Centralia Youth Center Gets New Floor
On Saturday, August 24, the Centralia Community Youth Center held an open house to celebrate and dedicate the installation of a new gymnasium floor. Opening was done by Herb Williams, Centralia mayor and CCYC executive director, who spoke about the floor’s man-made composite materials and those who donated and helped raise money to make the project possible.
During the open house the new gym floor was dedicated to Michael A. Maines, who during his life was a decorated Centralia Orphan, setting a Centralia High School football record of 47 pass receptions for 770 yards and 8 touchdowns. Mr. Maines was also a dedicated coach for local athletes, including junior high and high school girls basketball and softball, as well as football. Maines was a correctional officer for 16 years and in 2006 was named the correctional officer of the year. While better known for football, Maines was also an accomplished all-around athlete. In 1985, he was a member of the CHS 400- & 800-meter relay teams that took the South Seven Conference and Sectional titles.
During the afternoon, the Maines family was invited out onto the gym floor where family members got to witness the unveiling of the Mike Maines Court, where they gathered and spoke of the legacy of Mike Maines and how he impacted their life and the community. Afterwards, cake and refreshments were available to all those who attended.
The CCYC is actively looking for volunteers to help tutor the youth and is located at 1224 E. Rexford in Centralia.