Cyndi Riley recently joined the staff at the Lewis County Senior Center as the activities coordinator, and has already implemented new programs at the facility.
In addition to a biking club, photography classes and upcoming classes on bird watching, Riley has other plans still in the works.
Local artisans' work will be featured periodically in the Creative Arts Corner. Larry Ransinger will be the first featured artist in this new program. His photographs will be on display and open to the public beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the senior center.
Trips to the Gandy Dancers Theater in Elkins and a spring trip to New York City are currently being planned for seniors.
Riley has lived in the area since 1989 and has been involved with various endeavors. She is originally from the Sugar Creek, Ohio, area, the heart of Amish Country.
She has been sharing with the staff and patrons at the senior center with her award-winning Dutch Apple pie, which won Best of Show at the West Virginia Pie Contest.
When asked what her vision or goals were for her role at the senior center, Riley said she wants to enhance what is already there.
"This is such a dynamic, active center with so much going on," Riley said. "I would like to put a spotlight on the center and invite others to come and have a look to see what we are all about."
Riley says one of the biggest surprises at the senior center is there isn't an elderly person there.
"Everyone is so active and seems much younger than their years," Riley said. "It is energizing and interesting to come to work each day."