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Zelienople Senior Center to begin serving meals again

| Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, 6:15 p.m.

Butler County officials expect to serve meals again at the Zelienople Senior Center by the end of the month, thanks to the installation of a new sink there.

In April, the state Department of Agriculture ruled that the center couldn't serve meals because it lacked a permanent sink for hand washing.

Officials stopped serving lunches July 1, but continued hosting activities at Luther Court on the Passavant Retirement Community campus in Zelienople two days a week.

The Area Agency on Aging, which rents space at the Zelienople campus from property owner Lutheran SeniorLife, helped the 15 to 20 people who dined at the center find alternatives.

Those included providing them transportation to senior centers in Cranberry, Evans City and Mars that serve meals, as well as helping them order food from the Zelienople Meals on Wheels program.

Area Agency on Aging Director Beth Herold said Passavant residents benefit from the meals at the center, so officials there made the decision to install the sink. The cost wasn't available.

“The Area Agency on Aging and Lutheran Service Society have been working together to bring the center back to being open five days per week, with lunch being served all five days, and activities being available on three days,” said Patty Davidson, chief development officer for the Lutheran Service Society in Pittsburgh.

Herold said the plan is to restart serving meals on Aug. 21, which is National Senior Citizens Day.

Davidson said the reopening is pending final approval from Butler County commissioners, who meet Wednesday.

Bill Vidonic is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5621 or bvidonic@tribweb.com.

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