Program offers food and fun for seniors

By DAISY MOON / Staff Writer

WESTOVER – On any given Wednesday, Westover Town Hall buzzes with talk of new grandbabies and family recipes.

Westover’s senior program meets every week at 10 a.m. for games, food and laughter. The group is made of women ages 55 and up.

In the midst of greeting her friends and setting up a table full of homemade goodies, volunteer program director Annette Tyler said the women are “a well-educated group with varied interests.”

Tyler, who is also the town’s librarian, helped start the program in November 2005.

The group, which usually consists of about a dozen ladies, participates in bingo, arts and crafts and tea parties. The occasional guest speaker comes, along with quartets offering entertainment.

Although the program is currently an all-female entity, men are welcome to join. The ladies found it amusing that no men presently attend the meetings.

“We ran all the men off!” Tyler said.

But their joking is all in good humor.

“We like to have fun. That’s what it’s all about,” said Tyler.

A couple of the ladies made the finishing touches on bags that will be used to hold their knitting supplies. The crafty bunch is set to begin knitting lessons during their next meeting.

So far, the ladies have only taken one trip – to the George Washington Museum in Columbiana. They are hoping for another outing in the near future.

The Senior Program received funding from the county last year to help with needed supplies. Many businesses and individuals donate game prizes and other activity-related essentials regularly