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Ravenswood Senior Center updates and trips: Column

Mary Lou Robinson
Ravenswood Senior News

This column will be in print on the last day of the year 2021. For the most part it has been a wonderful year. Like all families we have suffered loses. Our son Jamie died in August and Robbie’s sister Otie died in September. Our son-in-law Mark King lost a brother and our brother-in-law Darrell Rhodes lost a brother. All this in a span of four weeks. That is life. We are grateful that none of these loses were due to COVID.

We are not on this earth very long so we need to make the best of our time. Be kind to one another and don’t forget to tell your family how much you love them.

Our Christmas Day plans went awry which is okay. Things happen for a reason. We planned to go to our granddaughter Jennifer Woodard’s home Christmas Day. Unfortunately her two children Payton and Brady became ill with a virus they apparently caught at school. So a decision was made that we would postpone our get-together until Thursday, Dec. 30 (I’m writing this on Christmas night so I can’t tell you how our day at the Woodard’s home will have gone but I'm sure we'll have had a great time).

We did get to see our grandson Jamie Stewart and his family on Christmas Eve at our daughter Sue Ann Norman’s home. We had a great dinner and then watched the little ones open gifts. Jamie has two daughters — one aspires to be a volleyball player and the other wants to play basketball. Both girls will be tall so hopefully they will do well in their chosen sport. They will be attending Riverside High School in the future.

We are thankful once again for our daughter Bev Thompson who made sure we had a meal Christmas Day. I don’t know what we would do without her. She and her husband Mark keep an eye on us daily.

I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions but many people do. If you are one who makes them I wish you well in keeping them.

We were very pleased with the way our community turned out to support the Christmas in the Park display donations this year. They took in over $6,000 — which is really great. Our thanks goes to Steve Bradley and Avis Turner for all the hard work they did during the time the Gingerbread House was open for donations. Setting up all the displays and keeping them working every night is quite a chore. If you happen to see them around town it would be nice if you'd give them a “thank you” for their efforts in this project.

We felt a letdown when donations stopped. It was fun every night to see how much money was donated. The weather played a part in low donations some nights but it seems like folks got into the “spirit of giving” on Christmas Eve and donations went over the $500 mark. Thanks to all who participated in supporting this event.

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The pool people are grateful to all who supported their nut fundraiser. They still have a few bags of walnuts left. All other nuts have been sold. The cost is $10 a bag. You may make a purchase at the center during regular opening hours. Proceeds from the sale go to support the pool programs.

We are now serving lunch in the dining room. If you feel uncomfortable eating at the center you may get a pick-up meal and take it home to eat. Be sure you call the center at 304-273-5648 to order your meal.

We want to remind you that the center operates as the schools do in inclement weather. If the schools are closed, the center will be closed. If the schools are on a two-hour delay, the center will be open and soup and sandwiches will be served for lunch.

The winners of the December birthday monetary gifts were Terry Barr and Shirley Pannell.

The Recycled Teenagers have the following trips scheduled for 2022:

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 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 and other sites of interest. Nine breakfasts and eight dinners are included in this fabulous trip to the West.

Nov. 15-17 we will go 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 Outlet and the Kitchen Kettle Village. Two breakfasts and two dinners including a family-style dinner and a smorgasbord dinner are included in this fun Christmas 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 Smoky Mountains and much more. Three breakfasts and three dinners are included in this adventure.

We have a trip scheduled to Hawaii for Feb. 23-March 4, 2023. The cost of this will vary according to the accommodations you choose. We want you to have plenty of time to make trip payments if you need to do so. You make pick up a flyer at the center with trip details.

We will be adding some one-day trips later 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 flyers. Insurance is available for multiple-day 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.

Thanks to all who supported the Recycled Teenagers trips in 2021. We look forward to seeing again in 2022.

Happy New Year!

Have a great day!