2006-08-31 / Editorial

The Senior Scene

By Charlotte Richardson

Summer's winding down, once again, and we look back on what's been going on as well as what's coming up. Many groups are meeting at the Jamestown Senior Center, and intertwined with others of all ages are senior citizens, carrying their share of the load in whatever is taking place.

Members of the Jamestown Senior Citizen's Association have met and re-organized themselves with a new and enthusiastic board of directors making plans for the future. The committee in charge is pleased to announce that the upcoming annual meeting will be held at Fort Getty pavilion with a KFC luncheon planned. All members of the senior association whose 2006 dues are paid up will be our guests. Festivities start at noon, and we'll be happy to receive dues, $5, for the upcoming fiscal year ending July 31, 2007. Please call Josephine at 423-3719 to reserve your place at the event and to order the kind of chicken you would like.

Reservations should be made by Sept. 5 in order to allow time for completing final plans. We'll be looking for you. The event is planned for Thursday, Sept. 7, and will begin at noon.

Upcoming plans

Association plans are in progress for a seminar in November to introduce you to any changes in Plan D Prescription coverage and Medicare, and to answer questions on related subjects for new retirees. A holiday celebration is planned in December, and a spaghetti and meatball dinner will be held in February. You'll be hearing more about these programs as time goes on.

Back in June a large group of seniors took part in our Volunteer Recognition Day and enjoyed the show put on by Helene Martin and her troupe of singers and players known as the Happy Notes from the Salvatore Mancini Center in North Providence. It was a lively and happy group of people who enjoyed the show and sang along as many of the old songs came up in the program. After much appreciative applause, the show was over, and we trouped downstairs to enjoy the delicious fruit and dessert buffet that was put together by our staff - Ernest Anthony, Dick Howland, with a big helping hand from Jane Anthony - and we thank them. It was lovely and delicious and all of us enjoyed it immensely. Everyone helped themselves to the many table favors which were donated by the Department of Elderly Affairs. An anonymous donor (he knows who he is) provided funding for this event, and we thank him most sincerely!

Trip off island

Aug. 22 at 6:30 a.m., several of us boarded a bus bound for Cape Cod, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch at Clancy's Restaurant and a railroad trip through the woodlands, cranberry bogs and along the manmade canal. A well-versed tour guide told us many stories about the places we passed along the way, interesting historical lore, and entertained us with train songs. It was a fun time for all, and although we were not just Jamestowners, having picked up people in Warwick, Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket along the route, we enjoyed the day and our bus companions. Due to road repairs in progress, there were lots of traffic and highway detours, but that's just a part of summer on the highway!

There are senior members in Conanicut Grange and some of them have been busy taking part in the activities at the Washington County Fair and all of its fun and excitement. Conanicut Grange's fall meeting sessions will resume on the first Wednesday of September at 1:30 p.m. Stop by and get to know us!

Farm work

Seniors and future seniors have been very busily volunteering at the Jamestown Community Farm, preparing the land, planting, tending, weeding, and harvesting along with members of Conanicut's Farm Viability Committee.

There's a lot to do on a farm, as some know firsthand, and much of the hard work done by the Community Farm volunteers has resulted in bushels and bushels of produce being donated to the Senior Center and to the housing entities on the island. But the fruits of their labor is not limited to islanders, for much of the crop is donated to the RI Food Bank, with its final destination the meal sites and meals on wheels programs all over Rhode Island.

We're all looking forward to being a part of Hey Day, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Dutra Farm. There'll be lots more information to come on that event in the upcoming days. Don't miss it! Just walking around the grounds and taking part in the activities raises your sense of the value of our environment, the importance of how each of us must conserve and preserve

it, and why we want farms to succeed on our island. Why? Because the bottom line is: no farms - no food!

Beavertail

Beavertail Lighthouse Museum is grateful to many seniors, as well as to seniors to be, for their many volunteer hours throughout the summer. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the summer but weekends only beginning Labor Day and ending on Columbus Day. The displays in the building are very informative and interesting and well worth the trip to see them. There's a great Gift Shop out there, where you'll find many beautiful reminders of Beavertail and the seashore. If you haven't been out lately, why not take some time to see the glorious sea that surrounds us, right in your own back yard! Unforgettable views abound from most anywhere along the rocky shore, from the grounds around the lighthouse and throughout the park are some of the most spectacular in the world. Thousands upon thousands of visitors have found it a great place for picnics or just to relax. Try it, you'll love it!

Seniors are a valuable part of any community, have a great deal to offer, and are extremely willing and able to take part in whatever improves the quality of life in Jamestown and throughout the world. Go, seniors!

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