Hello and happy New Year from everyone here at the Boone Fork Center. We hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, and that 2010 will be even better.
Unfortunately, some of our seniors died in 2009. We ask that you remember the families of Pauline Isaac, Morgan Madison, Katherine Johnson, and Clarence Roy in your prayers.
We would like to tell you some of the events that took place at our center in the month of December.
We hosted a health fair on Dec. 2, with seven centers participating. They were Blackey, Colson, Ermine, Jenkins, Kingscreek, Oven Fork and Boone Fork.
Our center overflowed with smiling, happy faces. Also joining us was Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward and Judge Pro Tem Eddie Meade. We thank all those who attended.
We also want to thank the following organizations for coming and making this event a huge success: Mountain Heart Center for doing cholesterol checks; Letcher County Health Department with flu vaccines; Neon Food World, with Angelia Whitaker serving nutritional foods; and from U.K., Debbie Pennington with healthy choices and ideas.
We had our monthly potluck dinner, Dec. 10. We had a huge turnout and delicious food.
Those having birthdays in December were Ed Bentley, Hazel Meade, Mabel Johnson, Joe Walker, and Fred Young.
We deeply appreciate Brian Bentley, manager of the Community Trust Bank in Neon, for furnishing a huge birthday cake that was enjoyed by all the seniors. He does that for us each month.
Also, a huge thank you to Eugene Slone of the Sheriff ’s Department for coming and making Christmas pictures for everyone.
Other visitors with us were Sheriff Danny Webb, District 5 Magistrate Wayne Fleming, Judge Jim Ward, Judge Pro Tem Eddie Meade, and Director of Letcher County Senior Citizen Program Trenda Kincer. We do appreciate them being with us.
A thing we are most proud of, the Boone Fork Senior Citizens Center won the Kentucky River Senior Citizens Center of the Year award for 2009. We were a winner over eight counties.
Judge Jim Ward presented the award to our center and to Site Manager Deeda Tilly. Deeda does an excellent job at our center. We are all proud of her and our seniors.
Dec. 18, we had our annual Christmas party. We had an abundance of good food and Christmas music, and exchanged gifts.
Eugene Slone of the Sheriff ’s Department was with us, and made Christmas ornament pictures for everyone. Melissa Lucas, project director for the Letcher County Prevention Project, was here. She had a drug quiz for the seniors. Those who gave correct answers were given a prize.
We certainly thank them for being with us.
Quilts were donated to the center to take out to the clients on home delivery. Then along came Mother Nature with a snowstorm that knocked out power lines, uprooted trees, closing roads and cutting off water supplies.
Boone Fork Center remained open to the public from Dec. 19 through Dec. 23.
Thanks to Deeda, Debbie and Melissa, for preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for everyone.
People came to take their breathing treatments, also.
All in all, we had a very eventful month and want to take this opportunity to invite all senior citizens to come out and join us here at the Boone Fork Senior Center in Fleming.
You can be sure you will have fun, and are always welcome.
Until next time, have a safe and happy month. God bless you all.