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Centerville prepping for day at the races

May 22, 2012
By MIKE?HUGHES - Prime Times , Times Leader

CENTERVILLE - A quick look at the senior center calendar for Belmont County will dislay just how active each county senior center is in offering activities for its members potential members throughout the area.

A few times a year, the various centers get together to put on a larger gathering, encompassing all county centers in a cooperative function.

This time around, taking the upcoming Kentucky Derby into account, an afternoon at the races, of sorts, is being held.

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DIRECTORS?FROM the various senior centers in Belmont County gathered at the Bellaire Senior Center on Tuesday afternoon for a planning meeting. They also discussed the upcoming Belmont Derby day at the races at the Centerville Senior Center. Front row, from left, are: Karen Titonis, Bellaire Senior Center; Linda Wells, Barnesville Senior Center and Sue Hines, Bethesda Senior Center. Back row, from left, are: Shirley Jo Case, Colerain Senior Center, Daisy Braun, St. Clairsville Senior Center; Linda Sadowski, Martins Ferry Senior Center; Mike McBride, Powhatan Point Senior Center; Tish Kinney, Flushing Senior Center and Lori Bittengle, Senior Services of Belmont County.

Senior Services of Belmont County is putting on an afternoon at the races, the Belmont Derby at the Centerville Downs on Friday, May 18 at the Centerville Senior Center.

The event is open to all senior citizens in Belmont County and all of the county's senior centers are involved.

Action runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with lunch being served at 11:30 a.m. and the races set to begin at noon.

Donations are accepted and appreciated.

"One of our center directors came up with the idea and came up with the idea to have a night at the races-style event," Senior Services of Belmont County's Lori Bittengle said. "We'll have a parade and the ladies will be wearing their hats."

The event won't be simulcast but a video will be played.

Bittengle said each center has its own horse to run and the center members gave names to their horse.

Billy Marinacci, a employee with Belmont County Job & Family Services, will serve as the race announcer. There will be door prizes and winners from the four races will receive play money that can be turned in for raffle tickets for the various prizes.

There will also be a prize for best hat.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP by May 9 by calling your respective senior center.

For more information, call (740) 695-4142.



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