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All-County Senior Citizens Day enjoyed by all

A large crowd was on hand on May 17 at the Wayne Township Community Center in Cherry Fork for the annual All-County Senior Citizens Day. Photo by Patricia Beech.
A large crowd was on hand on May 17 at the Wayne Township Community Center in Cherry Fork for the annual All-County Senior Citizens Day. Photo by Patricia Beech.

Local seniors turn out for a day of entertainment and fun

By Patricia Beech

Senior Citizens from across Adams County came together on Tuesday, May 17 to celebrate the 41st annual All-County Senior Citizens Day at the Wayne Township Community Center in Cherry Fork. The event was sponsored by the Adams County Senior Citizens Center, and hosted by the West Union Senior Citizens Club.

Commissioner Stephen Caraway, acting as emcee kept the crowd laughing as he conducted a cake auction and handed out door prizes. “I plan to be the emcee of this event when I’m a senior citizen myself,” he told the crowd.

“Stephen really helped to keep things moving along,” said Mary Stout, Director of the Senior Citizens Center. “He really filled in time frames where we needed a little bit of entertainment.”

Commissioners Paul Worley and Brian Baldridge were also present.  Speakers for the day-long event included Melissa Downs from the Humane Society of Adams County, Judge Alan Foster, and Kaye Inoshita, Director of Ombudsman – AAA7.

Several vendors set up tables offering free items, information, services, and products specifically for senior citizens: Genesis Respiratory, Adams County Manor, East Ambulance, Opticare Vision, Adams County Health Department, Area Agency on Aging District 7, the Alzheimer Association of Greater Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank and Monarch Meadows.

Throughout the day, numerous people volunteered their time including members of the Culinary Arts Class from the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center, two members from the West Union Beta Club, and an employee from GE Aviation in Peebles who took souvenir photos of those attending the event.

Ethel Chambers, Mary Ellen Briggs, and Joe Rolstine from the West Union Senior Citizens Club collected door prizes donated by local businesses, agencies, and individuals throughout Adams County.

The cheer squad from Venture Productions made an appearance at Senior Citizens Day, bringing their usual burst of smiles and enthusiasm. Photo by Patricia Beech.
The cheer squad from Venture Productions made an appearance at Senior Citizens Day, bringing their usual burst of smiles and enthusiasm. Photo by Patricia Beech.

“We had many great volunteers today,” said Teresa Carr, Public Relations director for the Senior Center. “But we need to recognize one excellent volunteer who helped to collect door prizes and pass out flyers, Joe Rolstine, he did a phenomenal job for us.” Rolstine said he enjoyed doing volunteer work for the event because it gave him an opportunity to socialize with others.

Entertainment by singer Mark Tolle was topped off with a crowd-pleasing performance by the Venture Hawks Cheerleaders and Ignite Dance Team. “We had really great entertainers this year,” said Stout. “We really appreciate them for taking their time to come out and perform for us.”
The day was capped off by the presentation of awards to outstanding seniors. The Oldest Lady award went to 96-year-old Katherine Thatcher; the Oldest Gentleman award was presented to 97-year-old Tom Hughes, the Longest Married Couple award went to Donald and Helen Wilson who tied the knot 64 years ago; the Outstanding Senior from Peebles award recipient was Neita Nicely; the Outstanding Senior from West Union award was given to Barbara Hill; the All-County Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Bobbi Kitchen; the Outstanding Senior Council Member award went to Louise Davis; and a Certificate of Appreciation and a gas gift card were presented to Joe Rolstine.

Eagle Creek Nursing Center sponsored the facility fees for the event.  Stout and her co-workers began planning for the event in February with assistance from the West Union Senior Citizens Club. “We hold this event each year to honor our senior citizens,” she said. “We spend months planning for it because we really want to show them that we believe they are still vital members of our community.”

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