Senior centers’ endeavors pay off
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Senior citizens gave donations to Jacksonville Fire Department. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
Senior citizens gave donations to Jacksonville Fire Department. Photo: Anita Kilgore/The Jacksonville News
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Senior adult program coordinator Wendy Bussey said seniors began gearing up in January for a 12-week East Alabama Area on Aging fitness contest that ends in April.

“The contest is to encourage seniors to exercise more so they can live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives,” said Bussey.

The final results were revealed at the annual May Day senior event sponsored by EA at the International Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega on May 16. This year over 150 participants from 18 senior centers competed. Over 30 Jacksonville seniors attended and were among the 1300 in attendance.

Jacksonville was one of the top centers to win in the fitness 160 miles. Overall seniors winning were Dee Carr, 1413 miles; Janice Clay, 1405 miles; Billy Carr, 1297 miles and Jane Sparrowhawk, 811 miles.

The seniors also won in the decoration contest.

“I’m so proud of their hard work and dedication,” said Bussey. “They truly amaze me at how hard they work and how many miles they achieve to win awards for themselves and our center.”

The theme for this year’s event was “The Power of Age, Our Heroes.” The seniors chose the fire department as their heroes.

“The fire department is really our seniors’ heroes,” said Bussey. “When they have any type of emergency, the fire and rescue are the first faces we see.”

The seniors had shirts made that said “Our Heroes Wear Red.” They charged an extra $2 for each shirt sold, so that a donation could be made to the fire department. When the seniors returned to Jacksonville, they went to the fire station where they presented Fire Chief Wade Buckner and other firefighters with the donation and red shirts.

Afterward they went to Jacksonville High School where they watched as New York artist Scott LoBaido painted the American flag on the field house in honor of Ben Tomlinson.

“It was a perfect ending to a great day and a special honor to many of our local heroes,” said Bussey “The Kitty Stone gifted class came and had fun times with us playing games and doing projects.”

Bussey said she invites seniors to visit the senior center and take advantage of the daily activities, trips and outings.
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