- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—ASHTABULA — The Ashtabula Senior Center is open later than usual to accommodate seniors seeking relief from the heat, as well as adding more activities for senior citizens.

Acting Director Lisa Bruckman recently asked the Ashtabula County Council on Aging to expand the Senior Center’s hours of operation and the council agreed.

“Our market research reveals that younger senior residents would like evening or weekend programs and we want to try to accommodate this upcoming generation of seniors,” Bruckman said. “Our additional hours also will help area seniors to escape the heat and humidity, especially our seniors with asthma or other health issues.”

Instead of closing at 2 p.m., the Senior Center’s new hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Friday. Volunteers and staff have arranged their schedules to accommodate the extra hours.

Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of the air conditioning and explore the center’s programs, such as bingo, prescription assistance, yoga, line dancing, holiday parties, cards and other activities.

“We have a house full of seniors here today,” Bruckman said. “We have air conditioning and we have bingo.”

Bruckman said area residents also can pay their bills at the Senior Center. The Senior Center accepts payment for water, gas, electric, TV, phone, Internet, retail store credit cards, installment loans, mortgages and credit cards.

“Most bills paid at the Senior Center are delivered to the billers by the next business day, so you will have peace of mind that your service will not be disrupted and avoid late fees,” she said.

This service is open to the public. Bruckman said she would like to see more people take advantage of this free service.

In addition to escaping the heat or paying bills, the center’s new computer lab is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., week days, and Community Action provides lunch every day at 11:30 a.m., according to the schedule.

Special events planned for the remainder of the year include:

—A custom and classic car show from 5-8:30 p.m. Aug. 7, with DJ Shawn McBride playing 50’s music. Hamburger and hot dogs will be served, and there will be door prizes and 50/50 drawing, Bruckman said.

—A craft fair will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Senior Center. Interested vendors should call 440-998-6750.

—AT&T; Director Stephen Kristian will host a seminar on overcoming the fear of technology in the fall. The date is not yet known, she said.

For more information or a calendar of activities stop by the Senior Center, 4632 Main Ave., or call 440-998-6750.


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