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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB NEEDS $36,000 FOR NEW GYM FLOOR

One of the most popular gymnasiums in the Lancaster area is out of business these days.

And it will require lot of financial help to reopen.

The Lancaster/Depew Boys and Girls Club gym floor was destroyed last month after torrential rains flooded the building, said Executive Director David A. Hoch.

Workers dried the gym floor, vacuuming some 150 gallons of water from it. But the following day, the floor -- which had just been redone -- buckled beyond repair.

The damages were not covered by insurance. So the organization is trying to raise about $36,000 to replace the floor, as well as improve the drainage around it.

Town Supervisor Robert H. Giza said he is now going to service organizations, like the Rotary Club, to raise money. But he said he's confident the community at large will pitch in too.

"The club means a lot to a lot of kids," said Giza, who spent much of his youth there and headed the club for 25 years until becoming supervisor almost four years ago.

"Some of them spend more time there than they do at home," he said. "There must be 200, 300 kids there a day."

The club is set to open Wednesday, although the floor -- even if replaced soon -- won't be ready until mid-October.

Lancaster's Boys and Girls Club has long been a popular draw for youngsters. Aside from sports and other activities, it also offers such services as homework help and guidance.

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