Grand opening held at Eagle Rock thrift store

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Eagle Rock Community Association (ERCA) held a grand opening celebration at the Community Connection Thrift Store last month.

"The Community Connection is a second hand store with a large variety of items, including clothing, bedding, kitchen items, vacuums and jewelry," said Pamela Stilwell, ERCA president. "If it's donated, we sell it. We will try to serve the community by keeping our prices as low as possible. With the economy the way it is, this is one way we hope to help our community."

Over 100 local community members visited the Community Connection Thrift Store during its grand opening celebration in August. Patrons enjoyed coffee, tea and snacks while they shopped the extensive selection of merchandise.

"All proceeds from sales will go back to the Golden, Eagle Rock, Mano and surrounding communities," said Pamela Stilwell. "Not only are we trying to better our community with things such as the library and the ERCA facility, but we would like someday to begin other projects that will benefit our community."

Some future projects being considered by ERCA are a community walking track, a recreational park and assorted senior services.

A large number of individuals have volunteered their time to serve at the Community Connection. Managers Jayne Jester and Maralyn Miller are joined at the store by volunteers Kathy Ambrose, Elsie Black, Joan Buel, Bobbie Corke (Bequette), Pat Crowe, Faye Curren, Clarence Dellinger, Betty Dellinger, Jennifer Fanna, Lee Graybill, Kay Hase, Virginia Helms, Lori Menichetti, Marv Pottorff, Gwen Pottorff, John Stilwell and Pamela Stilwell.

"I personally would like to thank all who helped and their families who were so patient with all the time spent during these last couple of months away from home," said Pamela Stilwell. "This is a super fun place to work with lots of caring people who truly care about the community and who have become such close friends."

Pamela Stilwell also thanked Ronnie Tollison, Russ Healy, Kathy Harvey and all of the individuals who donated beverages and cookies for the Community Connection's grand opening event.

"Last but not least, (we want to thank) all of the people who brought so much positive support like the Office Pub, which brought us all donuts while we were moving in, and Gary and Linda Sartin of Cassville, who helped with the clothing racks, hangers and inventory," said Stilwell. "What a great community we live in."

The Community Connection Thrift Store accepts clean, gently used items during its regular hours, which are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The store will not accept computers, mattresses, washing machines or dryers.

In addition to operating the Community Connection, ERCA offers a voting station, building rentals, a community landing zone for emergency medical services, a Red Cross mass care shelter, community art classes, college scholarships, holiday events, a quilters club, a monthly newsletter, community pot luck dinners and an assortment of other services and activities.

The Community Connection Thrift Store is located on Highway P south of Highway 86 in Eagle Rock.

For more information, call 271-3700.