Crew of Lowe's employees adds deck to Tilton Senior Center

TILTON — The Senior Center is now graced with a patio, built, furnished and landscaped by volunteers from among the associates of Lowe's home improvement store of Tilton.

Robbyn Rachdorf. who managed the project, said that between 15 and 20 associates lent a hand. The project was undertaken under the auspices of Lowe's Heroes, a volunteer program that supports community organizations. She said that Belknap Landscape of Gilford advised on the design of the 15 foot by 20 foot patio while Lowe's provided the labor and materials as well as two sets of patio furniture and a selection of flowering plants.

Rachdorf said that when she began looking for a project she called Pat Consentino, who chairs the Board of Selectmen. Consentino said that she asked around town and when no other projects came to mind suggested a patio for the Senior Center. Rachdorf said the employees then voted to build the patio.

"They did a great job," Consentino said. "I had no idea they would contribute furniture and flowers."

Janet Bean, the human resources manager at Lowes who was among the workers, said that "the best part was that the seniors would come out while we were working to say thank you. This was a real people project

CAPTION: Robbyn Rachdorf of Lowes of Tilton cuts the ribbon to open the patio at the Senior Center built by a team of associates from Lowe's with a hand from Belknap Landscaping. Casey Heyman, manager of the store, stands to her left while to her are Emily LaPlante, Pat Consentino, Emily Bodwell and Jane Alden, members of the executive committee of the Senior Center. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Michael Kitch).