Dear Editor:This past weekend, a group of hard-working volunteers descended upon the Basalt Regional Library and added a fresh coat of paint to the interior. Institutional gray was replaced with bright, warm, cheerful colors. The job was completed in two days.The paint and painting supplies were donated by Valley Lumber. The Town of Basalt provided an extension ladder and scaffolding. Delicious lunches for the volunteers were provided by Bagel Bites, City Market, Timbo’s Pizza and Val’s Gourmet. Badly needed know-how and more than a full day’s labor were provided by two professional painters, Paul McKinnie (Brush Brothers Painting) and Randy Reimer. Without their expert help and diligent labor, the job would not have been completed on time.Maddie Simonet recruited sponsors, organized the lunches and demonstrated that a pediatrician can be very effective with a paint brush in her hand. Other library board members also made major contributions: James Brundige, Polly Pollard, Morgan Walsh and Valerie Welch. The library director, Robb Heckel, provided direction, inspiration and many hours of brush work. The citizen volunteers included: Laura Anderson, Cheryl Conklin, Ruth Frey, Bernie Grauer, Donna Grauer, Ellen Knous, Lynn Lichtonwaller, Michael McLain, Chris McDowell, Dick Merritt, Warren Ohlrich, Susan Philp, Zoe Pra, Ryan Schilt, Skipper Taylor, Gerry Terwilliger, and Don Voltmer. These folks were absolutely terrific. They worked long hours with remarkable good cheer Paul McKinnie, Randy Reimer,James Brundige, and Chris McDowell did the lion’s share of the ceiling work, which was the most challenging part of the project. Gerry Terwilliger rounded up a half-dozen step ladders and a big bundle of drop cloths.Midvalley residents are invited to visit their library to see what a motivated group of citizens can accomplish. This wonderful group of volunteers and these community-minded businesses provide a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Love your library.” Peter Freyboard of directorsBasalt Regional Library
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