Thursday was the perfect end to the 2010 Carbon County Senior Games.
Over 150 participants from Weatherly, Panther Valley, Lehighton, Jim Thorpe and Palmerton attended a banquet at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall to recognize the winner of the games, as well as reminisce with friends about memories that were made during the eight-day event. Lehighton placed first with a score of 599.
As the banquet began, Anne Horrigan, coordinator of the games, welcomed and thanked everyone before introducing the guest speakers of the day.
"It's been another successful year," she said. "It's great to see everyone out."
Commissioners William O'Gurek and Wayne Nothstein both addressed the participants and thanked them for making the games such a success
"We hope you all had a great time and we look forward to seeing you next year," Nothstein said, adding that the participants now have 11 months and two weeks to practice for the 2011 games.
O'Gurek thanked the participants and said that he hoped they had a wonderful time.
Cheri Mae Santore, director of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging, then addressed the audience, saying that she has heard a lot of positive feedback from both the participants and from area residents following the games through the daily coverage in the TIMES NEWS and on TV-13's Valley Report.
She thanked everyone for their support over the years.
She then remembered Vicie Pecha, who passed away last week after she was taken via ambulance from the senior games.
"God Bless Vicie and her family," Santore said.
Following the guest speakers, Horrigan awarded Jim Thorpe with the Victor Pituch Good Sportsmanship Award, an annual award that is given to a team that shows great sportsmanship throughout the games; and the Lehighton team with the Commissioners Cup trophy and plaque with a picture of the team to hang in the senior center for their win.
Victor Pituch, director of the games, then spoke briefly to everyone, stating that he is glad he has had such amazing people there to help him organize this growing event.
He commented that this year has been the best year to date.
The Senior Games began in 1988 under the direction of Pituch and has grown over the years. Next year will mark the game's 23rd anniversary.