By Joan Lawrence-Bauer
Born of tragedy, to provide a place for teens to gather and grow in healthy ways, the Pine Hill Community Center (the Center) has become a regional anchor space offering a broad base of activities and opportunities for western Ulster and eastern Delaware counties. Its Executive Director, Ann Epner, who arrived two weeks before Hurricane Irene, has steered the group through disaster and recession by adapting it to an ever-changing community. Epner will retire this year leaving a vibrant and diverse organization ready to grow in new directions. The News spoke with Epner and with board member Florence Hamling last week, about the center’s history, its programs and its future.
Alex McKeon, above at left, Oliver McGillicuddy and Achaia Gindele, at right, concentrate on sand art projects with the help of Francesca Warnes. Kids from 6-12 meet weekly at 2:30 for games, crafts and other activities. — Photo by Joan Lawrence-Bauer