29th Senior Games set in Orange County

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Orange County's annual Senior Games are returning for a 29th year with some additional events on tap, according to a county news release Thursday.

The Senior Games, a slate of competitions and activities for local seniors, begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 with an opening ceremony and art exhibition at the Graham Skea Lodge at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Montgomery, the release said. Local officials will be on hand to open the games and the Washingtonville High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will present the nation's colors. A reception will follow with refreshments and music provided by jazz musician David Dixler and Mary Kay Messenger of the United States Military Academy Band. Health and information booths will be on site, the release said.

New events for 2012 include a mountain-bike trek, a 3-point shooting basketball contest, a tour of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, a session with the master gardener at the Orange County Arboretum and a "Price is Right" event the Vails Gate ShopRite, the release said.

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"Staying active and keeping fit plays a critical role in maintaining good health and well-being as we age," Orange County Executive Edward Diana said in the release. "The Senior Games are a great way for our county's most senior residents to keep both body and mind active, while enjoying time with friends, making new ones, and experiencing some of the things that make our country great."

Most Senior Games events are for ages 55 and up but there are a few competitions for ages 50-54, the release said. To receive a Senior Games application or for more information, call the county Parks Department at 845-457-4910 or its Office for the Aging at 845-615-3705. Or go online at www.orangecountyparks.com to download an application. To email questions or an application request, contact Tom Quinlisk at the Parks Department at tquinlisk@orangecountygov.com.

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