DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

January 9, 2014

Londonderry seniors back at home at center

Seniors citizens return to updated center

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — The town’s senior citizens are back home.

After spending several weeks using the Lions Hall as a temporary home, seniors have come back to the senior center at Mayflower Grange following some upgrades and improvements made to the historic building.

The hall was officially reopened this week.

“While I am grateful that we were able to use the Lions Hall, there is no place like home,” Senior Affairs director Catherine Blash said.

Blash took the top senior job in August and said the center looks great with a completed roof project, new paint and carpet.

Seniors calling the center home also added their own individual contributions.

Virginia Enos sewed new curtains for the center, using fabric that Blash chose.

“The center is now so bright, warm and inviting,” Blash said.

Blash said wet and slippery weather Monday kept opening day numbers down, but she expected more of the regulars to stream in by week’s end.

On Jan. 26, seniors will host a holiday party. About 100 people expected to attend.

“I can’t wait to hear all their comments and see their reactions,” Blash said.

The Mayflower Grange dates back to the early 1900s, when it was used for various community events and meetings.

Repairs to the building were long overdue, members say.

New parking is also proposed for the rear of the historic building.

Blash said the hall’s improvements also give the building more appeal for rentals. The space is available on weekends and some evenings.

Call 434-6876 for information on renting senior center space.