AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn has turned the Senior Center into a cooling center for six days this summer, and town officials are thanking the volunteers who made this possible.
“We want to thank everyone who helped out,” Town Manager Julie Jacobson said at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting. “The Senior Center did a great job of getting volunteers to cover those hours. It’s not easy to do that, so we were thrilled to get all those days covered.
“We did have a couple people who took advantage of the Senior Center and others who stayed around after events to stay cool,” Jacobson said. “It’s very important to have this available for anyone to come to.”
The first brutal heat wave of the summer was from June 20 to 22, and the mercury was also pushing 100 degrees from July 16 to 18.
When the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center became a cooling station in June, volunteers Bill Sipos, Lillian Halpin, Carl Westerman, Ed Sweeney, Joyce Plante and Harold Gionet helped out.
In July, Heather Page, Bill Sipos, Lillian Halpin and Carl Westerman gave their time to help.
At the selectmen meeting, Wayne Page, chairman of the Council on Aging, thanked “the volunteers for coming out in the heat and doing such a good job.” Page also recognized Cheryl Westerman, assistant director of the senior center, for “setting up the cooling station and doing a great job.”