by Steve Gerritsen and Justin Kerstner
Work continues on Hawthorne Station. The gable ends will be completed this spring, and our first order of pavers is in and laid out for the public to see when they walk by. We were able to participate in Hawthorne’s Great American Garage Sale on the weekend of May 5th – 6th which netted us $460 in sale proceeds.
This is the second year we’ve participated in the event and it has turned out to be a good fundraiser. All proceeds will enefit the continued upkeep of the station.
Justin has been in contact with Dell’s Landscaping of Hawthorne and has discussed options for getting the garden finished. They have agreed to take a look at our garden and give us some more ideas and recommendations. Dell’s might even be able to use some of our volunteers to help with the garden, so keep a watch on your emails for potential work sessions.
Frank Ball has picked up the materials to finish the roof, and has started painting the pieces in the basement. That way when the time comes to install them it’ll be quick and easy. He has also picked up new fire extinguishers for the station. They are located at each exit door, and inside the basement door. New exit/emergency lights have also been installed to replace the old ones that had begun leaking battery acid.
Along with the personalized bricks we offered benches, which turned out to be a huge pain to make. None of the bench ends we poured came out well, so it was decided to order pre-cast concrete bench ends. The person who ordered the first bench was consulted about this decision and he was fine with the idea. We should have the benches within the next few weeks. The wood for the benches will be stained a dark green to match the station, and a bronze plaque with the donor’s name will be affixed to them.
With the station pretty much completed, efforts will be working towards displays for open houses. We’re looking for member photos to put on display in the station. The idea is to rotate them throughout the year, so seasonally correct photos would be great. Drop them at the station with a description and your name, and we’ll frame them if necessary and put them up. If anyone is interested in being at the station to host open houses please contact me. We hope to set up a schedule very soon. As always, look for posted work sessions at the station and come out and help.
Please keep an eye on your emails as well as the Yahoo group for future work days and other planned events.