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Library campaign moving

with expansion revamp

Officials in charge of Olson Memorial Library were thrown a lemon of a deal when the original designer of its new library suddenly disappeared in corporate bankruptcy last year, but the board of directors bounced back with more than a pitcher of lemonade.

 

Local designer and builder Jeff Visner of Eagle River made all the difference, creating an expansion and renovation plan that even the Durrant Group couldn’t figure out in multiple attempts at folding the existing building into a new facility with pitched roofs instead of the existing flat roof system.

 

Because of the expertise of Visner and others at Design/Build by Visner, the library foundation board has resumed its capital building campaign for a library project that offers a much better price tag — $2.3 million — and more than double the space of the current library.

 

Some sort of expansion project is necessary because the library and all its functions have grown far larger than the existing facility can handle. In fact, they’ve been dealing with crowded conditions, long lines and a waiting list for one small conference room for almost a decade.

 

On the positive side, there will be no tax dollars used to construct the new facility. Also, an open-concept design will mean a more efficient operation — one that the existing staff can managed despite have more than twice as much space.

 

Citizens from all walks of life currently make use of the library for its book collection, its interlibrary loan program and its computer learning center. The expanded facility will feature all that plus a large public meeting room, a larger conference room and restroom facilities to handle the additional patron traffic. There will be special reading and study areas designated for children, teens and adults.

 

The board has raised more than one third of the total through donations and pledges, the fundraising campaign now at about $840,000. Because they have a long way to go, we encourage far-sighted members of the community to support this civic venture.

Festival of Flavors moves

to this Saturday, July 13

The Eagle River Area Festival of Flavors is now a one-day event that’s been moved to a new month this year, set for Saturday, July 13, in Riverview Park.

 

It’s a great opportunity to support the work of the Eagle River Revitalization Program while tasting some award-winning Wisconsin wines, cheeses, meats, sodas and other speciality products.

 

The Discover Wisconsin Theatre stage will host interactive events such as cooking demonstrations, and featured dish samples from many of Vilas County’s best restaurants will be served under the huge 200- by 60-foot Celebrate the Taste of Wisconsin tent.

 

The price is just $20, but the event will raise thousands of dollars for a nonprofit organization that works continuously to improve the downtown area and especially one of the city’s main event venues — Riverview Park.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

 

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 2:19 PM
 

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