A Message From Your President

March-April 2019


I hope your past month or so was better than the Center’s. Unfortunately, a water pipe burst in the conference room, which was discovered early on the morning of Sunday, February 3. The damage was extensive, stretching from the door at the end of the hallway where the Billiards Room is, all the way up through the hallway to the lobby and across to where the TV is, and down to the first landing of the steps on the way to the Thrift Shop. We had a core group of workers who came in and removed everything that was waterlogged to take inventory of the damage. The water remediation itself took five days. Once that was done, we were then able to survey the rooms down the hallway for any other damaged items. An adjuster and restoration contractor came in to determine what was required to bring the building back to “new.” I assisted the adjuster by providing him with all documentation, spreadsheets and many photos of the damage he requested. Along with Dave Nyman of our Advisory Board, we drafted and sent out a Press Release to municipalities within the Pennridge School District in order to disseminate information about the Center as quickly as possible. The Press Release was also sent to State and U.S. House Representatives and Senators. One Senator’s office already reached out to indicate concern and support. We are optimistic that the Press Release is helping community residents and members learn about the extenuating circumstances here at the Center.

It was and still is a sad time for us all. This situation was not one we could predict or control, just an extremely unfortunate situation that we hope never happens again. I hope that all community residents understand the severity of the damage and the lengths we need to go through prior to the Center being ready for members and guests to visit again. Because of on-going restoration work, we cannot allow people in the Center for their safety and the protection of the restoration efforts. When we can fully re-open for all classes and activities, we will be having an Open House! We are proud of the Center, and we want everyone to return to their activities and classes as soon as possible. Once we are ready for the Open House, please COME to celebrate and help the Center get back to its fun, normal self! Please keep checking the website or Facebook for updates.

On yet another difficult note, it is with great sadness that we said goodbye to our friend Buster Guth earlier this year. He was a great friend and taught many people, myself included, about the Center over the years. Buster made numerous contributions while he was President of the Executive Board that will forever be appreciated, and we will miss his presence here.

Thank you for being so patient during these difficult times. We all hope the Center will be back in business soon!

- Ted Heimbach










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