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Ripley Senior Center updates and activities: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What kind of money do snowmen use in the North Pole?

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 and they 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.

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.

Ripley Senior Center

Charley Smart and Ann Thaxton were the lucky winners of bingo coverall on Jan. 4. They divided the coverall prize of $10 between the two of them.

The center will be closed Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Friday, Jan. 28, for training. A reminder that the food box pickup at Bethel Baptist Church will be on Wednesday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m.-noon, and the senior meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Carmen and I conducted craft class on Jan. 3. The seniors painted terra cotta pots to look like snowmen. They decorated them with earmuffs and granny glasses. They were the cutest snowmen I’d seen in a long time.

The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a 'Season of Shivers' for the winter of 2022. I guess we shall have to wait and see. The Almanac has an accuracy weather forecast rate of 80%. As I write this, the weatherman is predicting 3-5 inches of snow for our area.

January’s moon is called the Wolf Moon. The full moon will be on Monday, Jan. 17. It’s thought that January’s full moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time.

I want to 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 leave you with the following verses:

Psalm 86:1 Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me: for I am poor and needy.

Psalm 86:2 Preserve my soul; for I am holy: O thou my God, save thy servant that trusteth in thee.

Psalm 86:3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily.

Answer to riddle: Cold hard cash!