SYCAMORE — The Ohio Department of Aging is celebrating May as Older Americans Month and May 15, as Senior Citizens Day. The theme for 2012 is “never too old to…”
The local celebration kicked off with Senior Day in Sycamore on Wednesday afternoon, when more than 90 seniors enjoyed a salisbury steak lunch and entertainment by the John Kennedy Orchestra, of Bucyrus.
“I enjoy getting to see all the people,” said Marcile Moore, who attends the event each year.
“I enjoy the people and the food,” added Mary Margraf. “The band was my favorite part.”
Several door prizes were awarded and everyone older than 90 received a yellow carnation as their names were announced.
“We had nine 90-year-olds-plus and that is remarkable because so many of them can’t even get out,” said Juanita Cassidy, secretary of the Mohawk 60-Plus Club, the group that organized the event. “Along with the support of the rest of the community, I think we’ve done real well.”
Eight Mohawk High School students participating in the Family Career Community Leaders of America group served lunch to the seniors.
“Community involvement, community service, that’s what this is all about, and leadership,” FCCLA adviser Kathy Green said. “In one of my classes that the kids have been in, we do a unit on older adults and the physical, mental and social issues that they have so they are able to see that first hand.”
The local celebration of seniors will continue May 14 when Senior Day in Carey will be held at Grace United Methodist Church. Upper Sandusky will celebrate Senior Day on May 18 at John Stewart United Methodist Church. Both programs begin at 11:30 a.m. and tickets are required.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Wyandot County Council on Aging at 419-294-5733.
By CHANDA NEELY