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Senior Citizens Appreciation Day set this weekend

LANETT — Saturday, June 9 will be Senior Citizens Appreciation Day in Lanett. Anyone who’s 55 years of age or older and who lives in the Lanett area is invited to come out to the L.B. Sykes Community Center and to see what’s going on at the Lanett Senior Center.

“We want our citizens in the 55 and over age group to come out and tour our facilities and see what goes on at the Senior Center,” said Mayor Kyle McCoy. “We’re hoping they will like what they see and will want to take part in the program.”

It will be taking place from 11 a.m. until early afternoon. There will be free food, fun and games, socializing with peers, live entertainment and some door prizes will be given away.

Employees of the city’s gas department will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers.

Those who are 55 and older and who live in the Lanett city limits can participate in the senior center program. They can get a free hot meal during the noon hour five days a week and can get to know people their age who live in Lanett. There’s the chance to exercise in the James A. Hardy Gym, which is air conditioned and swim in the outdoor pool. There’s also the opportunity to represent Lanett and compete for medals in the Masters Games.

Gov. Kay Ivey contacted the city this week, thanking them for having a Senior Citizens Appreciation Day and encouraging Lanett seniors to take part. “The State of Alabama is proud to recognize the remarkable citizens who are being honored,” she wrote. “Your life experiences are a lesson to us all. I hope everyone will enjoy the many family-oriented and fun activities that will be taking place on Saturday. I would also like to thank the City of Lanett for hosting the event.”