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Area Seniors Enjoy Informative Day
Information on everything from senior nutrition needs to protecting against fraud were offered as part of the second annual Senior Day in Escalon, put on through the Escalon Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Escalon.

Spearheading the effort for the second year was Annie Gallagher, working with Chamber president Pat Brown and Bridget Gaines, assistant to the city manager.

"We figured we had about 150 people, it was hard to tell, the booths were spread out," Gallagher explained of the turnout.

This year, the booths were set up outside, lining the sidewalk at Hogan Park. Last year, it was inside the city's Community Center but with renovations under way there, the move was made to the outside.

"I talked to a lot of the vendors, they were very happy with it and the seniors that I spoke to liked it, we're looking to do a bigger one next year," said Gallagher.

Offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, the local Dial-A-Ride provided door to door service for senior citizens at a reasonable price, there was plenty of information and free handouts at the event and the county's senior meals program brought in a lasagna lunch at a cost of $6 per person. The snack bar at Hogan Park was also open for snacks.

Gallagher said though organizers didn't know how it would go over being set up outdoors, she was pleasantly pleased with the results.

"The seniors loved it outside, they were ecstatic," she said. "Everybody seemed to be really happy."

Senior citizens could talk to local fire and ambulance personnel about fire safety, have their blood pressure checked, get information on reverse mortgages and learn what the county's senior nutrition program has to offer, along with finding out if volunteering for the local police department's senior patrol was an option for them. Deegan Funeral Chapel was also on hand, offering information on preplanning of services.