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Seniors to celebrate Older Americans Month

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

COVINGTON -- Senior citizens will have their moment to shine in May, as Newton County Senior Services is planning several events to celebrate Older Americans Month.

The celebration will commence Friday with the annual Chairman/Mayor's Walk. The theme this year is "Be There 4 Seniors" and members of the community are encouraged to come out and participate in the one-mile walk to Turner Lake Complex, which will get under way at 9 a.m. at the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

The Senior Walk Competition will again be held at Turner Lake Gym at 10:30 a.m. for those seniors unable to do the outdoor walk. Lunch at Turner Lake Pavilion will follow.

Organizers are expecting more than 200 participants.

"It's just to bring awareness to the community that senior citizens here are still vital and still working in the community in many aspects," said Freda Reed, activities director for Newton County Senior Services.

On Monday, May 16, seniors will put their baking skills to the test with a bake-off and cookbook sale, set for 10 a.m. at Turner Lake Complex. Homemade treats by seniors, including pies, cakes, candies and other desserts, will be taste-tested by judges to determine the best of the batch, and then all treats will be for sale to the general public. Cookbooks featuring recipes submitted by local senior citizens will be on sale for $20.

Older Americans Month will culminate with the Tri-County Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 20. For the first time, the entire community is invited to attend the event at Turner Lake Complex. Everyone is asked to dress in attire from the '50s and '60s. There will be dancing, games and food. Lunch will be served for a cost of $3 per person.

Reed encouraged residents to come out and show their support for seniors this month.

After all, "If it weren't for them, we wouldn't be here," she said.