HOUSING AUTHORITY RESIDENTS PEDAL THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS’ LARGESSE

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DRACUT — At 77 years old, Jean Fuller is in good shape.

Now, thanks to the Knights of Columbus, she’ll be able to stay that way. The Dracut chapter donated more than $500 to purchase two new exercise bikes, and residents are lining up to use the equipment.

“I’m going to get rid of the flub,” said 76-year-old Josiane Guillemette, as she climbed aboard one of the VitalFit bikes at the Dracut Housing Authority community room on Phineas Street. “Oh, this is nice. Much better than the old ones.”

During a recent commissioner’s meeting, tenants asked if they could get some new equipment.

“The old equipment was getting really difficult to use and we needed to get something that would be easier for the older residents,” said DHA Executive Director Mary Karabatsos, adding that the Knights of Columbus are always looking for ways to help out the seniors.

The bikes, which cost approximately $250, are just another example of the Knights’ largesse. They recently bought a $1,600, 6-burner stove for the Dracut Council on Aging.

“We had an old commercial stove, but that just wasn’t working for us,” said COA Executive Director Joyce Shadan. “With a commercial stove, you need commercial-sized pans, which we didn’t have. The burners kept going out. It wasn’t good. The Knights stepped in and got us a new stove. They’re awesome.”