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Senior Center gets covered deck to host outdoor fun

Darrell Potter, left, and Bob Eller busy working on the early stages of a covered deck at the Johnson County Senior Center. The new addition will serve as extra space to accommodate the many
activities held at the busy facility. Photo by Meg Dickens

By Tamas Mondovics

That there is no shortage of activities at the Johnson County Senior Center, there is little doubt.
Located at 128 College Street in Mountain City, the member-supported center may just be one of the busiest event-strong activity oriented facilities the county is rightfully proud of.
Of course, with growth comes necessity including the need for a bit more room to host activities, a good problem to have according to director Kathy Motsinger.
“We have been in need of extra space, and the advisory board and myself decided that we could use some of the outside space to add square footage for some of our activities,” Motsinger said.
Motsinger explained that the Taylorsville Masonic Lodge No.243, adjacent
the senior center, owns all the property next to the Senior Center where a two men crew began to construct a covered deck or outside space after getting the permission to build.
“The members at the lodge are just as excited about the project as we are at the senior center,” Motsinger said.
Having a share in the effort, the Johnson County Shrine Club donated $500 to the project, joined by the Maple Chapter No.79 order of the Eastern Star that has also contributed the same amount.
“We will be sharing the space with them and with the community center as well as others that may need to use the space,” Motsinger said, adding, “When completed, I can move different classes or activities, pending nice weather, outside to the covered deck. The center gets crowded some days, and this will help tremendously.”
While hoping to raise money to landscape around the new addition, members are promising to host a number of outdoor activities in the coming months including cookouts for lunch, making smores during warmer evenings and enjoying special music.
For more information, please visit the Johnson County Senior Center’s Facebook page or call (423) 727-8883.