I have a request for the ECU students. Please preserve your extraordinary Homecoming floats and enter them in the Ada Christmas Parade. In all my years of attending the always excellent ECU Homecoming Parade, I have never seen more clever and extravagant displays on Main Street. The Once Upon a Time theme was so well done, I think the Magic Kingdom would be jealous. The best gauge of your success was the number of children’s fingers pointing at the floats and instructing their parents to “look at that one!” I believe a lot of fingers were worn-out that afternoon.
So, a tip of my hat to the multiple hours, resources, and imagination of all the ECU students. All of you are so appreciated by the Ada community for the joy, youthfulness, and creativity that you bring to our families. If perchance the floats have already be disassembled and returned to Mother Goose, those of you who missed the parade will simply have to go to bed without your supper and wait for next year’s.
In the letter submitted by Shirley A. Franks that appeared in Letters to the Editor on Oct. 31, she stated, "If I were getting free meals at the senior citizen place, I would not complain about the building or anything else." Her statement appears to be in response to letters that I submitted to Letters to the Editor in July and August, so I'm writing in response to her statement.
Firstly, my husband and I began eating meals at the Senior Center 30 or so years ago. I know what the condition of the building was 30 years ago, and I know about its upkeep through the years. I feel I have a right to comment on the building, just as anyone else would. Her statement leads me to believe that she likely has never set foot in the Irving building.
And lastly, about those free lunches at the center. She apparently has not heard that seniors eating there are asked to contribute at least $2 or $3 per person for each meal, if they are financially capable of doing so. My husband and I have always contributed our share for our meals at the center.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Lisa Bratcher, the city of Ada's public information director, said Friday that city officials are currently working on selecting an architect to design the new senior center, and the project will be let for bids after the architect is chosen. Bratcher said the city does not have a timeline for construction yet, but it may begin sometime in 2016.