Westborough Scouts host Annual Senior Citizen Spaghetti Dinner

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Photo/courtesy of Michelle French & Damien Knox
A Boy Scout passes a bag of food to a senior citizen in a waiting car March 20.

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor

WESTBOROUGH – Boy Scout Troop 100 in Westborough made the best of COVID-19 restrictions, continuing a tradition of handing out prepared meals to area seniors last month. 

Meeting on March 20 at the Senior Center, Scouts passed out 90 meals through their Annual Senior Citizen Spaghetti Dinner. 

“It truly is a great community event that the Troop 100 Scouts and seniors look forward to every year,” wrote volunteer and Scout parent Maureen Johnson.

The Spaghetti Dinner is indeed a familiar tradition.

In normal times, this event sprawls through the Senior Center, providing musical entertainment, socialization and, of course, pasta. The event is always free. 

The coronavirus continues to disrupt in-person events, however. As such, this year’s dinner transitioned to a pick-up format. 

Seniors drove by what was still a broad set-up outside the Senior Center. There, Scouts delivered food and special potted daffodils to celebrate spring. 

From there, things went a step further as Scouts delivered their flowers and meals to seniors who could not make it to the Senior Center but still wanted to participate.

“My thanks and appreciation to Troop 100 and all involved for taking the time and the kindness to make this very normal event happen during this very abnormal time,” one such senior, Adrianna Baltimore, wrote in a recent Community Advocate letter to the editor, directly addressing Scouts. “You certainly gave this 91-year-old senior a first day of spring to be very happily remembered.”