09 December 2007

A Toast to the Depot!

Ken Vogel, one of the depot backers, takes his turn talking to Santa (assisted by Elf Liann Kren), who made a special appearance at the Depot Open House yesterday. What do you think Ken asked Santa for? Ken and others gathered before the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade to celebrate completion of exterior restoration work on the depot. The Potlatch Historical Society provided refreshments, with Janice Palmer, Bonnie Rohn, Lindy Seip and Judi Rohn serving coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. Ruth O'Reilly presided over the guest book. Orchid Awards were presented by the Latah Count Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Barbara Coyner, and the following were honored: Morris Arnzen, General Contractor; Dan Karel, Project Foreman; Doug Wasankari, contractor for foundation, loading dock and drainage work; Larry Duff, roofing contractor; Don Somers, HPG President. Among dignitaries on hand for the festivities were Jack Nelson and Jennifer Barrett of the Latah County Commission, Dorothy Anderson and Karen Owsley of the Latah County Historic Preservation Commission, Earl Bennett, District Two Representative for the Idaho State Historical Society, Janice McMillan, Latah Economic Development, Vern Johnson, Potlatch City Council, and Jim West, founder and past president of the WIM HPG. Watch for more photos of the open house in the next few days. And watch the progress continue on the depot!

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