You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Classes resume Tuesday after West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Cottrel: Senior Services satellite runs like cruise ship


When I walk into the United Senior Services Center on Dayton-Springfield Road next to Howard’s IGA, I’m always amazed.

Al Bowers and Joanne Snarr run this satellite branch of United Senior Services like a ship — a cruise ship, that is. There is always something fun or entertaining on the schedule and someone nice to share the activity.

Last Tuesday it was euchre. Now I’d enjoyed the euchre games with seniors in New Carlisle a few years ago, and I was looking forward to this. What better way to spend a wintry afternoon than playing cards with friends in a brightly lit, warm, easily accessed location? I particularly love the walls lined with paintings created by local artists.

What talent we have in our communities!

On this date 16 women and men sat around four card tables playing euchre, while four more in the back of the room played their own game of double pinochle.

Normally there are at least six to eight tables, according to Bowers, but illness, travels and weather had taken their tolls on the day I’d visited.

“It’s like a wave in the ocean,” said Bowers. “Impossible to predict numbers.”

Card players arrive before 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, ready to play and with snacks to share. Bowers provides the coffee.

They have a carefully thought out plan on how to handle odd numbers. Suffice it to say everyone plays, since they all change partners after each round. And no one ever sits out for long enough to do more that hit the snack table and stretch their legs.

Norma Harris plays cards in Enon and at the Springfield location of United Senior Services.

“Without this, I’d be lost,” she said with a smile. “I’ve met so many nice people.”

Mad River Twp. resident Mary Chenault comes to this center at least four days a week.

“There’s a nice variety of things to do,” said Chenault. “I’m glad it’s so close and I don’t have to go downtown. I love the family atmosphere and that everyone knows everyone else.”

After meeting this friendly bunch, I have a feeling that no one is a stranger for long.

The schedule of activities is posted in the front window of the center at 7571 Dayton-Springfield Road. In addition to regular card playing and fitness sessions, the schedule includes movies and a variety of craft activities.

On Fridays, volunteers work together to make comfort pillows for Hospice. So far this ambitious bunch has made 713.

At least once a month a special presentation is scheduled. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Dan Hilbert will speak about his observations of a local nesting pair of bald eagles and his involvement with the streaming video of that nest that can be followed on the Internet.

For more information about the center and activities, call 937-863-0043.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility
Moorefield Twp. neighbors oppose proposed storage facility

More than 80 people have signed a petition against a proposed storage facility in Moorefield Twp. over worries it will create traffic problems and safety concerns. A property owner has submitted a rezoning application to the Clark County Community Development office to change 3726 Moorefield Road from agricultural to business-use zoning and allow for...
Georgia storms kill 11, injure 23 as threat continues
Georgia storms kill 11, injure 23 as threat continues

Eleven people are dead and 23 are injured after strong storms moved through Georgia Saturday night, into Sunday morning.  State emergency management officials confirm seven of the deaths are in Cook County. Officials with the Brooks County Sheriff's Office confirmed two deaths to Channel 2 Action News. Both people were in the same home in...
Ohio Brownie uses special effects video to help promote Girl Scout cookie season
Ohio Brownie uses special effects video to help promote Girl Scout cookie season

An Ohio Brownie made a video to promote Girl Scouts cookie selling season.  But Yula Douglas of Beavercreek didn't want to make just any video. She wanted the full suite of green screen effects, multiple settings, and even animal actors (it includes pet rats).  Yula scripted and directed the video with a little help from her parents...
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament
Organizers cancel Springfield curling tournament

A curling tournament that brought visitors from across the United States and Canada to Springfield has been cancelled. The Champion City Bonspiel, which was held last May at the NTPRD Chiller ice rink, 301 W. Main St. near Curl Troy curling club, won’t be held this year, according to a release on the organization’s website. The decision...
Trump softening tone after slamming celebs, media over Women’s March
Trump softening tone after slamming celebs, media over Women’s March

Then just an hour-and-a-half later, Trump sent another tweet clearly softening his tone toward the protesters. He tweeted, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views." Trump's tweets came after a Trump administration official slammed the media and...
More Stories