Retired Teachers hear museum update

The Meigs County Retired Teachers met Oct. 18 at the Meigs Senior Center for a noon luncheon. Charlene Rutherford, president, opened the meeting with a welcome to all and had the pledge to the flag. Janice Weber had devotions and read “The Difference” and “My Daily Prayer” before the meal served by the center.

Vicki Hanson, museum director of the Meigs County Historical Society, was the speaker. She told of some of the changes taking place to the Middleport buildings. With the grant from the Economic Development Office, they will be getting new signs on the building (the original Tom Rue Motors building). Jason Shain from Racine was awarded the bid and will begin the project in a couple of weeks. He will cover the existing big sign (30 by 30) which will be in place until a mural can be designed. He will also put the MCHS logo on the side entrance sign.

Future grants will cover repair of the electrical wiring and installing new LED lights and having a banner made to cover the 30 foot sign already in place. The German Furniture Company building (behind the Tom Rue building) was a gift to the MCHS last year and plans are to refurbish it sometime in the future.

Their building on Butternut Avenue in Pomeroy is no longer safe to remain there as the hillside keeps moving down. They are in the process of moving and plan to be in the Middleport building in March 2019.

Since Meigs Countu was formed in 1819 and next year will be 200 years, the MCHS is planning something after April for every month for the celebration.

Since money is needed for repairs, they are applying for grants.

For the business meeting, the secretary and treasurer’s reports were given and approved.

It was mentioned that Rosalie Story, one of our members, was going to be honored at the Ohio State Grange meeting as “Teacher of the Year” through the grange.

Door prizes were given to Connie Gilkey and Carolyn Snowden.

The next meeting will be Dec. 6, 2018, at the Trinity Church meeting room. Members are to bring books or art supplies for Christmas gifts for needy children.

Submitted by Janice Weber, Secretary.