iBerkshires.com  reports the Council on Aging, specifically Coordinator Carole Hilderbrand and the volunteers, were lauded in a letter sent to the Board of Selectmen and read at Tuesday's board meeting.
The letter, sent by the COA Board of Directors, praised Hilderbrand and her volunteers for growing both attendance and the number of programs offered at the Community Center.
Some of the COA programs highlighted during the meeting Tuesday included bingo, line dancing for no cost (Tuesdays in October 12:30-1:30), quilting and needlework classes (first and third Thursday of every month from 1-3) along with the usual senior lunches on Monday through Wednesday.
Hildebrand has also started delivering welcome boxes to new senior residents in Cheshire. The boxes contain an invitation to a free lunch at the center, handknit mittens, a brochure with information on all the programs at the center, and, most importantly, homemade cookies.
Hilderbrand was quick to thank the community for their support.
"People have been fantastic about volunteering and donating. Without the donations, the food pantry that's run out of this office would not be in existence," she said.
Hilderbrand ended the presentation by holding up an "I Love Cheshire" T-shirt that is on sale at the community center for $15. All proceeds benefit the food pantry.
In other business, Town Administrator Edmund St. John IV said a couple of small road projects will be put on hold until the spring. Specifically catch basin work and Maple Drive repairs.
The next  meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 at the Senior/Community center.

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