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Interest growing to use center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Becky Skillman
STAUNTON -- The building has officially been open only for one month, but the Staunton Town Council has received several inquiries regarding the town's new Community Center.

During the council's monthly meeting Monday, council member Brad Webster informed those in attendance the town had received a letter from Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman about the center.

"That was real neat," Webster said prior to reading the letter to residents at the meeting.

The letter read as follows:

* "I just read the story in The Brazil Times about the opening of the Staunton Community Center. I could not be happier to learn that the center is now a reality.

Reading about the carry-in dinner to celebrate the grand opening brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me. I am sure the day had to have been a wonderful time for everyone. Having Mary Schepper cut the ribbon was a wonderful idea.

Finding ways to connect in our communities seems to be getting harder and harder. I am glad that the State of Indiana was able to help you with bringing your ideas to fruition. Thank you to those who have worked to make this building possible -- not only for past and current residents of Staunton, but for future generations.

Again, congratulations on the opening of the new community center. I hope it is a lifeblood to the community."

Webster said the council had invited Skillman to the grand opening -- which took place July 11 -- but she was unable to attend.

Brad Webster
In addition, a meeting has been scheduled for people interested in setting up a monthly Euchre event at the building. The meeting will take place at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Area residents have expressed an interest in utilizing the building on Tuesday afternoons to play the card game.

As well, residents who utilized the center Saturday for a yard sale said the event was successful. They also expressed an interest in using the center for future sales and monthly breakfasts in order to raise money to further advance the building.

Meanwhile, the council approved two measures for the town Water Treatment Plant.

In a 3-0 vote, the council approved a measure to replace the plant's gate for an estimated cost of $800. In another unanimous vote, the council voted to spend approximately $600 to add additional rock to the drive.

In other news, the council:

* Informed town residents the intersection of Columbus and Main streets would be closed temporarily beginning today as McCalister Brothers Sewer and Septic Service, based in Vigo County, would be rerouting a main for the town's new sewer line. Council members expect the company to be finished with the project before the weekend, and

* Learned from Town Marshal Chuck Jones that a stray pit bull had been recently picked up by the Clay County Humane Shelter. Jones said the dog had been running loose through town.

The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 13.

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Why do we keep writing articles about the Staunton Community Center? I think it is great that they have it, but didn't Harmony also build one and we didn't see any articles about it. Having seen both of them, the Harmony one seems bigger and nicer. Just Curious!!!!1

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Wed, Aug 11, 2010, at 10:30 PM

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