Friends of New Troy Community Center reopens to the public, plans summer of activities

By Francesca Sagala, News Editor

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Volunteers Aubrey Beck, Ben Taylor, Victoria Petroff, Lorraine Hanover, Mike Metz, Katy Harington, and Terry Hanover in front of the Allan Boyd Memorial Gazebo

FoNT Edit: Thank you to the volunteers, not pictured, Ollie Jane Rosenthal, Elizabeth Nuti, Sue Nuti, Jenny Gabbard, John Edwards and Bob Svoboda for their time and efforts. We appreciate you all!

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Volunteers gathered Saturday, June 26, to clean up the inside and outside of a place that has become a thriving community gathering space: the Friends of New Troy Community Center.


The center, which has been closed since March 18, 2020, due to Covid, offically reopened to the public July 1.


According to Victoria Petroff, vice president of the Friends of New Troy (FoNT) Board of Directors, the library has reopened, and yoga classes have resumed. Skybird Yoga’s founder Elizabeth Nuti (who’s also a trustee on the board of directors) offers in-person classes weekly in FONT’s Community Room Fridays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays in the mornings.


The center’s new bathrooms will also be seen by the public, as their huge renovation just got underway when the center closed.

“So much has been done in the building that nobody has seen yet – and we’re still working on things,” Petroff said.

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Running to the Center of the World 2020 style


By David Johnson, News Editor


NEW TROY — A different kind of Run to the Center of the World took place Saturday, Oct. 24, in New Troy.


A total of 55 people participated in the ninth annual event, which included 5K runs and walks along with a half-marathon race. Although about a dozen of them hit the road after Scott Vines fired the starting cannon at 8 a.m., many others crossed the start/finish line over the next hour or so since staggered starts were part of the COVID-19 adjustments made to the event.


These also included: Breakfasts were pre-packed and included in a bag with race shirt and bib; there was no awards ceremony (certificates will be sent by mail); masks were required everywhere but on the course.

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By David Johnson, News Editor


Friends of New Troy celebrate 15 years with dinner & a movie


NEW TROY — The 15th anniversary of the Friends of New Troy converting a former school building into a Community Center and park was celebrated with chili and a movie on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 12.


The original plan was to premiere the short historical film "Claim to Fame" outdoors behind the center. Live music also was on the agenda, but persistent rain prompted organizers to have people pick up samples of the six chili cook-off entries (plus extra fixings) along with DVDs of the movie.


The competing chilis were provided by area restaurants including Mesa Luna (two varieties), Greenbush, the Peasant’s Pantry, Metal Munchiez, and an anonymous restaurant.  (continue reading)