Holyoke Senior Fest draws some-more than 600 seniors and politicians along with a … – The Republican
August 20, 2014 - Picnic Time
HOLYOKE — Rita Desmarais, 93, pronounced that in sequence for a politicians operative a tables during a Senior Fest Tuesday (Aug. 19) to get her vote, they’d have to explain how they would repair a state Probation Department.
“The politicians, training about their platforms and what they’re going to do, a emanate now would have to be straightening out a Probation Department and get it so a jobs go to a rarely qualified. That’s important,” pronounced Desmarais, of Holyoke.
The 16th annual Senior Fest indoor cruise to applaud comparison adults went off with some-more than 600 dishes served during a Pope John Paul II Social Center, 67 St. Kolbe Drive. It was orderly by a city Parks and Recreation Department.
As in prior years, Desmarais’ comments prominence how many of a comparison adults were prepared to plea a politicians who group to a eventuality courting support from this constant voting block.
Desmarais referred to a political crime and clientele hearing in that Probation Department officials were found guilty final month.
State Rep. Donald R. Humason, R-Westield, and Democratic contenders for a 2nd Hampden-Hampshire state Senate seat, Patrick T. Leahy and Christopher Hopewell, chatted adult a crowd.
Also benefaction were a 4 Democrats using for Hampden County district attorney, Shawn Allyn, Hal Etkin, Brett Vottero and Anthony Gulluni.
“They wait in line to get in,” pronounced Henry Dziok, 88, of Holyoke, of a politicians. “That’s OK, it’s good to see them.”
Some possibilities like Humason leaned over tables to pronounce groups of seniors. Others like Hopewell greeted people during a door. Leahy walked around and shook hands with those he knew and introduced himself to others.
Some possibilities had aides clutching stacks of colorful handbills temperament hopefuls’ names and photos prepared to distribute.
Hopewell, Leahy and Allyn were among a possibilities and officials who stood in line to take on a purpose of smoothness person. This year’s Senior Fest had a record 175 raffle prizes, pronounced Teresa Shepard, Parks and Recreation Department director.
So as Mayor Alex B. Morse, a event’s master of ceremonies, review off a prizes and winning sheet numbers, any claimant and central in spin headed to where a comparison citizen was holding adult his or her arm to benefaction a winnings.
Local businesses were solicited to present prizes, that also came from possibilities and some of a 50 health-care vendors charity information during tables opposite a walls, Shepard said.
“Donated by Messier Funeral Home, we have a $30 present certificate to Stop Shop,” Morse said.
Other prizes were Springfield Symphony Orchestra tickets, floral arrangements, rounds of golf, tickets to a Eastern States Exposition “Big E” satisfactory subsequent month, a toaster oven, vodka and beer.
Besides a menu of hamburgers, cheese burgers, prohibited dogs, pasta salad, potato salad, baked beans and cookies, song was achieved by Senior Concert Band of Western Mass, a Pioneer Valley Chordsmen and a Barbershop Harmony Society.
“You can’t hear a song given there’s too most noise, though a prizes are good and we get lunch with it,” pronounced Marie Gomez, 87, of Holyoke.
“This is really nice. It’s a second time I’ve been….It’s a good possibility to see what they (the politicians) demeanour like,” she said.
Francis Murray, 85, has lived in Holyoke all his life.
“Except for when we was in a Army. Korea. It’s utterly a thing,” Murray pronounced about Senior Fest. “Quite interesting. we like when we see everybody get together and we see no disagreements. Everybody’s removing along. That’s a approach it should be. That’s a problem with a world.”
Shepard pronounced she wanted to appreciate a volunteers with a Holy Name Society, who baked a dishes and spotless adult after, and longtime volunteers Barbara Bresnahan and Jim Sheehan.
“Those dual have been with us given a beginning,” Shepard said.
The eventuality went from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for some, 3 hours of Senior Fest was plenty. As dual aged women walked solemnly out of a picnic, one pronounced to a other, “I consider I’ve seen adequate politicians for one day.”