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Open House set for Staunton Center

Friday, June 25, 2010

An Open House has been scheduled for 1-4 p.m., Sunday, July 11, for the new Staunton Community Center. [Order this photo]
Years of planning will come to fruition for the community of Staunton July 11.

Town officials and residents are welcoming all to the open house/gift shower for the town's new community center.

The event is set to take place from 1-4 p.m. Meat and drinks will be provided and those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a covered dish and a gift.

Supply donations are currently being accepted, including paper products, cleaning supplies, trash bags, kitchen towels, potholders and dish cloths.

In addition, cash donations would be accepted as well.

After four-plus years of attempting to get the center off the ground, council members said they are pleased.

"I'm thrilled," Council President Andy Kirchner said. "Everything is in order. It looks good."

Kirchner said the council has been in the process of putting together funds for the center for approximately two years.

He added members of the community who have already stopped by to see the building were pleased as well.

"They're really happy with it," he said.

Staunton residents Barbara Ripple and Anita Ave took it upon themselves to help set up the open house.

"We want to see people utilize this," Ave said at the council's June meeting. "We're proud to have this."

Funding for the project came from the Indiana Office of Housing and Rural Affairs through a grant from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Priority Project Resources constructed a grant proposal in 2009 for the project. The town had worked on obtaining an Indiana Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for two years in order to secure funds for the center.

The town secured grant money for the project in July 2009.

Sanders Associates, Inc., designed the 3,800-square foot center and MSI Construction, based in Clinton, constructed it.

The center is equipped with a gathering room, kitchen, storage and restroom facilities and more.

Town Clerk/Treasurer Cathy Mienhartt's office is also located in the facility.

Despite setting a date for the open house, Kirchner said the town is still moving forward.

"We've had a lot on our plate the last 10 years," he said. "Now, we're getting ready to start this storm sewer project."

For more information on the open house, call Ave at 448-3023 or Ripple at 448-2438 or the Staunton Waterworks Office at 448-1487.

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