•November 9, 2016•
By Ellen Ferrera
For the News Progress
The Sullivan Senior Center was the place to be Monday afternoon as nearly 50 seniors attended the 12th annual Halloween party. “It’s the most anticipated party of the year. They love the food but really enjoy the games we create for them,” said executive director, Kathi Shackles.
The staff prepared a buffet of holiday treats, but the fun began with the games which included guessing the number of m&m’s in a jar, a word scramble, a stack the cups contest and the ever popular wrap the mummy contest which involved two teams of three racing against time and shredding TP to wrap a fellow senior. Golden witch trophies were awarded for three best costumes.
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Winners of the costume judging were: Best Costume-Peggy Booker; Scariest Costume-Barb Sutton; and Sunniest costume - Norma Standerfer.
Nearly 9,000 seniors pass through the center every year seeking assistance on health insurance, health issues, obtaining driver licenses, disability payments and partaking of the Peace Meals offered every day. It is also a beehive of activity for bridge, pool, quilting, adult coloring, hand and foot card games, wheel of fortune, bingo, potluck lunches and free meals.
This is where diminutive Joyce Abderhalden brings her pool stick every Friday and regularly whips the daylights out of three male players who will remain unnamed. This is where a partially completed jigsaw puzzle awaits on a table for someone to stop by and add a few missing pieces and where sympathy cards are passed around almost weekly for a departed senior.