Museum board welcomes new volunteers

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The Priest River Museum Board received some good news at the most recent board meeting on June 8. Three new volunteers have joined the ranks of our much-needed museum docents, with the possibility of more in the offing.

For now, we welcome and appreciate the services of Jim Crunk, who opened the museum and greeted visitors for the first time on Friday, June 9, and found the job so interesting he volunteered for the next Friday as well; Joanie Scheeler, who has agreed to serve two days a month; and Donna Cobb, who has held the position in the past.

We still need more docents. Call Donna Jones at 448-2464 if interested.

The museum was unable to open as scheduled for the summer on the Friday and Saturday before Memorial Day because there was no one to do the honors. Mary Smith worked on Sunday afternoon from 1-4 p.m., and this writer and Dottie Yerkes served the morning and afternoon shifts on Monday.

Except when a docent is unavailable, the museum will be open through Labor Day Thursdays through Mondays from 10-4, except for Sundays with Mary Smith, from 1-4 p.m.

On Tuesday, June 6, Jones opened the museum twice during the day especially to accommodate the visit of two Priest River Elementary School third-grade classes on a field trip. She reports the children were attentive and enthusiastic, and their teachers did a great job of making sure they understood the what and why of what they were seeing. Thanks to them.

More good news came in the form of a report from Carl Wright on the restoration of the steam tractor. He said the tractor will be painted during August by a professional car painter. Some “difficult things” need to be done first, involving the jacking up of the tractor for work on the wheels, and scraping more grease.

Additionally, the museum lawn is being “professionally” mowed weekly, thanks to a $270 cash donation from H.M.H. Engineering, a firm with a representative at a recent city council meeting at which Jones spoke. A Spokane firm with a job of work lined up in Priest River has properly placed the rocks at the corner of the yard intended to prevent trucks using the turnaround from cutting the corner too short and damaging the lawn and a sprinkler head. That business donated its mileage and deducted $20 off the bill for the work.

The following were also noted: Tracy Naccarato Hunter and her daughter Alexis have spent some Sunday mornings recently moving furniture and displays, hanging pictures and donating the hardware, changing batteries, etc. Many thanks to them.

Among the photos hung were three large professional photographs of Farragut Naval Station that attorney Tom Cooke turned over to Marylyn Cork for safekeeping years ago from the personal effects of Ray Simpson when probating the Simpson estate. Cork has had them professionally mounted and framed, donating them and the cost of the framing.

Gardeners Mary Smith, Joy Altmaier, and Dottie Yerkes have been busy working on the museum’s flower borders. Joanie Scheeler is donating a pitcher pump and an old wall phone to the collections, and Donna Cobb a CCC memento.

In honor of Father’s Day, the museum’s last bake sale until November was held at Mitchell’s on June 18. We appreciate our bakers and buyers. Every cent our fund-raisers bring in goes to support and improve the museum. Take time for a visit. It’s worth it.

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