FACTORYVILLE - The Factoryville Borough Hall Building used to house meetings for the Factoryville and Clinton Township Joint Municipal Sewer Authority. But nowadays, the building at 161 College Avenue and its surroundings are lively with dance, pumpkin-growing, even archery.
Zumba classes with instructor Jill Wetzel have been running since Jan. 2. People in her classes mix dance with fitness moves, such as squats, lunges, knee-lifts and punches. Using her I-Pad, she plays dance tunes, which consists of 70 percent world music and 30 percent pop. Her music includes many Latin styles such as Salsa, Cha Cha, Merengue and Cumbia.
“I love teaching Zumba,” said Wetzel. “It doesn’t feel like exercising. It feels like dancing. Everyone is so happy because the music makes them happy.”
Wetzel earned her Zumba license in May 2012. She teaches ballroom dancing and has for 15 years. She will lead ballroom dancing at the Abington Area Community Classroom and Clarks Green United Methodist Church in the spring and fall and teaches at the Clarks Summit Borough Building.
“Jill is a great teacher,” said Cathy Rist Strauch, a student of Wetzel’s Zumba classes in Factoryville. “She caters to everyone and whatever level of exercise they’re able to do. It’s fun and you can come anytime. Everyone’s welcome.
Wetzel, who is a breast cancer survivor, said cancer never stopped her from dancing or teaching. She aims to live up to the Zumba motto: ‘Ditch the workout. Join the dance party.’
She teaches Zumba classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 10 a.m.
“Zumba is good from teen to senior,” said Wetzel. “Anyone can do it.”
Another happening at Borough Hall: Girl Scout meetings. Daisy Troop 50650, Brownie Troop 50047 and the Junior Troop 50072 meet every other week in the building. They recently finished this year’s meetings, but will meet again in September. Daisies, led by Mary Wilson, create daisies for their vests that represent the girl scout law and promise. Brownies are led by Kelly Rejrat.
The troops, as part of the Abington Service Unit, meet with others at Borough Hall to plans activities, such as swimming, bowling, roller skating and a movie night at the Dietrich Theater.
“My scouts are excellent scouts, “said Rejrat. “They listen and learn very well. Their behavior is excellent. If anyone is interested in learning, this is a great opportunity.”
They will plant flowers around Factoryville and its cemetery. They also donated 44 boxes of cookies to the Ronald McDonald House.
Soon inside Borough Hall, another group will gather: the 4-H Club, led by Daisy scout leader Wilson. There, members, including the Cloverbuds (5-7), will learn cooking, archery, photography and pumpkin growing. Members ages 8 and up will attend Camp Brule in Sullivan County.