American Legion Post 68 members expect to be in their new $140,000 building by mid October, said building Chairman Andy Ramsey.
Casey Thomas and Mike Sieg of Cadiz were busy last Wednesday installing drywall in the 3,200-square-foot structure. And Commander Doug Stone said members will paint the interior and hang the cabinets.
“Lonnie Wilke and his friend are going to do that,” Stone said. “We have come a long way.”
Stone expressed appreciation to the businesses, individuals and the community for standing behind the veterans. He also expressed appreciation to the Herald Ledger reporters and staff for keeping the public informed about Post 68’s activities.
“We hope that this will be a gathering place for the community as well as for the American Legion,” Ramsey said. “We’ll probably have dances and dinners for fund-raisers to pay our utility bills.”
When they started the building last March, the 80-member post already had a substantial down payment of $80,000. Now the remainder “has been taken care of,” Stone said with a smile. “We can complete our project and it will be paid for.”
The Kuttawa Relocation Foundation provided the site, a large lot, on Lakeshore Drive, which has a wide expanse for parking space.
Stone emphasized that the post will have an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere. Not only will the building be a home for Post 68’s activities, its members hope it will become a community center. Its facilities will be available for weddings, receptions, reunions or other social events.
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