Kay Driscoll, manager of the Flushing Senior Center for the past year, is the new manager of the Barnesville Senior Center. She succeeds Linda Wells, who recently retired following a long period of hospitalization beginning last September.

Driscoll started with the Senior Services agency in transportation in 2015, right here in Barnesville.

The driver’s position was open for a while before she applied for the job.

I said, "okay what the problem with Barnesville," Driscoll recently said. "I heard it’s ‘too far out’".

She really enjoyed her time in the community. She was a driver for nine months before the center director’s job opened at Flushing. She applied and was selected.

When the Barnesville director’s job was posted, she jumped at it.

One of the things Driscoll likes about the center director position is working with people one-on-one and dealing with people in general.

She related her experience with one senior at the Flushing Center who was a "real sweetheart". Experiencing early stages of dementia, Kay became her special friend and companion during senior center sponsored day trips.

"You can learn so much from senior citizens," Driscoll beamed. "Often, they are under appreciated, but they have so much to offer".

The Neffs resident eventually plans to move to the Barnesville area. That’s one of the reasons she took the job.

Prior to working for the senior centers, Driscoll drove school bus for St. Clairsville for four years and was a hairdresser for 30 years in Bellaire.

Driscoll’s family consists of husband, Rodney, who works at Sledds in Wheeling; son Eric, a local Union carpenter supervisor, and daughter Nicole, who is a compliance coordinator at OSU in Columbus.

One of her goals is to get more people to take advantage of the center and its offerings. "Barnesville offers a good program with great people," she added.

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The Barnesville center is one of 11 in Belmont County. Others in western Belmont County include Bethesda, Centerville and Flushing.

The local center also plans shopping and sightseeing trips, holds pot luck dinners, and is a location to play cards, bingo and games in addition to friendship and socialization. A quick check of the Barnesville calendar for April reveals the following activities: cinch, games of choice and bingo, game night. Trips include breakfast at McDonalds, covered dish dinner with Bethesda seniors, an appreciation day breakfast with volunteer recognition, visiting with seniors at the Lansing Center, a trip to the Ohio Valley Mall, breakfast at Eat N’Park, entertainment at the Centerville Center, and nutrition shopping just to name a few.

"There is a sign-up sheet by the end of each month for coming month activities for members to register for trips and events."

The county agency prints a monthly magazine with a calendar of all center activities. The magazine is available at the center and at the following Barnesville locations: Convenient, Coin Laundromat, Barnesville Manor, Barnesville Hospital, Barnesville Library, Barnesville Post Office and Riesbeck’s.

Other services available through Belmont County Senior Services and Barnesville Senior Center include:

• Nutrition shopping

• Nutritional meals served daily at the center

• Transportation to and from the local center

• Home delivered meals for homebound

• Nutrition program

• Homemaking

• Personal care

• Health education

• Passport services

• HEAP application and filing assistance

• Golden Buckeye card applications

• Code Red emergency notification

The Barnesville Center, located at 229 E. Main St., is open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The telephone number for the center is 740-425-9101.