Barton Senior Center closes abruptly

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copyright the Chronicle October 4, 2017

 

by Elizabeth Trail

 

BARTON — The Barton Senior Center served its last meal on September 27.

On Tuesday night, about 30 people, including two Barton Village Trustees and two representatives from the Northeast Kingdom Council on Aging, met in the Barton Municipal Building to talk about starting up a new program to provide meals and activities to seniors in the area.

“This is too important to shut down,” said 82-year-old Beverley Winslow before the meeting started. “I have a lot of my life ahead of me, and I really enjoy going somewhere, playing cards, being around other people. I need this place.”

When the new senior center opens its doors, she will be the first one through them, she said.

By the end of the evening, the trustees had collected a pile of surveys that they hope will point a new senior center in the right direction. And six or seven people had volunteered to sit on a new board, which the trustees hope will eventually number at least 11.

But many questions remain unanswered.

Former senior center Director Brenda Lowther gave the village only about a week’s notice of the closing, said Trustee Cathy Swain.

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Energetic senior citizen powers the new Glover meal site

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Gloria Powers pauses in the middle of cleaning the kitchen in the Glover Town Hall in preparation for the opening of the new Glover senior meal site on June 29.  From left to right are her granddaughter Brittany Marsh, honorary granddaughter Chelsea Pulver, Gloria Powers, and her daughter Kristi Powers, who is also Brittany's mother.  Ms. Pulver will also help cook and serve at the meal site.  Photo by Elizabeth Trail

Gloria Powers pauses in the middle of cleaning the kitchen in the Glover Town Hall in preparation for the opening of the new Glover senior meal site on June 29. From left to right are her granddaughter Brittany Marsh, honorary granddaughter Chelsea Pulver, Gloria Powers, and her daughter Kristi Powers, who is also Brittany’s mother. Ms. Pulver will also help cook and serve at the meal site. Photo by Elizabeth Trail

copyright the Chronicle June 24, 2015

by Elizabeth Trail

GLOVER — Gloria Powers never stands still. At 70 years old, she is a tiny dynamo of a woman who simply exudes energy. And right now, she’s a woman with a mission.

On Monday, June 29, Ms. Powers will serve up the first meals at the new senior meal site in the basement of the town hall here, and she still has a lot to do.

She is approaching the project with relish.

Last Friday morning, with just ten days to go before opening, she was busy cleaning and organizing the kitchen where she will cook the weekly senior meals. The menus were planned and the food donations were in the freezer….To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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