The brand-new Wolfington vehicle can hold 14 passengers (plus the driver) and has a lift and fold-up seats to accommodate wheelchair users. The Home's board purchased the bus for $65,000 using money from the special Burns endowment fund for travel.
Friends Home Board member Tom Brosius, who was on hand for the ceremony, said the bus will be able to take residents to places like Longwood Gardens and Lancaster County shows, and the Peebles department store will be a regular destination.
At the ceremony on Friday, residents gathered next to the bus and posed for photographs as staff members bustled around, fretting about whether it was wise for them to be outside in the cold.
A full contingent of men and women then boarded the bus. The destination for the very special inaugural run? The Foxy Loxy ice-cream shop in Unionville.
|Friends Home resident Mae Powers, age 100, in the black down coat, played the starring role in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Friends Home Executive Director Christine McDonald, in the gray coat with black lapels, is behind her.|
|The Friends Home bus embarks on its inaugural journey -- to Foxy Loxy in Unionville for ice cream!|