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Couple to refurbish community house

Friday, November 2, 2012

Dave and Sheryl Snow plan to refurbish the Dick Johnson Community House. They are turning the stage into a replica of the old school house, as well as painting inside and adding new doors and window coverings. [Order this photo]
With the help of the community, two locals plan to refurbish the Dick Johnson Community House, which is connected to the Dick Johnson Volunteer Fire Department (DJVFD).

Dave and Sheryl Snow, Brazil, who own property in Dick Johnson Township, have strong ties to the community and want to take on the challenge of restoring the building.

"Time has taken a toll on this old building, but Dave and I are anxious to bring back its country charm so that other families may enjoy their recollection of days gone by and may be inspired to make new memories," Sheryl said.

The Snows have many memories and connections to the building.

Dave's grandparents, Roy and Ethel Snow, were helpful in starting the DJVFD, when it was established in 1957. Dave and his son Brian are both currently volunteers with the department. Ethel and Dave's mother, Frances Snow, were both members of the ladies auxiliary, serving many chicken noodle and ham and bean dinners, as well as sewing numerous quilts, to raise funds for the fire department.

Sheryl's love of the building comes from her mother, Lois Early Cox, who went to school there when it is was the George Washington School. Sheryl enjoyed going to her mother's reunions and hearing tales from classmates about "walking to school when the snow was up to their hips and then waiting impatiently for the pot belly stove to heat up."

Another of Sheryl's favorite memories is coming to the building for Dave's grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary after she and Dave had been married for one month.

"I still have the picture of the entire Snow family on the front step of the community house, and in the coming years, I hope to have a similar picture for our 50th," Sheryl said.

The Snows plan to turn the old stage inside the building into a replica of the old school house where Sheryl's mother attended. However, the Snows need the help of the community.

"We are asking anyone who would like to volunteer their expertise, suggestions, pictures or useful information about the building to share it with us," Sheryl said. "We would also love to find a pot belly stove, teacher and student desks or anything that would help design this replica."

In addition, the Snows plan to refurbish the rest of the building with new paint, new doors and new window coverings, among other things.

"It's something that has come full circle," Sheryl said. "We both have relatives connected to the building. It's something we want to do to give back and show that the area touched our lives. We just want to make a difference."

Dave and Sheryl are hoping to reopen the community house by early December. They want to have a Christmas Open House, with a visit from Santa Claus. Once the building is open, community members will be able to sign up for available rental dates.

For more information or to help with the project, contact the Snows at 446-7504.

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