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$40,000 grant fuels Richmond project

November 8, 2013
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Herald-Star community editor ( , The Herald-Star

The area around the Crew House Museum on Main Street in Richmond is clearer, cleaner and parking-friendly thanks to a recently completed project made possible by funds from the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation.

A recent ribbon-cutting brought together members of the Richmond Community Historical Society and village representatives along with Tom Timmons, a foundation trustee, to celebrate the official opening of a newly developed parking lot at the Crew House Museum.

The development and opening of the 13-space lot is a win-win for the Crew House Museum and the village as historical society President Phil Judy noted, "Parking is at a premium here in Richmond."

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A newly developed parking area next to the Crew House Museum on Main Street in Richmond was officially opened during recent ribbon-cutting ceremonies involving Richmond Historical Society members, representatives of the village and a representative of the Charles M. and Thelma M. Pugliese Charitable Foundation that made funding for the undertaking possible. On hand were, top photo, from left, Becky Swickard, clerk-treasurer for the village of Richmond and an historical society member; Phil Judy, society president; Tom Timmons, foundation trustee; Leonard Orwick, village councilman; Harry Thomas, mayor of Richmond and an historical society member; Tom Grimm, historical society member; Sandy Judy, society secretary; and back, Don Swickard, vice president of the historical society; and Larry Pool, village councilman.
-- Janice Kiaski

A $40,000 award from the foundation made possible the acquisition of the 60-by-160-foot lot, the razing of an existing home next door, and the lot's grading and blacktopping.

The property is owned by the village as is the museum and will enable visitors to it for meetings and activities there to have space to park.

The parking also will be available, for example, to patrons of village businesses or to the nearby village building.

"Now we have 13 (parking) spots not just for the Crew House but for the village, too," Judy said.

Judy sees the parking area as an opportunity to expand on Crew House activities such as the annual Quaker Day celebration held on the last Saturday in September. It could enable more vendors to participate.

"A lot of good things will happen. I am really excited about it," Judy said. "It's just amazing how things fell together."

Work on the project began in earnest in July when the vacant house was torn down.

Although the bulk of the project has been completed, a spring one will involve some landscaping and flower planting with volunteers from garden clubs offering assistance, according to Sandy Judy, secretary of the historical society.

The project was a cooperative effort between the historical society, the village and the Pugliese foundation, according to Richmond Mayor Harry Thomas.

"The village itself appreciates, No. 1, the Pugliese foundation for the funding to have done this and for Phil Judy and the historical society who kept seeing this through," Thomas said.

"It's an improvement for the village, and now we have a place we can designate to park and not have to park here and there," Thomas said.

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