Essex Junction Senior Center

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Peggy Pearson Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson
Essex Junction
Senior Center

Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at the Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit essexvtseniors.org. To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940.

The crowd was buzzing at our fall bridge tournament Nov. 14, when 72 players enjoyed a fun afternoon of cards, desserts and laughter. The rave reviews were great, especially the enthusiastic thumbs up from Bricky Duquette. Kudos to Linda Himelstein, Donna Harnish, Brooke Conger and Sandy White for an outstanding job organizing the event. Many heartfelt thanks to them as well as to Donna Powell, Lou Ann Pioli and all the generous people who provided the delicious refreshments.

Special thanks go to our sponsors for donating wonderful prizes. Maplehurst Florist provided two beautiful floral arrangements, RL Valley Company gave four gas cards good at any of their Maplefield’s stores, and Sweet Clover Market and Essex Cinema each gave two gift certificates. Their support is much appreciated.

Congratulations to Sherry Marcoux and Lorraine Colman on taking first place again. Sherry and Lorraine also won last fall’s tournament and have consistently placed first together at other venues for many years. Getting good cards is a help, but knowing what to do with them makes all the difference. Bravo!

Second place went to Linda Brenner and Colleen Fitzgerald. Elsa Polworth and Carol Cincotta came in third. Several people won door prizes, and everyone had fun.

The Knights of Columbus and Rotary International provide their annual Christmas luncheon at the Fairgrounds Dec. 3. Tickets are $5 and available Monday morning at the Senior Center.

At the November meeting, members were asked to consider a Code of Conduct to help assure that the Center is a safe and enjoyable place for everyone. The proposed Code of Conduct is standard for senior centers nationally and edited slightly to meet our needs. At the Dec. 10 meeting at 12 p.m., a motion will be made to adopt the Code of Conduct, and discussion will follow.

Photographers Bill Boccio and Bentley Merrick were the featured artists at our Senior Art Show. It was a pleasure to have their photography decorating our space. Thanks Bill and Ben.

Do you like to dance? Whitcomb Woods holds dances every Friday night from 7-11 p.m. Anyone 55 or older is welcome. Bring your own refreshments and drinks and enjoy a lively evening.

Every year, we make Christmas baskets for about 20 homebound people. If you can donate baked goods or other gifts, please put them in the collection box at the Center, and if you are interested in preparing and/or delivering the gift baskets, please contact Donna Harnish.

The Senior Van offers Essex residents aged 60+ free transportation in Essex weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For reservations, call 878-6940 the previous business day between 9 and 11:45 a.m.

The Senior Center now has our own phone number: 876-5087. The old number is only for the Senior Van program. We are installing a Plexiglas window in the office so that we can lock it after hours. This will also help block sounds between the senior van speaker phones and activities happening in the main room.

Phyllis Lorlano, left, Donna Powell, center, and Aurora Shea, right, play a challenging hand at the fall bridge tournament.  PHOTO | BUD CONGER

Phyllis Lorlano, left, Donna Powell, center, and Aurora Shea, right, play a challenging hand at the fall bridge tournament.
PHOTO | BUD CONGER