ATLAS president thanks Laurel officials who helped with Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center

August 24, 2011

(Open letter to Mayor Craig Moe and Laurel City Council):

As we finally reach the long-sought goal of a new senior center in the Laurel area (11 years in the making), we of ATLAS — All Together for Laurel/Beltsville Area Seniors — would like to express our most sincere thanks for the help and support that the city of Laurel has provided. You have been with us from the very beginning. In fact, you helped launch the project when you joined with the District 21 team and the Prince George's County Council in establishing the task force, which confirmed the need for, and feasibility of, the program.

Approval of the task force's report gave the idea of a new senior center meaning and impetus, and gave ATLAS a base upon which to build, in very real ways, as we moved forward to raise public awareness of the program. The report provided a list of 11 sites upon which the center might be built, including the Laurel Regional Hospital site which was eventually adopted, and which noticeably lowered the overall cost.

Your patience and continued support as the months grew into years is also greatly appreciated. We of ATLAS never gave up on it, and neither did Tom Dernoga, Barbara Frush nor the city of Laurel.

Thank you very much!

I would also add our thanks for your sponsorship of the Laurel Senior Friendship Club/Laurel Computer Learning Facility. When then-County Councilman Tom Dernoga provided the money for it, the city of Laurel provided a place for it and we have since enjoyed a state-of-the-art computer facility, which the city's staff installed and maintained, both physically and technically. Since then, more than 300 students have enjoyed our classes. Special thanks go to Kevin Frost and Mike Lhotsky and their staffs, who saw to the day-to-day aspects of the computer facility.

C. E. "Curt" Curtis

President, ATLAS

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