If a picture is worth 1,000 words here are 15,000 words at a glance

The Community Center Corner • East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center

EL_COMMUNITY CENTER_COLLAGE

EAST LIVERPOOL — The 15 pictures appearing in the collage are a small representation of the many activities that have been and are being held regularly at the East Liverpool Area Community & Learning Center at 110 Maine Boulevard.

The Center is located next to the East Liverpool High School building. It was first opened to residents of the area on Memorial Day in 2016. The Community Center is operated exclusively by volunteers interested in giving of their time to benefit the community. The Center is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. Activities also take place at times other than during the Center’s normal open hours. Those events can be arranged by appointment.

Next week, Center volunteers will be busy preparing for the first Legacy & Legends Lecture that will be held in the Blair Auditorium on Friday, Aug. 18. A reception for members only will be at 6:30 p.m. Volunteer Marji (Shaw) Schmidt (ELHS Class of 1957), now of Pittsburgh, will help create an ambiance befitting the days of William L. Thompson at the turn of the 19th Century. The program honors the renown writer of lyrics and music for hymns and other songs of the late 1800s until the death of Will Thompson in 1909. Special petit fours and other pastries from Kretchmar’s Bakery of Beaver will be featured along with other treats and refreshments. Non-members for a donation of $25 per ticket may join with regular Series members for the program in the Auditorium at 7.

To set the mood for the evening, there will be music of Will Thompson presented by Alison Cooper Hamilton on the grand piano and Brad Bonam on the pipe organ. Hamilton is the director of Beaver Local School Schools choirs and the choir director of the First United Methodist Church. Bonam is organist at the Methodist Church and sings with the Salem Community Choir that recently performed in Las Vegas. Two of Will Thompson’s most popular hymns will be played on the piano and organ, while the audience sings along. A third hymn, “Put your Shoulder to the Wheel,” will be performed by Bonam accompanied by Hamilton on the piano.

Burl (Bud) Warrick will discuss the city’s public park that was donated by Will Thompson, which now bears Mr. Thompson’s name. Dale Wynn will give an account of the life and times of William L. Thompson, who lived most of his life in the Thompson mansion on Park Boulevard. Wynn and his wife Debbie presently reside in the Thompson home which they are in the process of restoring.

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