Story and Photos by Terry Duffy
In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, the Lewiston Senior Club at the Town of Lewiston Senior Center recently celebrated the birthdays of a number of 80- and 90-year-olds with a cake and testimonials given by local officials.
Organized by club member Paulette Glasgow, the program opened with recollections of noteworthy events that occurred worldwide in the years 1932 and 1942.
“Every day across the country we celebrate Older Americans Month. It is a time to honor those individuals who have made a difference in the community,” Glasgow said. “Each May, the Lewiston Senior Club holds a special event to celebrate the lives of our 80- and 90-year-old members who, through their time and wisdom, has made our community a much better and much stronger place. Today our special guests are going to be given a proclamation to your specialness. Like the lady for ‘Saturday Night Live’ says, ‘You’re special.’ ”
Soon after, representatives from the offices of New York State Sen. Robert Ortt and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello joined with town supervisors Steve Broderick of Lewiston and John “Duffy” Johnston of Porter to offer their congratulations and remarks to the special seniors. The guests included Shirley Amacher, Kathy Banks, Gladie Schellander, Helen C. Clark, Dolores Gamble, Felicia Loor, Richard Remmele and Emily Walker.
The honored guests are pictured with the two town supervisors, Glasgow and Lewiston Senior Center staffers for a group photo before they enjoyed cake.