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Local museum moved

Volunteers Joy Klima (left) and Phyllis Hajek take a break from the hot and dusty business of moving the museum pieces to pose in front of this tapestry of advertising found in the old museum. The canvas is painted with business advertising from Philip of yesteryear. It was believed to have been hanging in the former opera house, which now houses the Gem Theatre. Photo by Kelly Penticoff

The Friends of the West River Museum have reorganized the former in an effort to save the museum pieces and keep the museum open.

The museum will be open during Festival Days, August 6-7-8, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Volunteers were busy this week moving items to the building just south of the former museum (on North Center Ave.) in an effort to keep the museum open and public interest alive.

The board met on July 13th to discuss problems with the Hillside Hotel location. After much discussion, members present determined that the building was unsafe for the public to access until some serious floor damage is repaired.

Decisions will have to be made regarding the building with options to repair or demolish the hotel. Knowledgeable people will be contacted to give an estimate of the damage and cost of repair.

The public is invited to become part of the Friends of the Museum group and assist in making this difficult decision. Members in attendance at the July meeting were Phyllis Hajek, Joe Gittings, Cheryl Dick (treasurer), Nancy Ekstrum (president), and Arnold Wolden.