Seniors very thankful at Thanksgiving meal

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Nov. 19, 2012
Marion Sapula (left) and Mary Ryan share photos and stories of their pets after a Thanksgiving Feast at the Glastonbury Senior Center. Photos by Steve Smith.
Marion Sapula (left) and Mary Ryan share photos and stories of their pets after a Thanksgiving Feast at the Glastonbury Senior Center. Photos by Steve Smith.

About 180 feasts were served at the Glastonbury Senior Center's meal of Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 15. Senior Center Director Maryleah Skoronski gave her thoughts on what the holiday means.

“We have much to be thankful for,” she said. “For when we count our many blessings, it isn't hard to see that life's most valued treasures are the ones that are free.”

She said that while some have lost friends and family members in the past year, there have been other struggles that the community has felt. “Locally, we have recently survived earth tremors, a hurricane, a twice-in-a-lifetime October snowstorm with ongoing consequences, and now we must face the unknown winter weather ahead. In times like this, it gives us a chance to stop and reflect; to think about what is really important to us in this life; just how precious and fragile life is, and to not waste the time that we are given.”

Jean Greene of the Historical Society of Glastonbury told the crowd about how everyone in the room represents a family of immigrants to America, who came to the new world for the chance at “life in the promised land.”

“Our families toiled on for generations and found more good in this land,” Greene said. “What we do know is that our ancestors didn't work alone. They worked with their families, their friends, their neighbors, to develop this land and their lives into what it is today.”

After Skoronski thanked all of the human services staff and volunteers who made the day possible, outreach social worker Janine Woodard grabbed the microphone to thank one other person.

“Maryleah – we love her. We really do. She has given so much of her life to this program, this center and this town, and to each of us as individuals,” Woodard said of Skoronski. “She has touched so many people in so many ways.”


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