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February 28, 2013

In advance of Monday's meeting, seniors sound off on rec center


Niagara Gazette — But participation in the center's events is fading consistently. The tables have gone from filling up with the older generation enjoying multiple games of euchre and other card games to two or three smatterings of people. Though the simply fact the aging are dying off may seem a bit morose, they said it's simply the truth.

"We lose more than we seem to gain," Phyllis Infantino said. 

"We seem to be dying off," said others.

But the declining active population and the center's own life expectancy on the back half mean the time is right to make the switch to a new place, said Harry Lehman.

He said it's a necessity, not a luxury at this point.

"We're going to have to have it," he said. "This one's going to ruin. The roof is shot, we're confined to small rooms. We need to have an up-to-date senior center. I think they have no choice."

Though the opinions of the proposal varied among the center's seniors, what didn't fluctuate was the support for having the project go to the people for a vote. Every center attendee asked, including those who didn't want to be quoted, said the project should be left to the people to decide.

"I don't think they have a choice," Lehman said. "They're going to have to let it go to a vote at some point, I would think."

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