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Whitehall Senior Socials to put winter in its place

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Stop by for a pasta lunch with friends, learn about the latest goings-on for area senior citizens and play a game of bingo for prizes.

Senior Socials are coming to Whitehall this month, with a chance for the municipality's older population to get together for a meal, conversation and game time, organized by the recreation department.

“It's been a dreadful winter, and I'm sure everyone is anxious to be social and get out,” Whitehall Recreation Director Kelly Joyce said.

The new program starts on March 27 and will be held the last Thursday of every month — excluding June, July and August in the Whitehall Community Room.

Each month, a program sponsor will provide lunch from a Whitehall restaurant or business, then give a talk to senior citizens about programs or services offered in the area.

The Whitehall Public Library holds many programs for senior citizens. The borough's recreation department, however, has geared most of its programs toward families and children.

“If there's one area that we've been lacking, it's probably with the seniors,” Joyce said. “They're very active in the community.”

Councilman Ryan Barton, who is council's representative to the recreation board, sought out sponsors to help offset the program's costs.

“I saw this as an opportunity,” Barton said. “This is a great way to show everybody in the community that we don't have to spend money to offer these types of services.”

Sponsors include the John F. Slater Funeral Home in Brentwood, Barton and three state legislators, Reps. Bill Kortz, D-Dravosburg, and Harry Readshaw, D-Carrick, and Sen. Matt Smith, D-Mt. Lebanon.

While many sponsors so far are politicians businesses, Joyce said, they will educate attendees about services offered for their age group in the area.

The first program has 47 people registered so far, and there is no required age to attend.

“We're not going to card at the door, I promise,” Joyce said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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