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Community Center is sparkling addition to Aurelia

Monday, July 28, 2008

The old and the new - This stone from the 1927 Aurelia Community Center entrance was recently placed at the south edge of the parking lot across from the new Community Center. Photo by Dan Whitney
Probably the biggest story in Aurelia in 2008 was the opening of the town's Community Center in the spring. The building, which replaced the 1927 Community Center, was a project of the city, Aurelia Municiplal Utilities, and private donations, helped along by a grant from the state. H & H Builders of Kingsley were the contractors for the project.

The building has a spacious main hall and also a side room and meeting rooms. There is also a very nice sound system, which can be used in all the rooms, and a sizable kitchen with adequate sink and refrigeration facilities.The restrooms are also very nice, and considerably larger than in the previous building.

Several events have been held at the new building since its opening, including graduation and wedding receptions, dances and organization meetings. The building has been very busy this summer, as had been the hope of planners. Congregate meal service has returned to the Community Center, and the American Legion and Auxiliary have a specially designated meeting area, which, unlike the old facility, is on ground level.

The north side of the new Aurelia Community Center. Photo by Dan Whitney
The new building also has two parking lots - one just outside the north end of the building and another, larger lot across the street to the north. The construction of this lot was made possible by the town's purchase of some lots from owners of those properties.

The final pieces of the new Community Center were put in place last week, with the construction of a fence along the north end of the parking lot and the placement of the stone from the entrance of the 1927 building, surrounded by a bed of flowers (planted by Duane Kent), just off the south end of the parking lot.

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