Senior Center News


New Staff Joins the Bath Community Senior Center

After nearly four months of posting employment ads for a Director at the Bath Community Senior Center (BCSC) with little to no response, Chief Administrative Officer Jenn Chestnut struck gold when Alicia Wrights submitted her interest in the position. After an interview was conducted with Jenn, Interim Director Nancy Johnson, BCSC Local Council Chairwoman Mary Susan Blankenship, and BCSC Local Council member and VPAS Board director PY Henry on March 10, it was obvious Alicia was the perfect match for the position.

Alicia has years of diverse experience with older adults including working as a Home Care Aide and Home Care Manager, Medical Records Director, Human Resources Manager, and most recently as Office Assistant at the Bath County Chamber of Commerce.

Alicia will join BCSC in her new role effective April 3.

Recruitment for a new BCSC Van Driver, after former Van Driver Hap Darragh left his position in February, also led to Jenn striking another pot of gold when Kathy Boguess submitted her interest in the position. Like Alicia, after Jenn, Nancy, Mary Susan, and PY interviewed Kathy, it was obvious another perfect match was made.

Kathy has years of experience working as an Office Manager and Customer Service representative, and has tremendous passion for working with older adults.

Kathy will join BCSC in her new role effective March 31.

Enormous thanks are extended to Nancy Johnson who has served in the Interim Director role for the past four months. Without her commitment and support over the past four months, BCSC’s doors would not have remained open; she truly is a shining star. And thanks are also extended to Highland Service Coordinator Harmony Leonard who has served more recently in the Interim Director role one day a week, and to Mary Susan and PY for their ongoing support over the past four months.

Alicia and Kathy are the perfect match for their respective positions and VPAS could not be more thrilled with the new team at BCSC. Exciting changes are in store at BCSC with this dynamic duo!!!





Bali: A Land of Beauty

second wind programA slide show to ignite your wanderlust. Annette Naber presents pictures from her three-week trip to Bali covering three different parts of this Indonesian island.

Light refreshments will be served.  RSVP to 540-468-2178.

Sunday, March 30, 2014,  3-4:30 pm

Highland County Public Library, Monterey, Va.





Senior Sweetheart Luncheon at Highland Center

Senior Sweetheart Luncheon at Highland Center

Food.  Fun.  Fellowship.

February 12, 2014
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Highland Center
Monterey, Virginia

Cost : $2.50  Cost includes hot lunch, dessert and drink.

Please R.S.V.P. by February 10th to Gaynelle Siron 540-468-1975 or Harmony Leonard 540-468-2178.





Ghost Stories in Highland

Ghost Story TellersTwo nights before Halloween, there was a gathering of five talented story tellers sharing spooky tales to all who dared attend.  The room at the library was dimly lit and ghosts and goblins lurked in every corner as rats ran up the walls.

This was one of the most enjoyable programs Highland Second Wind has offered this whole year.





Old Fashioned Lawn Party in Highland

Lawn PartyHands and Harvest weekend in Monterey was Oct. 11-13 and this was the second annual “Old Fashioned Lawn Party” fund raiser for Highland Second Wind and Highland Senior Services.

The beautiful home and farm of Tim and Terry Duff was the perfect setting for the fun, food, games, held from 11am-4pm on Saturday the 12th.  Sheriff Tim Duff enlisted volunteers to help with the apple butter making that went on all day, while others helped at the fishing pond, corn hole games, hay wagon rides, and silent auction.

The Valley Program for Aging Services transportation van shuttled people from Monterey to the farm and back all day; riders were entertained with a “historical” narration by volunteer John Deehan while en route.

Each year the silent auction is very popular and this year, along with other donations, raised over $900.





Benefit Pancake Dinner for Highland Second Wind

Pancake DinnerOn Saturday, Oct. 5, volunteers for Highland Second Wind joined members of Stonewall Ruritan Club to host a pancake dinner to benefit Meals on Wheels in Highland County.  Preparations began in the afternoon to offer pancakes, sausage, and sausage gravy to a steady stream of diners.

By 8:30pm, with the last pots scrubbed, the crew was tired but all agreed it was fun and successful with $1,000 raised for Highland County Meals on Wheels.






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