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CVHS dedicates new brick bench at museum

Staff reporta

The American flag, responding to the brisk spring wind, flapped happily over those attending the dedication of the brick bench circling its base. This was part of the scene Sunday, April 25, in front of the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center in Gardnerville.

A bench to utilize paver or memory bricks was designed by Robert Tompkins of Gardnerville, and the structural design and blueprints were submitted by Robert Oxoby. Both volunteered their time, as did Bob Kawcak with his masonry knowledge. The actual bench base and brick work was done by Marc Duryee. All are from Gardnerville.

The initial idea for this project was instigated by Debbie Byers as a fund-raising project for the restoration of the old Douglas County High School and to replace the original bench that circled the flag pole of what is now the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Credit also goes to Terri Hickey for the finalization of the project and to other trustees of the Carson Valley Historical Society.

During the dedication ceremony, President Marlena Hellwinkel announced that the new American glad was donated by Lois Storke and her family. Upon installation of the necessary electric work, through the generosity of the Douglas County Farm Bureau, the flag will be illuminated at night.

Those attending were invited into the museum for refreshments during the second annual “Springtime with the Authors.”

Upon completion of the ceremony, Hellwinkel said, “We dedicate this bench to the memory of loved ones, past teachers, staff and students, alumni and to all who have supported the Carson Valley Historical Society with the purchase of a brick.”