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Volume 8, Issue 2 " a paperfor the people" February 2001 Historical Society Purchases Building The Greentown Historical Society made a little history of its own on January 16,2001, when they took title on the building at 103 E. Main St. in Greentown. The exact date of construction of the building is not yet known, however & om photographs and memory, it is known that it was a bank in 1906, then at various times, City Barber Shop, Gallion & Lee, George Gallion & Son, Frank Turner Gas & Oil, Red Keith Pool Hall, Bill Voorhis Pool Hall, part of State Bank of Greentown, Production Credit Association office, Hartley's Video Store, Home Health Care office. It has been vacant for about three years. The upper floorwas once the meeting room and dining hall of the Eastern Star and later the meeting room of the Greentown Jaycees. The Historical Society welcomes any other information on the history of the building. A search for a property began about one year ago when sentiment from the community was expressed for a location at which people could come and learn about local history. The Greentown Glass Museum is known for tb outstanding accomplishment of telling the story of Greentown Glass, but the focus of that museum is, correctly, centered around the glass industry. Several locations were investigated. The property at 103 E. Main was deemed to be of a manageable size for a fledgling organization. It had the added appeal of being of sufficient historical integrity to qualify for a loan from Historic Landmarks Foundation, Inc. The interest rate from that organization was very appealing. An offer to purchase was made to the owner, Earl Shane, and hopes were high. It was then that the fact that part of the building's interesting past involved being a gas station put the brakes on the deal. A Phase I Environmental Review was completed at the expense of the Historical Society. As the presence of gasoline tanks could neither be' proven nor disproven, a Phase I1 study was called for. This is where the Town of Greentown stepped in and assisted with getting a state grant to do the necessary sampling. The sampling confirmed the existence of some underground petroleum, but absolved any owner of the building from liability. begun. Now we need to raise finds to repay the mortgage and do extensive renovation to the building. It needs a new roof, plumbing, heating and cooling, wiring, in other words, about everything." The Town has generously donated $ 10,000 toward the renovation. The Community Foundation of Howard County has pledged over $ 5,000 specifically toward the exterior renovation. This is to be matched, dollar for dollar, by donations. Other pledges of labor and materials have been made. These will be announced at the appropriate time. Exact plans for utilization of the building have not been finalized. Its space limitation does not allow it to be a comprehensive museum. The amount and types of exhibits will need to be carefully considered. C,..., NQ Glass Festival in 2001 There will not be a Greentown Glass Festival in June 2001. Jane Porter, who chaired the event for the past three years said, " I am just not physically able to do it again." The results of the survey conducted by the Town Council were. mlxed, but with a majority expressing a desire for dropping of the festival or at least some changes. Town Council president, Roger Wolfe, said, " As late in the year as it is now, I do not believe there is enough time to adequately plan for a festival. I doubt the Council would approve the use of the streets this year." He added that if another organization stepped fonvard* and wished to plan for 2002, the Council would welcome . ideas. It should be made very clear, however, that what will be absent this year is the parade, the booths, food, carnival, and entertainment in the downtown area. The Antiques Show and Sale will be held as usual at the High School. The Norris Insurance Run will continue. The Glass Museum will be open. The NGGA auction and annual meeting will take place. The Greentown Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will have a hog roast. Other organizations may choose to have events on that weekend and there may be an abundance of yard sales. So there will still be many reasons to come to Greentown .
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2001-02, 08:02|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
|Technical Metadata||Digital images captured by Imaging Office Systems 2008|
|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: Historical Society Purchases Building; No Glass Festival in 2001
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, February 2001, Volume 08, Issue 02|
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