Stafford Senior Center celebrates 14 years

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Fri., Jun. 10, 2011
Carole Frassinelli (left) likes the Stafford Senior Center's Monday morning exercise class. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Carole Frassinelli (left) likes the Stafford Senior Center's Monday morning exercise class. Photos by Lauri Voter.

On June 8, the Stafford Senior Center held a celebration in honor of its 14th anniversary. The center holds an anniversary event every year, and this year the festive occasion featured cheerful decorations, a buffet lunch, entertainment and a raffle.

“It’s a lot of work putting on a party like this,” said Senior Center Director Laura Panciera.

Members of the senior community turned out in large numbers to attend the party. Many shared their thoughts about the center.

“It’s a place to get together, and they try to have a lot of activities,” said center member June Lanagan.

“They keep us up on information – health and money, health insurance. And games – we have Bingo, dominoes,” said Martha Jezek.

Center members Dick and Cindy Scranton said they enjoy the center's lunches, and they like the people who go to the center. They utilize the center only during the summer months, because they spend the winter in Florida.

Lincoln Parker, who drives the senior bus, is also a member of the senior center. Parker said that he really enjoys driving the bus and also likes all that the center has to offer, such as cards games, dominoes and classes.

“I think it’s fun, getting out with all these people and having a great time. We have music – it keeps you young,” said Edith DaDalt.

Yet, there are plenty of seniors in Stafford who are not yet members of the center. Neil Sedlak, chair of the center’s Board of Directors, would like to see more seniors join the center. He said the center is a good resource because “it gives a lot of seniors the opportunity to get out and do something. They get a meal... If it’s hot, they can come here. There [are] puzzles, there [are] games,” said Sedlak. “People should take more advantage of it.”

Sedlak said that a lot of older people have passed away and many of the baby boomers are still working and have not joined the center to help replenish the depleted membership.

“Anyone who wants to participate is welcome here. The bus runs every day from Avery Park,” said First Selectman Michael P. Krol, who is also a member of the senior center. “There is social interaction, and I can hear about the concerns of seniors,” he said.

To join the Stafford Senior Center, a person must be at least age 55, but a spouse can be younger than that. The annual dues are $5 per person. Annually, the center holds a Christmas party and a summer picnic, which will be held on July 17 this year. Every first Tuesday of the month, an association meeting is held and features entertainment. The center also offers a lending library. A congregate lunch is held each day and there are other meal options available, such as Meals on Wheels. Most fees that are charged for events are nominal.

For more information about joining the Stafford Senior Center, its programs and services, or to obtain the center’s newsletter, “The Sage Page,” call 860-684-3907 or stop by the community center at 3 Buckley Highway.


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