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Sunday, October 1, 2000 -- Morgantown, WV
4th Annual Intergenerational Walk
Sponsored by West Virginia University Center on Aging
Photos by Don Parks with story by Deanna Pyles & Lori Williams

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Frank Scafella
Morgantown Mayor Frank Scafella walks The Walk
This year's theme, "Morgantown - A Community for All Ages", celebrated the International Day of Older Persons on Sunday, October 1st. Beginning at the McQuain Riverfront Park amphitheater with a short program from the sponsors, the walk event followed with a 5k down Caperton Trail along the Monongahela River. The event was held in conjunction with the World Health Organization Global Embrace to celebrate active aging across the life-course.

This year's event was the biggest ever with approximately 450 pre-registered walkers! Participation was well received from local civic organizations, such as boy and girl scouts, and fraternities and sororities. Our special thanks goes out to the girls of Sigma Kappa Sorority for their volunteerism. Seniors from around the area gathered from Unity Manor, Monongalia County Senior Center, Morgantown Senior Center, and Madison House Assisted Living Facility, just to name a few.

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Having a great time on the trail
The sunny, warm afternoon kicked-off at 12:30 P.M. Sunday with registration, and the distribution of free T-shirts thanks to Adelphia Communications. While walkers were anticipating the opening ceremony beginning at 1:00 p.m., refreshments were provided by Genesis ElderCare. Opening remarks began with Walk Coordinator, Sharon Brinkman-Windle, followed by local dignitaries such as Center on Aging Director, Dr. Hana Hermanova, Vice President and Dean of the School of Medicine at the Health Sciences Center, Dr. Robert D'Alessandri, and West Virginia Senator, Jon Hunter.

Before walkers took there places, stretching exercises were lead by a physical therapist from HealthWorks, along with Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy students from West Virginia University.

Intergenerational Walk
Deanna Pyles walks with some friends by the riverside
Then they were off... walkers were lead by Morgantown Police Patrol along with the Center on Aging Graduate Assistant Carrie Sergi, and her mother Jane Sergi, a representative of Adelphia Communications. This year's walk took participants approximately 1.6 miles along the Caperton trail, south toward Fairmont, and then back to the amphitheater.

Water stations and benches were set up for the weary walker. Entertainment was provided for walkers along the trail by Harping for Harmony. Their singing harps were strategically positioned along the trail beside the water stations.

Three Generations On Strings
"Three Generations On Strings" entertains on the riverfront
Entertainment was also provided at the McQuain Riverfront Park amphitheater throughout the afternoon by several local area groups, including "Three Generations On Strings" with Erma Snyder (Gram), Teai Replogle (Mom) and Tyne Replogle (Daughter and Granddaughter). Also performing was Morgantown Senior Center's own Kitchenaire Band. This senior citizen's unique musical band plays instruments made up entirely of kitchen utensils!

The major sponsors of the 2000 event included Adelphia, Genesis ElderCare, Morgantown Power Equipment, and Monongalia County Commission. Our thanks to each local restaurant and establishment for there donation toward the success of this year's event.