Lively Showing At OFA Senior Picnic

Slightly more than 500 people attended the Chautauqua County Office For the Aging’s 2013 Senior Picnic on Friday at Midway State Park, according to organization director Dr. Mary Ann Spanos.

Bingo started mid-morning giving way to a chicken barbecue around noon. Next was music by Tim Stockton and several drawings for cash and prizes to conclude.

Spanos emphasized the entire event was supported by donors and ticket sales; no state or federal funds were used. She said Doyle Medical Monitoring was named Premier Gold Sponsor because of its especially generous donation.

Doyle and the OFA teamed up in 2011 to offer affordable personal monitoring in Chautauqua County, Spanos said. Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY was a Silver Sponsor. Funding was also provided by a grant through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

County Executive Greg Edwards, whose term ends this year, said, “Some people are calling me a short-timer now.”

He said he was thankful to voters and seniors most of all, “for letting me be your servant for the past eight years.”

Door prize donors included, Amedisys Home Health Care, Heritage Ministries Senior Housing, RSVP, Accredited Care Home Care, Lakeshore Long Term Home Health Care, Lutheran Senior Housing, St. Vincent Home, Visiting Nurse Association, Chautauqua Opportunities, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Forestville Seniors, Golden Agers Lakewood/Busti, Dunkirk Senior Center, Mayville Seniors and Jamestown Meals on Wheels.

Chautauqua County Staff Donations included Office For the Aging, Social Services Fiscal Rainbow Fund, Marlene Orr-DHHR Dunkirk, County Law Dept. Mental Hygiene support staff, Social Services-Cost Avoidance Unit, Adult Protective Services-Mayville and CASA.