Renovated former schoolhouse in Merigomish has become a hub in every sense Carol Dunn carol.dunn@ngnews.ca Published on August

Renovated former schoolhouse in Merigomish has become a hub in every sense
Carol Dunn carol.dunn@ngnews.ca
Published on August 14, 2017

The list of events hosted at the Merigomish Schoolhouse Community Centre since it was renovated and reopened is long.

With everything from wedding receptions and family reunions to weekly bridge games, yoga and zumba and a Sunday market, the place is usually bustling. A chip truck has also been set up in the yard this summer.

And that was the idea when the Merigomish and Area Recreation and Social Association was formed to turn around the fortunes of the building, which had fallen into disrepair.

“To me this is a real gathering place,” said Debbie Ratcliffe, a member of MARSA, who together with her late husband Pete and many others, spearheaded the project.

She said she thinks it’s “very important” for the community to have a place of its own for activities and other social events.

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