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Greenwood CHEER center gets help with funding By Carol Kinsley A bus load of members of the CHEER Senior Center in Greenwood were on hand August 5 to see Congressman Mike Castle, representatives of Senators Tom Carper and Joe Biden, and USDA Rural Development State Director Marlene Elliott Brown hand over a $1 million check to help construct a new facility. The check represents a $500,000 loan from USDA and a $500,000 guaranteed loan from the Bank of Delmarva. “There is a real need in Sussex County for these kinds of services, and CHEER is making a difference in the lives of so many seniors,” said Castle. “It is important that we support these efforts as much as possible.” Elliott Brown said the CHEER centers are the hub of activity for many individuals. “CHEER promotes well being, fun and fellowship for all who walk through their doors. What we do at USDA Rural Development is to help improve the quality of life and increase economic opportunity in rural America, and what better way to return the people’s money than to strengthen a community senior center.” Arlene Littleton, executive director of CHEER, said the loan had required a lot of paperwork, but was worth it. The new, million-dollar-plus building being constructed near the intersection of Route 13 and Route 16 in Greenwood will seat 125. It will become, she predicted, “the focal

point of Greenwood.” She thanked the USDA and Delaware’s elected officials “for fighting for us.” She anticipates being able to move out of the old facility, which was formerly the Lettuce Bowl Restaurant, at the end of September. That building and the commercial property on which it sits along Route 13 are owned by CHEER and are for sale. CHEER operates nine nutrition sites, seven CHEER centers and two independent senior centers in Sussex County. CHEER provides active, mature adults 50 and over with a variety of innovative programs designed to promote a healthy physical, mental and emotional lifestyle, explained Susan Welch, site manager of the Greenwood facility. Social interaction and educational activities such as exercise programs, craft classes, health seminar and support groups available at the center attract some 30 members a day, Welch said. A mid-day meal is offered at the center for a fee or donation. An additional 30 homebound individuals receive “Meals on Wheels.” Home services, such as housekeeping and home health support which enable older citizens to live a healthy lifestyle in their own homes, can be arranged through a placement coordinator in Georgetown (854-9555). Transportation is provided within a short radius of the center. After the check presentation, Welch led the members on a tour of the building which is still under construction. “This

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to have to work with, some we haven’t had to work with in the past,” she said. Councilman Mike Vincent, liaison with the electric department, said that the city had no choice but to pass increased costs on to consumers. “This isn’t a profit thing,” he said. “We are just passing along costs.” The city’s 2008 budget assumes a power cost of 8.9 cents a kilowatt hour. That is what its electric rates are based on. But the power cost in June was 10.8 cents a kilowatt hour, an increase that was absorbed by the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, which purchases power for Seaford and eight other municipalities in the State. The power cost in July was 11.4 cents a kilowatt hour, an increase that DEMEC could not absorb. Expected cost in August is 11.2 cents a kilowatt hour. DEMEC buys 74 percent of its power through contract, at a fixed cost, and pays the market rate for the remaining 26 per-

cent of its power. Up until now, that process resulted in lower costs to the city, Slatcher said. But with market rates soaring, “it certainly hurt us now,” she added. The nine municipalities that purchase power from DEMEC have directed it to change its purchasing procedure, so that 90 percent is fixed and only 10 percent is at the market rate. Slatcher said that the benefit of passing costs on to consumers through the power cost adjustment clause is that, when costs go down, so will consumers’ bills. “This method will allow for the immediate collection of increases and the immediate passing along of any decreases,” she wrote in a memo to the council.

A ceremonial check for $1 million from U.S. taxpayers was presented to the CHEER Senior Center in Greenwood as a loan to help pay for construction costs. On hand for a tour of the facility were Tim Winstead, left, representing Senator Tom Carper; Marlene Elliott Brown, state director, USDA, Rural Development; Congressman Mike Castle; Arlene Littleton, executive director, CHEER Inc.; John Craig, vice president, The Bank of Delmarva; Christina M. Chase, loan specialist, USDA; and Kevin Smith, representing Senator Joe Biden. Photo by Carol Kinsley

was their first time at the construction site,” Welch explained. “We had been allowed to watch as five ‘boxes’ from Beracah Homes were put together, but this was their first time inside.” The dignitaries joined the members as they inspected the fitness room, the office,

the extra large bathrooms, the conference room, the dining area complete with fireplace, commercial kitchen and the storage and delivery areas. For more information on the services provided by the Greenwood CHEER center, call 349-6237.

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