SYRACUSE — Volunteers from the Syracuse Community Center was recognized recently by Home National Bank for their ongoing efforts toward improvements for the center.
“With continuing support for our community, HNB is proud to donate $1,000 to the Syracuse Community Center,” said Executive Vice President John Hoback. “The volunteers do so much for their community, from hosting yards sales and dinners to allowing the public to entertain with weddings, parties and reunions. This is our way of showing appreciation for all the hard work the volunteers do, the countless hours spent in continuing to keep the center looking great.”
The building served as Syracuse Elementary School from the time it was completed in the early 1930s until 2002, when the elementary schools in the Southern Local School District were consolidated. No longer needed for use as a school, the building was bought by the late Robert L. Wingett, a former student. After purchasing the property, Wingett transferred it to the original owners, Syracuse Village, for use as a community center.
Today, the building stands a tribute to historic preservation, philanthropy and the volunteers who not only saw what the building once was, but what it could be.
The center houses cultural artifacts and provides a venue for recreational and educational activities for the community. The facility is busy almost daily with yoga or painting classes, club meetings and fundraising events. A specific room on the second floor is designated for WJOS-TV, the Emergency Planning Commission (Blue Med Response System).
The building also serves Meigs County as election headquarters for Syracuse and Minersville. A traditional Election Day dinner brings in not only precinct voters, but many people from other parts of the county who come on election day “just for the chicken and noodles.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.