MOUNTAIN VIEW - On Sept. 17, the Association of Senior Citizens, in conjunction with the Office for the Aging and Public Transportation, held its second annual Fall Festival at 4-H Camp Overlook.
Well over 250 seniors from across Franklin County enjoyed games, music, entertainment and a picnic prepared by the adult center's kitchen staff.
Vendors joined in and provided information and assistance to the seniors. This group included the OFA, Ombudsman Program, United Health Care, Pre-planned Funeral Care and the North Country Animal Shelter, which promoted its new program of "Providing Cats to Senior Citizens." Franklin County Public Transportation was also present to sell bus passes and answer questions regarding bus routes.
County legislators in attendance were Tim Lashomb, Billy Jones, Gordon Crossman and Suzanne Robideau, and Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill, who were present to honor the seniors.
Suzanne Robideau and her Cloggers provided music and entertainment, which were major highlights; combined with the efforts of seniors who represented all eight adult centers, along with the Lake Clear seniors and the Malone Golden Age, all of which actively participated to provide the best in comfort, good food and fun!
Patricia Manchester, Association board president, presented a plaque to Marcel and Nonie Webb in honor of their years of service, dedication and commitment on Association's Board of Directors.
Susan Schrader, director, extended a heartfelt thank you to the entertainers, the legislators, the board of directors of the association, OFA staff, the Cornell Cooperative Extension; Glazier's, for their donation of hot dogs and hamburgers; Bimbo, for providing the rolls; and the association cooks and kitchen staff, who provided the incredible meal. Susan also directed her appreciation to the association office staff, adult center coordinators and volunteers for their help in planning and executing this year's successful Fall Festival.
Schrader also extended a warm note of praise to the many seniors throughout the Franklin County area, stating that because of the Association's connection with its seniors.
Schrader thanked everyone for their overwhelming support of this year's benefit, "Change the World, One Good Deed at a Time," which brought in an enormous amount and variety of canned goods. The response was so great, that the Association plans to make this a Fall Festival Tradition.
Schrader added that this project came about specifically in remembrance of the 9/11 victims, heroes and volunteers by pledging to perform just one good deed, of any nature, to help others in need. To learn more, visit GoodDeed.org for further information.
In a final note, Schrader announced that the Association's website is now up to date; and area seniors can now view the Association's programs, with detailed information, and listings of upcoming events posted periodically at frankinseniors.org.