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When life gives you lemons...
From left are GRCC gymnasts Delaney Ennis, 8, Emma Chiasson, 9, Chloe Ennis, 4, Genevieve Chiasson, 7, and Riley Chiasson, 9. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Their smiles and enthusiasm are both captivating and inspiring, but it's their actions that are drawing attention.
They range in age from four to nine, five gymnasts from the Greater Rumford Community Center who are doing their part in the effort to keep the doors of their community center from closing.
As Delaney Ennis, 8, Emma Chiasson, 9, Chloe Ennis, 4, Genevieve Chiasson, 7, and Riley Chiasson, 9, were getting ready to have their lemonade stand on July 1 at Roxbury Pond, they learned of some potentially bad news.
Genevieve said, "We found out the GRCC might have to close, so we decided we'd donate the proceeds to them."
Back on June 11, voters rejected initiated articles for requests $138,100 for the GRCC and $22,720 for the GRCC summer programs.
After making up flyers to promote their event, the girls set up their lemonade stand. Genevieve said, "It did not go very well at first, but when people found out we were doing this for the GRCC, cars started coming up."
The young gymnasts, who also collected bottles, donated a total of $24.34 towards the fundraising effort. Other gymnasts held a car wash this past Sunday in the Rumford Information Center parking lot.
The hope was that voters yesterday would approve the Finance Committee's recommendations on the proposed budget, which included monies for the GRCC through a contingency account. But regardless of the result of that vote, the girls said they will continue their effort with another event sometime next month, again at Roxbury Pond.
Genevieve said that besides the lemonade, "we're going to make homemade doggie bones and have a bake sale."