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Peace luncheon reaches five-year mark

Anniversaries are important things to celebrate.

Whether it's a silver or golden anniversary doesn't matter, and Skaneateles' senior citizens proved that on April 22 as they nestled into their regular seats in one of the community rooms at the Skaneateles Community Center.

Every week for the last five years, about 30 senior citizens get together at the Skaneateles Community Center for food, friends and fellowship at the Peace Inc. luncheon. Many of the seniors attending each week have been eating together since the program was started.

"It's a case for celebration," said volunteer John Pilger. "It gives a reason to publicize it."

Pilger and his wife, Jeanne, have been involved since the beginning and take on the role each week of server and greeter, respectively.

"We try to pull people to come in and once we get started they keep coming," senior Bill Pavlus said with pride.

One couple, Pat and Jane Tobin, have been attending the lunches since they were started.

"The best part of it is we get to see these people," Pat said. "There's a variety of healthy foods. One day the ladies don't have to cook lunch. We come all winter and very seldom miss one."

Jane said she and Pat generally have a big table they make by pushing two tables together so more people can fit at it. The weekly event gives the couple a chance for camaraderie with other retirees and family members who also attend.

As part of their group, Pat and Jane sit with Veronica and Frank Tokarz, whose brother, Steve Tokarz, Pat had worked with several years ago. Pat had never met Frank until the luncheons.

Victoria said she and Frank are charter members of the weekly lunch. The reason they attended?

"Because I was tired of cooking," she said. "The company was good and the price was right."

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