RUSSELLVILLE -- The Russellville Com-munity Center will have a Whole Hog Sausage and Pancake Supper along with rollerskating on Saturday.
The supper is scheduled 5-7 p.m. at a cost of $5. Rollerskating will be available 5-8 p.m. at a cost of $3. Profit from both events will be used to maintain the community center.
Russellville has been fortunate that the decision was never made to tear the old school building down, as has happened in a number of small towns, community center volunteers note. The structure is a sound building but the roof is leaking and the furnace needs to be fixed or replaced, which costs money. The fuel bill alone is more than $10,000 per year and utility bills are in excess of $600 a month. Then there are janitorial fees, repairs, etc.
Some may wonder why the community center board and all the people who volunteer their time and food donations work so hard to keep the building open. Wouldn't it be so much easier to just throw up their hands and say, "We have more important things to do with our time and money?"
They would never do that, organizers stress. The community center is a place where families can have reunions, weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, holiday dinners, line dancing, basketball games and many other activities.
So, where does the money come from to operate the facility?
It comes from rentals, as well as the dinners and suppers that are held and events such as the Halloween Social, the Rustlers' Round-Up, Whole Hog Sausage Suppers, spaghetti dinners, the Christmas cantata and bake sales.
There have been countless hours volunteered, business and individual donations given, food donations, small tableware donations and appliance donations -- all in the name of community.
As always, the public is invited to attend Saturday's supper (which will also have French toast on the menu) and rollerskating events.