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Senior citizens center opens in Havana

The Havana area now has a new Senior Center that has recently opened. Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners invited seniors to come out for a “Come And Grow With Us” event held at their Carver Heights Senior Citizens Center.

There was a program emceed by Gadsden County Executive Director of ElderlyAffairs, Latoya Fryson, followed by food, music, and socializing.

The program began with a prayer from Pastor Julius Harris. 

Senior, Barbara “Queen B” Lewis, had the entire building laughing with her stand-up comedy. Former School Board member, Audrey Lewis, was the keynote speaker.

There were also a few senior testimonials by Mary Johnson-Conyers and Phylis Robinson, in addition to Linda Clemons and Derrias Brundidge serenading everyone with solos.

The program concluded with closing remarks from community leaders, including Gadsden County Commissioners Alonzetta Simpkins and Eric Hinson, Assistant County Administrator Georgette Daniels, Sheriff Morris A. Young, and former Gadsden County Commissioner Dr. Anthony Viegbesie.

“I invite all senior citizens in the area to come by the center and see what we have to offer. We have a lot of fun and we’re open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.,” said Clarissa Davis, the center’s coordinator.

For years, there were only two centers for Gadsden’s 12,000 or more senior citizens–one in Chattahoochee and one in Quincy.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our seniors to become involved in senior-life activities, collaborate, fellowship, and gain access to resources that improve quality of life,” Commissioner Hinson said. “I look forward to the BOCC’s efforts in continuing its support of seniors in Havana, Midway and all of the Gadsden County Community.”

The Carver Heights Senior Citizens Center is located at 705 4 th Street SW in Havana.

Chris Daniels – Gadsden County News Service