Astorg retiring from Colonial House

As she prepares to retire as director at the Colonial House next week, Esther Astorg said the organization’s board of directors has been wonderful, “supported me all the way.”

Earl Johnson, Colonial House Board president, said Astorg has been a “great blessing there.”

Astorg of Vienna is retiring after 20 years as director of Colonial House, 1517 23rd St. in Parkersburg, a nonprofit, independent senior living facility.

Astorg will be meeting her successor, Melissa Stanley, on Monday and working with her next week to ensure a smooth transition.

Astorg believes the Colonial House provides a “very safe, nice environment” for its residents in a hotel-like atmosphere.

Opening in 1953, Colonial House has 16 rooms with private bathrooms for women and men. Beginning in 2005, men were permitted to stay at Colonial House.

Three meals a day are served in the dining room, and housekeeping and linen service is provided. Residents must manage their own prescription medicine.

Rent for residents is kept as low as possible, Astorg said.

“The residents have been pleasant to be around,” she said. And the employees have been easy to work with.

Astorg said she was grateful for the “golden opportunity” to work at the Colonial House.

“It fit me like a glove,” she added.

Now is the time for new leadership, Astorg said.

Astorg said she has no concrete plans for retirement, just to sleep late.

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The Wood County Action Team is trying to make sure that senior citizens get fresh produce.

Next Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., a West Virginia farmer will be bringing produce to the next “pop up market” in the parking lot of Community Resources Inc., 1037 Market St. in Parkersburg. The vegetables and fruits are reasonably priced and available to anyone, said Melissa Ogden, FaithLink program coordinator. FaithLink is a program associated with Community Resources.

Community Resources has been working with the West Virginia University Food Justice Lab to tackle the “food deserts” in Wood County, Ogden said. She described these as areas where senior citizens have a difficult time obtaining fresh produce because of transportation issues.

The Wood County Action Team and Community Resources are bringing the produce to senior citizens to address the availability issue.

The first “pop up markets” in July, held behind the Wood County Senior Citizens Center on Market Street and at Unity Apartments in south Parkersburg, sold out of produce, Ogden said.

Another “pop up market” will be held on Aug. 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wood County Senior Citizens Center and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Unity Apartments.

First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg will contact Community Resources when it has produce from its community garden to distribute, Ogden said.

Community Resources also is providing 40-pound boxes of food from Mountaineer Food Bank to 93 families in Wood County each month.

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Mother Earth Foods of Parkersburg, founded in 1975, is gearing up for its 2018 Customer Appreciation Weekend, with a family picnic from 2-8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Dils Riverfront Park in Vienna.

The picnic’s theme this year is “Peace, Love & Mother Earth.” Guests are encouraged to wear their retro costumes from the 1960s-’80s for a costume contest.

The Brady Young Band and Nexxus will provide the live music and Hank Poole, Elvis tribute artist, will perform. There will be gifts, giveaways, games and door prizes. Bring a favorite dish to share.

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Plans are being finalized for Wood County Day at Marietta College on Sept. 29 during the Pioneers football game against Ohio Northern University at Don Drumm Stadium.

A picnic-style luncheon and auctions will be held under the tent behind the end zone at Don Drumm before the football game at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Proceeds from ticket sales support the Marietta College Athletic Department.

A Wood County Day dinner meeting for local Marietta College alumni is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Jimmy Colombo’s Italian Restaurant to discuss the Marietta event. Wood County Day auction items can be dropped off at Gene Haynes State Farm Office, 3909 Emerson Ave. in Parkersburg.

A $100 raffle ticket provides the purchaser with admission to the football game, pre-game activities and a chance to win the $1,000 first prize or $600 second prize.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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