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Thankful hearts fill the Gering Senior Center
November 27, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Senior citizens from throughout the community gather at noon at the Gering Senior Citizen Center for lunch and conversation. The center provides many opportunities for people to get involved.

As we approach another Thanksgiving observance in the community, some of the people who congregate at the Gering Senior Citizen Center are thankful for fellowship, good friends and country.

We should be thankful we live in America, said center board member Don Roth. Its still comparatively free and we need to be thankful to the Lord for all our blessings. We need to recognize all our many material blessings come from our Lord. This is a special time to honor him for all we have.

Fellow board member Charley Matthaei said its still special to get together with family and being thankful for all the goodness weve received.

And while some people serve goose at Thanksgiving, others said families serve turkey, ham and even prime rib.
All of the people who had gathered for lunch said they were also thankful for the Senior Center. Although it was started by the state as a place where seniors could have nutritious means, it quickly grew to become a social center for them.

Numerous activities provide a place where seniors could gather socially. Today, card games of pitch, pinochle and pegs are usually going on in the mornings. Seniors can also be found playing dominoes, assembling puzzles or shooting pool. And bingo is scheduled for Thursdays.

Senior Center members also collect Fresh Foods receipts, send cards for birthdays, sympathy and get well occasions, decorate a Christmas tree and exchange gifts.

The Aging Office provides information through the senior centers regarding things like changes in Medicare and Medicaid, insurance and other topics that are pertinent to seniors.

Roth said there are times when a registered pharmacist comes to the center and seniors can bring in their medications and receive helpful information. And the nurses of Heritage Estates have come in to provide blood pressure readings.

The current site manager is Eva Ramirez, who took over from Margaurette Neumann after she decided to retire from 20-plus service as manager of the site.

The current board of directors include Chairman Robert Prester, Don Roth, Charley Matthaei, Don Brown, Joyce Kautz, Richard Benker, Verlie Wagoner and Kenneth Clarke.

Now in its 35th year, the Gering Senior Center at 2005 Depot St. invites the public to join them.
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