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Mon Valley LifeSpan garners top award

| Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 2:06 a.m.
Cindy Shegan Keeley | Daily News
LifeSpan regional assistant/information and assistance specialist Marcy Wasilko, Mon Valley regional manager Michelle Craven, LifeSpan community services operations director Kim Rollinson and Mon Valley part-time regional assistant Penny Patrick proudly display the award given to LifeSpan’s Mon Valley @ Olympia Senior Resource Center in McKeesport when it was named the 2013 Center of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers.

LifeSpan's Mon Valley @ Olympia Senior Resource Center in McKeesport was named the 2013 Center of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers.

The award was presented by state Secretary of Aging Brian Duke to LifeSpan Inc. chief program officer and association board member Jim Marnell at the organization's annual conference in State College last month.

Marnell recently presented it to Mon Valley center officials at LifeSpan's fall fundraiser, Cashtoberfest.

“We worked really hard,” said LifeSpan community services operations director Kim Rollinson. “It's been a long time coming. We're very proud.”

“I'm very proud and honored to have (the award),” said Mon Valley regional manager Michelle Craven. “I'm (so) proud and honored to have this center and have all the seniors participate and show their love.”

Mon Valley @ Olympia opened in March at the former Eckerd store at 4314 Walnut St. in McKeesport. It's the consolidation and subsequent expansion of programs from two other centers, one at 624 Lysle Blvd. in McKeesport and another along Smithfield Street in Elizabeth Township.

The old centers combined were less than 2,000 square feet and could not house many activities. The new location is about 9,600 square feet and serves more than 100 members daily.

“We had to step into the future,” Craven said about the move. “What we had in the past was no longer needed.”

It offers resources and programs for adults age 60 and older including computer instruction, arts and crafts, a book club, fitness classes, billiards, Community College of Allegheny County classes and a Wii bowling league.

Hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the second Saturday of every month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 412-664-5434 for more information.

More information is available online at www.lifespanpa.org.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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