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Serving more than food: Volunteers give Florence diner a fresh look

Staff writer

Sometimes it just takes a few gallons of paint, a few hours, and caring volunteers to make a difference.

More than 15 volunteers showed their support Sunday to the new owner of the Chuckwagon restaurant in downtown Florence.

According to organizer Judy Creamer, Marge Osgood purchased and began operating the popular diner Labor Day but the exterior needed a coat of paint.

“The community wanted to help Marge get off on a good foot,” Creamer said.

The paint was donated by John Swarm of Florence and volunteers rolled up their sleeves and gave a fresh look to a community icon.

The Chuckwagon has been a part of the Florence community for 30 to 40 years. Offering food and conversation, residents gather there on a regular basis to visit and eat.

“It’s particularly important to keep it open for those residents who have a hard time getting around and can’t always go far for a meal,” Creamer said. “It’s more than food. It’s the ‘hub’ of Florence.”

Last modified Sept. 24, 2008

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