FLUSHING For a while, the members of the Bethesda and Flushing Senior Centers in Belmont County had to share the services of director Sue Hines.
Hines performs an excellent job but dividing her time between the two centers meant she wasn't able to provide each the full attention it required.
That's no longer the case. Hines' permanent home is now in Bethesda as the Belmont County Department of Job & Family Services recently hired a full-time director for the Flushing center.
TISH?KINNEY recently took over as the director of the Flushing Senior Center.
That director is Bellaire's Tish Kinney.
Kinney, who like many in the area was affected by the economic downturn, was laid off from her job during the summer.
So when hired by JFS, she walked through the front door that first day as a ball of enthusiasm, ready to meet this new challenge head on.
Happy to finally have their own director at their disposal full time, the members of the Flushing center equaled her enthusiasm accordingly and then some.
"Friday we went to the fish market. Monday it was the track. Today, we're going to Mehlman's," Kinney said. "The members here are great. They walk in with a smile on their face and they are happy to see you. They have so much energy.
"They want to go, go, go."
Kinney noted she's already needed to request a second van from JFS for trips as the center members are rearing to get out and about.
The new director loves the involvement she's seen so far but noted she's hoping for even more.
"I'd love to get even more people to come to the center," Kinney said. "I told everyone to bring me names and numbers and I'll be happy to introduce myself, invite more people down and get them in here.
"There more the merrier. There is always room for more."
Kinney is working with the members to see what new activities and events can be planned at Flushing.
They've already got the Silver Sneakers exercise program lined up for the first and third Fridays of the month. There are now also monthly county-wide line dancing events being hosted by the Centerville Senior Center that the Flushing members will be participating in.
Kinney figures on being able to add more and varying activities to the events' calendar. She's certainly up for looking forward to the challenge.
"I love, love, love my job," Kinney said. "These people are great to work with.
"I love coming here."
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