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Lebanon Senior Center 'valuable asset,' be careful cutting budget

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To the Editor:

This letter is directed to the Lebanon City Council and citizens at large.

We currently have a budget short-fall here in Lebanon, as do many other local and nationwide communities which we all need to address.

As members of the Lebanon Senior Center, we have to address this urgent need as well. During the past years, our daily attendance has risen from about 15 people per day to an average currently of 259 a day. Lunches served have increased to an average of 110 on-site meals, and we have added around 50 homebound meals daily. This, in itself, is a tremendous service. Then when you consider the additional services we offer, the Center rises to a very valuable asset to the community. My husband and I have enjoyed this Center almost every day for the past 10 years, so we know whereof we speak.

A partial list of activities includes sing¬-alongs, a very full library, a boutique of donated items which brings us between $400 and $l,000 per month, a multipurpose room for meetings, dances, exercise and many other activities; a six-table pool room, a large room for both beginning and advanced computer classes, a large television and lounge room, many seminars on various subjects of interest to seniors including their health, entertainment, dances, many games and tournaments with prizes, shuffleboard, horseshoes and art classes. All of these are available to anyone and everyone over 55.

These priceless things have all come about through many years of hard, dedicated work by Wallace Alsup, his devoted staff and the governing boards involved. LET US NOT ALLOW ALL OF THIS HARD WORK AND ENERGY TO BE WASTED. We understand that there is a drastic budget cut being considered, and we beg the indulgence of the City Council on this valuable item to our community. THIS FACILITY SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A VALUABLE ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY, NOT A LIABILITY, and we need to do everything in our power to keep it available for future generations of seniors.

We have people come in from throughout the state, and most of them consider the Lebanon Senior Center to be the finest facility of its kind in Tennessee. Of course, we members agree with that wholeheartedly, and we would like to keep it that way.

My husband and I do not know what we would have done with our retirement time during the past 10 years without this fine facility, ¬perhaps roamed the streets, gathered in parking lots and gotten in trouble like a bunch of teenagers.

We personally thank God every day for this Center, and we beg you to reconsider and spare our facility in your budget cuts.

Carl and Shirley Walpus Lebanon

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