Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Front Page

Aurora Senior Center gets new furniture, technology

by KATE PELCZYNSKI
Editor


Aurora Senior Center Director Donna Bodekor shows Legislator Joseph Lorigo a new projector and laptop during a visit to the Senior Center. The new equipment was purchased using money from the county budget. Aurora Senior Center Director Donna Bodekor shows Legislator Joseph Lorigo a new projector and laptop during a visit to the Senior Center. The new equipment was purchased using money from the county budget. Some big changes are taking place at the Aurora Senior Center.

Aurora Senior Center Director Donna Bodekor was joined by Erie County Legislator Joseph Lorigo to announce the improvements made at the King Street location.

The $2,000 upgrades include a new laptop, a projector and an upgraded sound system. The new audiovisual equipment will be used for events at the center, such as the University Express program, which allows seniors to attend free, one-hour courses on a variety of topics taught by experts.

Bodekor says the projector will help those presenting the program. She says about 60 to 70 seniors usually attend a single program, but with the upgraded equipment she expects to see a lot more.

“Now that people see we’re offering the program, and we have those capabilities, we’re going to see a lot more [people].”

In addition to the updated technology, the center also received new tables and chairs. Bodekor says this will help seniors who spend a lot of time in the library, playing cards or chess for an extended period of time.

This helps us,” said Bodekor. “Some of the things are 15, 16 years old, and they’re just sadly falling apart.”

The equipment is made possible by funding Lorigo secured from the 2017 Erie County budget. Lorigo said he felt it was important to set aside the funding for community groups to support their work.

“One of the organizations I identified was the Aurora Senior Center, and I am extremely pleased with the work that Donna and her staff do to serve the Greater East Aurora community’s seniors,” he said. “Now the center will have better technology for educational programs like the county’s University Express classes, which are a huge benefit for all who use the center.”

Bodekor thanked Lorigo for his efforts, saying the new equipment would make it easier for people to attend events and classes.

“I hope everyone has a chance to enjoy the new upgrades,” Lorigo said.

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