The Paden City Senior Center's Happy Timers held their open house on July 22 from 2-4 p.m. Paden City Mayor John "Hoppy" Hopkins gave remarks at the event, saying that senior buildings and senior people are very much alike, both needing "tender loving care." All of those present expressed extreme gratitude to the Little Kanawha Resource Conservation and Development Foundation, Wetzel County Committee on Aging, Americorps Vista, Tom Myslinsky, and all volunteers that helped the senior center with its various renovations, both inside and outside. The senior center donned new three-layer curtains, fresh coats of paint on both the ceiling and walls, and a new public address system.
Mary Ash, director of the Wetzel County Committee on Aging, stated some funds used for the renovation were thanks to Community Partnership Funds. Rep. Dave Pethel (D-Wetzel), Sen. Larry Edgell (D-Wetzel), and Sen. Jeffrey Kessler (D-Marshall) were able to split the allotted funds among all senior centers in Wetzel County. Ash also stated that the wood used for the senior center's planters was donated by Ace Hardware.
Myslinsky gave remarks on the functions of a VISTA volunteer, stating that his focus is on how to fight poverty. Myslinsky said that local food is important, whether it is being eaten, grown, or marketed. He spoke of possible future plans for a community garden to be grown in Paden City and thanked the senior citizens for participating in the Grow Local, Go Local campaign at the senior center.
Pictured are members of Paden City’s Happy Timers at their open house on July 22, which was held from 2-4 p.m. Also present at the event were VISTA volunteer Tom Myslinsky; Mayor John Hopkins with wife Barbara; and Mary Ash, director of the Wetzel County Committee on Aging. (Photos by Lauren Riggs)
Scott Mace of Paden City Church of the Nazarene, a neighbor to the center, stopped in at the open house and stated his church is "interested in supporting the center."
Jim Parks, a visitor at the open house said that those present ought to "be thankful you live in a community like you do, a small community." Mike Turner also gave praise of the Paden City senior community, stating that the senior center is a "reflection of our community, from the time we are young to the time we are aging. . .This is a great group."
The next regular monthly meeting of the Paden City Happy Timers Senior Citizens will be held Aug. 2 at the center.
Bingo will be played from 10:30-11:30 with candy bars as prizes. Pizza will be provided at this meeting with each member bringing their own favorite soft drink or snack.
Members in attendance at the July 12 meeting were as follows: Lucy Billiter, Lenora Henderson, Gary Howell, Ellen Howell, Jean Dailey, John Myers, Shirley Myers, Mary Jane Frazier, Jane Tate, Emma Suter, Carol Ann Hawkins, David Amos, Doris Neff, Sue Noland, Melody Dennis, Randy Dennis, and President Joan Billiter.
Devotions were read by Emma Suter. Mary Jane Frazier and Suter were the hostesses with a Fourth of July theme.
The Happy Timers' Open House was held at the new decorated building and was held July 22 with a nice attendance. The president wishes to thank all persons for attending and all volunteers who helped to make the open house a very enjoyable day. Special thanks to Witschey's Market, Susie's Crafts, and Diane Stewart. Also thank you to guest speakers, Mayor John Hopkins; Mary Ash, director of Wetzel County Committee on Aging; and Tom Myslinsky, VISTA volunteer.