolate-covered peanuts, praline pecans and English walnuts. The costs is $10 per bag. You may make purchases at the center during the morning hours.

The center is open for some of the usual activities now. Lunch is being served in the dining room now but if you feel uncomfortable eating at the center then you may pick up your lunch and take it home. You need to call the center at 304-273-5648 to make a meal reservation.

The Recycled Teenagers have scheduled the following trips for the 2022 travel season:

March 19-27 we will travel to Miami and Key West, Fla. Highlights of this trip include a stop at the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina, a tour of the Coral Castle, a visit to the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, a visit to the Bayside Marketplace, a cruise by celebrity homes on Biscayne Bay, a visit to the southernmost city in the continental USA (Key West) and much more. Eight breakfasts and five dinners are included in this trip.

June 20-25 we will journey to Mackinac Island, Mich. We will have tours of Mackinaw City and Mackinaw Island, enjoy a boat ride through the Soo Locks, enjoy a trip to the Kewadin Sault Casino, see the Colonial Michillmackinac and more. Five breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

Sept. 7-19 we are traveling to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam. We will visit the Hoover Dam Visitor Center, the Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park and the Petrified Forest, among other historical sites. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Nov. 15-17 will be a trip to Lancaster, Pa., for an Amish holiday tour. We will see a Christmas show at the American Music Theater, see the show “David” at the Sight and Sound Theater and have shopping time at the Tanger Outlets and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this great holiday trip.

Dec. 5-8 we will enjoy time in the Smokies. Highlights of this trip include the Dolly Parton Stampede Dinner, the Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, two Christmas shows, a tour and tasting at Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery, a tour of the Great Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this fun holiday trip.

We have scheduled a trip to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. This trip is over a year away but we want you to have time to make payments on this trip. The cost of the trip will vary according the accommodations you choose. You may pick up a flyer at the center with trip details of this cruise trip.

We will be adding some one-day trips to our travel schedule which we will announce when plans are finalized.

One-day trips must be paid in full when signing up for them. Multiple-day trips may be paid in installments as listed on the trip flyer. Insurance is also available for trips. All trips and insurance policies must be paid in separate checks. You may call trip coordinator Kay Parsons at 304-372-3970 for more information on trips of your choice.

Have a great day!