Donation helps restoration project at 4-H grounds

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Agricultural Museum President Don King recently accepted a “generous”donation for the Shelter House Restoration Fund from Jared Bennett, a representative of Memcor Inc. of Huntington County. The Shelter House, a historic building located on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, was in need of restoration, but lack of funds initiated a donation call out.“Bennett was a 10-year member of 4-H in Whitley County and expressed a desire to support the project that will be beneficial for our young people,” said project representatives. “He feels it is important to restore the building that was the first permanent building on the fairgrounds. It played an important part in his years in 4-H.” The Ag Museum has received gifts from the community for this restoration project. The roof has been replaced and the next projects will be to restore the stone fireplace and install a wood cook stove. The electrical system will be completely redone with new lights and wiring. New fans will help circulate the heat from the fireplace and cook stove in the cool months and help cool the building in the summer months. Kissinger Electric has volunteered to replace the present electrical system in the building.For those interested in helping fund this project, donations may sent to the Whitley County Extension Office, 115 S. Line St., Columbia City, IN, 46725. Mark donations in care of “ Shelter House Fund.”