The giant red scissors cutting a large red ribbon marked the opening of a new era for the Village of Lewisburg.
The Lewisburg Community Center’s grand opening was held Saturday, May 3, at the facility off Clay Street in Lewisburg.
Placed within walking distance from the Lewisburg Community Park, the Community Center will offer space for special occasions such as wedding receptions, banquets, meetings, and others.
Pastor David Justis gave the invocation saying, “I think we know how Solomon felt when he finally completed the Temple,” he said. “This was a long, arduous process; not just for this committee, but for the Village, everyone involved, and it’s beautiful … God, we dedicate this building to this Village, to this area, to their citizens, may it be a place of enjoyment, a place of entertainment, a place of solemnity, a place where weddings and receptions are held, and lives are begun, a place where the community gathers and becomes one. Unity is the theme.”
President of the TCN Community Association, Mark Madigan thanked both Municipal Manager Jeff Sewert, as well as the remaining members of the Lewisburg Council. Madigan also thanked the TCN Community Association for “making things happen, and making this possible,” said Madigan.
Mayor Pat Putnam spoke in regard to the fast-paced, yet efficient construction of the building. Within nine months, the Association was able to listen to the needs of the Lewisburg community, plan, budget, and execute the vision of a community center. A no easy feat, according to Mayor Putnam.
“It’s like a baby, and we’ve got this beautiful building because of them,” said Mayor Putnam. Soccer fields behind the building are to be ready for use within a year, according to Ron Kauffman, Heavy Equipment Instructor at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, who has been constructing the fields.
Sewert read names of those who had donated to the project, to which, he and the crowd gave a standing ovation.
“Our effort to receive additional financial assistance is ongoing. We are extremely pleased and appreciative of the enormous amount of support we have received so far. With the construction of this project in the final stages of completing, we continue to push forward to reach out goal in raising enough money to continue to pay for the overall building expenses,” said the TCN Community Association in a written statement.