The President’s Message
April 2021?? Did I miss April 2020?? I know I worked on getting interesting speakers, I remember calling the speakers and apologizing for not being able to hold our monthly meetings. I remember Leigh getting anxious about starting back up on the Caboose. Fortunately, we had 2 men work their hearts out to start on the interior. They will be back to work on the interior soon to try to finish work, install more trim, paint the interior and figure out how to get visitors inside. The steps can be dangerous, so a landing or ramp will be made up to the stairs for the visitors to enjoy the inside of the caboose. The men laid the flooring, worked on the benches, divided off a space for the stove area, bathroom, and built the cubbies/closets under and around the cupola area.
It is gorgeous inside.
A volunteer worked on the shrubs and did some outside painting. I got the benches sealed. We had people call for appointments to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse and Sterling Heritage Park. A new roof was put on the signal tower, and they finished the cupola roof on the caboose. The Town of Sterling owns the schoolhouse and they will have someone be repairing, scraping, painting and staining the building. By doing so the school will be brought up to date as far as repairs; a new roof was put on a short time ago. The Sterling Historical Society will be having the signal tower painted; it hasn’t been painted since 2006. Two buildings will be in great condition for some time now.
The caboose has taken up hundreds of hours rebuilding the interior to where it is at right now. We would like to sincerely thank the volunteers who have worked so diligently on the caboose as we truly appreciate all their efforts and accomplishments.
Here’s hoping this year is different from last year. We have so much history for all to enjoy and hoping we can do it. We are going to try to have our programs and visitors on the weekends safely.
Thanks to one and all for your support and concern.
Pat Shortslef, SHS President
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