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Socializing, smiles gone from local mealsite

To the Adirondack Journal:

I strongly object to the recent move of the county’s senior mealsite from the United Methodist Church to Countryside Adult Home, and the following is just a sample of my reasons why.

I am not only a senior citizen. I was the Mealsite Manager in Bolton Landing for 20 years, and worked as a substitute for the past seven years both in Bolton Landing and in Warrensburg. I also serve as a member of the county Office of the Aging council, so I’m looking at this situation from many levels:

The Warrensburg United Methodist church supplied us with a site for well over 30 years. Yes, the mealsite was not handicapped accessible, but Warren County wouldn’t chip in a install a decent chairlift or offer to fix the one that existed there.

The church couldn’t afford to fix it, so they removed it.

A misconception exists about the cost of continuing to operate the mealsite there. Warren County never paid the church “rent” as has been stated many times. In fact, the church was reimbursed for a portion of the church’s heat and electrical expenses, and Warren County paid for the cooking stove’s natural gas. They also shared in the cost of snow plowing, which actually the town could have accomplished — other towns perform this service for their mealsites.

Also, our seniors could visit anytime the mealsite was open and have coffee, tea or hot chocolate and sometimes a snack. The church mealsite was a place for fellowship, friendship and a good meal — not so where we are now. We are not allowed into Countryside until 12:15 p.m. and must be out by 1 p.m. Plus, it’s all “our people” and “your people” — we are not allowed to intermingle with the Countryside residents.

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