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John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit - Jeannette Senior Center is located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Gaskill Avenue.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Howard | The Jeannette Spirit</em></div>Jeannette Senior Center is located at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Gaskill Avenue.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit - Shirley Busato, Anna Cook and Elanor Haluck have a good time playing bingo at the Jeannette Senior Center.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit</em></div>Shirley Busato, Anna Cook and Elanor Haluck have a good time playing bingo at the Jeannette Senior Center.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit - Emma Jane Monstrola, and Helen McCready play bingo at the Jeannette Senior Center, while Watson Lupher calls the numbers.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit</em></div>Emma Jane Monstrola, and Helen McCready play bingo at the Jeannette Senior Center, while Watson Lupher calls the numbers.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit - Senior Center Manager Robin Mozley, discusses activities to be scheduled with vice president Leo Williams and president Richard Gounder.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit</em></div>Senior Center Manager Robin Mozley, discusses activities to be scheduled with vice president Leo Williams and president Richard Gounder.

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By Margie Stanislaw
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Jeannette Senior Center is boasting new signs,and the president of the center, Dick Gounder, and the other members of the center are very proud of it.

“We recently put the new signs up,” said Gounder. “We are very proud of them. It was our money that we raised from hoagie sales, flea markets and selling candy.”

Gounder also stressed, “We make the hoagies ourselves and we offer delivery.”

The Jeannette Senior Center is located in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the corner of Second Street and Gaskill Avenue. The center is a service of the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging through a contract with the Lutheran Service Society.

The manager of the center is Jeannette resident Robin Mozley and she was quick to point out that “our center just happens to be housed in a Lutheran church.”

That isn't the case in all communities, some are located in repurposed schools, some in churches, and others in government buildings. According to the Westmoreland County website, there are 13 senior centers in the county.

The Jeannette Senior Center is self-governing and has a council meeting the third Friday of every month. At these meetings, members of the center decide what activities the center should offer and how any funds that have been raised or donated will be spent.

The council is elected “and they decide what they want to do,” said Mozley, who does not have a vote on the council.

Gounder is council president and Leo Williams is the vice president.

“Everyone lives in Jeannette,” said Williams.

Gounder has been meeting with other county senior center presidents to coordinate and communicate about activities.

“If there is something going on in Mt. Pleasant and our members want to go to, we want to make sure they know about it,” said Gounder.

The Jeannette Senior Center encourages all residents 55 and older to become members. There is no charge and a hot lunch is served daily. Coffee is available all day long. The center offers games, programming and computer access. There is also a television and a Wii video game system.

Weekly programming includes a Bible study, a Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meeting and each year the AARP offers free income tax preparation at the site.

There are also speakers and programs scheduled by Mozley, at the request of the members. There will be a healthy living nutrition series offered the Penn State Extension Service and Mozley has scheduled a speaker on “forgetting problems.”

Senior Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no cost to join, but prospective members must fill out an application, which can be done at the first visit.

Lunch is served daily at noon. There is no charge for lunch, but there is a suggested donation of $3.33 for those younger than age 55 and $2 for those 60 and older.

For more information, contact Robin Mozley at 724-527-3200 or visit the website at www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/index.aspx?NID=493.

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.

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