Carbon Senior Games to celebrate 25 years
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Seated, from left, longtime Carbon County senior games competitors Sharon Wolfe, Harry Guardiola and Jim Wolfe. Standing, from left, games director Victor Pituch, Joe Van Uiter and coordinator Anne Horrigan. Van Uiter and Guardiola have participated in the games since the they began in 1988.
Seasoned citizens are stepping up to swing, throw, dance, roll and toss for this 25th anniversary year of Carbon County's Senior Games.
Registration is now open for the games; sign-up sheets are available at all senior centers in the county, as well as at the Area Agency on Aging office in Palmerton. There is an $8 sign-up fee. Registration closes April 30.
The games begin with opening ceremonies on Tuesday, May 7, and finish up with a banquet on Thursday, May 16. Games include shuffleboard, bean bags, basketball shoot, darts, pool, mini golf, bowling, bocci, walking, softball throw, horseshoes, pingpong, dancing, bingo, and pinochle and rummy.
Competitors will be divided among five teams, organized by the school district in which they live: Lehighton, Panther Valley, Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder, Weatherly, and Palmerton. The teams are then further sorted into north (Weatherly, Panther Valley and Jim Thorpe), and south (Lehighton and Palmerton).
The games are administered by the Area Agency on Aging.
In addition to the anniversary year, the games coincide this with Older Americans Month.
"Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality of older adults and their contributions and achievements," said games coordinator Anne Horrigan. "It shows our nation's commitment to honor the value that older adults contribute to our communities."
Horrigan said that this month's Older Americans theme is "Unleash the Power of Age."
"Here in Carbon County, we hold the Senior Games in May to recognize our older adults as productive and active members of society. Our competitors inspire other older adults to join them in this seven-day event. We will continue to provide opportunities for older adults to come together and share their experiences with one another, as well as with other generations," she said.
The events, which will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Lehighton Recreation Center, 243 S. Eighth St., unless otherwise noted, are:
• Tuesday, May 7: Opening ceremonies, shuffleboard, team pictures, bean bags; lunch provided.
• Wednesday, May 8: Basketball shoot, darts; lunch provided.
• Thursday, May 9: Pool. Lunch is on your own.
Terpstra's, 501 North St., Jim Thorpe: Men aged 70-74, 9 a.m.; women age 70-74, 10 a.m.; men aged 75-79, 11 a.m.; women aged 75-79, noon. Lunch is on your own.
Jim Thorpe/Penn Kidder senior Center: Men aged 65-69, 9 a.m.; women aged 65-69, 10 a.m.; men aged 60-64, 11 a.m.; women aged 60-64, 11:30 a.m.
Panther Valley Senior Center: Men aged 80-84, 9 a.m.; women aged 80-84, 10 a.m.; men aged 85 up, 11 a.m.; women aged 85 up, 11:30 a.m.
• Friday, May 10: Mini golf at Heisler's Dairy Bar (directions available at the games): All age groups at 10 a.m. Lunch is on your own.
• Monday, May 13: Bowling: Ages 65-69; 70-74; 80-84, 8:30 a.m. at Fritz Lanes, 100 S. Second St., Lehighton. Ages 60-64; 75-79; 85 up, 8:30 a.m. at Cypress Lanes, 140 N. Fourth St., Lehighton.
Ping Pong: All ages, as tables become available, at Lehighton Recreation Center, noon.
Lunch will be provided for those coming from bowling to Ping Pong.
Tuesday, May 14: Philip Steigerwalt Memorial Walk, softball throw, horseshoes and bocci, at Baer Memorial Field, Lehighton. Lunch will be provided; rain date is Thursday, May 16.
Wednesday, May 15: Bingo, pinochle and rummy, and dance competition, at the Lehighton Recreation Center. Lunch will be provided.
Thursday, May 16: Banquet, 4 p.m. at Mahoning Valley Ambulance building, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton.