Laughs and food at annual senior meeting

B y Jaime Thomas

Seniors from all over Washington County gathered in Hartford on Friday to mingle, eat, learn and laugh.

For their fall all-county meeting, about 150 members of the county’s senior groups met at the Hartford firehouse mid-morning to start the luncheon off with coffee and doughnuts. Then, everyone settled in for two speakers.

Tyler Whitney, of Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc., started off by telling the group about transportation services available for seniors.

“We live in a rural area, so to meet transportation needs can be challenging,” said Gina Cantanucci-Mitchell, director of Washington County Office for the Aging.

Then Stuart Kaufman, an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, held many attendees’ attention with a presentation about legal services. Through the Washington County Office for the Aging, his organization offers free or very low donation consultations.

Kaufman explained to the seniors the importance of having a will.

“You want to give your assets to your loved ones once you pass away,” he explained, and creating a will is the best way to ensure that. He also discussed health care proxies and power of attorney, and he gave out important tidbits to keep in mind.

A safety deposit box, for example, is not the best place to store a will, because a loved one might not be allowed to access those contents until it’s too late. Kaufman also announced a health insurance exposition that will be held at the office for the aging on Oct. 17 from noon to 5 p.m.

Following the talks, various seniors helped county employees deliver lunch to the various groups. The meal consisted of turkey, potatoes and gravy, squash and a roll, with pumpkin pie for dessert.

Once everyone was full, it was time for the entertainment.

Marlene Moshier delivered a stand-up comedy routine as Gert Newton, a fashion model and consultant. Dressed in an outlandish outfit, Moshier had the group laughing non-stop as she told jokes and introduced other “models” to the crowd.

Each outfit on display was a pun, with such props as actual bottle caps on a ‘cap-sleeved shirt’ and prescription medication containers on top of a ‘pill-box hat.’ Perhaps the most popular getup, though, was a double-breasted suit.

Soon after the skit, the winners of the 50/50 raffle were announced, door prizes were handed out and the luncheon finished.

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