Essex Junction Senior Center

Anyone 50 years of age or older is welcome at the Essex Junction Senior Center. Located at Five Corners between the fire station and the Brownell Library, the center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 876-5087 or visit To make a reservation for the Senior Van call 878-6940. To register for any special activity, please contact Lou Ann Pioli, Director, at 876-5087.


Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

If you missed the grand opening of the Perfect Blend Café, mark your calendar for Dec. 18, when the café opens again. We’re off to a great start, and we appreciate the community’s support. The Perfect Blend is open on the third Friday of every month from 9-11 a.m. at the Senior Center. Come meet your neighbors and friends and enjoy hot beverages, baked goods, and conversation. Donations are appreciated, but not required, and all ages are heartily welcome. Our goal is to help build community connections, so come and enjoy yourself. Scones are on the menu next time, along with fresh baked cinnamon rolls and lots of other delicious treats.

The Craft Fest was a tremendous success, bringing lots of new people into the center and quite a nice sum to our treasury. Anne-Marie Dennis, chair, and all the committee members, did a great job. Thanks to everyone who donated baked goods and white elephants, everyone who worked that day and helped in any way, and to all the vendors who took a chance on us. It’s impossible to name all the wonderful people who helped make the day such a success, but a special thanks goes to Donna Harnish for organizing an apple pie baking extravaganza, and to Chapin Orchards for the apples.

The best side benefit of fundraising is that we get to know people better and build friendships while working together for a common cause. Priceless!

Congratulations to the winners of the November cribbage tournament. Ellen Wolinski won first prize, and Jacinthe Boyd followed very closely into second place. There is no cribbage tournament in December, and we start up again the third Sunday of each month on Jan. 17, 2016. Where did 2015 go?

Many thanks to the Knights of Columbus and Rotary International for their annual holiday dinner for seniors at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds on Dec. 2. We are truly blessed to live in such a supportive community.

The senior luncheon at the meal-site at Maple Street on Dec. 9 is a soup and sandwich hosted by the board. On Dec. 16, a soup and sandwich is hosted by St. James and Essex First Congregational churches. Soup and sandwich luncheons include cake and are $2. Our luncheons this year are healthier and tastier since we partnered with the Center for Technology, Essex. Their Culinary Arts program provides soup, and while it’s incredibly delicious, it’s also low in sodium and fat. If you didn’t think healthy food could taste good, you’re in for quite a surprise.

Every year, the Senior Center makes Christmas baskets, and volunteers deliver them to people who are homebound or need a boost. This year, in honor of the two senior groups coming together, Gloria Deeley, Donna Harnish and Renata McGrath take charge of the project. Any donations to the Christmas baskets are appreciated. Especially helpful are baked goods, fruit, stationery, stamps, toiletries and any item that might bring cheer to a senior. Delivery volunteers are also appreciated. For more info, please call Donna Harnish at 879-7922.