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Center observes anniversary

December 14, 2000

Center observes anniversary



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer

Senior CenterMERCERSBURG, Pa. - Joan Scarfo has been coming to the Tuscarora Senior Activities Center ever since it opened in the former Moose Club building on Pa. 75 south of Mercersburg.

"I don't know what I did before it opened," said Scarfo, 62, of Mercersburg. "I met a lot of people and I'm more physically fit. I come for the meals, the exercise and the line dancing."

The center was celebrating its one-year anniversary, Thursday, 1 1/2 months late, with a Christmas party featuring a turkey dinner and entertainment.

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The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging opened the Tuscarora Senior Activities Center Nov. 1, 1999, the first of its kind in southwest Franklin County.

Seniors in the Mercersburg/Montgomery Township area had nowhere to go for camaraderie, a daily hot meal or activities, said Margaret Bream, manager of the agency's eight senior centers in Franklin County.

The agency surveyed area seniors to see if there was any interest for a center. "We got 250 back and 246 said they wanted one," Bream said.

The agency rents the building from the Montgomery Township Supervisors. It has ample room for dining, assemblies and activities including line dancing, a popular Wednesday activity.

There is also a game room with two pool tables, a Ping-Pong table and exercise machines. Two computers with Internet access are also available.

On an average day, about 50 seniors show up for a hot meal, which only costs a donation, and activities.

"We want people here all day," Bream said. "This is a great space. We can offer so many things."

Donald and Louise Blattenberger have been coming to the center for four months. On Thursday, Blattenberger brought his two brothers, James and Harold. "I wanted my brothers to see what it was like," he said. Both said they planned to come back.

If they do they'll see Merle Clevenger, 66, of nearby Shimpstown.

"My wife and I come every day for lunch," he said. "I play pool, exercise or do whatever they have available. Before it opened we just stayed home and watched the boob tube."

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