Cassville Senior Center gets new salad bar, cooks

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Cassville Senor Center volunteer Jerlene Ray sets up the new and improved salad bar the center recently received. The new piece of equipment is temperature controlled, space efficient and all stainless steel. Kristina Atwood, center administrator, estimated the previous salad bar was over 20 years old and had probably been with the original building when it was erected in [approximately] the 1990s. The salad bar is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Contributed photo

Administrator planning a computer lab with classes

The Cassville Senior Center has had a few changes to its kitchen lately.

Cook Jeannie Strickler was promoted to lead cook and Afton Young was hired as assistant cook, replacing Strickler, who had worked in the position at the center for the last year.

Jeannie Strickler, right, was recently promoted from assistant cook to lead cook at the Cassville Senior Center. Strickler has served at the center for the last year. Afton Young was hired to replace Strickler as new assistant cook. Contributed photo

It also recently acquired a new and improved salad bar. Center administrator Kristina Atwood estimated the previous salad bar to be over 20 years old.

"We have one major change to the center a new salad bar," she said. "It was pretty old, and had probably been with the original building."

She estimated the center was built in the late 1990s. The new salad bar sports all stainless steel, is temperature-controlled and more efficient.

"It's smaller, but [because of its design] we're able to fit more of a variety of items because of more places to put things," Atwood said.

A home-cooked meal is offered to seniors and open to the public Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a suggested donation of $3.50 for ages 60 or older. The salad bar is available during lunch on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

"We have also seen more interest in our weekly domino games and have increased them from once-per-week to twice-per-week," Atwood said. "One of our volunteers is teaching those who are interested how to play. Over the summer, we are having our regular special events, including a fourth of July lunch, [with a date to be announced]."

A future project includes converting a room into a mini computer lab, with classes offered for seniors tentatively this fall.

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