So far so good for Ottawa House drainage

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Frank Hartman could not wait to get in the basement of Ottawa House this spring to see how much water was in it, and was pleased with what he had found.

I was really impressed with how much drier it is this season than it has been in years past, said Hartman, president of the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society. Its going to take awhile for it to all dry out, but it looks like the ditch worked.

Frank Hartman could not wait to get in the basement of Ottawa House this spring to see how much water was in it, and was pleased with what he had found.

I was really impressed with how much drier it is this season than it has been in years past, said Hartman, president of the Parrsborough Shore Historical Society. Its going to take awhile for it to all dry out, but it looks like the ditch worked.

The society undertook the first step of restoring the historic museum last summer with the digging of a drainage ditch on the back of the building to stop the flow of water into the basement. So far, so good, according to Hartman, who said if the drainage problem is declared solved then they can move on to further work on the building.

Were now looking at cleaning out the basement and were thinking about putting down some gravel or cement flooring, so we can maybe extend the museum down to that part of the building and come up with some sort of display to make use of it, he said.

Meanwhile Hartman and other volunteers such as Eddie Gilbert and Ken Snowdon have been making routine repairs on the building such as window glass replacement and painting, while they are also transforming a former office room into a new gift shop area, which will be available to local artisans to sell their work. The museum opened for the season on May 19.

Joanne Morris and June Wagstaff, as well as a summer student made possible through a provincial government grant will join Susan Clarke, who has returned as manager of the museum for the 13th straight year, on staff this year.

At one time the society received as many as three summer student grants through federal and provincial programs, but for the past two years has received one, according to Clarke.

We usually get either a federal grant or a provincial one now, she said. Were lucky and happy to have it.

Upcoming events include:

June 9 Bake sale and silent auction, 10 a.m. to noon

June 16 Fundraising theatre and variety supper at legion, 6:30 p.m.

June 17 IWK Kids Day, 2 to 4 p.m.

June 21 Bridge parties start, every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 23 Summer Solstice activities

June 24 Nothing Fancy bluegrass group, 7 p.m.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Ottawa House, Parrsborough Shore Historical Society, Fundraising theatre

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