LEWISBORO, N.Y. Ridership on the Lewisboro Parks & Recreation Departments weekly bus trips that take seniors shopping to various northern Westchester locales has declined since last fall and town officials are trying to promote it in order to revitalize the service.
We are trying to attract more seniors, said Pam Veith, Lewisboros senior adult director. We are concerned that people arent aware of the service.
Veith said that despite the decline in ridership, the service isnt in any danger of being eliminated. In fact, the town just purchased a new senior bus, which should arrive by this spring. However, Veith said she would like to see more seniors take advantage of the service. She said ridership began to decline last fall when four regular senior riders passed away. She also noted that many of the towns senior adult population still drive, which leaves plenty of seats on the bus.
The bus, which holds up to 16 passengers, also takes seniors to the monthly Lewisboro Senior Adults meeting at the South Salem Fire House. Veith said there are usually anywhere from five to 10 passengers.
The White Bus, as it is known, runs three days a week and will pick seniors up at their homes and bring them back at the end of the day. Passengers have to be Lewisboro residents and at least 50 years old. It leaves the Parks & Recreation office at 9 a.m. to pick up riders and returns by 4 p.m. Its equipped with a lift for the handicapped. Laurie Wiegand, the driver, has been behind the wheel of the white bus for 20 years. A $2 donation is suggested to offset of the cost of fuel.
On Mondays, seniors might visit Mt. Kisco (Target and A&P), Ridgefield, Conn. (Kohls and Stop & Shop), Danbury, Conn. (The Christmas Tree Shop, Stew Leonards and Stop & Shop), or Baldwin Place (The Dollar Store, Home Goods and A&P). On Fridays, the bus takes trips to Yorktown (K-Mart and Turcos), Brewster (Marshalls, Michaels and Kohls), Norwalk (TJ Maxx and Trader Joes), Cortlandt (Wal- Mart), or Danbury (The Danbury Mall). The trips include lunch out with the other riders.
On Wednesdays, the bus shuttles members to the Senior Adult Meetings at the South Salem Firehouse, which run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There, seniors can play cards, games, and get to know their neighbors.
They can join our monthly book group, knitting group, or practice for a show with the Over the Hill Players and Singers, Veith said. We also offer different programs, which include Medicare updates, guest speakers and entertainers, gardening tips from Gossetts Nursery, games, and the talents of our own members.
Call the Lewisboro Parks and Recreation Department at 914-232-6162 for more information about the bus service or the Senior Adults group, and to sign up for the monthly newsletter.
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