2006-12-21 / About Town

The Senior Scene

By Charlotte Richardson

The holidays are nearly upon us, with jingle bells in the air, and as yet no snow! The weather forecasters say the cold is coming, but a balmy outlook for the celebrations is all we have seen around here so far. That probably appeals to a great many of us, with its bit of reprieve from the high cost of heating these days. But whatever comes our way, we are surely much better off then people in other parts of the world, and for that we should be very grateful. We send our best to the guys and gals in the military who are out there protecting all of us and our priceless liberty.

Things have been popping for seniors these days, with a special holiday luncheon at the Senior Center, Dec. 6, that brought out a good number of people; a holiday party for many seniors at Pemberton Apartments, Dec.13, sponsored by Arnold-Zweir Post #22, The American Legion and Jamestown Memorial Post 9447, Veterans of Foreign Wars, an annual event which has been happening since the mid ‘70s.. Everyone enjoyed the great buffet, and desserts, and many joined in the holiday sing-along. Sincere thanks to our veterans and to Jamestown Housing Authority for their hospitality.

Seniors treated to holiday event Al Corigan, Coffee Bell, and Arthur Conlin joined in the fun at the Pemberton Apartments Christmas party last weekend. Photo by Vic Richardson Seniors treated to holiday event Al Corigan, Coffee Bell, and Arthur Conlin joined in the fun at the Pemberton Apartments Christmas party last weekend. Photo by Vic Richardson Fifty-two seniors traveled to Boston to see the Nutcracker Ballet at the Opera House, and thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent performance that included many international artists. It was the fifth annual treat to a show and dinner provided by the Jamestown Police Association and we extend our thanks and best wishes to Chief Tighe and the men and women of the association for their generosity. It was a wonderful show and a great trip!

More than 60 people gathered at the Jamestown Senior Center to enjoy a wonderfully delicious holiday turkey dinner. Ernest Anthony, meal-site manager, Dick Howland, assistant manager, put together what has been described by several as the best turkey dinner ever!! Working alongside our talented staff members and providing a big helping hand were Jane, Ernest’s wife, Trudy, Dick’s wife, and Jean Caduto, a regular volunteer at the meal site. The meal was served in the upper hall of the building and with the holiday decorations, the piping hot food, and the quick service, the evening was a total success.

Melissa Minto, teen co-ordinator, was on hand with several participants from the Teen Center, who helped in the coatroom, serving coffee to our guests and clearing away. Many commented on how helpful, gracious and courteous the teens were and how much they enjoyed seeing them there. We certainly enjoyed having those young people with us over the past couple of years, and hope they’ll continue to meet at the Senior Center now and again, even after they have moved into their new quarters. We look forward to a great partnership of the young folks and their elders.

Jamestown Senior Citizens Association board members were there in nearly full force (a few of our snowbirds have flown south for the winter) and did a magnificent job of selling tickets and getting people to come out and join us. Desserts were donated by our board members, and the table overflowed with delicious goodies of every type imaginable. It was pleasant to greet so many old friends and to have the opportunity to meet new ones, and we thank everyone who came out to join us in what was a spectacular evening.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Jamestown Senior Center, we would like to tell you a bit about us. We serve lunches by reservation every weekday, except holidays, at a suggested price of $2.50 per person. Menus are available at the center and reservations need to be made by the Thursday before the upcoming week, to ensure that enough food is available for all. We look forward to having you join us whenever you can. No membership is required for any activities sponsored by the Senior Center whether they are on site or at other locations. We provide recreational bingo for seniors only at Pemberton Apartments; an art group that also meets at Pemberton, and card games at several locations and times. With support from the Jamestown Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force and the Jamestown recreation department, we enjoy bowling at the Wickford Bowling Lanes every Friday at a cost of $3 per week. This is a longstanding activity that has been enjoyed by many seniors, and the welcome mat is out to any who would care to take part. You can get more information on any of these programs by calling the Senior Center at 423-2658, or Charlotte at 423-1026.

We are looking forward to providing many more activities, trips and informational programs of interest to senior citizens and others as well. Keep tuned in to this column for upcoming events.

We extend best wishes to all for a new year filled with great hope, good health, and much happiness.

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