DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

December 19, 2013

Senior center upgrades moving along

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — Senior citizens will return to their original home once the new year begins.

Seniors are enjoying programs at the Lions Club Hall on Mammoth Road while the senior center gets improvements, including roof work, new paint and carpet.

The project topped the list of town capital improvement projects and earned a high priority status.

Seniors have enjoyed meals, fitness and special programs at the Lions Hall since moving there at the end of November.

They are scheduled to be back at home in the center the week of Jan. 2.

Having the Lions offer their space was a godsend while the center is being repaired.

“We are very grateful,” Carol Jablonowski said.

Attendance at the Lions Hall has been good, Jablonowski noted.

Gladys Frederick said the work at the senior center is on schedule.

“The roof construction is nearly complete and the workmen are going to start putting new electrical ducts for lights in the main hall as well as a new ceiling,” she said. “It will be nice when it is finished.”

Repairs to the building are long overdue, members say.

During a recent Capital Improvement Projects meeting, senior center representatives told town officials there was still much work to be done.

The center’s roof topped the list. When it snows heavily, the roof needs to be cleared often.

New parking is on the wish list for the rear of the historic building.

Frederick said the roofing work is one step toward making the center a safe location. She hopes more work is in the pipeline to expand the kitchen, bathrooms and office space.

Jablonowski said programs will continue through Dec. 23 and then start up again in January back at the senior center.

“There’s no place like home,” she said.