One received a coffee maker, yet another a clock, as Cissy Lawrence called out the winners of door prizes during the grand reopening for the Trigg County Senior Citizens Center.
As she welcomed back the faces she hadn’t seen for 15 months, Lawrence, the facility’s director, said she was glad to see the seniors.
“It’s just good to see movement here again,” she said on Thursday. “It’s just good to see people hugging each other and socializing.”
At least 49 people attended the event last week at the center on Joy Lane, which also included a ribbon-cutting, comments from officials and lunch along with the door prizes.
Cadiz Mayor Todd King shared his thanks for Lawrence and her staff and for state officials for making the decision to re-open the centers.
“I know a lot of you have missed this place,” he told the crowd of well-wishers at the event.
Todd County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander congratulated Lawrence on the re-opening and said he was glad to be part of it.
“It’s a great day,” the judge said.
Lawrence recognized her staff, noting that they worked throughout the months of closure.
“They have worked their tails off,” she said. “I have the best staff you can ever imagine.”
Senior Eunice Fletcher said she’s glad the center is open again, and she said she looks forward to its food and fellowship.
The local facility, she noted, is the place to meet and greet people and just get out.
“It’s like a family reunion,” Debbie Holder said of the opportunity to be back at the center.
“This is a place for us to come to, (to) break the monotony of the day, a place to talk and laugh and be with each other,” she continued.
Lawrence said Thursday was the first day the senior center has been open since it closed in the wake of the coronavirus.
Its normal hours of operation have now resumed, with the facility open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The center is closed on weekends.
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