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Thursday, October 31, 2019
A Change in Name

A recent name change from Joyce Raye Patterson Senior Center to the Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center may have caught the attention of some residents wondering why the name change was considered. 

The age in which a person is considered a senior citizen varies depending upon the person or place. For most people, when they think of the age when a person becomes a senior citizen, they think of someone who is older than themselves. For example, most places that give senior discounts on food won’t give them to people until they are between 55-65 years of age. Eligibility for Medicare is 65 years old and Social Security is 62 years old. To become a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) a person must be over 50. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines senior citizen as “an elderly person especially: one who has retired.” 

The Joyce Raye Patterson Center is open to people aged 50 and older. Attendance for the 50-65 age group is the lowest age demographic at the center. One of the reasons this age group doesn’t participate in activities at the center was determined they don’t identify themselves as a senior. It was also discovered that some 65 and older residents also didn’t identify with being a senior. Some people even thought the center was an assisted living facility or a daycare center for those who were unable to take care of themselves. The reality is that the center is a vibrant facility with a variety of activities taking place every day. Given those reasons, it made sense to provide a name for the facility more closely representing what the facility provides including physical fitness, wellness and recreation.

If you are 50 and older, you are invited to visit the center, located at 100 South 10 th Street, to learn more about the opportunities available. All ages, however, are invited to come enjoy lunch at the center on Tuesdays-Fridays from 11am-12:30pm. Come explore and see what the Joyce Raye Patterson 50+ Activity Center has to offer.
Time to Fall Back

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 3, at 2am. Make sure to set your clocks back one hour and remember to replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Before heading out with your little ghosts and goblins tonight, the St. Joseph Health Department would like to share some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help ensure your children have a healthy and safe Halloween.

  • Give your child a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating as this will discourage them from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives to masks.
  • Avoid any long swords, canes or sticks as a costume accessory. Your child can easily be hurt by these accessories if he or she stumbles or trips.
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children. 
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on.
  • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
  • Never enter a home or car for a treat. Notify law enforcement authorities immediately about any suspicious or unlawful activity.
  • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, it can happen. 

Going Greener

In late June, the city contracted with a nearby landscaping company, Pine Valley Contracting, Inc. from Savannah, to complete the tree planting package associated with the overall Blacksnake Creek Stormwater Separation Improvement Project. By next summer... read more
A Night of Jazz

Join the USAF Band of Mid-America’s Shades of Blue jazz ensemble as they take the stage Friday, November 8, at 7:30pm, at the Missouri Theater. Admission is free and open to the public for this family-friendly, all-ages event. There are no reserved seats, but a ticket is required to attend. Call 271-4717 to reserve your tickets. The band features instrumental and vocal soloists, as well as compositions and arrangements by its own talented members. Shades of Blue is a jazz big band whose music inspires patriotism, connects communities with military service members and honors our country’s veterans.
(816) 271-5300