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Submitted by on Fri, 07/20/2007 - 4:44pm.

WILMINGTON -- New Hanover County's Department of Aging Senior Center has earned a certificate of excellence, making the center one of the highest ranked in the state. Ben Wilson, 81, has been going to the senior center's fitness classes for 13 years. He spends an hour there, three days a week. Wilson said, "I speak for all the class, we have really enjoyed everything we have participated in here. It's super and the instructors have been excellent." One of those instructors who helps make the center top notch is also the center's director. Senior Center Director Annette Crumpton said, "This is an important award for the Department of Aging. There are 146 senior centers across the state and we are one of 48 that receive this." The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services evaluated the senior center. Crumpton said, "What they look at is the variety of classes and how they will impact the older adult population." At the senior center you can choose from dozens of different activities, one being pool. Now, if pool's not your thing you can also choose to do table tennis. Other programs like the dance classes, computer classes and fitness room helped to give the center an excellent rating. Crumpton said, "This center does an excellent job with the work that they do. They can come in and feel assured that their classes are of quality. That all of the services they receive here are quality services." Wilson said, "It is a deserved honor absolutely true!" For more information on New Hanover County's Department of Aging Senior Center and the activities offered call (910) 798-6400.

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