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New window frames and a fresh coat of paint were part of the recent upgrades to the Pioche Senior Center.

The Pioche Senior Center has always been a place that is open and welcoming to everyone. With a few recent upgrades, that image has now been magnified.

Dawn and Guy Bradley, owners of the motor park next to the senior center, volunteered their services and materials to redo the exterior of the building. They framed the windows, re-painted, provided planters, and redid the senior center sign. After the yard was all cleaned up, the center looked brand-new.

The food pantry was another addition. Instead of just feeding the citizens that come for lunch, more people can now call in and ask for food from the food pantry. It is restocked monthly by the Berean Baptist church.

Dave Hefner, president of the senior center, ensured that the senior center has a room the community can rent out for small parties and gatherings. This also includes the kitchen.

“This is really a handy place to have. All the changes have made it much more appealing and we think the food is really good, too,” said Nancy Burns, the center’s nutrition planner.

A ceramic room is in the process of being opened. Hefner says, “It’s a process, but hopefully we’ll have it up and running by next year. We have over 300 molds here, ready for use.”

The whole community is welcome to enjoy the things the senior center has to offer.

“What we’re trying to do, which is really important, is we’re trying to have a home effect,” Burns said. “When people come here we want them to have that home feeling. Even when you drive by, it just looks better and feels more welcoming. We really just want to give thanks to the people that have done all the work. We welcome everybody. The more the merrier.”

The senior center is open Monday-Friday for lunch unless there’s a holiday. For seniors, lunch is $3, but it’s free for anyone who can’t afford it.