Peacock Senior Center remodels kitchen
PEACOCK — Thanks to a Great Lakes Energy People Fund Grant, members of the senior center were able to remodel their kitchen. The renovation was a little more than $7,000, with $5,000 from the grant.
"We urged members to round up their dollar to support the grant," said Peacock Senior Center Treasurer Marsha Bouwkamp. "Member Jerry DuBois remodeled the kitchen for us. There are new tops for counters and the island, and the cupboard doors and knobs have been refurnished."
Tucked away in a quiet, scenic area between Luther, Irons and Baldwin, the senior center boasts 100 members. Throughout the week, seniors gather together to enjoy meals and games of Bingo on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and Tuesday evening.
"We are pretty proud of the the center and the remodeled kitchen," said Peacock Senior Center President Jack Kerr. "We ordered parts pre-cut in July, and assembled them. The project was finalized in September."
The senior center is privately owned, sitting on 4 1/2 acres, and operates through volunteers. Bingo revenue is the major financial contributor for the center, adding up to $12,000 a year. Tuesday night Bingo is a big money-maker for the center, with a meal prepared before the game, Bouwkamp added.
"There is a Bingo board in each room. We are one of the few senior centers left that still have Bingo, I think because of all the paperwork involved. The senior center is such a good way to get people out. We start Bingo at 10 a.m. and eat about 11:30 a.m., when more people come in. Linda Musselman cooks for us and makes good meals here. She helps with Bingo Tuesday nights. Linda watches for sales and buys food for the meals. We allot $200 a month for Tuesday morning meal and Thursday morning we use food we get from St. Ann's. We have potlucks a couple times a month and sometimes a fish fry."
Bouwkamp said the senior center is now working toward getting a generator.
"The night the tornado came we were playing Bingo. The power went out for about 12 hours. We had to finish Bingo by candlelight and flashlights. We want everyone to be safe in case this happens again," she said. "We are really proud of everything here and all the members. We also have a library for anyone to use. Our board is made up of representatives form Elk, Sauble, Eden and Peacock townships. We have a meeting and potluck the first Monday of each month."
Membership to the Peacock Senior Center is $6 a year and people must be 55 to be a member.