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The Greentown A CeLebrating Our 13th Year! Volume 13, Issue 6 ‘ hjhfzperfit hepecpk” June 2006 What Strange Object Has Landed? During the past weeks, travelers on North Maple Street in Greentown have observed, first, metal protrusions from the town’s water tower, making the bowl appear somewhat like a rack of ribs. Later the vision portrayed in this photo appeared, standing silently as if waiting for marching orders or, perhaps, lift- off orders. The frequent traveler or nearby resident observed that at times the “ skirt” was lowered, leaving a cap at the top, having a resemblance to a shower cap on the head of the tower. All these strange developments have a reasonable explanation. The town has hired Maguire Iron, Inc. Of Sioux Falls, S. Dakota, to clean, repair, and paint the interior and exterior of the tower. The “ skirt” is used for the safety of the environment, retaining any residue from cleaning and any paint spray from drifting onto fields or populated areas. During the first days of June, the covered tower emitted a sound which, with some imagination, can be believed to be giant sprayers. Unless, of course, it is preparing for take- off. Photo by Rachel Jenkins t Greentown Hardware Closed - Future of Building Not Certain by Shannon Driver ’ A request to rezone a residential area north of Greentown Hardware from R1 ( Residential 1) to B2 ( Business 2) has passed the first step toward approval. The Greentown Plan Commission. voted to recommend to the town council that the rezoning be approved. The recom-mendation now advances to the town council for consideration. Property owner Bill Hogan was not present at the May 1 1 th meeting, but Truman Elkins, who is buying Greentown Hardware at 121 North Hammer Street on contract from Hogan, was in attendance. Elkins says he and Hogan plan to demolish the home on the property adjacent to the hardware store at 129 North Hammer Street in order to add on to the building. According to Elkins, they hope these improvements will entice Family Dollar to lease the building. Elkins told the commission, though, it doesn’t necessarily have to be Family Dollar. If that deal falls through, another business would be sought to lease the property. This raised questions as to why a B1 zoning was requested by Hogan initially and what type of merchants are wanted and needed in Greentown. A B1 zoning allows business to serve or sell alcohol, among other things. A B2 designation does not. Although a B2 rezoning would limit the type of business that could lease the property, it would not prevent Family Dollar from leasing and using the location. The hardware store is already zoned B1 and that property could legally house just about any business, regardless of the zone rating for - the new addition. For that reason, the Greentown Plan Commission made their rezoning approval contingent on the entire property ultimately being rezoned to B2. Questions of drainage were also raised during the meeting and Elkins provided areal photos and tentative building plans claiming drainage would be better after the addition was completed. The current tenant of the home to be rezoned and demolished was also at the meeting and said she believed she had a verbal agreement with Hogan to buy the home on contract and had not been told she and her children needed to move. Hogan was contacted during the meeting by cell phone and stated that he’d told the resident’s mother late last year that she would be able to buy the home on contract only if the deal with Family Dollar fell through. Greentown Hardware has changed names several times over it’s lengthy history. Originally Petro’s Hardware, it was located in a three story building that stood on East Main Street. Ross Schriner then purchased the store, selling it to Jim and Mary Miller in 1982. The Millers made it a True Value in 1986. In 1989 they built at the current location on North kammer Street and moved the business. The building on East Main Street was eventually demolished. The Millers say they had at least 12 local people and family members in their employ at all times and worked very hard to contribute positively to their community. Mary Miller managed the store and says back then, most people were surprised to see a woman managing a hardware store. She also says that those same people realized she knew her business and they became loyal patrons of the store. In 1999 the Millers sold Greentown Hardware to Bill Hogan. The Millers say they are concerned about no longer having a locally run hardware store in the community. by Susan Dove- Tobin The recently approved roofing project at Eastern Middle/ High School is scheduled to begin just after € ommencement in June. The project not only addresses roofing issues, but also will relieve storm drainage problems that have been ongoing at Eastern. This will provide some , additional noise in the area, as well as small inconveniences from time to time as the project gets under way. Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Healy assures that people will be kept notified of the redirection that. may occur throughout the summer. There will be times when the road on the west side of the building, by the little league and softball diamonds, will be closed as it is - torn up to relocate storm drains. The concrete in front of the doors to the pool, as well as, near the library will also be torn up and may lead to redirection of traffic to other doors while these repairs take place. Elected to Board by Susan Dove- Tobin I < Randy Blankenship Randy Blankenship won the seat for Eastern School Board Member At Large during the recent elections May 2. Blankenship is a 1981 graduate of Eastern Schools. He attended South Eastern University in Lakeland, Florida, achieving his Bachelor of Science- Ministry, in 1984. He has been married to his wife Sharon for 17 years. When the position of Pastor to New Life Church in Kokomo became available, Randy was chosen for that job. Becoming pastor of New Life gave Randy and his family the opportunity to return to the community in which he grew up. He and his wife felt there was no other community more suited to the high standards they have for their children’s education. Blankenship has 2 children now attending Eastern schools, Anna, 15, and Randy, 13, Both children were home schooled until this year. Pastor Blankenship likes to spend time with family, golf, and loves sports of most kinds. He is very “ plugged into” his children’s interests in the . school’s music programs and attends most functions his children participate in.
|Title||The Greentown Grapevine – 2006-06, 13:06|
|Subject, Local||Greentown, Howard County (Ind.)|
|Technical Metadata||Digital images captured by Imaging Office Systems 2008|
|Local Item ID||Greentown History Center – newspaper collection|
|Usage Statement||The Greentown Area Residential Association has granted permission to the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and the Greentown Historical Society to copy any and all issues of the Greentown Grapevine. Permission granted to view and print items from this digital collection for personal use, study, research, or classroom teaching.|
|Publisher||Greentown Area Residential Association, 1993-|
Local News depicting eastern Howard County in Indiana.
Headlines: What Strange Object Has Landed; Greentown Hardware Colsed-Future Of Buliding Not Certain; Roofing Project To Start At Eastern; Blankenship Elected to Board
|Contributors||Kokomo-Howard County Public Library; Greentown Historical Society|
|Source||Original newspaper: The Greentown Grapevine, June 2006, Volume 13, Issue 06|
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