The Dew Drop Inn just got a makeover.
 
On Thursday (Sept.9), members of the town of Gibbons, along with Morinville-St. Albert MLA Dale Nally, members of the Gibbons Twilight Club, and the Sturgeon River Ag Society gathered for the grand re-opening of the Dew Drop Inn and the unveiling of the new Gibbons Seniors Bus.
 
The Dew Drop Inn, a town facility, is used to host community events and has become the home base for the Gibbons Twilight Club, a senior’s club which has seen a substantial increase in membership in recent years.
 
The inn received a $115,500 mechanical and interior upgrade thanks in part to a contribution by the Government of Alberta’s Community Facilities Enhancement Program (CFEP) for $41,358.
 
“It was a complete facelift,” explained Eric Paterson, recreation and youth coordinator for the town. “Everything from the flooring, to the roof, to the lighting, the entire kitchen, the cabinets.”
 
The funding also went toward new furniture for the centre; Paterson explained the renovations would help to prolong the life of the centre for years to come. Accessibility was a factor in the renovations, however, as the centre is attached to a senior’s home, the Dew Drop Inn is already quite accessible to residents. 
 
A new Gibbons Seniors Bus was purchased thanks to a financial donation by the Sturgeon River Ag Society and is a substantial upgrade over the old bus.
 
Last week, the town celebrated Community Week with several events held leading up to the Gibbons Town Wide Garage Sale on Saturday (Sept.11). During Community Week, the town hosted a barbeque unveiled its new Community Recognition Wall and celebrated Neighbour Day on Friday with several small events.