New youth center in Chestertown

CHESTERTOWN Young people in the North Warren area now have a place to hang out and have some fun. The lower floor of the warming hut at Dynamite Hill has been transformed into a youth center by the Chester/Horicon Youth Commission, and spearheaded by its director, Nicole Howe. This was all storage before, Howe said. Weve remodeled it for the kids. She said the center has foosball, air hockey and pool, plus a television with Playstation and a DVD player. The walls are adorned with artwork by local kids. Were looking for volunteers to chaperone for just a couple of hours a week, Howe said. People to chaperone so we can keep the center open. Along with volunteers, Howe said the youth commission is looking for donations for the center, things like play station games, DVDs, bean bags to sit on and other items. We have some board games, Howe said; And the kids have asked for ping pong. The Chestertown Rotary Club has offered to help by hopefully donating a large TV for a monthly movie night, Howe said. Donations were also made by Garnet Signs, Living Floors and the Ladies Auxiliary. The new youth center will be open during February break between 7 and 9 p.m. for sixth graders and older and from 2 to 4 p.m. for kindergartners through fifth graders. Weve wanted some sort of youth center for years, said Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe. This is fantastic. The Chester/Horicon Youth Commission organizes activities for area youth, including skiing at Gore Mountain, trips to all night lock-ins or bowling and skating and even a Fear Factor game. The next Fear Factor will be held on March 4 at the Chester Municipal Center at 4 p.m.

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