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Senior Services carnival a rousing success

June 28, 2013
Kayla VanDyne - Staff Writer , Times Leader

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - The Senior Services division of Belmont County Job & Family Services hosted a senior carnival for the 10 county senior centers and their members.

The Belmont County circus included entertainment, food and carnival games.

There were booths set up for the seniors to visit as well as cotton candy, pop corn and other refreshments for the seniors to enjoy. The idea for the circus came from the staff at Senior Services.

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"The idea came from my staff, they sat down, particularly Lori Bittengle it was her idea and she took it and said I want to do (a circus) this year," said Dwyane Pielech the outgoing director of Belmont County Job and Family Services. "Last year at Centerville, we did a day at the races, which was very successful.

"I think we had 70 seniors this year we will have well over 250 seniors participating, largely because of Lori Bittengle and what she has done."

Every senior won a door prize and all because of private sponsorship it would not be possible without that sponsorship.

"We have day to day activities in all 10 centers and the centers do a great job of partnering with each other on a variety of weekly activities and at least once a year we try to pick a community event where we could have all the centers together and invite other seniors from around Belmont County to participate, kind of show case what the senior centers are all about and the seniors services program is about," Pielech said.

"We have lunch provided by the senior service staff, the meal program and this is all possible because of the involvement of the seniors and the seniors centers as well as the 40 sponsors that are private companies around Belmont County that in one way or another offer services on a day to day bases to the seniors of Belmont County."

This event is one of two annually that involve members from all 10 county senior centers for a county-wide event. There is similar event held annually in the fall.

 
 

 

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