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Wrnsbg. seniors now gather at Countryside Home to share meals

Seniors who formerly attended the Warrensburg community mealsite in the First United Methodist Church share a meal Jan. 25 at the program’s new site at Countryside Adult Home north of Warrensburg on Schroon River Road.

Seniors who formerly attended the Warrensburg community mealsite in the First United Methodist Church share a meal Jan. 25 at the program’s new site at Countryside Adult Home north of Warrensburg on Schroon River Road. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Area senior citizens who wish to share a noontime meal with friends are now doing so in a new location, as the long-anticipated move of the local senior mealsite to Countryside Adult Home has been accomplished.

The Warrensburg mealsite, located for decades downtown in the basement of the First United Methodist Church, moved Jan. 25 to Countryside Adult Home, located two miles north of town on Schroon River Road.

About 10 area seniors from Warrensburg and Thurman shared a meal June 26 in Countryside’s social room, adjacent to their main cafeteria, where their home’s 40 residents were also eating lunch. The seniors and the kitchen staff said the consolidation had worked well in its first two days.

Similar observations were expressed by Christie Sabo, director of the Warren County Office for the Aging, which operates mealsites through the county.

“So, far, so good,” Sabo said. “Participants say they’re pleased with the food and the room — how nice it is, including the view, which includes hummingbirds.”

Seniors said they didn’t mind the move, even though it was now distant from downtown Warrensburg. For the meantime, transportation is being provided by the county. During the first week of the move, mealsite participants were being picked up at their homes in a county van.

County leaders had decided early this year to close down most all of the 12 mealsite kitchens, but soon after decided to retain them due to outcry from seniors and town officials.

The Warrensburg mealsite, however, faced consolidation not only due to potential savings, but because of access problems related to a narrow stairwell in the existing site in the basement of the Methodist church — where rent was nearly $18,000 — and problems with the kitchen facilities, officials said.

Moving the mealsite to Countryside meant potential consolidation of job positions, as both facilities were serving far fewer people than their capacity. Regardless of that fact, the two county-funded kitchen jobs for the mealsite were retained, while one part-time town-sponsored post was cut.

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