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      Mount Pleasant senior center celebrates expansion, anniversary

      (Joe O'Neill/WCIV)

      MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV)Tuesday was a big day for the Thomasena Stokes-Marshall Senior Services Center.

      The center not only celebrated its fourth year in operation, but leaders broke ground on a new addition to the facility.{}

      Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails, some town council members, East Cooper Medical Center CEO Jason Alexander, as well as Senior Center Booster Club staff and volunteers joined in on the fun.{}

      The expansion to the center will include a new building adjacent to the current building as well as an additional parking lot.{}

      Construction plans were shown in a PowerPoint presentation at Tuesday's ceremony.{}

      Town council member Thomasena Stokes-Marshall said the new facility will help accommodate the ever-growing elderly population in the Lowcountry.{}

      "This is a very exciting event that we've worked hard for over the past four years to bring about the expansion of our current center," Stokes-Marshall explained. "We are bursting at the seams. We need to expand the facilities to accommodate our growing senior population."{}

      Stokes-Marshall said the center is currently up to a membership of 2,300 people. She said the expansion will make room for more exercise space for the seniors to work out in. There will also be more space open for card and table games.

      Construction on the new addition is set to be completed by May 2013.

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