The monthly meetings will again be held the first Saturday
of each month in the Westenfield Room at 10:00 am. The public
Open house will occur the first Sunday of each month and is
open from 2-5 pm with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm
The Society will gladly publish
stories of the accomplishments of current or former residents
of Niles. Contact: Anna Marie Beagle 330.719.5716
Update on the Ward-Thomas
The Westenfield Room, the old carriage house, which serves
as a meeting space has been renovated and is now open again.
The improvements include: proper insulation, painting, flooring
and temperature – humidity control.
Also discussed at the September 2021 meeting was performing
necessary repairs to the greenhouse. Caulking of the windows
is a continuing issue. Companies that perform this service
will be sought for bids on the project.
The barn roof is leaking. Mayor Steven Mientkiewcz
is investigating ways to repair the roof. The Society thanks
Mayor Mientkiewcz for his cooperation. By lease contract the
Society is responsible for maintaining the inside of the structures
and the flower beds. The City of Niles which owns the property
is responsible for maintaining the physical structures, trees
Advisory Committee sought:
It is necessary to form a committee to determine the direction
to take with the monies in the New Building Fund account that
was begun in 2011. The Society requires an improved space
for education, research and storage of the collection. At
this time there is not adequate space or temperature and humidity
control to accept any more physical donations.
There is a proposed rendition
for a facility that would be expensive to build and maintain.
The amount of money in this fund is not adequate to cover
the expense of this lofty plan. The Board of the Society seeks
input from members on how to best use the building fund monies
to provide an improved space.
I implore members to weigh in
on this discussion. Average attendance at meetings is approximately
ten members who should not be making this enormous decision
for an organization with over three hundred members.
Please contact Anna Marie Beagle at 330-719-5716 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for further discussion.
Thank you, Anna Marie Beagle,