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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014 59 CHEER Center slated for 2015 opening By Maddy Lauria on Wheels program, which deliv- maddy@capegazette.com ered nearly 30,000 meals to the Milton-area homebound seniors In just a few months, Milton last year. will have a new place to share Susan Winterbottom, Milton some cheer. CHEER Center site manager/ For the past five years, Milton director, said she hopes the new CHEER Center staff has shared building will attract new mem- limited space with Eagle's Nest bers and volunteers, expanding Church on Route 16. its services and activities for the "The space is limited. It's basi- community. She plans to bring cally one room," said Anthony on a new Zumba instructor and DelFranco, CHEER marketing partner with local business 302 director. Fitness to offer more fitness By January 2015, a new $2.3 programs. million CHEER Center on Route "It will give us an opportunity 16 is expected to open, serving to all be together in one area to senior center members as well as have that fellowship," she said. community organizations look- "It's all about working together." ing for a new meeting space. While CHEER focuses on CHEER member and volunteer adults age 50 and older, the new Ginny Bolin said it's been diffi- CHEER Center is intended to of- cult working in a small space for fer a community center available the past five years, and she can't to local groups and organizations waft for the center to finally have looking for a place to gather. a plaee to call home. "It's not only going to be a "It's in my community, and senior activity center; it's also that's what I want to be a part of," going to be a community center," the Milton resident said. DelFranco said. Bolin joined the CHEER Cen- "We see Milton as one of the ter through a fitness program, upcoming communities in Sus- and she said she is thrilled the sex County," he added. "Dogfish new facility is being built with Head is there. There's been a fitness in mind, with a fully revitalization of the downtown equipped fitness center, banquet area, especially with the opening hall, meeting rooms, office space of the old theater, so we felt that and a state-of-the-art commercial Milton would be a really good kitchen, location for our newest activity DelFranco said the new kitch- center." en will be key to Milton's Meals Officials broke ground on the 4-acre parcel along Route 16 in For more information: spring 2013, although construc- cheerde,com/milton tion didn't begin until May 2014. Still, DelFranco said, work is BY JANUARY 2015, A lowed by a March 2015 NEW $2.3 MILLION, 6,500-square-foot CHEER Center ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremony. on Route MADDY LAURIA PHOTOS 16 is expected to open, fol- ahead of schedule, with the out- side of the building completed. Workers are finishing up in- terior work - such as wiring, plumbing and sheet rock - and DelFranco expects a March 2015 ribbon-cutting arid grand-open- ing ceremony. A majority of funding for the new facility came from a $1.5 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan, with an additional $340,000 coming from other grants. The remainder of the funding was raised through by private donations. "We feel very strongly about the Milton community, being a part of that community and being able to contribute to that com- munity," DelFranco said. The CHEER Center relies on the community's support, he said, just like so many seniors rely on CHEER's services and Milton CHEER Center site manager/director Susan Winterbottom, left, and member and volunteer Ginny Bolin are all smiles in rented space as they thine about the new CHEER Center being built on Route 16. activities, we can put toward supporting "Even though the building is activities at the center for our up, we still have a mortgage to seniors. We need them to know pay, bills to pay, and a loan to pay that CHEER is going to be there off," he said. "The sooner we can for them every step of the way." get out of debt, the more money ver the river and I through the woods to Grandmother's house we go...walt a minute, back up and try that again. Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go. There is no river and there are no woods, as the familiar poetic refrain rings out right before our traditional holiday of Thanksgiving. Today, it's more likely through the toll plaza on an ex- pired E-Z Pass, over the wrong GPS-directed bridge and barrel- ing through potholes the size of Nevada on the highway. And in keeping with that cur- rent theme, today Grandmother has more than likely already left in her Silver Stream camper for southern places like the Villas of Sea Gulf Phase III in Florida. Upon looking at the calendar and realizing that the traditional holidays are upon us, grand- mothers all over the country have packed their suitcases and printed out their Travelocity sites. If you throw in a couple of soft donuts to sit on and the last carton of Metamucil avail- able on the pharmacy shelf, then Grandma is off on the open highway, with her orange cone-dyed hair flowing breezily through the open window. And who could blame the modern grandmother? After years of cooking for the family that calls only when they see those long-distance telephone commercials, baking for the masses which includes two Dalmatians, cleaning rooms that haven't been used in a year just for the holidays, making cable appointments to fix the television and computer after everyone has left and booking a Dumpster for the next day, it has finally dawned that maybe it is time for the grandmother, who leaves no forwarding ad- dress until after the holidays, to try out Route 66. It's not that we don't enjoy our children and grandchildren, but rather with the number of CAT scans being ordered, the number of blood tests our lives revolve around and the number of waiting room butt sores hap- pening, we are looking at life a little differently. There is a whole world out there; a world that includes stud poker, buffet dinners made by someone else, paragliding, speed dating and yes, wearing ay season white after Labor Day. How people had a special table just about those Dolphins? for the children so the aduks Of course, grandmothers will could talk about mature topics have to forfeit those memories like the rain forest or nuclear of sitting around the table and disarmament. OK, that's a soaking in the family traditions, stretch; it was mostly about Growing up in our family, we prior family insults, like who always looked forward to our wasn't invited to weddings or Aunt Kitchy's famous turkey who re-gifted last year's Christ- stuffing. None of us could ever mas gift of shrimp forks. eat it, since she was usually The resolution of these issues three sheets to the wind when often involved discussions that she poured it into the turkey broke down as the evening cavity. Often it would come wore on into something that out with things like an ash tray resembled a good old-fashioned baked in or the DNA ofun- saloon knock-down, drag-out identified inanimate objects. It fray. Of course the more radical was great to use as a weapon members just put out a contract in those after-dinner football - for discussions, it goes without disputes that always got a saying. little heated. I believe the U.S. Either way, if you are heading Department of Defense was out over the river and through looking to option it at one time the woods or just staying home or another. Anyway, those were for Thanksgiving, take comfort the good times, in the fact that the Butterball Seating around the table was Turkey hot line is open 24/7 crucial to a good family value and easier to access than Obam- meal back then. In fact, most aCare.