The nonprofit Mill Race Center serving Bartholomew County’s largest population segment has drastically trimmed a $130,000 budget deficit last year to about $8,000 — and looks to a balanced budget by 2018 — even while adding services.

Plus, leaders already are working to raise $420,000 for programming and for the year-old Pitman Institute for Aging Well by year’s end.

Those fiscal items were among elements highlighted at Wednesday’s first-ever annual meeting for the agency serving those 50-plus with a nearly $1.1 million budget covering health options, intellectual activities, social outings and more among an array of programs, with more than 75 of them free. The day also included a mix of center events and activities linked to national Senior Health and Fitness Day.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.