The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 24, 2013

Senior moment: Awards banquet brings recognition for summer games participants

Kelly Urban
kurban@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — And that’s a wrap on the 2013 Cambria County Senior Games.

Area seniors came together Tuesday at the Johnstown Senior Community Center on Main Street in downtown Johnstown to participate in an awards banquet that honored those who took part in the annual summer games.

Martha Slagy, regional manager of the Senior Activities Centers of Cambria County, said the summer games is part of a health-conscious initiative the state has in place that’s designed to promote physical activity among seniors.

“We held the games every Tuesday from June through September, and we did different events throughout the county,” she said.

About 128 seniors who frequent county centers and residents participated in a slew of events such as water walking, walking, basketball throw, bocce ball, darts, lawn darts, bean bag toss, softball throw, horseshoes, miniature golf, Wii bowling, and poker and pinochle tournaments.

“Socially this is wonderful, and it sparks competition within the centers and challenges individuals to take it to the next level,” Slagy said. “They (the seniors) don’t mess around and they take the games very seriously and look forward to it.”

Cambria County Commissioners Douglas Lengenfelder, Mark Wissinger and Thomas Chernisky, along with other county officials, were on hand to congratulate winners and distribute the medals and ribbons.

Carole Barrett of Carrolltown has been involved with the games for five years and said she enjoys it because it keeps her young.

“It gets you moving, and you get that competitive spirit,” she said.

This year, Barrett participated in Wii bowling, darts and softball throw and won a gold medal in poker.

“It’s fun to get together with everyone and meet new people,” she said. “More people should do it.”



Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.