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A new place for concerts in the outdoors

MILLINGTON — Last year it was a new garage. This year it’s going to be a new pavilion. And who can guess what the following year will bring for Millington’s Community Center?

Plans are under way to construct the pavilion behind the Center’s existing building at 8705 State St., in the village. The size of the new structure is yet to be determined but it will be large enough to host concerts along with other outdoor activities.

“We’re very excited about this project,” said the center’s Director, Beverly Rodabaugh. “We’ve had so many ideas for the back area but were never able to go forward with them for one reason or another.”

The project will be a cooperative effort between the center and Millington’s Lions Club. Money for the project is coming, in part, from several memorials to the center – those of John Narsted and Lawrence Rodabaugh, who both passed away this past year.

“The volunteers who man this center and those who contribute both financially and by working on our projects really deserve a lot of praise,” she added.

Last year, volunteers helped with the construction of a much-needed 800 square-foot garage. The structure was paid for with money raised from the center’s weekly bingo night.

“We needed a place for storage for years and it never would have happened without our volunteers,” said Rodabaugh, “Now we will be looking for their help with the pavilion”

The center opened its doors nearly five years ago. During that time, it has added a computer room, a food pantry, a clothes closet, a work out room, weekly bingo and card games, volleyball courts – activities for people of all ages.

Service organizations and clubs regularly use the center for their monthly meetings and the multi-purpose room can accommodate up to 280 people. The smaller rooms can hold 45 people comfortably. A fully -equipped kitchen is available and everything in the center accommodates the handicapped.

“The center is ideal for wedding receptions, bridal or baby showers, graduation or retirement parties – really, just about any kind of party you want to hold,” Rodabaugh said.

The non-smoking environment is good for senior or children’s programs – science and book fairs, and seniors can have their taxes prepared for free.

Money to keep the center’s doors open comes from a number of sources – memorials, private and corporate donations and family and individual annual memberships.

For information on the center, call 871-7377. Household memberships are $100 annually and everyone is welcome to join.

Judy Seifert is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at seifert@tcadvertiser.com.