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Fate of Thompson Community Center Complex unsure

Report on Thompson Community Center attached in link
By Christine Simmonds | Nov 21, 2019
Photo by: Christine Simmonds Old Yellow School in Union.

Union — The future of the Thompson Community Center Complex and Old Yellow School, located at 51 South Union Road, continues to be undecided.

A citizen’s group named The Committee for the Future of the Thompson Community Center Complex hosted a community meeting Oct. 26 to hold an open discussion with Union community members about the future of this facility. The meeting was facilitated by Jane Lafleur of JB Lafleur Consultants of Camden.

Lafleur and the committee also developed a survey, available online and in paper, that was open from the end of August to the end of October.

The results of the survey and the meeting are available in a 37-page document, and outlined in an Executive Summary available on the committee’s Facebook page.

More than 80 people answered the online survey, and almost 100 people attended the community meeting, according to the Community Conversation Summary developed by Lefleur.

The Executive Summary breaks the results of the survey and public meeting into three categories: Current and Future Uses, Challenges, and Management and Ownership of the TCCC. According to this summary, “people in Union see great value in the community services and businesses that are available and offered at the Thompson Community Center,” and wish to find a way to “preserve this complex and to continue to offer these services, businesses and community activities.”

The committee continues to meet and discuss their next steps.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Martha Johnston-Nash | Nov 22, 2019 13:48

As a CFTCC member, I'm pleased there's continued interest in what we felt was a very important community meeting. We are presenting our recommendations to the Selectmen at their next meeting. Since we have a bit of legwork to do first, those are not finalized yet, as the reporter says.

To answer Debra's question, yes most of the selectmen did attend the community meeting and participated as citizens. I believe some were away and could not attend but participated in the survey. Pointing fingers has no place at this time in the progress to determine what to do with the complex. As a community, we can decide and work together - I'm sure - to see that whatever outcome we want, can happen. There are obstacles to overcome, but they are manageable when people are willing to work together toward a common goal.

Anyone interested in getting a copy of the full report from the survey and community meeting can call Elaine at 845-2209 or email her at .

Posted by: Debra Damon | Nov 22, 2019 07:26

I hope the Thompson Community Center can stay open. It has brought a lot of use to the Town. Folks can go to the Thrift shop to buy clothes, supplies, household goods, etc for their family that they can't afford to buy at stores. Lori Carlson has done a lot of work to keep this place running. From having indoor Flea Markets, offering a free Thanksgiving Dinner to people, Dances have been held there, Birthday Parties, Wedding and Receptions have been held there, Karate, a Daycare, Food Pantry, Hair Salon and other small businesses. It has been a focal point for many years. Lori has worked hard to be able to run the place with no help from the Town Official people. Yes does the place need some maintenance and repairs but you would think the Town would want to help fix it up instead of putting roadblocks on anything that can be done!! Why because as I see and I have heard it's two individuals who work against keeping it running. Lori has put two phases of a Sprinkler System in the building with no help from the Town. They should be praising her for all the work she has done. Back in the day folks helped thy neighbor and asked if help was needed and everyone helped to build a house, paint a building, repair a roof, etc. and where has that gone.

The Union Town Manager and a couple board members should be more willing to help then to discourage this place from being open, they should be ashamed of themselves for how they have been towards the Center. The new Committee of Town Folks has put a lot of time into trying to come up with ideas to keep it running. I'm curious whether the Town Manager Jay Feyler and Selectmen: Greg Grotton, Sarah Drickey, Adam Fuller, John Shepard or Joshua White attended this public meeting. If not it's a slap in the face to the Town of Union to have these people represent you as Town Officials. I don't live in Union but have many friends who live there. KEEP THOMPSON COMMUNITY CENTER GOING

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