Paint-Up at the Old Schoolhouse
A squadron of volunteer painters turned out at the Little
Red Schoolhouse on June 9, 2007, to complete work on two sides of the
building that was begun in 2006. Last year, new siding that was
acquired from Louisiana Pacific was prepared for installation with a
first coat of paint by volunteers. It was then installed by Gary, Greg
and Steve Swanson of Gary Swanson Construction. The final covering of
the classic red color was applied to those two sides this year.
Besides the siding that was put on the building in 2006,
volunteer painters primed additional siding that will be installed
later this summer on the remaining two sides of the Schoolhouse.
In addition to siding and trim, stairs that were rebuilt on
the side of the structure received a couple of coats of basic white
paint at the June 9 gathering.
You’ll notice a slight change in the configuration of the
paint this year. The trim board below the slats has now been painted
white to match the skirt of the building. In the past, that trim has
been red. The remaining trim will match once the final sides are
installed and painted.
Members of the painting party, led by Larsmont Community
Club president Bill Tranah, included Helen Tranah, Marlys Wisch, David
and Kathy Falk, Marv Holt, Paul and Cindy Hayden, Margaret Glass and
Bev Erickson, who provided a sloppy joe lunch for all.
Painting pictures (click to enlarge):
1. Bill Tranah outlines the plan to the Falks.
2. Kathy Falk (foreground) and Cindy Hayden keep those lines straight.
3. The cleanup is a patriotic red and white.
Annual Meeting - 2007
The annual meeting of the Larsmont Community Club was held
on May 10, 2007, at 7 p.m. Under old business, President Bill Tranah
reported on the Painting Days of 2006, discussed outhouse sidings and
doors and explained the need for a new garage door.
Secretary Marlys Wisch reported that the Schoolhouse was
used for Pioneer School Days by six schools during 2006. The Lake
County Chronicle plans to write an article about Pioneer School Days in
the near future.
In 2006, there were $670 donated to the Building
Maintenance Fund. A list of donors is elsewhere in this newsletter. The
Board approved mounting a plaque inside the Schoolhouse honoring annual
donations of more than $100.
It was suggested that residents in Larsmont consider the
Building Maintenance Fund in their year-end considerations. Other
monies were received from the County Recreation Board totalled $5,300,
which were applied toward the siding project for the building.
Under new business, the Board discussed use of the building
by area classrooms under the Pioneer School Days program. Three schools
have scheduled classroom days so far: Congdon School, North Shore
Community School and St. John’s Elementary.
An additional day or two of painting needs to be scheduled
to complete the coating of siding that was begun last year. Slats that
were painted were applied to the outside of the building by Gary
Swanson Construction. June 9 was set as the first date, beginning at
8:30 a.m. and trying to finish by noon. The LCC will provide beverages.
A rain date/secondary paint date was set for June 23.
The Annual Larsmont Community Club Picnic will be held at
the Schoolhouse on August 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fare will be
pizzas from Pizza Hut, tossed salad and beverages, with desserts to be
donated by attendees. (More details in the next newsletter.)
A safety inspection, completed by COMO, showed that the heating system at the Schoolhouse passed.
Projecting needs for 2008, a new garage door will be
purchased after a bidding process. A request for funding will be made
to the Lake County Recreation Board. Also, the posts on the front porch
will be inspected to determine their condition and need for repair.
Because some damage to the floor occurred during a group’s
meeting in 2006, it was suggested that a refundable security deposit be
required for all future use of the building that would cover damages,
cleaning and use of heat in the winter. Certain groups would be exempt.
But the main reason for the deposit is to encourage more careful use of
The current board was re-elected by unanimous vote: Bill
Tranah, president; Walt Barthell, vice president; Marlys Wisch,
secretary/treasurer; David Falk, building/grounds keeper; Dale
Isackson, flag tender.