Senior Social puts winter in its place

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:03 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 borough's 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 — from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in the Whitehall Community Room, 100 Borough Park Drive.

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

Registration is required at www. or by calling Joyce at 412-334-5646. A $5 fee will be charged at the door.

The Whitehall Public Library holds many programs for senior citizens. However, the borough's recreation department 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 and businesses, Joyce said, they will educate attendees about services offered for their age group in the area. “I don't like to think or it as a political thing, but more as an educational thing,” Joyce said.

The first program has 47 people registered so far. While the events will be focused toward senior citizens, there is no required age to attend.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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