Archive for Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Bank donates to senior services

May 15, 2002

First State Bank and Trust has given a boost to the Leavenworth County Senior Services establishment of a center in Leavenworth.

Last week Jilinda White, director of marketing for the bank, presented a $2,500 check to Jill Guenther, president of the Leavenworth County senior service agency.

Guenther, who is employed at John Knox Village as a home health care supervisor, said the center is what the county needs. The center has evolved since September 2000 when a group of volunteers decided to establish a center where county senior citizens could benefit from quality activities, and where the Leavenworth County Council on Aging could be located.

Fewer than six months after fund-raising began, a 24,000-square-foot building was located at 109 Delaware. Since September 2001, activities have been held at the center, and in December the Council on Aging moved to the center.

"This is something the community definitely needs," Guenther said. "Things have just been falling into place, which shows it's meant to be."

Scotty Brezgiel, vice president of the seniors group, agreed.

"It's such a needed service for the seniors because it keeps them active," Brezgiel said.

Activities include harmonica classes, piano lessons, exercise classes, bunco parties, activities between seniors and children at the YWCA, teas, educational programs and crafts.

Brezgiel said she hopes residents from other towns in the county, such as Basehor, Linwood and Tonganoxie, will participate in activities.

"There is transportation available through the council on aging at a very minimal cost," Brezgiel said.

While the center is off to a good start, officers say there is more work to be done. The first phase improved about 2,000 square feet of space. The next phase is to renovate the building's second floor.

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