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May 28, 2014

Goodsprings senior center celebrates reopening

— The Goodsprings Activity Center staged its grand reopening Tuesday morning at its renovated facility in Anderson.

The process began about 18 months ago and involved work to the interior and exterior, Goodsprings Director Rhonda Long said.

“It was a major redo — we have a new drive-up area in front of the building that is covered and handicap-accessible,” she said. “The building was painted and the front was redone with dry-stack stone. We also have new landscaping and new handrails.

“Last year we remodeled the kitchen and put in new cabinets. We also put in new flooring, trim, curtains, tables and chairs and painted the interior walls.”

Long said the building has received updated electrical and plumbing work. She said the activity center opened Oct. 17, 1977, with the building previously serving as a two-room school.

County records show the renovations cost $43,148, with $14,000 paid by grants from the state’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development Councils and $2,000 apiece from state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, and state Rep. Dan Williams, R-Athens.

“The center has a large kitchen, three large rooms and two extra rooms,” Long said. “We stretched that money as much as we could, and the latest project we finished was the covered porch area. We had a lot of people involved with helping out (during the renovations) and we’re so blessed to have the grant money and the community support.”

Goodsprings is among seven senior centers supervised by the Limestone County Council on Aging. COA Assistant Director Jennifer Reece announced Tuesday a bus route is being established for senior citizens in the Goodsprings community. To register for the route, call 256-233-6412.

Goodsprings is open to seniors from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. A covered dish lunch is held at 11 a.m. each Tuesday and a country breakfast at 9 a.m. each Thursday.

In addition to serving as a gathering place for seniors — Long said as many as 45 people per week attend the center’s meals, activities and concerts — the facility is available to be rented by the public. For more information about rentals, call 256-232-0813.

“We’re hoping with all the work we’ve done, the building will be rented (more often),” Long said.

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