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Senior Center remains open: Rumors of closing local center are unfounded
August 21, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - From left, Frank Kenzy, Clyde Massingill and Bob Hartley enjoy a game of Pitch at the Gering Senior Center.

Since moving the site of the weekly senior dances to the Scottsbluff Senior Center earlier this summer, some rumors have circulated that the Gering Senior Center located on 10th Street is closing. According to center officials, the rumors are not true. The senior dance location was changed to the Scottsbluff center because it is a larger venue and provides better access.

The Gering Senior Center remains open and continues to offer meals, activities and services to all area senior citizens.

“We’re still open here and things are going well despite any rumors people might hear,” said Gering Senior Center board member Don Roth. “Everyone is invited to come and check us out.”

Since opening 35 years ago, the Gering Senior Citizen Center remains a gathering place that offers numerous activities for seniors in the area.

Several men stop in and play cards each Monday and Wednesday morning. And on three Wednesday afternoons a month, several ladies are there to play pinochle. Puzzles are always available for people to assemble, as well as a pool table and computers.

“From time to time, we have people from the Aging Office and the hospital who come in with programs that would be of interest to seniors, like changes in Medicare,” said board member Don Roth. “A nurse also comes in twice a month to check blood pressure.”

And since about two months ago, the center has been offering an organized exercise program on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:30. There are also horseshoe pits available outside.

One of the major events at the Senior Center is the Monday through Friday noon meal, which actually starts serving at 11:30 a.m. “We have a family atmosphere here that we enjoy,” Roth said. “It’s a great place for people to come. It saves them the time involved in fixing meals at home, and they don’t have to clean up afterward.”

Site manager Eva Ramirez said between 60 – 65 meals, including delivered meals, are served every day at the center.

For more information on any of their activities, contact the Gering Senior Citizen Center at (308) 426-3233.
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