Essex Junction Senior Center

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Peggy Pearson Essex Junction Senior Center

Peggy Pearson
Essex Junction
Senior Center

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Spring Bridge Tournament! Thirty-two teams competed and first place went to Fran Wager and Nancy Reed. Paula Flaherty and Eva Breckenridge took second, and coming in third were Mary Ann and Bob Chaffee. Way to go! The tournament is always one of the highlights on our calendar, and we love to see the community come out for it.

We sincerely appreciate the generous donations from our terrific sponsors: Merchant’s Bank, Dunkin Donuts, Rocky’s Pizza and Creemee, Essex Discount Beverage and Deli, Ray’s Seafood, and Maplehurst Florist.

Many special thanks go to the tournament committee, chairwoman Linda Himelstein, Brooke Conger, Donna Harnish and Sandy White. We also recognize the efforts of the ever-patient and hardworking Jerry Himelstein, Bud Conger, John Harnish, Brian Kinsman and Bill Pearson. In addition, we are very grateful to those who assisted with refreshments, as well as to the volunteers from the Teen Center, and to Lou Ann Pioli. It was truly a team effort and a thrilling success.

Come and check out our art show featuring watercolors by Gil Myers, an accomplished self-taught artist. Gil has donated four lovely prints to the Center so that we may sell them, and we are very grateful for his outstanding generosity.

There’s a lot going on at the Center! Come make new friends, play games, exercise, learn new things, and/or volunteer.

The Book Club meets Thursday, May 21 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to discuss “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie King.  New members are always welcome.

Nancy Reed (left) and Fran Wager won first prize at the Spring Bridge Tournament at the Senior Center May 15.

Nancy Reed (left) and Fran Wager won first prize at the Spring Bridge Tournament at the Senior Center May 15.

On May 23, as part of the Memorial Day parade, the center holds an open house.

All members are encouraged to come to the Annual Meeting June 8 at noon to elect officers. After doing an outstanding job for two years, Sandy White is retiring from her position as treasurer, and Karen Miller has recently been recruited to fill that slot. Assuming they are elected, the other officers have agreed to stay on: Peggy Pearson as president, Linda Himelstein and Carl Houghton as co-vice presidents, and Sandi McGowan as secretary. Nominations from the floor are also welcome.

On May 27, Essex Senior Citizens meets at Maple Street Park for potluck. Bring a dish to share or pay $4. The final luncheon of the year features soup and sandwiches on June 3.

Plan a fun day on the lake June 25 with a trip to Burton Island State Park. Ride a van to scenic Kamp Kill Kare State Park and board a ferry to Burton Island for a picnic. $10 includes transportation, ferry ride, lemonade, and a creemee. Bring your own picnic. Leave the Center at 10 a.m.; return at 3 p.m. Bring your Green Mountain Pass for free entrance to the state parks.

There are a few seats left on the coach taking us to Meredith, N.H. to see a play. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse presents Table Manners, a comedy about families. Transportation, tickets, and lunch are $67 for members and $75 for non-members. Interested? Call Lou Ann Pioli at 876-5087.