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Youth Center initiative needing your support and participation

Posted Monday, March 31, 2008, at 6:43 AM

A few months ago we had a lively discussion regarding the development of youth oriented activities in Bedford County.

There has beena group working quietly behind the scenes to do just that and they are ready to have an informational meeting with the public. Here is their announcement.

YOU ARE INVITED!

There will be an informational meeting for adults and teenagers concerning a teen center in Bedford County at the H. V. Griffin Park & Recreation Building on Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2008, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Kathy Gregory at 437-2296.

I met with the organizers and know that they are sincere and committed to providing a safe, fun environment. If you were in on the discussion or know people who want to help, PLEASE ask them to set this date aside and go see what is being planned.

I know they will be watching this post, so if you have comments or thoughts, feel free (as I know you will) to share them.


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I remember Mr and Mrs Gregory also. They were newlyweds but I don't think Mrs Gregory was teaching there yet but we knew her.

I recall when we had nowhere congregate but the old Freds, now a furniture store. A boy from our school fell backwards out of a pickup onto the pavement and was hurt.

This is something I've felt we've always needed. Now, for our kids. I may try to go to this meeting and check it out.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 11:12 AM

It is interesting that we have not had more activity on this topic. Several months ago the discussion was fast and sometimes furious on what needed to be done and what was missing for the youth.

It even got to the point of a meeting scheduled for a local restaurant, but I never heard anything more. Did no one meet? Have the concerns been met?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 1, 2008, at 6:46 AM

That was good Mary, they say it takes a village to raise kids. And that is so true. We get away from not correcting our and others children when they misbehave, that the children begin thinking it is ok; or they can get away with it, and nothing will be done. Some kids are so disrespectful, that if you do try to correct them they will get an attitude and say ugly things to you. You worded everything exactly right. My son goes to the skate park alot. And if he was one of those children, "I hope not" then I would have to say well done. Teenagers are a handful, so I hope they have people that are use to working with these age groups that are participating in the Youth program. Much Luck and success with it.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Mon, Mar 31, 2008, at 2:47 PM

What a great thing!

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory were my H.S. teachers and I thought very highly of both of them. I actually remember Mrs. Gregory telling me that her dream was to one day open a safe place for teenagers to "hang out."

She would tell me the ideal place she wanted this "hang out" to be and her goals for it. I LOVED this idea and am so happy to see her vision come to life!

We really need a place for teenagers to go. I will try to make it to this meeting!

I had a bad run in with some teenagers the other day at the park. I am guessing it was spring break last Thursday, but I took my boys to the park, and we were having a great time. While I was chatting with a mother, her little girl walks up telling her that a teenage boy was calling her (and the other kids) the "B" word. The mother said she couldn't do anything about it, so I took matters into my own hands. I walked up to the two teenage boys and told them that they needed to appoligize to this little girl, and that if they did not leave the park area immediately after, then I would call the police, who would have to call their parents, "and I don't think your parents would appreciate your behavior."

They appoligized and left (to the skate park).

The mother of the little girl asked me why I did that to those poor teenage boys, and I replied with, "You are the only protector of your child. You HAVE to stand up for your children. If you don't then no one else will."

There were so many kids at the skate park, that I think some came to the play area (for children) to occupy themselves.

-- Posted by Mary on Mon, Mar 31, 2008, at 1:41 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.