Ribbon cut at senior center
RICK GRANT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The ribbon is cut at the Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder Senior Center in Bear Creek Plaza. Pictured in front row, from left, Anne Horrigan, director of the Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder Senior Center; Commissioner Wayne Nothstein; Nancy Kibler from state Rep. Keith McCall's office; Commissioner Charles Getz; Cheri Santore, administrator, Carbon County Area Agency on Aging; Commissioner William J. O'Gurek; Deena Fital, senior center manager; Fran Craigie, director at the Palmerton senior center.
Senior citizens in Jim Thorpe Borough, Penn Forest Township and Kidder Township now have a new senior center to enjoy, thanks to the efforts of the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging.
The organization cut the ribbon at a grand opening for the county's fifth senior center on Tuesday. Called the Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder Senior Center, the new facility is located in the Bear Creek Plaza on State Route 903 just north of Jim Thorpe.
The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging uses the centers to provide information, programs and services to older adults. Area residents over the age of 60 can call on the agency for transportation, legal assistance, benefit counseling, referrals, volunteer opportunities, ombudsman services and preadmission assessments.
The Jim Thorpe/Penn-Kidder Senior Center will provide hot meals and a place for seniors to gather.
About 100 seniors came out to enjoy live music, food and games during Tuesday's grand opening celebration.
All three County Commissioners made an appearance and assisted with the ribbon cutting.
For more information about the senior center or information about meal orders, call the office at (800) 441-1315.