SMITHFIELD - The first Christmas open house for Brightway Center, located on county Road 15 outside of Smithfield, was held Saturday.
Visitors toured the combined activity and dining center, part of what was a former building for sports activities when it was still part of the Kara Bright farm and homestead in earlier days. Upon his death, he deeded it over to the group that was formed and named Brightway Center.
Donnie Grim, contractor with Allied Construction, said some of the original structure from Bright's era was saved, totally renovated and another addition was added.
WELCOME — Cathy Takach, Brightway project director, and Clifton Spinner, board member, show samples of the type of flooring that will be installed at the new sports and dining center now under construction. The “snap sports” flooring will serve as a shock absorber for the activity center sports. Those visiting Brightway Center, outside of Smithfield, were taken on a tour of the old farmstead home owned by Kara Bright and deeded to Brightway for a youth facility. It houses offices, a kitchen facility and lounging rooms.
Work is progressing but no completion date has been set, he noted.
Cathy Takach, project director, said the group is seeking grants for a "snap sports" shock absorber flooring for the sports programs.
"We will be able to have all sorts of sports events and are trying to raise funds for that purpose," Clifton Spinner, board member, said.
Takach said there are three ways to help Brightway Center. "One is physical, be a part of us and lend a hand. Another is to provide new ideas on programs and activities that would be of interest and the last is financially, if you could contribute to our cause by giving $10 or whatever possible to help with programs."
"We want to do things for the youth, to have a place to keep them off the street," she said.
A program coming up with the Brightway youth will be a candy gram for the Valentine season. Calls can be made to order and have delivered a candy of choice, Takach noted.
Some of the service board volunteers assisting with the refreshments and tours were Rudy Micker, Karen Rish, Janice McCoy, Lisa Mason and Virginia Young, who is chairman of the service board.