Lunch is a 'social affair' for Skaneateles seniors

Every Wednesday, shortly before noon, senior citizens begin meandering into the Skaneateles Community Center.

They come by car and "limo" to visit and share a meal during the Peace Inc. Seniors Lunch. The Laker Limo, a free bus service offered by the community, picks residents up from the Gateway and Village Landing senior housing complexes and usually arrives at the community center around 11:30 a.m. for the mid-week luncheon.

"It's a social affair," said Bill Pavlus, self-appointed spokesperson for the lunch group.

Some people push tables together and sit down for a family meal, despite actual relations. They spend their time visiting with old school mates, and, as is the case for some, cousins, Pavlus said.

"Something like this is a lot of fun," he said.

While each of the seniors who attend the luncheon are amazing in their own right, the ones who stood out the most on Sept. 10 were Veronica and Frank Tokarz.

On Sept. 18, the couple will be celebrating their wedding anniversary -- they have been married for 71 years -- and on Sept. 19, Veronica will be celebrating her 90th birthday. Frank, 94, celebrated his birthday on June 1.

Despite his age, Frank has always had a love for running, he said. At the age of 92, he ran the 100-meter in the Empire State Games, earning a silver and gold medal.

"I could outrun any of them," he said.

According to Veronica, her husband competed following open heart and gallbladder surgery.

"I like to run," Frank said.

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