Assurances from Sacramento that groundbreaking is targeted for June or July of this year and occupancy by eligible veterans will take place in October 2008 have raised the spirits of those who have worked diligently to raise funds for the home’s amenities. “Here we are, coming down to the wire, facing the reality of our home within the next year, and we’re still working on our goal. We’ve revised it upward in order to accommodate inflationary prices on all the equipment we’ll need to make the facility a real home. Now we’re reaching for $200,000. We’re confident that with the wonderful participation of the people and businesses in this valley, we’ll even surpass that figure.” He said everything is positive right now and on schedule with both the state and federal government agencies that are funding the construction and will be in charge of operating and maintaining the quality of care at the home. Robert Ortiz, veterans benefits counselor in charge of the Lancaster office of the Los Angeles County Military and Veterans Affairs department, said applications for residency will ultimately be available in his office at 335-A East Ave. K-6. “We’ve ordered them so that when everything is in place and we get the word, we’ll be ready, but these things are very complicated,” he cautioned. “Applicants will be required to bring service records and a lot of other legal documents. Many will probably need help to fill them out. “Our office is small so that will present a challenge.” Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition site in Palmdale include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for the suggested donation of $2. Monday: CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS DAY. Tuesday: Mandarin chicken salad, marinated beets, pea salad, ice cream. Wednesday: Fish fillet, au graten potatoes, spinach, garden salad, orange. Thursday: Barbecued pork sandwich, macaroni salad, corn, carrot, raisin and pineapple salad, peaches. Friday: Beef enchilada, Spanish rice, green beans, creamy coleslaw, cheesecake. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors. Bettie Rencoret can be reached at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News Antelope Valley Bureau, (661) 267-5740. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER Confidence and anticipation have replaced frustration and skepticism among members of the Citizens Committee for Lancaster’s William J. “Pete” Knight California State Veterans Home. At its meeting Wednesday the committee discussed the timetable for the proposed home, the need for continued fundraising for amenities, procedures to determine resident eligibility and the current status of the amenities fund, which amounts to $102,348. Jane Gordon, auxiliary member of Quartz Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3000, which co-sponsored the recent local Veterans Welcome Home Parade, said the proceeds from that event will go to the amenities fund. The parade, a co-project of Vietnam Veteran and photographer Ray Santana along with others, attracted some 40,000 people. Meant primarily to give Vietnam veterans – who received poor treatment on their return home – the heroes’ welcomes and recognition they deserved, the parade honored veterans of all wars as well. The estimated donation of $12,000 from the parade organizers, after all bills were paid, will swell the amenities bank account to more than $114,000. “It’s amazing. I still can’t believe it. All of you around this table should give yourselves a big pat on the back,” chairman Tom Craft said. “That’s a lot of money to be raised based on the fact that all you’ve got’s a bare piece of ground out there.” Displaced by the Parks and Recreation Department from its past meeting place in the Lancaster City Hall Emergency Operations Center, the Veterans Home Committee met Wednesday in the Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce conference room on Lancaster Boulevard. Chamber executive manager Percy “Steve” Malicott indicated the invitation to hold their monthly meetings there is extended for at least a year.