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Ripley Senior Center Calendar of Events and Peanut Butter Chews Recipe


Janet F. Intelligent

Hi all.

My riddle for you this week is: What’s the difference between a train and a teacher?

The centers for the elderly have reopened according to new guidelines:

  • The new hours will be 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.
  • You have to enter through the front door. Before gaining entry, a screening will be done and your temperature will be taken. Wearing a mask is not compulsory, but optional.
  • Reservation is required for indoor dining and curbside dining. Curbside meals are always served from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • If you are sick or have been exposed to COVID, please do not come to the center.
  • We will follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. If you have any concerns or questions, you can call the center at 304-372-5151.

Indoor activities have resumed. The schedule is as follows:

  • Monday: 9:30 am-10:30am – DIY
  • Tuesday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Bingo
  • Wednesday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Exercise
  • Thursday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Bingo
  • Friday: 9:30 am-10:30am – Exercise

We will respect social distancing in our activities. Bingo will be played with paper cards that can be thrown away.

Things are getting back to normal at the center. We have to get used to starting our activities a little earlier in the morning than usual. We had a short high-level meeting. I read the minutes from a year and a half ago, and we announced that next month, September 21, we will meet again and hold an election for the new leadership.

School started in the county; the school buses are running and the children are back in class. August is the national back-to-school month. When I was a kid, school started after Labor Day weekend. But a lot has changed since I was a kid in school.

My mother and sisters attended a two-grade school when they were young. The long, narrow building was at the foot of our hollow. The school closed in 1960 and I was never able to attend classes in this building. There were steps leading up to a covered porch and double doors that opened inward. The first and second years were to the right of the building, and the third and fourth years were to the left. In the middle, at the back of the building, were two cupboards against each other. One opened to the right and the other to the left for the children to hang up their coats. The paintings were at the ends of the rooms. The outbuilding was to the left of the school. They had large gas stoves for heating and bottled water. They said the oath of allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer.

It is a big difference with the modern large schools of today. But they got a good education and that’s what mattered.

I want to share a recipe with you. The cooks at the school I attended prepared them for dessert. They are delicious and very easy to make. Only four ingredients are needed.

Chewable peanut butter

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup light Karo corn syrup

3/4 cup peanut butter

2 1/2 cups corn flakes

Put the sugar and Karo corn syrup in a saucepan. Mix and bring to a full boil. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Then add the corn flakes and mix. Spread and press the mixture into a mold and cut into squares.

If you try them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its flavor, what will it be salted with? It is now good for nothing except to be driven out and trampled under the feet of men.

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it enlightens all who are in the house.

Answer to the riddle: The teacher says, “Spit out that chewing gum” and the train says: “Choo-Choo!


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