Need to get to an appointment? How about the grocery store? Essex residents age 60 and older are eligible for free rides on the Senior Van in Essex Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday mornings. Call 878-6940 Monday through Friday in the morning between 9-11:45 a.m. the day before your need.
Essex Parks and Recreation runs the program. However, the vans would not run without volunteers who answer the phones and plan the next day’s rides.
“We can’t operate the vans without our wonderful volunteers,” said Senior Activities Coordinator Lou Ann Pioli. “They do all the scheduling. They’re a huge help, and we value them tremendously. I really appreciate their hard work and commitment.”
Volunteers include: Cathy Burke, Marcia Conner, Anne-Marie Dennis, Carla Cota, Gloria Deeley, Martha Dimaggio, June Keenan, Connie Marshall and Renata McGrath.
“I meet new people on the phone all the time,” said volunteer Dimaggio. “Then if I meet them in person, it’s a real thrill. I like writing and talking on the phone and helping people. It’s a lot of fun.”
After many years of remarkable dedication, Donna Harnish, Emily Packard and Mary Willard recently retired from the program. New volunteers are needed. If you’d like to explore this rewarding volunteer opportunity, contact Pioli at the center.
Technology for Tomorrow (T4T) workshops match seniors with high school students who help them with technology.
One senior recounted, “I’m fairly computer literate, but my comfort with some areas of technology was fuzzy. When the opportunity came to learn more, I jumped at the chance. My instructors, Stephan and Abby, are both very patient, pleasant and helpful EHS students. I asked them why my laptop was doing some mysterious things and they immediately solved the problem. Then they helped me set a Skype account and got me back on Facebook. They also showed me how to download grocery coupons on my phone.”
There is no charge or membership requirement to go to a TNT workshop, but you must pre-register. Contact Pioli at 876-5087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essex Senior Citizens meets March 25 for a potluck. The luncheon April 1 is soup and sandwiches. Both luncheons are at Maple Street Park.
The Cribbage Tournament March 15 was once again won by Pete Allard, who won the February tournament and came in second in January. Congratulations Pete!
Get free help preparing taxes from an AARP volunteer Friday afternoons. Call 878-6940 to learn how to make an appointment.
Want to learn more about our feathered friends? Come to the Art of Birding by Brian Machanic Saturday, March 28 from 2-3:30 p.m. This presentation is free and all ages are welcome.
Tickets are available for a trip to “Table Manners”, at the Lake Winnipesaukee Playhouse July 16. For tickets, see Pioli.
Refresh your driving skills at an AARP Safe Driving Workshop April 17. It’s $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-AARP members. Sign up at the 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.