2010-11-04 / Editorial

A new roof is needed at the island’s senior center

• EDITORIAL

Construction work is expected to get underway this week to install a new roof on the Jamestown Senior Center on West Street.

The new roof is desperately needed, according the Bruce Livingston, president of the Friends of Jamestown Seniors. The old roof is leaking in several places and threatens to damage the historic Grange Hall that houses the Senior Center, he said.

Don Richardson, who serves as vice president of the Friends, estimates that the current roof is about 35 to 40 years old. Richardson has spent many hours working on the renovation of the old Grange Hall and is credited with single-handedly replacing the cedar shingles on the sides of the building.

The new roof will cost $10,000 and the Friends of Jamestown Seniors are appealing to islanders to assist with the expense, Livingston said.

Livingston said the Senior Center is a vital part of the community. The center serves hot lunches for the island’s senior citizens Monday through Friday. The center also serves as a staging site for the Meals on Wheels program.

The Senior Center/Grange Hall also serves as a meeting site for many active island organizations, including the VFW, the Boy Scouts and the Grange. Other groups that have used the facility include the community theatre and the island’s political committees.

Those who would like to help with the new roof by making a donation may send their checks to The Friends of Jamestown Seniors, PO Box 184, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Livingston said the senior association would greatly appreciate any and all contributions for the new roof. As he pointed out, we are all in line to use the Senior Center one of these days. Meanwhile, many of us will continue to use the building as an important meeting center for the community.

— Jeff McDonough

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