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Home improvement for seniors

Popular Mohawk program being offered at Sackville

 By Mark Newman, News staff

It’s a new program aimed at seniors who like to swing, a hammer that is.

The popular home improvement program for seniors currently offered at Mohawk College is coming to the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre this spring.

Vince Mercuri, recreation coordinator at Sackville, said they were approached by officials from the college’s outreach program recently about bringing home improvement to the Upper Wentworth centre.

“They were looking at doing a program for seniors,” said Mercuri, who noted the program will be offered in a series of five, four week courses. “If you want to take all five, you will receive a certificate from Mohawk College as part of their part-time studies (and) people can use that on their resume, particularly for the younger senior who is still working.”

The first course that focuses on power tools and how to use them begins April 17, followed by basic plumbing on May 15 and painting and decorating on June 12.

All of the courses run on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

“We’ll probably do the remaining two modules in the fall,” said Mercuri, who noted the daytime offerings should appeal to seniors who don’t like to drive at night.

Well known local home repair expert Pamela Stiles will teach each of the courses that are aimed giving seniors the necessary know-how to do minor home repairs.

Cost is $80.94 for people age 55 to 64 and $35.34 for seniors 65 and over.

Some of the programs also require a $10 materials fee.

Mercuri said registration will run March 5-16 and a minimum of 12 people is needed per course and each course can take up to 25 people.

All fees and registration information will be sent by Sackville to Mohawk College, Mercuri noted.

 

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