NEWBERRY

It's Mondays with the town's seniors


The antique tractor parade is a highlight of the annual toy tractor show, sponsored by the Lions Club. This year's show is Feb. 7.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 15, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 11:53 p.m.

Newberry City Commissioner Lois Forte saw a need in her community five years ago while campaigning for office.

As she talked with residents, she realized that senior citizens lacked activities and a place to meet and socialize.

With the support of the rest of the commission, Forte set about to rectify that situation after her election. Every Monday, the Newberry Municipal Building is filled with senior citizens who come for a few hours of socializing, Bingo playing and eating.

The program receives funds from the city and private donations from area businesses and others, including Forte.

"I saw a need and thought it would be great," said Forte. "We're just one big happy family."

Forte oversees the activities and the city provides participants a meal of sandwiches and drinks. Elaine Brown has volunteered with Forte during the last five years.

"I like to work with people," said Brown. "And they love it. Nothing keeps them away."

She is right. On Monday, with temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, more than 30 seniors arrived to play Bingo.

"I don't care whether I win or not," said senior Lahoma Ayers. "I just love the fellowship and camaraderie."

Farm Toy Show set for February

The Newberry Lions Club is gearing up for its annual Farm Toy Show at Oak View Middle School scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 7.

Vendors from around the country come to this popular event to show and sell their wares. One of the highlights of the day will be an Antique Tractor Parade at noon.

The event, which includes food and a bake sale, is a major fund-raiser for the Lions Club.

At the event, Oak View students will have an art show on display and Friends of Dudley Farm, a restored historic farm in Newberry, will also display information on the area's history.

Patricia C. Behnke can be reached at pcbwrites@aol.com or (352) 222-2508.

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