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CAN WE FIX IT? YES WE CAN!: The Center in need of handy help

July 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Center for Whitley County Youth not only offers students a place for development, it also extends opportunities for service — for adults.

Craig Langohr, 66, works part-time for The Center as the facility director. However, his job is not about the work, but about his chance to serve.

“I see it as my chance to take care of some things around the building that don’t necessarily need Jeff’s (Wike) attention,” Langohr said.

Wike is The Center’s executive director. He and Todd Blanton, programming director, set up after school programs for middle and high school students that mentor, tutor and socially develop teens in a safe environment.

Although the mission behind The Center’s planning is building healthy, well-rounded students, its facility is in need of renovations to keep up with the demand.

“We’ve been working on changing out the lighting to make it more energy efficient, remodeled two of the bathrooms and now we are getting into some work where we need carpentry help,” Langohr said.

Heavy rains flooded parts of the facility’s basement requiring large-scale repairs.

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