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Lions ease accessibility

Funding helps with handicap door opener

June 7, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Austintown Lions Club presented a check for $1,620 to the Austintown Senior Center last week. The funds will be used to provide a handicapped-accessible door button for the facility.

One of the center's goals this year was to make the entrance more user friendly for those in wheelchairs or with walkers. In the past, individuals with handicaps who were coming to the center would have to wait on someone to hold the door open. With a button installed, they can approach the door, press the button, and the door will open automatically. The button will be located on a post on the walkway towards the center's entrance door.

To help fund the installation and purchase of the new automatic door system, the Austintown Lions Club voted to chip in. They had funds in place that were raised during their annual 5K race and their Sweetest Day flower sale.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Lions Club officers Bob Whited, Bill Sywy, Jack Kochansky, Larry Jensen, and John Facemyer, join the Austintown Senior Center advisory council’s Bill Bilicki as the center’s Veterans Corner Director Ron Borngesser presents a check to center Director Jim Henshaw to help install an automatic door.

"We wanted a community project for Austintown and decided on this one," said King Lion Larry Jensen.

The new automated door opener is expected to be installed and operating by the end of this week. Senior Center Director Jim Henshaw said it was one of several items on the wish list that can be crossed off. He said the next big goal will be a vehicle.

"Our biggest goal this year is to obtain a handicap-accessible van to allow us to take people to various outings and events," Henshaw said.

He said it won't be an easy goal to meet as it is getting hard to obtain funds in the present economy.

"Maybe we'll get some donations to help out," he said.



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