2009-06-25 / Front Page

Sr. Center Sunroom Completed

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Attendees and management at the Warfordsburg Senior Center recognized the contributions of multiple county officials, residents and businesses Friday night during a special dedication of their newly constructed sunroom. Those recognized include (front row, left to right) Karen Hann, county projects coordinator; Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer; center manager Cindy Rinker; Area Agency on Aging Executive Director Alan Smith; (back row, left to right) Commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. and Warfordsburg Senior Citizens Club Inc. President Bob McDonald. Attendees and management at the Warfordsburg Senior Center recognized the contributions of multiple county officials, residents and businesses Friday night during a special dedication of their newly constructed sunroom. Those recognized include (front row, left to right) Karen Hann, county projects coordinator; Commissioner Bonnie Mellott Keefer; center manager Cindy Rinker; Area Agency on Aging Executive Director Alan Smith; (back row, left to right) Commissioner Daniel Swain Jr. and Warfordsburg Senior Citizens Club Inc. President Bob McDonald. The Fulton County commissioners, the county projects coordinator and various local residents and businesses received an abundance of recognition and gratitude Friday evening from Warfordsburg Senior Center attendees and officials for their role in the construction of a new sunroom.

Among the individuals specifically recognized by the Warfordsburg Senior Citizens Club Inc. and center manager Cindy Rinker during the June 19 room dedication ceremony were county commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Daniel Swain Jr. and David Hoover II as well as projects coordinator Karen Hann and Area Agency on Aging Executive Director Alan Smith.

The commissioners were initially approached in 2007 by several members of the Senior Citizens Club and Rinker, who had devised a proposal to expand the center. According to Virginia McDonald, vice president of the club, the group was of the mindset they could raise the necessary funds themselves and have an addition constructed.

Months later, money became available through the Commu- nity Development Block Grant (CDBG) program overseen by Hann. The six-month construction project, headed by Southern Contractors of Three Springs, recently concluded, revealing a bright and cheerful sunroom measuring 16 by 20 feet.

McDonald stated the new space is mainly utilized by the center's attendees for playing bingo and to conduct private meetings. The center has approximately 20 active seniors who visit daily for meals and fellowship.

Hann indicated the project, designed by Jerre Parson of Dennis E. Black Engineering, totalled $67,774 and was funded fully through the CDBG program. Meanwhile, furnishings for the new sunroom were bought with money that came from an array of fundraisers conducted by the seniors, including bake sales, soup sales, dinners and solicitations. The club wrapped up its fundraisers netting a total of $5,500.

"All of the seniors love the room for its brightness, beauty and the 10 windows that make it possible to enjoy the sunlight during the day," added McDonald. "If it wasn't for everyone who helped by giving donations or coming to our center for fundraisers, we wouldn't be enjoying such a lovely building."

The evening ceremony ended with a special fireworks display presented by Phantom Fireworks of Warfordsburg.

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