Spring Hill Church Hosts Senior Dinner
By Pete Hardenstine
For 26 years the Spring Hill United Methodist Church has welcomed residents of area personal care homes for a day of good food and entertainment.
On Thursday, Oct. 13, the tradition continued, albeit a month later than expected, as folks from the Tunkhannock Manor, Wyalusing Personal Care Home, Towanda Memorial Skilled Nursing Unit and Towanda Memorial Personal Care Home gathered to enjoy a chicken and biscuit dinner and entertainment by Deano’s Band.
The dinner was originally scheduled for Sept. 8, but the flooding that struck the area that week forced the event to be postponed a month.
Aileen Learn, who helped organize the first dinner for just the Tunkhannock Manor, said there was a demand to reschedule the event by the home residents.
“When I called Tunkhannock to tell them we had rescheduled, they said, ‘Thank God! They’ve been asking everyday if you were going to have it,’” Learn said.
Learn noted that every year when the visitors are reloading the buses for the trip back to their facilities, she is frequently asked if they are going to ask them back the following year.
“It’s nice they do this,” said Flossie Knolles, a resident of the Wyalusing Personal Care facility.
Penney Rahm, minister of the Spring Hill congregation, had nothing but praise for the organizers of the event.
“This is a great thing they do here,” Rahm said. “This is the most generous ministry I’ve ever had.”
The residents all seemed to enjoy the event, including the dinner, desserts, the door prizes that were handed out and the music.
Some of the residents got up to dance to the music, including Towanda Personal Care resident Sheldon Clark, who cut the rug with Lucy Forth from the Spring Hill UMW.
After the dance, Ginny Mathis, a Spring Hill church member who acted as emcee for the event, told Sheldon there were lots of women willing to dance with him.
“I can only handle one at a time,” Clark quipped back.