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By Lane Gwinn
The Times 

Best kind of Plot Twist

 

Lane Gwinn

WAITSBURG­-The Waitsburg Historical Society was excited about the visit of three Sherwood Trust representatives on Tuesday morning, June 7, at the Bruce Mansion on Main Street. The plan was to welcome the visitors and arrange a photo accepting the recently awarded grant from the Trust.

The Historical Society had applied for a grant to help pay for painting and repairs to the Bruce Mansion. Before the traditional check presentation photo, Sherwood Trust Project Manager Julia Leavitt gave the photographer a heads up about a "plot twist."

The Historical Society had asked for $17,000, and the Sherwood Trust decided to up the award to $40,000. Tom Land opened the envelope and saw the check. He passed it to Treasurer Susan Donegan, and soon all the Society members present reacted with emotion to the generous amount the Trust chose to award the non-profit.

The immediate response by the Waitsburg members was to list projects pushed back, including a ramp making the museum ADA accessible, that might now be possible.

One fantastic plot twist.

 

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