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Highland Square West Akron Seniors share in fun

5/2/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

From left, Bob Montgomery, Pat Haddid, Kathleen Markovich and Marilyn Montgomery are shown during a previous summer picnic hosted by the Highland Square West Akron Seniors.
Highland Square West Akron Seniors President Bill Marshall is shown as he handles the grill for the group’s annual picnic.
Photos courtesy of Carol Wilson
WEST AKRON — From card parties and potlucks to trolley tours and bingo, members of the Highland Square West Akron Seniors find fun together.

President Bill Marshall, a West Akron resident, said he’s been part of the group for about 13 years.

“We have some fine people here,” he said.

The group began meeting many years ago in the Highland Square area. In 1994, meetings moved to the Balch Street Community Center. The group has met at the Northwest Family Recreation Center (NFRC) since it opened in 2002, according to center supervisor Joanne Breiding.

Marshall, 70, said the group meets the first Wednesday of the month at the recreation center, 1730 Shatto Ave., at noon. Each meeting is a potluck lunch. Those who don’t bring a dish to share can pay $5 instead.

The meetings feature social time and a program that can include entertainment or a speaker.

This year, Marshall said the group has welcomed a naturalist from Metro Parks, Serving Summit County and Cynthia Sich from the Summit County Office of Consumer Affairs.

Special events planned for this year include the annual picnic around the Fourth of July and catered lunch events for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The group also hosts bingo on the third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. at the NFRC.

Longtime member Carol Wilson, of West Akron, said she serves as the hospitality chair for the group.

“It’s just fun being around people,” she said. “We have a good time.”

Members have also enjoyed activities such as Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad trips and tea parties, Wilson said.

In addition, the group gives back through charitable giving. Wilson said members usually donate at the end of the year to a charity. This past Easter, Wilson said the group donated baskets to Summit County Children Services.

Marshall said there are about 45 current active members in the group who range in age from 60s to 90s. The group is open to anyone 50 and older, he added.

New members are always welcome, Marshall said. The next meeting will take place June 5. Dues are $12 a year and are prorated for those who join after the first of the year. For more information, call Marshall at 330-864-7403.

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