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Center becomes a reality

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Todd Wetherell is proud of the support the new center has received from the Cleghorn community. The multi- colored bricks stand-out as you enter the new building. Photo by Nancy Hohbach
Time is running out to purchase a brick in the "Wall of Pride" at the recently constructed Cleghorn Community Center. The deadline to buy a brick, for $250, and have it engraved with a message of your choosing, is December 30.

Several civic organizations, area businesses, former residents and graduating classes have purchased bricks, and many people have used this as a means of commemorating loved ones,or noting individuals who were raised in the Cleghorn area. Presently 168 bricks have been placed in the "Wall of Pride," with another 50 still at the engravers. Businesses like the idea of being a part of the community's history. Families currently living in Cleghorn also want to be included in the effort to financially support the building project.

"The Wall of Pride" is situated in the front entry with 11 bricks placed in each row in a variety of colors. The bricks are very visible, and there is plenty of room for expansion.

Todd Wetherell, chairman of the newly-formed Cleghorn Community Center, Inc., noted that selling bricks has helped raise vital money. The money was raised through three main sources: one- third came from the town of Cleghorn, a combination of the county and a large grant from CAT/tourism provided another third; and the remaining third came from local donations.

Wetherell commented that the board decided to stop selling bricks at the close of the year, as it is these folks who provided the money to get the center built.

In the very near future, equipment like chairs, tables, coat racks,and kitchen items will be purchased, and these purchases will provide many opportunities for others to donate funds to help support the center. Large items purchased by groups and organizations can have plaques noting the donating group, if they so choose..

There are four entries to the building, with the main one, with double doors, on the south side.

The floor is ceramic tile, which should last indefinitely, with little maintenance, and "Buckwheat" tan carpet will be installed in the meeting rooms. The kitchen has beautiful oak cupboards and the small meeting room, which has a capacity of 30 people, also has cupboards along the north wall, along with a refrigerator. The walls have been painted a light cocoa color.

The Cleghorn Community center group is composed of nine members who have met every Tuesday night since March to keep this project moving right along, exhibiting community pride and dedication.

To leave a legacy to the community by purchasing a $250 brick, a person can stop at the bank in Cleghorn, or contact Wetherell, Bernice McIntosh, Fran Briggs, Les Pedersen, Marlin Versteeg, Sue Briese, Jeff Frederick, or Tim and Greta Petersen.

An open house for local citizens to tour the facility will be held in the near future.

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