Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Historical societies, many others given SCICF grants

Lucas County's three historical societies were among the grateful recipients of 2018 South Central Iowa Community Foundation grants and pledges, disbursed late Monday afternoon during a program in the Lodge at Pin Oak Marsh.

The foundation distributed $112,000 in the form of 28 grants and pledges to organizations and agencies from one end of the county to the other. Included in the photo here are representatives of the recipients as well as SCICF board members.

The Lucas County Historical Society, which I serve as president, received $6,000, half the cost of a new roof for the 1911 National Register-listed Stephens House. Since we had a little advance notice of the award, our board has approved a contract and we hope that project can begin very soon.

The John L. Lewis Museum of Mining & Labor at Lucas received a grant of $9,000 which will be applied to the cost of a refurbished roof for its building; and the Russell Historical Society received $500, which will be used to purchase laptops for use by historical society/library patrons.

Other awards were as follows --- in the order in which they were given out.

Chariton Area Chamber-Main Street, $250 for DazzleFest costumes; Lucas County Fair Association, a $10,000 pledge to be applied to the cost of roofing the fairgrounds outdoor arena; city of Chariton, $2,000 to expand the disc golf course at Northwest Park; Lucas County Interchurch Council, $2,156 to replace Ministry Center siding and commission a sign identifying the center as an emergency food pantry; and Jericho Hills Camp at Lucas (General Council of the Christian Union Church), $1,300 for a commercial ice machine.

Friends of the Chariton Airport, $4,000 to replace heating and cooling systems; Williamson Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to buy protective equipment; Derby Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to replace outdated gear; Lucas County Little League, $1,500 to purchase catcher and umpire gear; Carl L. Caviness American Legion Post No. 102, $5,000 pledge for projects at Veterans Memorial Park; and Russell Fire Department, $10,000 to purchase new SCBA air packs.

Lucas County Arts Council, $2,832.50 to replace entrance deck and ramp at the C.B.&Q. Freight House; Chariton Volunteer Fire Department, $10,000 for the purchase of Hurst eDraulic tools; Lucas County Health Center, $4,000 to purchase three King Vision Sets; Chariton Public Library, $4,000 to purchase books, audio books and DVDs; and Chariton High School, $1,500 to purchase a Power Lift half rack for the weight room, $1,600 to purchase a high jump for the track and $7,091.35 to purchase marching band equipment.

City of Russell, $2,000 to reroof the band shelter and install new flag poles in City Park; Hope Learning Center, a $5,000 endowment match and $4,800.34 to provide a tutoring center; Chariton Soccer, $2,000 to purchase new soccer goals for the practice field; Lucas County Boy Scouts, $1,500 to replace outdated equipment; Design Division of Chariton Area Chamber-Main Street, $3,700 for new trash containers for the square; and Chariton Archery, $700 for programming.

Just a reminder: The Lucas County Historical Society will be back at the Pin Oak Lodge this evening, commencing at 6:30 p.m., for our annual membership meeting. There will be a short business session at 6:30, followed at 7 p.m. by a program, "Birds of Lucas County: Past and Present," by Jodi Ogden, county naturalist. Pie and coffee will conclude the evening. All are welcome.

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