The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

January 3, 2013

Family friends make final visit to Riverside center

RIVERSIDE — Former manager Peggy Adams was among the family and friends who dropped in on the last day the Senior Action Center in Riverside was open.

“They were a nice group of people,” said Adams, who was manager at the center for eight years. “They get like family. I’m going to miss them.”

The Northumberland County commissioners earlier this year voted to close the center due to lack of attendance. Nicole Cavanaugh has been serving as manager since Feb. 2.  She said she was being furloughed.

Fifteen seniors were among those enjoying pork and sauerkraut as part of a New Year’s party Dec. 31, the last day of the center’s operation.

“It’s not right. I’d be satisfied if they would be open two days a week,” said one woman who didn’t want to be identified.

“We all feel the same way. We’re very disappointed,” said another woman.

Another participant said if they transfer to another center, such as Northumberland, it would be a long, tiring day. “We would have to leave at 9 a.m. and wouldn’t get home until 3 p.m.,” she said.

“I’m sad this is the last day of 2012 because in the new year, there won’t be a center in Riverside,” Riverside resident Chuck Stamm said. “It’s been very supportive, helpful and socializing with friends kept me perky,” said Riverside resident Chuck Stamm.

Among those joining the regulars were Diann Jordan whose husband, Dan, has been coming to the center for the past 12 years. With the Riverside residents was their granddaughter, Allison Jordan.

Dan Jordan said he may go to the Northumberland center or he might go to the Montour County Senior Center in Danville.

“I think after a month or two, you won’t see them going to Northumberland due to the long trip,” he said.

Jordan said some of the Riverside center regulars only lived three blocks away.

Besides socializing on the center’s final day, they played bingo and cards.

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