The Greentown Grapevine – 2002-02, 09:02 - Page 1
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Volume 9, Issue 2 " a paperfor the people" February 2002 Country Cook Inn Closes - The End of An Era Welcoming atmosphere a key element of its Twenty- two Years Arlene Voorhis in front of the business with which she has been so identified for the past twentv- two vears. Town Council Notes James Harris was elected President of the town Council for 2002 and Roger Wolfe Vice- president. Gary Lacy is Chairman of the Plan Commission and Don Downs Vice- chairman. Gary Lacy is also Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals and Mike Sheridan Vice- chairman. A new position, that of Plan Commission Administrator, was established and Ben Harris named to the position. The Administrator is a first point of contact for development projects and coordinates the approval process. Building permits are now to be requested at the Utility Office. Water Project Continues Having completed a wastewater expansion project, the town of Greentown is now looking at adding more water supply and. storage. Ortman Drilling conducted a hydrogeologic skdy and bedrock fracture tracing. The company was hired to do the next step, drill a test well and a bedrock monitoring well. Permission has been received from the Greentown Lions Club to drill the test well on fairgrounds property on the north end of the fairgrounds, near Maple St. The Town's engineering firm has determined that as part of the overall water project, the Town needs a new elevated storage tank and has proposed it be located on the south side of Town near county road 50s and Meridian St. Fair Dates Set After several months of uncertainty about the dates of the 2002 Howard County 4- H Fair, the Fair Board, upon the recommendation of the Fair Planning Committee has set July 8- 13 as the dates of the fair, " barring further court action before February 14". The delay in setting a date was precipitated by the filing of bankruptcy by the amusement company, Pugh Shows, and a dissatisfaction with last year's ride features as expressed by the Fair Planning Committee. The remaining year of Pugh's contract with the Howard County 4- H Fair was sold at auction, along with several other Pugh contracts. Mid- America Shows purchased the contract and had July 8- 13 available. Bryan Kirkpatrick, who is Chairman of the Fair Planning Committee and Fair Secretary, and Jay Freeman, Concession Manager, have announced the dates of the fair for coming years as follows: 2003 July 7- 12 2004 July 12- 1 7 2005 July 11- 16 2006 July 10- 1 5 Utility Reports for December 2001 Water pumped: 7,941,000 Wastewater flow: 15,838,000 Rain fa1 1 : 2.4" Snowfall: flurries " Welcome to the Country Cook Inn. It's our privilege to serve you. My name is Arlene. My husband Gary and I own the restaurant. We hope you'll feel comfortable here. rf there is anything we can do to serve you better while you're here we'd like to, try, so don't be shy. The menu is before you. If you have any questions about it, I'll try to answer. 1' 11 give you a moment to look. " That was what most first- time visitors to the Country Cook Inn heard after being seated at their table. Repeat customers sometimes did not get the " whole speech", but Arlene says occasionally someone would say, " Now we have guests with us and we want to hear your speech." That unique welcome became a hallmark of the restaurant. Arlene says she has always loved to serve people. She served meals in her home for five years. Then she and her husband, Gary, built the Country Cook Inn, opening October 16, 1979. The restaurant is known far and wide as " the underground restaurant". It was the first earth sheltered restaurant in Indiana, using passive solar design. Gary had attended a solar energy conference in Frankfort and felt if they were going to build, it needed to be energy- efficient. Arlene explained that the concrete construction provides the mass which collects heat from the sun. People also give off heat, which Eastern Howard County Shows Growth Census results show that the townships of Liberty, Jackson, and Union had increased population of 788 in the decade from 1990 to 2000. The total population was 593 1 in 1990 and 6,719 in - 2000. Breakdown of townships and the Town of Greentown are: 1990 2000 Jackson 590 631 Union 954 1,056 Greentown 2,172 2,546 Liberty not in town 2,215 2,486 Source: Indiana Business Research Center and the Greentown Utility Office During the same decade, Eastern Schools had an increased enrollment of 179. contributes. She says, " Our guests helped keep us warm". A major improvement was the brick parking lot, installed in 1992. It was designed by son- in- law Mike Delagrange, using 40,000 bricks. He personally laid most of the bricks. Family members helped apply sand. The restaurant has been famous for its home- cooked meals, welcoming atmosphere, grass and wild flower roof, and chance to watch the birds out the large south- facing windows. After a serious illness in 2000, Arlene came back to the restaurant to resume her duties. She said she loves the work and, " It will be an adjustment, but my family and I feel it is time to leave that chapter behind. When you have a restaurant, it is always on your mind, even when you are not open." Gary retired from General Motors in 1999 so her retirement will allow them to travel if they wish and to spend more time with the family. Daughter Christi has been a regular at the restaurant since she was nine years old and was manager for six months while Arlene was not able to be there. Christi and her husband, Mike Delagrange, have recently started a new career by buying a wholesale business. Son Vance has an active career of his own, so it seemed best to close the restaurant. Arlene stresses that their " guests" have been more than customers. Many have become more like family, asking about the well- being of the Voorhises and in turn sharing their concerns and joys. Arlene said the extent of how so many people cared was evident when she was so ill, and she firmly believes their concern was instrumental in her healing. The Voorhises are planning a customer/ stafT appreciation open house on Saturday, February 9, 2002 at the Country Cook Inn from 1: 00 to 7: OO. Everyone is welcome. Please Patronize Our Advertisers They Make the GraDevine Possible!
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2002-02, 09:02|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
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|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: Country Cook Inn Closes; Fair Dates Set; Town Council Notes, Eastern Howard County SHows Growth
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, February 2002, Volume 09, Issue 02|
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