‘Laughter is the best medicine.”
That saying rang true at Thursday morning’s Easter celebration for seniors in the auditorium of the Edgecombe Country Administrative Building.
“I love to laugh. It made me feel good. It gives you energy,” said Lorelle Edwards of Tarboro. She participated in the “laughter yoga” exercise led by Gloria Sain, recreational services director at GoldenLiving Center.
“How long has it been since you actually enjoyed childlike playfulness?” Sain asked the seniors. That “childlike playfulness” on Thursday morning manifested itself in the seniors’ clapping their hands, exclaiming “Yay!” and raising their hands in the air, and practicing an “Alo-ha-ha-ha!” belly laugh.
Rev. Thomas Jones of St. James Temple Missionary Baptist Church, president of the seniors’ monthly unity breakfast, also appreciated the laughter yoga.
“I love to exercise,” he said. “You’re teaching something to the elderly that is going to help them enjoy life more.”
Sain listed all the benefits of laughter, among them stress relief, relief from anxiety and depression, and boosting the immune system.
“I needed that. It just released a lot of things,” said Roberta J. Mercer of Speed, regarding the laughter yoga. “I’ll go back as a different person…on the better side.”
Among the other “feel good” experiences the seniors had at the Easter program were winning items in a raffle, playing musical chairs, singing Easter hymns – “Because He Lives” and “He Arose,” eating brightly-decorated cupcakes, and receiving recognition.
“You, seniors, we salute you on this morning, because without you, there wouldn’t be an us,” said Marva Scott, director of the Department of Social Services (DSS). Scott got the idea for the Easter celebration for seniors after a similar program in Columbus County and has coordinated the local celebration ever since.
“Our senior citizens have made a great contribution to this county and this is just a time to recognize them, and what better time than when we celebrate the resurrection of Christ?” said Scott.
Shawn Watson, guardianship case manager on the adult services unit for DSS, explained to the seniors that the cross is a Christians symbol of Jesus’ death on the cross and new life through his resurrection from the tomb. She also shared that Easter bunnies and Easter eggs both are signs of “new life,” which the spring season brings.
Patricia Foreman of Tarboro called Thursday’s program “very inspiring” and said she loved the interaction with other seniors.
“When you get to a certain age, you don’t get out too much, so it’s a time to enjoy fellowship,” Foreman said.
Julius and Christine Lloyd of Speed left Thursday’s program with smiles on their faces.
“I’d give it a perfect score,” Julius said. “We enjoyed it.”
“I think it made them feel special,” Jones said, of the Easter celebration.
‘Laughter is the best medicine.”
Carlos Vivas takes a close look at a grave marker in the Community Cemetery in Princeville. Vivas along with several other volunteers meet Saturday in an effort to discuss methods of restoring the cemetery back to perpetual condition.
PRINCEVILLE — The volunteers who met Saturday to discuss cleaning the cemeteries on N.C. Highway 111 agreed that the task at hand is monumental.
Headed by Princeville native Milton Bullock, approximately a dozen volunteers exchanged ideas on how to turn the cemeteries from the overgrown weeded trash strewn graveyard, into a perpetual garden.
"I was told that it is in the worst shape that it has ever been in," Bullock said. "In many places, grass has covered markers. We have our work cut out for us, but with the help of God and all the partners pulling together, we will turn this cemetery."
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A landscaping project at the traffic circle on North Main Street is an effort to improve America in Bloom judges' impression of the Town of Tarboro on their visit to town next month.
America in Bloom judges’ visit Tarboro next month
Tarboro’s America in Bloom (AIB) steering committee is gearing up for the AIB judges’ visit to town next month. AIB is a national non-profit organization that promotes “beautification through education and community involvement.”
“Please join us as Tarboro prepares for the visit of national AIB judges on June 17 and 18,” said AIB co-chair Connie Sherrill in a competition planning update. “Help us bring out the beauty of our exceptional town.”
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Former SouthWest Edgecombe football coach Raymond Cobb, left, and former baseball standout and coach, Bruce Rhodes, were inducted into the Cougars Hall of Fame Monday night.
Cobb, Rhodes inducted in Cougars Hall of Fame
PINETOPS – The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars athletic department inducted two legendary coaches into their Hall of Fame Monday night. Former football coach Raymond Cobb and former baseball coach Bruce Rhodes were the recipients of the awards.
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My 13 years have been lucky
It was 13 years Sunday that a drought was broken in Big Spring, Texas, After that, we ate Mexican for dinner with a gathering of family and friends.
The next day, a Saturday, Stephanie and I joined one another in marriage under a beautiful little gazebo by Comanche Trail Lake, fed by the historic spring from which the community draws its name.
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Brittney Joyce Corbett and Kenneth Robert Chasse, Jr. were united in marriage on April 6th, 2013, at 5:30pm at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Carrol Bradbury officiated the ceremony.
The Rehearsal Dinner was hosted by Shirley and Donald Foreman, Grandparents of the Groom and also Elisha and Kenneth Chasse, Parents of the Groom, at Pizza Inn in Rocky Mount.
The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Durwood Corbett of Macclesfield, NC. The Groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Robert Leonel Chasse, Sr. of Pinetops, NC.
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Edgecombe Events May 23
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Edgecombe Garden Club honors members
The Edgecombe Garden Club met May 1 for their noon luncheon at the Fountains of the Albemarle. After President Pauline Nicolosi greeted everyone, Sandra Joyner, Devotion Chairman, read “Torch” which was about our tongues torching good or evil.
Hostess Barbara Getzug described her specially designed flower arrangement of mock orange, snowball, purple columbine, and many varieties of roses. President Pauline, Hostesses Gloria Wall and Louise Fleming did the table arrangements. They contained wiegelia, azalea, ivy, mock orange, and ligustrum.
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