Ripley Senior Center news and information: Column

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone.

My riddle for you this week is: What did the icy road say to the car?

Ripley Senior Center

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.

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.

Recent winners of coverall bingo were Arlene Boggess and Thomas Giannunzio.

The center will be closed on Friday, Jan. 28, for training.

The center was closed Jan. 10 due to inclement weather, so Carmen and I never got to conduct craft class. We were going to make pinecone suet feeders for the birds. We try and make these every winter. This will now be done at a later date.

It appears that the Farmer’s Almanac prediction of a 'Season of Shivers’ for the winter of 2022 is coming true. Here in Fairplain we had 5 inches of snow. The temperature has been dipping down to single digits.

Speaking of snow, snowflakes are beautiful, but unfortunately, billions of snowflakes can fall during a snowstorm. They begin as tiny crystals that are too tiny to be seen by the human eye. They combine in different ways and have six sides. Some people believe that no two are alike. Scientists have been studying snowflakes for over 400 years.

William Bentley was born in 1865 in the heart of Vermont’s “snowbelt.” He loved snow. When he was 15, his mother gave him a microscope to look at the beautiful and delicate snowflakes. In 1885 he was the first person to photograph one. He attached a microscope to his camera, and he eventually took more than 5,000 pictures of snow crystals. He became known as “Snowflake” Bentley.

Did you get a chance to look at some of the billions of snowflakes falling from the sky? Did you get to go out and make a snow angel in your yard or make snow cream? If not, maybe the next time we get a snow you will get the opportunity to do that.

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 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgement as the noonday.

Answer to riddle: Want to go for a spin?