Community cen­ter seeks fund­ing from Hill­town

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

Patricia Guth, an ad­vi­sory board mem­ber of the Pen­nridge Community Cen­ter, spoke on be­half of the cen­ter at the Hill­town Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors meet­ing Mon­day, Oct. 9, and asked to have the cen­ter con­sid­ered when the town­ship drew up its 2012-13 bud­get. Guth ex­pressed her thanks to the town­ship in al­lo­cat­ing funds to the cen­ter last year.

The cen­ter seeks an an­tic­i­pated $17,801 to help with its monthly mort­gage pay­ments and other needs, such as an emer­gency re­pair fund.

Ac­cord­ing to its mis­sion state­ment, the Pen­nridge Community Cen­ter was founded in 1964 as the Up­per Bucks Branch of the Bucks County As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tired and Se­nior Cit­i­zens. The cur­rent cen­ter opened in Sil­verdale in 2007, and it serves as a community in­sti­tu­tion for cit­i­zens ages 55 and older, ac­cord­ing to Guth.

“$s WKH EuLOGLNJ wDs LN WKH fiNDO stage of com­ple­tion, we be­came aware that we were not go­ing to get a rather huge amount of money from the state,” Guth said.

As a re­sult, the cen­ter was re-

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It was busi­ness as usual at Dublin Bor­ough Coun­cil’s meet­ing Tues­day night.

Two community mem­bers at­tended t he meet­ing to dis­cuss the progress made on the Mayor’s Race for the Clock cam­paign.

Ac­cord­ing to coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ni­cholas Rosica, about $20,000 has been raised for the clock, but the bor­ough is still look­ing for do­na­tions.

“Just keep do­nat­ing as much as you can,” Rosica said.

The plan is to have the clock ded­i­ca­tion in the spring or sum­mer of 2013.

Dublin Mayor Christo­pher Hayes ex­plained that Carter van Dyke, a land­scape ar­chi­tect/plan­ning firm, was awarded the con­tract to work with Dublin’s Main Street sisu­al­iz­ing Steer­ing Com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee, com­posed of busi­ness own­ers and community mem­bers, will be­gin meet­ing in early De­cem­ber to de­cide what di­rec- tion the Main Street project will take.

Hayes also dis­cussed a Busi­ness Forum that will take place Oct. 27 at the Pearl S. Buck House. The forum will in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Delaware sal­ley Col­lege, Pen­nridge Cham­ber of Com­merce and Dis­cover Dublin.

“We’re ex­pect­ing a pretty good turnout,” Hayes said.

Ac­cord­ing to Bor­ough Man­ager Wil­liam Wert, changes are be­ing made to Dublin’s re­cy­cling pro­gram.

In­stead of work­ing with Hill­town and West Rock­hill, Dublin will now join its re­cy­cling ef­forts with Hill­town and Plum­stead. With this change, there is an es­ti­mated $9,000 net in­crease.

The next coun­cil meet­ing will take place Oct. 22. quired to se­cure a mort­gage of $147,819.18, which means the cen­ter is re­spon­si­ble for a monthly mort­gage pay­ment of $1,059.

Of the 583 in­di­vid­u­als who are mem­bers, 165 of them are Hill­town res­i­dents, ac­cord­ing to Guth. Both the man­ager, Deb­bie Scol­lon, and the as­sis­tant man­ager, Sara Kelly, are Hill­town res­i­dents, Guth said.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion has in­creased, Guth said, with an av­er­age of 75 peo­ple per day vis­it­ing the cen­ter. This is an in­crease from the av­er­age 35 peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated daily prior to the new build­ing in 2007.

In ad­di­tion to op­er­a­tional ex­penses, the cen­ter is re­spon­si­ble for main­te­nance of the build­ing, ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­pen­di­tures and ex­penses for pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties, Guth said. The pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties are paid through fees from the par­tic­i­pants, ac­cord­ing to Guth.

“The cen­ter is run fru­gally,” she said. “All ex­pen­di­tures must be ap­proved by the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, and all ac­tiv­i­ties must be self-sup­ported.”

Some of the ac­tiv­i­ties that have been of­fered are jew­elry and craft shows and a monthly din­ner dance, which 80 to 90 peo­ple at­tend on av­er­age, Guth said.

“The se­nior cen­ter is the only — the only — fa­cil­ity in the Pen­nridge area ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for the se­nior pop­u­la­tion,” she said.

Guth, how­ever, also em­pha­sized that the cen­ter is a community cen­ter, which is avail­able to all cit­i­zens — not just those 55 and older.

Board Chair­woman Bar- bara Sal­vadore said the board would “ab­so­lutely con­sider” the cen­ter when draw­ing up the bud­get.

The cen­ter will host a Founders’ Day cel­e­bra­tion Sun­day, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. to rec­og­nize Nancy Keenan and Clarence Ap­ple­gate, who con­trib­uted to the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the cen­ter. The event is free to the pub­lic but re­quires tick­ets, which can be pur­chased at the cen­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the cen­ter’s web­site at www. p e n n r i d g e c e n t e r. org.

In other news at Mon­day’s board meet­ing, the board ac­cepted two bid awards.

Lynda Seimes, town­ship sec­re­tary, said it was the fiUVW WLPH LN 15 WR 17 YHDUV that three com­pa­nies bid for the town­ship’s heat­ing oil. Moyer In­door Out­door won with the low­est bid at D fiXHG SULFH RI $3.359 SHU gal­lon.

“It’s nice to see some­body else bid­ding,” Sal­vadore said.

The low­est and only bid for diesel fuel was from Farm & Home En­ergy with a price of $3.63 per gal­lon when picked up and $3.74 per gal­lon when de­liv­ered.

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