SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: A new surface and a picnic
Getting children to stay active in this era of technology and other gadgets is quite a challenge. Fortunately, there is a place for youth to go after school.
Located at the Salvation Army at 704 Central Ave., the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua is assisting youth in their studies while keeping them on the move. A recent addition to the gym there is a new floor that will benefit not only club members, but the community at-large who use the facility for basketball leagues.
“This new gym is a place where our kids can express themselves freely while they play,” said Anneliese Bruegel, executive director of the club. “Besides traditional basketball court lines, it also has a hopscotch and foursquare that has encouraged all ages to play together and enjoy the same space while being active.”
Installed earlier this month, the surface was purchased through a grant from the Ralph Wilson Foundation. It’s one more step in the right direction.
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Dunkirk Housing Authority Executive Director Elizabeth Cardona did not take long to right a wrong for residents at the Steger High Rise Apartments on Main Street this month. As part of an effort to greet tenants, she did something that went missing on July 4 by hosting a picnic.
It has been a rough three months for the authority with the transition of a new director as well as other internal issues. But the picnic event was in response to repeated concerns. That is a smart start.