The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 24, 2013

Seniors picnic at fairgrounds

By WARREN DILLAWAY - warren@starbeacon.com
Staff Writer

JEFFERSON — Government leaders, social service organizations and safety personnel all helped make the Ashtabula All County Senior Picnic a reality Friday at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds.

More than 170 people attended the picnic and enjoyed a variety of speakers, food and entertainment.

Nancy Vilar, of Pierpont Township, got her blood pressure checked by Keith Stewart, an emergency medical technician for the Jefferson Rescue Squad.

She said she came to the event for a free lunch and good lucking men.

A variety of local and regional politicians spoke to the senior citizens.

“We are always happy to be here. Thanks for inviting us,” said Ashtabula County Commissioner Peggy Carlo.

Christen Britton, assistant program manager for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, gave a brief talk asking senior citizens to consider volunteering in their community.

“It is volunteering on your own and getting fulfillment out of it,” Britton said. She said the organization tries to partner volunteers with organizations in need of help.

Britton said volunteers can work in areas where they have vocational experience or try something new and different.

The picnic has been held annually for at least 20 years said Rosemary Perkoski, who works with senior citizens through Community Action.

Perkoski organized the event with Lisa Bruckman, program director for the Ashtabula County Senior Center.

“The seniors are the backbone of our community,” Perkoski said. She said the picnic is a special time for senior citizens to just have fun and hang out together.