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Senior centers expanding to accommodate baby boomers

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Charles Hoffman has been coming to the Windy Hill Senior Center for the last eight years. You can normally find him and his pals playing basketball in the gym.

Hoffman says a move to a bigger location is just what the doctor ordered.

"It's a bigger gym, it's a new facility, distance wise it's the same for me, bigger cafeteria," said Hoffman.

An opportunity to expand into Spring Grove's former middle school was too good for the senior center to pass up.

"Twelve years ago when we moved to this facility, our membership grew. It just multiplied unbelievably," said Terry Lehr, a member of Windy Hill's board of directors.

As the baby boomer generation hits retirement, this story will be repeated all over central Pennsylvania. Windy Hill knew they had to grow.

"This baby boomer generation is interested in going out and doing and experiencing, and it will be our responsibility to be able to provide those opportunities for them," said executive director Tammy Miller.

That means expansion and new competition for Hoffman and the gang on the basketball court.

"Today we only have 14, but yeah, I would love to have 16, 17, 18 guys," said Hoffman.

Windy Hill is already considering expanding their hours of operation once they get inside of the new building. Once they do, they will also operate under the name Windy Hill on the Campus. 

Officials say they will be in their new digs by September 1.


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