Ripley Senior Center information, updates, Valentine’s Day entertainment, games

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Janet F. Smart

Hi all.

My riddle for you this week is: What did they call George Washington’s false teeth?

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 are not comfortable eating indoors, curbside dining will still be offered and served from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; reservation is required. Also, if you are having lunch at the centre, let Teresa know the day before.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • Wearing a mask is encouraged for everyone; one will be provided if you do not have one.
  • We will adhere to CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you can call the center at 304-372-5151.

The schedule for indoor activities and lunch is as follows:

  • Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Crafts
  • Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Exercise
  • Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Bingo
  • Friday: Exercise from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.; and Bible study (optional) from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to noon.

We will practice social distancing during our activities.

A recent combined bingo winner was Ann Thaxton.

Carmen and I led craft classes. Elders made a variety of crafts. They made a heart-shaped pin and heart-shaped magnets. Carmen also made them cards to sign and give to a lover of their choice.

The Senior Club sells Rada knives. Call the center at 304-372-5151 if you are interested in purchasing some.

The senior club held its meeting on February 15. The center will be closed on Monday, February 21 in honor of Presidents Day. We will have our February anniversary lunch on Thursday February 24th.

After the craft class on February 14, we celebrated Valentine’s Day at the center. We played various games while respecting social distancing. Games included Chop Sticks Heart in a Tin, Valentine Cookies Slide, Love is in the Air and Wheel of Fortune.

Barbara and Shirley Godfrey have won the Valentine’s Day coloring contest. Arlene and Loretta guessed the right amount of conversation hearts in a jar. Everyone voted and when the votes were tallied, Theodore Cobb and Arlene Sayre won Valentine King and Queen; Congratulations to you two!

In addition to the usual lunch that day, we also had punch, cheese balls, cookies and cakes to enjoy.

We had a cold, snowy winter. Many of us are ready for warmer weather. Let the countdown begin! Right now, we have 31 days left – 26 days from the publication of this column on Tuesday until spring arrives.

I think robins are more anxious than us. We’ve had dozens of them hopping around our garden for over a month now. I’ve read that in the winter they eat whatever food they can find, including leftover fruits and berries still clinging to plants. Hopefully they find enough insects and worms to eat; otherwise, they are welcome in our holly berries.

I want to remind you of the Adverse Weather Policy of Jackson County Centers. When schools in Jackson County are closed due to inclement weather, senior centers are closed. If school is delayed two hours due to inclement weather, senior centers will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. When Jackson County schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, meals will not be delivered.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 12:11 And he said unto them, What man among you shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, shall he not take it up and pull it out?

Matthew 12:12 How much better then is a man than a sheep? This is why it is permissible to do well on the Sabbath days.

Matthew 12:13 Then he said to the man, Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out; and it was restored whole like the other.

Answer to the riddle: Presidents!

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