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April 30, 2014

Party time for seniors

Senior Celebration turns 20 this year in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — It will be an emerald-green scene at the 20th anniversary of the Senior Celebration at the Senior Center on Friday.

It’s an opportunity for seniors to come and enjoy the day,” said Julie Stalker, senior outreach director at the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity.

“There’s music. There’s lunch. We do a very special area for seniors 90 and older. They receive a gift, and they receive a corsage.”

Visionaries who started the annual event will be honored. They include Kathleen Hazel, Nancy Maynard, Jan Dean, Betty Rabideau and Tammy Kemp.

Kemp, who is director of the Clinton County Home Delivered Meals Program, said Maynard had seen a similar event in another county, called a Seniorama, and introduced the idea to Kay Felty at the Office for the Aging.

“It was her brains, and so she solicited a couple of other people in the community,” Kemp said. “And so, they worked together and started the Senior Celebration 20 years ago.”

Kemp was involved with the original five or six Senior Celebrations.

“I did a lot of legwork behind the scene,” she said.

The event offers seniors a chance to see old friends and gain information.

“And see what services are out there for them or for the public to see what’s out there for their aged parents,” Kemp said. “It’s a fun-filled day with music, awards and a nice meal.”

The event is open to the public.

“Anyone can come to learn about services,” Kemp said.

Awards will be given to Business of the Year and Agency of the Year.

The doors open at 8:20 a.m.

“There will be 34 vendors (including CVPH Diabetes Center, home-health agency HCR and YMCA) in the room that provide a service or information for seniors,” said Patti Rauch, program director at the Senior Center. “They will be available all day long.”

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