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Halloween not just for kids, but the young at heart

Editor’s note: This letter from Florence Williams covers a subject of interest to many readers and is accompanied by photos taken by Gene Edson (Photos of many entries appear in the print edition of the Nov. 7 Richmond News). The focus is the recent Eagleton Center Halloween costume contest and parties for both the seniors who regularly visit Eagleton and the center’s special guests with disabilities from the Ray County Board of Services.

To the Editor:

Halloween has always been such a fun time, young and old alike.
The past week has been so exceptional. On Tuesday, Pat Mills, director of the Ray County Senior Center, hosted a Halloween party for her “kids” with disabilities from the Ray County Board of Services who are regulars (at Eagleton) on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Each one dressed up in costumes and each one received a donated prize from Walmart for their outstanding costumes.
There was music playing and people were dancing and having fun. Pat had a table full of punch, dip and chips for all to enjoy, including the seniors. Such a fun day.
Then on Halloween, Pat hosted a costume dress-up day for the seniors themselves. There were many in costume, and even in our Golden Years, imaginations ran high.
Top winners were Gene Edson, first place; Wendell Hendrix, second; and Forest Shanner, third.
At the carry-in lunch, again, Pat prepared a table of punch, chips, dips and  her own homemade chili and hot dogs. The

Gene Edson placed first in the Eagleton Center seniors' costume contest.

Gene Edson placed first in the Eagleton Center seniors’ costume contest.

lady is an angel.
Please thank her for all the extra things she does to help the Ray County Senior Center.
Our monthly music jam also takes place at the Eagleton, the fourth Saturday of the month. We had announced, however, that our November and December jams would have to be cancelled because we didn’t have anyone to run the concession stand, only to have Ray County Museum Director Linda Emley to step forward and volunteer to serve as the concessions host.
So we can carry on with our monthly jam.
Not only were there ghosts and goblins out, but love shown. The people of the community and outlying areas were so glad to be able to count on the music jam at our regular time each month.
Thank you Linda Emley and Allen Dale, who cooks our hamburgers and hot dogs, for stepping forward to help out.
Those of you who have not made it out to the music jam at the Eagleton, you are missing an evening of fellowship, love shown and hearing a great bunch of musicians who come each month to share their talent and bring happiness to so many, many people.
There’s no charge to get in, but we do accept donations to help Ray County Senior Center continue to offer its many fine services.
The next jam will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 23. Hope to see you there!

– Florence Williams, co-coordinator of the music jam at the Eagleton Center

(See additional Halloween costume photos on page 20)

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