THE VILLAGE OF BANCROFT held a community Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the village’s community center. The aging facility, which is located at 108 Warren St. in downtown Bancroft, is the subject of an extensive restoration project organized by a number of village residents. The group includes Ann Miller, the Barnum family, Linda Fuller, Tamie and Mitch Terpening, Jamie VanHorn, Traci Tribley and Chrissy Andrea, along with the Bancroft Lioness Club and many other volunteers.
The group aims to raise $250,000 to completely renovate the community center, and as of Dec. 8, more than $18,000 had been raised and more than 1,000 volunteer hours had been contributed. Once completed, the building will be used for council and other government meetings, and as a low cost rental option for village residents to host events such as weddings, reunions and other parties, which would also generate income for the village.
The list of repairs that need to be made to the building are extensive. The inside of the building will be completely renovated and will include costly repairs such as the replacement of the building’s heating and cooling system, along with a probable electrical overhaul. The building’s roof needs to be replaced, and organizers also hope to add a commercial kitchen that could serve as a business incubation center for local food businesses lacking a space of their own.
To raise funds, the group has held community sales and a golf outing, they are writing grant applications, they plan to start a Patronicity page in the near future and they have been pleased to accept more than $15,000 in in-kind donations so far.
The village Christmas party was well attended and featured several crafts, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, a prize table and the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap. The hall was festively decorated for the occasion, and a stage was erected to create a space for Santa, who was played by Brian Barnum, the president of the village of Bancroft.
Additional volunteers and contributors included Ginger Hoisington and Kit’s Café, Gail Love, Kim Kennedy of the Community District Library, Darlene Flynn, Braxton Galbavi, Jason Strobridge, Kyler Leader and Jayden Terpening and Cub Scout Pack 84, among others.
Shown sitting on Santa’s lap during the community Christmas party on Dec. 8 is Tammy Barnum. Also shown is Mitch Terpening (back), along with Kyler Leader and Jayden Terpening, who played the reindeer and the Grinch during the party.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)